May 092024

Cyndi Lauper said it, so it must be true, right? I don’t know about all girls, but these three seem to prove her right. Our critters are always up to something, and they bring a lot of fun into our lives.

That’s BeeBee straddling the back of the chair and Mae Lin in the seat. And, of course, you all know Alli by now. If you ever see her without her orange Kong shaped toy in her mouth, you can bet it’s close by. She is sitting beside the bed with it in her mouth when we wake up in the morning, waiting for us to throw it for her with a look that says, “All right, guys, get with the program.” And when she goes to sleep at night, it’s either in her mouth or beside her in her bed.

If we are busy and she can’t get Terry or I to throw it for her, she will push it up onto one of the stools at the breakfast counter and nudge it until it falls off, or give it to Mae Lin, hoping she will push it off. Those two are good buddies and I think the cat likes Alli more than she does us. Alli likes to chase BeeBee around the house, and if she’s not paying attention, sometimes BeeBee will run up beside her to start the game. With these three hooligans, there’s never a dull moment.

After answering a few e-mails yesterday, I spent most of the day working on a timeline for 1942 for my current book, making notes of important events that happened in the country, and worldwide with the onset of America’s involvement in World War II. This isn’t just a war book. As much or more of the book will be about the people on the home front. How they dealt with rationing, shortages, and worrying about their loved ones in battle. Unfortunately, people die in wars, and that will include some people from Tinder Street, though I don’t know who or how it will happen yet.

Late in the afternoon, when the sun was low in the sky and it wasn’t so hot, we went outside and put the folding tonneau cover on the back of our Ram pickup. I took it off when Travis and I hauled a load of cement blocks to his place a while back and never got around to putting it back on. We like having it in place because then we can leave things in the truck’s bed, locked and secure.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. I have 55 books out, and I have to say that Dog’s Run is my favorite. It’s a gritty tale that is loosely based on an actual crime that took place in that part of the country when my father was a young police officer there, and I warn you in advance that there’s some rough language, but it’s appropriate to the time and place.

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 Sunday 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. When Bob Martel sent me this picture, I thought he was getting recipes from the Cannibal Cookbook again.

Thought For The Day – It doesn’t matter how low the dollar will go, I will always bend down and pick it up.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”

  1. Nick, Allie needs one of these that can be used indoors or outdoors.


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