In a blog post less than two weeks ago I told you that my son Travis and his wife Geli removed the banana palms at the edge of our driveway, which didn’t produce edible bananas but did make a mess all the time. Here’s a picture of what it looked like when they were done.
Apparently the soil here is very fertile because even though we haven’t had much rain lately, look what is growing back already! I guess they missed a couple of roots or something, and here we go again.
To give you an idea of the size of these, as you can see in this picture, one of them comes up to Terry’s knees. And again, this is in under two weeks! (Yes, I know I cropped her head off. I never said I was a great photographer.) I need to get out there with a shovel and dig the whole area up because those roots are like cancer and if you miss one cell, it comes back.
I knocked out close to 4,000 words in my next Big Lake book on Monday, but even though I narrate everything into a Sony digital recorder rather than typing, there is still a lot of work to be done with a mouse and keyboard, correcting errors and formatting things. I’m not sure what I did in the process of all that, but by Monday night my right hand and wrist were aching so bad I couldn’t sleep well, and they continued that way all through yesterday so I didn’t get any more work done on the book. I’m assuming that’s what is causing the problem, although I also came down hard on that wrist when I took my fall last week. It hurt quite a bit at the time, but that was seven days ago and I don’t think it would just now start flaring up. Hopefully today is a better day and I can get some more work done.
What do you get the man who has everything? My wonderful daughter-in-law Geli was all over that and sent me this beautiful pen with a quote by Ernest Hemingway for Father’s Day. I love this lady and am so glad she is a part of our lives. Thanks, Geli, I love it.
It’s Thursday, and after a several-week hiatus from our Free Drawings because we had company from out of town, it’s time for a new one. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Big Lake Hoarder, the most recent book in my Big Lake mystery series. 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 Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with U.S. addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – I accidentally swallowed a bunch of Scrabble tiles. My next trip to the bathroom could spell disaster.