A Lot Going On

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
May 192017

Now that we are getting closer to the end of the month and to the start of our summer travels, we have a lot going on. We don’t have an exact departure date yet because I have an appointment with my new doctor at the VA Medical Clinic in Daytona Beach on May 31st. Assuming he doesn’t want to schedule me for any tests or some kind of a follow-up visit, we hope to be on the road the first week of June.

In the meantime, my son Travis and his wife Geli will be here next week for a few days, and we’re getting ready for their visit. Don’t ask me how this happened, but while I am a confirmed meat and potatoes man, my son and his wife are vegans. I may need to have a DNA test done just to check on that paternity thing.

With the batteries topped off and the tires aired up, we moved the Winnebago back to the storage yard until we are ready to start loading it for our trip. We have plenty of room to leave it parked on the concrete apron in front of the house, but the rules in our little community say it can only be there for a few days for loading and unloading. Folks are pretty mellow about things like that and nobody seems to have a problem with it. In fact it was parked here for over a week when we were moving into the house but I try to get along with people and don’t want to push things.

One concern we had was leaving our house unattended for so long. Our little community is very safe and there aren’t many problems, but things do happen. Of course, it won’t be completely unattended, since my friend Jim Lewis lives just down the street and has a key and will be coming by to pick up our mail and check on the house every day or two.

But just in case, I ordered a security system from SimpliSafe and it arrived yesterday. So part of today’s activity will be getting it installed. It’s a wireless system and it looks like it’s pretty easy, and will include 24/7 monitoring. I probably went a little overboard in the number of sensors and motion detectors and such that I ordered with it, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind. I looked at several different companies but SimpliSafe was one of the best recommended around. I have a friend who was in the security business for most of his life, and he told me if he were going to order a system it’s what he would get.

Along with the security system, yesterday UPS also delivered printed copies of The Gecko In The Corner, the second book in my John Lee Quarrels series. If you prefer printed books over e-books, you can order your copy today on Amazon.

When Miss Terry and I were out running errands yesterday she spotted this hawk standing in someone’s yard. We watched it for a couple of minutes as it just enjoyed the sunshine, then it flew up to the roof of a house.

It hadn’t been there more than a few seconds when a small black bird came down and landed beside it. I told Terry the newcomer was going to become the hawk’s dinner if it wasn’t careful. Boy, was I wrong! The next thing we knew the little bird was on the attack, diving at the hawk that was many times its size like some crazed Kamikaze or something. The hawk wasn’t having any of that and it took off, looking for someplace more peaceful to hang around.

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Thought For The Day – No matter how rich and famous you become, the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.

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  4 Responses to “A Lot Going On”

  1. Be sure to ask Stu if you have any questions on the SimpliSafe system. We love ours! We have a motion sensor in the living room, pointed towards the kitchen. We have a glass breakage sensor there as well as our webcam. It’s always fun to check the webcam, even though the only thing that changes is the clock on the wall and the amount of light coming in.

    We also bought several random timers to turn lights in different rooms on at various times during the day. http://amzn.to/2rz1dkT

    We turned our water off at the road, drained the lines at the faucets & toilets – but this was for winter since we snowbird in FL. We also turned off the breaker for the water heater.

  2. Nick,
    What about “Black mold, and Mildew from a closed up house in FL for summer months?
    A/C settings are what?85-90?

  3. Norm,
    We have a friend who will be coming by every day or two to monitor things and open a few windows for a couple of hours as needed.

  4. Nick,
    We’ve been using the Simplisafe system at our home for the past 9 months. We’re part timers so we’ve probably been home for about 5 of those months. Anyway, we’re very pleased with it. They always check in promptly if I put it in test mode. That’s reassuring. Be sure to print out the certificate for your insurance company. Might save you some money. My county does not require a registration with the police department, but it’s good to check with them as many do. My biggest worry was false alarms, and I’m happy to say we have had none! Oh, and check to make sure the batteries in those sensors are securely snapped in. I had one that I was certain was defective, but after taking the battery out a couple of times and snapping it in good, it’s been fine. Enjoy your trip!

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