Jan 092014

Since we only had a few miles to go, we were in no hurry yesterday morning. We checked e-mail, read our usual blogs, and puttered around for a while, then I went outside to dump our holding tanks and unplug our campground utilities. We hooked the Explorer to our Blue Ox tow bar and left Voyager RV Resort a little before 11 a.m.

It was less than nine miles from our site at Voyager to our site at the Pima County Fairgrounds RV park. The 350 Cummins diesel engine in our Winnebago didn’t even get a chance to warm up.

When we were registering at the office, the camp host told us that she knew we were coming because one of our blog readers had called to tell her they were inbound from Willcox. We got backed into our full hookup 30 amp site, and less than an hour later friends and longtime readers Tom and Pat Whitaker pulled into the site right next door.

Tom and Pat have been loyal supporters of our work forever, and they worked nonstop at our Gypsy Journal rallies, doing everything from helping with parking to registration, setting up tables for the pizza party, and jumping in wherever they saw a need without being asked. Once they were set up, we sat outside talking for a while, until the cool breeze drove us back inside. We’re looking forward to visiting with Tom and Pat some more while they’re here.

I decided that all that activity deserved a nap, so I stretched out on the sofa and took one. Then I reviewed the first two chapters of Eric Dove’s narration of Dog’s Run and it sounds great. He’s really nailing the dialects of the characters.

Miss Terry decided I was getting too shaggy, so she hauled me back outside and trimmed my hair and beard. Then she made it up to me by baking me a batch of her delicious bittersweet chocolate chip walnut cookies. I munched them while I worked on my new Big Lake book.

We have to be up early today, because I’m due at the VA hospital at 8:30 for my skin cancer procedure. The surgical nurse said it could take anywhere from an hour to six hours so to bring reading material. No problem, we’ve both got our own libraries on our Kindles.

Speaking of Kindle books, my friend Sharon Delarose’s King of the Forest, part of her An Acre of America Backyard Nature Series is free today (Thursday) on Amazon. Be sure to download a copy, and leave a review after you’ve read it.

So far, over 75 people have entered this weeks Free Drawing for an audiobook of Judy Howard’s Going Home With A Cat And A Ghost, the sequel to her excellent COAST TO COAST WITH A CAT AND A GHOST. Ride along as Judy, her cat Sportster, and a life-sized stuffed doll called Cowboy Jack take a journey into her past, encountering the ghosts of her teenage years. This is a book you won’t forget soon! 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).Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday evening. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


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  9 Responses to “New Neighborhood & New Neighbors”

  1. Nick,

    Good luck with your surgery today. It sounds like they are doing the MOHS procedure based on the range of time it may take. If it is MOHS, they won’t spring you till they make sure all the margins are clear. Kinda boring sitting around waiting but sure worth the peace of mind.

  2. May the surgery go as planned. We are thinking about you and Miss Terry

  3. Sending you prayers for successful surgery today. Thank heavens for eBooks as they are so handy in situations like this. Looking forward to your blog tomorrow to know that things are going well for you. Marilu

  4. Good luck with your procedure today Nick. We’ll be thinking about you.

    — jc&bev

  5. You are in our thoughts and prayers for the surgery. Say hi to Tom and Pat for us. We had lunch with them in Oregon this past summer and always enjoy their company.

  6. Good lucky. Thinking of you.

  7. Hope all went well for you today.

  8. Prayers coming at you and Terry, Glad that you are getting this over with finally getting it over with so you can have peace of mind we love you

  9. Good Luck my friend!

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