Will It Ever End?

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 162024
 

The thunder rumbled and the rain poured for much of Thursday night, but had pretty much stopped by the time we got up yesterday morning. It rained a bit off and on through the day, but nothing that amounted to much, and not nearly as much as the weatherman had predicted. However, we’re supposed to […]

Mar 112024
 

Yesterday, Tiffany and Destiny spent the day and night hanging out with Travis and Geli, something they don’t get to do very often because they live so far apart. They had a wonderful time exploring the area together, and later on Tiffany sent me this picture of Destiny working on a gourd project, I’m sure […]

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 […]

Keeping Busy

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 192023
 

After our day in town on Friday, we stayed busy at home yesterday. After a light breakfast of mixed berries and a half bagel each, I spent an hour or so answering emails. One was from an old friend who lives in Minnesota, telling me that she was not ready for their long, cold winter […]

Crunching Words

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 132023
 

We didn’t get all the rain over the weekend that the weatherman had predicted, but every little bit helps. We are supposed to have more rain off and on throughout this coming week, and the temperature has dropped a bit, making it a good time to stay inside and crunch words. And that’s what I’ve […]

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 […]

Wet And Soggy

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
May 212023
 

A few days ago, Travis and Geli came over and helped me get the mid-mount mower out from under my Kubota tractor and the brush hog mower attached to the three-point hitch on the back of the tractor. Getting everything lined up for the three hitch connections was a challenge, and then, as always, hooking […]

Mar 092023
 

I spent part of the day yesterday helping Travis and Geli get the last load of manure from our barn over to their place, then stopped at the post office in Gordo to mail out a book order. From there, it was back home and back to the computer, working on my new Tinder Street […]

Horse Pucky

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 072023
 

Yesterday was a good day for writing, even if it was frustrating. I had narrated a full chapter in my new Tinder Street book, using Microsoft Word’s narration feature, and I thought I was saving all along. But for some reason, all of a sudden the entire chapter, over 2,300 words, disappeared. It was just […]

Feb 262023
 

I spent most of yesterday working on my new Tinder Street book, A Changing World, and as always with this series, a lot of time was dedicated to research and checking facts to get the timeline correct for the events that were happening in the last half of the Great Depression. I’m about 8,500 words […]

Another Step Done

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 182022
 

Note: Several readers who have entered this week’s drawing have reported that they are getting e-mail notices every time somebody else enters. At the bottom of the drawing page, just above the Submit Comment tab, there is a box that they apparently checked that says Notify Me Of New Comments. If this happens to you, you should […]

Whiter Than Rice

 Posted by at 1:20 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 282022
 

If you live in Florida and have a manufactured home or a house with siding on it, you’re going to have to learn to live with mold and mildew. It seems to collect on the exterior no matter what you do or what kind of products you use to repel it, and the only way […]

Nov 272022
 

We are almost through this year’s hurricane season, which runs from June through the end of November, and the weatherman says there is no chance of anything happening between now and then. After dealing with two hurricanes in 43 days, that’s good news for us! After making a delicious breakfast of banana pecan pancakes, Terry […]

They’re Coming!

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 042022
 

You can tell winter is on the way here in Florida when the colors of the license plates start to change. That’s right, the snowbirds are coming. About this time every year I hear from RVers who are going into a panic because they can’t find a campground here in the Sunshine State. Especially any […]

Dodging A Bullet?

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 252022
 

According to the latest weather update, once Tropical Storm Ian makes hurricane status it looks like it will change its path and come ashore somewhere on the Florida Panhandle. Assuming that happens, we will get some wind and rain, but will dodge the bullet of a direct hit or even a close miss. That’s fine […]

A Change Of Plans

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 212022
 

After telling you in yesterday’s blog about our upcoming trip to Alabama to visit our son Travis and his wife Geli, we got a call yesterday morning that changed all of that. Travis came down with a bad headache the day before, and by yesterday morning he had all the signs of COVID. Geli, who […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Hard Years Is Out!

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 132022
 

Thanks to a lot of hard work by my three proofreaders, Terry, Judy, and Roberta, by cover artist Elizabeth Mackey, and by book formatter Scarlett Braden Moss, early yesterday evening I was able to upload the e-book version of The Hard Years, the fourth book in the Tinder Street family saga, to Amazon for purchase […]