May 022024

Terry has been putting off assembling the last three Vego raised planter beds she ordered a while back because she just has not been feeling up to it. But summertime is here no matter what the calendar says, and it’s only going to get hotter, so yesterday she decided it was time to get it done.

In the early part of the day I made a quick trip to CVS and the post office, then did some more writing on my new Tinder Street book, and by late afternoon the sun was far enough to the West that the old deck behind our garage was in the shade, making it a good place to assemble the planter beds.

We all know what a fumble-fingers I am, so Terry did most of the work, with me handing her pieces and nuts and bolts as she needed them. Alli loves being outside, no matter what we are doing, so she had a great time hanging out with us, chasing bees, and rolling in the grass.

By the time we got done it was after 7:30, so just enough time to have a nice dinner and watch a little bit of television before I had to write the blog and call it a day. Both our backs are paying for the effort, but it was worth it.

Today all Terry has to do is put the rubber trim pieces on top of the planters and then decide where she wants to put them. But of course, there’s still a lot of work to do. We have to fill the bottom of them with broken branches, mulch, and compost, and then cover it all with soil. And that’s before she starts planting anything in them!

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Pirate Trials: Hung By The Neck Until Dead by my pal Ken Rossignol. The second in the series of Pirate Trials drawn from news reports of the day and actual trial documents. Join this bloodthirsty crew of pirates on ships which includes the dying declarations of the most brutal and vicious deeds ever set upon innocent civilians and merchant ship crews. The Demon Rum is cited as the chief cause by one pirate for his awful and murderous acts. Their day of reckoning came when they faced their final day of judgement when captured in Spain. In another tale, when a crew of passengers leapt from their disguises to overpower a steamship after it left New York on a trip to Portland, Maine, the pirates claimed the ship in the name of the Confederacy, at the height of the Civil War! Learn what happened to the ship and the pirates.

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.

Thought For The Day – My phone just filmed a six hour documentary about life inside my pocket.

Nick Russell

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

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