Thursday, December 5, 2013

December, and the "Joy of Reading"



I've been remiss in posting for a few days.  It's mainly because I've been reading like crazy.  I still need to get my "Books" Page up and running; for now, I'll just let you know that I'm reading a series by Jeffrey Archer, called The Clifton Chronicles.  I read the first book, "Only Time Will Tell," in a day and a half - just couldn't put it down.  Then, yesterday I read the second, "The Sins of the Father," completely in one day.  Both of the above I read on Kindle - so convenient.  But, the reason I bought them is because I'd bought a paperback that, after I'd purchased it, I found it's the third of installment.  Call me anal-retentive or whatever, but I always like to start at the beginning.  So, I loaded the first two books to my iCloud and they're now history.  I love iCloud because I can read on any of my electronic devices - computer, iPad or iPhone.

My conundrum for today is:  shall I start reading the third, "Best Kept Secret," this morning?  Or, should I wait until later.  If I begin now, I know I'll not get much else done today!

Let's see, what am I 'getting done' in Livingston?  The other day I had an oil and filter change in Petunia Smart car.  I can't express how great it is to be past all the problems with that little car.  She's running like a top (or a petunia!) and I love having wheels to get around without packing up the rig.  Floribunda Flair is going in to the RV service center tomorrow for a tune up, too; so she'll be ready for the next jaunt further into the southeastern US.  I'm paid up here until Sunday and may even decide to stay a little longer; partly because I don't have any set plan for our next destination.  I'm planning to get onto a path either on, or around, I-10, heading east.  If anybody has suggestions for stops in Louisiana around I-10, I'd love some input.


Confusing Weather - Livingston, Texas

When we arrived here a week and a half ago, it was unusually COLD, like freezing; now it's unusually WARM.  Yesterday it got up to about 80 and last night down to only about 72; so I have available my ski jacket and UGHs and my shorts and sandals!

Maybe I'll take a few photos to add to the blog in the next day or so.  Happy Thursday Everybody!

35 comments:

  1. As you head east, check out Davis Bayou campground in Ocean Springs, MS. It's near Biloxi. It seems remote but is actually quite close to town. $11/day with your senior card.
    http://www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/davis-bayou-camping.htm
    Roger

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    1. Thanks, Roger, it looks great. I've got it on my list. I haven't been commenting too much on your blog 'cause I'm not a wine drinker - any more. I do enjoy reading it though.

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  2. Here's a review of Davis Bayou
    http://wecallithome.blogspot.com/2010/03/davis-bayou-campground-gulf-islands.html

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  3. Just an update to my post of earlier today ... After awaking to an indoor temp of 75 and an outdoor temp of about 70 ..... As I've been Internet surfing I started to get chilly. Well, the indoor temp had dropped to 68 and the outdoor to 59! So, another wardrobe change!

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  4. Better than the 25 degrees we had in your hometown last night....brrr. Only 34 right now (10 am) --Dave

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    1. I keep track of Sacramento and Redding for my California kids. It's cold! It's getting really cold tonight here and probably we're looking at an ice storm. Yikes, hope my water doesn't freeze. they told me at Camping World that I could stay several nights in the 20s..... Hope that's true.

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    2. Not sure if you can do this, but I know some put a 100w light bulb in the bay where the tanks are, sometime two of them. In an enclosed area, that would be enough heat to keep the tanks and lines in there from freezing. search for this in amazon so you can see what I mean (spt-2 clamp lamp). You just need to provide power, which sometimes is available close by.

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  5. You're not planning on going farther south into Texas? so much to see and do this time of year around there ... from the Rio Grande Valley to South Padre Island to Port Aransas... Rockport ... San Antonio... tons of stuff...

    We're preparing for an ice storm... just got an alert from our electric company to be prepard for a 5-7 day outage! that's the problem with the southern areas ... we get rain then BAM freezing temperatures and ICE ... bad bad stuff...

    So. I'm indoors for a long time. I don't drive at all in ice... hate it! wish I were in Port A ... now... There is a GTG going on there... I did tell you of this, right?

