Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 172020

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog, a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I don’t have anything else to talk about today.


Terry has finished the first round of editing and proofreading my new book, The Road To Wrinkle Ranch, and I sent it to my second proofreader yesterday. Things are moving right along, and I expect it to be finished and out soon. I will keep you updated here and on Facebook, as well as with my author’s newsletter. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, which is free and keeps readers updated on my writing activities and those of some of my author friends, just send me an email at editor@gypsyjournal.net Your information is never shared with anyone and your privacy is respected.


Have you received your stimulus check yet? Terry’s parents and several people I know have, but others are still waiting. And, of course, there is a lot of bickering about the money, which is no surprise. I have seen die-hard Republicans saying we can thank President Trump for the payments, and I have seen other people saying that if the conservatives are so opposed to socialism, they have no business taking that government money. My accountant says we should see it in our bank account soon, but I’m not holding my breath.


Speaking of current events, I am so sick of hearing about idiots gathering in protests in defiance of stay at home orders, and others whining about how bored they are. Or RVers complaining that they can’t go off camping or on their planned travels. Get over yourselves! Jewish kids hid in basements and attics for years during the Holocaust. No TVs, no computers, no phones, no video games. If your life and your mind are so shallow that you need to be entertained 24/7, you don’t really have a life.


This weekend I am going to be trying something new. Or at least new for me. One of my online authors’ groups is holding a Zoom get together. It’s a type of videoconference or online free-for-all where we can talk, share ideas on books and publishing, swap lies, and maybe come up with some mutual projects to work on together. I know my way around a computer just well enough to get in trouble, so we’ll have to see how it goes.


The other day a friend was telling me that gas was down to $1.59 where he lives, and said it was even cheaper in the next county. He said having low gas prices at a time when we are urged to stay at home is akin to a bald man winning a hairbrush in the church raffle. Yeah, it does kind of feel that way, doesn’t it?


And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.


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Thought For The Day – This killing them with kindness thing is taking way longer than I expected.

Nick Russell

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

  3 Responses to “Potpourri”

  1. Do you think it is possible that these govt checks will one day be required we return them?? I wonder…we have not gotten them yet…but not so sure I feel very sure about spending it either. Hubby was in the Navy when we married and other years of our life, he worked for a govt job…so I just feel suspicious…

  2. Gas is cheap, the RV is sitting there ready to go and everything is locked down! 🙂

    One daughter saw her $1200, she just got married & said it was good building her savings acct back up, she is still working. No one else in my family has seen the money yet.

    With everyone getting $1200 I’m reminded of the old joke about the guy who went into suspended animation and woke up 100 years later. The first thing he does is check his investments and he sees that the stocks had a great 100 years, he’s a millionaire! Then he goes to get a cheeseburger (it has been 100 years) and they want an extra half a million dollars for the cheese slice…

    Maybe buying something (a gun or an electric bicycle) with the windfall IS a good idea!

  3. Apparently, I’ve started a stimulus money movement that I hope catches on. Since I didn’t really need that “free” money, I donated mine to a local charity that is helping those who truly need it. I encourage your readers to think about doing that, too. There’s no shame in keeping it for something you need, though.

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