Tractors And Typos

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 242024
 

After a light breakfast of berries and cream along with half a bagel yesterday morning, Terry guided me as I backed the tractor off the flatbed trailer. I had left it on overnight after getting back from the dealership for its 50-hour service. After parking the trailer, I spent a couple of hours on the […]

Good Eats

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 132024
 

The weatherman had said that the weekend’s rain would taper off Monday morning and be gone by midday. But I guess Mother Nature never got that memo, because yesterday was a cold, breezy, and very wet day across much of Alabama. That didn’t stop Ben from Absolute Power Solutions from coming out first thing in […]

Feb 092024
 

Two chapters, actually. That was yesterday’s accomplishment working on my newest book, Big Lake Accident, and I did the same the day before. So things are moving along pretty well. I’m past the halfway point now, and I think I have an idea who is responsible for the crime in this one. Then again, I […]

The Drought Is Over

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 062024
 

Most of Alabama has been suffering from a severe drought for months now, but I’m pretty sure that’s over after the last two weeks. Between the heavy rains we got the last week of January and more rain on Sunday, with accumulations of two to three inches or more both times, and another storm that […]

Barn Project Part 4

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 302024
 

In yesterday’s blog, I told you that on Sunday our son Travis and I started taking down a wall to access a room in the barn that was not being used, to give me more space for my Kubota tractor and other equipment. By the end of the day, we had the plywood off both […]

A Hint Of Spring?

 Posted by at 1:23 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 272024
 

After a couple of days of almost nonstop rain, we had blue sky and pleasant temperatures yesterday. I was pleased to see that our backyard, which at first looked like it was just as saturated as it had been before we had the French drains and the regrading done, was looking much better because so […]

Coming Down In Buckets

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 252024
 

It hasn’t just been raining here for the last 24 hours, it’s been coming down in buckets. Big buckets! The storm system making its way across the country brought so much rain to our area of west-central Alabama that I’m pretty sure our drought must be over, or at least close to it. We had […]

Whodunit?

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 242024
 

Yesterday was a good writing day for me, working on Big Lake Accident, which will be the 24th book in my Big Lake small town mystery series. I was able to get another chapter done, and then more than half of a second chapter, for a total of about 3,500 words. Not my most prolific […]

Jan 222024
 

As I said in yesterday’s blog, the area at the bottom of our deck steps is muddy, and Alli keeps tracking it inside. So we went to Lowe’s and bought some paver blocks to put there. I’m no block layer, but I was hoping to at least cover up enough of the area that she […]

January Q&A

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 182024
 

Q. What are the sizes of Terry’s raised planter beds and do they have a bottom enclosed? A. They are 8 feet long and 2 feet wide, and they do not have a bottom. Q. After reading your blogs, I have decided you both work way too hard! I thought you were retired? Of course, […]

What Storm?

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 132024
 

For all the talk about bad weather coming through and the possibility of severe storms, even tornadoes, Terry and I must have slept through it. Because when we woke up yesterday morning we were asking ourselves, what storm? We never heard anything, and while the ground was wet when I looked outside, there were no […]

Jan 122024
 

Terry had a follow up appointment at the Center for Rheumatology in Northport yesterday. After the terrible bout of illness she had back in September, which nobody has ever nailed down the cause of, our primary care physician sent her there to be checked for things like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. After her first appointment […]

Back To Big Lake

 Posted by at 1:01 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 032024
 

It was 32° outside when we got into the hot tub last night. Some people might think that’s insane, but it’s actually very comfortable the minute you step into the water. And since it’s only three steps from the tub to our bedroom door, we don’t have time to get cold when we get out […]

Off To A Good Start

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 022024
 

Is there a better way to start off the first day of a new year than cuddling in bed with the person you love, talking about how lucky we are to have each other and to have the life we share together? If there is, I don’t know what it would be, and that’s just […]

Friday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 292023
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, my writing activities, 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.Do you have any New Year’s resolutions, Nick? A. I don’t […]