Jan 022012

Well, is it over? Have we officially put the holidays behind us? Can life get back to normal now? Or at least whatever passes for normal with us?

When I crunched the numbers yesterday, I was amazed at what my mystery novel, Big Lake, had done on Amazon. In December alone, the book sold 33,539 copies! Wow! I never imagined it would do anything like that. I am putting the finishing touches on the sequel now, and hope to have it out pretty soon. I was aiming for the end of the year, but that just didn’t happen. But I think it will be worth the wait.

Yesterday Miss Terry was in a baking mood, so while I was writing, she was making bread. She doesn’t use a bread machine, I think she thinks that’s for sissies. Terry says kneading the dough helps her work out her frustrations. I think that means when she’d really like to wring my neck for something dumb I did. As you can imagine, we eat a lot of bread at our house. 🙂

Terry making bread

And here is the end result, seven loaves of some of the most delicious oat with flax bread you’ll find anywhere! A real treat for the taste buds.

Bread loaves 2

We can’t eat that much bread, but there are always plenty of appreciative people more than willing to take a piping hot loaf off our hands. Terry gave a loaf to Charley, the manager here at Sumter Oaks RV Park, then we drove down to Breezy Oaks Campground, a mile or so west of us, where Bob and Rita Meredith, Al Hesselbart, and John Culp were the lucky recipients of other loaves.

We spent some time sitting around outside Al’s vintage Newell motorhome visiting, and I’ll tell you what, in a group like that, the first liar doesn’t have a chance! I’m somewhat of a bullsh&%t artist myself, but every once in a while I just like to sit back and watch the true professionals at work! That’s Al on the left, me with my back to the camera, John Culp, Rita Meredith, and hubby Bob.

Group at Al Hesselbart rig

Bob is the artist I wrote about a few weeks ago, who created the Tin Can Tahiti trailer in my Art on Wheels blog post. Al, of course, is the historian for the RV Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, and the world’s recognized expert on the evolution of the modern RV. Al is also the author of  The Dumb Things Sold Just Like That…A History of the RV Industry in America. If you’ve ever wondered how today’s RVs came to be, spend some time visiting with Al, or read his book. It’s a fascinating story.

John Culp is one of the true pioneers in the world of fulltiming. He lives in a 1947 Westwind Coronado travel trailer that his parents bought new, and he and that old trailer have been running up and down for road for 60 years! That’s longer than some of us have been alive! And my, the stories that man can tell! When I’m in the presence of those two, I’m awestruck. We’re talking icons of the RV world here, folks, and I feel very fortunate to call them my buddies.

John Culp trailer 2

By the time we had solved all of the problems of the world, and no doubt created a couple of our very own, we had worked up an appetite. So Terry, Al, and I drove into Bushnell for dinner at Sonny’s Barbecue, a regional favorite. Our food was delicious, and as we ate, we discussed our plans for future Gypsy Journal rallies, RV travel plans, book publishing, and the state of the RV industry in general. We’d love to have Al come to our rally in Arizona one of these days, but it’s a long way to go to present a couple of seminars.

Back home, I had a lot of e-mail to deal with, so I tackled that while Terry whittled away at the stack of paperwork that never seems to go away. A couple of people have asked me what happened to Bad Nick, and why it has been so long since we’ve had a Bad Nick Blog. To be honest, I’ve been too busy with my other projects to let him near the keyboard. But trust me, Bad Nick is alive and well, and he’ll be back soon, talking about the crazy world we live in, and wondering how the heck we manage to get into the messes that we do.

Today Terry and I plan to go to the Webster Flea Market, something I have been promising her for a couple of years now. We’ve got a cold front coming through, with overnight temperatures predicted at 33 tonight, and down to 27 tomorrow night. It’s going to be great snuggling weather!

Thought For The Day – The woman who tells you her age is either too young to have anything to lose, or too old to have anything to gain. – Chinese proverb.

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  8 Responses to “Books, Bread, Buddies & Bad Nick”

  1. Sitting as far from one another as you were, it’s obvious none of you have hearing problems or you have good hearing aids! I guess the other possibility is that you were all hoarse from shouting at one another.

  2. Loved the picture of that 1947 Westwind!

  3. Just shows you that a well made RV will last. Out beloved Beaver Motorhome is a 1993 built in June 1992. Which makes her in 2012 actually 20 years old. She is still beautiful and going strong. We keep her up (maintenance, paint job, etc). She will probably still be on the road after we hang up our keys. And yes, she is a she: built to last.

  4. I can smell that bread from here wish I was closer, I never mastered the making of bread. You are a lucky man.

  5. I’m jealous – I love the Webster flea market.
    We’re hunkered down in Harlingen TX and man is it WINDY here!
    We’re hoping to be able to keep the cabana on the R-Pod and not loose it.

  6. Nick, read your blog daily and daily check for NEW recipes under Miss Terry’s Kitchen. Plead with her, beg her to give us a new ones? Please?
    Yum, can smell that bread.

  7. Nick, read your blog daily and daily check for NEW recipes under Miss Terry’s Kitchen. Plead with her, beg her to give us some new ones? Please?
    Yum, can smell that bread.

  8. Hi Nick,

    Congrats on the book. I’ve had this blog on my feed reader for several years now. I certainly don’t read each and every post, but I do read on occasion and if something catches my interest.

    I bought “Big Lake” right after reading this post. After seeing the number of sales you cited for December, I thought I’d try it.

    Karen, my wife, for the most part reads somewhat different styles of books than I do. When I was a few chapters into the book, I started telling her about this book that I thought she might like. Turns out she had bought it, too. We’ve had our kindles for a year now, we’ve both read a lot of book on them and have many more waiting, and this was the first time that we’ve bought the same one. Oh, well.

    Looking forward to the next one.

    Mike Goad
    retired in Arkansas; travel about 2 months a year, 08 Itaska Navion IQ, towing a 2010 CRV

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