Better Late Than Never

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
May 042021
 

I usually put out four books a year but last year I did six. Part of that was because with the pandemic we weren’t doing any traveling, and part of it was because I wanted to get my new Tinder Street family saga off and running. I had hoped to maintain that schedule this year, […]

And The Rains Came

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 122021
 

I’ve mentioned a couple of times in the blog that rainfall totals for our area of Central Florida are way down this year. We have something like a 5 inch deficit where we are, midway between Daytona Beach and Cape Canaveral. So we have definitely been needing some rain, and we got some yesterday. In […]

Apr 112021
 

Our friend Stu McNicol is on a motorcycle trip from his home in Tennessee down to southern Florida to visit his daughter and some other family members and friends along the way. We were fortunate to be among those friends, and we met Stu for lunch yesterday at Uncle Chicken’s in New Smyrna Beach. We […]

Apr 092021
 

You know you have lived on Florida’s Space Coast for a while when you don’t even pay attention when the news announces a rocket launch and are not aware of it until you hear the sound of the booster rockets on reentry. That was the case on Wednesday when SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket […]

Let’s Talk Turkey

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 082021
 

Smoked turkey, that is. For a long time now, we have been talking about smoking a turkey in our Orion convection smoker, but we never seemed to get around to it. On our last shopping excursion to Publix grocery store a couple of weeks ago, they had turkey breasts on sale, and Terry asked if […]

Mar 122021
 

I have mentioned before that I love doing research for my books, but it can become quite addictive and a time waster if one is not careful. Then again, if you’re learning new things, is it ever a waste of time? I spent much of yesterday working on my new Tinder Street book, knocking out […]

Mar 072021
 

I went down a rabbit hole of research yesterday while trying to clarify some information about divorce laws in the early part of the 20th century for my new Tinder Street book. I knew that divorce was frowned upon back then, but never realized just how much of a stigma it placed on somebody. Ending […]

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 […]

Always Be Vigilant

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 052021
 

It would be nice if we lived in a world populated only by good people who love their neighbors and treat everybody by the Golden Rule. But the reality is that we live in a world where two-legged predators see the old, the weak, and everyone else as fair game. A couple of those types […]

Busy Creating

 Posted by at 12:21 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 252021
 

I had planned on watering our citrus trees and perennial peanut plants yesterday, but sometime early in the morning, we had a pretty good rain and woke up to big puddles in the street, so that saved me one chore. However, it gave us another one to deal with. My Bennington pontoon boat has three […]

Jan 222021
 

Seeing the 21 gun salute rendered for outgoing President Trump on Wednesday reminded me of an incident that I can probably talk about now because I’m sure the statute of limitations has run out. At least I hope so! Many people don’t know that in addition to training officers for the Army, every class at […]

Dec 282020
 

My Bennington pontoon boat has been sitting in the garage way too long. Between my back problems that pretty much incapacitated me for many months and then the hot nasty summer here in Florida, it’s been pretty much a garage queen for well over a year. But my back is doing better, and the weather […]

A Tale Of Two Mixers

 Posted by at 11:38 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 242020
 

It’s no secret that Miss Terry loves to cook; it’s one of the many things she excels at. And there is no question about it, I enjoy all the wonderful things she makes. Over the years, she has accumulated many top-quality kitchen tools and appliances, which she takes very good care of and appreciates. So […]

It’s Big!

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 202020
 

Terry has been a bit under the weather the last few days, but that did not stop her from finishing weaving this beautiful blanket she made for our granddaughter Destiny. It is 100% pure Shetland wool and big, measuring 52×80 inches before the finishing and final processing. I love the colors and patterns. This was […]

Back To Real Life

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 272020
 

I hope your Thanksgiving was as nice as ours. Terry spent the whole day in the kitchen, making a delicious meal of turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie, and lots of other goodies. That seems like a lot of work to me, but she loves it, and the end result is fabulous. As for […]

Oh Hell No!

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 212020
 

The weather has been beautiful here for the last few days, but when I opened my office door yesterday morning to let in the nice fresh air there was a 17 foot long rattlesnake/cobra hybrid on the doormat. I didn’t scream like a little girl, because no sound would come out, even though I tried. […]

Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 262020
 

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 […]

The Rest Of The Story

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 252020
 

In yesterday’s blog, I told you about the tree removal and about us cleaning things up afterward, and about our trip to the nursery to order some citrus trees. But there was more to our day than that. And now, in the words of the late, great Paul Harvey, here is the rest of the […]

Oct 242020
 

We woke up yesterday morning to the sound of a Bobcat in our yard. No, not the wild critter. It was a bobcat used for doing heavy-duty work. The tree removal company that was supposed to be here on Thursday showed up on Friday instead, and by the time I got dressed and walked outside […]

Oct 222020
 

As I’ve mentioned several times, we planted a bunch of perennial peanut plants along the side of our driveway, where we put in a retaining wall to stop erosion from the drainage canal. The folks at Lindley’s Nursery and Garden Center in New Smyrna Beach told us that they are hardy plants that require very […]