Mar 292024
 

After a delicious breakfast of Terry’s blueberry pancakes, I started yesterday by answering a bunch of e-mails, and then making the corrections that Roberta had sent me for the last chapters of Big Lake Accident. When I was finished with that, I printed the entire manuscript out for Terry to begin a final read through. It’s always amazing to me how no matter how many sets of eyes peruse something, there are always things that manage to slip past.

When I was done with that, my next task was to fix a flat tire on our Ram pickup. I thought I had picked up a nail somewhere because the tire would go flat every four or five days.

I was able to spot the puncture and marked it with a tire crayon, but extracting what caused it was not as simple as grabbing it with a pair of pliers. It took a little bit of effort and a couple of different attempts, but I finally got it out.

As it turned out, it wasn’t a nail after all. This was the culprit. It looks like a screw that the head either wore off of as I was driving or was never there, I don’t know which.

After using my tire plug kit to repair the hole, it was time to get some air back into it and see if it would hold. A while back, I ordered a LockNFlate® Locking Air Chuck from Amazon. It’s made by the same folks who make the LockNLube grease gun couplers, and it’s one of the most handy investments I’ve ever made. Instead of having to hold a traditional air chuck onto a valve stem to fill a tire, you just clamp this one on and let it go, saving a lot of bending over and fighting with a chuck to get it to attach properly.

With the tire repaired, I wanted to drive the truck a bit and make sure everything was okay. So Alli and I got inside and went the short distance down to the highway, made a U-turn, and then drove the other direction down our road until I left the pavement and came to a small lake, probably a couple of miles from the house. I stopped and let Alli do some sniffing, then we came back home. It was only then I realized I did not have my phone. Well, darn it anyway!

I have a habit of setting things down and forgetting where I put them, and when it’s my phone, I have Terry call me so we can find it by the ringing. We tried that, and it didn’t work, and as I was walking around listening for the ringing, someone answered. It was Robert and Kaye Ballenger, neighbors from just down the road a bit, who we had not met before. Robert said he saw the phone lying on the road and picked it up and was trying to figure out who it might belong to when it rang with Terry’s call. They brought it down to us, and we sure appreciated them. Country neighbors are the best!

While I was getting into all that mischief, most of Terry’s day was spent doing the final reading of the new book. Once she gets that done and I make any corrections she finds that slipped by us before, I will format it and get it uploaded to Amazon. I told you it wouldn’t be long, didn’t I?

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake, the first book in my Big Lake mystery series and the book that launched my career as an author. When an armored car hijacking leaves two men dead, Arizona Sheriff Jim Weber takes the crime personally, because one of the dead men is his brother-in-law. His hunt for the killers leads him into a world of sordid sex, deceit, and violence, with a suspect list that includes jilted women, a family of anti-government survivalists, and the beautiful wife of the richest man in town. With a plot that has more twists and turns than an Arizona mountain road, a cast of characters you won’t soon forget, and a shocking ending that shakes the town of Big Lake to its very foundation.

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 Sunday 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. I guess even cannibals need home appliances.

Thought For The Day – I don’t understand how people my age can have grandchildren. I am children.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Country Neighbors Are The Best”

  1. I lost my android phone and there was an online way to find it (mine was sitting in the middle of the road where it fell out of my pocket while I was bike riding). One set of tire tracks over the case but it still worked..
    My wife’s is an iPhone and Apple has a find the phone feature too.

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