Paying The Price

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
May 132024

I had been experiencing a lot of back pain the last couple of weeks, but it seemed to have eased up quite a bit. So yesterday we took advantage of the last good day we’re supposed to have before the week of rain that is predicted to start today to gather wood to put in the bottom of Terry’s three new raised planter beds.

We have a lot of downed wood on our property, some from storms last year and some that’s been down a long time, so finding what she needed was not a problem.

It took about two full loads of wood in the Kawasaki Mule for each planter bed, ranging from several inches in diameter down to branches. Gathering it wasn’t that hard since it was dry enough that it would break to size, though there were a few pieces I had to cut with a saw.

While we were doing that, we were also careful for snakes, because it’s that time of the year and we were in their backyard. Fortunately we did not see any, which was fine with us.

By the time we had the planters filled with wood to the level Terry wanted them to be, my back pain was just short of agony, and Terry’s wasn’t much better. We wanted to add dead leaves, compost and mulch on top of the wood, but neither one of us was up to it, so that project is going to have to wait a while.

Along with her back hurting, Terry collected some ant bites the other day which left her right forearm red and swollen and hot to the touch. By the time we got done with the wood yesterday it was weeping serum and she was feeling pretty miserable with the combination.

I had my share of bites too, though not nearly as severe. After we took showers to cool down and clean up, we each applied Benadryl cream and took a Benadryl tablet. After that I sat in my chair for a while and dozed off a couple of times, then woke up yelping from a spasm of pain.

At least the timing for that was good because Terry had dinner almost ready. After we ate, we watched a little bit of television and Terry spent some time in the massage chair. Then it was time to write the blog and call it an evening.

Hopefully by the time the rain lets up sometime toward the weekend we’ll both be feeling better and able to get started on the rest of the gardening.

Congratulations Ali Workentin, winner of our drawing for 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.

We had 28 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. 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. I stole this one from my pal and fellow author Cameron Lowe’s Facebook page.

Thought For The Day – Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

Nick Russell

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

  3 Responses to “Paying The Price”

  1. Do you empty the wood from the planter beds each season?

  2. Cindy,
    No, it decomposes and breaks down into soil for the plants, slowly adding into the dirt, enriching along with the leaves, mulch, and other compost. We needed to move the planter holding the strawberries after one season and I was amazed at how rapidly that happens. We set up the new planter completely, then moved the strawberry plants into it, along with their surrounding soil, salvaging the rest of the layers for an additional planter, and most of the branches and limbs were already breaking down. We just shoveled it into one of the other new planters. I love how nature works.

  3. Thank you, Terry!

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