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Is Winter Over Yet?

 Posted by at 1:27 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 112017

That cold front the weatherman had been promising us arrived with a vengeance over the weekend, with overnight temperatures down into the mid to upper 30s. Now, if you live in some godforsaken place like Michigan or Minnesota, that probably seems like a balmy spring day to you. But I’m not there. I’m here on the central coast of Florida and about to launch into a world-class snivel if things don’t warm up quickly. Please tell me winter is over.

It didn’t help matters that the heater side of our new air-conditioning unit did not work Saturday night. We set the thermostat for 68° when we went to bed, and when I woke for a potty trip about 5 AM and checked it, it was 59° inside our place. What’s that all about?

We just had the unit installed in early September, so I called Davis Brothers, the company we bought it from, and even though it was Sunday they had someone here within an hour or so. And the problem is what I suspected. When they first installed the unit I was told we needed to upgrade the original wiring for the AC, because what we had running to the old unit was insufficient for the new one. It would carry the load of the air conditioner, but not the heater. With everything going on with Hurricane Irma, it took a while for an electrician to get to us and run the new circuit. Than it took a while for an inspector to come out from the county and approve the job. Somewhere along the line, somebody dropped the ball and they forgot to have someone come out and connect the heat side of the unit. Once the tech did that and made a small adjustment to our digital thermostat, we had heat. I like having heat!

Most of the day yesterday was spent with Terry giving my new book, Big Lake Snowdaze, a final read through to check for anything that might have slipped by in the proofreading process. And sure enough, she found a few little things and I made changes to them before formatting it to get it ready to upload to Amazon. You can download your copy at this link.

In this most recent visit to our little mountain town, during a polar bear plunge into the lake during the town’s first annual winter celebration, they find the nude body of a woman floating in the cold water. And only in a place like Big Lake would the sheriff’s response be, “And I thought the worst thing that could possibly happen this weekend was when the mayor killed Santa Claus!”

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Congratulations Tom Van de Bussche, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Hands of Onyx, book 2 in the Sav’ine series by Stacy Bender. We had 37 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – I love Christmas. I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange. – Henny Youngman

Dec 102017

I’ve been working hard to make the final corrections to my new Big Lake book, so instead of boring you with the details of that, today I thought I’d share some RV quick fix products that we find useful and can come in handy in many ways. Back at Thanksgiving I told you about a […]

Wings Over The Rockies

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 092017

Note: This story if from the January-February, 2014 issue of the Gypsy Journal. If you like airplanes and you find yourself in the Denver area, you really owe it to yourself to visit the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, housed in a historic 150,000 square foot 1930s-era hangar located at what was […]

Another Twofer

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 082017

The other day I told you about getting a twofer when I crossed two things off of my bucket list; catching a fish from a kayak, and catching a redfish. Now, today, I want to tell you about a different kind of twofer. Today our dear friend Jim Lewis has a birthday. I had two […]

Yes, I Really Do

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 072017

Once in a while people ask me if I really do get all of the e-mails I occasionally share with blog readers because it’s hard to believe people could be that: A. Dumb, B. Naive, C. Clueless, or D. All of the above. But something I learned early on in my career publishing small town […]

A Twofer

 Posted by at 12:29 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 062017

Yesterday I crossed two things off of my bucket list at the same time. Don’t tell me I don’t know how to multitask! I’ve caught lots of fish in my time; from docks, from boats, from shore, and a few years ago on an RV trip to Atlantic City, North Carolina, from a pier in […]

Dec 052017

It seems like the weather here in central Florida goes from one extreme to the other. Last week we had daytime temperatures in the mid-80s and now we have a cold front headed our way and the weatherman is saying it will bring rain with it and we will be lucky if we hit a […]

Doctor Walter Reed

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 042017

Note: This story is from the January-February, 2011 issue of the Gypsy Journal. On a narrow two lane back road in Gloucester County, Virginia, we discovered the tiny cottage in which one of the most famous medical doctors of all time was born and spent his earliest days. A small sign and historical plaque were […]

Dec 032017

Miss Terry was busy editing and proofing my new book yesterday and I didn’t have anything to do. So when my buddy Jim Lewis invited me over to check out the trailer he had bought for his Old Town Predator PDL kayak, I told him I was on my way. The pedal-powered Predator PDL is […]

Small Town Treasure

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 022017

 Note: This story is from the November-December, 2015 issue of the Gypsy Journal. In the tiny village of Ilwaco, Washington we discovered a fascinating small-town museum that is a treasure trove of local history. The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum tells the story of this unique region that many call the Crossroads of History, where the […]