Posted by at 1:07 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 102024

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog, a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I don’t have anything else to talk about today.


Like most people, we have been watching the progress of Hurricane Beryl and worrying about friends in Texas who might be in the path of the storm. So far everyone I’ve heard from has been fine, although a lot of them are without power and will be for a while. Here in west-central Alabama, we didn’t get a drop of rain as the storm passed west of us.


Though the remnants of the hurricane missed us, we were actually hoping we would get some precipitation from it. Except for a couple of days last week, we haven’t had much rain at all this summer. When you combine that with the extreme heat, everybody’s gardens seem to be suffering. Even so, Terry has been able to grow some squash, peppers, and tomatoes in her raised garden beds, along with herbs like rosemary, basil, cilantro, anbd chives. Here are some of her Roma tomatoes.

And jalapeno peppers.

Poblano peppers

And sweet green peppers.

Being a died in the wool carnivore, I don’t care about all that vegetation. But I sure did like the banana bread and banana cupcakes Terry made yesterday. They were yummy.


I got a panicked e-mail yesterday from an author who was contacted by somebody telling him he was going to sue him because the author used his name in his novel. He said he would drop the whole thing for $500. His name is Jim Walker. How many Jim Walkers do you think there are in the world? I bet quite a few. I told the author not to worry about it and not to send the jerk any money. Every novel is going to include the names of somebody. Unless you’re using an identifiable private person or public figure, it’s not an issue. Now, if he had written that Jim Walker of 101 Center Street in Anytown, Iowa was a fireman in his book, and there really is a fireman with that name who lives at that address, no attorney in the world would bother with a silly case like that. Well, let me correct myself. There is probably an ambulance chaser out there somewhere that might.

The reality is that in this country, anybody can sue anybody about anything. Back in my days publishing small town newspapers, I once wrote about a woman who sued her neighbor because she said the neighbor’s dog got her purebred Cocker spaniel pregnant, thus ruining the dog’s pedigree bloodline for breeding future show dogs. She wanted $100,000 in damages. However, the supposed offender dog had been neutered two years before. When informed of this, she wanted to sue the vet who neutered him, claiming he had botched the surgery. People. Go figure.


One way we have found to beat the heat is soaking in our hot tub in the evening. I know you’re saying, “wait a minute. how can soaking in a hot tub help you beat the heat?” Simple, I turned it down to 96° and now it’s not hot. We still get the benefit of the jets massaging our bodies, without the heat. It’s rather refreshing.

The other way I’ve been beating the heat is staying inside and writing. I’ve been able to turn out about one chapter a day, ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 words in my latest Tinder Street book. I’m getting very close to wrapping it up.

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’ve reached an age where my brain went from “You probably shouldn’t say that” to “What the heck, let’s see what happens”!

Nick Russell

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

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