Mar 122024

I messed up yesterday and it could have been a disaster. But fortunately, Lady Luck gave me a break that I didn’t really deserve. I wanted to use my Kubota tractor’s belly motor to cut some weeds next to the barn, and I thought I had walked through that area well enough to make sure there were no obstacles hidden in the weeds. As it turns out, I was wrong.

I had hardly gotten started when I heard the mower blades hit something and the tractor promptly stalled. Getting off to investigate, I found that I had driven right over a coil of barbed wire and some of it had wrapped itself around the mower shaft. I instantly saw a large repair bill in my future. I got back on the tractor, disengaged the PTO drive to the mower, started the engine, and backed out into the shorter grass.

Then I shut everything down again and got some wire cutters and cut most of the coil away from the tractor. But that still left more barbed wire wrapped around the mower shaft. As it turns out, it was sharp barbed wire, because I managed to cut my leg on part of it.

Fortunately for me, about that time Travis and Geli arrived, and he came out to see what was going on. I drove the tractor into the barn and used the bucket to lift the front end of it, then Travis put jack stands under the front axle and was able to turn the mower blades in reverse and cut away and untangle the wire without a whole lot of effort.

I thought I had at least broken a shear pin in the mower, but once we had the tractor back on the ground and the jack stands out of the way, I took it back outside and engaged the PTO and the mower worked just fine. What a relief! Thanks a lot for coming to my rescue, son.

While she is a beautiful and charming young lady, our granddaughter Destiny is not a girly girl. She doesn’t mind getting out in the mud, pitching in to help with anything that needs done, and she’s never met a critter she doesn’t love. The other day, she found a frog and had to pick it up and check it out.

It was a good-sized one, no question about that!

She takes after Grandpa in that she loves good food, and we’ve made sure she gets plenty of it while she and her mother have been visiting. Both girls swear Terry’s the best cook that ever lived, and I would have to agree with them. We all know I’ll never be a skinny man, don’t we?
Yesterday we took them to the Juicy Crab, one of our favorite restaurants in Tuscaloosa. The restaurant has all kinds of delicious boil combos, and you can choose whatever you want. I always go with the shrimp, black mussels, and sausage, while Terry chose crawfish and black mussels. Both Tiffany and Destiny had crab and crawfish. The servings are so big that none of us were hungry when we left there. Here’s a picture of us with our girls to commemorate the visit.

After stopping for gas, we were headed home on US Highway 82 when we saw heavy smoke ahead. That’s never a good thing.

As we got closer, we saw that there was a grass fire that had burned up to the tree line alongside the highway. Fortunately, crews were there and had it under control before it got out of hand.

Today is the girls’ last day here. They fly home to Arizona tomorrow morning. The week sure went fast, and have we loved every minute. Now we’re looking forward to their next visit.

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 – People often mistake me for an adult due to my age.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Frogs, Crabs, And Fires”

  1. Great picture of your girls!!

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