Today is a very special day at our house because it is Miss Terry’s birthday. And though it may be her birthday, the rest of the world, and especially me, got a wonderful present when she was born. Happy birthday my love, I’m going to try very hard to make sure you have a wonderful day. You deserve it!
It’s interesting that June 22 was also my mother’s birthday. I wonder what some psychologist would have to say about that?
I’m not sure what we are going to do today, because it’s all up to Terry. I suggested driving up to St. Augustine for the day, or we could go buy the new washer and dryer she needs (yes, I’m that hopelessly romantic), or anything else that strikes her fancy. Or, except for going out to dinner, we may just stay home and relax. Sometimes that’s exactly what Terry wants to do, and that’s fine with me, too.
A few times over the years people have asked why I always call her Miss Terry. And a couple of times people have asked if we are actually married. Yes, we are not only married, we are very happily married and it just gets better every day. In fact, we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary come January. I call her Miss Terry as a term of affection and respect.
Several years ago somebody contacted me and said they wanted to subscribe to the Gypsy Journal, but as born-again Christians they first wanted to make sure that Terry and I were not living in sin, because it would offend them to give their money to somebody living as a couple who were not married. I assured them that, yes, we are married. But I also suggested they keep their money because I told them I was pretty sure it would only be a matter of time before I found some way to offend them.
Yesterday Terry vacuumed the motorhome and did a bit of cleaning on the inside while I washed down the water bay, and then we moved it over to our community storage lot. I have had some inquiries from people interested in purchasing the Winnebago but so far, nothing has transpired. I’d really like to get it sold so somebody else can enjoy it.
Of course, I could have sold it several times already if I would have been willing to take payments. But I’ve got a deal worked out with the local bank manager; I don’t make loans and he doesn’t write books. It seems to work out pretty well for both of us.
A couple of people have asked me how we plan to tolerate the hot summer here in Florida if we’re not traveling. Two words – air conditioning. Like anybody who lives in a hot climate, we will go from our air conditioned house to our air conditioned car to the air conditioned store. Yes, it will be hot and humid. But after deciding this area was where we wanted to settle down, we spent last summer in Elkhart, Indiana, within spitting distance of the Michigan state line. I watched the weather there and down here every day, and it was usually no more than 5° hotter here in Florida, and the humidity was maybe 5 to 10% higher. So what’s the difference if it’s 92° and 65% humidity, or 97° and 75% humidity? Either way, you adjust your lifestyle to accommodate the weather, just like people do living in cold climates.
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing and we’ve got a great prize this week. Jim O’Briant has donated a one year subscription to www.OvernightRVParking.com. This is a great resource for RVers, listing well over 13,000 free places where you can park overnight. It’s a $24.95 value and it could be yours free if you’re our lucky winner. 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 – Some days you eat salads and go to the gym, and some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants. It’s called balance.