Same Old Same Old

 Posted by at 1:17 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 122020

Yesterday was pretty much like the day before, and the day before that, and the day before… well, you get the idea. We got up and I checked my email, answering the most important ones and saving the others for later, then we had brunch, which was some of Terry’s yummy overnight yeasted homemade browned butter waffles. As always, they were melt in your mouth delicious. When we finished eating, I went back to my desk and dealt with more emails, then did a half-mile on the treadmill, watered our citrus trees, and then wrote another chapter in my new John Lee Quarrels book. While I was doing all of that, Terry was busy in her loom room doing her thing. We lead such exciting lives.

Every year our little subdivision has a Christmas toy and food drive, where residents in decorated golf carts hold a parade through the area, stopping to pick up food and toys that people leave at the curb in front of their houses. It was supposed to start at 5 p.m. yesterday, so we took out a big box of toys and several bags of food.

I kept an eye out for the golf cart parade because I wanted to get a couple of pictures, but they never came around. About 7:30, I took a quick drive through the subdivision in our Explorer, looking to see where everybody was, but there was nobody to see! Back at home, I found the flyer that someone had brought by a couple of weeks ago about the toy drive and called the number on it. The woman in charge didn’t know how they missed us and said they went right by our place. I think she was mistaken because we had the door open watching through the screen all the while, and never saw anybody.

At any rate, she said she would be happy to come by and pick the things up right then if it was okay with me, and I said sure. While she and her husband were loading things into the back of their SUV, she asked if I knew the writer that lives somewhere close to us, and I told her that was me. As it turns out, she’s a fan of mystery books, so she took my name and said that she would check me out on Amazon as soon as she got home.

Speaking of my books, here’s a printout of all of my book covers except for a couple of older ones that I don’t have listed on BookBub. Once I get a few more written, I might have to make this into a poster.

Neither one of us was very hungry, so for dinner we just had cold sandwiches as we watched the second episode of BattleBots on TV, which I had recorded the other night, and then Blue Bloods. After that and the 11 o’clock news, we were pretty much done for the day. I wrote my blog and printed it out for Terry to proof, and that was it. And today, it starts all over again. As I said, we lead such exciting lives.

Terry and I were both happy to see that the FDA approved the new coronavirus vaccine yesterday. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of the end of the pandemic, but we know that it won’t happen overnight. It will take many months before all Americans who want the vaccine will receive it. And I know a lot of people who say they won’t take it for whatever reason. Many of them are the same people who won’t wear a mask because it interferes with their freedom or some such nonsense.

Because we are both over 65 and have other health issues, Terry and I should be among the early people to qualify for the vaccine, and we will be more than happy to roll up our sleeves and get it. Of course, even then we will still wear masks when we go shopping and things like that, and we don’t expect to become social butterflies anytime soon. Personally, I wish that first responders and medical workers could get the vaccine before we do. We can continue to self-isolate and mask up when we have to go someplace, and use disinfectant wipes and wash our hands and all that good stuff when we get home. The men and women out there on the front lines are exposed to the virus every day. I can’t tell you how much we worry about our daughter-in-law, Geli, who is the clinical director at a hospital in Birmingham, and several of our friends and family members who are nurses, paramedics, and police officers.

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. I love Chinese buffets, and we have eaten at many of them in our travels around the country as fulltime RVers. But when I saw this one in Tucson, I decided I would pass.

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Thought For The Day – I don’t get nearly enough credit for the things I manage not to say.

Nick Russell

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

  4 Responses to “Same Old Same Old”

  1. Your book covers could be copied onto cloth and made into a quilt. That’s what they looked like to me, all laid out that way.

  2. The sooner they get people to realize the Vaccines are not political but humane the better we’ll all be especially the front line workers.
    Since Kathy has had severe reactions to the new Shingles shot she might have to wait awhile. We’ll leave that decision to our Family Doctor.
    Cute Sign.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  3. Creating a poster of all your book covers. . .what a fabulous idea!

  4. couple of good Netflix series we just finished y’all might like….Manhunt (season 1 about the Unabomber, season 2 about the Olympic Park bomber. It’s the story of the FBI’s hunts for the bombers. Dirty John….the two seasons are about love affairs that went terribly wrong..season 1 we weren’t familiar with the people but season 2 is the Betty Broderick story. We also subscribed to ACORN and have found quite a few good different series. It’s mainly Australian made movies. We’ve watched so many UK and Australian movies during the epidemic I’m developing an accent!

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