Jan 122024

Terry had a follow up appointment at the Center for Rheumatology in Northport yesterday. After the terrible bout of illness she had back in September, which nobody has ever nailed down the cause of, our primary care physician sent her there to be checked for things like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

After her first appointment with the rheumatologist in December, they ran a full battery of tests on her, and yesterday we went to find out what the results were. The good news is that she doesn’t have any of the nasty things we feared, like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and they had already ruled out Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. There is definitely some osteoarthritis, but it’s because of aging. I guess because at age 71 we have to accept the fact that those things happen. But it’s a big relief that overall, Terry is still healthy and will continue to pamper me and keep me out of trouble for a long time to come. I can’t tell you how much of a comfort that is to me.

With appointments at the dermatologist on Wednesday and the rheumatologist yesterday, I haven’t gotten a whole lot more writing done on Big Lake Accident, my current work in progress. But I have several chapters done, over 10,000 words, which I will soon print out for Terry to edit and proofread.

Still on the topic of books, Scarlett finished formatting the print edition of Jackpot, my recently released John Lee Quarrels mystery, and Elizabeth Mackey did the cover for it. Hopefully, I will upload it to Amazon today.

I say hopefully, because we have some bad weather predicted, including a lot of rain, hail, strong winds, and the possibility of tornadoes. One of the first things we did when we bought our house was install a tornado shelter in our garage, about four steps from our side door. So if things look bad, we know we will be safe until it passes. No matter what happens, there is a good chance that we may lose power for a while. I wish they would get the propane issue worked out so we can get our whole house generator set up, but things are still in limbo on that issue.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Chasing Ashes by Joanne McLaughlin. This thriller has its start in 1992, shortly before a tragic fire on their college campus, Laura Cunningham saw her best friend, Kate McDonald, for the last time. The fire’s 20th anniversary elicits Laura’s guilt and ignites her passion to learn what actually happened to Kate. Now a journalist, Laura teams up with her hot detective ex-husband to pursue cold leads in hopes of sparking interest in the decades-old mystery of what happened that day.

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. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.

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 – Don’t let other people tell you what you can’t do. That’s a job for your own insecurities.

Nick Russell

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

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