Jun 302024

The possibility of rain was predicted for yesterday afternoon, but around here the weatherman is kind of like the little boy who cried wolf. You listen but you don’t really believe him most of the time. As it turned out, he was right this time around.

We had heard thunder rumbling most of the day, and in the early afternoon the clouds opened up and it began to pour. The sky got so dark you would have thought it was almost twilight, and when I looked out back, the normally dry ditch (in the foreground of this picture) that runs along the road back to the barn was overflowing and looked like a small river. I’m not complaining because it’s been so hot and dry that our grass and Terry’s raised planters really needed it.

The crazy thing is that my friend Donald Hann, who lives less than ten miles west of us as the crow flies, said they hardly got enough to make the grass wet at his place. Our son Travis, who lives about the same distance to the east, told me they didn’t get much more than a sprinkle.

Once the rain stopped, I took advantage of everything being so wet to burn a lot of cardboard boxes that had been stacking up in the garage. I would prefer to recycle them, but the county recycling center is always closed. So I hauled two loads of boxes down to the burn barrel and spent an hour or so getting rid of them.

Alli loves to play in the water, so while I was doing that she was jumping around and splashing in the ditch, having a wonderful time.

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of The High Ground, the ninth book in my friend Ben Rehder’s Roy Ballard mystery series. In a look back at one of Roy Ballard’s earliest cases, beautiful Kendyl Jordan’s eye-catching classic car goes missing, possibly with something of great value hidden inside it. Can Roy Ballard help her find it? Despite Ballard’s budding reputation, Kendyl learns he’s not even a private investigator, he’s a legal videographer with very little experience. Still, he seems to have a knack for the job, and it doesn’t take him long to identify a couple of dangerous suspects. That’s when the case takes more twists and turns than a winding Texas Hill Country road!

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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.

Thought For The Day – Why do I have to use leaves as toilet paper when we go camping, while we have bears out there using Charmin?

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “A River Runs Through It”

  1. Suggestion Why not run the cardboard? Through your wood chipper mix that in with the mulch pile from there, you can add that to the raised bed, let it decompose that way. You can do the same thing when you shred papers, just dump, those in the household garbage compost barrel no landfill or burn necessary

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