First Rose Of Spring

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 222024
 

Except for a pretty stiff breeze, yesterday was very nice here in west-central Alabama. There was lots of blue sky and the temperature was somewhere in the mid-60s. And if we can believe the weatherman, we won’t have any more precipitation until the weekend. Hopefully things will dry out a little bit between now and then.

While I had Alli out in the yard yesterday I noticed that several of the rose bushes along the front of our porch are budding out and a few are already blooming. I was able to get a picture of the first rose of the year.

We have a lot of work to do to get Terry’s other raised garden beds put together and things planted in them, and I still have a lot of branches to run through the shredder and other outside chores to attend to.

But much of yesterday was spent on the telephone dealing with Cove Security. We had their system in our house in Florida and it was excellent, as was their customer service. But something seems to have changed since then. Some of the door sensors for the new system we have here at our house have been problematic, sending false signals or no signal at all. They sent me a replacement set for one of our doors, but when I tried to connect it to the system yesterday, it would not recognize my username or password.

I called customer service and got someone who spoke very rapidly and in heavily accented English that I could not understand. I kept trying to explain to her what my problem was, and she kept talking over me, saying she was going to do different things to get the system working. By the time she was done, half of it was not working at all. I finally asked her for a supervisor and was told one would call me back. Hopefully someone who could speak English. I’m still waiting for that call.

While I was doing that, Terry was busy editing and proofreading the first seven chapters of The War Years, my new Tinder Street book. Once she was finished, I made the corrections she suggested, then sent the chapters off to Judy and Roberta to go over.

As if all of that was not enough, Terry was also busy with some other projects around the house, including putting some racks in the cupboards under the kitchen counter to make the space under there more usable. Then she made a delicious dinner of aglio e olio, which is one of my favorite pasta dishes. No matter how stressful life gets, we always eat good. 😊

Congratulations Kathy Voorhees, winner of our 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.

We had 21 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 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 – If you’re really, really quiet, you can hear yourself doing the world a favor.

Nick Russell

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

  2 Responses to “First Rose Of Spring”

  1. We went with Ring Alarm and camera’s. Easy set up. No problems in last 5 years.

  2. Lots of those distant Techs would be better at their job, if they only slowed down what they are saying. It would come across so much clearer. When you ask for the supervisor, the Tech probably just though, you wanted to complain about her service.
    Be Safe and Enjoy Spring.

    It’s about time.

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