Happy Mother’s Day

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
May 122024

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there in blog land! What would we be without our mothers? Well, motherless, I guess. This year marks 33 years since my own dear mother passed away and I miss her every day. Do your mom and yourself both a favor and be sure to spend some time with her today, or if you are too far away physically, give her a call and tell her how much you love her. Trust me, when the time comes that she’s no longer with you, you will wish you had the opportunity once more.

We took advantage of having a nice day yesterday to get Terry’s last three raised planter beds placed in the garden where she wants them. The first step was me mowing the area where they are going to go, and then Terry used the weed eater to clean up close to the three existing ones.

Then we carried the new planter beds out and set them down and Terry laid cardboard down in the bottom of each one.

Once we had the planter beds in place, Terry used the Husqvarna riding mower on the front and side yard because they both needed mowing again already, and I got on the Kubota tractor and used the bush hog to knock down some of the head high weeds on the north perimeter road. I was able to carve a decent trail through there that we can get through with the Mule, but it still needs some more work.

When I was done with that, I decided to mow an area at the back of our pasture where there is a bunch of compost from when people used to keep horses out here. That proved to be a problem, because apparently at some point in the past someone threw a bunch of hay bales out there which eventually decomposed. But when I ran through that area with the bush hog, the old strings from the hay bales buried in the compost got wrapped all around the bush hog blades and shaft. I had to take it off the tractor, and I’ll have to spend a lot of time cutting away a mass of string before I can use it again.

Besides chasing after the tractor and keeping us company outside, Alli also spent some time playing with her XiaZ Retractable Rope Tug of War Toy. It’s connected to one of the corner posts of the old deck behind the garage and it gives her a real workout.

The plan today is to gather some broken branches and leaves to put in the bottom of the new planters as filler and then add compost and mulch. We are supposed to have heavy rain all of this coming week so we want to get as much done as we can.

Today is your last chance to enter our latest 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 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 – I need to teach my facial expressions to use their inside voice.

Nick Russell

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

  2 Responses to “Happy Mother’s Day”

  1. Happy Mother’s Day Terri! You are a great, beautiful woman

  2. A Happy Mother’s Day to Terry.
    It takes a few times over, before you clear all the hazards on a new piece of property. Hopefully that’s the last of the surprises, you’ll find.
    Be Safe cutting the twine off and Enjoy the finished results.

    It’s about time.

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