A Nice Day Outside

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 262024

Yesterday was a nice day to be outside, with temperatures in the mid-60s and lots of blue sky overhead. It was definitely too nice of a day to spend it inside. Which was fine because we had plenty to do.

Terry wanted to relocate one of her raised planter beds. She currently has three of them laid out side by side, and one of the end ones was too close to the small hill at the side of our pasture. That made it difficult to use the tractor for mowing, because it didn’t leave me enough room to turn around. So we picked it up and moved it to the far side.

After sitting in place for almost a year, we weren’t sure how hard it would be to get the metal bed dislodged, but it was easy. Once it was moved, I collected a bunch of broken branches to put in the bottom to help fill the area. Over time they will decompose and help enrich the soil in the planter bed.

Then I connected the Yard Glider to the back of the Kawasaki Mule and we spent some time raking up wood chips from a pile where I had used the DK2 wood chipper to chop up branches and small tree limbs. This handy tool has paid for itself already in making it so easy to move things around the property.

With several loads of branches in the bottom of the planter, and then the wood chips filling in the rest, Terry spent some time leveling them out and the job was done. Once she adds topsoil it will ready to plant. In its previous location the planter had strawberries, which Terry thinks should not be a problem to relocate. I’ll leave figuring out how to do that to her. My job will be to eat the strawberries once they are grown and ripe.

It had been common to see anywhere from half a dozen to twenty deer in our pasture in the evenings, but once hunting season started several months ago, they have been making themselves scarce. But it ended on the 10th, and within a few days we were seeing deer again.

It always amazes me how they can tell when it’s hunting season. When I was a firearms instructor at West Point, there were so many deer that sometimes I would have to stop people from shooting on the range while I drove a Jeep with a siren down near the target area to chase the deer away. They would literally start grazing while I had as many as a hundred cadets or soldiers shooting. But come hunting season, you could not find them. I have no idea how they could tell the difference between soldiers with rifles and hunters with rifles, but it seemed like they could!

Speaking of deer, while we were doing our work outside yesterday, Terry spotted this antler that a buck shed right in the middle of the dirt road that goes across the back of the pasture. I looked around trying to find the other one, with no luck.

If all goes according to schedule, they will be here first thing this morning to install our propane tank, and then Ben from Absolute Power Solutions will connect the gas line to our new Generac whole house generator, and we will be good to go come storm season.

Congratulations Danny Stidham, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Scandal, the fifth book in my Big Lake mystery series. When the richest man in Big Lake is murdered on the night he announced his bid for State Senator, the list of suspects stretches all the way from the small mountain town to the Governor’s office. Sheriff Jim Weber’s investigation reveals a web of secrets, illicit sex, and shattered lives that teach him that nothing is what it appears to be and that sometimes the people we think we know are not at all what we believe them to be. Meanwhile, love has come to town and wedding bells must compete with the echo of gunshots.

We had 34 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. Do I get to choose the two people to get milked?

Thought For The Day – How come you never see a headline like ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?

Nick Russell

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

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