I have one more page to put together and then insert a cover photo on the front page and I will be finished with the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. Once that’s done, I’ll print it out for Miss Terry to proof a final time, make any necessary corrections, and get it ready to go. I think we’ve got some good stories in this issue that our readers are going to enjoy.
I’ll be glad to be done with it for several reasons, not the least of which is that my right wrist and hand are throbbing from hour upon hour of using the mouse to lay out the pages. It takes a lot of tedious work to get everything just where it needs to be, and my arthritic old hands are not doing so well anymore. After over 18 years, it’s time for us to give some serious thought to finding a successor if the paper is going to continue. We have reached the point in our lives where we want to slow down and focus on the things we enjoy doing more.
Another reason I’ll be glad to be done with this issue is because then I can jump into my next John Lee Quarrels mystery. I’ve already got most of the book written in my head, it’s just a case of getting it out of there and onto the computer. My goal was to have four new novels out this year, and I’m way behind schedule. My recently released Big Lake Tragedy was number two for the year, so I’ve really got to get cracking to get the other two done.
In between proofing stories for the new issue as I printed them out, Terry has been busy setting up the first project on her Glimakra floor loom. There are over 720 individual threads which then have to go through an equal number of string heddles, all done by hand. I don’t know how she has the patience for it. I sure wouldn’t! But she loves it, and if you have ever seen any of the shawls, scarves and other custom creations she turns out, you would understand why.
Some people have asked if Terry is going to be selling any of her weaving. She has said that she might eventually set up an online Etsy shop, but she’s not ready for that yet. She does it for the love of the art form, and most of what she has made she has given to friends and loved ones. Who knows, if she ever decides to sell any, I may show them here in the blog and see who’s interested.
I got an e-mail yesterday from one of the people who had made an appointment to see our motorhome and then didn’t show up, telling me his wife had been ill. He said she’s feeling better now and they would like to come by this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed for us.
Several blog readers have asked where they can find pictures and information on the 2002 Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome we are selling. I have set up a page for it, with lots of info and photos. You can access it here at this Motorhome For Sale link.
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Thought For The Day – I thought the dryer was shrinking my clothes, but my wife told me that the refrigerator is doing it