The Real Work

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 232023
 

I spent all day yesterday fine tuning my new John Lee Quarrels book, Jackpot. After making the corrections suggested by my proofreaders, I then spent several hours running it through ProWritingAid. It is a program I recently acquired that is designed to help authors polish their work before publication. It has a lot of tools, […]

Dec 222023
 

In yesterday’s blog I told you about all the work our son Travis and I accomplished on Wednesday, cutting up some downed trees and limbs and running them through the wood chipper. But I didn’t tell you about the beautiful Christmas gift Travis made for us. I’ve shown you some of the barn quilts he […]

A Cleanup Day

 Posted by at 12:59 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 212023
 

Yesterday, our son Travis spent the day helping me clean up some of the downed trees and limbs from last summer’s big storm. It’s a project we’ve been wanting to get to and finally had the time to tackle. Between our two Stihl chainsaws and the Kawasaki Mule and DK2 wood chipper, we were well […]

I Love Black Women

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 182023
 

Okay, to be honest, I love all women, even though a lot of them haven’t loved me. I’ve got copies of the restraining orders to prove it. But I seem to have a history with Black women, and I love it. Another woman might snub you if you so much as say hello, or mess […]

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 […]

Will Today Be The Day?

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 162023
 

Except for taking Alli out several times to go potty and to throw a ball or Kong for her to chase and get some exercise, about all I have done the last few days is write. I have been working hard to get Jackpot, my new John Lee Quarrels mystery, finished and ready to publish. […]

Where Did The Year Go?

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 142023
 

Can you believe there are only eleven days until Christmas, and less than three weeks before the year ends? Where did the year go? They say time speeds up when you get older, and Terry and I think we must be ancient, as fast as the months are going by. It’s been an incredibly busy […]

First Soak

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 132023
 

Scott and Alan Banks from Banks Construction came back on Monday to build a step to make it easier for Terry and I to get onto the new deck from the yard with our short little legs. That didn’t take long, and then they installed an extra electrical outlet in our bedroom and another on […]

Chips And Banana Bread

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 022023
 

Sounds like a good snack, doesn’t it? Read on, you might be wrong. 😊 The other day I told you about trying out the new DK2 wood chipper and being impressed with the way it worked. By the time I finished, I had a pretty nice pile of wood chips. Now what to do with […]

Sep 122023
 

Ever since I had Scott and Alan Banks from Banks Construction LLC tear down the back part of the barn last month, which was falling in and beyond repair, I have been waiting for it to cool down enough to get a dumpster out here to load all of the debris into to be hauled […]

Q&A

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 122023
 

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. I know you guys sold your bus a long time […]

Aug 092022
 

When we hear about violent crime, we always tend to think it’s something that happens somewhere else, not where we are. It can happen anytime, anywhere. It’s always in some far off place, usually a big city, and the people involved are anonymous. But my long career publishing small town newspapers in the Pacific Northwest […]

My Eyes Hurt

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 062022
 

I spent so many hours making corrections to chapters I narrated in my new John Lee Quarrels book the last two days that my eyes hurt. But I got most of the chapters done and gave them to Terry to edit and proofread. Once she was done with that, I made her corrections and then […]

Snap, Crackle, Pop

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 022022
 

That’s what it sounded like around our place yesterday, and no, I wasn’t eating Rice Krispies. Our neighbor Jennifer from across the street came over to tell me that a power pole was making a loud buzzing sound, and she kept seeing a blue light on it. I walked outside, and it took me a […]

I Didn’t Make It

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 012022
 

Well, I didn’t make my goal of finishing my new John Lee Quarrels book by the end of July. I’ve got about two chapters to go yet, maybe three at the most. I promise it won’t be long now. I spent much of yesterday making corrections to the last chapters I wrote. While it’s fairly […]

A 9K Friday

 Posted by at 1:16 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 302022
 

Did you ever have one of those mornings when you get startled awake and your mind is fuzzy and you are fumble-fingered and it takes you a minute to get your wits about you? That was me yesterday morning. I was in a deep sleep, dreaming about something, I couldn’t tell you what right now, […]

A 5K Day

 Posted by at 12:56 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 172022
 

No, I don’t mean one of those days where you dress up in spandex and join a bunch of people running and getting sweaty. I sweat enough just sitting still, and seeing my fat rear-end in spandex would not be a pretty picture. Running? If I really have to, I can manage a fast waddle, […]

Time Marches On

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 132022
 

I wish I had something new and exciting to tell you about today but I don’t because there’s nothing new and exciting going on in our lives right now. We’re just going along day by day as time marches on. That doesn’t mean we’re not having a good time because we always make it a […]

Jun 262022
 

You can tell it’s summertime in Florida because doctors are warning people to drink plenty of water and stay inside until November 2nd. No, seriously, it’s so hot that I have been leaving the toilet seat up just to get those icy stares from Miss Terry when she splashes down in the middle of the […]

Jun 212022
 

Two years ago yesterday, when I had the first RF ablations done on the nerves in my left lower back, it was almost instant relief that lasted until recently. I went from using two canes to walk and taking pain meds daily to no canes, no pain meds, and was back out on my kayak […]