Happy New Year!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 012015

Well, another year is here – 365 opportunities to smile, to love, to hope, to dream, to make amazing discoveries, and to live. I hope you do something great with the days ahead. There’s much more to life than ballgames and reality shows on the boob tube.

How did you spend New Years Eve? At a big party? With a small gathering of friends? Or maybe a quiet evening at home? We’re not party animals so why would we do anything but what we do almost every other night of the year? We did what we do every New Years Eve, we stayed home and enjoyed being together.

Terry was busy planning her next weaving project, then made a delicious dinner of chicken Parmesan. I wrote another 2,100 words in my new book. I really want to get it finished and out in the next few weeks.

It was a cold, gray day so the only time I went outside was to run up to the campground office to pick up a couple of packages that had come in. One was a weaving book Terry had ordered and the other was a replacement for her Chase bank Visa card. Tuesday morning, just before we left the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve, Terry got an alert from Chase about an unusual transaction. She went online and it was a $110 charge to a place called Blizzard Enterprises. Now, we do stop at the occasional Dairy Queen, but I don’t think we’ve ever ordered that much ice cream! Terry called Chase and was transferred to their fraud alert department, where she told them it was not a purchase she had made. The nice man she talked to said he was cancelling the card and would overnight one to her here at Three Flags RV Resort. And sure enough, it was there yesterday. That’s really good service!

For a while now I’ve been wanting a remote control quadcopter drone and I’ve been checking them out online. So I was admittedly jealous when I found out that my friend Jim Guld from Geeks on Tour got a 3DR IRIS Quadcopter. This thing is way above my pay grade but I’m still drooling.

But it’s not only my budget that wouldn’t accommodate such an expensive toy. My portly posterior would have a problem with it, too. Apparently while what goes up must come down, sometimes it comes down in a tree. My pal Sandra Swanson sent me this picture of Jim retrieving his drone from a tree at the Escapees Rover’s Roost’s co-op in Casa Grande, Arizona. Can you just imagine the damage I could do to myself with a drone and climbing into trees? I think I’ll stick to my kites and pray for wind.

Jim Guld in tree

How about we start the new year with a Free Drawing? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Mountain Angel, the first book in my friend Suzie O’Connell’s excellent Northstar Angels romance series. 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.

Mountain Angel

Another of my author friends is Donna “Froggi” McNicol, whom we met years ago at Life on Wheels, and crossed paths with in our RV travels across the country more times than I can count. Donna’s Not a Whisper, the first book in her Klondike mystery series, is on sale today for just $1.99. Take advantage of this bargain price and get yourself a copy today.

Thought For The Day – Without nipples, boobs would be pointless.

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  10 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Thanks for sharing about the problem with the credit card, Nick. Wow, what is going on?? We had hubby’s debit card messed with a week ago and today another VISA card was tried to charge $500 worth of stuff….and not our stuff. SO now we are down to just one that does not work every place we might go. And another 2 weeks until this one is replaced. I do not recall we have ever had a card messed with. Please keep us posted if more happens, GOD forbid, with you guys too. We are living in an apt, but not our main state of living….somewhat temporary which is why we have not established a bank locally…we may need to. I am wondering just how they managed to get ahold of numbers on 2 of ours!! At nearly the same time!!

  2. I’m too old to be climbing trees! The camera on the copter was on the whole time, so I made a video. It’s up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APjNXDCGy7w&list=UULM_wnCtDaGBWkYGQS4T6Bw
    Enjoy! Happy New Year to you and Terry!

  3. Todays’s “thought for the day” is offensive.

  4. Happy New Year Terry and Nick … I hope there are many more adventures in the cards for you guys, cuz I love reading about them!!!

  5. With the increase is Drone sales the sells of 12 gauge shotguns should rise also!……;-0


  6. Karen, I’m offended by people who don’t have a sense of humor.

  7. Me too Tracy. I thought the thought for the day was hilarious. I had to call my 81 year old mother and tell her and she howled. I have not heard her laugh that loud in a long time. She said her “points” are pointed south.

  8. I’m a woman and the thought for the day is a funny play on words. Let’s all lighten up and stop being offended all the time.
    Have had several credit cards hijacked. Sad to say that all this internet theft is making us SO careful on using any kind of credit card.
    Happy New Year to every one.

  9. Have had a compromised credit card twice. Debit card was hit once for $1000 that went to Kuwait. Fortunately Wells Fargo stood behind the loss and made us good. Since that time I keep a separate account with only 200-300 dollars in it for the debit card. Additionally the debit card account is not tied into any other account. It is somewhat of a pain to have to constantly recharge the debit card account but I guess it is yet another sign of the times.

  10. Jim, the video is great!

    The fun part was trying to explain, at yesterday’s RoVer’s Roost social hour, just how we “treed a ‘Geek’ “…

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