Down To The Wire

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 292023

We’ve only got a couple more days before Terry’s folks arrive from Arizona for a week-long visit, so we are down to the wire trying to get things done before Wednesday. There’s a lot we want to get done, and hopefully we’ll accomplish it all.

Yesterday, I use the weed eater to trim up around and under both decks, around Terry’s raised garden beds, and a couple of other places. Then I jumped on the Husqvarna riding mower for a quick pass down the edge of the French drain on the side of the house because the grass was getting kind of high there.

I also wandered around out in the pasture looking for one of two arrows that I lost in the grass before I decided to start shooting behind the barn. Alli found one of them, but the other is still MIA.

While I was doing all of that, Terry was tackling a bunch of things inside the house, including assembling the shower seat she ordered for her parents’ visit, more laundry including bedding and pillows, planning some meals while they are here, and fine tuning things.

Today Travis is going to come over and we are going to grind away the bent piece of metal on the body of the tractor’s mid-mount mower that is being hit by the blade as a result of me hitting a stump with it a while back. Then we want to put the wheel weights on the rear tires of the tractor to give it more stability when carrying a heavy load in the bucket or going up and down hills. Today and tomorrow are supposed to be the last nice days for a bit, with the daytime temperatures dropping down into the 50s and 60s later this week.

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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 – Remember: Don’t insult the alligator until after you cross the river.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Down To The Wire”

  1. Nick we allways filled our rear tires with water or antifreeze.

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