After reading my year end blog the other day, I got an e-mail from a very nice man who said he and his wife would love to see some of the places we have visited, but that their fulltiming is limited to summers in the Midwest and Florida in the wintertime because their adult kids demand they stay close to their old hometown in Indiana and not travel that far.
Excuse me? They demand it? I love my kids, but if they ever tried to demand I do something all they’d see of me would be my taillights disappearing in a cloud of dust until there was a major attitude adjustment. What can you say to somebody who sends you an e-mail like that? I know from prior communications that he and his wife are in their late 50s and are in good health, but that their kids have put them on a major guilt trip for choosing to live their dream instead of staying home and playing babysitter. I replied, “I’m sorry your kids raised you that way.”
Folks, we’ve taken a lot of fun trips in our fifteen years on the road, poking around in every corner of America, from New England to the Florida Keys to the Olympic Peninsula. But the one trip we refuse to ever take is a guilt trip!
We have rushed across the country to be there for family members when there has been a crisis and we’d happily do it again any time we’re needed. But we refuse to give up the lifestyle we love to meet someone else’s demands.
The trip we took yesterday was quick and easy, just 116 miles from Santa Fe RV Park in Apache Junction to Voyager RV Resort in Tucson. There was little traffic because everybody was home watching football games or parades, I guess, which made it nice.
I have to call the VA hospital this morning to see if they have any idea yet when my procedure is. Originally they said today, but that’s the last I heard and nobody has contacted me. I’ve called several times, but over the holidays nobody knew anything. It is what it is, right?
If you’d like to start the new year with a couple of good free reads, two of my author pals have them for you. Check out Molly Snow’s paranormal romance BeSwitched. One reviewer said of it, “ Cute, funny, light romance, witches and black cats, it kept me wanting to know what would happen next, and it was totally innovative. Great read for cat lovers. And for wall flowers always on the outside looking in on the cool kids, you’ve GOTTA read this!” Another good freebie is Ana Martin, a romance set during the Mexican revolution, by J.L. Jarvis. It’s free on Amazon, iTunes and Kobo. And be sure to check out The Music Box by Heather Meyer. If you’re a Nicholas Sparks fan, trust me on this, you’ll love this magnificently crafted story.
And don’t forget to enter this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook version of Explanations and Advice for the Tech Illiterate by Randall Morris. This is a great guide to the commonly misunderstood elements of computers and home theater and explains things in a basic, understandable way without sounding too "techy." Topics include: basic computer types, basic home theater (video), basic home theater (audio), audio / video cables, computer viruses, e-mail security, understanding encryption & passwords, backing up your hard drive, and computer speed/startup items. All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one).
Thought For The Day – Stop focusing on what happened and start focusing on what you can do to move forward.