Oct 242016

We will begin moving into our new home on Friday, and in the meantime we are keeping ourselves busy to help the time go faster.

On Saturday we drove to the small town of De Land, about half an hour from here, to visit a couple of used furniture stores. We have already been making the rounds of the stores here in Port Orange, Daytona Beach, and New Smyrna Beach picking up a couple of items here and there. Having the pickup truck sure makes things easier, and the more I drive it, the more I like it.

Not finding anything in De Land that we couldn’t live without, on the way back home we visited a new furniture store in Daytona Beach. Each time we shop any of the new stores we come away very unimpressed with the quality of much of what is being offered, even though the prices are very high.

One of the reasons we like this area is that there is a very good VA medical center in Port Orange, which is about 20 miles from where we bought our place. When we left the furniture store we drove by to check it out. I plan to stop and visit with the folks there and begin the process of transferring my medical care there from the Tucson VA hospital.

With all of that done, Miss Terry said she supposed I planned to go to Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, one of my favorite local places, since it was right around the corner. Well okay, dear, if you insist!

Since we were on the go all day Saturday, yesterday was a stay-at-home day. I finished putting together the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and printed it out so Terry can begin the proofing process. She should have that done sometime this afternoon, and then I will make the corrections and get it ready to send out to our subscribers.

One of the nice things about doing strictly a digital edition now is that I can add pages as needed, and it’s quick and easy. The digital edition has been running 44 pages, but this time around I needed some more space so I added three more pages to it. And it doesn’t increase our postage costs!

Once that job is wrapped up I plan to get back to work on my latest Big Lake mystery novel, Big Lake Celebration. I had hoped to have it out by now, but between traveling down from Indiana, wrapping up the deal on the house, then evacuating because of Hurricane Matthew, I got off track. I’ve missed it and am looking forward to getting back to it.

Congratulations Jenise Harper, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Point Taken, book #10 in my friend Ben Rehder’s popular Blanco County mystery series. We had 72 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – Losing weight doesn’t seem to be working for me, so from now on I’m going to concentrate on getting taller.

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  8 Responses to “Wrapping Another One Up”

  1. Nick….here is what we use to find used furnitur…works great

    Good Luck with your ne home….Rick

  2. Looking forward to the next installment of Big Lake.

  3. Hi Nick,
    We recently went through the furniture thing. Drawers actually sliding ? Why would you even think that they would? We confused the sales person. There are some things RV manufacturers get right! We ended up with unfinished furniture made from Oregon Alder in Oregon. And the unfinished furniture store had a list of references of people who could stain or paint. It has worked out.

  4. There’s also a brand-new VA hospital just opened up this year in Orlando
    Next time you’re out scouting around look for a habitat for humanity Resale store
    There is one in New Smyrna but the ones in Orlando seem better
    If you’re looking for a specific item craigslist is even better
    Also there is a kite fest in new Smyrna Beach at the end of November

  5. Sorry I almost forgot

    Victorio’s Oyster Bar and Grille. US 1 mims
    Don’t let the oyster bar portion scare you away the seafood and the steak are excellent
    There in the process of building a new larger building directly behind the existing one

    Louis Bar BQ US 1. mims
    And if it’s barbecue you’re looking for Louis has it
    I have not been in there for about a year but if you decide to go bring your appetite

    Check the reviews on both of them. They’ve been in their location for years,, If you can’t muster with the locals you don’t last long

  6. Now you get to be members of the TWO OF EVERYTHING club. To keep from unpacking and packing the rig for every trip, you split up what you can and buy a second of everything else … mostly kitchen stuff. I’m so excited for you!!! Can’t wait to see pictures!!

  7. A few years ago we had friends who bought a place in FL and needed furniture
    like you do. They found some terrific buys at garage sales. Usually the
    family members were anxious to get rid of all the “stuff” mom & dad had.
    Happy shopping!

  8. We found we could get much better deals on second-hand things for the house at inland places . Florida calls its flea markets antique stores and charges accordingly. There are some interesting and less expensive places back off the coasts – I call it Florida outback.
    Also, because of the wealth of the people in some parts of Florida, I’ve found some amazing things at Salvation Army and Goodwill stores. It’s fun to look anyway.

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