Some Assembly Required

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 012018

Happy New Year everybody! I hope this year brings you lots of love, health, happiness, and adventure. I always think of the first day of a new year like I’m opening a new book full of blank pages. I wonder what those pages will hold this time next year?

In yesterday’s blog I told you about mounting our Rad kayak hoists in the garage and getting our Old Town Predator kayaks off the floor and up in the air to give us more space. In the picture of the red kayak, a couple of people spotted what they thought was a baby crib and asked if Terry and I were going to be making any announcements. Actually, it’s a baby changing table, but don’t get excited. We are out of the baby business.

Terry bought it at a yard sale when we were first furnishing our house and thought she would use it for holding yarn in her loom room. As it turned out, that didn’t happen and it got delegated to the garage where it now holds the electric blender I use for chopping up fish heads and things like that to make chum when we go fishing.

With the kayak hoists out of the way, we had new projects to work on. We don’t really buy Christmas gifts for each other, because when one of us wants something we usually just go and get it. But this year we did treat ourselves to a couple of pieces of exercise equipment.

One was a Sole F-63 treadmill to replace the worn out old NordicTrack that came with our house. After months of looking on Craigslist, at yard sales, and at thrift shops for a used treadmill in decent condition, and finding either overpriced junk, or underpriced junk, or just junk, I bit the bullet and decided to buy a new one. The Sole is not the fanciest unit on the market, and it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles that some other higher-priced models have, but the reviews were very good for our needs. And we got a killer price as an after-Christmas sale.

While we were buying it, Terry found a Bowflex Max Trainer M3, something she’s been wanting for a long time, so I asked if we could get it better deal if we bought two things at once. What the heck, it never hurts to ask. And as it turned out, we did!

The big boxes with the two of them barely fit into the back of Terry’s Chrysler Pacifica, but the guys at Dick’s Sporting Goods managed to get them in there. Of course, with just the two of us, getting them back out was more of a chore. But we managed to get it done. Then came the assembly.

At least the instructions were pretty clear, and with me providing a little bit of help on some things, like moving the heavy pieces or holding components in place while she attached the fasteners, Terry put them both together. Here they are, ready to use. Here’s looking to a healthier, and hopefully slimmer New Year for both of us!

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Congratulations Yvonne Rising, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Coast to Coast With a Cat and a Ghost by RVing author Judy Howard. We had 73 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – I’d like to thank the person who told my mom WTF means Wow That’s Fantastic. Her texts are so much more interesting these days.

Nick Russell

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

  8 Responses to “Some Assembly Required”

  1. As a father of many kids (my youngest is 25) I put together a LOT of stuff Christmas eve over the years and I have to say the phrase “Some assembly required” still gives me the chills!

    I still remember when the ride around toy came with two left pedals… that was Christmas eve 1976, I was at a light house in Washington state (LightStation Pt Robinson). Took me a little while down in the shop you reverse the one assembly.

    Have a great 2018 & thanks for the memory!

  2. I did a double take on this post- with your title. I regularly read a blog with the overall title Some Assembly Required. Hope your exercise plan works out.

  3. Exactly what I’m looking for. Funny .. a treadmill came with my house too, but it’s on it’s last leg. Maybe the sale will still be going on by Jan 30 when I get there!!

    Happy New Year Nick and Terry …. hope it’s a wonderful one!!!

  4. Nice looking clothes hangers there Nick. What can I say, that’s what my treadmill turned into.

  5. Happy new year,,,, you might wanna go check your roofer bullet holes

  6. They all turn into cloths racks eventually. Good Luck.

  7. We used to have our own workout room when we owned a house and a downsized version in the apartment. Now we’re Fulltiming we take what we can get.
    That Bowflex Max Trainer M3 is a serious piece of exercise equipment. I see new wardrobes in one couples future.
    Wishing you both a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year.

    It’s about time.

  8. Happy New Year to you and Miss Terry. I enjoy reading your blog.

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