So Much Happening

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
May 222024

We have had a lot happening the last couple of days and it seems like we have spent more time going places than we have at home. The first thing Monday morning our friend Alan Banks from Banks Construction came over to look at the steps on the side of the house to figure out the best way to install handrails for me. He came up with something that will work and told me he should have them together in just a few days.

After Alan left, we took Alli to West Alabama Animal Hospital in Carrollton for her annual shots and checkup. When we got her June 1st of last year she weighed 52 pounds and now she weighs 65, which is about right for a two year old female German shepherd. Doctor Lowe is a very nice man and has been taking care of animals large and small in this part of Alabama for many years. I mentioned to him our concerns about snakes because we have a lot of them in this area, including copperheads, cottonmouth water moccasins, and rattlesnakes. Doc said in all his years of practice he could count on one hand, or maybe two at the most, the number of dogs he has lost to snake bites. His advice if Alli were to get bitten was to give her 25 milligrams of Benadryl for each 25 pounds she weighs and bring her in for treatment. I hope it never happens, but it’s good to know what to do in case it does.

When we were done with that, we brought Allie home and then drove into Tuscaloosa for Terry’s appointment with Southern Eye Consultants to get plugs put in her tear ducts for chronic dry eyes. This has to be done every three months and the process only takes seconds, but we were still there for two hours waiting for her to get in and be treated. With that out of the way, we went to The Juicy Crab for dinner. It’s one of our favorite restaurants and we haven’t been there since our daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Destiny were here in March.

Yesterday was another busy day, starting with me getting an MRI in the morning for a new spinal doctor I’m going to be seeing in a week or so. I was surprised that when they called my name at the imaging center, they took me outside to a semi-trailer and had me step on a power lift and took me inside it for the MRI. Apparently a couple of the machines in the building were not functioning well so they brought in this portable unit as a backup.

When that was done, we went to Brown’s Nursery so Terry could get some starter plants for her raised planter beds. This is a very cool place, with every kind of plant you could imagine from shrubs and flowers to vegetables and herbs. They have a bunch of large greenhouses as well as plants on display outside.

Terry got several plants including tomatoes, squash, peppers, cucumbers, kale, and a few herbs.

We had about three hours to kill, so we came home to let Alli out, check e-mail, and things like that. Then we had to go back to Tuscaloosa for an appointment Terry had at the Center for Rheumatology. Her doctor said things are looking good for her, renewed a prescription, then sent her to the same place where I had my MRI in the morning to have a bunch of X-rays taken of her spine.

By then it was after five and we had not eaten all day, so we were more than hungry. We had dinner at Pastor’s Mexican Restaurant, a small family run business that we found a year or so ago and really enjoy.

After that and a stop at Lowe’s to pick up some more soil and Black Kow fertilizer, it was home for the evening. We don’t have anything else scheduled for the rest of the week that I know of, and since it’s going to be hot, it’ll be a good time to stay inside and get some writing done.

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 – Appreciate good people. They are hard to come by.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “So Much Happening”

  1. Nick,
    Please go to the NATIONAL SNAKEBITE SUPPORT site on Facebook to see the proper treatment for pit viper envenomation in dogs, cats and humans. It is a site staffed by veterinarians / MDs. Benadryl is of no benefit with a venomous snakebite, according to them.

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