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 […]

Time For Q&A

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 172022
 

How about some questions from blog readers to start your week? Q. After riding out Hurricane Ian, would you do the same thing if/when another hurricane hits your area? A. It would depend on the situation. If it was a major storm coming in directly off the Atlantic, we would probably leave. But the folks […]

Did You Miss Me?

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 112022
 

Just like a bad rash, or that annoying brother-in-law who keeps showing up to borrow your tools and never returns them, I’m back! Did you miss me? I sure missed all of you! I appreciate everybody’s patience while we’ve been offline for so long due to Hurricane Ian. Let me give you an update on […]

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 […]

If We Get Hit

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 232022
 

It seems like in the last few days, I have had a lot of people worried about us being here on Florida’s Central Coast during hurricane season, based on the number of e-mails I have received from people telling me that it’s supposed to be an active year for hurricanes and wondering what our plans […]

Retired? Not Us

 Posted by at 12:49 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 052021
 

The other day someone referred to Terry and me as enjoying our retirement here on Florida’s Central Coast. We both had to laugh at that because even though we are of an age to draw Social Security and get Medicare, we are far from retired. When our insurance company refused to cover treatment for Terry’s […]

Let There Be Light

 Posted by at 12:48 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 042021
 

I think we all take modern conveniences like running water and electricity for granted until we don’t have them. Living on Florida’s central coast, we are not immune to hurricanes and bad storms, and power does go out once in a while. Fortunately, the good folks at Florida Power and Light (FPL) are usually pretty […]

Fred Flops

 Posted by at 12:44 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 142021
 

Living in Florida, every time there’s the possibility of a hurricane or bad tropical storm we hear from friends and family members all over the country asking if we are all right, if we have plans to evacuate, and if we don’t, do we have enough supplies to survive in case the power grid goes […]

Closer Every Day

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 272021
 

Yesterday was another 6,000 word day in my new Big Lake book. I’m getting closer to the end all the time and should be able to wrap it up in the next two or three days. Then it will go through the last stages of editing and proofreading, followed by formatting, and be out. I’m […]

Jimmy Did Good

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 152021
 

There was a time when gas cans came with a flexible metal spout that made it easy to fill a tank with. But, in their infinite wisdom, someone in the government decided that if something is working, they must find a way to screw it up. So they did, by mandating a new non-flexible “safety […]

Back To My Roots

 Posted by at 12:53 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 012020
 

I grew up in a very different world than the one we live in today. Before I was 10 years old I already knew what I wanted to be. Not a jet pilot or an astronaut or a professional baseball player. No. All I ever wanted to be was a newspaperman and to write books. […]

Apr 242020
 

Thanks to a lot of hard work by Miss Terry and my proofreaders, “Cool” Judy Rinehimer and Roberta Jensen, my newest John Lee Quarrels mystery, The Road To Wrinkle Ranch, is now available on Amazon. At present, there is the e-book you can purchase, or you can read it for free if you are a […]

October Q&A

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 062019
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, 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. You said your daughter is flying in to visit you. As I recall […]

Making It Harder

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 112019
 

In a blog post a couple of days ago titled Building Stuff, I showed the cable and lock I had put together to secure our Honda generators when we have to use them outside during a power outage. At the time, I had the loops on each end of the cable secured with clamps and […]

Building Stuff

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 072019
 

Our two Honda EU2200i generators weigh 46.5 pounds empty, and when you add almost a gallon of gasoline, which weighs about 6 pounds, they far exceed the 25 pounds my doctor told me I should limit myself to with my bad back. So moving them around and taking them outside to use is problematic. We […]

Sep 022019
 

Yesterday we finished most of the last-minute preparations in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian making its way up the coast. The latest weather predictions are telling us that our worst days will be Tuesday and Wednesday. As of the 6 o’clock update yesterday, the hurricane was still wobbling a bit further west than it was. The […]

Two Down, Four To Go

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 232019
 

According to the weatherman, we are just about one third of the way through our annual hurricane season here in Florida. The season starts in June and goes through the end of November, so we are about two months down and four yet to go. But, keep in mind that two hurricanes that hit our […]

Let The Madness Begin

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 252019
 

It has been very hot here on the Central Florida coast for the last few days, with the temperature edging up close to 90° most days. And it’s only going to get hotter. The weatherman says that the region can expect temperatures in the mid to upper 90s for the next week or two. Fortunately, […]

Taking Precautions

 Posted by at 1:00 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 092018
 

All of the weather forecasters are saying that tropical storm Florence is more than likely going to blow up into a category four hurricane and hit the Carolinas sometime this coming week. None of the models show it making landfall here in Florida, but we are going to see high surf and some heavy rain. […]

Nov 042013
 

Congratulations to Duane Wegley, the winner of this week’s drawing of an autographed copy of So, You Want To Be A Full-Time RVer? by John and Kathy Huggins of Living the RV Dream. We had 221 entries in the drawing. Thanks to everybody who entered, and stay tuned because I’ll be announcing another drawing soon. […]