Be Careful Out There

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
May 082024

If you are among the millions of Americans in the path of the vicious storm systems that are tearing through the country, please be careful and take care of yourselves. Mother Nature seems to be on a real rampage.

Except for a lot of heat and humidity, and an occasional thunderstorm, our area of west-central Alabama has had it pretty good. The weatherman said that starting after midnight tonight and through the next day, we should see some storms with a lot of wind and rain and hail, but only the slight possibility of a tornado. Most of the bad weather is going north of us. But we are glad we have our tornado shelter in the garage just three or four steps from our side door, and our Generac whole house generator in case we lose power.

After this storm system passes through, Friday through Sunday are supposed to be cooler, with temperatures in the mid-70s. Hopefully, we can take advantage of that time to get Terry’s last three raised garden beds in place and filled. A combination of the heat, my bad back giving me a lot of grief, and some ongoing issues Terry has because of all the radiation during her cancer 20+ years ago, has kept us inside the last few days.

I’ve taken advantage of the time to get a lot more writing done on my new Tinder Street book, and yesterday after Terry finished editing and proofreading them and I made her suggested corrections, I sent seven more chapters off to Judy and Roberta to be proofread.

We have to make a trip to town one of these days to stock up on groceries, and I don’t know if that will be today or not. If so, I won’t get any writing done, but if we put it off for another day or two, I’ll be here at the keyboard, working my way through the events of World War II with the McNallys and their extended family. I’ve been writing about them for so long that they feel like part of my own family. That may be because I have incorporated some stories I heard from my parents and other relatives who lived during those troubling times in the book.

Besides all the editing and proofreading, and everything else she does to keep our home and business running smoothly, yesterday Terry made salmon patties for dinner. I haven’t had them since I was a kid, and they were delicious.

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 – All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. – Mark Twain

Nick Russell

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

  8 Responses to “Be Careful Out There”

  1. I remember not only my phone number, but my grandparents’ number, also! Guess I’m blessed (cursed?) with a weird memory! And that was before 1950 and before the two letter prefixes!!

  2. Good luck with the weather… Is your tornado shelter attached to the slab?

  3. Is the ventilation to the Tornado shelter thru your Generac? I assume that both are bolted thru slab? Looking at that box, I am super relieved that we are not near Tornado alleys. I have extreme claustrophobia and that terrifies me.Will be praying ya’ll Never need to use it.

  4. Rob, it is anchored to the concrete floor of the garage with 25 wedge anchor bolts, each rated for over 14,465 pounds of stress. Here is a blog post about the installation.

  5. Carol, no, they are separate. The generator is outside on the other side of the garage.

  6. Hope you two and pets are doing ok in all this bad weather coming your way. We are saying a little prayer for safety and staying dry.

  7. It passed us by. Thank you for your concern.

  8. I remember our first phone number, but then it was only 4 digits – 5115.

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