Rude Awakenings

 Posted by at 12:59 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 132023

When you live in tornado country like we do, having a weather radio just makes sense. Except when it wakes you up twice in the middle of the night with a siren and alerts to let you know about bad weather two states away. That’s what our Raynic radio did twice early Saturday morning, once about 2:30 AM and again about 3:15. the alerts were for severe thunderstorms in Arkansas and northern Mississippi. I’m sure there is a way to fine tune it to only broadcast alerts for our area, but nothing in the instructions that came with the radio tell me how to do that. I guess I need to spend some time on Google or YouTube trying to figure it out.

While I’m there, I also need to do some research on how to keep deer out of the garden that Terry and our son Travis are going to be planting. For whatever reason, Travis has not had a problem with deer at his place, but we have anywhere from two or three to as many as fifteen or more grazing in our pasture at night. I’m sure they wouldn’t hesitate to eat everything in the garden as soon as it pokes its head above the soil.

I really don’t want to have to build a high fence around the garden area, and I don’t want to do something to frighten them off the property altogether because we love seeing them out there. We’re just selfish and don’t want to share what we are growing with them. I’m always open to suggestions. If you’re a gardener, what has worked for you?

We had a lot of rain overnight Saturday and into early Sunday morning, and then the rest of the day it was gray and ugly. So of course we had big pools of water in our yard. The company we hired to install French drains and do some land grading to hopefully mitigate that problem it’s supposed to start today or tomorrow. We are keeping our fingers crossed for good results.

And in other news, in less than a month’s time we have a contract on our house in Florida. It is a cash deal and the buyers are in their inspection period now. Please keep your fingers crossed for us that this goes through. We don’t have a mortgage on the property, but it still costs us money in monthly amenity fees for the community, utilities, and taxes that we would like to be done with.

Congratulations Carolyn Ledford, winner of our drawing for a $100 gift certificate donated by Joyce Counts from JG Wood Signs to be used to order one of their custom made signs. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win a wonderful gift. Check out their website, they have an amazing variety of beautiful signs for your home, RV, or any place else you can think of.

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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 – if you want to know who your tribe is, speak your truth and see who sticks around. Those are the people who get a spot in your blanket fort.

Nick Russell

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

  10 Responses to “Rude Awakenings”

  1. The only thing I know that will keep the deer out is a “chicken moat”, but you don’t want fences or a dog & that brings us back to fences.

  2. My brother-in-law in south GA has successfully kept critters out of his garden for years by installing a two-strand electric fence. One strand lower to the ground (maybe about 6-8″ high?) to keep out the bunnies and the other about knee high or so to keep out the deer. His produce every year is abundant and delicious – nothing like fresh garden veggies. Good luck w/whatever solution works for your garden.

  3. You need to put the S.A.M.E. code ( into your weather radio. That will shut it up except for the counties you specify.

  4. A six foot tall fence. In Montana, nothing else works.

  5. used to use soap shavings and human hair scattered around and ut kept them out. You can go to a barber and get a bag on it. Irish spring works good.

  6. I’ve heard from friends that Marigolds on the border work, here’s more info.

    Hoping you can get your weather radio tuned. Thank goodness we got ours set, it’s a Midland.

    And triply hoping your contract goes through without a hitch!!

  7. There are plants that are deer resistant you can plant around the edges of your garden. Google brought me this link:

  8. Ronald D Butler Our daughter and son-in-law have 5 acres and a big rose garden that the deer love. They put up spaced metal fence posts and then strung fishing line around them, about 3′ apart up to about 7-8′. They evidently brush up against the fishing line and stop. Seems to save her roses! May be an easier try than going all out on a fence. Good luck!

  9. I agree with the first gentleman that responded regarding chicken moat. Check out You Tube “Living Traditions Homestead” . They put up 4′ high see-thru fence (I think they used cattle panels and t-posts). Six feet apart they put up a second same fencing. This has protected their garden and recently planted fruit orchard plus it gives the chickens about a mile to run around. Deer have no depth perception and don’t see a way to jump both fences. This will take care of rabbits too, which are just as frustrating. Doesn’t block your view either.

  10. Does your house have a place ti store a 45 ft RV?

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