Still Not Done

 Posted by at 1:10 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 112024

We had a busy afternoon yesterday. We left the house a little after 1 o’clock for a 2 o’clock appointment at Alabama Dermatology Associates in Northport. Having had a bout of skin cancer once, I don’t want to repeat it, so I get checked semi-annually. I only had to wait a few minutes before I was taken back to see Nurse Practitioner Staci Hardwick. Staci is friendly and very thorough each time I go there, and never makes patients feel rushed. She froze a few precancerous spots on my head and hands, and I don’t have to go back until January, unless something comes up.

When we were done there, we tried a new to us restaurant called Local Roots, which many reviewers said had the best hamburgers and cheeseburgers of any restaurant in the area. I won’t say it was the best,because I haven’t been to all the others, but it was pretty good. I had a bacon cheeseburger and Terry had shrimp tacos, which she also said were good. The service was also very friendly.

From there we went to Lowe’s to buy some more Sun Drenched Oak Cabot stain. We need to stain the deck and pergola where the hot tub is and the little footbridge we had built a while back, the stair rails I had built on the side steps, and also probably do another coat on our big main deck. We have one gallon already, so we figured two more would pretty much do the job. But as it turned out, they had a special promotion going on that if you bought two gallons, you got a third one free. Since the stuff is nearly $60 a gallon, and yesterday was the last day for the promotion, we took advantage of that. We can always use the extra for touch up as needed.

While we were there, we also picked up some fire ant killer and Sevin dust, which is sprinkled on garden plants to get rid of bugs that eat the leaves. Like most stores these days, Lowe’s only has self-checkout. And like most self-checkouts, there’s always a hassle. This time around it wouldn’t recognize my military discount, which another customer in front of us was having the same issue with. So we had to go to customer service and have them check us out there. Sometimes it’s just not worth the effort.

Caliber Collision, the body shop that is working on our Ram pickup, is right across the street, so when we were done at Lowe’s we went there to check on the progress of our repair. Last week they had called to say they hoped to have it done the end of this week, but when I got there, the service manager said it will probably be another week yet, because the new tire and rim they ordered, and the running board have still not been delivered. Apparently supply chain issues are still a problem sometimes.

This shop also does not do ceramic coating, and I have not found anybody in the area that does. Since I had the truck ceramic coated right after I bought it in Florida, I need to get the repaired area done or it won’t look right. I have to call the insurance adjuster today to talk to her about that.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Scandal, the fifth book in my Big Lake Mystery series. When the richest man in Big Lake is murdered on the night he announced his bid for State Senator, the list of suspects stretches all the way from the small mountain town to the Governor’s office.

Sheriff Jim Weber’s investigation reveals a web of secrets, illicit sex, and shattered lives that teaches him that nothing is what it appears to be and that sometimes the people we think we know are not at all what we believe them to be. Meanwhile, love has come to town and wedding bells must compete with the echo of gunshots. Many of the characters that made the first four Big Lake books so popular are back, along with some new ones readers will remember for a long time.

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 30 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. When DC Stultz sent me this, he said the Canal Museum needs to trim their shrubs.

Thought For The Day – If elected, the first thing I’ll do is demand a recount. – Kinky Friedman

Nick Russell

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

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