Grinding Out The Pages

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 042012

The title of today’s blogs says it all, because that is what I was doing all day yesterday. Grinding out pages for the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. It’s not the most exciting or glamorous part of our job, but it’s what we’re all about. And it’s what I’ll be doing for the next few days.

Except for a quick trip to the post office to mail out orders that had come in with our mail Monday, I didn’t leave my desk all day long. By the end of the day I had accomplished quite a bit and was happy with the progress I had made.

Meanwhile, Miss Terry was busy with a project of her own. A while back I bought her an antique Le Gare circular sock knitting machine and she has been looking forward to getting it set up. The other day she bought an inexpensive wooden barstool at WalMart, and yesterday she dug her jigsaw out of one of our storage bays and notched the stool to accommodate the machine. Since she was using power tools, and a sock machine has moving parts, I did what I do best. I stayed the heck out of the way!

Yes I know, they sell socks at Wally World all over the country. But what fun is that? Between her spinning wheel, with which she can turn raw wool into yarn, and the sock machine which can turn that yarn into wearing apparel, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next time I come home from running an errand she’s got a couple of sheep tied up outside!

Sock machine

While I was checking my e-mail yesterday afternoon, I received a link to an interview I did with the in Indie Bookspot website about my experiences publishing Big Lake and Big Lake Lynching on Amazon. Check it out.

After reading yesterday’s blog comments about RVers going to fiber festivals, tractor pulls, and other events around the country several people wrote to remind me that square dancing is also very popular with RVers. Indeed, we have met a number of square dancers over the years, and every year a group comes to Elkhart campground to swing their partners and doseydo. It’s not our thing, but we have enjoyed watching them having a good time at the campground.

Watching the news coverage of the terrible storms that went through Texas yesterday was both amazing and terrifying. By now most of you have seen the video of an eighteen wheeler flying through the air like a child’s toy. Imagine if that had been a motorhome? We’ve had a couple of close calls with tornadoes over the years, and any time we’re in Tornado Alley, we keep a close eye on the sky and listen for emergency weather reports. We don’t let it stop us from traveling and enjoying the RV lifestyle, but we’re always aware of what’s happening around us. I guess that’s about the best any of us can do, isn’t it?

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  5 Responses to “Grinding Out The Pages”

  1. My return from Florida around March1 was thru the rash of tornados that terrorized the mid south. I was at Huntsville AL the night before they got hit and the next day I was at the TN/KY line and was lucky to have my radio on – not the normal travel entertainment for me. A notice came on that a tornado was spotted at Bowling Green just 20 miles up the road just as I saw the KY welcome center with protective hills in it. I turned on my TV to radar and waited about 2 hours for the all clear then spent the night at Henryville IN the night befor they were wiped out. Having lived thru 2 previous tornado strikes growing up tha was way too close for comfort.

  2. Nick… Be sure to work on page 2 this issue. 🙂


  3. I read your indie blog spot interview. The picture makes you look very literary, reminds me of Hemingway.

    Your blog makes it sound like you are a lazy sloth while Miss Terry does all the work, but I learned from this interview that you do an amazing amount of writing every week (while Miss Terry does all the work). The best news is that you are thinking of writing another mystery series. I can’t wait!

    I am fascinated by Miss Terry’s sock machine. I keep looking at the picture trying to figure out how it works. The fact that you can buy socks at Wally World is irrelevant.

  4. For once we were no where tornado country, I just thank the good lord that my nephew and his family who live in Dallas were fine as they say it was a miracle no one was killed. I am looking forward to seeing the results of Terry’s sock machine please post some pictures of the socks. Be safe.

  5. I am very interested in Terry’s sock machine and if it’s difficult to figure out how to work it! I’m on my 6th pair of socks the hard way, hand knit, so I sure would like to own one of these machines! But I’m afraid I won’t be able to figure out how to work it. Keep us posted, Terry! Please!

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