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Only My Ego

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 012021

After reading yesterday’s blog, titled Stuck On A Sandbar, a couple of readers wanted to know how our muscles felt after not kayaking for so long, especially after getting our second round of vaccine shots a week ago today. Someone also asked if I hurt myself falling on my butt a couple of times trying to get back in my kayak.

We were both aware of the fact that we had been using some muscles we had not used in a while, but as they say, it was a good hurt. Neither of us felt any difference in our arms at the injection sites. In fact, except for just a slight redness on my shoulder, I can’t even tell where mine was. As far as hurting myself falling on my rear end, the only thing I bruised was my ego. But that happens on a regular basis anyway, so it was no big deal.

In that blog post, I mentioned the fact that I’m not very good at backing up short trailers, although I do seem to be getting a little bit better at it. A couple of people have suggested mounting a trailer hitch on the front of the pickup, saying it’s much easier to launch and retrieve a boat that way. It’s something to consider. Then again, I could just practice and learn how to back up a trailer properly.

My 1999 Ford F-150 is a good truck, but it’s showing its age, and lately it feels like the transmission is beginning to slip just a bit. I need to take it down to Leon’s Automotive and have them go through it and see what issues it has.

Both the truck and our 2005 Ford Explorer (our daily driver) have served us well, and the Explorer has a lot more miles on it than the pickup, both in being driven and towed behind our motorhome. With both vehicles, we have asked ourselves several times when will we reached the point where they are not worth repairing? Replacing a transmission or something like that would probably cost as much as the vehicle is worth. I do have my Mustang, which after two and half years still has just 1,150 miles on, and we have Terry’s Pacifica, which is what we take on road trips.

We have talked about trading the two older vehicles in on a new pickup and making that our daily driver. My accountant keeps telling me I need to spend some money or else give it to the government in the form of taxes. So Saturday, I went to Mullinax Ford to look at F-150 pickups with the automatic backup assist Tow Technology package. That would sure make backing up a boat easier. Do any of you have that feature on one of your vehicles? If so, what do you think of it?

Mullinax didn’t have anything that met all my needs in stock or available anywhere in a four state region, and if I am going to buy anything new, I won’t compromise and take “almost” what I want, just like I wouldn’t on the Mustang. So if I want one, I’m going to have to order it.

But wait, there’s more! Terry and I both like the Ford Expeditions, and we have talked about replacing the Pacifica with one of them, and it seems that the Expeditions also have the same Tow Technology program. That’s something to think about, too. We haven’t made any decisions yet, and until I have Leon’s look at my F-150 and tell me what’s going on with it, we won’t. I guess only time will tell.

Congratulations Yvonne Rising, winner of our drawing for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. We had 42 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with U.S. addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

Thought For The Day – I made a huge To Do list for today. I just can’t figure out who’s going to do it.

Stuck On A Sandbar

 Posted by at 1:04 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 282021

Our neighbor Jesse Bolton came over the other day and reconfigured some of the changes he made to the kayak trailer, lowering the front bar so that the kayaks sit fairly flat and are easier to load back in from the water. So Friday, Miss Terry and I decided we should give it a try […]

My Biker Phase

 Posted by at 12:53 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 272021

My love affair with motorcycles started when I was a teenager. I bought my first bike, a 1967 Triumph Bonneville T120 with a 650cc engine, with money I earned mowing lawns and shoveling snow. A year or so later I bought a 750cc Norton Commando. I rode both of those motorcycles everywhere I could until […]

Feb 262021

As I recall, I was somewhere around 27 or 28 years old when I started my first weekly newspaper. It was quite an experience, and I learned a lot about the newspaper business and business in general, in a relatively short time. I was always fascinated by how successful business owners advertised. I learned fairly […]

Feb 252021

In yesterday’s blog, titled The Day After, I said that except for a large red welt on my arm at the injection site and Terry having some joint aches, we really didn’t have any negative side effects from our second round of Moderna Covid-19 vaccinations. There is a possibility I may have spoken too soon […]

