Apr 032012

We slept in yesterday morning and then spent most of the day doing paper work and little chores around the motorhome. In mid-afternoon Terry’s dad called to tell us that our mail had arrived, so we drove over to their house and picked it up, then spent a little bit of time visiting. From there we went by the bank to make a deposit, stopped at WalMart to pick up a couple of things, and had dinner at Sourdough Pizza, one of our favorite places in this area.

After a long hard struggle, I think Terry has turned a corner and is starting to feel better again. She still has a lot of discomfort, but overall, there has been a marked improvement. Thank you again to everybody for all of your well wishes and concern during this very rough time.

Okay I’ve goofed off long enough, it’s time to buckle down and get back to work! I’ll be working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal for the next few days getting it ready to send to the printer sometime next week.

I’ve been toying with the idea of brushing off some of the stories from a few years back and updating them for the paper. We get a lot of letters asking if we ever plan to do a story on so and so or such and such, and I write back that we covered that in our first or fifth or eighth year on the road. But a lot of our current subscribers weren’t yet with us back then and would like to read about those places. I usually bank stories for future issues when we’re traveling and covering a lot of territory, and to help fill in empty spaces when we have been sitting still for a while. What do you think? Would you like to read stories about places we visited in the past, or should I continue with just new, current locations?

Who doesn’t like antique RVs? If you are going to be in the Midwest in a month or so, make plans to attend the Vintage RV Show at S&H Campground in Greenfield, Indiana May 4-6. The registration fee is $20, which includes an RV site with water, electric, and WiFi service.

This is just an example of the many types of special events all over the country that RVers can attend. No matter what you are interested in, it’s happening somewhere. We know RVers who regularly attend bluegrass music festivals, antique tractor shows, racing events, sand castle festivals, quilt shows, and other different kinds of events that interest them all over the country. This year we plan to attend a couple of fiber festivals where Miss Terry can learn more about spinning, weaving, and other fiber arts. We have found festivals everywhere from Colorado, to Michigan, to New England, so we have plenty to choose from. And of course, I can’t pass up a gun show or car show. There’s no excuse for getting bored when you have wheels under your house!

Thought For The Day – Live now. Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.

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  14 Responses to “Time To Buckle Down And Get To Work”

  1. I think that’s a great idea to re-run stories of places you’ve visited in the past. If I was a subscriber when they first came out, I probably already forgot! 😉

    Glad to hear MIss Terry is feeling better. Your (both of you) most important priority should be your health.


  2. Definitely, you can re-run stories. I wasn’t a subscriber when you first started the paper. Plus I don’t keep all my issues now–and I have undoubtedly forgotten some of the places you’ve been which I *did* read about. Maybe this time I can figure out a good way to save some of these ideas so I’ll still have them when I finally get to the part of the country where they are.

    Take good care of Miss Terry–we’ve been worrying about her 🙂 Glad she is feeling more like herself.

  3. Ditto Debbie’s comments.

  4. Please re-run the story about the guy who thought the MCI was too nosiey when you had to warm it up in the AM before leaveing the camp ground. I still laugh when I think about you gunning the engine as you pulled out.
    Or. How about some editorial’s from Bad Nick He’s always popular.

  5. As a long-time reader, I prefer to read about new places you visit. On the other hand, my memory is so bad I probably won’t know if you slip in a few ‘recycled’ stories! I’ll just think they’re new! And it will be like revisiting places I’ve been and seeing them with a new perspective.

    That vintage RV show sounds like a bargain – $20 for all that? Wish we would be closer to that area in May. When new RVers say they don’t know where to go it always blows me away. After 9+ years of full-timing (18+ for Don) we still haven’t run out of places on our bucket list. And new ones, like the show you mentioned, keep popping up!

    So glad Miss Terry has turned a corner toward better health. Hugs to you both.

  6. So glad Terry is feeling better. I think rerunning some of the older stories is a good idea. It takes a bit of pressure off of you and is still entertaining. I’m guessing most of your audience is of a similar age…so who’s going to remember anyway! We are close to selling the house and should be able to take ownership of the new motorhome later this month. It’s all coming together and soon we will be added to that famous list of “full-timers”!

  7. Now that you have the paper on line maybe you could put a search engine in there allowing everyone to find all the previous stories in the archives. This also would expose some readers to your E Version. It could even cause a few to switch from hard copy to E subscription resulting in a lower operating cost for you due to reduced postage expense.
    This doesn’t reduce any of your preparation time (writing new stories), but it could increase profit.
    As you have realized by now I am all for new stories even though I am not an E subscriber, but a long time subscriber. Thanks for your efforts.

  8. I would like to see stories from your first few seasons on the road, if only to compare your point of view from then to now. Maybe one or two per issue, clearly labeled as such.

  9. Ditto to those who said reruns are okay.

  10. Even though we have known you now for a few years and avid readers of the paper we would love to read about your first adventures. I am much relieved to hear Terry has turned the corner and is feeling better, still Terry take it easy and that goes for you also Nick.

  11. So glad to hear Terry is doing better. We were sorry to have to cancel western rally knowing how fun and interesting they are. You guys do overdue the work and deserve all the rest you can get. Yes, by all means run the old stories always interesting to read and read again. I am enjoying the digital addition more than I thought I would. Thanks

  12. Nick,
    Glad to hear Terri is doing better.
    You forgot to mention RVing and Square Dancing. There’s a national organization (NSDCA) with this year’s national rally in Iowa.
    Most states have chapters (some have several) and sponsor many campouts with dancing/year. We belong to the Alabama Campers and Dancers and they sponsor 9 dancing campouts every year. Its become our primary RVing activity for now.

  13. As being new I love to read both, I take my RV to car shows and swap meets.Up here is Wisconsin, Road America race track races bring hundreds of MHs. Glad to hear your both feeling better.

  14. Ditto on re running stories. I’ve been a subscriber for 5 years (I think) and I probably wouldn’t remember ones from 3 years ago. It might free up some time for you to do some more relaxing. Glad Miss Terry is doing better. We visited some friends at the Voyager RV Resort the last week of Feb and I got that horrible cold/bronchitis, then shared it with others at the park. I was sick for 3 weeks.

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