Happy Birthday Travis

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 042014

Before I do anything else today, I want to wish my son Travis happy birthday. Wow, 37 years! Where did they go? You’re almost an old man now, my son. What does that make me? I love you, Travis. I hope you have a great day. We’re looking forward to seeing you and Geli.

On another note, the last two weeks have been pretty rough for us. We got news on the 24th that our 11 year old granddaughter Hailey had a suspicious spot called a lystic lesion on one of the bones in her arm. There was a possibility that it could be the first sign of leukemia or some other childhood cancer. I’ve been a basket case and we were poised to head back to Arizona if necessary. Yesterday evening we got news that it is not malignant. Such a relief! We did not realize how hard we had been holding our breath waiting for the results. When daughter Tiffany called to tell us the results I broke down and cried.

We woke up to strong winds yesterday that had our window awning straps humming and the treetops bouncing around. I sure was glad we were parked and not traveling in it! It was nice and sunny and quite a bit cooler. Today the high is only going to be about 68 and heavy rains are predicted.

During the afternoon the wind died down to a good breeze and I decided to take advantage of it and see if I could get some flying time in with my Revolution quad line kite. I have not had much opportunity to fly it and there is a big difference between it and my dual line Prism Snapshot 1.9 speed foil. The Prism is easy to fly if you have enough wind and will give you a heck of a workout, but you are limited to a few basic maneuvers.


Flying the Revolution requires a lot more finesse and it will perform so many maneuvers that I will never live long enough to master it.

But first I have to learn to get the darned thing off the ground! And so far, that’s been the challenge. It would come a couple of feet off the ground and immediately crash to the left. Terry and I checked to make sure that lines are all the same length and that a line wasn’t tangled or wrapped around a spar, and though Terry made a couple of small adjustments, it seemed to be okay, so I’m sure it’s pilot error. Very frustrating, but I really want to learn to fly this thing, and sooner or later I will get the hang of it. Fortunately I’ve met a lot of Revolution fliers online from all over the country, and kite fliers are just as nice and friendly as RVers, so I have a lot of offers of some one on one instruction as soon as I get near one of them.

About the time I gave up on the kite yesterday, Clay and Lucille Garrett came by to say hello and to ask about a good place to have dinner. I suggested King Wha, our favorite Chinese restaurant, and they said it sound good to them. As it turns out, Clay and Lucille have the lot next to our friends Mike and Elaine Loscher at the Escapees Lone Star Corral Co-op in Hondo, Texas. It was nice to meet them.

I saw on RVillage that Luke and Jody Duquette from Workamper News are here at Elkhart Campground so later in the afternoon I walked down to their Cedar Creek fifth wheel and introduced myself. We had a nice visit and they offered to take a sample bundle of the Gypsy Journal with them to pass out on their way home to Heber Springs, Arkansas. While I was talking to Luke and Jody, their neighbors came over to say hello and to tell me they are faithful blog readers, but I’m afraid that I’ve already forgotten their names. I’m really bad about that.

Since this is Wednesday, it’s time for another Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small town in the Midwest in 1951. With 73 reviews and a five star rating on Amazon, people tell me that this is my best book yet, and I tend to agree. 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.


And here are two freebies for you from author friends of mine. The Man On The Corner, is made up of two short stories by Suzy Stewart Dubot that will make you feel good about life. And if you’re a fan of Russell Blake’s Jet thriller series, you’ll be thrilled to know that Jet Ops – Files, which chronicles the early years of Maya, who would go on to become the Mossad’s deadliest operative, is free on Amazon.

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  13 Responses to “Happy Birthday Travis”

  1. Glad to hear that your granddaughter is ok. As far as remembering names,…..i used to be really bad at that but have made and effort to do better. But i still look in the mirror in the morning and compare what i see to my drivers license to make sure who i am! 🙂

  2. My heart skipped a beat until I saw that Hailey will be okay. I can only imagine the anxiety and worry you all suffered while waiting for the diagnosis. Thank goodness for that great news!

  3. Glad to hear the good news about your grand daughters health. I always thought you needed a big open field to fly a kite.

  4. Ever since you told me about Hailey, I have been praying that it would turn out okay. Sure glad for the good news.

  5. Nick,

    Very happy for the good news concerning Hailey.


  6. so glad your granddaughter is ok. I can’t imagine having to wait for results for something like that. Grandchildren are so precious.

  7. So glad your Grand Daughter is cleared! Grand children are so precious! Our kids were wonderful, but these grand kids, just WOW!

  8. So happy for the good news you received on Hailey. We know you slept much better last night.

  9. Great news about Hailey!

  10. Hi Nick:
    Well I’ve read all of your books and now I am waiting patiently for another publishing or two. Your books are awesome they make me want to set the world aside and just continue to read. Thanks for your wonderful stories.
    Have fun with your kites.

    All the best
    Kathy Rousseau of Rick & Kathy Rousseau It’s about time

  11. So happy to hear that Hailey’s lesion isn’t malignant. Hope there’s a resolution to it being there, even though it’s not so threatening, however. You don’t want to get possible bad news like that again!

  12. I am so glad you good good news abut Hailey.

  13. Here’s a tip for you about your awning straps and the wind. Give them a 180 degree twist (or 360 if you have enough slack in the strap) and they won’t vibrate so much.

    — jc

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