Mar 072024
 

One of the nice things about living in the country is that you never know what your neighbors may show up with next. Since we moved here a year ago last January, we have had neighbors drop by to give us baked goods, plants, starter trees, invitations to their churches, and more. Yesterday morning I […]

Oct 302023
 

Jim Summers, my favorite teacher in high school, always told his students that we should set a goal to learn something new every day. It didn’t have to be anything as complicated as quantum physics, it could be as simple as a bit of trivia or history, or how to do something we didn’t know […]

Protecting Her Human

 Posted by at 1:09 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 192023
 

They call German Shepherds Velcro dogs for a reason. Once they find their person, they stick to them like Velcro. Alli was about a year old when we rescued her and she quickly became my Velcro dog. If I so much as get up and walk from one room to the other, she’s right beside […]

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 […]

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 […]

Busy As Bees

 Posted by at 12:49 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 222022
 

Even though I didn’t get any writing done yesterday, we were as busy as bees and got a lot accomplished. After dealing with the morning’s load of e-mail, which seemed to be larger than normal for some reason, including not one, not two, but three different people contacting me who are generals or presidents of […]

Bad Day For Boaters

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 132022
 

It was a bad day for boaters when Hurricane Ian paid us a visit. Not as bad as it was for people over on the Gulf Coast of Florida, where hundreds, if not thousands, of boats were destroyed or damaged, but it was still rough here on the Intracoastal Waterway. This big sailboat broke loose […]

Jun 122022
 

Somebody asked me what it was like coming from the hot, dry desert of Arizona back to hot, humid, central Florida. I lived in Arizona for many years and never believed any of that “it’s a dry heat” nonsense they tell you about the desert. Hot is hot. It’s dry inside an oven, too, but […]

Wake Up, Sleepyhead!

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
May 092022
 

I have to give my ever-patient wife credit, because for the last few days she’d have had better company and more help around the house from a mannequin. I have stopped taking the Delta 8 during the day, only using it at bedtime. Otherwise, the Cymbalta seems to be keeping the worst of my back […]

A Fast Day

 Posted by at 12:49 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 122021
 

Yesterday was a very fast day and I don’t know where the hours went. I had planned to get some writing done but time got away from me and that didn’t happen. I started the day as always, answering emails, including a lot of congratulatory messages on yesterday’s announcement about achieving my $1,000,000 goal in […]

Dec 102021
 

Yesterday morning we were up early, or at least early for us, and busy all day. Because I write late into the evening sometimes and don’t post my blog until after midnight, we seldom get to bed before 2 AM, and seldom get up before 10 AM. But yesterday we were up at 8:30 because […]

Sep 032021
 

In a blog post a couple of days ago, I said that in anticipation of Hurricane Ida hitting the Gulf Coast and shutting down refineries and oil rigs, as well as the Labor Day weekend coming up, I thought it might be a good idea to fill up the gas tank on Terry’s Chrysler Pacifica. […]

The Little Things

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 182021
 

A while back Terry and I were at Lowe’s in Port Orange, Florida, and as I was opening the door of our Pacifica for Terry, I noticed an elderly lady with a flatbed cart with a case of bottled water parked near us. So once Terry was in the van, I walked over to ask […]

Jul 242021
 

Yesterday morning Terry and I had to go to LabCorp to get blood draws for upcoming doctor appointments. We finished there about noon, and since we had to fast before the appointment and we had some other things we wanted to do while we were out, we decided to try a small restaurant on U.S. […]

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 […]

The Power Of “No”

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
May 292020
 

What do you think is the most powerful word in the English language? At one time, I thought it was “love.” But, of course, back then I was a starry-eyed kid head over heels in something for the pretty long-haired blonde girl that sat next to me in biology class. But over time, I’ve come to […]

Getting Back To Normal

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 072020
 

I think things are finally starting to get back to normal here. Or at least as close to normal as anything ever is for me. I think the worst of our colds are gone, though Terry and I both have coughs that seem to want to hang on forever. And I finally think we are […]

Feb 252020
 

I have always enjoyed driving and I usually do most of it when we are on a trip. But after this trip, I may never drive again. Back on February 8, I was getting tired when we were about 100 miles from Phoenix and Miss Terry took the wheel. She is an excellent driver, whether […]

Feb 122020
 

Today I thought I would give you part two of an update on our trip from Florida to Arizona, with more to follow. After two days in Hondo, Texas, we hit the road again, traveling thirty miles north on a two-lane state highway to the small town of Bandera, which bills itself as the Cowboy […]

Wrapping Up Details

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 292020
 

I want to start off today’s blog by saying a big thank you to so many people who already purchased Big Lake Quarterback, shared links to the book with your friends on social media, and sent me messages telling me they already purchased the book and are reading it. Yesterday afternoon, 24 hours after it […]