Mar 092018

It is amazing to me how much better I’m feeling after a couple of weeks worth of visits to the chiropractor three times a week. I can’t say enough good about Dr. Thomas and the rest of the staff at Coastal Integrative Healthcare in New Smyrna Beach. Two weeks ago I was seriously considering back surgery, and now I am walking around without a cane and feeling pretty darn good.

But, and there is always a but, I’m not completely out of the woods yet. I’ve actually had several pain-free days lately, so much so that I was out in the garage with Miss Terry working on some chores, and then played a few rounds of darts. And apparently that was too much, too soon, because my back let me know that I shouldn’t jump into the deep end of the pool without spending some time wading in the shallow end first. I got a couple of sharp pains that made me think I was right back where I started. After a while they subsided, and I was reminded that it’s all about moderation and taking things one step at a time.

Miss Terry, on the other hand, is always going full speed ahead. Her latest project was prepping and painting the window frames, then installing blinds on the four windows in the garage. This keeps some of the sunlight out on the hot days, as well as prying eyes. Now I can run around out there in my birthday suit and nobody will notice. Not that I would, mind you, but it’s nice to know that I can if I wanted to.

Between taking care of the house, cooking wonderful meals, taking care of me, proofreading and editing the blog and my books, and working on 1,001 projects large and small around here, it seems like Terry never stops. Even in the evening, when we are relaxing and watching television, her hands are busy knitting or crocheting. I always try to show her in every way I can how much I appreciate her, so when she showed me this beautiful Hagestad rosewood yarn bowl on Amazon the other day, I ordered it for her. It arrived yesterday and she really likes it.

After reading my blog the other day titled How About Some Q&A?, somebody wrote to ask me if I ever get emails or questions from people who find themselves getting into an argument every time they have to back their RV into a campsite.

Oh yeah, I’ve heard from a lot of people over the years who have that problem. It always comes down to just one thing, communication. The person behind the wheel and the person on the ground guiding them in have to be able to understand each other ahead of time if they want to do the job with a minimum of frustration, or cursing, or those long silences after you finally do get the darn thing parked.

A good set of handheld two way radios comes in handy, and you also need to work out what your hand signals are before you start parking. I wrote a blog about this a couple of years ago titled Don’t Give Me The Finger. Another thing to keep in mind is that you never get in trouble by backing into a campsite too slowly. Take your time, scope out the situation in advance, ignore the lookey loos from the campsite next door, and you’ll be fine. And trust me, it really does get easier with experience.

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Nick Russell

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  5 Responses to “It’s All About Moderation”

  1. You also have to trust one another when parking. When I said turn close to the tree, Dave decided to turn wide instead, I had to stop him and ask why he was trying to run into the picnic table on the other side. Of course, he couldn’t see that table from the driver’s seat. I have since decided I should always have been driving and he should have been directing since he has a better sense of geometry than I do.

  2. The thought of you running around in your birthday suit is scary enough,,,that’s for mental picture nobody wants to see
    Although it might keep the burglars away

  3. 2 way radios are great for this, I bought the cheapest FRS radios at Walmart & that was a mistake.
    They work ok for backing when you want to say “STOP” but if you’re in two cars out on the road, not so much…

  4. It’s not always about lack of communication, Nick. Sometimes it’s about a hard-headed husband who won’t follow directions and thinks he knows better, despite the fact he can’t see anything behind him.
    It’s not so bad with the motorhome – he parks it like a big van, easy-peasy.
    But when we had the trailer!! Oh, me. I walked off in a snit more than once because he would NOT listen to me! I’d watch him do exactly the opposite of what I directed! LOL But. It wasn’t a damn bit funny at the time.
    Finally we solved the problem, just before I filed for divorce. (Not really) I would park the trailer, because unlike SOME people, I follow directions from someone who can actually see where the trailer is going! Problem solved. But probably not before we became infamous as the yelling, cussing couple with the long Airstream.

  5. I’m getting a little better with mine, but still try to avoid it.

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