Cold, Wet, And Nasty

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 092015

That about describes yesterday here at the Long Beach Thousand Trails preserve. We woke up to gray skies that never cleared up all day long, and while it didn’t rain hard, there was a heavy mist most of the day. It reminded me of the old saying that was popular when I lived here many years ago, “people in Washington don’t tan, they rust.”

I had hoped to take a break from the computer to get out and fly kites but that wasn’t happening, even with the gusty wind. My arthritic hands were aching inside the motorhome and they darned sure wanted nothing to do with that! Since I’ve been taking two 1000mg MSM capsules every day, my fingers have been much more flexible and I can type all day long, day after day, with no pain, but I guess even with that help they have their limits.


We really can’t complain, overall the weather has been spectacular all summer long here on the coast. Hopefully we’ll get back to that before long. It’s always a crapshoot in this region. We were here a few years ago when they were having a heat wave and it was 100 degrees a few miles up the coast in Ocean Shores. Two years ago we had cold rain week after week, and we finally gave up after two months and made a quick run to Arizona to dry out and see what sunshine felt like.

I spent part of the day working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and then I decided that the best thing to do on a cold, ugly afternoon was to take a nap, so I did. I was hoping I could dream my way to some tropic island where the ladies wore skimpy bathing suits and asked me to rub oil on their backs, but when I woke up I was still here and it was still cold and ugly. Miss Terry felt sorry for me, so later on after making a delicious dinner of buffalo hash, she made a batch of peanut butter cookies. I’m not sure if it was out of pity, or because she knew I couldn’t snivel as much with a mouth full of cookie. Either way, the results were the same and the cookies were yummy.


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  3 Responses to “Cold, Wet, And Nasty”

  1. First, love, love your blog. I am learning so much from you both as we prepare for the full time life in three years. One thing I would like to ask, is about baking and cooking in an RV full time. We make it work in our travel trailer now on short trips, but what is Miss Terry’s secret for those beautiful cookies and all her other beautiful treats?? Does she use the Rv propane oven or something else? Any words of wisdom would be great! Perhaps you could “interview” Miss Terry for a blot on sucesdful RV cooking. 🙂


  2. Julie,
    She seldom uses the RV oven. She has a Breville convection oven that sits on a countertop. It bakes, broils, toasts, you name it. Besides recipes, her cookbook (see upper right sidebar) lists all of her cooking tools and methods for turning out great meals from our RV.

  3. Thanks for the tips! I am going to have to check out that cookbook !

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