Sep 202021
 

We love getting off the interstate highways and taking the two-lane roads whenever we can. As I have said many times before, a Denny’s or a chain hotel at an interstate exit in Kansas is no different than one in Michigan or California. But the two-lane roads will take you to the real America. Small […]

Jul 242021
 

Yesterday morning Terry and I had to go to LabCorp to get blood draws for upcoming doctor appointments. We finished there about noon, and since we had to fast before the appointment and we had some other things we wanted to do while we were out, we decided to try a small restaurant on U.S. […]

A Beachy Kind Of Day

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 282021
 

We had to go back to Best Buy in Daytona Beach yesterday to order something that we couldn’t figure out on their website. It’s always fun to wander around there and look at all the new tech toys, but there was nothing I really wanted or needed. I don’t know if there’s a big sporting […]

Well, I Did It

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 232021
 

Yesterday was another busy day for us, but we still made time for a half-hour of morning snuggling when we first woke up. We try to do this the first thing every morning and again at night before we go to sleep, and it’s very seldom that we miss the opportunity. Some people say that […]

Now You Tell Me

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 212021
 

We were up and out the door early yesterday morning because we had a lot to get done. Our first stop was at Chase Bank in New Smyrna Beach to make a deposit, and we chatted for a couple of moments with one of the employees who is interested in RVing and follows me on […]

Cool Is Cool

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 312020
 

After endless months of hot, humid weather, a cold front came through Central Florida yesterday and dropped the temperature down into the mid-70s. Boy, were we glad to see that! Terry and I had doctors’ appointments in New Smyrna Beach in the early afternoon, and when we finished up with that we drove a mile […]

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 032020
 

For those who you have been following our project about building a retaining wall on the drainage canal/ditch alongside our property and replacing the several feet of yard that had eroded away, we are just about done. As I said in recent blog posts, the retaining wall was put in, then fill dirt brought in […]

Soil, Sand, And Surf

 Posted by at 1:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 022020
 

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day here on the central coast of Florida. Temperatures around 79° with low humidity and a nice 10 mile-per-hour breeze blowing. So much better than the mid-90s and high humidity we have had for months on end. During the early afternoon, the folks from the Edgewater Yard Shop delivered two […]

Jun 132020
 

Except for a couple of dentist visits that Terry couldn’t put off any longer, we have not left the house in about three months except to go to the grocery store or Walgreens to pick up prescriptions. But yesterday we decided it was time to get a dose of Vitamin Sea. So, after a stop […]

Where The Buoys Are

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 022020
 

An oversize visitor from the north cloaked in red came to visit New Smyrna Beach for the holidays and has been generating a lot of excitement around here. No, I’m not talking about jolly old St. Nick. He comes around every year. This event is probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing. News reports say that this huge […]

The Trip Home, Day #4

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 182019
 

Note: This is day four a series of posts telling you about our trip home from the Midwest. The cold weather was still dogging us, and when we woke up at the Hampton Inn in Farmville, Virginia, the outside temperature was only 28°. Now that’s cold in my book! We were in no hurry to […]

She Married Mr. Right

 Posted by at 12:47 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 062019
 

Miss Terry and I were friends for many years before there was ever any romantic involvement between us. She told me once that after a bad marriage, she had been single for 14 years, because Mr. Right never came along. Apparently, I am Mr. Right, because once we did make a connection on more than […]

Sep 042019
 

I imagine by now you are probably tired of hearing about Hurricane Dorian. But trust me, after 10 or 12 days of hearing about it nonstop on the local news, and all the preparations we have made in advance of the storm, nobody is more tired of it than we are. Yesterday was the calm […]

Buffets And Beaches

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 032019
 

I had an appointment at the VA Medical Center in Daytona Beach yesterday afternoon to go over my labs with my VA primary care doctor. If you read the blog regularly, you may recall I did the same thing with my civilian primary care last Friday. It’s redundancy, but as I explained then, even though […]

Fat Guy In A Hot Place

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
May 312019
 

It’s been in the low to mid-90s for days now, and the humidity has kicked in to add to the discomfort. Florida is not a good place to be a fat man this time of year. But it has convinced me I need to change my ways and clean up my act, because obviously I […]

Our Own Crazy Days

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
May 092019
 

The third book in my Big Lake mystery series is called Crazy Days In Big Lake, and as the title implies, there was a lot going on in that little mountain town and everybody seemed to have gone crazy. Neighbors were threatening each other with violence, eco-protestors were on the march, flower children were camping […]

Rednecks And Rockets

 Posted by at 1:00 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 122019
 

Well, it took a few days longer than expected, but I think (hope) it was worth the wait. I got the manuscript back from my third and final proofreader yesterday morning, made the necessary corrections, and about 2 PM I uploaded it to Amazon. I never know when a book is going to go live […]

Mar 242019
 

When I was young man I used to be involved in all kinds of shooting sports, including trap shooting. I was never great at it, but I was able to bust a few clay pigeons and I always had fun. Over time life got in the way and I stopped competing in matches but still […]

Mar 062019
 

Welcome to Florida, where you can experience spring, summer, fall, and winter all in the same week. Sometimes even in the same day! The temperatures have been in the mid to upper 80s for quite a while now, which is too warm for this time of year. Then they suddenly took a nosedive, and we […]