Off To A Good Start

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 022024

Is there a better way to start off the first day of a new year than cuddling in bed with the person you love, talking about how lucky we are to have each other and to have the life we share together? If there is, I don’t know what it would be, and that’s just how we started 2024 yesterday. So I’d say the new year is off to a good start. 😊

After our usual light breakfast of berries and cream and half a bagel each, I posted the blog to Facebook, and we talked to our son Travis, and our daughter Tiffany and her husband Kenny in Arizona, and then I spent some time answering e-mails.

Later on, we installed the door sensors and motion detectors for the new Cove security system. The hardest part of that was getting the sensors for the old ADS (now Vector) system off the doors. Some were held in place with screws and others with sticky tape or a combination thereof.

The new sensors are smaller and have self-adhesive backs. As usually happens at our place, I start a project and Terry finishes it so it will be done right. I always defer to her mechanical ability and common sense. I keep telling people that around here I’m just the eye candy. 😊

Something that I don’t think either one of us realized what wasn’t happening, was that when we were out in the hot tub at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, we didn’t see any fireworks or hear any gunshots going off. Until Tiffany mentioned all the people shooting in the air around their place in Arizona, I had not noticed that it was quiet here. When we were in Florida, New Year’s Eve sometimes sounded like a war zone. Living in the country, between hunting season and people target shooting year-round, we hear gunshots quite often. But no shots were fired into the air that we could hear.

That’s good, because it’s an incredibly dangerous thing to do. I had an Army buddy who survived Vietnam only to be left a quadriplegic after someone fired a shot in the air and it came down and hit him in the top of the head. And I’ve shared in the blog before about the New Year’s Eve when my parents and I were standing on the upstairs porch of the duplex we lived in when I was in high school, and the neighbor downstairs, who had way too much to drink, came out onto his porch below us and decided to celebrate by popping off a few rounds with his .38 revolver. The bullets tore through the wood at our feet, narrowly missing us, but a chunk of wood embedded itself in my mother’s leg. My father gave that idiot a well-deserved beating before the cops handcuffed the drunk and took him away.

Now that the holidays are officially over, hopefully it won’t be too long before all of the crowds get done taking their gifts back to the stores to exchange them or get refunds, and life gets back to normal. We’re supposed to have a rather cold week ahead of us, but that’s alright. We’ve got plenty to keep us busy here in the house, including getting started on my next book, Big Lake Accident.

Speaking of books, as sometimes happens, weirdly enough, usually when I’m in the shower, Sunday night an idea hit me for another book in the Big Lake series. It was like I stepped into the shower with no idea and stepped out with the whole darned book in my head. It will be a while until I get to that one, but I spent some time making notes, so I’ll be reminded of the plot that came to me when I do start writing. Of course, who knows what the heck the characters are going to do to change all of that? I guess only time will tell.

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 – Just because someone carries the burden well doesn’t mean it isn’t heavy.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Off To A Good Start”

  1. Wow, true thought for the day today!! Enjoy this feature often here.

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