Us Time

 Posted by at 12:19 am  Nick's Blog
May 032016

For the last six weeks or so we have had a lot of friends around us, readers stopping by to visit, and we spent some time with my family at a little reunion in Pinellas Park. We have loved all of it, and all of them, but we decided that yesterday was going to be what we call “Us Time.”

Ever so often we like to have a day just for ourselves. We don’t have to be doing anything special, or anything at all except just hanging out together and enjoying each other’s company. We slept in, then spent some time in bed just cuddling, talking about our lives together and how happy we are, and not worrying about a thing in the world. What a great way to start the day!

Once we were up, I answered some e-mails that needed attention, placed an order with Amazon for a couple of things we needed, talked myself out of adding a Phantom 3 Advanced drone to the order, and then we went out to run some errands. We stopped at the bank to make a deposit, went to the post office to send out a couple of orders, then to Publix to pick up a few things because Terry wants to make one of her delicious Mexican meals today.

After dropping the groceries off back at the RV park we went to a place called Hibachi Grill & Extreme Buffet that two or three people recommended we try when we were in the area. We were impressed. They had a very nice selection to choose from, everything was hot and delicious, and the service was very good. It was definitely worth a stop and we may get back again while we’re here.

When we left the restaurant we drove around Daytona Beach, checking out some of the tourist areas down by the oceanfront. According to the sign, this is the most famous beach in the world. I wonder who determines those things?

Daytona Beach Arch

Back at home I processed some subscription renewals that came in during the day, answered some more e-mails, and we spent the evening watching TV. A nice way to end a nice day.

I’m always amazed at how many scam artists there are in the world, though at this stage in my life I shouldn’t be surprised. The other day I got a letter from a woman telling me that her son, a decorated career Marine with 17 years of service under his belt, had been paralyzed in a parachuting accident with his unit, the 101st Airborne division. She said that after so many years as a Screaming Eagle (a nickname for soldiers of the 101st) he was depressed and bored and she was seeking signed books from authors so that he could read them. She asked if it was possible to get an autographed set of all of my books for him.

I was really touched. What a tragedy when one of our brave young fighting men is injured that way. I almost shed a tear. Not!

Instead I wrote back and asked her how it came to be that a “decorated career Marine” like her son spent so many years of his time in the military with the 101st, which is an Army unit. If you’re going to try to scam somebody with a story like that, you probably shouldn’t pick a guy who earned his own set of wings back in the day.

Before I close, every once in a while people ask me if I’m still taking MSM capsules and if they continue to help with the stiffness and pain in my hands from arthritis. Yes, I take two 1000 mg capsules in the morning and two more bedtime. It’s amazing to me how much more flexible my fingers are, and I seldom feel any pain in them at all.

Thought For The Day – It’s time to take the warning labels off of everything and let the gene pool sort itself out.

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  12 Responses to “Us Time”

  1. Its a good thing you didn’t buy that drone or Miss Terry would have you sleeping outside for a month. Jerry really wants one but I told him he is to old for toys.

  2. I assume your Amazon order include’d a new inverter… Or a long handle hammer so you could reach the old one easier.

  3. So glad you and Terry take some “us time.” I just love those days when my husband and I can do the same. Yes, we are together most of the time – I mean we live in a very small space, right? But we still try to set aside some time just to devote to each other, when we are not multi-tasking, and it is just the best!

  4. I always seem to hone in on the one comment (in online posts) that is not the main theme/idea of the posting. So, here I go again. Try using turmeric pills for arthritis pain when you get them. (They are my go-to for achy-achies unless I need a “hammer” like Advil.)

  5. I know you’re a research type guy however the phantom Advanced is the low end dear spectrum now
    The pro is not much more expensive but it has an added a lot of newer features that are not compatible to the advanced
    the you might want to keep in mind that they’re going to phase your model out as well as the advanced soon I was in a pawn shop the other day they had a Phantom advanced with hard sided case-4 batteries all the bells and whistles and toys for 275)
    With that in mind you might want to look ( research )into the six bladed copters even their prices are coming down reasonably
    Port orange is a nice little laid-back town I do a lot of deliveries on the north end of A1A $$$$
    Plus they just got through refurbishing the lighthouse this year
    If you do go down there take S. Peninsula Dr. on the way back it’s slow but pretty
    Check Zillow. as well as craigslist( online )real estate for the criteria you might be looking for
    Enjoy your day

  6. Go for the Advanced Nick. I love mine. The only difference between it and the 3 Pro is the higher def camera on the Pro, which most of us will not have a monitor to see the difference. The 4 is the new kid on the block and the price on the 3 has come way down. It’s so far advanced over your 2 Standard model in every way it’s like between a Model T and a new Cadillac

  7. KelliAnn,
    I feel sorry for your poor Jerry. I’m the one pushing Nick to get his Phantom! He has worked hard all of his life to provide for us and deserves whatever toy his dear heart desires! I hope the playful boy in him never grows up! We have so much fun together! You need to take time to smell the roses as well as to plant and weed them to be able enjoy them!
    Nick takes the turmeric/curcumin as well as the MSM to relieve his arthritis. I prefer to take the natural way first every time!

  8. I take the same attitude with my DH. He is into RC planes and cars now. I am the one encouraging him to get new ones or go out to the airfield to play. I love to see him happy. He does the same for me with my hobbies. Being generous with each other makes for a good marriage.

  9. Terry has a loom and a spinning wheel, yarn, and all kinds of fun kitchen gadgets. And more important than that she has a man who worships her, opens doors for her, holds her hand, and goes out of his way to tell her and the world how much he adores her all the time. If I had a guy like that in my life he wouldn’t have to buy a drone, I’d buy it for him! They are two of the most generous and loving people I’ve ever known. They are what a happy marriage is all about!

  10. Sorry if I ruffled any feathers. I just don’t see the value in wasting money on toys like that no matter how hard someone works or how nice they are to the partner. What purpose does it serve? Don’t you have kids or grandkids you can do something for with that money? Maybe put it into a college fund for them? If not, there are people going hungry all over the world. How many mouths could that money feed? People say I’m too practical and maybe that’s true but I’ve always been this way. I don’t believe we are put here to “have fun” once we grow up, we are here to live, learn, experience, and serve others. But that’s just my two cents worth.

  11. Now the woman will know how to make the scam work since you helped her sort out the problems with her story. 🙂

    And I love Terry’s reply to Kelli Anne. I think the more people enjoy life (have fun), the better we all will be.

  12. Love today’s “Thought For The Day”…certainly not enough chlorine in the gene pool in my neck of the woods…

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