It was a busy day around here yesterday. The local pollen has had my head clogged up, so I took some Benadryl before I went to bed the night before and wound up sleeping later than I usually do.
After a light breakfast, or more like lunch, I started working on my free author’s newsletter, announcing the release of my new Tinder Street book Boom And Bust. For some reason, I just couldn’t get the pages to format correctly. I’m not sure what was going on, but I tried to add a couple more pages to the newsletter, and it just would not let me do it. After about three hours of fighting with it and looking online for solutions, I finally gave up and sent out what I had to my subscribers.
Speaking of Boom And Bust, I really appreciate everybody who bought it and told their friends about it. Out of the millions of e-books on Amazon, in the first 24 hours it was ranked at number 6,967. That’s not too shabby, and I am grateful for all of you.
While I was getting that done, Terry was busy with some projects she wanted to finish around the house before our kids come to visit in a couple of weeks, including hanging up some artwork that we bought at a local antique mall a while back. In her sewing room, which is also our second guest bedroom, she hung up a set of four pictures.
Then she hung up these two in the living room. I guess it’s only appropriate that since we live next door to the ocean that we have a beach theme.
When she was finished with that, she helped me rearrange and hang this case of badges for me. As I’ve mentioned before, I collect police badges, but I also have quite a collection of other badges, including a bunch of chauffeurs and taxicab driver badges from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Now they’re all in one case together, along with some other oddball badges I’ve picked up along the way.
One more project was to arrange and hang up this display of a Texas Ranger badge, some old silver certificates, and an old leather coin purse that I acquired a year or so ago. There’s an interesting story behind this display, and you can read about it in my blog post titled Real Or Not, I Like It. At the time I posted that blog, the jury was still out as to whether or not this was a real Texas Ranger badge. Since then, a fellow named Bart Krackenlow, who has been collecting Texas Ranger memorabilia for over 40 years, has told me his research shows that it is indeed a real badge. He offered to buy the display from me for a lot more money than I ever thought it would be worth. But I like it, so it’s not going anywhere.
Of course, all of that is never enough for Terry, who is like the Energizer Bunny and never stops going. So when she was finished all of that, she made delicious shrimp quesadillas for dinner. What a woman!
Be sure to enter our latest 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 R.V. sites, a place for campground reviews, 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. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with U.S. addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – Everyone has heard of Karl Marx. But no one remembers his sister, Onya, who invented the starter pistol.