Dec 072023

Breakfast at our house usually happens in late morning or even around noon (which I guess makes it brunch), depending when we get up and get in gear in the morning. We are both night owls, and since I often write my blog sometime between 11 and midnight, we seldom get to bed before 1 AM, or even 2.

Sometimes breakfast is no more than half a bagel each, or berries and cream with a half bagel, or occasionally a bowl of cereal. Other times we take it a bit further, such as yesterday, when Terry made delicious French toast using thick slices of bread that she had baked. I like mine with some powdered sugar sprinkled on it, and as this picture shows, too much Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup.

Terry is more conservative with hers, opting for a bit of butter, some sugar, and lots of cinnamon. Either way, it’s enough to keep us going until dinner time.

After breakfast, the first order of the day was to call Cove Security. We had the Cove system at our house in Florida and really liked it much more than the Vector Security system (formerly ADS), which was installed on our house here when we bought it. We have found the current system to be clunky and unreliable, as well as expensive, with the monitoring costing us $48.50 a month. Twice when we have had false alarms because someone opened a door when the alarm was set, we could not cancel it at the keypad or by talking to someone at the service, but they did not send out a deputy, either. So what good is it?

Someone from Cove contacted me a week or so ago about coming back as a customer, and between the offer of free equipment and $10.99 a month monitoring for as long as we are a customer, it’s a no brainer. Unfortunately, the person who contacted me and took the order then dropped the ball and nothing happened, and it took a couple of phone calls to get that straightened out. Hopefully, they will have the equipment to me in a week or two, and I know from experience at our last house that it is an easy installation.

Once I was done with that, I replied to several emails that had come in overnight, then corrected six new chapters that Terry had edited for my new book and sent them off to Judy and Roberta for a second and third round of proofreading.

Alli was restless and needed some exercise, so once those chapters were emailed off, I took her out to play with her Kong for a while, then jumped in the Mule and drove around our perimeter roads. She loves to chase the Mule, barking and nipping at the tires when I slow down. I think in her mind it is kidnapping me and it’s her job to come to the rescue.

Back inside, I wrote another chapter, and it took off in a direction I did not see coming and left me totally flabbergasted. I thought I knew where this book was going, but now I have no idea what will happen next.

While I did that, Terry was busy making dinner, center cut pork loin chops and wild rice for me, and a salad with slices of pork for her. One of my favorite meals.

After dinner, it was time for a bit of television, then to write the blog.

After a couple of mild days in the 60s, the temperature has dropped again. It was in the low 50s yesterday and down to freezing overnight. Good snuggling weather.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. Just in time for Christmas, this week’s prize is a big one, a Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader with a 6.8” display, adjustable warm light, up to 10 weeks of battery life, and 20% faster page turns than previous models. You are going to love this, or make somebody on your Christmas shopping list very happy.

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. When my friend Ray Herron sent this to me, I realized that I probaby don’t either.

Thought For The Day – The road to success is always under construction.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “French Toast, Cove, And Kindle”

  1. Who is your artist?

    great cover for the book!

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