Apr 092023

In yesterday’s blog I told you about my friend Justin Abrams getting his truck and trailer stuck out back by our barn while delivering a load of railroad ties to me, and how we had to use my Kubota tractor to pull him out in the rain. I said in that blog that the rain stopped soon afterward. While that was true, it started again in the evening and never stopped all of Friday night and for half the day yesterday. We woke up to a gray, chilly, soggy day.

So what do you do when you’re recovering from a bout of the stomach flu and wake up on a day like that? Sometimes it’s better to just stay in your warm, cozy bed, and believe it or not, we did just that for a good part of the day. Hey, we’re 70 years old. If we want to take a day off, we’ll do it!

When we finally did get ourselves in gear, we actually managed to get quite a few things accomplished during the afternoon and early evening. I read through a chapter for my new book that I had written the day before, fleshed it out with another 500 or so words, then reread it and made some more corrections.

While I was doing that,Terry was busy reorganizing the kitchen to make it more user friendly, lining all the shelves of the cupboards, and finding some things in boxes that she’s been looking for since we moved in. She never stops moving. I think she does that just so I can’t catch her. 😊

This is a big house and quite spread out, and it’s very easy to miss hearing when somebody knocks at the door. So Terry ordered some wireless doorbells from Amazon, along with three plug-in receivers that can be used in different parts of the house. Each receiver has a choice of several ringtones, so we can set different ones for the front and side door. Terry installed them on both those doors, and now no matter where we are in the house we can tell when somebody comes calling.

A friend asked if we had considered the Ring video doorbells. No. We had them in our house in Florida and I was never impressed with them. It seemed like they sometimes missed when people came to the door if they didn’t ring the bell, or didn’t send the signal until after a delay. More than once somebody had to knock on the door to get our attention when they failed to work at all. At first I thought it was a problem with the signal inside the house, but we have friends that have them at their house in Arizona who experienced the same frustrations.

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an  RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day.

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 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.

Thought For The Day – I’d make a swear jar, but I don’t have the income to keep up with my mouth.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Better To Just Stay In Bed”

  1. We were lucky to find one of those doorbells that used batteries instead of needing to be plugged in. When Dave’s father had a stroke, we taped the button to his cane and put the receiver in a pocket of whoever was on duty. He could then call us from anywhere with just one touch of the button.

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