My bikini thong will have to wait…

There was frost in some places last night, but it is warming up. Still sweater weather, though.

I think  it must be spring break for junior schools this week, because the hotel is crawling with rug rats, and breakfast was like a romper room. Ugh! Add to this the parents who let their kids race up and down the aisles, and others who just can’t be satisfied until they kootchy-koo a sleeping baby until it squawks, and you’ve got bedlam.

I’ll stay in and write today, but tomorrow is forecast to be in the 70s with rain on Sunday, so a beer run is in order between the two.

I must say I chose a good year to come early and stay longer. The temps are still in the teens in Orillia, but there are some days above freezing. Also in Urban where there is even a 59 in the forecast. Good to see that. Old man winter has certainly reigned supreme this year, with an especial bone-on for the east coast.

More next time.

I think there’s something screwy with my stats…

I sort of keep track of who has visited the blog by country. This doesn’t tell me who, exactly, but only the number from generally U.S. or Canada. Well, today it says I had one visitor with 4 views, 2 from U.S. and 2 from Canada. Now how that visitor split himself or herself between two countries, I don’t know. Maybe they have a dual citizenship!

It’s an odd day. The official temp says 75, but there is a gusty wind and mostly clouds. So it doesn’t feel like 75. The rest of the week is 60s with rain.

I see the north and north/east are getting socked again, and Chicago has declared it to be the coldest winter on record. Man, this has been a winter to forget!

So far I have just puttered around. I updated my other page, In praise of Canadian History, and a couple of other side jobs that were hanging fire. That’s the thing about starting a page: you have to keep it fresh if you want people to visit. That is why every Monday, without fail, I update my book review page.

Well, back to writing. More next time.

Another nice day, but…

more miserable weather tomorrow. Up, down, up down, it just seem to settle on a happy medium.

Did a ‘just-in-case’ beer run this morning before it gets too hot. Speaking of such things, beloved old Sluggers has reopened at a new location. 3501 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. I haven’t been there yet, but it looks great–larger with a pool table.

new sluggers

It took until 1:00 this morning to finish writing my book review. Poor reviews always take longer. They have to be couched in such diplomatic that the author won’t be hurt, and yet the readers will get the picture. Nonetheless, I finally got it written.

Yesterday was a nice bright day, and I suppose it was comfortable enough in the sun, but it was just a bit too cool to work in the pool area. However, I’m out here today.

Must get some writing done.

More next time.

A superb day … at last!

Sunshine and 70s (felt like 90). My kind of weather. I did a beer run, and it was hot in the sun. It’s also good to see it’s starting to modify up north.

This week is ‘Bike Week’ in Daytona. Many of the bikers stay here and commute, so if you’re into bikers this is the place to be. Not many staying here, though. It’s a bit too quiet for their tastes. One ‘daddy’ came in with his ‘son’ for dinner last evening. The son looked like the ‘tricky’ type (hat on backwards, slinky shorts, etc.) and spent most of the meal with his nose in a smartphone. However, I suspect conversation isn’t his strong suit.


It’s good to see the sunshine, but I can do without daylight saving time. No one has ever proven it does any good–apart from disrupting people’s lives, and modifying their behaviour (because the gov’t can, type of thing). However, I guess we’ll get used to it.

Tomorrow is book review day, so I may or may not post until I finish.

More next time.

Today is International Women’s Day…

How many a) know there is an International Men’s Day? and b) the date?

When I was researching this point I discovered that none other than the Director of WOMEN AND CULTURE OF PEACE, Ingeborg Breines, said of IMD, “This is an excellent idea and would give some gender balance.” She added that UNESCO was looking forward to cooperating with the organizers.”

Hmm … Do you get the sense that she was overly enthusiastic about the idea?

Anyone interested in a movement to save the tiger? 🙂

Sunshine at last, but cool. However, tomorrow promises to be more seasonal, i.e. 70.

I spent the day writing, and I’m about to go back at it.

More next time.


