Four Pages To Go

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 032015

I have spent most of the last week working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and only have four pages to go before I send it off to the printer Sunday. I was hoping to get it wrapped up yesterday, but something went haywire with the layout about 9:30 PM and I worked for two hours trying to get it straightened out and only made matters worse. Finally about 11 PM I just had to put it aside and let my blood pressure come down a bit.

While I’ve been busy with that, Miss Terry was wading through a massive pile of paperwork. I’m not sure what happens, because we are very good at locking our door at night, but I’m convinced that gremlins slip in while we’re sleeping and stack more of it up every time she begins to see light at the end of the tunnel.

Terry just updated our mailing list and we are both surprised and very pleased at how many of our print subscribers have made the switch to digital. I know she’s looking forward to the final transition to all digital, because she handles the bulk of the work of labeling, stuffing, and putting postage on all the envelopes. I’ve offered to help her for years, as have other people, but she has a system and as the old saying goes, too many cooks spoil the broth.

For my part, the time spent writing the stories and laying the paper out won’t change much. In fact, until I get everything formatted the way I want it to be for the new digital edition, it will probably take me longer while I get the hang of inserting links to our advertisers and the places we visited and write about. But it will all be worth it.

A few days ago there was a discussion in the blog about RVing with pets. I mentioned that Terry and I have made the decision not to have any more pets as long as we are fulltime RVers because we don’t feel it’s fair to leave an animal locked up alone for hours on end while we’re out playing tourist or flying kites. Another reason is that it hurts so much when we lose them.

Our dear friends Greg and Jan White are experiencing that pain right now and our hearts ache for them. Many of you who read Greg’s blog know his cat Mister, who was something of a celebrity in the RV world. Unfortunately, he started failing fast and they had to put Mister down this week.


I’m not a cat person, but Mister and I got along really well because he thought he was a dog, and I never bothered to tell him otherwise. Rest in peace little buddy, you will be missed.

Nick and Mister

The weather here in Seaside has ranged from blue skies and gentle breezes to gray and drizzly. The weatherman says that by Monday we should be back up into the low 70s for a few days. If there’s any wind at all, we will be down at the beach with our kites.

Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of my friend Ken Rossignol’s Pirate Trials: Famous Murderous Pirates Book Series: THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES of FAMOUS and SUNDRY PIRATES. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Pirate Trials book 3

Thought For The Day – I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.

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  2 Responses to “Four Pages To Go”

  1. If you’re an animal person, you just can’t live without them, they give you so much joy. That makes it even harder when it’s time to let them go. So sorry to hear about Mister!!

  2. I know what Greg and Jan are going through. We had to put our kitty to sleep in 2010 and are just now considering getting another pet. She was the last of our 4 kitties over many years and was 18 1/2. It’s never easy and for several months thought I saw her out of the corner of my eye. We have empathy for your sorrow and hope your heart heals.

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