Jan 222024

As I said in yesterday’s blog, the area at the bottom of our deck steps is muddy, and Alli keeps tracking it inside. So we went to Lowe’s and bought some paver blocks to put there. I’m no block layer, but I was hoping to at least cover up enough of the area that she could avoid some of the mud.

The high temperature yesterday was 40° and I wanted to take advantage of it while I could to get the blocks laid down. The first step was transferring them from the back of the pickup up to the Mule. I can’t tell you how handy that little four-wheeler has been since we bought our place here in the country. Whether it’s hauling things around the property, driving the perimeter roads, picking up downed trees and limbs to be chipped, or just going for a quick ride to give Alli some exercise, it always starts right up and never lets us down.

The area I wanted to cover is not level by a long shot, but with rain predicted for several days this coming week, I just wanted to get the blocks down and wasn’t worried about aesthetics. Once things warm up and dry up a bit, I may try to do a better job with them. But like I said, I’m no block layer.

When we had dinner at LongHorn Steakhouse on Saturday I brought home the bone from my ribeye, and yesterday while I was putting down the blocks, Terry brought it outside and gave it to Alli. While she has quite a few chew toys, and I give her Redbarn Beef Lung Choppers as treats, I think that may be the first time she’s actually had a real bone. At least it is since she joined our family last summer. And boy did she like it! She plopped herself down on the grass and started gnawing on that thing like there was no tomorrow. She was definitely a happy doggie.

When I finished with the block I came back inside and spent some time making the corrections to the chapters of Big Lake Accident that proofreader Judy Rinehimer had suggested. Then I did some research on one of the events in the story and added a sentence or two to help substantiate something that was revealed in the early stages of the mystery. Today I hope to get another chapter or two done. It’s nice to be back in Big Lake. 😊

Congratulations Max Stuckey, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Hands of Onyx, book 2 in the Sav’ine series by Stacy Bender. It’s a story about cybernetic soldiers escorting a long haul space freighter to the outer rim planets, dealing with saboteurs who are trying to stop them and a crew that includes a half-blind medic, an explosives expert who is a sociopath, and an interrogator suffering from dementia. What could possibly go wrong?

We had 10 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 – If you don’t take risks, you will end up working for and paying rent to someone who did.

Nick Russell

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

  8 Responses to “I’m Not A Block Layer”

  1. Nick….be careful in feeding Alli your cooked steak bones. They are not good for them as they can can splinter and damage your dog’s stomach and digestive system. Uncooked or raw bones are OK. Just a word of advice.

  2. Thank you for the book

  3. They make a 12 in.² pavement tamper Home Depot or Lowes Tractor supply carry them that’s great for taking the high spot out of your ground. Next time take a bag of cement. Spread And rake it out in the area that you’re going to use your blocks use the tamper to make it level put the blocks on top and let it rain that will harden your paver blocks as well as lock them in place

  4. As a misplaced Tennessean now living in Texas, I can say with authority…you are now living in Alabama; just throw some pallets over the muddy areas and carry on.

  5. Your right Your no block layer
    Sloppy job.

  6. Barry Townes, if I did my son would steal them for one of his pallet art projects. 🙂

  7. Rick Feller, looks goods to me. But I’m no block layer either. But at least Nick and I know the difference between your and you’re. So there’s that.

  8. This is max stuckey it looks like I already have the book so if you can give it to someone else please do

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