Well, none of my friends or relatives called to tell me they had won the big Powerball drawing and wanted to split the money with me, so I spent yesterday working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. Yeah, I know, you heard that before. That’s pretty much all we’ve been doing this week. I write and print out stuff, Miss Terry proofs it, I make the corrections, and lay out the paper. But we’re getting there, and we should be able to wrap it up pretty easily in the next couple of days and get it uploaded to our printer sometime Sunday.
I’ll be glad when the job is done. I love the traveling and finding the stories to share with you and writing them, but the actual process of laying out the paper is just tedious work. And my arthritic hands are paying the price for so much time at the keyboard and using the trackpad.
Please don’t get me wrong, we love what we do and I wouldn’t trade this gig for any job in the world. I’m just not very good at the precision work needed to lay out everything on the computer’s screen and make it fit.
The good news is that with all of the traveling we’ve done in the last few months, from the Midwest to New England and south to Florida, we have a surplus of stories that will carry us through several issues of the paper. Sometimes when we’re sitting still for a while we have to scramble to find things to include in an issue. But if we didn’t go to one more museum or historic site or oddball attraction the rest of the winter we still have more than enough for three more issues after this one is printed.
While I’ve been working at the computer Miss Terry has been busy proofing everything as I print it out, as well as proofing my new Highway History book at the same time. She also managed to get a little bit of crocheting done, and cook an absolutely spectacular meal of shrimp scampi with Parmesan linguine for dinner. Yes, I know, I’ve got it made! And you’re right, I don’t deserve her. You’re not telling me anything her mother and I don’t both already know very well. After almost 15 years I still have to pinch myself every day to realize I’m not dreaming.
Thought For The Day – If you want your dreams to come true, wake up, roll up your sleeves, and get to work!