Close But No Cigar

 Posted by at 12:54 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 312022

I said in yesterday’s blog that I had written 9,000 words and if I could do the same thing for the next day or two, I would finish my new John Lee book. Well, I had another good writing day, but not quite that good. By the end of the day, I had knocked out a little over 6,000 words. Still not too shabby for a fat boy.

Especially since I was in pain for about half the day. Miss Terry swears she didn’t beat me up in my sleep, but when I woke up the outside edge of my left eye socket from my eyebrow down to an inch or so below the eye felt like someone slapped me with a sock full of nickels. Even blinking my eye or any movement of the eye increased the discomfort. There was no swelling or bruising and no indication of an insect bite or something like that, so I don’t know what the heck was going on there. At any rate, it eventually went away, although the area is still tender if I touch it.

Someone asked if Terry has put her new Old Town kayak that I wrote about in Friday’s blog in the water yet. Since the temperature has been hovering around 90o for days now, with the humidity not too far behind, that’s not going to happen for a while. So why did we buy it now if it will be so long before we use it? Because Kayaks By Bo had the one in the size and color scheme we wanted in stock, and they have to order their inventory in advance. It’s not like we can call and tell them to have the manufacturer put one on a truck and have it here next week. As the old saying goes, if you snooze, you lose.

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.

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Thought For The Day – It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

Nick Russell

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

  3 Responses to “Close But No Cigar”

  1. Nick –
    have you ever seen someone that tried to ride a kayak during a hurricane?

    (he did not look pretty)

  2. Nick I am not getting your blog for a full day late, just letting you know of the issue

  3. Like yourself I have to wear my CPAP Mask tighter then recommended to avoid air leakage through the night. Unfortunately that tends to cause swelling around my eyes just as you described. I find that by massaging my face, first thing in the morning, with the palms of my hands, the swelling disappears within an Hour. Give it a try, it should work.
    Be Safe and Enjoy using your Kayaks when you can.

    It’s about time.

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