Sep 262014

It has been gray and rainy the last two days, which is perfect for four things – writing, weaving, napping, and eating a batch of fresh hot chocolate chip cookies. Well, we batted about 50-50 on all that.

I got a lot of writing done on my next Big Lake book and the story is off to a good start with closer to 10,000 words done so far. I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’ll get there.

Meanwhile, Terry was weaving away, and yesterday she finished her latest creation, another beautiful shawl. This one measured 82 inches long and 20½ inches wide when it came off the loom, plus 6 inches of fringe on each end.

Terry blue shawl

It took a full day to warp the loom. This one had over 530 individual threads that had to be threaded through the heddles and tied off one at a time in order. Then the actual weaving took another 10 to 12 hours.

Terry shawl open

People keep asking if Terry is going to sell any of her work. She says maybe after Christmas, but right now she’s learning and perfecting her technique and the things she is making are gifts for special people.

When she finished with the shawl yesterday Terry made a delicious dinner of pork chops and mashed potatoes with gravy and I was so stuffed that I didn’t bother asking for cookies, too. Of course, I sure wouldn’t turn down any tonight. (Hint, hint)

And I was so busy writing that I never did get a nap, either!

After being cooped up inside the motorhome for the last couple of days waiting for the storm to pass, we have cabin fever and need to get out today and play. We still have a lot of places to see here in this area before we leave on October 6th. By the time we’re done here I’ll have enough material for the next three issues of the Gypsy Journal. That’s good because we won’t be traveling as much while we’re down in Florida this winter and we’ll have time for more weaving, more writing, cookies, and naps. Yes definitely, naps too!

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  2 Responses to “And I Never Did Get A Nap!”

  1. I am so impressed with the shawls Terry is making!!! What a talent she has and to make them so quickly too!!

    I am so sorry you missed out on a nap, Nick…and on an overcast day…so perfect for sleeping!! Maybe the next time you can manage to find the time!!

  2. Nick, we visited a place yesterday with our tour group that if you ever go thru Lafayette Louisiana might be worth a stop for a good story. We visited Vermillion House, it is a village preserved from the 1700, it was a working village along the Vermillion River that ran a not so honest business. There were pirates in the area and they used this place for smuggling, but also a very successful legal business. Person dressed in period costumes give a small talk about the different business. It was well worth the time to visit.

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