Will Today Be The Day?

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 162023

Except for taking Alli out several times to go potty and to throw a ball or Kong for her to chase and get some exercise, about all I have done the last few days is write. I have been working hard to get Jackpot, my new John Lee Quarrels mystery, finished and ready to publish. I have been able to get a lot accomplished, and with any luck at all, I should be able to wrap it up today. Keep your fingers crossed.

But before I can get started on that today, we have someone coming from Columbus, Mississippi this morning to give us a quote for installing a Generac whole-house backup generator. In doing a lot of research, it seems like Generac and Kohler are the big names in the business, and since I couldn’t get a Kohler dealer to respond to me, it looks like Generac will be our choice. I’ve always felt that if somebody won’t work with me when they are trying to win my business, I darn sure can’t expect much after I give them an order.

The one possible hangup I see is that the generators are powered by either natural gas or propane. To the best of my knowledge, natural gas is not available here, and months ago when we were trying to find someone to put in a propane tank, we had no luck. All we have that uses propane is a cooktop, our furnace and water heater are both electric. Every propane company I called told us we wouldn’t use enough to make it worth their while to service us. Until now we have been using small BBQ grill type propane tanks that we take into town to be filled when necessary. The representative from Generac told me he’s sure he can find someone who will service us, so I will leave that up to him to handle.

Once we are done with that, it’s back to writing. Will today be the day?

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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. My friend DC Stultz asked if I had noticed this notice. No, DC, I never noticed.

Thought For The Day – If you think swimming with dolphins is expensive, you should try swimming with sharks. It cost me an arm and a leg!

Nick Russell

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

  4 Responses to “Will Today Be The Day?”

  1. I’ve know people who’ve gotten a good deal on a large used propane tank, had it installed and they only have to fill it once a year (in the summer when the fuel is cheapest).
    Having a propane company come out once a year to fill your tank is different from them loaning you one and coming out every month to top it off.

  2. I know you post the blog late at night or early AM. I can’t receive it on my browser until afternoon. Any thoughts?

  3. Gary, some people experience this and I think it may be because your server only upgrades every so often. You can click the subscribe button in the upper right sidebar of the blog and you should get an email when it posts instead of waiting.

  4. We have a generac 13kw generator. It won’t run the whole house, but it covers all the essentials, fridges, pellet stove, well pump and house lights. It won’t run the heat pump or the ac, but it runs enough to keep us going. We own our own 2-250 gallon tanks, and don’t have any problems having a propane delivery for 300+ gallons once a year. Owning your own tanks is a one time expense, but elimanates expensive tank rental charges over the year. Something to think about. Also, unless you are going to run exclusively on a generator all the time, you don’t actually need one to run the whole house, just what you need. Figure out what watts each appliance or circuit you actually NEED and go from there. We upgraded from an 8kw to a 13kw cause the 8kw didn’t have enough circuits or “oomph” to run the well. Water is most important, need to be able to flush the potties to keep the women happy. You only get so many circuits and so many amps available with each size of generator, so you really need to decide what you need to surivive a few days or weeks until the juice comes back on. Excess capacity is expensive if you don’t really need it.

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