Who turned off the heat? It looks and feels like winter here in Elkhart, Indiana. We’ve had a lot of wind, a little rain, and the daytime temperatures have not climbed above the mid-50s the last few days and are not going to get above the low 60s for the next week or so. I sure hope it starts to warm up soon.
At least it’s good sleeping weather. Between the cold, dreary days and the fact that our bodies have not adjusted to changing three times zones yet, it’s really hard to get out of bed in the morning. Then when you throw in our new mattress, I just may hibernate for a week or so. Seriously, this new mattress is so comfortable that the last few days I’ve woken up and nothing hurt. The first couple of times it scared the hell out of me because I thought I was dead!
We’ve been busy getting the new issue ready to mail and dealing with the post office, which is always a hassle. Printing and mailing each issue gets more expensive and the folks at the post office seem to get less and less efficient by the week. A couple of weeks ago they returned several copies of the March-April issue of the paper, which were mailed two months ago, saying they had the wrong address on them. Those included Elkhart Campground and other addresses we know are valid.
Then when our mail arrived yesterday there were two or three more returned envelopes with the previous issue inside. They were from longtime subscribers with proven addresses like the Escapees mail service in Texas, but returned with notations saying there was no such address. So we have upset customers because they didn’t get their paper on time, and the expense of sending them out a second time. I’ve always said we would never switch to a strictly digital format, but I sure do understand why so many publications have.
When we were in Arizona a few weeks ago, Bank of America announced it was closing down many of its small town branches, including in Show Low, where my daughter lives. Yesterday we discovered that the branch here in Elkhart has also gone away. Just like the post office, they charge more and more and deliver less and less.
After the post office and bank, we stopped at RV Parts Nation (formerly RV Surplus) to see our friend Trina Ambris. It was nice to see her after so long and we had a nice visit. We need to replace our Splendide washer/dryer and Trina said she’d see what was available. Terry really doesn’t like going to the laundromat, so she’s eager to get a new unit installed.
One of the things we really look forward to when we’re here in Elkhart is dinner at King Wa, one of our favorite Chinese restaurants in the country. When our chores were done yesterday we decided we deserved a treat, and the food was just as good as we remembered. I’m sure we’ll make it back there a few more times while we’re here.
We are still taking orders for autographed copies of the printed version of Miss Terry’s Kitchen to be picked up at Escapade. Reserve yours now because I think they will go fast. We will also have printed versions of my RV books, Big Lake series and Dog’s Run at our vendor booth.
A couple of days ago I mentioned the possibility of holding a self-publishing workshop here at Elkhart Campground after Escapade. If we can get enough interest, it will be the 19th and/or 20th. Please let me know if you would like to attend.
Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is 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 – Note to self: Just because it pops into my head does not necessarily mean it should come out of my mouth.