Dreary, dreary, dreary…

But, thankfully, the end is in sight. Tomorrow there is some sunshine in the forecast, and by Sunday we should see a 70. By Florida standards this has been a cool winter, and certainly the coolest I’ve seen.

I seem to be falling apart. First I battled a tooth ache, which–touch wood–has settled down, and last night I picked at a blemish on my ear and started it bleeding. I had to sleep with a band aid on it so I wouldn’t get blood on the pillow case. Fortunately, it has dried up, too.

Today being Friday, the tourists should start arriving–although the parking lot is quiet a present. Spring break is coming up, too, so the place will probably be crawling with rug rats. The hotel is very good, however, because it tends to keep these upstairs. I even heard one desk clerk say he didn’t but ‘screaming kids’ beside seniors. My kind of thoughtfulness, for certain. That sort of thinking comes from maturity.

It’s back to writing for the rest of the day. The two boys have been at odds for the past couple of days (a love/turmoil-type-of-thing), but now they are just getting back together–stronger, of course. I’m also introducing one of the mythical villains–“Nass-a-geyiel” the ‘trickster’ raven. He is an enemy of the two boys for something that happened centuries before in their reincarnated past. So you can understand why the writing is so tricky, trying to hold all of this together.

Therefore I will get back at it. More next time.

Another dreary day in the 50s…

It’s probably connected to that big storm out of California, but it has been rainy and cool here since Monday. However, the good news is that we are to return to ‘seasonal’ weather on the weekend.

Spent the day catching up on small jobs–like posting an update to In Praise of Canadian History, and updating my bio. So far my tooth is holding fire, and since I have used the last of my penicillin I’m hoping it holds off until I get home. However, I somehow think that’s wishful thinking.

There is one benefit to this inclement weather: I’m getting lots of writing done. Not racking up the pages, but making steady progress. It’s one of those story where you are always working on the edge, so there is no race to the finish line.

Hope all is well with everyone.

More next time.

PS: My Canadian friends might be interested in my recent posts to ‘Stop the Bull!’

Dreary day…

The weather is up and down like a toilet seat. Yesterday was close to 80, and today is in the 50s. However, these gloomy days assure that I stay inside and work.

The recalcitrant tooth seems to have settled down. I have been on a penicillin regimen for the past three days, which seems to be working. I am going to use all the penicillin I have to make sure the infection is gone. Also stepping up the hygiene, and hopefully that will get me through until I get home.

A bus load of rug rats arrived yesterday, but fortunately they are keeping them on the third floor. Otherwise the hotel is busy with people escaping the dreadful conditions up north. Most of these are pleasant, but invariably you get an old crab. One old biddy was giving the waitress a hard time over the ‘complimentary’ breakfast.

With some rooms the hotel includes a breakfast. It’s in the price of the room, of course, but they call it ‘complimentary’ just the same. Well, this old gal was haranguing the waitress on the point. Moreover, she went on and on even after the waitress told her to take it up with the front desk. Talk about driving the knife in and twisting it.

I haven’t seen many Canadian licence plates, though.

Wisely did my beer run yesterday, so I should have enough until the weekend.

More next time.

Another nice-looking day…

But cool. The official temp is 75, but there’s a cool breeze that keeps the comfort-index on the edge. Tried to work beside the pool, but it was just to cool.

The northland is still in the minuses (i.e. -11F overnight) or being socked with snow. Contrary to popular opinion I’m not escaping his winter because I just now paid my snow-removal bill of $375, and the hydro bill is due tomorrow. I have no  idea what it will amount to, but I’m expecting $300+. As I have said many times before, winter is just one cold, inconvenient, unhealthy and expensive season.

Yesterday my tooth decided to really act up, but fortunately I travel with a supply of penicillin, so today I’m starting to get it under control. I’ll keep dosing it until I’m sure the infection is completely gone. After that, if it flares up again, I’ll have to find a dentist down here. I don’t know whether that’s covered under my health insurance or not. It should be for $1,300 bucks!

It’s beer-run-day tomorrow, because the rest of the week is cool and rainy. It’s also brook review day, so I won’t get too much writing done.

More next time.