Happy New Year!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 012016

Happy New Year to all of our friends and family. I hope 2016 is filled with much love, joy, and prosperity for all of you.

I always think of a new year as a brand new notebook full of blank pages just waiting for me to fill them up. What will those pages hold 366 days from now? (Yes, 2016 is a Leap Year and February will have 29 days in it.) Hopefully those pages will have a mixture of adventure, joy, romance, contentment, and very, very little drama.

We spent the afternoon at the Tucson VA Hospital, where I had an MRI as a follow-up to my hospital stay in Temecula, California back in November. This was the first time I’ve had an MRI, and if you’re the least bit claustrophobic I don’t recommend it unless you take some type of sedative ahead of time. And even then, it’s not the most fun way to spend your time. Now we play the waiting game, because due to the holiday, we probably won’t get any results until sometime next week.

When we were done at the hospital, we went to the post office to mail out the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, getting there right before closing time. After carrying all of the bins full of stuffed envelopes in from the Explorer and turning them over to a postal employee, Miss Terry and I gave each other a huge smile. After 100 issues of the printed edition of the paper, that was the last time we will ever have to do that!

So how did you spend New Year’s Eve? We are not party animals so to us, New Year’s Eve is just another comfortable night at home, with a little concern that some fool celebrating by shooting a gun off in the air won’t send a bullet crashing back to earth through our roof. Yes, it does happen, all too often.

With everything else we’ve had going on, I haven’t had time to show you some of Terry’s latest creations. She was giving her loom a workout in the weeks before Christmas, and these six scarves were all big hits with the people who received them as Christmas gifts. Now that the paper is mailed out and we’re playing a waiting game until we get the results of my MRI, she’s ready to put another project on the loom and start weaving again.

Christmas scarves small

Let’s start the new year with a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of The Music Box by Heather Meyer. It’s the story of a young woman scarred by her father’s suicide on her fourteenth birthday and struggling to accept why it happened. She escapes the city and settles in a small town to write his story and meets a young man struggling to come to grips with his own father’s legacy. It’s a story you won’t soon forget. 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.


Thought For The Day – I’m the type of person who goes to a cocktail party and makes friends with the dog.

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Nick Russell

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  6 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. The dark blue scarf in the middle is by far the winner.

  2. When you get an MRI close your eyes before you go in and keep them close the whole time.
    Happy New Years!

  3. Absolutely beautiful Miss Terry. I don’t know how you can weave so FAST!!!

    Happy New Year to you both … hoping to hear some good news soon!!

  4. Happy New Year to both you and Terry. Hope all the test results come back good for you. Very nice work on the loom Terry. You two take care and enjoy life like you always do.

  5. Happy New Year to you and Terry.

  6. Happy New Year to you both.

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