Jul 222021

Terry had a routine appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville yesterday afternoon to check on her Interstim device and to meet her new doctor. Everything looks good and we really like the new doctor, who is very down to earth and has a great sense of humor. She took the time to listen to Terry’s concerns about a couple of issues and answer her questions fully. We will be going back again in August for another appointment. It’s only about 90 miles from home to there, and interstate highway most of the way, so it’s a pretty quick trip up there.

For quite a while now I have been talking to an online friend named Deb Dlugosz, who lives in Jacksonville. When we first started going to Mayo, Deb reached out and gave us some tips on the best hotels to stay nearby, and good places to eat. We kept saying we needed to get together one of these days, and yesterday seemed like a good day for it. So once we were done at Mayo we met Deb and her husband Dan for dinner at a place called Seafood Express.

The portions were generous, the food was good, and the company was excellent. We had a wonderful time visiting and getting to know them. They told us about another restaurant that has great bison burgers, so the four of us agreed that when we come back in August, we will get together and go there for dinner. I’m really looking forward to it. Here is a picture of Dan, Deb, and Miss Terry, all full of yummy seafood.

Deb had mentioned that for quite some time now, a duck has been living just outside of the door of the restaurant, and laying its eggs there. And sure enough, when we left, there was an egg!

We had some light rain on and off heading home, and about the time we got to Daytona Beach, the sky opened up and it began coming down in buckets. Big buckets! A lot of traffic on Interstate 95 was down to 50 miles an hour or less, but of course, there are always some fools who have to blow by everybody doing 80 or 85. We saw a couple of accidents, and ambulances and police cars on roads next to the highway heading off in other directions, too. It wasn’t a good day to be a first responder.

Of course, when we got back to Edgewater, everything was dry and it didn’t look like a drop of rain had fallen all day. As I’ve said before, we live in the Florida desert. It can be raining hard a mile or two north and/or south of us, and we get nothing.

But at least we get some good sunsets. Nothing like the ones we were used to back in Arizona, but nice nevertheless. Here are a couple of pictures Terry took of the sunset when we got home.

Today it will be back to writing for me. I’m getting toward the end of my latest Big Lake book, and I’m looking forward to finishing up and getting it out. Then I’ll start my next book project.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Big Lake Hoarder, the nineteenth 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 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 we’re going to have an Olympics in the middle of a pandemic, then why don’t we just go all the way and make one of the events running with scissors?


Nick Russell

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

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