Books And Bees

 Posted by at 12:44 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 172024

For the last three weeks or so, we have been commenting on how high the grass is getting in our front and side yards, and in the pasture. It was definitely time to mow the grass, however there is so much clover out there feeding the bees that we kept putting it off.

We finally decided that something had to be done or the place would turn into a jungle. So, we decided to mow a lot of grass but still save quite a bit of untouched clover for the local bee population. It seemed like the best compromise.

Our Husqvarna riding lawnmower had not been started since last year, and it had to turn over a few times before it caught, but then it ran fine. With Terry on it and me on the Kubota tractor with the belly mower, we set at it. It took most of an afternoon to get it all done, and we left the area where Terry’s fruit trees are untouched because it’s full of clover. I also left a big patch at the back of our main pasture and all of the smaller pasture behind the shooting backstop untouched. That should keep the bees happily buzzing.

Besides mowing, I’ve also been working on several book projects, including writing a new chapter just about every day in The War Years, my fifth Tinder Street book. As I’ve said before, there’s a lot of research that goes into this series to make sure I get the timing of the historical events right. And I learn something new every time.

For example, Colonel Charles Lindbergh, considered a hero by most Americans for making the first solo flight across the Atlantic, was very opposed to the United States getting involved in World War II. He was an isolationist who believed that what happened beyond our borders was none of our business. He was so outspoken about it at a rally in New York City in April of 1941 that President Roosevelt publicly chastised him in one of his radio messages. Lindbergh responded by resigning his commission in the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve. Yet, though he was opposed to the war, when hostilities broke out he flew combat missions in the Pacific with Marine Ace Joe Foss and Army Ace Thomas McGuire.

Besides working on the new book, I also uploaded the audiobook version of The Good Years, the second book in the Tinder Street series, yesterday. As I write this blog it has not gone live yet, but I will post on Facebook when it does, and also in the blog.

And if that’s not enough to keep readers happy, I have more news. Scarlett finished the formatting for the printed edition of Big Lake Accident. Elizabeth Mackey is working on the cover now, and as soon as that’s done, I will also get it uploaded to Amazon.

I guess you could say I’m not letting any grass grow under my feet, and I’m keeping the grass in my yard under control, too. 😊

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 – I’m taking care of my procrastination issues, just you wait and see.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Books And Bees”

  1. I have an aunt and uncle in central Iowa. They purposely sowed an acre of their country farm property with native grasses and flowering meadow plants. They don’t have to do anything to maintain it and just let nature do its thing. It’s quite lovely and so good for animals and insects.

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