26 Years

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 162024

Can you believe this amazing, beautiful, and talented lady has been putting up with my nonsense for 26 years? Don’t ask me how or why she does it, but I am eternally grateful. Any success I have, any good thing in my life, is all due to her. I love you so very much Terry. Happy anniversary, my love. I can’t think of a better way to grow old than with you by my side.

After two days and nights without, we have heat again! Early yesterday afternoon two gentlemen from Legacy Heating and Cooling in Gordo arrived and started diagnosing our furnace issues. It didn’t take them long to find a blown fuse in the furnace circuit, as well as a shorted wire in the outside AC/heat pump unit.

The furnace is working again just in time. We have been running four electric space heaters in different rooms of our big house, which managed to keep things livable even if somewhat cool. But the big cold front the weatherman has been predicting arrived yesterday, with overnight temperatures down into the teens, and even worse if you consider the wind chill factor. A freezing rain mixture came with it, making roads throughout much of the state treacherous, if not downright impassable. A miles-long stretch of Interstate 65 was closed for hours.

This is what our back deck looked like about 10:30 last night. If you live in the Midwest or other places, you might scoff at that, but here in Alabama it’s a big event. Schools and government offices are closed today, and authorities are asking people to stay off the roads if they can avoid driving at all. Alli usually loves going outside, but when I opened door last night, she looked at one of Terry’s cats and asked it to explain how that litter box thing worked.

I had planned to take Terry to a nice dinner tonight, since last year on our 25th anniversary I was busy driving here from Florida in a U-Haul truck towing a trailer with my Mustang on it, while Terry was following me in the pickup towing our loaded cargo trailer. By the time we got here and got things unloaded, the only thing open in our little town of Gordo was Subway, so that’s how we celebrated. Terry said she doesn’t really want to make that a tradition, so I guess we’ll stay home until things clear up and then I will take my pretty lady out.

With all of that going on, one bright spot was an e-mail from Amazon telling me that the print edition of Jackpot, my latest John Lee Quarrels mystery, is now available to purchase.

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 – No matter how tough life gets, a good woman is always right by your side, telling you that none of this would have happened if you would have just listened to her in the first place.

Nick Russell

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

  14 Responses to “26 Years”

  1. Happy Anniversary!!! Glad you have heat back.

  2. Congratulations on your great marriage and happy anniversary!

  3. Happy Anniversary, Nick & Terry.

  4. What a beautiful picture of Terry! Happy anniversary to both of you.

  5. Happy Anniversary!

  6. Happy anniversary

    Off-topic question… when you had your house in Florida it seemed like it was very manageable for you and miss Terry now that do you have your house in Alabama? I’m sure the house is very manageable for you and Miss Terry. My question is if in the. Event of your untimely demise does Miss Terry have an exit strategy In place . I’m sure the house Wouldn’t be a problem…. however Having 9 acres of Jungle seems like a lot of burden to put on her, over time
    Also, Most gas companies have 50/ 100 pound bottles of propane. Very easy to pick up with your front end Kabota … or you could look on Facebook market page an Or have Your home contractor find one and have a licensed contractor Install it Once installed I don’t see why the gas company couldn’t deliver the propane product to your door (It’s not like it cost them any money to install it. that cost is yours) to run the Generator which could feed your gas stove Which also could feed a Back up heating system and hot water or the On demand outdoor fire pit


  8. Happy Anniversary you two. Mike and I will celebrate 30 years in October–where has the time gone?? Stay warm!

  9. Before we left for Oaxaca, I asked Larry if he didn’t think we should empty the water out of the camper before we left. He said he didn’t think it would go low enough to be a problem in Pensacola so didn’t empty it. We just checked and it got down to zero two nights so far and is predicted to be 22 two more nights. I reminded him that I had suggested we (meaning him) empty it. He was reading your blog and read me the thought for the day. Perfect timing!! Ha-ha.

  10. Happy anniversary. I hope you get many more years to celebrate.

  11. Happy Anniversary Terry and Nick!!!

  12. Amen to today’s thought and Happy Anniversary to you both. Nice thoughts to your better half.

  13. Wishing you both a Happy Anniversary, with wishes for many more.
    Glad you got the Furnace working in this Cold Weather. It sometimes pays to call the professionals.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  14. Happy Anniversary…at least you are together and the furnace works during this bitter cold spell!! Being together is what counts!! We have passed 51 yrs a few months ago. We celebrate very simply these days as going out is very hard for my husband. Simple can be good too!! Hope the furnace behaves from now on!!

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