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    1. I'm still considering more of Texas; I have the hardest time trying to make up my mind about where to go and where and when to stay.
      I know San Antonio pretty well, having visited a few times, once for week earlier this year. Not sure whether I should head further south or into Louisiana and east.....

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  6. Before you start that book today, I think you had better batten down the hatches. Not nice weather is on it's way.

    I agree with RV Bond. Davis Bayou is pretty nice and there's lots to see and do in the area. Great shrimp po' boys in the area too. :)

    Coming from Livingston, you could stop at Poche's Fish-N-Camp in Breaux Bridge, LA, on your way to MS. Reasonably priced and a nice looking campground. I haven't stayed there, but I looked it over while having work done on the rig in Scott, LA. It's a doable drive in one day.

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    1. Hi Judith ... Thanks for that suggestion; I'll look into it when I get off here. Oh yes. I finally bought a lounge chair the other day but this afternoon I packed it into the car to avoid the rain / ice! Yikes

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  7. I don't know that area at all - never been there - but I vote for starting your book later this afternoon or after dinner. That way, hopefully you'll have to stop when you're tired, and then tomorrow you'll still have the rest of the book to read. I'm going to see if I can get any audiobooks by Archer. I'm looking forward to your Book List - I especially love finding new authors with series that I can start. :)

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    1. I started it this afternoon, but have only read about 100 pages (of 500) so it'll last another couple of days! I'll get that list going.

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  8. Keeping fingers crossed for good luck woth the girls--Floribunda and Petunia. And I always vote for more reading.
    Love Brenda

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    1. Yes MP. Brenda Patrick NP. Reading your blogs everyday or at least the days you post.

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  9. Frog City RV near Raine and Lafayette, LA! Nice for a few nights. Great eats towards Lafayette. A great place to eat Chef Randall. You would get a feel for Cajun country!!

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  10. Just your luck. You'll be in Lafayette and Breaux Bridge and Mulate's, the real cajun restaurant has gone out of business. There was nothing like it.
    As for weather. The Willamette Valley is scheduled for 13 degrees tonight. That's the cold they're getting in Sac.

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  11. Do you plan on visiting Duck Commander?
    Brenda

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    1. I'm so glad it's you! You know, I don't know much about Duck Dynasty but one of my granddaughters is totally hooked. Are they somewhere in this part of the country? Or, is Duck Commander something else? Hey love your grandkids' photos on facebook. And, hmmm, that man!

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    2. Duck Commander is the name of the business and it's in Louisianna. Begins with an L. you're headed that way right? Glad you're seeing what I'm up to also but I still envy and admire you. Yes and Dan's a great guy.
      Brenda

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    3. Duck Commander is the name of the business and it's in Louisianna. Begins with an L. you're headed that way right? Glad you're seeing what I'm up to also but I still envy and admire you. Yes and Dan's a great guy.
      Brenda

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  12. Stay warm and enjoy your reading! :-)

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. Yes, I'm well into the third of Jeffrey Archer's books. Had the RV in for a tuneup this AM and read there when I wasn't watching all the news about Mandela ... a great man.

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  13. MP, Check out http://www.bettysrvpark.com/about.htm We stopped for a night and stayed 2 weeks What a place

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    1. I have a reservation for 12/17-12/31. I've spoken with Betty on the phone and have also emailed back and forth. She seems to be really nice and I'm looking forward to getting all involved in that Cajun cooking and Creole language and culture. Thank you so much for the tip.

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  14. Mary-Pat,
    I don't read many novels, but you got me hooked on the Clifton Chronicles.
    Roger

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    1. I'm on the last five pages of the third. The fourth isn't due out for a few months, but I know I'll want to read it. I'm also listening to "The Storm of War: A New History of World War II," by Andrew Roberts. It's 28-hours long so it'll take quite a lot of driving to get through it, but it's very good so far (about 3 hours in).

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    2. Have you read Archer's bio on Wikipedia? He's quite a character. I'm going to borrow "The Storm of War… from my library. Thanks,
      Roger

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