May 032024

Yesterday was interesting in more than one way. Soon after we got up, I took Alli out in the front yard so I could stay in the shaded porch and throw her ball to her. I also gave her a couple of turkey necks, her favorite treat.

While we were out there, a county pickup pulled in and David King from the property appraiser’s office got out. We first met him a while back when we went to file with our homestead exemption on our house. He came by to tell me that there was another form we could sign, something called a Continuous Use form for owners of seven acres or more, that could help reduce our property taxes. I’m all for saving a buck or two when I can and thanked him for going to the trouble of stopping to tell me. We visited for a while and Alli was happy to make a new friend.

Terry had a dentist appointment in the afternoon, and while she was gone, I wrote most of another chapter in my new Tinder Street book. I also realized I had neglected to confirm something in my research, which was when the M1 carbine was introduced for military service. As it turns out, I had something in the book that was jumping the gun (no pun intended) by several months, so I had to correct that.

After Terry got home, I went off to the barn to attach the quick hitch to my Kubota tractor, and then the brush hog mower. Because I recently used a plow attachment that was not compatible with the quick hitch and required some adjustment to the tractor’s three-point hitch, I first had to reset everything from that. Then, for some reason, the quick hitch would not grab onto one side of the brush hog. It was off by about half an inch, and I could use a pry bar to move the mower into position, but I couldn’t reach the lever to engage the quick hitch at the same time. Darn these short arms of mine!

I finally gave up and went up to the house to ask Terry to come and help me, and it only took a couple of minutes for me to move the mower with the pry bar and for her to raise the hitch and lock everything into place. By then it was late in the afternoon, and I made a couple of quick passes in some of the thick weeds with the brush hog to make sure everything was working fine, which it was.

Before I had interrupted her, Terry had been replacing our air filters and the water filters under the sink and in our Samsung refrigerator. Apparently the refrigerator filter didn’t seat correctly, and I didn’t give her time to make sure everything was okay before asking her to help me. So back at the house we realized we had a flood. The water filter had leaked to the point where the refrigerator’s large deli drawer was completely full and water was running out onto the floor. Talk about a mess!

It took us a while to clean that up, and for Terry to reinstall the filter. By the time she was done with that it was late and we were both tired. So we had a light meal of crackers and cheese, watched a little television, and called it a night.

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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 – The only thing you have to fear is fear itself… and spiders. And snakes!

Nick Russell

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

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