One Extreme To Another

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 062015

The weather here in central Florida has gone from one extreme to another ever since we got here in late October. Just since Christmas we have had our motorhome’s air conditioner and furnace both on within a 24-hour period more than once! What’s up with that?

If you leave the house on a warm morning wearing a T-shirt, you’d better bring along a long sleeved shirt or sweater too, because you just might need it by the end of the day. It was in the 80s over the weekend, mid-60s yesterday, and the high on Thursday is supposed to be 57 degrees!

I guess it’s just as well that we haven’t seen much of the weather the last few days. Terry’s been weaving and I’ve been working hard on my new book, Big Lake Burning. There’s been a lot going on in Big Lake but things are starting to wrap up. I’ve done at least 3,500 words a day for the last three days and I think I’ll be finished by the end of the week. Then it will go into the proofing and editing stage. I know a lot of you have been waiting patiently, and I’m just as eager as you are to get it out. This will be the sixth book in the Big Lake series, and I have at least four more, and maybe as many as seven yet to go. And new ideas come bouncing into my head all the time.

I have had a lot of positive feedback on our new fulltimer series of blog posts. The first one went live yesterday, a profile of Doug and Julie Livingston, and I really enjoyed it. I’ll be running one a week as long as people are willing to share their stories with us. If you’d like to be included, send me an e-mail at

We’ve been here in central Florida many times but Terry and I have never been to Disney World. We’re just not into theme parks and places like that. But give us an oddball museum, some little-known historical sight, or an old cemetery and we’ll happily spend hours exploring it. I mentioned the other day that I’ll be running a series of blog posts highlighting some of the neat overlooked places we’ve found in our travels on a state-by-state basis. I’ll try to get the first one of them going in the next day or two.

Today we’ll take a break from the keyboard and loom and run some errands. We have several orders to mail out, some banking to do, and our ice cream supply has been depleted. Terry said something about needing to get some real food too, but I didn’t pay much attention to that.

Good news if you’re a science fiction fan, my friend Cleve Sylcox has just released Reflection, the second book in his Season of the Moons series. Cleve is a good guy and is rapidly building a loyal fan base. Try one of his books and I think you’ll know why.


Thought For The Day – My kids are always accusing me of having a “favorite child” which is ridiculous, because I don’t really like any of them.

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  6 Responses to “One Extreme To Another”

  1. HMMMM

    Complaining about some of the best weather in the country?

    Guess you would complain if we hung you with a new rope.!!

    Would you prefer 2 feet of snow and 15 degrees?


    A Florida boy.

  2. P.S. Quit sniveling. 🙂

  3. Maybe Terry just wants to fill that new refrigerator.

  4. I gotta say … I think you should visit Disney World just as an experiment. I like to avoid crowds and get pretty annoyed at tromping through an overpriced, trendy, loud, glaring, exhausting afternoon and trying to convince myself that I am having FUN!! But Disney is actually a Class Act … I was completely impressed with the cleanliness, the rides are fun, the atmosphere is genuinely happy, the characters who are “on stage” are impressive and really do work hard for the children they engage. It was truly interesting for me to investigate and notice all those things. I wasn’t compelled to spend money on souvenirs. We did not have to drop a bundle on food or drink. The restaurants were just a tad pricey, but the food is good. As an observer and a discerning evaluator, it would be a fine day trip … and I would be willing to bet that you would have a load of fun, in spite of convincing yourself ahead of time that you would remain aloof and not be sucked in by the Disney mind-meld. I have visited twice in the last 30 years. I was completely impressed both times (although it is MUCH more fun with grandkids) and I could be persuaded to go back with very little arm twisting!

  5. Must be reading your blog to often. We have taken up weaving while here in Las Vegas… Weaving in and out of traffic that is!

    God Bless your travels.

    Richard Oliveria

  6. Well, the insane temperature ranges were what drove me bats living in NC…virtually no days without either AC or heat!! We lived in the central part so it is maybe better either on the coasts or in the mts. I like the weather a lot more temperate! Here we get LOTS of days without either heat or AC on…just that lovely coastal breeze blowing through the apt!! (North of Seattle). The other part I hated in NC was the bugs…and we won’t even start on the snakes!! Otherwise nice place to live….heh…

    Always enjoy seeing what Ms.Terry is making, whether on the loom, or in the oven!!

    Also, like your new feature with other RVers stories!!

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