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 […]

Whodunit?

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 242024
 

Yesterday was a good writing day for me, working on Big Lake Accident, which will be the 24th book in my Big Lake small town mystery series. I was able to get another chapter done, and then more than half of a second chapter, for a total of about 3,500 words. Not my most prolific […]

Jan 102024
 

In yesterday’s blog I told you about how hard Terry worked closing in one end of the area under our office in time to beat the storm that was coming Monday evening, and how we (mostly she) got the job done just about the time the raindrops started to fall. But we weren’t the only […]

New Year, New Projects

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 012024
 

I hope your New Year’s Eve went well and you didn’t overindulge. But if you did, I hope you did so responsibly because 2024 has a lot of adventures and challenges in store for all of us. Since we moved into our house in January of last year we have been involved in one project […]

Saturday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 022023
 

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. In a blog last week you talked about carrying a […]

Another Project Done

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 312023
 

I was back at it yesterday, using my Kubota tractor to spread gravel on our driveway and then smooth it out with the tractor’s back blade and the bottom side of the bucket loader. It’s all done, and while it’s not as neat and tidy as somebody with more experience could do, a guy’s got […]

Mar 242023
 

In yesterday’s blog, I wrote about having a tornado shelter installed at our son Travis and his wife Geli’s house. There’s a possibility the timing could not have been better, because the weatherman says that sometime after midnight tonight we are going to get hit with some strong storms and the possibility of isolated tornadoes. […]

All Done!

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 182023
 

When we first talked to Austin Marcum from ProScape about our drainage issues, he said it would probably take his crew a week to ten days to get the job done. It actually took them four days from when they started ripping out the top layer of dirt and grass in our backyard on Monday […]

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 […]

Mar 142023
 

Boy, you can’t trust anybody these days, even in small towns. You go to sleep one night and everything’s okay, and you wake up the next morning and somebody stole your yard! Not really. I’ve mentioned before that we were amazed that companies here actually show up on time and do the jobs they say […]

Rude Awakenings

 Posted by at 12:59 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 132023
 

When you live in tornado country like we do, having a weather radio just makes sense. Except when it wakes you up twice in the middle of the night with a siren and alerts to let you know about bad weather two states away. That’s what our Raynic radio did twice early Saturday morning, once […]

Gutter Talk

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 022023
 

Don’t worry, I’m not going to assault your ears with a lot of nasty words this morning. Instead, I’m going to talk about our latest improvement to our home, having rain gutters installed. Last week I contacted Tim from S&S Seamless Gutters in Northport and he came out and gave us an estimate to put […]

Feb 232023
 

Yesterday was beautiful, with a high of 83 degrees, which tied the record for this date here in the Tuscaloosa area, and a stiff breeze for most of the day. Terry and I started the day sitting on our front porch, enjoying the peacefulness. It makes my heart smile to see how happy and contented […]

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 […]