We’ve Been Busy

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 042021

We have been keeping busy the last few days so I thought I would give you an update on the things happening around our little corner of the world.

Terry had a follow-up appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville on Tuesday afternoon. Along the way, we stopped at Mullinax Ford in New Smyrna Beach to look at a couple of F-150 pickups. Everything they had was either the XL or XLT models, which are pretty basic, along with one King Ranch, which is way too plush and way too expensive for me. They also had a used low mileage 2020 F-150 Raptor, but I don’t have enough testosterone to drive a thing like that. It’s definitely a young guy’s truck. They had several F-150s with the SuperCrew Cab (four doors), but I don’t like the look of those, and we seldom have anybody riding with us, so they don’t work for me.

Since it doesn’t look like I can find what I want, which is an F-150 SuperCab Lariat with the backup assistant program and the 6½ foot bed, the only alternative, as I said before, is to order one, which could take two to three months. I’m still hashing that around in my head.

From there, we drove to Coastal Integrative Healthcare in Palm Coast and had our pal Doctor Meloney Thomas give us adjustments. It sure was good to see her again, because since they transferred her to Palm Coast to run the new office, we don’t get to see her very much. A regular blog reader asked why we were going all the way up there when we used to go to their office in Edgewater. Two reasons, we had to drive right by the place on our way to Jacksonville, and because we like Meloney and she’s been treating us long enough that she knows exactly what we need and how to get the job done. We walked out feeling a lot better than we did when we arrived.

We ran into rain most of the way up to Jacksonville, some of it coming down hard. Along the way, we saw an accident where a travel trailer had flipped over. A small SUV had been pulling it, and I suspect it was a typical example of the tail wagging the dog. We saw that so many times in our travels as fulltime RVers. The accident was in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 and had traffic backed up for miles. I was glad we were headed north, or we would have been tied up in that and sitting still for a long time.

Terry’s appointment at Mayo went well, though we do have to go back again next week for a CT scan, just to make sure there are no other problems resulting from the intense radiation she had during her cancer treatment 20 years ago.

It was late in the day when we left Mayo, and pulling out of the parking lot we got hung up in a long traffic jam due to another accident. It took us a while to get through all of that, and then we headed home. We stopped in Saint Augustine for gas and to switch drivers because my night vision is not very good, and between the late hour and the heavy cloud cover and rain, I was beginning to get uncomfortable driving. No problem, Miss Terry took us the rest of the way home, driving through intermittent rain along the way.

By the time we got home, we were both pretty worn out, so we had some of the leftover chicken pot pie she made the other day and were pretty much spent for the rest of the evening.

We are reaching a point in our lives where we need to have wills and possibly a family trust set up, and I’ve been trying to find a good lawyer locally. Acting on suggestions from a couple of people, I called one law firm who immediately wanted me to sign up for a $750 wealth-building seminar before they would even talk to me about wills and things like that. I told the receptionist that I wasn’t worried about building wealth, we are comfortable where we are in life, but they would not even schedule an appointment to talk to an attorney until we shelled out the money for the wealth-building seminar. No, thank you. There are plenty of other attorneys who don’t want to play games.

As you all know, Terry is an excellent cook, and she loves creating delicious meals for us. But there are times when we are in a hurry, or she just doesn’t feel like cooking. Pre-Covid, we would hit one of the local restaurants for dinner, but we have not been in a restaurant for over a year now. Years ago, when we were stuck in Michigan while Terry was getting her cancer treatments, we used to buy things from the local Schwan’s truck. Some of their stuff was pretty good, and a quick dinner fix. I have seen a truck in our neighborhood but never managed to flag him down, so I went online the other day and placed an order, and it was delivered yesterday. Of course, that meant rearranging the freezer to fit everything in, and I think if I had ordered one more item, we would have had a problem. I guess I need to eat faster.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake, the first book in my Big Lake mystery series. 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 high the 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 – When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

Nick Russell

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

  6 Responses to “We’ve Been Busy”

  1. We did our wills using LegalZoom.com but ours were very simple. You might want to read what they offer to see if it will work for you.We did have to have them witnessed but that was easily done by staff since we live in a senior housing complex.

  2. GMC has some nice trucks!

  3. We use Jerry Allender for wills and a trust. His firm is Allender and Allender and they are on Garden Street in T’ville. His firm specializes in Elder Law. Don’t you love that term. I do not know his rates but we can recommend him.

  4. https://www.allenderlaw.com/attorney/jerry-w-allender/
    Forgot to give you his website.

  5. We had our wills done by our Credit Union for a total of $600 for the 2 of them, back in 2013.

  6. On GM/Chevy trucks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fc_IARDCqU&t=208s (Here’s Why Chevy Stopped Making Reliable Trucks and Why You Should Be Mad About It). Scotty Kilmer has the answers.

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