Back To Normal

 Posted by at 12:59 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 102016

To those of you who supported Donald Trump, congratulations. To those of you who opposed him, in four more years we get do it all over again and maybe this time around your candidate will win. But no matter who you voted for, the election is over. As I predicted in a recent blog post, the sun did come out again and it’s time to move on.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to things getting back to normal. No more of those nasty political ads slinging mud all over the place, and back to TV ads for fun stuff like erectile dysfunction and suing people! I’ve missed them!

Instead of focusing on the results of the election and listening to all the hatred and jubilation on Facebook and everywhere else, Miss Terry and I have been busy chipping away at the mountain of chores that need to be done to get settled into our new home.

People have been asking for pictures, so I’ll share a few with you today. Keep in mind that this is all a work in progress.

This is the living room, with the couch and loveseat we bought.


And here are our two recliners. Mine looks black in the picture, but it’s really a chocolate brown. I thought it would be great for TV watching, but as it turns out, every time I sit down in it I fall asleep!


I mentioned yesterday that Terry found a nice antique dinette set she really liked to replace the rather junky one the previous owner left, and we bought it. Here it is in the kitchen, and she’s gonna kill me because there are still things sitting on the counters that she hasn’t had time to put away yet. The table and chairs are very heavy and well-made.


It came with an extra leaf and four regular chairs, as well as two of these captains chairs with arms.


At the same antique shop she also found a quilt rack, which sits in our hallway displaying some of Terry’s beautiful weavings.


This is our bedroom. The previous owners left this queen bedroom set, which we put a Serta memory foam mattress on that we got at Sam’s Club.


We still need more furniture but we’re not rushing into things. We’re taking our time, shopping the local used furniture stores and Craigslist, and being kind of picky about what we select since we plan to live with it a long time.

Our one concern was buying another bedroom set, since we had company coming to visit in a week or so. But I got a call yesterday evening saying that had been delayed until sometime in early December, so the pressure is off on that.

All work and no play is no fun at all, and since the kitchen is still not arranged to Terry’s liking yet, we have been exploring some of the local eateries. You all know how much I love Chinese buffets, so yesterday we decided to try one in New Smyrna Beach called the Fuji Buffet.

We knew it was smaller than the Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffett in Daytona Beach, which is excellent, but it’s a lot closer to home and we were hopeful. As it turned out, it was a big disappointment. We won’t be going there again. But that’s all right, there are a lot of other places around to check out and I’m sure we’ll get to know all of them over time.

It’s Thursday, and you know what that means. It’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Highland Passage by J.L Jarvis. It’s a time travel historical romance that begins with the heroine blacking out following a car crash on an icy road, and waking up in a mysterious stone chamber being cared for by a kilted man who claims to be an eighteenth century Scottish highlander. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

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  9 Responses to “Back To Normal”

  1. I am SO glad the voting is over for a while and I have hopes our country’s division will be healed. It got to the point where I didn’t want to turn on TV ,Radio or Facebook.

    The TV and Radio, I am slowly moving on, I don’t know that I will ever recover from Facebook. I have seriously thought about deleting my account, but I guess someday I will gradually test the waters. I don’t know why people can’t keep their political opinions to themselves. Social media is not (never has been) a place to convince others to change their minds.

  2. Your home is looking great! Especially like the dining room chairs and buffet, and the captain chairs look comfortable. Great buys…

  3. I didn’t realize that the sale of the home included furniture. It makes for a much easier transition.

  4. Starting to look like your home. Congrats the hard work is paying off.

  5. I for one have always been a great fan of Chinese restaurant until
    I found Vietnamese pho restaurant they seem to be coming up more and more as an alternative to Chinese
    In most cases the price is it just a tad bit higher but I see a better quality of food and a whole different flavor
    now I know you’re not a fan of onions I think that would be something you would have to ask the cook or owner
    But you’re 100% right whether it be breakfast lunch or dinner New Smyrna and new Smyrna Beach have a whole slew of Family owned restaurants and all with their own little niche

  6. I know you just got there and haven’t even settled in yet, but how about some hints and musings about your thoughts on your next RV adventure? Come on, lift the kimono just a little bit, Nick! 😉

  7. Bob M; Nick lift your kimono…..or yukata (for men).

  8. Bob, we’ll hang around here for the winter and then plan to make a trip out west to see family in Arizona. And from there, who knows? We do love the Oregon coast and Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. We have not been to Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula in a while. Then again, I’d really like to get back to Branson. Or Cajun country in Louisiana. Or….

  9. Your new home is coming together very nicely in short order. Isn’t is funny how quickly the junk mailers can find us, but the mail that we do want has a hard time finding us. We just moved to The Villages last year and have relived our move thru your blog.

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