May 252017

It seemed like every day for the last week or two the weatherman has been predicting rain for our area. And though there has been some rain come down around us, all we have had here is a brief shower or two that lasted for a couple of minutes. But that all changed yesterday.

A massive storm front came through central Florida and really dumped on us. High winds, thunder, lightning, and rain. Lots and lots of rain. And we sure needed it. Our day started about 8 AM with alerts going off on our phones warning of the storm system headed our way, including a couple of tornado warnings. We got some showers early on, then they petered out and I thought it was going to be another near miss. Boy was I wrong!

The rain started coming down again midday and it really poured. My office has a door right next to my desk that opens onto a carport on the side of our house and I opened it for a while just to watch the downpour. I would not have wanted to be driving in it, but from my desk it was nice to watch. The rain continued most of the day before the bulk of the storm moved off over the Atlantic, but even late in the evening we still had occasional light showers coming down. Hopefully it will help put down some of the many wildfires burning throughout the region.

Miss Terry spent much of the day vacuuming and doing other things to get the house ready for my son Travis and his wife Geli’s visit. We expect them to arrive sometime this afternoon for a few days. I don’t know why Terry felt the need to do all of that, because our house is always neat and tidy, but she said it’s just her thing.

Some of you have asked how to pronounce Geli’s name. It’s Gee-lah. Kind of like Sheila, only different. She’s an Alabama girl and just as sweet as they come.

While Terry was doing all of that, I was busy writing and I cranked out close to another 3,500 words in my new Big Lake book. I was hoping to get it out in June, and I’m still going to aim for that, but with the kids visiting, then us getting the motorhome ready to travel and hitting the road, plus the fact that I have to put out a new issue of the Gypsy Journal by the end of June, I’m not making any promises. I learned a long time ago that anytime I give people a specific date when a new book will be out, something always seems to get in the way and make a liar out of me. We will just have to wait and see what happens.

Speaking of books, it’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of After The Fire, book nine in my pal George Wier’s popular Bill Travis mystery series. 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.

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