Dec 242015

Miss Terry is a difficult woman to shop for because she doesn’t want very much in the way of material things. Whenever I ask her what she wants for Christmas, her birthday, our anniversary, or whatever, she always says she has everything she wants.

Once in a while, she’ll let me buy her a bottle of perfume, and I’ve managed to get her a few pairs of earrings over the years, but that’s about it. I guess I should be grateful, she’s not only gentle on the eyes, she’s gentle on the pocketbook.

I, on the other hand, am easy to shop for. I want everything! I’m like a chimpanzee in a department store. If it lights up, makes noise, goes fast, or tastes good, I want two of each. Why do you think my friend Brenda Speidel calls me Gadget Boy?

I love wandering through the tool section at Lowes and Home Depot, even though I know it’s kind of like going to one of those stripper joints. Most of what I’m seeing I have no idea what to do with, and I’d probably just end up hurting myself if I tried.

Of course, living in a motorhome (not to mention being of modest means) does put some restrictions on my wants and desires. I really miss my hot tub, from our life before fulltiming, but I just can’t figure out where to put one in a Winnebago.

Actually, there really is very little I want, and nothing I need, that I don’t have. Most of the things I have wanted in the past, I’ve owned at one time or another, including boats, a couple of Corvettes, some classic cars, a half ownership in an airplane, and enough guns to arm a small nation. As it turns out, they’re all just things.

Now I’ve reached the point in life that my wants are not things, but rather experiences. We’ve seen a lot of this old country in our many years on the road as fulltime RVers, and had some adventures that most people only dream about. But there’s so much left to see and do, and a lot we wouldn’t mind going back to see again, that if I could ask

Santa to bring me one thing for Christmas, it would be more time.

Time to explore the quaint villages of New England. Time to search for seashells on the beaches of Florida. Time to get to know the people in small towns in the Midwest. Time to visit all of those fascinating historical sites and oddball museums scattered all over this great land of ours. Time to sit with a dear friend and shoot the breeze, or to not say a word and just enjoy each others’ company. Santa, can you figure out a way to stick an extra 50 or 75 years in that bag of yours?

How about you? What do you want for Christmas? A new RV? A flat screen TV? A GPS unit? Or maybe a new laptop computer? Or are you like me? Does your wish list include time for more experiences than things? Tell me about some of them.

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery novel set in a small town in Ohio in 1951. Many people tell me it’s my best book ever, and I have to agree. To enter, all you have to do is click on this 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.


Thought For The Day – Things ain’t what they used to be and never were. – Will Rogers

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  16 Responses to “What Do You Want For Christmas?”

  1. All you wife wants is YARN!!! Or better yet, a gift certificate to pick out her own yarn.

  2. Merry Christmas, Nick, and thank you for today’s blog post. I think you spoke for many of us just wanting more time to just experience life. Thank you again for such a well written article.

  3. Ditto Bobbie. 8^)

  4. Great post, Nick, and Merry Christmas to you and Miss Terry! My husband and I gave up full timing to care for my Dad when we bought our house in FL in 2008. My dream is similar to yours, in that I would rather have time and experiences than material things. My wish would be to travel Europe in an RV!

  5. Nick, they have blow-up hot tubs now. Lay it by your rig, fill with air from your compressor, fill with water and VOILA!! Hot tub!!! The only part I wonder about is where does all the water go when you get ready to leave?

  6. I agree on the time, but I think good health is high on the list. Many people could do something to improve their health before it’s too late.

  7. Nick and Terry—Yup, you are right, and I agree. We tell our 3 kids, gift certificates especially for restaurants. Living full time does limit space for things, but like you, we have all the things we need and want. Tomorrow morning I will read to my grandchildren from Luke’s gospel the real meaning of Christmas. Merry Christmas to all and a happy and healthy New Year.

  8. Merry Christmas Nick and Terry! You nailed it. Once we became full-time RVers we quickly learned that more is just more. We really don’t need much although I, like you, let the shiny objects catch my eye often. More time to “Experience and See it all” would be perfect. Of course, good health to go along with it would be nice too! Enjoy!…

  9. Merry Christmas to you and Miss Terry! We, too, have gotten past the “material wants” phase of our lives and strive now to experience new places and people as a “want” on our list. Good health certainly is high on our list as it allows us to continue to do what we’d like to do and create those new experiences.
    Hoping that 2016 brings happiness in everyone’s lives.

  10. Merry Christmas to you and Miss Terry.

  11. Merry Christmas and wishing you both health, happiness and more time to do what you want in 2016. As always – thanks for the blog.

  12. I would ask for good health in the hopes I would live to be 100yrs old. I think I could do quite a bit of exploring around the world if I had good health.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to both of you.

  13. Merry Christmas to you and Miss Terry.
    The only thing I would like for Christmas is good health.

  14. I want instant health–just add water and instantly loose 125 pounds and become strong. Then I could more easily share in those experiences we are all craving. Alas for all those years I spent living a sedentary lifestyle.

  15. After being at the airport nearly all day and finally giving up, to try again tomorrow, with being almost strip searched by the Nazis, all I want is to get home tomorrow sometime!! I dread the nightmare going through this farce of a checkpoint….even if we wanted to be, we are too old to be some kind of nutcake terrorist…but if you look around?? Yep mostly us old folks they are harassing. If we don’t fly tomorrow…I think hubby will be driving across the continent.

  16. Thank you for today’s post Nick. It was exactly what my husband and I have been talking about lately…..Time. We cannot figure out how the years got away so quickly. We are 66 and 64 yrs old and wonder where 40 or 50 yrs went .

    May you and Miss Terry have a blessed Christmas and healthy, safe New Year! We are so fortunate to be able to “tune your blog in” every morning with our coffee.

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