A Stormy Sunday

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
May 062024
 

I’m sure glad we got all of our mowing done on Saturday, because all day yesterday we had a series of thunderstorms, with lots of lightning and rain. It was definitely not a day to be working outside! As seems to happen every time we have a bad storm, our T-Mobile internet hotspot went out […]

May 022024
 

Terry has been putting off assembling the last three Vego raised planter beds she ordered a while back because she just has not been feeling up to it. But summertime is here no matter what the calendar says, and it’s only going to get hotter, so yesterday she decided it was time to get it […]

Happy Birthday Geli

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 142024
 

This is a special day for our family because it’s our daughter-in-law Geli’s birthday. This amazing woman works hard keeping others alive as a nurse, and when she’s not saving lives and comforting those who are ill, you can find her helping our son Travis with their chickens, gardens, beehives, and caning and baking. And […]

Critter Care

 Posted by at 1:14 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 132024
 

Having animals is a fulltime job. To be honest, I don’t know if we have pets or if they have people, but I’m beginning to suspect the latter might be the case. Don’t get me wrong, we love our critters, and they each have their own distinct personalities. Alli loves us and wants to be […]

Apr 122024
 

In yesterday’s blog I said that I had released the audiobook of Tinder Street, the first book in my family saga series of the same name, using Amazon’s new artificial intelligence narration. Since then, I’ve heard from several readers who either purchased the book or downloaded the sample and the reports have all been good. […]

Keeping Busy

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 192023
 

After our day in town on Friday, we stayed busy at home yesterday. After a light breakfast of mixed berries and a half bagel each, I spent an hour or so answering emails. One was from an old friend who lives in Minnesota, telling me that she was not ready for their long, cold winter […]

Oct 212023
 

In a blog post the other day I told you that when clearing some brush at our son’s house, I whacked a stump with the blade of my Kubota tractor’s mid-mount mower and bent it. As it turns out, there are actually three blades in the mid-mount mower, and it’s best to replace all three […]

Oct 202023
 

Other activities have been keeping me busy lately and I’ve spent too much time away from the keyboard. It has completely thrown my writing schedule off track and I am way behind where I should be. Writing isn’t just how I earn a living, if I wasn’t making a nickel at it I would still […]

The Kubota Kid

 Posted by at 1:14 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 192023
 

I was a bit apprehensive when I left our house yesterday morning towing my Kubota tractor on the flatbed trailer, only because I had not done that before. But the Ram’s Hemi eTorque engine was more than up to the job and the tractor rode great on the way  to Travis and Geli’s house. They […]

It’s Alive!

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 142023
 

Terry worked feverishly all through the day yesterday doing the final edits and suggesting corrections to my latest book, Big Lake Assault, and I was making the changes as she handed them to me. After so many delays, there was no way I was going to let it go another day before the e-book went […]

Get Ready

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 122023
 

We picked Alli up at the veterinarian’s yesterday morning. This was the first time we had boarded her, and she sure was happy to see us. Since she is a rescue that had been through at least two other homes before we got her, I was afraid she might think she had been abandoned again. […]

Good News For Terry

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 102023
 

We got some very good news when we were at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida yesterday. They told Terry that since it has been 23 years since her fight with stage 4 cancer, during which she got 60 days of radiation and two radiation implants plus weekly chemo, she has passed the window where […]

A Wet Weekend

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 102023
 

It seems like all it did this weekend was rain. We have puddles in our backyard, so I guess that while all of the expensive re-grading we had done may have helped somewhat, it wasn’t enough. I will say that things are much better on the side of the house where it used to stay […]

Another Round

 Posted by at 1:16 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 192023
 

Thanks to everyone who expressed concern for us and for Travis and Geli after all of the storm damage. We are all hanging in there, and it looks like we’re not out of the woods yet. As I write this a little before midnight on Sunday, another round of storms is headed our way and […]

Light Show

 Posted by at 1:17 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 162023
 

When we went to bed Wednesday night we knew that we were going to have some storms overnight, and boy did we get some doozies!  They started about 3 AM, and for the next three hours or so we had a tremendous light show as bolts of lightning shot across the sky and thunder boomed […]

Weather Alert

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 152023
 

There was a lot of thunder and rain Tuesday night, and we were awakened yesterday morning by weather alerts on our telephones informing us that a strong storm system was coming through our area and that we were under a tornado watch. That wasn’t a surprise because the night before, the weatherman had predicted afternoon […]

She Cooks, Too!

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 242023
 

In case any of you have been hiding under a rock and don’t know, in addition to all of the things she does around the house, from installing microwave ovens and splash guards to hanging window blinds, putting together bar stools, and gardening, Miss Terry cooks, too. And that’s what she did most of yesterday, […]

Deadly Crashes

 Posted by at 12:39 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 042022
 

About the time I was posting the blog early Thursday morning, I heard a series of booms and a long rumbling noise off in the distance. At first, I thought it was a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, but I didn’t remember anything on the schedule about a night launch, and then I thought it […]

Mar 032022
 

I spent yesterday working on The Hard Years, the fourth book in my Tinder Street family saga, and the title of today’s blog says it all. Today’s chapters included real-life events from the gang wars in Toledo, Ohio in the early 1930s, the life of a soldier between the two world wars, which could sometimes […]

Looking Pretty Again

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 172021
 

We have had our 2005 Ford Explorer Limited for about eleven years now, and it has always been a good vehicle for us. We set it up to tow behind our motorhome, and in addition to the 133,000 or so driven miles that it has on the odometer, we probably towed it another 75,000 miles. […]