As the title implies, I’m home from five months in Florida. Yes, I was greeted with a beautiful, but wet, snowfall on Monday . . . but, today it’s mostly gone. Over these past years I’ve come to expect Hibbing looking winter-worn, and unattractive in a colorless way. Traveling here I left behind palm trees and flowers, drove through the green mountains of Tennessee and Kentucky, and green fields of sprouting corn in Illinois. Along the way I was stopped a quarter of a mile away from a fatal accident between Birmingham and Nashville and just missed tornados south of Peducah, Kentucky. I did get heavy rain and winds of 70 mph. As crazy as it seems/and is, I made the nearly 2,000 miles in two days. Adrenalin or stupidity?
Back home feels good. Despite five months in the near-tropical climate of Naples, I get homesick. Most of involves the familiar faces people I know. And I come home with a story on my computer. It’s going through a rewrite now but, if I keep up with my 3-4 hours daily, I should have something to pass on to my preliminary readers in June. If that schedule works I’ll have a new title on the market by this fall. (Patty Shafer at the Mulberry Bush has done a marvelous job in marketing my previous books through the winter). My working title is TWELVE. While in Naples I did have one gig and am slowly developing a readership there. Slowly! It’s not really that important to me as I realize that I’m just a regional writer–and I’m perfectly content with that.
I’m looking forward to watching the Twins on TV every night. I did get to Spring Training in Fort Myers several times and got an autographed baseball from Brian Dozier–one of my favorite Twins. Besides the daily news, a good movie now and then, I have a baseball passion. I’m optimistic as always. A winning record in April is very encouraging. Tonight the Oakland A’s are in town and I’ll be glued to the set.
Still not much in the way of summer plans. Just attended my grandson Noah’s first communion and my nephew Matthew is getting married in July. Still recovering from prostate surgery but my last PSA was excellent!
Not much else is new or exciting. I do look forward to seeing many of you over the summer months. God bless . . .