New Year, New Projects

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 012024
 

I hope your New Year’s Eve went well and you didn’t overindulge. But if you did, I hope you did so responsibly because 2024 has a lot of adventures and challenges in store for all of us. Since we moved into our house in January of last year we have been involved in one project […]

New Chimes

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 172023
 

Back in March we bought a set of Wind River Corinthian Bells wind chimes to hang on our back deck, and we have loved the soft, rich sound of them. Made with powder coated aluminum tubes that are individually hand tuned, we bought a set of the biggest ones, in the scale of G. As I […]

Jul 152023
 

I don’t want this blog to become a forum for political debate. There’s enough of that all over the Internet these days. But way back when I was a youngster and volunteered to join the Army, there were a couple of things that really ticked me off. Among them was that at 18 years old […]

Boxer Burglar

 Posted by at 1:12 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 122023
 

I’m a little too young to have taken part in panty raids, which were a popular pastime during the 1950s and early ’60s when young men, usually college students, would descend on female students’ dormitories to steal their underwear. Like other youthful pranks such as swallowing goldfish or stuffing as many people as possible into […]

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 […]

A Hot Harvest

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 012023
 

The temperature here in west central Alabama has been miserably hot this week. The last few days have been in the upper 90s with a heat index of anywhere from 105 to 110 degrees. Yesterday afternoon I had to go out to the garage for something, and the thermometer in there said it was 102 […]

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 […]

December Q&A

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 112022
 

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. We saw a 2019 Winnebago diesel pusher motorhome advertised for […]

Never Left The House

 Posted by at 12:51 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 262022
 

While much of the country was up and out the door before dawn yesterday to stand in long lines waiting to get inside crowded stores, pushing and shoving to get to Black Friday “bargains” that really are not bargains, we slept in late yesterday. We needed to make up for the two early mornings and […]

Ready To Roll

 Posted by at 12:21 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 182022
 

The batteries in all of our security cameras are charged up, I managed to get our Ring doorbell system back working again after it went haywire during the hurricane, the house sitter has the keys, the truck is loaded, and we are ready to roll. Terry has a follow-up appointment with her doctor at the […]

Tuesday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 232022
 

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 sometimes dream about your characters? And if you […]

Almost There

 Posted by at 1:06 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 152021
 

I spent most of yesterday working on my new Big Lake book, stopping for dinner and some television in the evening and then going back to it, finally knocking off about half-past midnight. I’m almost there, and if the stars align today, I hope to finish it. It’s long overdue. Part of the delay has […]

Closer Every Day

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 272021
 

Yesterday was another 6,000 word day in my new Big Lake book. I’m getting closer to the end all the time and should be able to wrap it up in the next two or three days. Then it will go through the last stages of editing and proofreading, followed by formatting, and be out. I’m […]

Nov 142020
 

After having such a rough night on Wednesday night, when I couldn’t sleep, Thursday night was much better for both of us. We both woke up feeling refreshed, and my back pain was greatly diminished. I spent most of yesterday trying to figure out the problem with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and why it suddenly stopped working […]

Stood Up

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 232020
 

I wasn’t completely surprised when the company who was supposed to be here yesterday afternoon to remove the big tree in our yard never showed up or called. In fact, given the way most service companies operate in this area of Florida, I would have actually been more surprised if they did. It seems like […]

Apr 282020
 

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog, a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I don’t have anything else to talk about […]

Let’s Try This Again

 Posted by at 12:51 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 112019
 

As many of you know, we have been fighting with blog issues for weeks now. Sometimes it takes me four, or five, or six more times to get the blog to post, if at all. And when it does post, sometimes readers can’t get to it. Occasionally if they are using something like Microsoft Edge […]

Jan 032019
 

The weather here in Central Florida has been crazy. In the last week we’ve had overnight temperatures that dropped down into the upper 30s, and some days we had to wear jackets when we left the house. Other days, like yesterday, it was in the 80s and the air conditioner was running. I guess the […]

Friday Q&A

 Posted by at 1:10 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 282018
 

I know it’s only been a couple of weeks since my last Q&A column, but I’ve been getting a lot of questions from readers that I thought might be of interest to some of you as well, so here we go. Q. I’m 72 and wondering if it’s “too late” for me, as much as […]

Two Out Of Three

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 102014
 

As I wrote in Tuesday’s blog, we’re parked in the same site here at the Indian Lakes Thousand Trails as where we were two years ago, but in that time the trees across from us have apparently gotten taller because I couldn’t get much of a signal on my rooftop satellite TV dish. We usually […]