Feb 062021

Even though I am enrolled in the VA healthcare system, now that we both qualify for Medicare I get most of my treatment through civilian doctors. It’s quicker and easier, and frees up the VA system for veterans who need it more than I do. Yesterday Terry and I had our regular routine checkups with our physician at Island Doctors in New Smyrna Beach. They always schedule our appointments together so we don’t have to make two trips.

The doctor went over all of our lab results from a week ago, and the good news is that for an old fat guy, I’m in pretty good shape. He said my blood pressure and cholesterol levels are perfect, though my A1C has gone up a bit. I need to get back on my treadmill. Terry’s report was also good, so I guess we’ll be hanging around for at least a while longer.

Terry had a couple of skin tags that the doctors took off with cryotherapy, and then he zapped a few on me as well. That’s some cold stuff!

When we were done at the doctor’s office, we stopped at Publix to stock up on groceries for the next three weeks or so, made a quick stop at Walgreens across the street to pick up a prescription, and then we were glad to get back home. By the time the groceries were all put away we were both wiped out, so we settled for a light dinner of cold cut sandwiches and some TV before bedtime.

Yesterday I received all of the chapters for my new book back from the proofreaders, so today, I will start making their last corrections and print it out for Terry to do one final overall proofreading before I get it ready to launch this coming week.

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. We saw this place in Edgewater today and I just want to know how in the hell I can get a donut!

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Cops and Writers Crime Scenes and Investigations, the second book in my friend Patrick O’Donnell’s Cops and Writers series, which are an excellent reference for authors and screenwriters. Patrick recently retired from a big city police department, and he runs the Cops and Writers group on Facebook. This new book covers how a rookie detective is trained, and divisions within a detective bureau, including Homicide, Sensitive Crimes, Robbery, and Arson. There is also information on firearms and other weapons used in law enforcement, and much more. Whether you’re an author or just someone who is interested in how and why the police do the things they do to protect and serve, Patrick’s books are well worth the read.

To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

Thought For The Day – If I was a plastic surgeon, I would absolutely put a squeaky toy in every breast implant.

Nick Russell

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

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