We’ve been on the go a lot lately so we spent the weekend at home writing (me) and weaving (Miss Terry).
I did nearly 7,000 words on my new Big Lake book and it’s all starting to come together for the wrap up. I never know exactly how many words one of my novels is going to be, in fact I never know how things are going work out between the characters, or sometimes even whodunit until I get to the end. But I “think” I’ve probably got about 15,000 more words to go on this one.
Meanwhile, Terry put a new project on her loom Saturday and started weaving yesterday. The actual weaving process goes pretty quickly, the hard work is in the preparation, warping hundreds of individual threads and then feeding them through the loom’s wire heddles one at a time.
This is a pretty involved pattern, and she was getting frustrated trying to make everything work, so as we were getting ready for bed she was complaining about how difficult it was sometimes to get things just right (in case you don’t know it, my beautiful wife is a perfectionist) and that her back was killing her from being bent over so long threading all the heddles. Being the smart alec that I am, I asked, “So if it’s such a hassle, why do you do it?” just before I took a mouthful of Scope. “Because I love it,” Terry answered simply. Folks, if you’ve never spewed mouthwash out through your nose, take my advice and tried to avoid it! That’s just taking “minty” too far.
I’m not sure what’s on the agenda today. Usually after a couple of days at home we need to get out and do something, so we may take a day trip somewhere. Then again, we may stay home and keep plugging away on our individual projects. We’ll see how it goes.
Fuel prices are creeping back up. Gas in this area was $1.49 a gallon two weeks ago and now it’s up to $1.79. People keep saying that the low oil prices are killing the Texas economy and they are glad to see it rising again. Okay, that’s fine, there was no way prices were going to stay as low as we’ve enjoyed for the last few months. But a few months from now I don’t want to hear any of you whining when you’re paying more at the pump.
Congratulations Colleen Phipps, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery series. We had 131 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her own way. And second, let her have it. – Lyndon B. Johnson