Off To A Good Start

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 022017

Thank you to everybody who purchased a copy of my new book, Big Lake Celebration, told their family and friends about it, and shared links on Facebook. It’s off to a very good start. Just six hours after it went live on Sunday evening it was ranked #5,088 on Amazon, and by yesterday afternoon it was at #3,480. When you think of all the hundreds of thousands of books on Amazon (actually, one figure has it is high as 3.4 million), that’s pretty awesome.

And the book already has its first five-star review! Reviews are very important to authors, and I appreciate every one I get.

With that out of the way, I parked myself at my computer yesterday morning and got back to work on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. I worked straight through until about 8 p.m., when I stopped to get a bite to eat, then Terry and I played a couple of games of darts, and I was back at it and worked until midnight. I hate missing a deadline and really want to get it out as soon as possible. I appreciate everybody’s patience.

While I was doing that, Terry was working on a backlog of bookkeeping, and updating our mailing list. Between moving into the new house and getting settled in, and then having company, we both got behind. As we were eating dinner we were talking about the fact that she still hasn’t been able to put a project on her new loom, and my boat hasn’t seen the water since we took it on a test ride the day we purchased it. We asked ourselves how we ever found time to do everything while we were living and traveling in the motorhome. Hopefully, once I get the new issue of the Gypsy Journal out and Terry gets caught up her backlog, we will finally have time to enjoy all the reasons we moved here.

Pretty much anywhere you go in Florida you’re going to deal with mosquitos and no-see-ums, which are tiny little flying insects that you don’t know have bitten you until after the fact. They leave an ugly welt that festers and begins to itch, and lasts for days. I wanted to give you a yea and nay on two different products I mentioned a while back to combat them. One is Avon SKIN-SO-SOFT Bug Guard PLUS lotion. We slather it on whenever we go down to the water or are doing anything outside, and it works great. We have not had one bite while we were wearing it.

In fact, it’s so good that even though we are only partway through the first bottle I ordered from Amazon, I went back online and ordered a three-pack so we have some in the garage and in both vehicles.

Not so good are the Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard towelettes. I’m not impressed with them at all. They’re good for about two hours at most, and before you know it you become a cafeteria for the bloodthirsty flying critters around here.

Our buddy Jim Lewis spent a couple of weeks with us and liked the area so much that he purchased a place just a block or so away! How cool is that? Jim has been living in Mission, Texas the last couple of years and has some terrible respiratory problems that have been made worse due to allergies to things there. It was so bad that he was on oxygen for a while, and taking medication daily.

But this area is supposed to have some of the best air in the country, and seeing the dramatic transformation in Jim makes me believe that is true. He didn’t need his oxygen or his medication all the while he was here. He was walking around all over the place without a problem, and even helped us move a big heavy dresser without gasping for breath. (Which is more than I can say for myself.)

We are looking forward to having Jim as a neighbor, he’s a good guy. And it will be nice to have somebody we know close enough to look after our place when we are off traveling in our motorhome.

We don’t normally carry for sale ads in the blog, but I have been advertising Jim’s park model back in Mission. Here it is again. If you looking for a really nice, clean snowbird roost in the Rio Grande Valley, it’s a heck of a deal.

Are you looking for an affordable winter roost in a friendly, active adult RV resort in the Rio Grande Valley? Check out this very clean one bedroom, one bath park model in Pleasant Valley RV Resort in Mission, Texas. It is move-in ready, with all appliances and furniture included. Features include hardwood floors, a carport, a new metal roof, a new air conditioner, and the low annual lot rent is paid through April. All this for just $23,000. For more information, call (928) 367-4336.

Congratulations Bill Grimwood, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Ken Rossignol’s Pirate Trials: Famous Murderous Pirates Book Series: THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES of FAMOUS and SUNDRY PIRATES. We had 48 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!

Thought For The Day – An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.

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  6 Responses to “Off To A Good Start”

  1. Thank you on the skin so soft recommendation. Last summer I purchased one of those mosquito repellent wristbands and immediately a mosquito bit right next to the band! I’ll try this stuff next. Really glad to hear your new home is working out for you. Happy New Year to both of you and Jim , also. Mary

  2. “Skin So Soft” is in my defense arsenal and I would recommend it highly. When I was in Tennessee a couple of years ago I was eaten alive by Chiggers. It was my first experience since I am a West Coast guy. Long story short. I met a Marine in South Carolina who told me about the product. I started using it, never a bite from anything since.

  3. Nick,
    Different Subject: Out West Travel

    I am a newbie to the Fifth wheel/RV life. I am taking family on month long West trip (May 29-June 30th). I work remotely and plan to work 2-3 days a week and struggling in the Grand Teton area (Jun 4-7th) for an RV campground where I will have solid WIFI connection in the campground area. I called and talked to the following: Jackson Lodge, Colter Bay, and Headwaters. However, I was wondering if other options may be available. I have AT&T cell service and can use that as my hotspot. However, the coverage is sketchy (I hear). Any suggestions. Appreciate any guidance!


  4. Shane,
    I’m sorry, but we have not spent much time in hat area, so I’m afraid I don’t have any input to offer you.

  5. Nick I’m really interested in what and why the air quality is so good in your area? Reason for asking is that my wife has terrible allergies, along with COPD and last winter we were down in FL and she had terrible problems with her allergies. To the point of her Dr. told her to stay away from the southern states, which was a huge blow to our lifestyle. We were not far from Gainesville when she had that problem. My question is maybe the Atlantic makes it better for some reason? Really curious on this one as we stayed home here in MI this winter just because of this whole problem. And I can say easily that it’s just flat cold here! Thanks.

  6. Dave, I think it may have something to do with the sea air. When he gets 20 miles or so inland our friend’s breathing problems quickly return.

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