It’s April Already?

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 012024
 

Can you believe it’s April already? I can’t. I think it was just a week or so ago that we were buying Halloween candy. Where does the time go? I don’t know, but it goes darn fast when you get to be our age. But that’s all right, because I get to spend it with […]

She Spoils Me

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 302024
 

We all know that Miss Terry spoils me. Whether it’s her delicious meals, a tray of piping hot peanut butter cookies right out of the oven, or a birthday cake every year. Not to mention doing so much to keep our home and business running smoothly and helping me with my physical issues. Yes, I […]

Mar 292024
 

After a delicious breakfast of Terry’s blueberry pancakes, I started yesterday by answering a bunch of e-mails, and then making the corrections that Roberta had sent me for the last chapters of Big Lake Accident. When I was finished with that, I printed the entire manuscript out for Terry to begin a final read through. […]

Merry Christmas!

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 252023
 

Merry Christmas, everybody! Did Santa bring you everything you wanted for Christmas? I hope so, and I hope you are surrounded by people, or at least one special person that you love today. A year ago today, my Christmas present to all of you was the release of Big Lake Drunk, the 22nd book in […]

The Real Work

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 232023
 

I spent all day yesterday fine tuning my new John Lee Quarrels book, Jackpot. After making the corrections suggested by my proofreaders, I then spent several hours running it through ProWritingAid. It is a program I recently acquired that is designed to help authors polish their work before publication. It has a lot of tools, […]

Dec 222023
 

In yesterday’s blog I told you about all the work our son Travis and I accomplished on Wednesday, cutting up some downed trees and limbs and running them through the wood chipper. But I didn’t tell you about the beautiful Christmas gift Travis made for us. I’ve shown you some of the barn quilts he […]

A Cleanup Day

 Posted by at 12:59 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 212023
 

Yesterday, our son Travis spent the day helping me clean up some of the downed trees and limbs from last summer’s big storm. It’s a project we’ve been wanting to get to and finally had the time to tackle. Between our two Stihl chainsaws and the Kawasaki Mule and DK2 wood chipper, we were well […]

It Was A Long Day

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 202023
 

Yesterday started with a 7:30 AM phone call from our son Travis,saying that his wife, Geli, was broken down in Bessemer, up near Birmingham. Geli works nights as the clinical director at a hospital there, and she had just gotten off her shift, stopped for gas, and got on the highway when her car went […]

Mar 192023
 

Yesterday morning a crew from ProScape was back out here again, tackling another problem related to our drainage issues. Long before we bought the house the area around the culvert under the driveway had caved in on one side, completely blocking the opening. Obviously, if water can’t flow through the culvert, it’s going to back […]

Mar 172023
 

Terry has gardening fever, and I blame it on our son Travis. I’ve told you before that Travis is an avid and successful gardener, and ever since we first looked at our property here in Alabama he’s been telling us about all the options we have for growing vegetables. That’s something Terry has always wanted […]

A 5K Day

 Posted by at 12:56 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 172022
 

No, I don’t mean one of those days where you dress up in spandex and join a bunch of people running and getting sweaty. I sweat enough just sitting still, and seeing my fat rear-end in spandex would not be a pretty picture. Running? If I really have to, I can manage a fast waddle, […]

A New Boss In Town

 Posted by at 1:08 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 162022
 

While we were on our trip to Arizona back in May, our son-in-law Kenny cooked a couple of great meals for us on his Traeger pellet smoker, including this delicious pork roast. We have had an Orion charcoal convection smoker for years and have always been pleased with the food it puts out, but the […]

A Busy Day At Home

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 152022
 

Even though we never left the house except for me going out to the mailbox in the afternoon and taking out the trash in the evening, we had a very busy day at home yesterday. I started out by answering a bunch of e-mails, including some that apparently came in during our trip that got […]

Light And Honey

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 142022
 

In a blog post a while back titled Let There Be Light (And Wind) I told you about the 22-inch Jinweite ceiling fan that Terry ordered off of Amazon and we installed in our bedroom. As I said in that blog post, I liked it so much that I had Terry order another one for my office. […]

Sep 052021
 

It took a long time and a lot of digging and frustration, but I finally got the last of the root balls from our banana palms dug out, and no more shoots were coming up over the last month or so. Now it was time to plant something else where those nasty, shedding things were. […]

Five Quick Q&A

 Posted by at 1:09 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 042021
 

It’s late and I have to be up early, so all you’re going to get today are some quick questions and answers that have come in recently. Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll be able to have a longer blog for you. Q. My sister and her husband had been displaced by Hurricane Ida and we’re letting them […]

Sep 032021
 

In a blog post a couple of days ago, I said that in anticipation of Hurricane Ida hitting the Gulf Coast and shutting down refineries and oil rigs, as well as the Labor Day weekend coming up, I thought it might be a good idea to fill up the gas tank on Terry’s Chrysler Pacifica. […]

Mar 062021
 

I have wanted to go fishing for a long time now and yesterday was a perfect day for it, with temperatures in the mid-60s and lots of sunshine. Terry didn’t quite feel up to going out on the boat or the kayaks, so I went down to Anchor Hardware, a mile or two from the […]

Jul 042020
 

Before I do anything else, let me wish our country a happy birthday. It seems like a bleak time in America right now, and it is, with all the political division, the racial strife, and a pandemic that is dividing us in so many ways. But there is something about this country that people need […]

Jul 032020
 

For as long as I can remember the media has been accused of being dishonest, corrupt, and no more than a purveyor of lies. Especially when they report a story that offends a reader’s political or religious leanings. But the reality is that most small town newspapers have always strived to serve their communities by […]