Nov 242023

Did you all have a good Thanksgiving? Did you fill up on turkey and ham and pumpkin pie and lots of other goodies? Take my advice. Do yourself a favor and avoid the bathroom scale for a while. Nobody needs to have that kind of disappointment and self-loathing at the holidays.

We had a quiet holiday, just Terry and me and the critters. My bad back has been acting up, and yesterday morning I really threw it out. I could barely move around. After taking some pain meds, I managed to read through and correct the new chapter of my book that I wrote on Wednesday. Then I spent most of the day sleeping and being pretty much useless.

Not Terry. That girl never slows down. While I was in my recliner she made delicious lemon bars, two huge chicken breasts along with baked potatoes for dinner, and kept the animals from tearing down the house, which in itself can be a full-time job. Hopefully today I will be more productive.

I wanted to share something interesting and a bit thrilling with you. German shepherds are energetic dogs and they need plenty of activity, so several times a day I go out and throw a Kong or ball for Alli to chase, the last time being right before we go to bed for the night. One ball I throw for her is a Max Glow Ball, which is made with a safe photoluminescent material that glows in the dark and bounces all over the place. Alli loves it. It’s one of her favorite toys. The ball has a hole on either side and makes a whistling sound when thrown through the air.

A few nights ago, before bedtime, I was out on the back deck throwing the ball for her when something huge seemed to go right over my head. I looked up, and it was the biggest owl I have ever seen, not more than a few feet above me. It swooped back up in the air and then flew off and landed on the carport down the hill. I put my rechargeable spotlight on it and called Terry outside, but it had flown away before she got outside. We could both hear it hooting in the trees. Terry said maybe the owl heard the whistling sound of the ball and saw it moving as I threw it and thought it was some kind of prey. What an experience!

It’s that time of year, but before you go Black Friday shopping, read my book Black Friday and find out how one man’s search for bargains on the busiest shopping day of the year changed his life forever.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is 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 Sunday 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. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.

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 – Apparently RSVP’ing back to a wedding invite ‘maybe next time’ isn’t the correct response.

Nick Russell

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

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