Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 292023

Ditto –  verb – dittoed; dittoing; dittos – 1) to repeat or imitate something 2) to copy (something, such as printed matter) on a duplicator.

The title of today’s blog pretty much says it all, because yesterday was basically a repeat of the day before, but without the rain. The ground was still sloppy wet from all the rain on Wednesday night and again on Thursday night, so there wasn’t much we could do outside. Instead, I stayed inside and got a lot of writing done, another 4,000+ words in my new Tinder Street book.

This book is a little different than the preceding four books in the series in that they all cover a five year time span. This one will cover six years, from 1935 through 1940, because the next book in the series will be during World War II and I want to cover it all in one book, not break part way through for the next one in the series. There is a lot going on with this one, including the rise of the Nazis in Germany, some deaths of characters we’ve come to know well, a new career for at least one person, somebody else following their long held dream and making it a reality, and a whole bunch of babies being born. I guess when you don’t have late night television, or any television for that matter, you’ve got to have something to do once it gets dark, right?

Speaking of it getting dark, I’ve been wanting a good spotlight to be able to reach out across the pasture and to the barn at night so I could easily see deer or other nocturnal critters that might be wandering around out there. The other day I ordered this Rechargeable Handheld LED Spotlight from Amazon, and though they said it wouldn’t be here until Monday, it actually arrived yesterday.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot for under 30 bucks, but I’m impressed! The waterproof light has a rechargeable battery that you can either charge by plugging into a USB port or by the light’s built in solar panel on the back of it. It has six modes, from a spotlight to a flashing strobe light, comes with three extra lenses in yellow, blue, and red, and it’s very lightweight. It’s rated at 200,000 lumens, and though I don’t know if that is absolutely correct, it sure is bright. Standing at our back door, I can shine it across the pasture and light up the barn like it was daylight. Whether you are an RVer, a boater, a camper, or just someone who wants to be able to see what’s out there in the dark of night, this thing is worth every penny.

Yesterday was another ditto day for Miss Terry also. She did some more bookwork, got all of our bills paid for next month, made me a delicious dinner of pork chops and wild rice, and topped it off with some amazing banana bread. She also kept me from playing with matches and sharp things, so I get to keep all my fingers and toes for at least another day. Trust me, that’s her hardest job.

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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 – Don’t give up what you want most for what you want right now.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Ditto”

  1. I’m sure you are aware, but many Americans aren’t, that WW2 was w.ell underway many years before the USA joined the fray, actually selling munitions and fuel to Germany while The armies of Europe and Canada were fighting. The history taught in schools in the USA is very selective.

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