Class Clown

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 212024

Since I’m a bit of a clown myself, it shouldn’t surprise anybody that my dog is also the class clown. When she’s not chasing a ball or waiting for us to throw one for her, Alli is either playing with Mae Lin, one of Terry’s cats, or out in the backyard trying to catch a bee or wasp as it flies by. I keep telling her she’ll regret it if she ever does snatch one of those little critters out of the air. She’ll think she caught a flying habanero.

She has a dog bed on the floor beside our bed. Occasionally she curls up in it like a normal dog, but more often than not, I’ll get up in the night and find her like this. What a goofy girl.

She’s not allowed on the bed, but apparently just because we say something doesn’t mean a lot to her. I take my shower and go to bed and watch TV while Terry is taking hers, and sometimes Alli will jump up on the bed with me, stretching out on Terry’s side. I guess she figures if Mom’s not there, that spot is up for grabs. And if I get up to use the bathroom at night, sometimes she will promptly take my place in bed.

She likes to follow me into the bathroom during the day, but yesterday I got in there before she realized I was out of sight. This is what greeted me when I came out. Doesn’t she look like she knows who is really in charge areond here, even if I don’t?

Speaking of yesterday, storms started rolling through our area overnight and it rained off and on most of the day. The temperature also dropped quite a bit. The weatherman says the system will move out by sometime this morning and the rest of the day will be clear and in the mid-60s.

Because our land is clay, and because the backyard was so torn up when we had the septic lines replaced, there’s a lot of mud back there every time it rains. Which means whenever Alli is outside, I have to wipe her feet off good before I bring her back in or she makes a mess. Last week Terry ordered a Dexas MudBuster portable dog paw cleaner to help with that chore, and it actually works pretty good. Alli is patient while I put each foot in the opening and then rotate it a few times while the soft bristles inside clean her feet. Then I dry them with a towel and she’s safe to come back inside without Terry having to mop the floor every time. Well, at least not as often.

Rainy days are always good for writing, and yesterday I wrote another chapter in my new Tinder Street book, then I printed out seven chapters for Terry to edit and proofread. When she’s done with them, I will make her corrections, then send them off to Judy and Roberta so they can go through them. As so often happens in my books, I had no idea the events of the last two chapters were going to occur until I was writing them. They cover a dramatic and terrifying incident for one of the characters that will give them some sleepless nights.

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Gone The Next, the first book in my friend Ben Rehder’s Roy Ballard mystery series. Roy Ballard is a freelance videographer with a knack for catching insurance cheats. He’s working a routine case, complete with hours of tedious surveillance, when he sees something that shakes him to the core. There, with the subject, is a little blond girl wearing a pink top and denim shorts – the same outfit worn by Tracy Turner, a six-year-old abducted the day before. When the police are skeptical of Ballard’s report – and with his history, who can blame them? – it’s the beginning of the most important case of his life.

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 this 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 – When life gives you pickles, dill with it.

Nick Russell

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

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