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Yesterday was a good day for a lot of reasons. And any one of them would have been enough to make me happy.

One of the first things I did yesterday after feeding Alli and taking her out for her second potty of the day, was to load all of the deer fence material that we had taken down from around the big garden into the back of the pickup. Then we left the house around 12:30 and dropped the fence material off with Travis, who will be using it on some of the many projects around his place.

While we were there we checked out some of the gourds and loofahs he has growing. He told us that when he started out, he only planned to grow a few gourds, but they seem to have taken over, which is fine with him.

Along with the gourds, he is also growing loofahs. A bunch of loofahs!

We didn’t stay long because he was busy working in his gardens, which he does from sunup to sundown, weather permitting. Besides, we had a prior commitment.

Driving in to Northport, we stopped at the post office to mail off payments for several of our end of the month bills, then continued on to Pastor’s Mexican Restaurant, which I have mentioned several times in the blog. It’s become a favorite of ours. We had plans to meet our dear friends Aaron Borovoy and Peter Ambrose there for an early dinner. As I said in yesterday’s blog, they are headed home to Florida after an extensive RV trip that took them all the way to New York, then to the Midwest, Saint Louis, down to Memphis, and then here.

We arrived a few minutes early and got a table, though the place wasn’t busy at that time of day. Before long our friends arrived, and after hugs of greeting all the way around we sat and visited while we ate, and then visited some more after we were finished. There’s always so much to talk about when the four of us get together.

When we left the restaurant, Peter and Aaron followed us back to our place and we showed them around and visited for another hour or so. Alli liked meeting two more new friends and they liked her, too. Way too soon it was time for them to head back to their campground and we said our reluctant goodbyes. We look forward to the next time we can get together.

In a blog a few days ago I told you about my beloved Tilley hat finally falling apart after more than 30 years. After she read the blog, our dear friend Chris LeClaire sent me a message asking if I would like to have her late husband Charles’ Tilley. We were good friends for many years and she said that she knew that Charles would want me to have it. How can you say no to such a generous and heartfelt offer? She mailed it out Friday and it arrived yesterday. It fits perfectly and I’m looking forward to wearing it for many years. Thank you, Chris and Charles. 😊

Terry had ordered some solar powered lights with a magnetic backing to put on her Vego Garden raised beds and set them up yesterday afternoon. I think they look pretty cool.

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 What happens to nitrogen when the sun comes up? Does it become daytrogen?

Nick Russell

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

  3 Responses to “Gourds, Friends, And Hats”

  1. note on ‘led’ lights –
    although they are not listed as a grow light – they can and will(when placed close enough) stimulate plant growth – i experienced it with lantana – it ‘jump started’ in the spring with early flowering! i was using 50 watts solar powered lights.

  2. Ah, yes, the Tilley air flow hat. You are going to appreciate that on hot but windy days. Especially if it gets windy enough to need to use their magic straps. Just in case Terry decides to get one, I want to tell her I wound a scarf around the brim of mine using the straps to keep it in place–makes it easy to tell which hat is whose. 🙂

  3. I learned something today from your blog. I knew that loofahs were sponges, but always figured they were something from the sea; I did not realize they were a plant. I guess they are also used in cooking, so didn’t know if Travis and Geli grew them for food (if I remember correctly, they are vegetarians).

    The story of your friend giving her late husband’s hat to you brought a lump to my throat.

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