An Outside Day

 Posted by at 1:08 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 252024
 

The weather was beautiful yesterday, with a high in the upper 70s, which made it a great day for working outside. Like most people in the rural South, we have a burn barrel, though I would much rather recycle whenever I can. The problem is that nobody in Alabama seems to understand or care about […]

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 […]

Nobody Reads Anymore

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 172024
 

Note: This is a repeat of a previous blog post that I thought was worth sharing again. As an author, and as someone who loves to read, I am constantly perplexed why anybody would not want to. And sometimes it’s depressing. All that time spent sitting in a classroom learning how to read, and so […]

Will It Ever End?

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 162024
 

The thunder rumbled and the rain poured for much of Thursday night, but had pretty much stopped by the time we got up yesterday morning. It rained a bit off and on through the day, but nothing that amounted to much, and not nearly as much as the weatherman had predicted. However, we’re supposed to […]

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. […]

Corporate Thinking

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 192024
 

I got a flat tire on my Kubota tractor when Travis and I were taking down the wall in the garage and clearing everything out last week. We found the hole, which looks like it may have been made by a nail, and since I have a tire repair kit, it shouldn’t be much of […]

Hot Tub Update

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 282023
 

In yesterday’s blog, I mentioned that three different readers suggested we shock the water in our hot tub with a heavy dose of chlorine and see if it helped with the water turning green. We did that for two days in a row, and by yesterday afternoon, the water had cleared up and was looking […]

Nov 272023
 

The Earthquake 33968 K32 wood chipper/shredder I bought from Amazon back in June is an excellent unit for what it is designed for. It handles branches up to three inches and assorted brush fine, but it proved inadequate for the larger branches and limbs we have down on our property from a windstorm a few months […]

Saturday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 252023
 

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.Where can I find The War Years? I have been trying […]

Down To The Wire

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 292023
 

We’ve only got a couple more days before Terry’s folks arrive from Arizona for a week-long visit, so we are down to the wire trying to get things done before Wednesday. There’s a lot we want to get done, and hopefully we’ll accomplish it all. Yesterday, I use the weed eater to trim up around […]

Priceless

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 282023
 

Here is my version of the old Mastercard ads we all used to see on television. House on 8 acres in the country – $319K High tech Garrett metal detector – $569 Bear Legit compound bow – $459 Finding the $6 arrow you lost in the grass – Priceless I said in a blog post […]

Oct 262023
 

We had to go into town yesterday to get several things done, the first being to stop at Tuscaloosa Tractor to pick up the three-point hitch adjusting arm I had on order. As I said in a blog post the other day, our friend Justin Abrams was able to fix the one I have now, […]

So Cold It Burns

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 282023
 

Years ago I spent a terrible winter living in Minnesota, and I realized that you have to give a lot of credit to the Swedes and Norwegians who settled that wild country back in the old days. These are people who got on wooden ships and used crude navigation tools to get across a treacherous […]

Jun 242023
 

Yesterday was a good writing day for me and I managed to get about 3,000 more words done in my new Big Lake book. And as happens so many times, the characters threw me a curveball and took the story off in a whole new direction from where I thought it was going. That’s why […]

Jun 222023
 

Today the most beautiful and amazing woman I have ever known celebrates her birthday. My darling Miss Terry starts another year around the sun, but in reality I am the one who gets the present, because I get to make the trip with her. I am beyond thrilled and humbled (and more than a little […]

Wet And Soggy

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
May 212023
 

A few days ago, Travis and Geli came over and helped me get the mid-mount mower out from under my Kubota tractor and the brush hog mower attached to the three-point hitch on the back of the tractor. Getting everything lined up for the three hitch connections was a challenge, and then, as always, hooking […]

Critter Scammers

 Posted by at 1:04 am  Nick's Blog
May 202023
 

I got a lot of response to yesterday’s blog about maybe getting a pet or two, in blog comments, comments on Facebook, and some emails. The consensus seems to be that we will know when the right animal(s) comes along, and Terry and I both feel that way. It’s no secret that there are a […]

Apr 062023
 

April is a month full of birthdays for our family. I don’t know what everybody was doing in every summer, but they darn sure were busy! Sunday was my late brother Jack’s birthday and Tuesday was my late sister Janet’s birthday. They have both been gone for many years. Today is our son-in-law Kenny’s birthday. […]

Hoss Stealing

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 062023
 

I have joked many times before that I come from a long line of riverboat gamblers and horse thieves. I based that simply on the knowledge of the kind of people I come from, but until now I had no proof of that. So imagine my delight when I was going through some new family […]

I’m Living A Lie

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 052023
 

Yes, I write about fictional towns and people in my mystery novels, but it turns out that my life is fiction, too. At least according to the people at UPS. A week ago I ordered a toothbar for my tractor’s loader bucket. They are steel “teeth” that bolt onto the bottom edge of the bucket […]