Two Busy Days

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 112023

The last couple of days have been busy for us. Hopefully today things will slow down a bit.

On Monday I had an appointment at Southern Eye Consultants in Tuscaloosa for a thorough eye exam. This was because of a cursory exam at Pickens County Primary Care that showed I might have a problem with glaucoma. I really wasn’t worried about that because eye doctors have been telling me this since I was in my early 20s. I have large oval shaped eyes which always give strange readings on a pressure test. But when they do an in-depth exam, they tell me every time that it’s because of my eye shape and I don’t have anything to worry about.

That was the case Monday as well, so no cause for alarm there. I have found that my vision is deteriorating slightly, and that sometimes I have to put on glasses to read the small print on a TV screen, such as the description of what’s on next. But the doctor said my vision is 20/20 with glasses and strong enough without them that I don’t really need any at this time. Having worn Coke bottle thick lenses for much of my life before I had cataract surgery, I’m just as happy not to need spectacles for as long as I can get away with it.

We never lose keys to our vehicles or mowers or whatever, because we always have a drawer where they go when not in use. But somehow we managed to lose the key to our Husqvarna riding mower a while back, and we’re not sure how that happened. So when we were done at the eye doctor’s we went to Northport Power Equipment, which is a Husqvarna dealer, and I got two more keys. One is going in the drawer and the other on a separate key ring where we keep backup keys for everything.

We have been wanting to replace the refrigerator that was in our house when we bought it with something newer, and one day last week we stopped at Lowes and they were having a sale, so we bought a new Samsung French door model with a bottom freezer.

When we replaced the refrigerator that was in our house in Florida several years ago, we put the old one in the garage and found it very handy when we stocked up on groceries, to keep a good supply of cold drinks on hand, and for frozen food. Our garage here is not insulated and it gets very hot in there in the summertime, so a refrigerator out there would be running nonstop. Instead, we decided to move the old one into the utility room off the kitchen after we got home from town on Monday. But before we could do that we had to move a shelf unit that was holding a bunch of stuff.

There were also two water lines coming through the wall as well as a drain for an old sink that was there at some point. They struck out several inches, so I needed to shorten them and cap them off to make room for the refrigerator. There was a valve there to turn off the water, which I did, but I didn’t realize there was still a lot of water in the line, and when I cut into it Terry got a bath that she did not appreciate. Fortunately, we were able to get everything cleaned up and get the old refrigerator moved.

Lowes was scheduled to deliver the new refrigerator yesterday but there was some confusion as to exactly when. They said I would receive an e-mail telling me the four hour window when to expect the delivery truck but the e-mail never came. When I checked their website Monday evening, it said delivery was scheduled between 1:30 and 5:30 PM on Tuesday. But at 10:30 yesterday morning I got a call from the delivery driver saying he was on his way and would be here within half an hour. I’m sure glad we moved the old refrigerator the night before!

The two man delivery crew obviously knew what they were doing, and they made it seem like child’s play to get the new refrigerator off the truck and into the house. Then one of them went into the little cubby where the refrigerator will sit and connected the water line for the ice maker and plugged it in.

Then they slid it into place and spent some time leveling it and getting everything squared away.

It looks good, and even though it’s a smart refrigerator, old farts like us can still use it without having to resort to all of that high tech stuff that’s built into everything these days.

Once the refrigerator was installed and the guys were gone, I fired up the riding mower with one of the brand new keys and mowed the back yard. Later in the afternoon, Terry and I spent an hour or so just sitting out on the back deck relaxing, enjoying the quiet, and occasionally throwing a ball for Alli to retrieve. It was a good way to unwind after our two busy days.

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.

Thought For The Day – Unlike the brain, the stomach alerts you when it’s empty.

Nick Russell

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

  3 Responses to “Two Busy Days”

  1. You two must not drink as much ice water as we do! Our in-the-door ice cube/water dispenser gets a good workout!

  2. Susan,
    The ice water dispenser IS in the door, it’s just on the inside, and it’s an automatically refilled jug with an insert for fruit and/or veggies to flavor if desired. Nick likes lemon in his water. I prefer cucumber slices, so guess who gets the choice? It easily removes for cleaning and everyday use. It has the ice maker in the drawer and a scoop for ease of use. I just prefer the clean lines of this refrigerator, plus the dog doesn’t keep checking it out… (-:

  3. My son (or one of his employees) lost the key to his work truck so often he finally solved the problem by spot welding the key into the ignition! He says that having the truck stolen the odd time would cost him far less than all the down time caused by the lost key!

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