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 […]

What A Mess

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 182024
 

Things were going along smoothly with our Generac whole house generator installation on Thursday. The generator was set on its pad, the new breaker box with the automatic transfer switch was mounted on the side of the house and all the wiring was in place, and things were looking good. Then the excrement hit the […]

Generator Delivery

 Posted by at 1:09 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 172024
 

I was up and out of bed a little after 6:30 yesterday morning, believe it or not. If it would have been a normal morning, I would have peed and gone back to sleep. But this wasn’t a normal morning, because this was the day our Generac 24 KW whole house generator was being delivered. […]

Plugged And Stuffed

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 162024
 

We were on the go for much of yesterday, running errands and getting things done. Our first stop was at the post office in Gordo to pick up an Amazon package that they wouldn’t deliver because it was too heavy, at about 40 pounds. The lady at the post office said that Amazon is shipping […]

Feb 152024
 

More than once I have joked that I come from a long line of horse thieves, card sharks, shady ladies, and other assorted riffraff. I’ve always claimed that in jest, but it appears I wasn’t that far off the mark. I’ve always been interested in history, so I guess it was natural I would be […]

New Year, New Projects

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 012024
 

I hope your New Year’s Eve went well and you didn’t overindulge. But if you did, I hope you did so responsibly because 2024 has a lot of adventures and challenges in store for all of us. Since we moved into our house in January of last year we have been involved in one project […]

No Offense Taken

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 312023
 

It always amazes me that even with all of our multiple steps in editing and proofreading a manuscript, things somehow still manage to slip past us. Four different readers pointed out a couple of typos in my new John Lee Quarrels mystery, Jackpot, and I was able to correct them and upload the revised version. […]

Friday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 292023
 

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.Do you have any New Year’s resolutions, Nick? A. I don’t […]

Hot Tub Update

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 282023
 

In yesterday’s blog, I mentioned that three different readers suggested we shock the water in our hot tub with a heavy dose of chlorine and see if it helped with the water turning green. We did that for two days in a row, and by yesterday afternoon, the water had cleared up and was looking […]

Nov 272023
 

The Earthquake 33968 K32 wood chipper/shredder I bought from Amazon back in June is an excellent unit for what it is designed for. It handles branches up to three inches and assorted brush fine, but it proved inadequate for the larger branches and limbs we have down on our property from a windstorm a few months […]

Saturday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 252023
 

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.Where can I find The War Years? I have been trying […]

Nov 072023
 

Note: This story is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery II. Alongside a back road a few miles west of Boone, Iowa we found the lonely grave of a young pioneer boy who met a tragic death, only the first in a violent series of atrocities that stretched over five years and […]

Down To The Wire

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 292023
 

We’ve only got a couple more days before Terry’s folks arrive from Arizona for a week-long visit, so we are down to the wire trying to get things done before Wednesday. There’s a lot we want to get done, and hopefully we’ll accomplish it all. Yesterday, I use the weed eater to trim up around […]

Priceless

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 282023
 

Here is my version of the old Mastercard ads we all used to see on television. House on 8 acres in the country – $319K High tech Garrett metal detector – $569 Bear Legit compound bow – $459 Finding the $6 arrow you lost in the grass – Priceless I said in a blog post […]

Oct 262023
 

We had to go into town yesterday to get several things done, the first being to stop at Tuscaloosa Tractor to pick up the three-point hitch adjusting arm I had on order. As I said in a blog post the other day, our friend Justin Abrams was able to fix the one I have now, […]

Oct 122023
 

If you enjoy exploring small-town museums as much as we do, make it a point to visit the friendly little town of Wytheville, located in western Virginia at the junctions of Interstates 77 and 81. Here you will find not just one or two interesting little museums that are well worth a visit, but five, […]

Deck Staining Part 1

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 022023
 

Yesterday we put the first coat of Cabot Australian Timber Oil stain on the deck we had built recently, and since neither one of us had stained anything before, nor had we used a paint sprayer before, it was a learning experience. We started out by masking off everything with painter’s tape wherever the deck came in […]

A Lot To Get Done

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 012023
 

We went out on the deck last night and there was a beautiful moon lighting up the place. It’s so nice and relaxing sitting out there, throwing a ball for Alli, and just hanging out together. And as beautiful as the moon was, this wonderful lady made it pale in comparison. Our dear friends and […]

Ticks And Pallets

 Posted by at 1:21 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 292023
 

Terry had a follow up visit at Pickens County Primary Care yesterday morning to go over all of the tests they ran on her when she was so sick and to check on her status now. While she is feeling much better, she still tires easily, and she has a loose cough that she says […]

So Cold It Burns

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 282023
 

Years ago I spent a terrible winter living in Minnesota, and I realized that you have to give a lot of credit to the Swedes and Norwegians who settled that wild country back in the old days. These are people who got on wooden ships and used crude navigation tools to get across a treacherous […]