The Day After

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 242021

I’m writing this blog early, actually about 4:30 PM, which makes it about 25 hours after we got our second Moderna Covid-19 vaccinations Monday afternoon at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. Several friends have asked if we had any bad reactions to the shots. We have had a few side effects but nothing to fret about […]

Stab And Go

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 232021

No, that’s not the name of an all-night convenience store in the bad part of town. It was just our experience getting our second round of Moderna Covid-19 vaccinations yesterday afternoon. Okay, I made up the stabbing part. It was more of a jab. Okay, I made that up, too. The reality is that with […]

Today’s The Day!

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 222021

This is a red-letter day for us because it’s the day that Terry and I get our second Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations. We have been looking forward to this for a long time, and though, as I’ve said before, we will continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing, we feel like a large weight […]

Feb 212021

We took the kayaks down to our boat launch to try out the new trailer configuration yesterday. The results were good, even very good, but not great. Not yet, anyway. Launching them was a piece of cake, especially since Jesse backed the trailer down the ramp. I really have to work on my backing-up skills. […]

Feb 202021

Miss Terry and I love our Old Town Predator kayaks. While they are not the fastest kayaks on the water, they are strong and stable, and easy to maneuver. When we bought the kayaks, we also bought a Boonedox T-Bone Bed Extender to make it easier to carry them in the back of our short-bed […]

February Q&A

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 192021

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 are stuck in Oklahoma working traveling nurse jobs and freezing our butts […]

Flitz To The Rescue

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 182021

A lot of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that I am a gun guy, and I have several. Since moving to Florida it’s been hard to find a convenient place to shoot, except for some private gun clubs whose annual membership dues are more than I can justify or […]

I Have Proof!

 Posted by at 12:24 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 172021

There is an old saying, well at least as old as the Internet, that if you don’t have pictures it didn’t happen. When a guy brags about a fish he caught, a deer he shot, a woman he met, or a classic car he had, people say if they can’t prove it with a picture, […]

Light Painting

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 162021

After reading yesterday’s blog titled That Could Have Gone Bad, several readers have asked me what light painting is. To be honest, I don’t know enough about it to explain it well, except to say that it is a form of abstract photography that involves keeping a camera shutter open and moving light(s) to create […]

Feb 152021

My son had an incident Saturday night that could have gone bad but fortunately did not, because everyone involved kept their cool. He is an amazing photographer, and one thing he is doing a lot of is something called light painting, where you turn off all the lights, or go out on a dark night, […]

Green Thumb Girl

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 142021

Quite a few readers have asked how things are going with Terry’s AeroGarden, as well as the citrus trees and perennial peanuts we planted in our yard. Overall, things have been successful, though there have been a couple of setbacks. A week or so ago, we had a cold snap come through Central Florida, with […]

Feb 132021

In yesterday’s blog I told you about sitting in the Devil’s Chair during our visit to the cemetery at the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. The small community was established in 1875, and visitors still come today to talk to the many mediums and spiritualists who inhabit the camp. During our visit we stumbled upon a delightful […]

The Devil’s Chair

 Posted by at 1:04 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 122021

Long-time readers of my blogs or the Gypsy Journal know that Terry and I enjoy visiting old cemeteries. Some people might think that’s morbid, but to us, it’s always interesting. It puts your own life in perspective when you see how many people, especially women, died at early ages back in the “good old days.” […]

That’s Frustrating

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 112021

Thank you to everybody who purchased my new book Fresh Out Of Mojo, downloaded it to read for free on Kindle Unlimited, and told their friends about it. The book is off to a good start, thanks to all of you. One person did say they had a problem with the language and violence in […]

And That Makes 44

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 102021

My new John Lee Quarrels book, Fresh Out Of Mojo, is now available on Amazon. This is my 44th book and my first book for the new year. I normally publish four books a year, but the pandemic kept us home more than usual in 2020, and I had a lot of time to write, […]