A Hint Of Spring?

 Posted by at 1:23 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 272024
 

After a couple of days of almost nonstop rain, we had blue sky and pleasant temperatures yesterday. I was pleased to see that our backyard, which at first looked like it was just as saturated as it had been before we had the French drains and the regrading done, was looking much better because so […]

She Beat The Storm

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 092024
 

We knew we had a big storm coming in last night, with a lot of rain, and wind gusts up to 50 mph predicted. We wanted to get at least the large open end of the area under our office enclosed before that hit to keep the plastic vapor barrier on the ground from getting […]

More Tractor Time

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 032023
 

Though our grass really needed it, I was disappointed that it rained all day Friday because I wanted to take advantage of the slightly cooler weather to get a lot of work done outside. But as it turns out, Mother Nature never consults with me ahead of time. However, yesterday turned out to be a […]

August Q&A

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 082023
 

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 your new place is keeping you busy, but […]

A Productive Day

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 312023
 

Yesterday turned out to be a very productive day for us, even in ways we did not expect. The day started out just as hot and humid as it has been. When I let Alli out to go potty about 7:30 I could already feel the heat starting to build. We sure are glad we […]

Another Round

 Posted by at 1:16 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 192023
 

Thanks to everyone who expressed concern for us and for Travis and Geli after all of the storm damage. We are all hanging in there, and it looks like we’re not out of the woods yet. As I write this a little before midnight on Sunday, another round of storms is headed our way and […]

Mar 262022
 

After reading yesterday’s blog, where I talked about tornado warnings in our area, someone told me they would never live in a place that has tornadoes. What can I say? There aren’t that many places in the country that don’t have tornadoes, and every place has the possibility of some kind of natural disaster. I […]

Lots Of Rain

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 102022
 

We have been getting a lot of rain the last couple of days, and I’m not complaining about that at all because our lawn and citrus trees definitely needed it. Much of Florida has been in a drought for the last couple of years, so anytime Mother Nature decides to send some rain our way, […]

Words, Books, And Rain

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 262021
 

I had such a good time knocking out 7,000 words in my new book, Big Lake Ranger, on Sunday that I did the same thing again yesterday! That puts me at over 34,000 words, and with a couple more days like that, I will be well past the halfway mark. I never know exactly what […]

A Tense Night

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 082021
 

A series of severe thunderstorms came through Central Florida Saturday night, with tornado warnings in several counties, including ours. As usual, the brunt of it went north or south of us, leaving us with periods of heavy rain off and on, but that was about it. But it was still a tense night around here. […]

We Feel So Loved!

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 172021
 

Thank you to everybody who posted comments on Facebook and the blog or sent e-mail messages from the blog wishing us a happy anniversary. You all make us feel so loved. In spite of yesterday being our anniversary, it was kind of a frustrating day because somehow during the transfer of the blog domain away […]

No Need To Water

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 232020
 

When Jake from Lindley’s Garden Center planted our new citrus trees on Saturday he said they needed to be watered every day for four weeks, and to continue watering our perennial peanut plants with the soaker hoses once every three days or so for a while yet. I always try to listen to the experts, […]

Another Rainy Day

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 202020
 

Yesterday was another rainy day for us here on the Central Florida coast. And just like the day before, we had periods of hard rain and at other times it was no more than a light sprinkle, but it seemed to come down for most of the day. I was perfectly happy with that because […]

Oct 122020
 

For a guy who makes his living with a computer, I am absolutely techno challenged. I know how to turn it on and off, how to write, and how to do some basic photo manipulation, but that’s about it. Saturday night after I had the blog ready to post, I decided to pull up the […]

Aug 182020
 

Neither one of us was particularly hungry when we got up yesterday, so Miss Terry had some leftover blueberries and blackberries, and the extra pie crust dough left over from the peach galette that she mixed with some jam and made these delicious fried pies for brunch. The crust was light and flaky, and they […]

Sep 052019
 

As I write this, a little before midnight on Wednesday, I keep thinking about the fact that when I wrote my blog 24 hours ago, Hurricane Dorian was bearing down on us and we didn’t know what the night might bring. What it brought was a lot of wind and a lot of rain, but […]

At The Speed Of Sludge

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 032019
 

For over 24 hours Hurricane Dorian has been moving (or not moving) at the speed of sludge over the Bahamas. For a good part of yesterday its westward speed was only one mile per hour. While that’s good for the people here in Florida who are in no hurry to deal with it, it’s terrible […]

Me And Steve

 Posted by at 1:26 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 152018
 

Do you name things, like your cars, or your RVs? I don’t usually give things official names, although I did have several names for our old MCI bus conversion when it would bog down going up steep hills and we were driving on the shoulder of the highway with our radiator misters spraying water, watching […]

Jun 142018
 

I got an early start writing yesterday and things are moving along very well. So well in fact, that I thought I would be done with my new book by the end of the day. But Mother Nature and the computer gremlins were in collusion and they had other plans. This time of year we […]

Getting Naked

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 052018
 

Note: After reading my recent blog about declaring war on mosquitoes, longtime reader Sue Butler reminded me of my past experiences with Mother Nature’s critters in this blog post from 2013 and suggested I might just want to surrender now and save myself and those around me any further misery. We’ve never been to a nudist […]