Nick’s Blog

Retired? Not Us

 Posted by at 12:49 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 052021

The other day someone referred to Terry and me as enjoying our retirement here on Florida’s Central Coast. We both had to laugh at that because even though we are of an age to draw Social Security and get Medicare, we are far from retired.

When our insurance company refused to cover treatment for Terry’s cancer 21 years ago, our retirement and all of our savings pretty much disappeared overnight under a mountain of medical bills, and it took us many, many years to get back on our feet. So now we work toward building funds for the day we may slow down. But as long as our health and our mental faculties still work, I don’t think we’ll ever completely retire.

Part of that is because I love writing books I usually spend anywhere from five to ten hours a day, seven days a week at my desk writing and researching.  I spent several hours yesterday doing just that, first making some corrections to chapters for my new book that Terry and Judy had already proofread before sending them on to Roberta, my third proofreader. Then I wrote another chapter of about 2,500 words. But to me, that’s not work.

That wasn’t the only thing I did yesterday. I also cleaned out our Ford Explorer to get it ready to take to the dealer’s to trade in, hopefully sometime this week, when my new truck arrives (yes, I’m still hopeful). It was low on gas, and I didn’t really want to fill the tank just to trade it in, so I brought out one of the cans of gas we keep on hand for our Honda generators during hurricane season and pumped it into the tank.

A while back, my buddy Jim Lewis gave me a handy dandy Turbo Pump, and this battery-powered device is worth its weight in gold. It took less than three minutes to empty the five-gallon can into the tank with no muss and no fuss. If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for somebody, this is one I would strongly recommend.

Speaking of gifts, one of my kids gave me a shirt for my birthday that I never got around to wearing until yesterday. Now I think it may be my favorite shirt. After all, it matches my beard and hair pretty well, don’t you think?

Miss Terry got herself a new shirt the other day, too. Fans of the modern-day western television series Yellowstone will understand what it means. If you don’t, I guess you’ll just have to start watching it.

I also got Terry an early Christmas gift, a steamer that she wanted to use for her different weaving projects. Hey, maybe I didn’t go to Jared, but at least it’s not a toaster or a vacuum cleaner, right?

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Luminous: The Story of a Radium Girl by Samantha Wilcoxson. It’s a novel about Catherine Donohue, who worked at Radium Dial in Ottawa, Illinois, and the secret lurking in the greenish-grey paint the company used that magically made things glow in the dark. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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 this evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

Thought For The Day – Arguing with a woman is like reading an entire software license agreement. In the end, you just ignore everything and click “I agree.”

Saturday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 042021

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 have been looking online at real estate listings for your area in […]

I’m Not Buying It

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 032021

By now, we’ve all heard that actor Alec Baldwin claims he’s not to blame for the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the Rust movie set. Baldwin says that if anyone is to blame, it’s the unknown person who put a live round of ammunition into the revolver before it was handed to him. […]

Words And Toys

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 022021

Yesterday was more of the same, working on my new Big Lake book. I got in another 3,000 words or so, and I’m getting very close to the end. I’m figure I’m somewhere around 80% of the way, give or take a bit. Of course, it doesn’t help that the darn characters keep confusing me […]

Dec 012021

Note: I was busy writing all day and ran out of time, so here is a blog post from our fulltime RVing days about some uniquely named Pennsylvania communities. No, that’s not a reference to my sex life. Blue Ball and Intercourse are two communities in Lancaster County, the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch country.  […]

Nov 302021

We watch a lot of true crime television shows because even though they have a lot of inaccuracies; showing a picture of a revolver when they’re talking about a semi-automatic pistol, for example, I do occasionally pick up an idea to use in one of my mystery books. We were watching one last night showing […]

Friends New And Old

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 292021

I can’t tell you when we first met Jay and Gwen McMichael. It may have been way back in 2010 when they were fairly new to the fulltime RV lifestyle. We were staying at Fisherman’s Landing RV park in Muskegon, Michigan and they were parked near us and introduced me to their pet turtle, Randy. […]

It’s A Truck

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 282021

As some of you know, back in late May or early June, I put in an order for a new Ram Laramie pickup. I was promised it would be here months ago, but it’s still on order at the factory waiting for parts, even though dealers are getting lots of 2022 models in. The hangup […]

Back To Work

 Posted by at 12:21 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 272021

With Thanksgiving out of the way it was time to get back to work yesterday, if for no other reason than to work off the tryptophan from all that Thanksgiving turkey. My Mom used to always say that’s what made you tired after you got done eating on Thanksgiving, although some experts would disagree. I […]

Beyond Stuffed

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 262021

If you are like us I’m sure you were beyond stuffed by the end of the day yesterday. I wasn’t able to step on the bathroom scale this morning because when it saw me coming it started running. Friends invited us for Thanksgiving dinner, and what a meal it was! They provided the turkey and […]

Happy Thanksgiving

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 252021

Happy Thanksgiving everybody. Whoever you are and whoever you are celebrating the holiday with, I hope you have a wonderful day filled with good food, good companionship, and love. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this year. Over all, our health is good for a couple of […]

Nov 242021

Yesterday was a wordy day for me. I started out by making a bunch of corrections to chapters that had been proofread by Judy and Roberta, and then I wrote another 2,500-word chapter in my new Big Lake book. I’m getting there, slowly but surely, but I still have no idea who the bad guy […]

How Do You Holiday?

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 232021

Note: This is a repost of a blog from November of 2017 that I think a lot of my RVing readers will still find interesting.  This time of year I always seem to get a lot of emails and see a lot of comments on social media from new fulltime RVers and RV snowbirds wondering […]

Nov 222021

Yesterday was our friend Jennifer’s birthday, and the original plan was to go to Mount Dora for the Renninger’s Antique Extravaganza, which is held three times a year. It’s one of our favorite events and Terry and I have been there a couple of times browsing acre after acre of vendors selling everything from antique […]

Plugging Away

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 212021

I’ve spent the last couple of days plugging away at my new book, Big Lake Ranger, which I had hoped to have out by the end of the month. But I am way behind schedule and I’m not going to make that goal. At least maybe I’ll have it done by the end of the […]

It’s Almost Time

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 202021

It won’t be long now, it’s almost time. Before you know it people will be climbing over each other to get into stores to get the best deals for their holiday gift shopping. Let the insanity begin! Of course, these days it seems like retailers are pushing Christmas before the last echoes of the Independence […]

Nick Got Wired

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 172021

We’ve all seen the TV shows where a police informant is wearing a wire to get the bad guy to confess to whatever the crime of the week is. Sometimes that goes well for them, and sometimes it all blows up in their face. You never know what those darned writers are going to do. […]

Nov 162021

Note – This blog is about a day trip we took to the charming Gulf Coast city of Galveston a few years ago. Visitors to Galveston, Texas may be confused because the friendly little city seems to have a split personality, it being both southern and western. The residential neighborhoods with their stately Victorian homes […]