Sitting Tight

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 272012

The weather forecast yesterday was for severe thunderstorms, some with heavy rain, damaging hail and high wind. It seemed like a good day to sit tight here at home, so that’s what we did.

I kept monitoring the weather reports online and on television, and the forecast seemed to be getting even worse. There was even mention of tornadoes in our area. But by 10 PM, it looked like we had dodged the bullet. The worst we had was gray skies and some wind. Big sigh of relief!

Then about 10:30 PM it was like, batten down the hatches, here it comes! It started with rain, and then the TV signal started cutting out. The next thing I knew, the two green lights on our Wilson signal amplifier for our Internet signal switched to red. When we went to bed it looked like we had a long night ahead of us.

When you live in an RV, just like people who live on boats, you learn to be aware of the weather around you, and what may be heading your way. We’ve had some close calls and a couple of scares in our years on the road, but so far we’ve been lucky.

Terry spent most of the day proofreading my new Big Lake book, and got about halfway through it by the time she stopped for the day. I saw her smile a few times, and even chuckle once or twice, and she didn’t throw her hands up in disgust or frustration, which is a good thing. Once she gets done, I’ll send it to another proofreader for a second read through. I’d love to rush things and get it published as fast as possible, but taking the time to do it right now will pay off in the long run.

We still have a couple of places we want to visit to get some more stories for the Gypsy Journal before we leave for Sturbridge on Monday. But the weather report for the next couple of days calls for more storms, so we’ll just have to see what we can get accomplished.

We have two weeks booked at the Sturbridge Village Outdoor World Resort, but we probably won’t stay that long. But Terry has an appointment with her oncologist in Traverse City, Michigan on August 16, so we would be cutting it pretty close to get there in time. So we will leave earlier than originally planned, to give ourselves some buffer on the way there.

Several people have asked if we would stop by on our trip back to the Midwest, but we will have just over a week after her appointment to get the new issue mailed out, and then get to Celina, Ohio for our Gypsy Journal rally. So that doesn’t leave much time for socializing in between.

When I said that we wouldn’t be able to stop for a visit, somebody mentioned that for retired people, we never seem to have any time. What you have to understand is, we are not retired. We are working people who live and travel fulltime in our motorhome, and we have obligations and commitments we must keep. Just as we would not expect somebody to skip work for a week when we come to town to visit, we can’t play hooky either.

Thought For The Day – When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.

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  2 Responses to “Sitting Tight”

  1. Sorry to bother you but we were at the Rally in Ohio last year when you gave away a Sea Eagle. We are interested and I would like to buy from the people that donated that one. What was their name or web site and what model do you own and whate model did you give away. Thanks sorry for the trouble. Joan

  2. Joan, the Sea Eagle kayak was donated by Tim and Crystal Ryerson of It was a Sea Eagle 370 Sport Kayak. Terry and I both have Sea Eagles and love them. I have a 435 PaddleSki and Terry’s is a 385 FastTrack

    Tim and Crustal are wonderful people to deal with, who always put the customer’s needs up front.

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