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The Lou-Z-Boy Blues

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 282022

In a blog post a few days ago I told you that the powered headrest on my La-Z-Boy recliner had stopped working. I called their service department and was referred to the extended warranty company, who said they would send out a replacement motor, and when it arrived I would have to call again to have them schedule a technician to come out and install it. A couple of days ago a package arrived, but it wasn’t any kind of motor, it was two pieces of plastic labeled Left and Right Swivel Assembly. I called La-Z-Boy and they said yes, that’s what I needed, not a motor. I’m not sure how they determined that, since nobody has looked at it, but at any rate they scheduled a technician to come on February 11th to fix it.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had a problem with the chair, as I wrote the other day. The operation has been clunky since the day I got it, and when I called their service department, they said it was normal and it would “wear in.” It’s only got clunkier over time. A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post about the remote control not working and being stuck in the chair. Thanks to the extended warranty we purchased, they did send a replacement power cord for the remote control, and that seemed to solve that problem.

Then when I sat down in the chair yesterday and pushed the button to recline it, it lurched and there were some loud snapping noises, and it just stopped working. It wouldn’t move in any direction, so Terry and I turned it upside down and this is what we found. Half of the plastic mechanism that seemed to operate the recliner had shattered into pieces, and a bunch of grease or oil had been dumped on the carpet.

It looks like it came from this area, where the horizontal bar is.

So now I have a bag of broken parts, and I will be calling La-Z-Boy first thing this morning to raise holy hell. Yes, they will fix it under the extended warranty, but that’s not the point. Whatever happened to quality control? Whatever happened to pride in your products? I guess those days are long gone. I told Terry last night, and she agreed, that even after they fix the chair under warranty, I might just buy something else and give this to somebody who wants to deal with the constant problems.

On a happier note, my pal Bobbi Holmes just released The Ghost and the Church Lady, the 29th  book in her wonderful Haunting Danielle series about a bed and breakfast on the Oregon coast that is haunted by a previous owner who died long ago. Bobbi’s writing is always great, and I would love to sit down in my recliner and read her new book. But we know that’s not going to happen right now, don’t we? Order your copy of The Ghost and the Church Lady today. Better yet, if you are not familiar with Bobbi’s work, order every book in the series. You’re going to anyway once you get hooked, and you will. Don’t believe me? The first book in the series, The Ghost of Marlow House, is free on Amazon. Check it out!

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. I guess somebody needs bail money.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Watching Over Me: A Psychological Thriller, the first book in the heart-racing Crime After Crime series by M K Farrar and M.A. Comley. Trust me, this British crime writing duo know how to keep readers on the edge of their seats from the first page to the last! 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.

Thought For The Day If we’re ever in a “Don’t laugh” situation, you probably shouldn’t look over at me.

A Busy Week

 Posted by at 12:47 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 272022

It’s been a busy week for us, and we’re not done yet. On Monday we had appointments at LabCorp to get blood draws for routine upcoming appointments with our primary care doctor. The lab is only a couple of miles from the house, and we were in and out pretty quickly. Like every place seems […]

Beware Of Scammers

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 262022

I received a letter yesterday from the “Property Records Office,” but with a Tampa return address on the other side of the state. It instructed me to send $89 to receive the deed to my house. Not sure what that was about, I called the Volusia County Records office and was told by a clerk […]


 Posted by at 1:01 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 252022

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally. Q. We were just at the Tampa RV show, the first one we have […]

Jan 242022

My CPAP machine has a reservoir that has to be filled with distilled water every day. It seems like it uses a lot compared to some people I have talked to in the online forums, but other people say they also have to refill the reservoir on a daily basis. Terry’s AeroGarden also uses distilled […]

Kayaks And CPAPs

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 232022

We love the memories that daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Destiny left us with after their visit, but we sure wouldn’t have minded at all if they had taken the cold and windy weather back home with them to Northern Arizona, where it belongs. I don’t think it got out of the mid-50s all day yesterday, […]

Jan 222022

Wow, it sure seems quiet around here now that our daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Destiny are back home in Arizona. As I said in yesterday’s blog, the girls flew out of Daytona Beach at 6:30 AM, which means they had to check in at the airport at 4:30. Since Terry and I seldom get to bed […]

A Paddling Day

 Posted by at 1:06 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 212022

Yesterday was the last full day for our daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Destiny to be with us, and since it was one of the few nice days weather-wise while they have been here, we decided to introduce them to kayaking. You might think that people who live in Arizona don’t have enough water to go […]

Muscle Car Shortage

 Posted by at 12:49 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 202022

If you grew up like my kids did, with a father who loves classic cars, it’s probably not too surprising that my daughter Tiffany has a fondness for muscle cars. I came of age in the era of the muscle car and had a bunch of them when she was a kid. So she definitely […]

Jan 192022

It has been unseasonably cold here in Central Florida, which has curtailed some of the things we wanted to do during our daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Destiny’s visit from Arizona. But we’ve still had some adventures and a lot of laughs. Today I’ll bring you up to date on some of them. In previous blogs, […]

Jan 182022

Before I do anything else, I want to thank everybody for your wonderful e-mails, text messages, blog comments, and Facebook comments congratulating us on our 24th anniversary. Terry and I read each and every one of them, and you all touched our hearts. Unfortunately, there were so many that I’d still be trying to reply […]

Jan 172022

In my last blog about my short time selling automobiles, I told you about one of the easiest sales I ever made, an older gentleman who took a taxi to the dealership and drove out with a new truck and did not want to waste any time negotiating, he just wanted the sticker price so […]

A Dolphin Day

 Posted by at 1:09 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 152022

When granddaughter Destiny was just a baby, we went with her and her family to SeaWorld in San Diego, where her big sister Hailey got to swim with the dolphins. That is something that Destiny has always wanted to do, and I promised her that when she visited us in Florida someday, I would make […]

Making Memories

 Posted by at 12:47 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 142022

We spent yesterday making memories with my daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Destiny. Memories I hope they will cherish for a long time because I know we will cherish making memories with them. We started the day by going down to our fishing pier to see the launch of a Space X rocket from Cape Canaveral. […]

They’re Here

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 132022

My daughter Tiffany and her fourteen-year-old daughter Destiny were scheduled to arrive at the Daytona Beach International Airport at 11:24 yesterday morning. We got a bit of a late start leaving, and traffic was heavier than usual, but we still got to the arrival gate at 11:10, only to read a display is saying that […]

Today’s The Day!

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 122022

We’ve been looking forward to it for quite a while now and it’s finally here. Today is the day that my daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Destiny arrive from our old hometown of Show Low, Arizona for a visit. Tiffany has been here a couple of times already, and we always have a great time with […]

It’s Official

 Posted by at 12:48 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 112022

I am officially a fat old fart. Yesterday I was outfitted with a CPAP machine. I have had sleep apnea for years and it’s been getting worse over time. I was prescribed the machine several months ago, but like with so many consumer goods, there is a shortage of them and it just came in. […]

Not Worth The Risk

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 102022

In yesterday’s blog I told you that we had gotten my pontoon boat out of the garage and onto the scissor trailer in anticipation of taking my daughter and granddaughter out on the water when they get here, as well as enjoying some fishing. The boat comes with two batteries, though it only needs one […]

We Have Been Busy

 Posted by at 1:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 092022

My daughter Tiffany and her daughter Destiny will be here in just a few days, and in the meantime, Terry and I have been very busy trying to get some things wrapped up before they arrive. So in today’s blog I will try to bring you up to date. I mentioned the other day that […]