Dec 272023

As I said in yesterday’s blog, now that Jackpot, my new John Lee Quarrels book, is out, I need to start whittling away at a lot of other chores I need to get done that have been sitting on the back burner.

The first order of business was to get my free author’s newsletter announcing the new book sent out. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, send me your e-mail address at I promise not to spam you or share your information with anybody else. Then I sent out review copies of Jackpot to several book review blogs.

I mentioned that draining the hot tub and cleaning it because of the green color the water had taken on was on my To Do list. Three different blog readers suggested that instead of doing that, I shock the water with a heavy dose of chlorine and see if it helped. I wasn’t sure that was the problem, since there is a floating chlorine dispenser in the tub, but apparently it was not doing its job. Yesterday, Terry and I tested the water, and the chlorine level was definitely very low, so we followed the instructions to shock it. The directions on the chlorine said to give it 24 hours and see what happens. Hopefully, we’ll see some results by this afternoon. I would much rather do that than try to drain the thing completely and start over.

Today I hope to get the Cove security system set up, and then start on the dash cams for the Pacifica and the pickup.

Some of you may remember me writing about not being able to get a propane company to work with us in setting up a tank for the Generac whole house backup generator we want to get installed. I had talked to every propane company in the Tuscaloosa area and every one of them promised to have someone call me and make an appointment to come out. And after repeated calls from me, none of them ever followed through.

Because a generator without fuel is worthless, I was becoming frustrated and was about to give up on the entire project when the sales rep for the company that will be installing the generator suggested I call Suburban Propane in Columbus, Mississippi. Not expecting anything more from them than I had any of their competitors, I called on Friday and the nice lady I spoke to promised that she would have someone call me back on Tuesday, since they would be closed on Monday for Christmas. And sure enough, she kept her promise and one of their people called me yesterday, set up our account, and we have an appointment for January 5th for someone to come out and decide where the tank should go and what all will be involved in getting things set up for the generator. I like a company that does what they say they’re going to do.

Before I close, I want to thank everybody who has downloaded the new book and told their friends about it. Yesterday evening, not much more than 24 hours after it was released, it was ranked at #6,496 out of all the millions of e-books available on Amazon, and #31 in the top 100 Hot New Releases in its category of Mysteries and Police Procedurals. You folks are awesome!

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. Are these made from vegans?

Thought For The Day – Please buy your Hollandaise sauce in Nome, Alaska. Everyone knows there’s no place like Nome for the Hollandaise.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Whittling Away At The List”

  1. I read Ron your Thought For The Day, and he hissed. I believe that’s a thumbs up!

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