Apr 052024
 

In a blog post a couple of days ago, I told you that I was going to be a guest on Tony and Peggy and Barthel’s Stressless Camping podcast. We met this fun and entertaining RV couple years ago, and I enjoyed visiting with them again for the podcast. We talked about my nonfiction travel […]

A Happy Lady

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 232024
 

Yesterday morning started with a phone call from our friend Wayne. Wayne and his special lady Anita are the folks who took down our two hay sheds, and also stripped all of the old wiring from the barn. A while back Anita got a couple of my books and said she really enjoyed them, so […]

Nobody Reads Anymore

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 172024
 

Note: This is a repeat of a previous blog post that I thought was worth sharing again. As an author, and as someone who loves to read, I am constantly perplexed why anybody would not want to. And sometimes it’s depressing. All that time spent sitting in a classroom learning how to read, and so […]

A Lot Accomplished

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 062024
 

It rained all of Monday night and most of yesterday, and we have pools of water in our backyard. But that didn’t keep us from getting a lot accomplished. At 9:30 yesterday morning, I got a call from Jay, the delivery driver from Thompson Gas, saying he was headed our way to deliver propane. He […]

Another Busy Day

 Posted by at 1:06 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 052024
 

Yesterday was another nice day here in west-central Alabama, with the temperature in the mid-70s. It was also a busy day for us here at our place. A little before 7:00 AM Danny Kelley arrived with a big truckload of gravel for the perimeter road. I had spent a lot of time the day before […]

February Q&A

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 252024
 

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. Why did you pay the dealer for your tractor’s service […]

A Paved Road

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 012024
 

We live on a paved country road. Here are pictures of it in both directions taken from in front of our house to prove it. Most people reading this will say “So what? Doesn’t everybody?” Apparently not, and I guess in this part of Alabama at least, that matters to some folks even if I […]

Hot Tub Delivered

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 092023
 

As I wrote in a blog a few days ago, Terry and I both have bad backs, and before we hit the road as fulltime RVers long ago, there was nothing more relaxing than soaking in our hot tub at the end of the day, letting the jets massage our aches and pains away. We […]

Dec 032023
 

Yesterday was a wet and dreary day here in Alabama, and I spent most of it at my computer, writing another 3,500 words in my next John Lee Quarrels novel. So I thought I would dust off an old blog from our days as fulltime RVers, when I taught some rude jerks a lesson. Years […]

Another Deck Project

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 302023
 

When we left our home in Show Low, Arizona to become fulltime RVers back in 1999, there were many changes in our lives, and while we had to give up some things to live our dream, the tradeoff was well worth it. If there was one thing we both missed most of all it would […]

Nov 122023
 

Note: This is a repost of a story from our days as fulltime RVers. Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. has a long and interesting history. Most of us know it as the place where President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14th, 1865, as the president and his wife attended a […]

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 […]

Shade And Screen

 Posted by at 1:16 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 132023
 

We are supposed to have a lot of rain later this week, so we took advantage of a good day yesterday to get a couple of outside projects done. The first was putting a shade cover over the top of the 10×10 foot outdoor kennel we put up last week for Alli. I originally thought […]

Apr 212023
 

A while back I ordered Terry an iRobot Roomba i3+ robot vacuum cleaner. Not so much because I am a loving, caring husband as much as the fact that I was afraid she would tell me I had to vacuum this big place of ours. Because we still had boxes from our move sitting all over […]

Tuesday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 212023
 

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. Now that you live in your “forever home” in the […]

We Got This

 Posted by at 12:59 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 042023
 

We knew when we went to bed Thursday night that there was a chance of strong thunderstorms and tornadoes hitting our area Friday morning. And sure enough, we were awakened by the siren on our weather radio alerting us to a line of storms coming our way from the west, with the threat of tornadoes. […]

Feb 272023
 

It’s nice to have our back room, the one with all of the windows, pretty much organized and both of our desks set up. I have my corner with my rolltop desk, computer, and extra monitor, and Terry has her computer on the other side of the room, as well as her Louet Spring II […]

Feb 202023
 

After reading yesterday’s blog, several readers e-mailed me to ask about the fate of the injured coyote I wrote about. I don’t know because when I went out back to look yesterday, I could not find it. I hope it has succumbed to its injuries and is not lying out there in the woods suffering. […]

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 […]

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 […]