Less Than I Expected

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 232024
 

According to Kubota’s specifications, a new tractor should have its first service at 50 hours. That service includes oil change, lube job, fuel, air and oil filters, checking and adjusting valves if needed, and a thorough inspection. We have had so much going on that I goofed and didn’t realize I was at 71 hours […]

Always Busy

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 212024
 

Between getting the generator installed, repairing and upgrading the septic system, working on my new book, and everything else that life throws our way, it seems like we’re always busy. Terry has been eager to get back to weaving, and the last couple of days she has been working on getting her loom set up […]

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 222023
 

Our son Travis came over yesterday to help me change the blades on my Kubota tractor’s mid-mount mower. What was supposed to be an easy job proved a bit difficult starting out, but we got it done. Well, almost. We started out by jacking the front end of the tractor up and putting jack stands […]

Oct 212023
 

In a blog post the other day I told you that when clearing some brush at our son’s house, I whacked a stump with the blade of my Kubota tractor’s mid-mount mower and bent it. As it turns out, there are actually three blades in the mid-mount mower, and it’s best to replace all three […]

It Takes A Country Boy

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 182023
 

Last month one of the adjuster arms for my Kubota tractor’s three-point hitch bent and got cross-threaded and I had to order a replacement. I’m not sure what I did, but I managed to somehow do the same thing to the new one in the last few days. So it was back to calling Tuscaloosa […]

A Great Birthday

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 162023
 

Thank you everybody for the many birthday wishes that arrived by e-mail, text message, blog comments, and on Facebook yesterday. You made this old fart’s heart feel good. I have no idea how I made it to 71, considering I still have the metal maturity of about a 12-year-old on a playground. Terry went out […]

Tractor Challenged

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 222023
 

I always tell people that I am not short, I’m vertically challenged. However, I make up for that by being horizontally enhanced. But as it turns out, I’m also tractor challenged. Yesterday I went to Tuscaloosa Tractor and picked up the new lower adjuster arm for my Kubota’s three-point hitch. Before I left the house, […]

Range Backstop Day 2

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 212023
 

Yesterday Travis and I worked on the backstop for the shooting range for several hours and have pretty much got it completed. The first step was to put one more railroad tie on top of the front row of ties, then we used 2x4s and lag screws to secure all three stacks of ties together. […]

Four-Legged Compass

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 202023
 

Some of you may think I spend my life writing mystery novels and playing on my tractor, but that’s far from the truth. I’m a multifaceted person who is interested in all kinds of things, believe it or not. I’m always finding some weird rabbit hole to go down when I’m browsing online, and sometimes […]

Feeling Better

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 182023
 

Thank you to everyone who has asked how Terry is feeling. After three weeks of being miserable, it seems the last round of meds is helping and she is feeling quite a bit better. She still gets fatigued easily and is fretting because she doesn’t have the energy to do everything she wants to get […]

Timed It Right

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
May 182023
 

Yesterday started with a visit from a nice gentleman named Lamar, who operates an exterminating service called Pest Man. I had been referred to him by longtime reader Donald Hann, who lives in nearby Reform, when I mentioned the carpenter bees that were boring holes in a rocking chair on our front porch as well […]

May 072023
 

We were up early yesterday morning because we had a lot to get done. Our son Travis helped me put up another deer fence, this time around the garden and Terry’s raised planter beds. We appreciate Travis and his wife Geli very much because whatever we need, they are always here for us. The fence […]

Apr 022023
 

For someone who could not back my pontoon boat down the ramp and into the water without calling on help from my buddy Jesse Bolton, it may seem strange to think that I’ve become the owner of not one, but two trailers. Most regular readers will know that we bought a 14-foot cargo trailer to […]