Feb 152012

Okay guys, what did you give your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Flowers? Candy? Something slinky from one of those stores at the mall? Did you take her out to a nice dinner? Those are all great things, but I like to give Miss Terry something much more personal. So I gave her my cold.

Yes, she’s got it too. We ought to own stock in the Kleenex company because we’re really going through them here in our motorhome! Actually, I’m feeling a little bit better just about the time that Terry is going downhill. I’d like to say that now I get to take care of her, but she doesn’t let anybody take care of her. She’s much too independent for that. I don’t hesitate to snivel and whine when I don’t feel good, as you all well know. But Terry could have a root canal and her appendix taken out at the same time, and keep right on making dinner or baking bread.

Actually, Terry did get something special for Valentine’s Day, although we actually ordered it a while back. It’s an antique circular sock knitter, and it’s got more gears and moving parts then I would ever be able to figure out. Which means Terry will have the darn thing mastered in about 30 minutes. She loves working with natural fibers, and discovered that these machines are still being used today. It’s a LeGare, made in Canada, and though it’s older than either of us, it’s been gone through and works perfectly.

LaGare sock machine

The bad news is that we will be so busy getting the new issue out, and then with our Yuma rally, that it will be a while before she ever gets to play with it. It’s like giving a kid a new bicycle for Christmas when there is three feet of snow on the ground! It just doesn’t seem fair, does it?

A cold front has come through Arizona, and yesterday morning the Superstition Mountains had a dusting of snow. We got a lot of rain here in East Mesa/Apache Junction, and the temperature dropped quite a bit. The high yesterday was 61° and it dropped down to 39° overnight. It will be in the mid-60s for the next couple of days, and then start climbing up into the low 70s. Obviously, a lot of snowbirds here in Arizona are not real happy to see me!

If you have a Nook e-book reader and have been waiting for my new mystery, Big Lake Lynching, to be formatted for the Nook, I have good news and bad news. The Smashwords website has been down for a couple of days now and they still don’t have the book up. However, following a suggestion from my friend Greg White, I was able to convert the book to the Epub format myself. So if you don’t want to wait for Smashwords to get back in gear, you can just log onto www.PayPal.com and send $2.99 to me at Editor@GypsyJournal.net, and I’ll send you the book. Just give me the e-mail address you want it to go to and you’ll be reading away!

As of last night, Big Lake Lynching had sold 1,000 books so far this month. Sales of the original Big Lake have dropped off somewhat, from a high of over 1,000 books a day down to somewhere around 500 copies a day. But I’m not complaining, it’s still doing much better than I ever imagined. I thank all of you who bought my books, left reviews for them on Amazon, and told your friends and family about them.

I think I finally have the schedule filled for our Yuma rally. I will still have to shuffle a couple of seminars around from one time slot to another, but I think that’s about it. I had two different vendors contact me yesterday wanting to register, who got mad and backed out because the people who registered weeks ago have seminars locked in and there is no more room for their seminars. I’m sorry, folks, but we only have a certain number of time slots and when they’re gone, they’re gone. If you snooze, you lose!

Besides the seminars, we will also have some other things going on at the rally, including a book exchange table, a Craft and Hobby show and sell, and we’re going to try something new. On Tuesday, during the 90 minute lunch break, we are encouraging everybody to get together inside the main building for a brown bag lunch and a chance to visit and get acquainted with each other. So pack yourself a sandwich, grab a bag of chips and something to drink, and come join the party!

Now that my head has cleared up and I can think, I was able to get a lot of work done on the new issue and should have it wrapped up in a couple of days. I appreciate so many of you who have e-mailed telling me that if it goes out a few days late it’s not the end of the world, and to just concentrate on getting well again. A couple of decades of publishing small town newspapers, where deadlines are set in stone, are hard to put behind me.

Thought For The Day – It’s not an inside joke if only you and the voices in your head understand it.

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  7 Responses to “A Valentine’s Day Gift”

  1. Nick, I don’t know if you’ve ever tried it, but whenever my wife or I feel a cold coming on, we start using one of the “ZICAM” Cold and Alergy relief produces. The Nasal Swabs seem to work best for us. They relieve the symptoms well and shorten the length it lasts.

  2. On the Zicam…generic zinc tablets seem to help us. But you have to start taking them at the first sign of a cold!

  3. Wow, I just discovered your blog. So fun. Love what you gave your wife for Valentine’s Day. We are not full timers, however, we are planning an extended trip starting in December of 2012 and into February of 2013. Since we are new to Winter travel and will be traveling from Upstate New York in December and back in February and heading South to NC, GA, FL, AL and LA and then back, any tips or idease you could give us would be so helpful (or where to look for this info.)

  4. Patricia– We use the Woodall campground directory and check RV Park reviews online, also the Next Exit book is helpful when travelling the interstates. Good Sam is like AAA for RVers, lots of info on their website. We also live in upstate NY, so have done some winter camping. My husband winterized our water hose himself using pipe insulation and heat tape, we have covered our windows with foam when staying in NY, too. Be aware that most campgrounds close in NY, PA in Oct. and reopen in May.

  5. Glad you’re feeling better. I’d rather have a broken bone than a cold. I can deal with a cast or a splint… not with the feeling of a cold. Nothing worse, in my book.

    2 thumbs up from me on the zinc. I keep a bottle of 50mg tablets by the sink and, at the first sign of a scratchy throat or itchy nose I down 2 of them. 2 doses over the course of the first day usually do it for me.

    That sock knitter is SO cool! I wonder what the end product will be? Nick may be wearing sock gaiters the next time y’all see him, to keep his baggy new socks from falling down around his ankles. Unless, of course, he likes the look of his socks scrunched down around his ankles like leg warmers. LOL

  6. My Mother had one of those knitting machines, never saw it work. Get better, keep the cold weather out there. Its in the 40s in WI in Febuary, mt. biking in Febuary, unreal. Your the best.

  7. At the first sign of a scratchy throat I use this old-time remedy:
    Equal parts water, hydrogen peroxide, and Listerine. Gargle.
    This works if you catch your symptoms EARLY! Hope Terry gets to feeling better and you get back to normal, Nick, whatever that is for you.

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