Jan 032019

The weather here in Central Florida has been crazy. In the last week we’ve had overnight temperatures that dropped down into the upper 30s, and some days we had to wear jackets when we left the house. Other days, like yesterday, it was in the 80s and the air conditioner was running. I guess the only thing you can depend on with the weather is that if you don’t like it, wait a couple of hours and it will probably change.

But I guess we can’t complain when I see these pictures taken by friends in different parts of Arizona where they have had snow for the last couple of days.

Really? Snow in Arizona? A lot of people think Arizona is all desert, but the White Mountains, our former home before we became fulltime RVers, gets snow every winter. In fact, Sunrise Park Resort is one of the most popular winter sports venues in the Southwest. But these pictures were taken in Tucson and Benson. I recall that it was snowing on the day we went to purchase our first motorhome in Mesa, Arizona. It usually doesn’t last very long at the lower elevations, but this storm seems to be hanging on for a while.

In other news, I got word yesterday that the audiobook of Badge Bunny, the third book in my John Lee Quarrels series, is now available on Audible.com. The audiobook of book #4 in the series, Mullets And Man Buns, should also be out very soon. And the print edition of Strawberry Slugbug, the fifth book in the series, is now available on Amazon.

Terry and I went to Daytona Beach yesterday for a regular scheduled checkup with my primary care physician at the VA medical clinic. Just like with my civilian doctor last week, the VA doctor is impressed because all my lab results are looking very good. A1C, cholesterol, blood pressure, and everything else indicate that I might be around to get underfoot for a long time yet. I guess that’s a good thing, isn’t it?

On the way home, we stopped at the county tag and title office in New Smyrna Beach so I could order a personalized license plate for my Mustang. This is a small office, but they’re very efficient and seldom do we have to wait more than a few minutes. I don’t know if it was because yesterday was the first of the month, early in the new year, or because it was the first day back after a holiday, but for whatever reason the place was packed. Even so, we were in and out in less than half an hour.

Our next stop was at Fiesta Maya, an excellent Mexican restaurant in New Smyrna Beach. Their shrimp enchiladas are beyond delicious. We eat there often enough that the pretty young waitress knows us by sight and automatically brings our unsweetened tea and knows what we are going to order.

Back at Terra Mar Village we swung by our friend Jim Lewis’s place for a few minutes, then went down to the fishing pier because it’s been a while since we’ve done that. It was dark but there are lights on the pier and I wished we had brought our nets because the shrimp were really active. We saw several big ones, along with a bunch of pan sized trout that were chasing them, looking for an easy meal.

Today I’ll be back at the computer, trying to finish my new Big Lake book, or at least getting it very close to being finished. And I think Terry plans to start on her new weaving project, which she’s looking forward to doing.  I am also hoping to get a call back from the company that laid our carpet back in June. When they were doing the job one of their guys said something about it needed a kicker or some such thing to make it stay tight and we have some ridges or loose areas that are getting worse. I tried calling a few times and finally stopped in before the holidays and the young man there said he would pass the word on. I figured they were busy with Christmas, but it’s a new year and time to get to work. It’s been six months already.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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 – I would like to thank my middle finger for always sticking up for me when I need it.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “At Least We’re Not In Arizona”

  1. Can’t wait to see the new project Miss Terry is working on. It’s crazy how much snow is in the DESERT!! I’m hoping it melts off quickly or my puppies are going to be in trouble. That’s their LAWN under all that snow!

  2. So here I am planning our first post-retirement winter RV trip to Tucson in February, so we can experience the “scene” I’ve read so much about from other RVers, and now there is SNOW???? This is not how the plan was supposed to work.

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