A Wet, Wordy Weekend

 Posted by at 12:20 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 182024
 

I don’t know how much rain we got between Friday and last night, but it seemed like it was quite a bit. There were a couple of real thunder boomers when it poured, and other times there was no more than a drizzle broken up by periods of partial cloudiness. It was a good weekend […]

It’s So Quiet

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 152024
 

After having our daughter and granddaughter visiting us from Arizona for a week, it’s so quiet here with them gone. ☹ We miss them already. Heck, we missed them by the time we were out of the airport yesterday. I talked to Tiffany last night, and they were home safe and getting settled back in. […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Big 50!

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 162022
 

I have a birthday coming up in the next few weeks, but that’s not the reason for today’s blog title. That birthday happened almost 20 years ago. But I achieved another milestone yesterday when Pucker Factor, the 11th book in my John Lee Quarrels mystery series, went live on Amazon. This is my 50th book, […]

Nov 242021
 

Yesterday was a wordy day for me. I started out by making a bunch of corrections to chapters that had been proofread by Judy and Roberta, and then I wrote another 2,500-word chapter in my new Big Lake book. I’m getting there, slowly but surely, but I still have no idea who the bad guy […]

A Non-Event

 Posted by at 1:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 082021
 

Thank you to everybody who expressed concern for our safety in the last couple of days, but as we expected, Hurricane Elsa was pretty much a non-event for us here on the central Florida coast. Sometime in the very early hours of Wednesday morning I woke up to the sound of rain coming down pretty […]

The Outer Banks

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 012021
 

Note: This is a blog post about one of our favorite places from our days as fulltime RVers. Terry and I drove to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Most people think that the aviation pioneers made their first flights at nearby Kitty Hawk, but it was actually a couple of miles south at Kill Devil […]

Lots Of Good News

 Posted by at 12:49 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 242021
 

After reading yesterday’s blog, I got private messages or e-mails from at least half a dozen people who wanted to know how our first night on our new Denver Mattress went. When I laid down, I didn’t experience the almost immediate backache I have been getting, and when I rolled onto my left side to […]

Watering And Writing

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 102020
 

That’s pretty much what I’ve been up to the last few days, watering the new plants we put in and writing my next Big Lake book. As I said in a blog the other day, our yard guy didn’t realize the perennial peanut plants we put in were supposed to be there. He thought they […]

Sep 152020
 

I have a problem with my wife and I just don’t know what to do about it. I know what I should do about it, but that’s not going to happen. You see, my wife is the best cook in the world, and she makes wonderful treats all the time. It’s something she loves to […]

Aug 072020
 

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 […]

A Poorly Planned Scam

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 022020
 

We all know there is a scammer born every minute, and sometimes two or three, I think. And while some of them are quite clever, others are so poorly planned that it’s almost pathetic. The other day a friend contacted me asking how far we are from Port Orange, Florida, which is a suburb of […]

I Have Been Ablated!

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 202020
 

Thanks to all of you who sent e-mails, text messages, and made Facebook comments about the RF nerve ablation on my back yesterday. We had to be at Park Place Surgical Center in Maitland, Florida, at 2 p.m. We always try to arrive early for an appointment, especially to a place we haven’t been to […]

Terry’s New Toy

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 142020
 

A few years ago when my first novel, Big Lake, made the New York Times bestseller list, we celebrated by buying a new Breville toaster oven for Terry. She has said many times that it’s one of the best purchases we ever made, and she has used it for everything from baking bread to making […]

It’s Not Over

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 062020
 

Just because the media has been focusing on George Floyd’s murder and all of the protests and looting that have followed, don’t think for a minute that coronavirus isn’t still out there. Two weeks after they opened the beaches here in Volusia County, Florida and huge crowds showed up from all over the state, the […]

Feb 232020
 

The hardest part of any visit with the people we love is saying goodbye. Especially as we get older and realize that any goodbye could be the last one. And so it was yesterday when it came time to leave our old hometown of Show Low, Arizona. We were up and all packed and had […]

Shaving The Mango

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 102020
 

Boy, doesn’t that sound like the title to a bad 1970s porn movie? Not that I’ve ever seen a porn movie, mind you, but I had a friend who saw one and he told me all about it. But we’ll get to that in a minute. First, let me tell you about yesterday morning. You […]

Building Stuff

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 072019
 

Our two Honda EU2200i generators weigh 46.5 pounds empty, and when you add almost a gallon of gasoline, which weighs about 6 pounds, they far exceed the 25 pounds my doctor told me I should limit myself to with my bad back. So moving them around and taking them outside to use is problematic. We […]

Sep 052019
 

As I write this, a little before midnight on Wednesday, I keep thinking about the fact that when I wrote my blog 24 hours ago, Hurricane Dorian was bearing down on us and we didn’t know what the night might bring. What it brought was a lot of wind and a lot of rain, but […]