After our fast four day trip across the country, then rushing to pick up the new issue of the Gypsy Journal at our printer in Michigan and getting it ready for the mail, we’re both tired. It’s time to slow down.
We have a week before the Escapees Club Escapade rally starts and we hope to spend some time relaxing. I want to get some writing done and Terry wants to get back to her loom. And as cold and rainy as it’s been since we got to Elkhart, indoor activities like that will be just fine.
Thursday evening we went to Ryan’s buffet for dinner and I spotted our friend Michele Henry in line ahead of us with her kids Raven and River. I guess I really surprised her when I came up behind her and tugged on her sleeve, because Michele did a double take and then screamed and hugged me for all she was worth. What a nice welcome.
We all sat together and talked about what had happened in the two years since we’ve been to Elkhart, about her business, Phoenix Commercial Paint, and I had fun teasing Raven, who will turn sixteen in just a few days and has grown into a beautiful young woman. If you’ve been thinking about getting your RV painted, you won’t find better prices or quality than with Michele.
A big chunk of yesterday morning was spent at the post office getting the last of the new issue of the Gypsy Journal mailed out and then we made a quick stop at Wally World. It was another gray, cold rainy day, so once we got home I took a nap.
You know you’re in northern Indiana when you see an Amish buggy at Staples.
This part of the country has a large Amish population, as well as Mennonites. You can learn about their history and culture at the Menno-Hof Visitor Center in nearby Shipshewana. Displays at the center offer a view inside the unique world of the Amish and Mennonite people, who live a simple life on tidy farms and forsake most of the conveniences of the modern world.
Some readers have asked what is happening with the offer that Thomas & Mercer, Amazon’s imprint for mysteries and thrillers, made me for the rights to Dog’s Run, my latest mystery novel. They made me a five figure offer, but after a lot of thought and taking everything into consideration, I turned them down. It just wasn’t right for me and I believe I can do better as an indie author rather then being tied to a publisher, even one as big as Amazon.
You still have time to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of The Last Call, the first book in my pal George Weir’s excellent Bill Travis Mystery series. 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 drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – They say you are what you eat, which means I am fast, cheap and easy.
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Nick — Please don’t lump us (Mennonites) as a pastoral farming people like the Amish! (Granted, there are Old Order Mennonites similar to the Amish) Most of us look just any other American. There are many urban Mennonites who are teachers, doctors, lawyers, artists, writers and even stock brokers. We are distinguished by our belief in adult baptism and our peace stance. Where ever there are disasters (tornados, hurricanes, fires, floods), you will find us as Mennonite Disaster Service, helping to clean up and doing the rebuilding, even two and three years later.
My apologies, Char, I should have clarified by saying Old Order Mennonites.