Just Ballast

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 242014

The most productive thing I did yesterday was to just add ballast to planet Earth to help it maintain its orbit in space. If a traffic cop would have come along and marked me with chalk, I’m sure I would have been towed away because I didn’t move for hours. I’m surprised Terry didn’t hold a mirror under my nose to check to see if I was even breathing.

I wasn’t sick, I just had a bad case of lazy. Usually I try to do something to earn my keep every day, but not yesterday. It was all I could do to drag my portly posterior out of bed and into an upright position.

Miss Terry, on the other hand, was busy all day long. She’s like the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps going and going. Between making me a delicious breakfast, doing paperwork part of the day, and making a wonderful fried chicken dinner, and doing a couple of loads of laundry, she also put the finishing touches on her latest shawl, fresh off the loom.

Here’s a close-up that shows the detail in the pattern.

In mid-afternoon John and Norma Howe stopped by for a visit and to purchase a copy of our Guide To Free Campgrounds & Overnight Parking Places. Jon and Norma are fulltime RVers who are workamping here at Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort. They are planning to replace their Mandalay motorhome’s original TVs with flat screens and were impressed with the way we did ours and the additional storage space the conversion gives us. We enjoyed their visit and hope to see them again while we’re here.

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If you like RV travel and you like mystery stories, check out Soul of the Forest, the first book in J.A. Harpers’ Bird Treks mystery series revolving around fulltime RVers Maggie and Ben Graham. The second book in the series is Spirit of the Joshua. The author, Jenise Harper, is a fulltimer herself, traveling in a 2001 Blue Bird motorhome.

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  7 Responses to “Just Ballast”

  1. It is beautiful Miss Terry! Do you sell your work? I’d love to have one of your creations someday if I could afford it. I know how much time and work goes into something like that.

  2. Terri how do you ever find time for all that you do? Taking care of Nick, making him such delish meals and treats, all of the work you do on the paper and you still find time to create something so pretty. You must never sleep.

  3. Terry, does Nick have any idea how lucky he is to have a beautiful and talented woman like you? If you ever want to upgrade to an old man with a new fifth wheel and HDT and a big pension and 401K, give me a call. LOL

  4. Terry the shawl you made is so beautiful. I only wish I had one fourth of your talent, Do you plan to sell these beautiful collection of scarf you make. If so I sure would like to buy one, these old bones could use something as beautiful as they are to wrap up while watching the boob tube at night. Nick is so fortunate that you came into his life to spoil yes spoil him with all you great cooking, baking and doing the books etc.

  5. You’re a lucky man, Nick!

  6. Terry, you are an inspiration. Someday I will give up knitting and follow your lead on weaving. But never on the wonderful meals you fix for Nick. I know Tom is pretty unhappy about that but finding Yelp 5 star restaurants is still an addiction. ;).

  7. Thank you all for your flattering compliments. I love what I am doing and the loving support from my wonderful husband as I take up more and more room in the motorhome…….LOL I am so grateful that we can work side by side so well in a relatively small space and that we still have so much fun doing what we do together!
    And yes, I will eventually sell my work, as soon as I get past all of the learning curves…….and that might take a bit! (~; Oh and Barb, before you give up knitting, please, please teach me how!!!!! I can manage the basics, but haven’t managed to finish one thing! Elaine, I haven’t forgotten how much you were always there to help me. Thank you! I am so grateful for all of our friends!!

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