It has started to warm back up, here in Central Florida. Yesterday the mercury in our thermometer climbed to 72 degrees, and by Monday, it’s supposed to be all the way up to 79. Now that’s more like it!
Of course, our friends who are spending the winter in snowbird hotspots like the Rio Grande Valley in Texas or southern Arizona are not all that thrilled that we’ll be on the road heading in their direction in the next week or two. I won’t mention any names, but there have been threats of violence if I bring any cold weather with me! 🙂
Yesterday I printed out a copy of my new book, and Miss Terry spent the day proofreading. She didn’t throw it in the trash, so I guess that’s a good sign. 🙂
While she was doing that, I was formatting Big Lake, my first mystery, for a printed edition. A lot of people have told me that they don’t have e-book readers, and want a traditional printed copy, so I hope to have that ready to go pretty soon.
By the way, if you want a tip on another good Kindle book I just finished reading, check out The Survival of Marvin Baines, by my friend Michael Meyer. It’s the story of a man facing his mid-life crisis, and wondering what he missed due to the choices he made over the years. I think a lot of guys will see a bit of themselves in Marvin.
I spent some time exchanging e-mails with a couple yesterday, who are new fulltimers, enjoying their first winter on the road. The husband said that he had strong misgivings about the fulltime RV lifestyle, because he had a workshop full of tools back home that he was reluctant to part with. But he said that after watching coverage of people shoveling snow, cars sliding off the road, and other winter storm news over the last few days, he knows that they made the right decision. He said he still misses his tools, but he sure doesn’t miss the snow and cold of the Chicago area. Now his big regret is that they waited so long to become RV gypsies.
It’s been my experience that, more often than not, the wives are the ones most reluctant to give up their homes and hit the road. Usually their biggest obstacle is leaving the kids and grandkids behind. But I’ve also heard from people who miss having their antique collections, fully equipped kitchens, giant screen TVs, and even a riding lawnmower. (One reason many people go on the road is to not have to mow grass ever again.)
We’ve talked about missing the grandkids before, but I’m just curious, what physical things do you miss from your old life in a sticks and bricks house? There was a time when I missed my classic Corvette, but that didn’t last all that long. I guess for me, if I had to name one thing I still long for, it would be my hot tub. I have a really bad back, and we installed our hot tub on the deck of our home in northern Arizona, just steps from the door. I soaked for an hour or so almost every night, winter or summer. If you have never soaked in a hot tub on a clear winter night, when the snow is falling around you, let me tell you, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. We’ve soaked in RV park hot tubs from time to time, but it’s just not the same. Miss Terry said for her, it would be a close choice between the hot tub, or the glass fronted wood stove we’d run inside to warm up next to.
So what about you? What thing or things do you miss the most from your old life?
Thought For The Day – Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.