I can’t find my underwear. No, I didn’t get drunk and crazy at the office Christmas party and do something stupid, mainly because I don’t drink, it’s not Christmas yet, and I’m the only person in my office. But somehow in the move from the motorhome to the house I managed to lose all but three pair of underwear. So unless we find them quickly or do laundry every third day, I’ll be going commando pretty soon. Now there’s a mental image to start your day!
And I’m not the only one with things missing in action. Terry can’t find her spices. As most of you know, Terry is an excellent cook, and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating anything she made you know how delicious it all is. If you have not had that kind of good luck, you can always buy a copy of her cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen, and find out for yourself.
I’m a simple man, and until we got together I did not know how bland my diet was. The only spices I knew about were salt and pepper. Once I went on a gourmet kick and actually bought sea salt, so I guess that’s a third one I knew about. But Terry has dozens upon dozens of different spices. Things like oregano, and fennel, and truffle salt, whatever the heck that is. And I’m not talking about the spices you buy in a little can at Safeway. This is stuff that she has to search all over for, and she has sources of specialty things from coast to coast. But for some reason, she can’t find most of them. Heck, for all I know, they’re hiding out in a distant corner of our garage, buried under a pile of 3XL underwear. In which case we’d better just throw them all out and Terry can start over from scratch.
We’ve been hitting the used furniture stores again, this time shopping for bookshelves. Terry and I are both avid readers and we both had large libraries when we got married years ago. One of the real challenges as fulltime RVers was keeping our printed books to a minimum, and it is a challenge that we failed.
Though we both have Kindle e-book readers, we both love the feel of a real book in our hands. And a lot of the reference books I use for my writing, and most of the weaving books and spinning books and cookbooks that Terry uses are not available in digital format. So we had books stashed all over the Winnebago. Now they can see the light of day.
We found several nice used oak bookshelves at a couple of the consignment stores we’ve been to, and are busy filling them up.
Then on Saturday, we scored big at one store, finding three bookshelves and this very nice hutch for the living room. I’m not sure what will go on the hutch, but it looks good in our living room, Terry liked it, and the price was a steal.
This huge display cabinet found a home in Terry’s loom room and will hold her fiber arts book collection. The darn thing is 6 feet wide and 68 inches high, and weighs a ton. The folks at the store helped us load it into the back of our pickup, and when we got home we had to call in our neighbor Dave to help get it back down.
We thought it would take us several months to furnish the house, but we’ve been very fortunate in finding almost everything we needed in the styles we wanted at very good prices by shopping Craigslist and the secondhand stores. One bedroom set to go and we are about done, and for a lot less money than we expected.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Highland Passage by J.L Jarvis. It’s a time travel historical romance that begins with the heroine blacking out following a car crash on an icy road, and waking up in a mysterious stone chamber being cared for by a kilted man who claims to be an eighteenth century Scottish highlander. 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 this evening.
Thought For The Day – Just because you miss someone doesn’t mean you need them back in your life.