We Never Slow Down

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 152022
 

It seems that we never slow down for very long. While we might get behind schedule sometimes, like I am with my new book, we are always busy doing something. Part of that this year was traveling, part of it was writing, part of it was dealing with medical issues, and some other things that […]

The Day After

 Posted by at 1:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 112022
 

We had a somewhat restless night Wednesday night, awakened several times by our computer backup power supplies kicking in and out when the power would flicker on and off and occasionally by the sound of heavy wind and rain. But by the time we woke up yesterday morning, the world looked much different. There was […]

Here We Go Again

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 082022
 

Hurricane season in Florida is officially from June through November, but in the six years we have lived here on the Central Coast, halfway between Cape Canaveral and Daytona Beach, we have never seen one after mid-October. So, with October in our rearview mirror, we breathed a sigh of relief. But it looks like we […]

As Ready As We Can Be

 Posted by at 12:39 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 282022
 

We spent most of yesterday making final preparations for Hurricane Ian to come calling. The first order of business was to run to Publix and pick up a few things we needed, and I was surprised that the store wasn’t more crowded than it was. It was busy, but the panic buyers had either already […]

Jogging All Over

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 262022
 

No, I’m not talking about me jogging. Why would I do something like that? I guess if there’s food on the table I could manage a real fast waddle, but if you see me actually running, try to keep up because something really bad is behind me! I’m talking about the hurricane that’s supposed to […]

An Unexpected Bonus

 Posted by at 1:18 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 142022
 

Several weeks ago, our son Travis called to ask us if we knew any place where he could get a couple of 55-gallon metal drums for one of his many projects around his place up in Alabama. He said they were hard to find around Tuscaloosa, and since they only have a compact car, getting […]

Sep 132022
 

A while back, the rotating Orbit heads on our sprinkler system stopped working. At first, we thought they might be clogged up or something, so we soaked them in vinegar overnight, but that didn’t do any good. Fortunately, we had some extra ones that had not been used yet, so the other day, Terry and […]

Sep 112022
 

It was inevitable that the Spanish, French, and British would fight for hundreds of years over control of the New World, and the place we now know as Florida was one of the most hotly contested. Whoever controlled Florida controlled the rich shipping lanes coming from the Spanish Caribbean, and those world powers bathed the […]

Jul 062022
 

We were up earlier than usual yesterday because Terry had an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, about 90 miles north of us. It being the day after the Independence Day holiday, we thought there might be a lot of traffic on Interstate 95, so we left a half-hour earlier than we normally do. […]

Sunday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 032022
 

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. We purchased our first travel trailer in December and have […]

A Day With My Girl

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 232022
 

We started yesterday with a phone call from our son Travis, wishing Terry a happy birthday. They chatted for a little bit, and then we got ready to head into Holly Hill, a northern suburb of Daytona Beach. As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, we had an appointment at Global Mobile Detailing to have them […]

Lots Of Rain

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 102022
 

We have been getting a lot of rain the last couple of days, and I’m not complaining about that at all because our lawn and citrus trees definitely needed it. Much of Florida has been in a drought for the last couple of years, so anytime Mother Nature decides to send some rain our way, […]

A Paddling Day

 Posted by at 1:06 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 212022
 

Yesterday was the last full day for our daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Destiny to be with us, and since it was one of the few nice days weather-wise while they have been here, we decided to introduce them to kayaking. You might think that people who live in Arizona don’t have enough water to go […]

Taking a Breather

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 282021
 

Much of yesterday was spent getting my author’s newsletter announcing my new book, Big Lake Ranger, sent out to my subscribers, sending out announcements about the new book to different people, and posting in various social media groups for mystery readers. There were also a lot of e-mails to deal with, including one from the […]

My Kind Of Christmas

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 262021
 

Yesterday was my kind of Christmas. Terry and I woke up and snuggled in bed for a while, just enjoying each other’s company and the fact that we are together and so much in love. Then our son Travis called from Alabama and we talked for a while. He and his wife Geli are doing […]

Words, Books, And Rain

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 262021
 

I had such a good time knocking out 7,000 words in my new book, Big Lake Ranger, on Sunday that I did the same thing again yesterday! That puts me at over 34,000 words, and with a couple more days like that, I will be well past the halfway mark. I never know exactly what […]

I Asked For Lemonade

 Posted by at 12:39 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 182021
 

Yesterday was one of those days when I probably should have just stayed in bed. But like a fool, I got up and tested fate. That’s never a good idea, is it? The day started with a series of phone calls about a referral for an appointment that I was supposed to have to see […]

Jul 222021
 

Terry had a routine appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville yesterday afternoon to check on her Interstim device and to meet her new doctor. Everything looks good and we really like the new doctor, who is very down to earth and has a great sense of humor. She took the time to listen to […]

Just A Quick One

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 072021
 

I was busy writing most of the day yesterday, knocking out another 5,500 words in my new Big Lake book, as well as doing some other chores around the house, and I ran out of time. So I’m afraid you’re going to get a quick blog today. I’m not quite to the halfway point in […]

Half Gone?

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 302021
 

Half a year gone already? Where does the time go? I can remember as a kid when summers seemed to last thirteen months. I guess all those people who say that time goes faster as you get older know what they’re talking about. It being the end of June, we are already ten days into […]