Another Busy Day

 Posted by at 1:06 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 052024

Yesterday was another nice day here in west-central Alabama, with the temperature in the mid-70s. It was also a busy day for us here at our place.

A little before 7:00 AM Danny Kelley arrived with a big truckload of gravel for the perimeter road. I had spent a lot of time the day before scraping off the top layer of mud and soft soil to get down to the existing gravel under it so the propane truck could come in today and make a delivery.

Danny and I got our wires crossed, because I wanted him to spread the gravel down the length of the road with his truck. But he misunderstood and dumped it all in one pile. So I spent four or five hours on my Kubota BX2680 tractor using the bucket to place the gravel where I needed it, and then the back blade to smooth it out. I’m sure a bigger tractor and an operator with more experience could have done it a lot quicker, but I’m slowly learning.

At one point, I had Terry come out and help me in positioning the back blade so it wasn’t too far down and scraping the earth, nor too far up that it wasn’t moving the gravel efficiently. Again, this is something that an operator with more experience would know.

Besides doing that, Terry was busy planting rhubarb crowns and herbs in the raised planter beds. Among the herbs she planted were chives, basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, and dill. She was happy to see that last season’s rosemarey and sage plants managed to survive the winter and are doing well in our current Spring-like weather

And as if that weren’t enough, she also edited and proofread five more chapters of my new book, Big Lake Accident, and prepared a delicious dinner of pork chops and wild rice for me, and a stir fry with mushrooms, zucchini, summer squash, onions, garlic and cubed pork. for her.

When I was done on the tractor, I made Terry’s corrections to those chapters, then sent them off to Judy and Roberta to be proofread.

I also had a lot of e-mail to deal with, including an invitation to be a guest on Tony and Peggy Barthel’s Stressless Camping podcast to talk about some of our favorite two-lane roads from our days as fulltime RVers. If you haven’t checked out their blog and podcast, be sure to do so at the link above. There is some great information there. I told Peggy I would be happy to do so, but I need a couple of weeks because of our upcoming visit from daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Destiny, who will be arriving from Arizona on Thursday.

Another invitation was from Debra Sanders, who is on the Board of Directors for the Grand Canyon Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an international organization of published and aspiring authors, readers, literary agents, editors, booksellers, librarians, and other members of the publishing industry. Debra asked if I would take part as an “industry expert” guest speaker in the semiannual Zoom meeting of their Mysteries and More Marketing Network in early June. I’m not sure anyone could consider me an expert on much of anything, but I told her I would be happy to share whatever input I can offer.

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 – Never try to keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level. It’s cheaper.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Another Busy Day”

  1. Danny may have been worried about getting his truck stuck and that is why he dumped it in one spot.
    More stores should have those signs posted. LOL
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

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