Dog Days Of Summer

 Posted by at 1:01 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 302023
 

The weatherman says that we are in the dog days of summer here in Alabama, and there’s no question about that. Yesterday was in the high 90s, with a heat index of 109. Even well after the sun went down, when I stepped outside on the deck with Alli at 11 p.m. the heat and […]

Deck Project Day Two

 Posted by at 1:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 292023
 

Scott and Alan Banks from Banks Construction LLC were back about 6 o’clock yesterday morning and working on the deck. The first step was building the stairs. We wanted two sets, one directly in line with the back door and another one on the side closest to the garage. As they did the day before, […]

It’s Finally Done!

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
May 032022
 

Terry spent much of yesterday doing the final finish work on the new blanket she wove for our son-in-law, Kenny. This involved knotting and trimming all the fringes on both ends, then gently washing and wet finishing, which is fulling. I asked Terry what that meant, and she said the washing process fluffs up the […]

Warming Up

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
May 012022
 

It’s starting to warm up here on the central Florida coast, with the weatherman saying that it will be in the 90s every day next week. Combine that with the humidity, and I think summer is going to start early for us. I’m not looking forward to it. Just like some people who live in […]

Another Chapter Done

 Posted by at 12:59 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 282022
 

We were up and out the door early yesterday morning, or at least early for us. We started the day by going to LabCorp to get blood and urine draws for doctor appointments we have scheduled next week. A couple of weeks ago when I had my colonoscopy, the nurses at Advent Hospital had to […]

Lots Of Good News

 Posted by at 12:49 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 242021
 

After reading yesterday’s blog, I got private messages or e-mails from at least half a dozen people who wanted to know how our first night on our new Denver Mattress went. When I laid down, I didn’t experience the almost immediate backache I have been getting, and when I rolled onto my left side to […]

Big Fish

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 152019
 

You never know what you’re going to find when you get off the interstate highways and start exploring America’s back roads. That is where we have found some of our most memorable experiences. An example is when we visited Spectre, Alabama. Don’t bother looking for Spectre on any map, because you won’t find it. The […]

Just Hanging Around

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 102019
 

Sometimes, no matter what you plan, life gets in the way. Yesterday was a good example. I really wanted to get a minimum of 5,000 words done in my new John Lee Quarrels book, Sweet Tea And Jesus. But as it turned out, that wasn’t going to happen. When I sat down at my desktop […]

He Never Smiled Again

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 082019
 

Note: This story is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery. There are many interesting tales of tragedy and heroism associated with Great Lakes shipwrecks, and one we found intriguing was that of the steamship Independence and one of her crewmen, Amos Stiles, the man who never smiled again. The Independence was built […]

Mar 072019
 

Yesterday was a cold, windy day, it was cold last night, and today is starting out cold. But the weatherman does say that things are going to start warming up this afternoon sometime. I hope so, because I’m about to launch into an epic snivel, and trust me, none of us wants that to happen. […]

Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:48 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 282017
 

Potpourri Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog. Just a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’ll share, because I really don’t have anything else […]

Another Windy Day

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 162015
 

One thing you can count on in Arizona during late winter through summer is wind. Lots and lots of wind. And yesterday was another very windy day here in Tucson. I was sure glad we were not out on the highway. But we did see a few RVs leaving Voyager RV Resort and new ones […]

Mar 152015
 

Did anybody else NOT give a damn that yesterday was Pi Day? I got e-mails and Facebook posts about Pi Day all day long. A million idiots all jazzed up because it won’t happen again in our lifetime. So what? Last Monday won’t happen again either. We had hoped to spend the week after Escapade […]

Mar 082015
 

Yesterday was vendor set up day for the Escapade so we were up early (for us). Many of the vendors sell lots of different products and have elaborate booths but we’re pretty simple by comparison. A few books, a few bundles of sample issues of the Gypsy Journal, our sign, and we’re good to go. […]

Lots Of Familiar Faces

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 152015
 

Yesterday was another day of seeing lots of familiar faces here at the Tampa RV Super Show. We walked our legs off, saw some interesting stuff, and met up with a lot of old friends. The crowds inside and outside the vendor buildings were large and at times it was impossible to move until the […]

Dec 312014
 

Another year of exploring this great land of ours has come and gone. We’re slowing down a bit; this year we traveled 6,316 miles as opposed to 8,500 miles the year before. And that was way down from the 15,000+ miles a year we used to do when we were teaching at Life on Wheels […]

Seat Heat

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 132014
 

We were here at the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve a few yeas ago when we bought our Ford Explorer. It came with every option available the year it was built, and driving back to the campground I was playing with all the buttons and gizmos to see what they did. After I while I realized […]

Nov 202014
 

It was so cold here on Florida’s west coast yesterday that I saw a teenager with his pants pulled all the way up! I think our high was only about 62, and yes, I know that compared to the rest of the country, that’s a heat wave. But I’m not in the rest of the […]

Aug 162014
 

Except for a quick run to Annville to mail out an order and stop at a roadside produce stand and a very nice meat market next to it called Laudermilch’s Meats, we were busy at home all day yesterday. After dealing with the usual morning load of e-mail, I parked myself at my desk and […]

Back To The Real World

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 232014
 

Congratulations to Linda Strid,this week’s winner of our drawing for an autographed copy of Miss Terry’s Kitchen. We had 345 entries in this week’s contest, which is a new record by a wide margin. Stand by, a new contest starts soon! Yesterday was a good day for hanging out and being lazy at cousin Berni’s […]