Mar 192023

Yesterday morning a crew from ProScape was back out here again, tackling another problem related to our drainage issues. Long before we bought the house the area around the culvert under the driveway had caved in on one side, completely blocking the opening. Obviously, if water can’t flow through the culvert, it’s going to back up somewhere and erode the earth around it, so we needed to get that remedied.

They brought out a backhoe and dug it out, and then discovered that the other end was also blocked, so they started on that. As soon as the entry and exit were both cleared, a gush of backed-up water started flowing. The ditch downstream from the culvert was also overgrown and partially blocked, so they opened that up, too.

Hopefully we’re getting a handle on all of this, although when I walked across the portion of the backyard that was covered in hay and seed it was very soft from the rain we got Friday morning, and my feet wanted to sink in. I am hoping that won’t be an ongoing issue with everything we have done.

Our nighttime temperatures have been down in the 20s, and yesterday I think we got up to a high of about 50 degrees. Today is supposed to be even colder, only reaching the low to mid-40s at best. But the weatherman says that by the end of the week we’ll see 80 degrees. Travis and Terry are both eager to get started with their gardens, but the local weather guru says to wait until April 15, just to be sure.

Yesterday was another writing day for me and I got in another 3,300 words or so. Then I printed out some more chapters of A Changing World, my new Tinder Street book, for Terry to edit and proofread.

I honestly don’t know where she gets the energy for everything she does, because while I was writing, Terry was piddling, as she calls it. She hung some more new window blinds, moved some boxes around and put things away, did laundry, and then made a delicious chicken pot pie, completely from scratch, for dinner. Is there nothing she can’t do? If there is, I haven’t figured out what it is yet.

Today is your last chance to enter our latest Free Drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake, my first novel and the first book in my Big Lake small town mystery series. This is the book that started me on my career as an author.

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. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books and audiobooks to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

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. Kite flying is prohibited? Why?

Thought For The Day – Don’t let the answers you want to hear get in the way of the answers you need to hear.

Nick Russell

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

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