Getting Down And Dirty

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 042024

Yesterday was a beautiful day, with a high near 70° and a cloud cover overhead. It was a perfect day for getting down and dirty, and that’s what we did.

We bought a bunch of seed potatoes at Riverside Seed and Feed in Northport last week, and Terry quartered them and let them sit for a couple of days to harden. Yesterday we added soil, compost, and fertilizer, along with more of the wood chips I had created, to one of her raised planting beds, and then she planted the potatoes in them. Once they were planted, she put more soil on top of them and then straw. Hopefully someday they’ll turn into delicious French fries. I’m looking forward to that.

After the straw was down she watered everything to give it a head start in growing.

While she was doing that, I was on the Kubota tractor using the back blade and the bucket to get some of the top mud off the perimeter road and down to the hard clay and gravel beneath it. Danny Kelley is coming by this morning with a truckload of gravel to put down to make sure the road is fit for the propane truck to come in.

We definitely appreciated our mud boots. The area they dug up in the backyard and across the pasture to put in the new septic field lines is still soggy. Just rolling the wheelbarrow with the bags of fertilizer and soil across it was a challenge. By the end of the day, we were both downright dirty.

Our daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Destiny arrive on Thursday for a week-long visit, and the weatherman says we’re going to have more rain for much of the week. That will literally put a damper on things, but I’m sure we’ll come up with things to keep us busy anyhow. Destiny is 16 now and has her driver’s license, and she’s really looking forward to driving my Mustang. If we get a decent break in the weather, I might even teach her how to drive the tractor. 😊

Congratulations Marilyn Johnson, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Starlight Magic, from her popular Northstar romance series. Two months after her husband’s violent death, Celeste is teetering on the edge, and she can’t engage in the art that was once her escape from the world. She desperately needs a tranquil place to rebuild herself. An extended visit with her friend in Northstar will give her that… and her charming new neighbor might give her something even better.

We had 18 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.

Thought For The Day – If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. ― W.C. Fields

Nick Russell

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

  2 Responses to “Getting Down And Dirty”

  1. Nick, what are those little doohickeys on the outside of Terry’s planter box? They look like small solar something-or-others.

  2. Good catch, Rick. You are correct, they are magnetic solar lights that give a soft glow at night, and it’s just enough for me to see that the deer are NOT bothering my newly sown plants. I have two on each of the planters as it also makes it nice to look out from the deck or our office after dark and enjoy the planters and the overall view of the pasture and the barn in the evening. It makes me happy.

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