It was so cold here on Florida’s west coast yesterday that I saw a teenager with his pants pulled all the way up! I think our high was only about 62, and yes, I know that compared to the rest of the country, that’s a heat wave. But I’m not in the rest of the country! I do my sniveling where I’m at.
Really, looking at the mess so many people are dealing with this week and the cold weather they are enduring, I’m really glad I said my final goodbye to my snow shovel fifteen years ago. As the folks here in Bradenton say, my favorite part of winter is watching it on television from Florida.
I got an e-mail from a couple yesterday who are about 35 miles from Buffalo, New York, telling me that they decided to chance it and hang out in their old hometown for Thanksgiving with the family before heading south for the winter. They said everything in, on, and around their motorhome is buried under several feet of snow and their son spent most of the day shoveling a path to where they were parked in his driveway, and then shovel more snow away so they could get the door open! I wrote back and told them that that darned turkey had better taste really good to make all that nonsense worthwhile.
After two nights of good sleep, by the time I woke up yesterday morning I was feeling pretty good again. I still have a bit of a cough, but that’s all. Terry, on the other hand, is feeling the effects of the cold I gave her. To her credit, she’s not sniveling nearly as much as I did.
I spent most of the day writing and managed to knock out about 3100 words in my new book by the end of the day, and only stopped a little after 11 p.m. because I still had the 600+ word blog to write and post before I went to bed. I wish I was more than a two finger typist.
The proof of the print version of Big Lake Scandal arrived yesterday afternoon and Terry and I checked it over and then I went online and approved it. It’s available now on CreateSpace at this link and should be available on Amazon within the next day or two.
And how about a gift of an autographed copy of Miss Terry’s Kitchen for the cook on your Christmas shopping list? And they don’t even have to live in an RV to use these delicious recipes! To order a copy, just log onto www.paypal.com and make a payment of $19.45 to firstname.lastname@example.org to cover the cost of the book and shipping. Please include a note telling her who to autograph it to. To ensure arrival by Christmas, please get your orders in by December 10.
Over 100 people have already entered this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. It’s narrated by Eric G. Dove, one of the best storytellers in the industry. Many people tell me this is my best book ever, and I have to admit that it’s my favorite. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page 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.