Nick’s Blog

Mar 192018

We had a busy weekend, and by the end of the day yesterday we had finished paneling one of the 50 foot long walls of the garage, except for trim pieces. Cutting the paneling to fit around the two windows was the most time-consuming part.

That’s the longest continual wall. The front and back are 20 feet wide, but much of the front is taken up by the big double garage door, and the back has a regular door and two windows on it.

The other long wall is attached to the house and broken up by double French doors leading into Terry’s loom room. There is also a work shelf along that wall, complete with a sink, and then there is the urinal. So while it take longer to do because of all the cutting we will have to do around windows and doors and such, we feel like we got a lot accomplished in just two days.

But that project is going to have to be on hold for a while, because we’ve got a busy week ahead of us. We both have chiropractor appointments this morning as well as on Wednesday, and Friday, and this afternoon I have an appointment at the VA Medical Clinic in Daytona Beach. Then tomorrow, Terry has an appointment with the eye doctor down in Titusville, and sometime Wednesday afternoon my cousin Berni Frees, her husband Rocky, and Rocky’s mom Shirley are stopping in to visit and spend the night before they head back to Michigan. I’m going to see if I can convince them to stay a little longer. It still cold in Michigan!

Somebody asked how my back was holding out with all this work we have been doing in the garage. Terry and I are both a bit stiff and sore, of course, which is to be expected when you take on a project like that, but overall I can’t complain. Three times a week chiropractic adjustments by Dr. Meloney Thomas at Coastal Integrative Healthcare have done wonders for me in a very short amount of time.

Something else that has helped a lot is my back’s new best friend. Last week the folks at Coastal Integrative Healthcare set Terry and I both up with these wonderful inflatable back braces from Disc Disease Solutions. They are amazing, and the second I put mine on and inflated it, I felt a tremendous amount of pressure come off of my lower back.

We wore them while we were working in the garage, and though they made it a little hard to bend over (like my big gut doesn’t make it difficult enough already), the comfort level they gave us was dramatic. Where has this thing been all my life? Weeks ago the VA was supposed to order me some sort of back brace, but it still hasn’t come in. I think I’ll just tell them tomorrow to cancel the order because I don’t need it any longer. I don’t see how it could possibly be more effective for me than the DDS 500. I would recommend that anybody dealing with back problems look into one of these braces. It’s a game changer for me.

With Bike Week over, hopefully traffic on our local roads will be a bit less congested. Of course, we still have a lot of spring break kids in the area, but most of them are at the beach soaking up the sun and getting drunk.

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Congratulations Aletrice Hughes, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series. We had 67 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – I always wondered what the job application is like at Hooters. Do they just give you a bra and say, “Here, fill this out?

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 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 12:29 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
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