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The weatherman was wrong when he said that we would get a lot of rain on Friday, but he made up for it by saying that it would come in on Saturday. About mid-afternoon yesterday it started pouring, and I told Terry that all of the soil and compost we put in her raised planter beds the other day was definitely going to be settled by the time it let up.

Now I need things to dry out because the grass in the pasture is getting high again already and I need to mow again. Fortunately, we’re not supposed to have any rain for the next few days, but we are supposed to have some pretty hot temperatures. It’s always something, isn’t it?

The good news is, all of the rain has really helped the rose bushes in front of our house.

I spent the day yesterday writing and got another chapter done in my next Tinder Street book. And as so often happens, the characters decided to change things up a bit on me. I wish they’d tell me in advance so I could plan ahead, but I guess it’s on a need to know basis and they don’t think I need to know. 😊

Before I close for today I want to brag a little bit about my dog, Alli. German shepherds seem to have an instinctive knowledge of what people need. Last November I told you about Terry’s parents visiting from Arizona, and when her 94-year-old father wanted to go for his daily walk, Alli, who almost never leaves my side, would tag along right beside him to keep him company and make sure everything was alright.

As I’m sure you’ve heard me whine enough about by now, my back has been giving me a lot of problems lately. Besides the intense pain, sometimes if I move wrong, my lower back locks up, throwing me off balance. We need to get handrails installed on the steps on the side of the house, which is the door we use to go in and outside. A couple of times I have almost had accidents on those steps, but I realized the other day that for the last week or so, when we are coming in from outside, Alli will stand beside me and brace her legs and stiffen her spine so I can lean on her. It’s like I have my own four-legged stair rail. I don’t know how she came up with that or how she knew that I was having trouble, but she’s never done it before now.

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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. Tell the truth, you were singing the alphabet by the time you got done reading this, weren’t you?

Thought For The DaySometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

Nick Russell

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

  3 Responses to “Red Roses And Smart Dogs”

  1. Are still in contact with Dave Balleria’s widow? It’s been many years.

  2. Just a idea for your handrail, I just did this for my wife. I hate wood handrails. I bought 1 1/4 inch grey plastic electrical pipe, then pop riveted 1 inch steel electrical pipe inside the plastic pipe for strength and something sturdy for the metal handrail brackets to screw into. Then found endcaps for the ends online. Now no worry about splinters. every so often I can use car way or furniture polish on the plastic.
    Lowes had the hand rail brackets for round pipe.

  3. Barry, We are friends in Facebook but have not seen or talked to her in a long time.

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