Dec 262022

How was your Christmas? I hope it was filled with love and fun with family and friends. Is there a better way to celebrate the holidays? If there is, I don’t know what it might be.

On Christmas Eve we went across the street to Jesse and Jennifer’s house for a little gathering, nibbling on snacks, telling jokes, and just enjoying being together. We expected we would be there an hour or two, but I think it was probably four or five hours before the party finally broke up.

After busting our butts to get my new book out and take care of a lot of other things we have going on at the same time, Terry and I had a very relaxing Christmas yesterday, doing absolutely nothing. Terry made French toast for breakfast, then I answered a few holiday e-mails and didn’t touch my computer until after midnight when I sat down to write today’s blog.

We spent part of the day watching television, I snoozed off and on in my recliner, we talked to our kids on the telephone, and Terry’s mom also called from Arizona, and they had a long conversation.

As I said in yesterday’s blog, we had planned to go to Hibachi International Buffet in Daytona Beach for Christmas dinner, but neither of us felt like taking off our warm, comfortable sweats, getting into real clothes, and going anywhere. Instead, we had some of the delicious chalupa that Terry made the other day for dinner, then watched the Call The Midwife’s holiday show. We’ve been hooked on this English series about midwives in the East End of London since the very beginning. Before that, Terry read several books by Jennifer Worth, which were the basis for the program.

Speaking of TV series, we’ve been hooked on Yellowstone, as well as the prequel 1883, and we just started watching 1923, all created by Taylor Sheridan about the life of the Dutton family, pioneer ranchers in Montana, and their struggles from the earliest days to present time. All three are well worth watching.

My new book, Big Lake Drunk, just came out Christmas Eve night, and it is already off to a good start and has one 5-star review on Amazon. Thank you everybody, for your continued support, and for telling your friends about the new book. This is number 23 in the Big Lake series, and somebody asked me the other day if I was getting tired of it or running out of plots. Are you kidding me? Those people in that quirky little mountain town are never going to let me get any rest. They’re always up to something, and they keep giving me more to write about.

However, before I get back to Big Lake, I have to start writing A Changing World, the 5th book in the Tinder Street historical family saga. Those books take a lot of research, which is time-consuming, but I love it. And judging from the many wonderful comments I get from readers, a lot of you love it, 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.

Thought For The Day – The older I get, the more I understand why a rooster screams in the morning.

Nick Russell

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

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