When we lived in northern Arizona before we started fulltime RVing, strong winds were a fact of life in the springtime. Strong to the point of being dangerous. Anybody who has ever been caught on a highway in a sandstorm knows what I’m talking about. It’s bad enough in an automobile, but in an RV it can become downright treacherous. A couple of times when we went back to visit my daughter in our old hometown of Show Low, we had to delay our planned departure day while we waited for the winds to die down. Of course, Tiffany liked that because it meant we got to hang around a while longer.
For the last week or so it’s felt the same way here on Florida’s central coast. The winds have been from the north at 20 to 25 miles per hour, blowing the palm trees around, causing high surf at the beach, and even whitecaps here on the Intercoastal Waterway. There is supposed to be a kite festival in New Smyrna Beach this weekend and the wind is supposed to be down into the 10 to 15 mile-per-hour range, so hopefully the kite fliers can get some flying time in.
The temperatures have also cooled down considerably around here, with daytime highs in the low to mid 70s. That’s just about perfect. If this keeps up we may get some fishing time in before too long. Although, local reports say the water is still pretty murky as a result of Hurricane Irma. But you know what they say, the worst day fishing is still better than the best day working.
Speaking of working, that’s pretty much all I’ve been doing, and I’m closing in on 40,000 words on my new Big Lake mystery. I’m still on schedule for an early December release.
The last couple of days I’ve been pitching another one of my books, Black Friday. It’s the story of a man who goes shopping the day after Thanksgiving and finds his whole life turned upside down due to a chance encounter with a mysterious woman. Blog reader Mike Goad had a very nice review of the book in his Haw Creek blog yesterday. Check it out.
After reading my How Do You Holiday blog yesterday, a couple of readers contacted me to say that something else to consider is helping out those less fortunate during the holidays by helping serve meals at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Thanks for reminding me of that. We all need to give something back to the world once in a while.
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Thought For The Day – I read in the newspaper that someone in New York gets mugged every 32 seconds. That guy should stay home and keep his doors locked