Taking Advantage

 Posted by at 12:47 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 082024
 

Yesterday was not quite as hot, with the temperatures in the upper 80s and the heat index somewhere around 95°. That’s not great, but much better than the triple digit heat indexes we’ve been having. We took advantage of the opportunity to get some mowing done, me on the Kubota tractor and Terry on the […]

Jun 212024
 

Digging in our hard Alabama clay is always tough work, but a while back, someone told me about a tractor implement called a stump bucket. I did some research and talked to some folks who have them and decided it might be a good investment. I ordered it from Good Works Tractors and it was […]

I’m Not Just Anybody

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 092024
 

My wife and children, and anybody who knows me well, never feel uncomfortable when I’m handling or using firearms. That’s probably because I grew up shooting, and basic gun safety was drilled into me from the time I could understand the English language. Between being a lifelong shooter and my time as a firearms instructor […]

May 232024
 

I’ve been looking for a pull-behind grader to use with the Kawasaki Mule for leveling the gravel in the driveway and on our roads, as well as some uneven areas of the pasture. After looking around, I settled on an 84-inch wide Vevor Driveway Drag, which is made out of heavy duty steel and is […]

Well That Sucked

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
May 102024
 

Overall, we live a blessed life. We have a nice home, some critters we adore, friends and family we love, and a wonderful marriage. But even in the best of lives, some days are going to suck. Yesterday was a good example. Terry had not been feeling great for several days and my back had […]

May 052024
 

It was a beautiful day yesterday, with temperatures in the mid-80s and a lot of blue sky overhead. A perfect day for mowing, and that’s what we did for most of the day. But before that, I picked a few strawberries from one of Terry’s raised garden beds, and they are sweet and delicious. Terry […]

Getting Down And Dirty

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 042024
 

Yesterday was a beautiful day, with a high near 70° and a cloud cover overhead. It was a perfect day for getting down and dirty, and that’s what we did. We bought a bunch of seed potatoes at Riverside Seed and Feed in Northport last week, and Terry quartered them and let them sit for […]

Always Busy

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 212024
 

Between getting the generator installed, repairing and upgrading the septic system, working on my new book, and everything else that life throws our way, it seems like we’re always busy. Terry has been eager to get back to weaving, and the last couple of days she has been working on getting her loom set up […]

Messy Job Finished

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 202024
 

In Saturday’s blog I told you how the subcontractor doing the trenching for the gas lines for our new whole house generator had cut two of the field lines for our septic system the day before. I called Scott and Alan Banks from Banks Construction to come out to see about repairing them, but we […]

Corporate Thinking

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 192024
 

I got a flat tire on my Kubota tractor when Travis and I were taking down the wall in the garage and clearing everything out last week. We found the hole, which looks like it may have been made by a nail, and since I have a tire repair kit, it shouldn’t be much of […]

A Dirty Job Done

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 042024
 

Our son Travis and I knew that cleaning all the debris out from tearing the extra room down in the barn was going to be a dirty job, and we were right. But as Larry the Cable Guy says, we Got-R-Done. But though it was a dirty job, it actually went easier than we expected. […]

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 […]

Barn Project Part 3

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 292024
 

In two posts last summer I wrote about some changes I wanted to do in the barn to make it more user friendly for my needs. Our son Travis helped me with the first two parts of that project, including removing the old horse stalls on one end of the barn so I would have […]

Jan 072024
 

Yesterday was another gray, gloomy day here in west-central Alabama, and though I had several things I wanted to do, I didn’t get much accomplished. We had planned to go into Northport to run some errands, but Terry wasn’t feeling all that well, so instead we decided to stay home. She spent much of the […]

Cats In The Cradle

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 162023
 

We were up early yesterday morning because we had to be at Western Alabama Animal Hospital in Carrollton by 7:30 to drop off BeeBee and Mai Lyn, Terry’s cats, to be spayed. They are both indoor cats, so we’re not worried about them having kittens, but BeeBee has been in heat twice now and it’s […]

Tuesday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 242023
 

Q. Your beautiful tribute to your granddaughter on her wedding day brought tears to my eyes. Is she the one who was engaged to a police officer? A. Yes, Toby graduated from the police academy a couple of months ago and just finished his field training with the Show Low (Arizona) Police Department. Q. You […]

The Kubota Kid

 Posted by at 1:14 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 192023
 

I was a bit apprehensive when I left our house yesterday morning towing my Kubota tractor on the flatbed trailer, only because I had not done that before. But the Ram’s Hemi eTorque engine was more than up to the job and the tractor rode great on the way  to Travis and Geli’s house. They […]

Range Backstop Day 1

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 192023
 

Our son Travis and I have been looking forward to getting the shooting range set up, and yesterday was the first day of working on the project. While some people just depend on the heavy woods around here to serve as a backstop, and we have hundreds of acres of forest behind our property, I […]

Feeling Better

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 182023
 

Thank you to everyone who has asked how Terry is feeling. After three weeks of being miserable, it seems the last round of meds is helping and she is feeling quite a bit better. She still gets fatigued easily and is fretting because she doesn’t have the energy to do everything she wants to get […]

Too Much Grass

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 102023
 

I know there are plenty of potheads would who would tell me there’s no such thing as having too much grass, but I’m not a pothead and that’s not the kind of grass I’m talking about. I am referring to all of the dried out mowed grass all over our pastures and yard. And trust […]