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Stuck In Park

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 272020
 

Help! I seem to be stuck in Park and am not able to get myself back in gear. As I said in yesterday’s blog, I didn’t do much at all Christmas Day except chat with some friends online, do an online jigsaw puzzle, and cook steaks on the grill. My plan for yesterday was to […]

A Quiet Christmas

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 262020
 

How is everybody doing today? Did Santa Claus bring you everything you wanted for Christmas? If not, maybe it’s because you are not a good little boy or girl. But then again, being naughty has its benefits, too. Right? We had a quiet Christmas here at home, just the two of us. The morning started […]

Merry Christmas

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 252020
 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Seasons Greetings, or whatever sounds best to you. Wherever you are and whoever you are with today, I hope you are surrounded by love and happiness. No matter what your religious beliefs are, if any, this is a time of year to be happy. You have more important things to do […]

A Tale Of Two Mixers

 Posted by at 11:38 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 242020
 

It’s no secret that Miss Terry loves to cook; it’s one of the many things she excels at. And there is no question about it, I enjoy all the wonderful things she makes. Over the years, she has accumulated many top-quality kitchen tools and appliances, which she takes very good care of and appreciates. So […]

Dec 232020
 

This is our lovely daughter-in-law, Geli, getting her first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine yesterday morning. Geli is a nurse and works at a hospital in Birmingham and has been dealing with Covid patients since the very start of the pandemic. We and her husband, my son Travis, have all been worried to death […]

Last Q&A Of The Year

 Posted by at 12:47 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 222020
 

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. When you had your RV, did you take the battery out over the […]

Dec 212020
 

Judge Roy Bean, the famous Hanging Judge from Langtry, Texas, was a larger than life Old West figure, and it is sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction when talking about his adventures. This is further complicated because Bean was a shameless self-promoter who made up plenty of wild tales about his exploits, and then […]

It’s Big!

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 202020
 

Terry has been a bit under the weather the last few days, but that did not stop her from finishing weaving this beautiful blanket she made for our granddaughter Destiny. It is 100% pure Shetland wool and big, measuring 52×80 inches before the finishing and final processing. I love the colors and patterns. This was […]

Just Taking Up Space

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 192020
 

I did not get a lot accomplished yesterday except for a teleconference with a nurse practitioner from Dr. Creamer’s office, the doctor that did my RF nerve ablations. They were done six months ago today, and it was a follow-up to see how I am doing. I told her the difference is amazing from how […]

Dec 182020
 

As I’ve said before, during my days publishing small town newspapers I always enjoyed a good relationship with the local law enforcement community. At least for the most part. There was one exception that I will talk about some other time. Sometimes this resulted in some wild adventures. I was doing a ride along with […]

Dec 172020
 

As I said before, I have used a headset microphone to dictate my books for a long time, and a while back I decided I needed to upgrade so I purchased a Blue Yeti Nano standalone microphone. It took a couple of attempts to get it set up properly and it works, although it’s not […]

Dec 162020
 

Born into slavery, Sojourner Truth was a remarkable woman who threw off the shackles of oppression to become a leader in social reform in a time when any woman, let alone a black woman, had no business making a public statement. Named Isabella Baumfree when she was born near Kingston, New York in approximately 1797, […]

Dec 152020
 

Never underestimate the power of sniveling. If done properly, it can have amazing results. Trust me, I’ve made sniveling my life’s work, and I know of which I speak. In a blog post a few days ago titled Apparently, I’m Snippy, I wrote that a package I had sent to a friend in Brainerd, Minnesota […]

Stealth Rockets?

 Posted by at 12:39 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 142020
 

We live on the central Florida coast, just about exactly halfway between Daytona Beach and Cape Canaveral. If you have been reading the blog for very long, you have seen our pictures of rocket launches that we take from our yard, or sometimes from our private fishing pier on the Intracoastal Waterway. I was never […]

Dec 132020
 

I got off to a good start yesterday working on my new John Lee Quarrels mystery and kept at it pretty steadily for most of the day. By the time I knocked off late in the afternoon, I had done 5,575 words, which is a pretty good day’s writing. Or dictating, in my case. I […]

Same Old Same Old

 Posted by at 1:17 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 122020
 

Yesterday was pretty much like the day before, and the day before that, and the day before… well, you get the idea. We got up and I checked my email, answering the most important ones and saving the others for later, then we had brunch, which was some of Terry’s yummy overnight yeasted homemade browned […]

Dec 112020
 

Yes, I’m snippy. Who knew? At least that’s what somebody at the United States Postal Service told me yesterday, and who am I to argue with a heavily armed, disgruntled postal worker? On the 2nd of December, I sent a Priority Mail package from the post office here in Edgewater, Florida, to a friend in […]

Where Did The Time Go?

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 102020
 

Where did the time go? Can you believe that it will be Christmas in only fifteen days now? And that three weeks from today we can finally say goodbye to 2020, a year that I think we can all agree really sucked. I just hope that when 2021 rolls around and hears us complaining about […]

One’s On The Way

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 092020
 

I stole today’s blog title from an old Loretta Lynn song, and I think it’s kind of appropriate. I told you last week that I got Terry an AeroGarden as an early Christmas present, and she got it all set up and ready to go. And one of the seed pods that she planted in […]

Dec 082020
 

Miss Terry has put a lot of her things on hold the last few weeks to help me get my new book, Big Lake Hoarder, out. She is my first editor and proofreader, and I would be ashamed to send the first draft of a manuscript to Judy and Roberta, my other proofreaders, until Terry […]