If I had to describe our decorating style, I guess I would call it eclectic. Someone once told me that’s a fancy word for totally unorganized, but we like it. And whatever you want to call it, we do like the way our house looks. It’s a combination of beach and nautical themes mixed in with some antique pieces and whatever catches our eye.
I give Terry credit for most of that because when it comes to decorating, I have no taste whatsoever. Of course, a lot of people consider me tasteless in more ways than one, and I’m sure they’re right. Last week she decided that she wanted to get some air plants for the living room, so she ordered some nice glass globes with wall hangers to display them in.
Then she ordered some air plants, added some rocks in the bottom, and this is the end result. What do you think? I like it. Terry tells me she might be adding some more to one of our other rooms, but she’s not sure which one yet. Whatever she decides, I know it will be nice.
As an author, I always love hearing from my readers, and it’s especially nice to start the weekend with a letter like this one I received yesterday: “Mr. Russell, I just wanted to reach out and tell you what a joy it’s been to discover your Big Lake series recently. The town and characters you’ve created are just an absolute thrill. I’ve laughed out loud and been moved to tears with several books so far. What a great escape for me!! Anyway, you’ve got a HUGE fan here in Nebraska…. Keep up the fantastic work, it’s very much appreciated!!”
Yesterday, after answering some e-mails that had gotten backed up, I wrote another chapter in my new Tinder Street book, then went back and fixed a major error in previous chapters I had already written that my third proofreader, Roberta, pointed out to me. I have a character called Junior because he was named after his deceased father, but his girlfriend thinks that’s too childish and calls him by his given name, George. The only problem is his father’s name was Roger. Oops. Thanks for catching that, Roberta.
About four o’clock, Terry and I and our friends Jesse and Jennifer drove down to Titusville for dinner at Dixie Crossroads. It was very busy when we arrived and they told us to expect about a 20-minute wait, but in less than half that time they were calling us to our table. Is there a better way to spend an afternoon and evening than sharing good food with good friends? If there is, I don’t know what it would be.
Back at home, Terry and I watched a couple of episodes of 1883, the prequel to Taylor Sheridan’s hit drama Yellowstone. And while there is no question that Yellowstone is darned good, for my money, 1883 is a much better series. Jesse and Jennifer had already binge-watched the first season and told us they were on the edge of their seats. We were, too.
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. Apparently it’s so hard to get good help these days that Hooters is down to one boob.
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Thought For The Day – If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?