Be Careful Out There

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
May 082024
 

If you are among the millions of Americans in the path of the vicious storm systems that are tearing through the country, please be careful and take care of yourselves. Mother Nature seems to be on a real rampage. Except for a lot of heat and humidity, and an occasional thunderstorm, our area of west-central […]

First Rose Of Spring

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 222024
 

Except for a pretty stiff breeze, yesterday was very nice here in west-central Alabama. There was lots of blue sky and the temperature was somewhere in the mid-60s. And if we can believe the weatherman, we won’t have any more precipitation until the weekend. Hopefully things will dry out a little bit between now and […]

Good Eats

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 132024
 

The weatherman had said that the weekend’s rain would taper off Monday morning and be gone by midday. But I guess Mother Nature never got that memo, because yesterday was a cold, breezy, and very wet day across much of Alabama. That didn’t stop Ben from Absolute Power Solutions from coming out first thing in […]

Feb 092024
 

Two chapters, actually. That was yesterday’s accomplishment working on my newest book, Big Lake Accident, and I did the same the day before. So things are moving along pretty well. I’m past the halfway point now, and I think I have an idea who is responsible for the crime in this one. Then again, I […]

Bats In The Belfry

 Posted by at 1:03 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 312024
 

You never know what you’re going to run into on any project. I had a mechanic friend who once told me that every thirty-minute job is just one stuck bolt away from a three-day ordeal. When Travis and I were tearing out the extra room in the barn on Monday, we ran into something we […]

Barn Project Part 4

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 302024
 

In yesterday’s blog, I told you that on Sunday our son Travis and I started taking down a wall to access a room in the barn that was not being used, to give me more space for my Kubota tractor and other equipment. By the end of the day, we had the plywood off both […]

A Hint Of Spring?

 Posted by at 1:23 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 272024
 

After a couple of days of almost nonstop rain, we had blue sky and pleasant temperatures yesterday. I was pleased to see that our backyard, which at first looked like it was just as saturated as it had been before we had the French drains and the regrading done, was looking much better because so […]

What Storm?

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 132024
 

For all the talk about bad weather coming through and the possibility of severe storms, even tornadoes, Terry and I must have slept through it. Because when we woke up yesterday morning we were asking ourselves, what storm? We never heard anything, and while the ground was wet when I looked outside, there were no […]

For The Birds

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 202023
 

Terry was busy most of yesterday editing and proofreading the last five or six chapters of my new book. As she was finishing the pages I was taking them from her and making the corrections she noted. When we were done, I sent them off to Judy and Roberta. With any luck at all I’ll […]

Dec 172023
 

We had an appointment yesterday morning with a representative from Absolute Power Solutions in Steens, Mississippi to give us an estimate for a Generac whole-house backup generator. He spent a lot of time going over our needs and then looking at the layout of our property, and where the best place would be to install […]

Dec 072023
 

Breakfast at our house usually happens in late morning or even around noon (which I guess makes it brunch), depending when we get up and get in gear in the morning. We are both night owls, and since I often write my blog sometime between 11 and midnight, we seldom get to bed before 1 […]

Time To Breathe

 Posted by at 12:59 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 152023
 

The first thing I want to do today is thank Miss Terry, Judy Rinehimer, and Roberta Jensen for all of their hours of hard work editing and proofreading my newest book, Big Lake Assault. Without you dedicated ladies, no book project would ever get done. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all three […]

A Productive Day

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 312023
 

Yesterday turned out to be a very productive day for us, even in ways we did not expect. The day started out just as hot and humid as it has been. When I let Alli out to go potty about 7:30 I could already feel the heat starting to build. We sure are glad we […]

A Wet Weekend

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 102023
 

It seems like all it did this weekend was rain. We have puddles in our backyard, so I guess that while all of the expensive re-grading we had done may have helped somewhat, it wasn’t enough. I will say that things are much better on the side of the house where it used to stay […]

Too Darn Hot

 Posted by at 1:25 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 262023
 

Songstress Ella Fitzgerald described the weather here in west central Alabama exactly in that song. Yesterday it was too darned hot to do much of anything outside. The temperature got up to 89o but the heat index said it felt like 94o during the afternoon. Except for taking Alli out for a few potty breaks, […]

That’s 52!

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
May 172023
 

Yesterday afternoon I finished A Changing World, the fifth book in my Tinder Street family saga and my 52nd book overall. It came in at 96,753 words. Terry edited and proofread the last four chapters, and after making her corrections, I sent it off to Judy and Roberta to be proofread again. I hope to […]

May 012023
 

It looks like today is going to be a busy day for us. We have been trying to find a primary care doctor in this area and have not had any luck so far. We got quite a few recommendations for different ones, but some aren’t taking new patients, and one that was taking new […]

Apr 302023
 

After reading through the last five chapters I wrote in my new Tinder Street book, I printed them out for Terry to edit and proofread yesterday. After I did that, she cut my hair and trimmed my beard, both of which really needed it because I was beginning to look like what you’d get if […]

Mar 272023
 

Our son Travis has been a bad influence on Terry. There was a time when she was a mild-mannered weaver/crocheter/spinner who was happy being surrounded by fibers of every color. But since we moved here to Alabama, Travis has convinced her that she needs to be a farmer, so now she’s constantly talking about fertilizers, […]

I Got Stoned

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 152023
 

There’s always something going on around our place lately, and yesterday I got stoned. A big dump truck showed up in the early afternoon to drop off 26 tons of large gravel. A lot of it will be used by the crew from ProScape who are installing our French drains, and I will use the […]