Dec 152020

Never underestimate the power of sniveling. If done properly, it can have amazing results. Trust me, I’ve made sniveling my life’s work, and I know of which I speak.

In a blog post a few days ago titled Apparently, I’m Snippy, I wrote that a package I had sent to a friend in Brainerd, Minnesota by Priority Mail had gone missing and I wasn’t getting anywhere with the U.S. Postal Service trying to locate it. In fact, when I talked to a woman at the St. Paul Regional Facility Network Distribution Center, where the package seemed to be languishing for several days, she told me I was snippy and hung up on me. Well, I don’t know if it was my sniveling online or my being snippy to her, but yesterday the package finally arrived at my friend’s house in Brainerd, only 10 days after I sent it. Don’t you love that 2 to 3 day Priority Mail service?

In that same blog post, I wrote about planting Scotts Turf Builder Pensacola Bahiagrass grass seed in our yard where we had pulled out the old tree, and after watering it for a couple of weeks, nothing happened. I said that someone at the company told me that it wouldn’t germinate until warm weather. When I asked why they didn’t tell me that when I asked about the product in the first place, I didn’t get much of an answer.

I guess somebody somewhere heard my sniveling because Sunday afternoon there was still just a big patch of bare earth in the yard, and yesterday afternoon look what I’ve got! Grass about this high all over that patch of dirt. I’m told that it will fill in pretty rapidly once it gets going, and I’m glad to see that. I did not really want to look at all that black dirt until spring.

I’m not the only one with a green thumb. Look at what’s happening with Miss Terry’s AeroGarden. A couple of days ago, these little plants were either just sprouting or were just barely starting to make their way above the cardboard lid of the pods. Look at them now. These are cilantro, cherry tomatoes, and Italian parsley.

And here we have, from left to right, thyme, Genovese basil, and chives.

Now, you all know I don’t do veggies, but that doesn’t mean I don’t eat some things that grow out of the ground. I like potatoes, grapes, bananas, and several other types of fruit. And I love strawberries. Terry ordered several strawberry bareroot plants and planted some of them in the AeroGarden. They look like they’re going to take off really well, don’t they?

Besides checking out the new foliage around our place, I also did some writing yesterday, only getting in about 1,500 words. But I also proofed and corrected all of the stuff I’d written in the two days before that. I have six chapters done now in my new John Lee Quarrels book, and I will print those out for Terry to start editing and proofing today or tomorrow when she needs a break from her loom.

Someone asked me the other day, which is my favorite book of all the books I’ve ever written. That’s like asking someone to tell you who their favorite child is. By the way, when it comes to my children, I do have a favorite. Travis is my favorite son, and Tiffany is my favorite daughter. For quite a while, I felt like Dog’s Run was my favorite book, and I really enjoyed it. Now, I would say that the first two books in my historical family saga, Tinder Street and The Good Years, are running a close competition to Dog’s Run. I think it’s the historical aspect of those books. But really, I like them all. That’s why I wrote them. How about you? Do you have a favorite book among the ones I’ve written? I would be interested to know what it is.

Thought For The Day – Sometimes someone unexpected comes into your life out of nowhere, makes your heart race, and changes you forever. We call those people cops.

Nick Russell

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

  5 Responses to “Never Underestimate The Power”

  1. Tinder Street, definitely. You wrote it with such tender emotions in the characters. I don’t know how you tapped into how a women feels, but you got it right. Tinder Street has now become my all time favorite book, period, of any author.

  2. Hi Nick,
    I read your blog daily but I am lazy and seldom reply. I enjoy reading every book you have written but I must say that I agree the Tinder Street series has really pulled me in, so thank you. This year especially your books are a nice distraction from this crazy world. Patty

  3. My favorite is the original Big Lake. Those people are amazingly well crafted. It got me hooked on that whole series.

  4. My favorite is Black Friday. I can still remember pretty much the entire plot, which is not true for any of the others, as much as I like them.

  5. I understand your frustration with postal delays … but the post office has been gutted by the Administration and the Postmaster General in their efforts to do whatever. They are short employees, equipment used to sort mail has been dismantled and never replaced (even though a court ordered it returned), and I know that morale is low. The commercial mail that the USPS has been handling is now being refused so that they can concentrate on regular mail, but they are still swamped. It is a bad time to be a postal worker! We sent our Christmas stuff UPS. USPS is just not able to handle it.

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