Shiny Wheels

 Posted by at 12:18 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 212017

There was a 4×8 foot piece of white plastic trellis leaning against the outside of our garage when we bought this place, and we wanted to use it to enclose the propane tank we had installed for Terry’s new Samsung gas range. Yesterday I brought it out onto the big concrete apron in front of the garage to see what kind of condition it was in.

It looked pretty grungy, so the first order of business was to clean it up. A while back I purchased a Karcher pressure washer from Amazon, after seeing how well my buddy Greg White’s worked, but I hadn’t had a chance to try it out yet. This seemed like a good time.

Of course, before I could do that, I had to put it together. Yes, those three most feared words in the English language, Some Assembly Required. But with Jim’s help, it didn’t take all that long.

I was impressed with how well it worked on the lattice, and using diluted Awesome cleaner in the pressure washer, in no time at all I had it looking presentable.

While I was doing that, Terry decided to trim the dead fronds off of the small banana palm trees at the edge of our driveway.

With the lattice cleaned up, I decided to pull the Explorer to the garage and wash it, too. It really needed a bath and there was a lot of road grime that didn’t want to come off, even with the help of the pressure washer. About halfway through, Jim commented that there were nice, hard-working young men at the car wash who would do all that for me for a few bucks. I believe in keeping the economy stimulated, so that’s what I’ll do next time around.

My friend Dennis Hill is a big fan of having shiny wheels on everything he drives. His car, his motorhome, his motorcycle, those wheels have got to shine. I bet he spent a lot of time polishing up his roller skates when he was a kid!

Me, I’m more of the “Why clean it, it’s just going to get dirty again” school of thought. However, Miss Terry doesn’t always agree with my slovenliness. The wheels on our Explorer always seem to be grimy, especially the front wheels, which pick up a lot of dust or something from the brakes. I can have the SUV cleaned at a car wash and they will be sparkling when I drive out, but a week or so later they are grungy again.

Terry decided that she was going to clean the wheels, using the same diluted Awesome solution, and she wasn’t buying my theory about how it was a waste of time because they would just get dirty again. Rather than try to argue her out of it, I just stepped aside and let her have her fun. Doesn’t she look like she’s having fun?

And the end results would make my buddy Dennis proud! Look at the reflections in that wheel’s spokes.

Apparently trimming trees and washing wheels wasn’t enough to keep her occupied, so later on Terry made a delicious dinner of pork chops, wild rice, scallop potatoes, and veggies. Yes, I know. I don’t deserve her. Just ask her mother.

One upgrade we made to our house that we are really enjoying is a powered screen for the garage. Here’s the garage with the door closed (top) and with the screen closed (bottom). We like it because it lets a lot of air into the garage, people from the outside can’t see in, but we can look out, and it keeps the bugs out in the evening when we’re playing darts out there.

The rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center that got scrubbed on Thursday went off yesterday evening. We didn’t get around to going down to our fishing pier to watch the launch, but Jim and I did go outside to see the rocket soaring towards outer space.

Good news for readers who prefer print books over e-books! Four more of my titles, Big Lake Abduction, Big Lake Celebration, Return to Dog’s Run, and Stillborn Armadillos are now available in paperback editions from Amazon.

And speaking of books, along with washing the lattice and the Explorer, and eating all of Terry’s good cooking, I also cranked out another 2400 words in my new one yesterday. My main character, Florida deputy sheriff John Lee Quarrels, has definitely gotten involved in a mess this time. I don’t know what’s going to happen next, but he’s sure got his work cut out for him seeing this one through!

If you like good romance books, be sure to enter this week’s Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Starlight Magic, from her popular Northstar romance series To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name 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.

Thought For The Day – Direction is more important than speed. A lot of people are going nowhere fast.

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  3 Responses to “Shiny Wheels”

  1. My wife is a professional house cleaner and uses Awesome all the time and says it’s the best there is. She uses it full strength. Best part is, she gets it at the Dollar store for a buck !!!

  2. Nick I am interested in what screen you purchased and from who. It looks good and I need one here in northern MI…….mosquitos are terrible in the spring here.

    Thanks in advance.

  3. Dave, a place called Skeetr Beater in the Daytona Beach area sells and installs them. Not sure who might in your area.

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