Oct 142021
 

We woke up to a surprise yesterday morning, an unexpected deposit from Social Security into our checking account for a rather large sum of money. I usually get my Social Security direct deposited on the third Wednesday of the month, and Terry’s comes in on the fourth. Yesterday was only the second Wednesday of the […]

Jesse Makes A Door

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 192021
 

I’ve told you before about all of the things our neighbor Jessie Bolton does to help us with projects around the house, and we always appreciate him. He just finished another one that we really wanted to get done. When we bought the house, the door in our guest bedroom had a hole in the […]

I Snuck Out

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 182021
 

While Terry was editing and proofreading another six chapters of my new Big Lake book, I snuck out for a while yesterday afternoon and went to the gun show at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in Deland. I’ve owned more guns in my life than I could begin to count, but only once have I owned […]

Nothing Changes

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 172021
 

When I wrote that I was ordering a new truck a while back, someone asked if I had considered the Ford Lightning, their new electric pickup. No, it wouldn’t meet my needs at this time. But it’s interesting seeing all of the feedback on electric cars on social media. I can’t count the number of […]

I Make The  Rules

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 152021
 

I really ticked off someone who is now a former blog reader because I deleted two comments he made in my post A Grim Reminder Of The Past about the Oregon Holocaust Memorial. I very seldom do that, but in this case, his comments were antisemitic and offensive, claiming that the Holocaust never happened and […]

A Water Play Day

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 052021
 

I know that I said in yesterday’s blog that I hoped to knock out a couple more chapters in my new Tinder Street book, but that didn’t happen. The weatherman said we are looking at the last few decent days we may be able to expect for a long time, with temperatures supposed to be […]

Laying Down Words

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 042021
 

Because I have to do so much research on everything for the time period, I’m behind schedule on my new Tinder Street book. I need to really pick up the pace if I want to meet my self-imposed deadline of having it out by the end of the month. Especially since my daughter Tiffany is […]

Apr 032021
 

We may not be in Kansas anymore, but I kind of wonder if Kansas showed up here on the Central Florida coast yesterday. It was so darned windy here that when I went out to get the mail, I kept my eyes on the sky so a flying house didn’t land on me. The temperature […]

Apr 022021
 

Several blog readers have asked me how Terry and I are feeling after getting our shingles vaccinations on Wednesday afternoon. As I said, I had a big lump on my arm, and both of our arms hurt all night long. By yesterday evening, mine was tender but not sore anymore, though Terry was still experiencing […]

Patience Tested

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 012021
 

I had my patience tested yesterday. As it turns out, I am negative. We had a lot to get done yesterday and we only accomplished about half of it. But in the process, I certainly got my patience tested. And I’m the first to admit that I’m not a patient man. We had to go […]

Back At It

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 102021
 

The events of the last few days have occupied a lot of my time, and I will admit that I have been rather snippy with some folks who believe that the insurrection we saw happening on Wednesday is all a plot by far left liberals or that COVID-19 is all a hoax. I just don’t […]

A New Day

 Posted by at 12:24 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 082021
 

I know that a lot of us are numb from yesterday’s events in Washington DC, and I think we will be for a while yet. But it’s a new day, and while we should never forget the treacherous activities of the mob of terrorists who attacked the Capitol, let’s try to focus on some other […]

My Heart Hurts

 Posted by at 12:48 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 072021
 

Like millions of other Americans, my heart hurts for our nation following the violence at the U.S. Capitol yesterday. My heart hurts and I am ashamed of the country I fought and bled for. The right to peacefully protest is protected by the Constitution of the United States, but nowhere does it allow damaging and […]

No Need To Water

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 232020
 

When Jake from Lindley’s Garden Center planted our new citrus trees on Saturday he said they needed to be watered every day for four weeks, and to continue watering our perennial peanut plants with the soaker hoses once every three days or so for a while yet. I always try to listen to the experts, […]

It Was A Better Day

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 222020
 

Yesterday was a much better day than the day before. A little before noon, a nice young man named Jake from Lindley’s Garden Center arrived to plant our three new citrus trees. After helping us determine where we wanted them in the yard, Jake dug three holes. Then he planted each tree carefully, building a […]

Oct 092020
 

Or even dark of night could keep us from finding funny and oddball mailboxes as we traveled the country in our motorhome, and we’ve collected pictures of some interesting ones along the way. I posted a blog with some of our favorites a couple of years ago that was well received, and ever since, readers […]

Cornwall Iron Furnace

 Posted by at 12:18 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 082020
 

Located a few miles south of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, the Cornwall Iron Furnace is a fine example of the early industrial activity that helped make America a world power. Typical of the furnaces which dotted the Pennsylvania countryside in the 18th and 19th centuries that supported the thriving local iron industry, Cornwall Iron Furnace is the […]

Three Pebbles

 Posted by at 12:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 112020
 

The days of our nation’s westward expansion fill the pages of history with stories of newfound wealth, people acquiring land that they could never have if they had not chosen the difficult and sometimes dangerous path West, and many times, tragedies. This is the story of one such tragedy. When a young woman from Elmore, […]

Dec 082019
 

Before I do anything else today, I want to wish my dear friend Jim Lewis happy birthday. I’m not going to tell you how old Jim is, but let’s just say that what we all studied as history in high school was current events for Jim. And now, on to Christmas shopping. Miss Terry is […]

Mar 252019
 

Sometimes I want to find the person that invented the Internet and poke his eyes out. Does anybody know where Al Gore is hanging out these days? Yeah, yeah, I know he didn’t say exactly that, but somebody somewhere had to come up with the idea, and whoever that person is, I hate him (or […]