A Busy Week

 Posted by at 12:47 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 272022

It’s been a busy week for us, and we’re not done yet. On Monday we had appointments at LabCorp to get blood draws for routine upcoming appointments with our primary care doctor. The lab is only a couple of miles from the house, and we were in and out pretty quickly. Like every place seems to be these days, they were short-staffed, and the phlebotomist we usually see was not there. But the new woman on duty, who was brought in from another location, was excellent and we never even felt the needles go in.

When we were done there, we went to Sweetwater Medical in New Smyrna Beach, the supplier for my CPAP machine. I had a couple of questions and the tech answered them for me, explained a couple of things I didn’t quite understand and told me that based on the reports the machine automatically sends to their office, I’m doing great, with a sleep score most nights in the high 90s.

Then we drove to Global Mobile Detailing in Holly Hill, a suburb on the north side of Daytona Beach. I want to get the new pickup and my Mustang both ceramic coated, which is a protectant that is better than wax if it’s applied correctly, and will keep them looking like new and help protect them from the salt air since we’re only 800 yards from the water. These folks came highly recommended and we made appointments to drop off both vehicles in a few days.

It rained all day Tuesday so we didn’t go anywhere, but that didn’t mean we weren’t busy at home. I made some last-minute changes to the manuscript for Big Lake Ranger and then sent it off to the person who formats my books for print. She’s hoping to have it back to me by the weekend, then I will upload it to Amazon, and the printed edition will be ready to go in a few days. I also talked to her about another project I have been working on and will be releasing soon.

Besides paperwork and keeping me fed and clothed, among all of the other things that she was busy with, Terry spent part of that time learning to knit a pair of socks at the same time on something called a magic loop. Don’t ask me what’s involved with that and how you can knit two socks at the same time because I got a headache just looking at what she was doing.

Yesterday we drove about 55 miles north to Palm Coast to have our friend Doctor Melony Thomas give us chiropractic adjustments at Coastal Integrative Healthcare. We started seeing Melony several years ago when she was in the Edgewater office before they moved her up there to open a new location. She’s been working on us and knows our bodies so well that it’s worth the drive. Besides our regular adjustments, for some reason lately, my lower jaw seems to be out of line, which causes my tongue to constantly scrape against the bottom of my teeth, leaving it irritated. Melony was able to align it for me but said that once a problem like that starts, it frequently becomes a recurring issue. Finished with all of that, we walked out of the office feeling much better than we when we entered.

Driving back to Port Orange, we met our friend author Frank Butterfield at a nice little Mexican restaurant called Salsa Cocina. I had told Frank we would be there at 4:30, and I had timed it just about perfect because we walked in the door at 4:29. We had a great meal and lots of interesting conversation about books and life in general. Frank is a fascinating man who we could talk to for hours on end, and the time just slips on past. Yesterday was a good example because it was close to three hours from the time we walked in until the time we left.

Back at home, we watched some television and then it was time to write the blog and call it a day.

Today will be spent catching up on chores here at home, including a backlog of e-mail I need to wade through, and tomorrow we will be on the road again, headed to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for a routine check-up on Terry’s Interstim implant. Then, hopefully, we’ll have the weekend off and I can get some writing done. I’m really looking forward to that. We have another cold front coming through the area and it’s not going to be very pleasant outside for the next few days. Sounds like a good time to get some work done to me, don’t you think?

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Watching Over Me: A Psychological Thriller, the first book in the heart-racing Crime After Crime series by M K Farrar and M.A. Comley. Trust me, this British crime writing duo know how to keep readers on the edge of their seats from the first page to the last! 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 Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.

Nick Russell

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

  3 Responses to “A Busy Week”

  1. Yea for Terry!! I knit hats with the magic loop method but several years ago I tried to learn to knit socks. Mike said he learned so many new curse words–I doubt it–and I gave up knitting socks. On to bigger things–literally–I’m almost finished with my first sweater.

  2. You won’t regret the ceramic coating, If applied right it will last for years and is well worth the investment.

  3. Given the time involved in waxing a car or truck and the effort required to get it right over the course of years, to me doing the ceramic thing is a no-brainer. 4 years into it on my F-250 and still looks as good as the day it was put on.

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