Jan 072024

Yesterday was another gray, gloomy day here in west-central Alabama, and though I had several things I wanted to do, I didn’t get much accomplished.

We had planned to go into Northport to run some errands, but Terry wasn’t feeling all that well, so instead we decided to stay home. She spent much of the day sorting and organizing paperwork to get ready for filing our taxes, and I did a few chores I have been wanting to get out of the way.

The first was the normal morning routine of answering e-mails and posting my blog to Facebook. Then I read over the chapter of my next Big Lake book that I had written the day before and tweaked it a bit.

After that I took a five gallon can of diesel out to the barn and topped off the Kubota tractor’s tank, so I can take the can into town to get it refilled when we do go. I try to keep two full cans of gasoline and one of diesel on hand all the time so we will have plenty for our different powered equipment. While I was in the barn I also checked for any leaks from the recent rains, but did not find any.

Then Terry and I removed the window air conditioner from our office, which we have not used much since we got the Black + Decker portable air conditioner, and I put it away in the garage. Hopefully, with the added insulation we had installed a few days ago we won’t need it next summer.

We still have several boxes of stuff in the garage that came from our garage in Florida and I spent some time going through them, deciding how much of it we will ever need or use. Of course, about the time I throw something away we will need it. Happens every time. 😊

Back inside, I tried working on another chapter, but days like this make me want to take a nap instead, so that’s what I did. After a delicious dinner of homemade deep dish pizza, we watched the last two episodes Bass Reeves on Paramount+. The series is loosely based on the real life of Bass Reeves, a former slave who became the first Black United States Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi. He worked for Judge Isaac Parker, known as the Hanging Judge. In his 32 years as a lawman, Reeves captured some of the most dangerous desperadoes around, and was reported to have killed 14 outlaws. He was so dedicated to justice that among those he arrested was his own son, Benjamin, charged with murdering his wife. The younger Reeves was convicted and served 11 years in prison for his crime before his sentence was commuted. While obviously dramatized for television audiences, the first season of the series was entertaining and well worth watching.

I’m not sure what’s on the agenda for today. If Terry is feeling up to it, we’ll run into town, and if not, we’ll stay home and I will try to get some writing done.

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Mountain Angel, the first book in her Northstar Angel’s series. It’s a contemporary Western romance about a woman who returns to her roots, desperate for the tranquility of the secluded valley and plagued by memories of her dead boyfriend and the advances of an obsessive former friend. When her over-protective uncle sends Patrick O’Neil “on vacation” to keep an eye on her she is annoyed, but finds herself irresistibly drawn to the haunted man with a kind smile and sad eyes. He may just be the best thing to ever happen to her…if she can convince him to stay.

To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening. 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 – It’s never too late to change. So wait until you absolutely have to.

Nick Russell

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

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