An Outside Day

 Posted by at 1:08 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 252024

The weather was beautiful yesterday, with a high in the upper 70s, which made it a great day for working outside. Like most people in the rural South, we have a burn barrel, though I would much rather recycle whenever I can. The problem is that nobody in Alabama seems to understand or care about recycling. The county has a recycling center at the landfill, but it has been closed for over a month as they are changing companies to administer it.

Meanwhile, I had so many flattened cardboard boxes stacked up that they filled Terry’s Chrysler Pacifica van and were taking up a lot of room in the garage, so I decided to put the match to them yesterday, since it was a nice calm day. There were so many that it took a couple of hours to get rid of them.

While I was doing that, Terry had the weed eater out, trimming up several areas around the house that are too tight to get to with a lawn mower. She did a great job and everything looks a lot better now.

Another task was emptying Alli’s swimming pool, cleaning it, and refilling it with fresh clean water. She loves getting in it on hot days to cool off.

Terry also did some trimming around her raised planter beds. The rosemary and rhubarb are looking good, and here are some of the potatoes she has planted in one of them.

More important are the strawberries. I love strawberries, and while we didn’t get any last year, it looks like this year we’re going to have a nice crop of them. I can’t wait.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, Terry used the leftover roast beef from dinner the day before to make delicious pasties, one of my favorite meals.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is a Camping Journal & RV Travel Logbook donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day.

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 30 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 – No matter how smart you are, you can never convince someone stupid that they are stupid.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “An Outside Day”

  1. I’d suggest some sort of protective bird netting on the strawberry planter. The birds love them even more than you do.

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