Apr 282024

You know that joke where the Amazon delivery driver knocks on your door to ask if you are okay, saying he’s worried because he hasn’t had a delivery for your house in two days? It’s kind of like that with the UPS man here. We actually have three different UPS delivery drivers, and when we first moved in, one of them was kind of standoffish, bordering on rude. But he comes by so much now that he says, “Hey, Nick, what’s happening” and stops to pet Alli. I don’t know if he feels like he’s part of the family now or he just knows that without us he might be out of a job. 😊

Yesterday the UPS man was back with more goodies. I mentioned before that we have a 10×10 foot outdoor kennel for Alli at the back of the house. She loves being outside  and sometimes we leave her in it if we’re going to be gone from the house for a while. She has a large kiddy swimming pool in there with water, and it is covered to protect her from the sun, in addition to getting plenty of shade from the house and a large tree.

We wanted to figure out a way for her to get off the ground when it’s hot, so the air can circulate better and keep her comfortable, and Terry found the perfect solution, this Bedsure Comfy Pet dog bed. It has metal legs that elevate it 8 inches off the ground or floor and a water resistant breathable mesh surface. Alli was not 100% sure about it at first and it took some coaxing to get her on it, but then she was okay. The cats, of course, quickly took to it.

Terry also wanted something to wear when she is out in the garden to keep small tools and other things handy, and she found this heavy cotton canvas apron with large pockets and adjustable shoulder straps. I know she will make good use of it.

The other day I showed you a picture of some of the roses on our bushes out along the front porch. Yesterday they were fully opened and looking gorgeous. Terry says she needs to do some pruning and clearing around the rose bushes before they get away from her.

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an 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 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 – Someone out there is holding their breath waiting for you to fail. Make sure they suffocate.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “No Really, We’re Okay”

  1. A friend in New Market, VA had a mail order business 40 years ago and UPS would only make one trip to his house daily. His work-around was to have his orders delivered to his father in the morning and pickups from his own house in the afternoon. When his father died, UPS’s first response was a continuation of one-trip-a-day. Until they realized that my friend’s mail order business was the largest UPS customer in the area.

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