Much of the last week has been spent getting the new issue of the Gypsy Journal ready to go to press. I finished it yesterday afternoon and then Terry spent several hours proofing it before I uploaded it to our printer’s web server. It always feels good to get another issue behind us.
This is issue 94 of the paper. That’s a lot of travel stories we’ve shared with our readers from border to border and coast to coast. And we have still barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do in this wonderful country of ours!
People have asked us if we ever plan to retire. Retire from what? If you love what you’re doing it’s not really work. Sure, the process of actually putting every issue together is tedious at times, and the expense of printing and mailing gets higher every year. My idea of a great retirement would be if everybody switched to the digital issue and we didn’t have to mess with printing, stuffing envelopes, and dealing with the post office.
But stop altogether? Not as long as they can wheel me to my desk and I can see the keyboard. And when I get to the point where I can’t do that, I may just hire myself some cute little assistant and dictate everything to her.
One interesting thing I noted when putting this issue together is that since I turned off the Bluetooth receiver on my iMac and replaced the Apple keyboard and track pad with a wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse, my computer did not lock up once while working on the paper and it’s working much faster. This may have been a large part of the problem all along.
With production out of the way for this issue, we’ll have a few days to goof off while our printer proofs the paper one last time and gets it printed and shipped to us, and once the mailing is all done with we’ll actually have some down time. We’re really looking forward to that. I want to finish my next Big Lake book, and Terry has a bunch of weaving projects she wants to get on the loom. And if it ever warms up again, we really want to get our Sea Eagle kayaks in the water. I may even get a fishing license and see if I can catch dinner one of these days. Don’t worry about us, we never get bored. We can always find plenty to keep us busy.
Congratulations to Sandy Wetzel, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Mountain Angel by Suzie O’Connell. We had 92 entries this time around. Stay tuned, because a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – Lazy is such an ugly word. I prefer the term “selective participation.”