Apr 132015

We haven’t stepped outside the motorhome for the last two days but we’ve sure been busy! I’ve been studying the calendar and making reservations for our summer travels. We usually don’t like to be tied up to a schedule if we can avoid it, but since we plan to be on the Oregon and Washington coasts where RV sites are at a premium, we have to plan ahead.

As it is now, we have reservations at the Whaler’s Rest Thousand Trails near Newport, Oregon July 7 -21 and then at the Long Beach, Washington Thousand Trails August 4 – 25. That leaves a two week hole between leaving one and arriving at the other, and hopefully we’ll spend that at the Seaside Thousand Trails Resort in Seaside, Oregon. But reservations can only be made 90 days in advance during their high use period so I’ll have to wait until next week to try to nail that one down.

This will put us in Long Beach during the Washington State International Kite Festival, which we first attended two years ago. That’s the event that got me hooked on kite flying, and while I’ll never be as good as some of the folks who go there every year, I’m looking forward to going back again. There’s not a better place for flying than the Pacific Northwest coast. And the seafood’s good, too!

Kite festival 2

Meanwhile, back at the loom, here is Miss Terry’s latest shawl, which she finished yesterday afternoon. It’s about 78 inches long plus the fringe, and I love the color combination. I think it’s my favorite one yet.

Gold shawl web

All that talent and she’s gorgeous too!


Besides planning our trip and making reservations, I also got another 3,500 words done in my next Big Lake book. It’s getting down to the wire and I’m getting excited about wrapping it up. But at the same time, I have to throttle my eagerness back so I don’t rush things at the end.

Hopefully we’ll get a call today telling us that the new issue of the Gypsy Journal has arrived at the freight dock in Phoenix so we can pick it up and start stuffing envelopes. And hopefully the post office will call to tell us the stamps we ordered have come in. We’d like to get the new issue in the mail before we leave here on Sunday.

Congratulations to Paul Sansaver, the winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Death On The Pedernales by George Wier. We had 109 entries this time around. Stay tuned, because a new contest starts soon!

Thought For The Day – I’m taking care of my procrastination issues. Just you wait and see!

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  6 Responses to “Planning, Writing, And Weaving”

  1. I think the NW is the place to be in summer!! Of course, we are living there now for the time being at least!!

    Terry is quite amazing…making such an intricate pattern and in such a short time too!!

  2. About your thought of the day: Is that like I will quit procrastinating, but I keep putting it off?

  3. I’m with you, Nick, I think Terry’s latest color combination is her best. Looks very regal.

  4. Sounds like a wonderful plan for your summer. We couldn’t stay at Whaler’s Rest more than a couple of days due to lack of Internet bandwidth last year.
    I already hear the remarks from people who don’t need or want connectivity. That is fine for them. We are still working and even though we stay in some beautiful places, we need the Internet to continue our wonderful traveling lifestyle.

  5. We’ll be hosting right next door at the Lighthouse (North Head) in Cape Disappointment State Park at the same time you’ll be in Long a Beach. Would love to meet you when you’re there if you have time. We’re there all July and Aug.

  6. Internet connectivity is an issue for us too, Jim. Like you, as working RVers, we can’t just take two weeks off. I’m hoping to be able to write some blogs ahead of time and then go into town set them to post at the proper time. We’ll see how it works out.

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