Nick’s Blog

Jul 052021
 

Yesterday we had some friends come over for a little get-together to celebrate the 4th of July. With COVID-19 on the run and everybody vaccinated, it was time to have a little celebration. Terry smoked a turkey breast in our Orion convection smoker, and there was no question that it was going to be a […]

Happy Birthday America

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 042021
 

We have a lot of problems in this country and so much division right now that it is saddening. But I’ve been to a lot of places and seen a lot of things in close to seven decades on this earth, and there is no doubt in my mind that we still live in the […]

Jul 032021
 

Note: This is a repost of a blog about our travels in the Pacific Northwest when we were fulltime RVers. We woke to a gray foggy morning yesterday, and I would have loved to roll over and go back to sleep, but we had a lot of miles to cover. The shortest route between the […]

July Q&A

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 022021
 

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 subscribed to your Gypsy Journal until you quit and trust your recommendations. […]

Jul 012021
 

I wrote in Wednesday’s blog that I didn’t get any writing done that day, but I made up for it yesterday. I started out fixing the plot hole in my new Big Lake book that I mentioned in Wednesday’s blog, and then I started cranking out words. I had a good writing (actually narrating) day, […]

Half Gone?

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 302021
 

Half a year gone already? Where does the time go? I can remember as a kid when summers seemed to last thirteen months. I guess all those people who say that time goes faster as you get older know what they’re talking about. It being the end of June, we are already ten days into […]

Jun 292021
 

Note: This is a blog post from our days as fulltime RVers. On a visit to Cape Cod we came across a windmill that most RVers could identify with because it seems to have a bit of gypsy in its soul. The historic Jonathan Young Windmill, located just off busy Highway 6A in Orleans, has […]

A Beachy Kind Of Day

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 282021
 

We had to go back to Best Buy in Daytona Beach yesterday to order something that we couldn’t figure out on their website. It’s always fun to wander around there and look at all the new tech toys, but there was nothing I really wanted or needed. I don’t know if there’s a big sporting […]

Jun 272021
 

I have received e-mails from not one, not two, but three different blog readers telling me that I have been taking some terrible risks lately and warning me of dire consequences I may not be aware of. These people aren’t talking about me being clumsy and falling up the steps or driving on our local […]

Jun 262021
 

Note: I was busy writing and editing all day yesterday and ran out of time, so this is a repost of a blog from six years ago about good times on the Oregon coast. Yesterday we got to see a lot of breathtaking views, made some new friends, and had seafood for dinner. It just […]

Eaten By A Trash Can

 Posted by at 12:54 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 252021
 

Wednesday night was one of those nights where I just couldn’t get to sleep, no matter how hard I tried, and I was up and down all night. For some reason, my ribs were aching terribly on the left side, which is the position I sleep in while spooning Terry. So when I finally did […]

None Of Our Business

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 242021
 

When I was a youngster my dad used to say that “Kids today don’t know how good they have it.” I suspect he wasn’t the first one to say that, and I wouldn’t be surprised if George Washington’s father didn’t say something similar way back then. But I do have to say that a lot […]

Jun 232021
 

You may remember that I’ve said many times that when we have storms coming through the area, they usually split and go north and south of us by a few miles, leaving us dry for the most part. But the last two days we have had a couple of big storm systems roll through, bringing […]

Jun 222021
 

Today is a very special day at our house because it’s Miss Terry’s birthday. Try as I might, I have never been able to figure out what this beautiful, intelligent woman sees in me or why she chooses to spend her life with me. But I am so happy she does. We all know she […]

Hot Weather RVing Tips

 Posted by at 12:24 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 212021
 

Note: With the heatwave blanketing so much of the country, I thought I would repost this blog on ways to make life more comfortable in an RV in hot weather. The thermometer has been flirting with the 95-degree mark, which is a reason a lot of people stay out of Florida in the summer. The […]

We Got Geeked!

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 202021
 

Just as we and many of the working RVers we knew during our years as fulltimers, our good friends Jim and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour have taken a new course in life. While we hung up the keys completely, Jim and Chris downsized to a Roadtrek B van, and are still traveling part […]

Are You Serious?

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 192021
 

I get a lot of e-mails every day from people asking questions about my books, RVing, or life in general. Many times I share those questions here in the blog if I think they would be of interest to other readers. But sometimes I get an e-mail asking me something and I have to scratch […]

Back At It

 Posted by at 12:18 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 182021
 

In yesterday’s blog I told you that I got about 4,000 words written in my new Big Lake book on Monday, but by the end of the day my right wrist and hand were aching so much that I couldn’t get anything done on Tuesday. However, thanks to healthy doses of ibuprofen and arthritis strength […]

They’re Back

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 172021
 

In a blog post less than two weeks ago I told you that my son Travis and his wife Geli removed the banana palms at the edge of our driveway, which didn’t produce edible bananas but did make a mess all the time. Here’s a picture of what it looked like when they were done. […]

Two Historic Forts

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 162021
 

Note: This is a repost of a blog from our travels on the Oregon coast, one of our favorite places in the country.  We had made arrangements to tour Fort Clatsop, where the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent a cold, wet winter after arriving on the Oregon coast at the end of their epic journey […]