Pulling Up Stakes

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
May 312023

Well, actually fence posts, but they are metal stakes, so that counts, doesn’t it?

Yesterday Travis and Gila came over and spent much of the afternoon taking down the fence posts along the north perimeter road. We don’t need the fence because we don’t plan to have any livestock, and they could use the posts for some projects at their place. So it was a win-win for everybody.

While Travis and I were using the Kubota tractor to pull the posts out of the ground, Gila was coiling up the three or four strands of wire. Here are before and after pictures.

Now it will be much easier to get to the perimeter road from anywhere in the pasture or the front or backyard.

Travis had not used the bush hog yet, so I gave him a quick tutorial on it and then he started mowing some of the high grass on the back end of the property.

He always says Dad has the coolest toys.

When we bought the place, the previous owners left two big wooden spools in the barn. Terry and I plan to use one as a table on our back deck, and I told Travis he could have the other one. Once we had the fence posts all pulled up, we rolled one of the spools onto the bucket of the tractor and I drove it slowly up to the house and we put it in the back of our Ram pickup to take to their house. It was easy enough to get it into the back of the truck because I just lifted the bucket and we rolled it onto the bed. We weren’t sure what we would do when we got to their house, but Travis had a couple of very long 2x4s that we put on the tailgate as a ramp and rolled it off using the center of the spool. Easy peasy.

While we were there, we took a few minutes to admire the huge birdhouse gourd plant Travis and Gila are growing in their garden. They have lots of other stuff coming up, too. Those two definitely have green thumbs.

And check out this whimsical gnome house Travis created from an old burned out tree stump in their backyard. He’s got an eye to see things that most of us overlook.

When we left their place, we stopped at the Piggly Wiggly in Gordo to pick up some milk and a couple of other things, and then we went home and Terry made delicious chicken chimichangas for dinner.

I mentioned above that Travis has an eye that sees a lot of interesting things, and he called me a little after 10 o’clock last night to tell me they had been sitting on their back porch and they saw something streaking across the sky with a long fiery trail behind it. My first thought was that it was a meteor, but as it turns out, it was the SpaceX Dragon capsule approaching splash-down in the Gulf of Mexico. I’m sorry we missed that! We saw a lot of rocket launches from our backyard when we lived in Florida, but never one returning back to Earth. Timing is everything.

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. I have so many questions about this, but I’m afraid to hear the answers.

Thought For The Day I just wanted you to know that somebody cares. Not me, but somebody somewhere does.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Pulling Up Stakes”

  1. Live in southeast Louisiana, about 50 miles north northwest of New Orleans, in a small town called Loranger. Live out on seven acres, your new life style is much like ours, wife and I are retired both 67 years old. I use a golf cart to tow my large trash can to the street, about 300’, returning to the house heading east and saw the capsule streak across the sky heading south.
    Had no idea what it was, had just watched War of the Worlds earlier that day and seeing the huge orange glow move that fast had me thinking about UFO’s. Glad to read I wasn’t imagining things… lol

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