Sunday At Our Place

 Posted by at 1:19 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 042023

When I let Alli out for her first potty break of the morning about 7:30 yesterday, it was so foggy that I couldn’t see the hay shed about 120 yards across our pasture. The weatherman had predicted we would get a lot of rain over the weekend, and though we got some, it wasn’t nearly as much as we were promised. Just like our place in Florida, it seems like the storms here always split about the time they get to us and go around in each direction, missing us. I don’t want anything severe, but I sure would like a good soaking rain that lasts a while. We need it.

The fog cleared out quickly as the temperature rose to the mid-60s, and after a light breakfast of berries and cream and half a bagel each, I spent some time outside throwing one of Alli’s Kongs for her. It absolutely her favorite toy because it bounces all over the place when you throw it, and she loves chasing it. She has several stashed all around the place.

You know it’s time for a haircut and beard trim when you look more shaggy than your dog does, so once Terry cleaned up from breakfast, she came out on the back deck with electric clippers, a comb, and scissors, trying to make me look halfway human again. When she took this picture, I asked if it made me look fat. She said no, a lifetime of pepperoni pizza, butter pecan ice cream, and Pepsi Cola did that.

I am so far behind in my writing schedule that I am ashamed of myself. This will be the first year in a long time that I didn’t turn out at least four books. I will be struggling to get the third one out by the end of December. But I did write another 2,500 words yesterday, which puts me somewhere around the 2/3 mark of having the book completed.

We all know that Terry never stops, and among her many projects was hanging up two old wooden printer’s type cases with some little collectibles that we’ve acquired over the years. She hung them in the corner of the dining area of the living room, and they really draw the eye.

Later on, for dinner, she made delicious pan seared sesame seed coated tuna steaks with wasabi sauce, along with baked potatoes, plus a cucumber salad for her. One of my favorite meals.

And since I showed you a picture of Alli, I guess it’s only fair to show you what the kittens are looking like these days. They’re really not kittens anymore. They have grown up quite a bit since we brought them home.

This is BeeBee, who thinks she’s the queen of the house, even though we all know Alli really is. We don’t think BeeBee is ever going to be a big cat, but she’s very sleek with a beautiful glossy coat.

And then there’s Mai Lin, otherwise known as Mamie. She’s a delightful little fur ball and kind of the class clown. She has extra toes on all of her paws, tufted ears, and a fun personality. Mai Lin loves Alli and Alli loves her, and they spend a lot of time wrestling and playing together.

Congratulations Wayne Shunamon, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Voodoo Vendetta: Culture That Kills, the first book in the Aubrey Greigh mystery series by Gene Jurrens. The culturally quirky story begins one steamy summer a few years into the future that stinks of blood and greed. Occultism permeates a high-profile murder, then an even more mysterious and atrocious murder confounds the police. They need help and savvy amateur sleuth Aubrey Greigh reluctantly agrees to assist, but only because the beautiful but hard-boiled detective working the case looks like his deceased wife – his Kryptonite. Then, all hell breaks loose.

We had 13 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. 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 – The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.

Nick Russell

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

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