We had a busy day at home yesterday. Miss Terry was busy stuffing envelopes all day, and she put a huge dent in the job. I am always amazed at how fast she can whip through this Herculean task.
Because each envelope that goes out under Standard Rate mail is bar coded, getting even one out of sequence creates major difficulties (and delays) at the post office. Terry has her own method of getting the job done, and she will not allow me or anybody else to help her. We’ve had many people offer to pitch in and help get the job done faster in the past, and each time, all it has done is slow down the process. So I just stay out of the way and let her do her thing. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
While Terry was hard at work, I was busy trying to teach myself how to use a computer page layout program called InDesign. For years I have been using an ancient version of another layout program called PageMaker to put the Gypsy Journal together, and it is so antiquated that it will not work with many other computer programs, or on computers running anything newer than Windows XP.
I bought InDesign a couple of years ago, and to be honest, it just intimidated the heck out of me. I don’t do well learning computer programs from a book, I need to do it hands on. Since PageMaker has become more and more problematic, my goal was to get familiar enough with the new InDesign program to use it. After a lot of online research, a couple of online videos, and a lot of experimentation, I think I am finally getting a pretty good handle on it now.
It was a cold, windy, nasty day, and we even had snow flurries a couple of times! At one point, when I carried a couple of plastic mail bins filled with envelopes out to the van, the wind almost blew the heavy van door shut on me. Wasn’t spring supposed to start on March 20? What ever happened to April showers bringing May flowers?
I hope my daughter knows how much I am sacrificing to be here visiting her. I have RVing friends who are in 75 and 80 degree weather right now, and I’d sure like to be there! Of course, every time one of my little granddaughters snuggles up with me and gives me a kiss on the cheek and says “I love you, Grandpa Nick,” it’s worth every frigid minute I spend here!
Okay, I have a new brainstorm. For years now I have been trying to get Miss Terry to compile some of her great recipes from her Miss Terry’s Kitchen column in the Gypsy Journal into a cookbook, to no avail. She is just convinced that nobody would buy it, even though many of you have told her you will. So how about if I could convince her to do a new Miss Terry’s Kitchen blog a couple of times a week? Who would be interested in it? Let her know by posting a comment here, or sending her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m not saying it will happen, but who knows, anything’s possible.
Thought For The Day – If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?