Another Busy Day

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
May 242024
 

Yesterday was another busy day for us, starting with an early morning phone call from Pickins County Primary Care asking me to come in for some lab work. I’m not sure what that was about because they just did labs when we had an appointment there last week. But I told them I would be there in the afternoon.

Not long afterward, I got a text from Alan Banks from Banks Construction telling me he and his father Scott were there to put together the new handrails on the steps on the side of the house. They did a good job with them, and they are very sturdy. Now we just need to get them stained, along with the footbridge they built for us and the deck for the hot tub. They said it’s best to wait a while and let the wood dry well. We all know the quality of lumber you can buy these days is pretty sad, not to mention expensive.

Terry made delicious blueberry pancakes for breakfast, which is one of our favorites. Yeah, I know, I got a little carried away with the syrup.

Our neighbor Vickie House stopped over and brought us fresh eggs from her chickens and we had a nice visit. Vickie is related to just about everybody in the county in one way or another, and as it turns out, she’s even kinfolk to Scott and Alan Banks. Typical of a small town, everybody is either related or connected to everybody else in some way or another.

About the time I was getting ready to leave for the doctor’s office for the lab work, someone from Thompson Propane showed up to fix the broken gas line connection that got hit with a lawnmower the day before. He said whoever did the initial installation should not have left it sticking out of the ground like that and he will have to come back sometime next week to move it and make a permanent fix, but he was able to repair the connection enough to get us through until then.

Terry and I are both paying the price for the hours we spent mowing on Wednesday. Both of our backs are killing us, but at least the pasture and our yards look good, so I guess it was worth it.

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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. Personally, I’d prefer a different venue for a party, but whatever fits your budget.

 Thought For The Day – One day you’ll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

Nick Russell

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

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