Mar 012024
 

We had a lot of rain this week, which left the raw dirt in our backyard and pasture from digging up and replacing the septic drain lines saturated, turning it into a giant mud bog. According to the weatherman we are going to have even more rain today. We really need a few dry days […]

Dust And Dog Poop

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 082024
 

Terry was feeling much better yesterday, so after a quick breakfast of toasted bagels we hooked our cargo trailer to the truck and drove into Northport to go to Lowe’s. We’ve been trying to decide what to use to enclose the bottom of the office area now that we have it insulated, and decided to […]

Ticks And Pallets

 Posted by at 1:21 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 292023
 

Terry had a follow up visit at Pickens County Primary Care yesterday morning to go over all of the tests they ran on her when she was so sick and to check on her status now. While she is feeling much better, she still tires easily, and she has a loose cough that she says […]

Friends Old And New

 Posted by at 1:12 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 082023
 

We started the day yesterday by driving into Northport with the cargo trailer to pick up woven wire cattle panels that Travis and Terry both needed for gardening projects from Tractor Supply. The panels were 16 feet long by 40 inches wide, and the trailer is only 14 feet long, but I had looked at […]

Timed It Right

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
May 182023
 

Yesterday started with a visit from a nice gentleman named Lamar, who operates an exterminating service called Pest Man. I had been referred to him by longtime reader Donald Hann, who lives in nearby Reform, when I mentioned the carpenter bees that were boring holes in a rocking chair on our front porch as well […]

Feb 242023
 

Yesterday was a busy day for us and we got a lot accomplished. I know because my credit card started crying by the end of the day. And I also realized I must be old. We started the day at Gordo Tire Center, where I had them repair the tire from our cargo trailer that […]

Feb 192023
 

It was not quite as cold yesterday, though that’s not to say we were under a heatwave. After an overnight low of 25 degrees it climbed up to 57 by the afternoon, with winds in the 10 miles per hour range. And wonder of wonders, the sky was blue and there was no rain! We […]

Gifted

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 172023
 

Most of the western side of Alabama was under severe storm watches yesterday, including here in Pickens County. There was a tornado watch in effect from noon until 8 p.m., but thankfully, all we got was some rain. Like we needed more rain, right? Travis and Geli came over to be near our tornado shelter, […]

Feb 152023
 

Even though we are finished with the move from our old home in Florida to our new place in Alabama, we still have quite a way to go before life gets back to normal. Today our son Travis and his wife Geli are going to come by and help us unload the cargo trailer, which […]

Feb 132023
 

For me at least. Terry and I slept in, and it was so nice and comfy to be back in our own bed, in our own house, that even after we woke up, we stayed there cuddling for a long time. Eventually we did get up and Terry made French toast for brunch. Then I […]

Home At Last!

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 122023
 

It was still raining when we woke up yesterday morning and the weather map showed that most of Alabama was socked in, and it wasn’t going to change anytime soon. We took advantage of the free breakfast at the Hampton Inn in Dothan and then set out on the last leg of our trip home. […]

Glad That’s Over

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 112023
 

I said in yesterday’s blog that we only had a few things left to pack at our Florida house, and that with any luck at all we’d be on the road by noon. We actually pulled out of the driveway at 11:30, me driving the pickup pulling the cargo trailer and Terry following in her […]

Almost Done

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 102023
 

We hit it hard yesterday, and by the end of the day over 99% of the packing and loading was done. That included disassembling Terry’s two big Glamakra looms. I spent most of the day loading the cargo trailer while Terry was busy packing things in boxes, including her collection of antique Aladdin lamps, which […]

Feb 072023
 

Knowing we had a relatively easy drive ahead of us, we dawdled a bit yesterday morning and did not leave the hotel until a little after 10. We filled the truck’s tank with gas before getting on the interstate, and I computed we were getting just over 10 miles per gallon pulling the empty cargo […]

Feb 012023
 

Yesterday started off with a visit from my friend TW Robinson , author of the excellent books The Retirement, and How To Self-Publish Your Book For Free And Not Get Conned. Besides being a great guy and fun to hang out with, TW is a retired Tuscaloosa police officer with a lot of stories to […]

It’s Here!

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 132023
 

Our big moving weekend is here, and I have no idea how it arrived so fast. We still have so much to do, but we’ve made a lot of progress. We finally finished getting the cargo trailer loaded yesterday, except for a few little spaces that we can poke some lightweight stuff into. As I […]

Slowly But Surely

 Posted by at 12:29 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 122023
 

We are making progress on our upcoming move, getting things packed and loaded into the cargo trailer slowly but surely. As I said in the blog the other day, it’s like the only way you can eat an elephant, one bite at a time. I’m amazed at how much we are able to cram into […]

Back In Florida

 Posted by at 7:53 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 062023
 

Believe it or not, Miss Terry and I have been waking up at 7:30 every morning for almost a week now. And not to pee and go back to bed, either! With so much to do, we need a much earlier start to the day. But my natural night owl system is not fond of […]

Jan 052023
 

I was going to say that we are headed home today, but then I had to stop and ask myself if that was accurate. Technically, I guess our house in Florida is still our home, since most of our stuff is there, our mail is still going there, and our drivers’ licenses and license plates […]

Jan 042023
 

Yesterday we closed on our new house and acreage in Alabama as we start a new chapter in our lives. As I wrote a few days ago in my blog post Making A Big Change, we bought a house out in the country on almost eight acres, a half hour west of Tuscaloosa. It is […]