Down And Dirty

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 012020

Right on schedule, the truck from Edgewater Yard Shop arrived at 1:30 yesterday afternoon with two yards of fill dirt that we needed to replace what was lost when we took out the big dead tree and the parasitic Palmetto that was surrounding it.

I originally thought that we would need about 1½ yards, and when I described the area we had to fill, 18′ x 16′ and maybe 3 inches deep, the lady at the Yard Shop suggested three yards, so we compromise and ordered two yards, and that was just about perfect.

It was a pretty good day, 83°, and the humidity was 54%. Not as nice as the 73° we had the day before, but better than the upper 80s and 90s we have been experiencing.

Using a shovel and a rake, it took Terry and me about half an hour to spread and level the dirt. Then we walked over the area, tamping it down as best we could with our feet.

After that, I turned on a hose with a sprinkler and let it run for an hour and a half to help it settle some more. I will water it down again today, or maybe on Monday, and see how it goes from there.

Even though I was wearing a back brace, by the time we got done, I was feeling glad to get inside and sit for a bit.

The plan for today is to pretty much what do we do every day. Putter around the house, get some writing done and make the corrections Terry suggests. Nothing to see here folks, move along.

On another topic, here is some good news for veterans. Starting in November, all honorably discharged military veterans will be admitted free to National Parks, National Historic Sites, and such that charge an entry fee. If the fee is charged by the carload, any family member in the car with the vet is also admitted free. You can find out more at this link.

Today is your last chance to enter Free Drawing for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, 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 this evening.


Thought For The Day – One of the hardest pills I had to learn to swallow was that I meant nothing to people who meant a lot to me.

Nick Russell

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

  2 Responses to “Down And Dirty”

  1. I know you were being satirical but saw palmettos (Serenoa repens) are not parasitic. In fact they are a prominent member of the pine flat woods community which is the dominate plant community in Florida. They are HARDY, slow growing and can live to be 500-700 years old. The fruit (drupe) is an important source of food for animals and humans (tribal peoples). I know, I know, it’s more than you want to know. But like many Florida native plants they are great in the wild but not much loved as lawn foliage.

  2. Love the news about free entry for Vets wanting to visit NParks.

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