Not My Kids

 Posted by at 12:34 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 312018

I was surprised by the number of responses I got to yesterday’s blog telling me that we needed to make our freeloading kid move out of our house. I guess people didn’t read that blog entry very well. I had written about one of my readers saying that they had let a relative rent their home while they tried the fulltime RV lifestyle. That person hasn’t paid rent in over a year, and having decided that fulltiming is not for them, now they want to go home, but have to figure out a way to get her to leave first.

Nope, not my kids. As soon as they were old enough that I could run away from home, I did so they couldn’t find me and move in with me. That’s one thing about having wheels under your house, they have to catch you before they can sponge off of you.

I have two adult children from my first marriage and Terry has four from hers. We both agreed early in our relationship that we were not going to be providing a home for grownup kids or grandkids. Nope, not our job. We raised them and took care of them while they were youngsters, and when they were big enough to stand up on their hind legs and be on their own, we cut those apron strings. I love my kids, and we’ve helped out a time or two when it was needed, but it’s not my job to take care of them the rest of their lives. They both understand that and don’t have a problem with it.

Speaking of kids, my son Travis has taken a real interest in photography, especially close-up work. He’s very new to the hobby but it’s fun to see how fascinated he is with it. Here are couple of his photos he sent me yesterday.

With no doctor appointments or anything else going on yesterday, we both got a lot accomplished here at home. I wrote somewhere over 4,000 words in my new John Lee Quarrels book while Terry was busy on her loom, working on a rug project. We both felt a sense of satisfaction with what we had done by the end of the day.

Speaking of books, yesterday I received the first printed copies of Big Lake Fugitive and Mullets And Man Buns from CreateSpace, Amazon’s print book division. I always like to keep two or three printed copies of each of my books on hand in case somebody wants an autographed one. And I’ll admit, it’s kind of an ego boost to look at my bookshelf and see so many titles with my name on them.

Today it’s back for another spinal decompression procedure, and I think we’ll be talking about stem cell options at that time, too. I will let you know how that goes.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Ken Rossignol’s The Chesapeake: Country Cornpone Cornucopia. It is the fifth audiobook in Ken’s series of short stories of and about people in and around the Tidewater Chesapeake region. There is lots of history and humor, making it a perfect way to pass time in front of a roaring fire or on a beach or promenade deck. 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 (first and last) 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 need to find a new home for a dog. It’s a small terrier, black-and-white, very energetic, and it tends to bark a lot. If you’re interested, please let me know and I will jump over my neighbor’s fence and get it for you.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “Not My Kids”

  1. The dew on the spider web is a great shot! I like the free dog story too….

  2. nice grasshopper pic!

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