Nick’s Blog

Oct 242020

We woke up yesterday morning to the sound of a Bobcat in our yard. No, not the wild critter. It was a bobcat used for doing heavy-duty work. The tree removal company that was supposed to be here on Thursday showed up on Friday instead, and by the time I got dressed and walked outside he already had our tree down. So we went from this (top) to this (bottom).

The fellow operating the bobcat said he was surprised at how easy it was because he didn’t expect the tree to go that quickly. He was actually using the teeth on the Bobcat to dig up the roots of the Palmettos that had grown all around it, and as he was getting them out he barely bumped the tree and it started to lean over. So he gave it a little push and it was gone!

Then all that was left was to load everything on the trailer and take it away.

With that ugly, mostly dead tree gone, we want to plant some citrus trees. So we went to Lindley’s Nursery and Garden Center yesterday afternoon and purchased a lemon tree, a tangelo tree, and a key lime tree. I wasn’t sure how much work was involved in replanting them, but when the nursery said that for less than $60 they would come out, dig the holes, plant all three trees, and fertilize them, I jumped on it. I’d rather have them do the work and get it right than for me to mess it up. Well, to be honest, I’d rather have them do the work so I don’t have to do it.

Back at home, we spent a couple of hours clearing up the area where the tree had been taken out, cutting out roots and such. The nursery said we need to let that area rest for at least two weeks before we try to plant something there, and said to water it quite a bit in the next few days to help the dirt pack down and remove any air pockets. I’ll have to bring in some more topsoil, too.

With that out of the way, we cleaned up some of the scraggly bushes growing in the little flower garden at the front of our house. It looks much nicer now, and Terry wants to plant some herbs there.

I was tuckered out by then, but Terry is like the Energizer Bunny and she never stops going. She trimmed off a bunch of dead leaves on our banana trees and they look a lot better now, too.

She also picked some of the small bananas off the trees. This is the first time we have harvested any of them because they always seem to go bad before we do. Several people have said that they won’t ripen on the tree and to pick them and let them ripen inside. Okay, we’ll see what happens.

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Thought For The Day – This virus has done what no woman has been able to do; cancel all sports, shut down all bars, and keep men at home!

Stood Up

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 232020

I wasn’t completely surprised when the company who was supposed to be here yesterday afternoon to remove the big tree in our yard never showed up or called. In fact, given the way most service companies operate in this area of Florida, I would have actually been more surprised if they did. It seems like […]

Oct 222020

As I’ve mentioned several times, we planted a bunch of perennial peanut plants along the side of our driveway, where we put in a retaining wall to stop erosion from the drainage canal. The folks at Lindley’s Nursery and Garden Center in New Smyrna Beach told us that they are hardy plants that require very […]

Civic Duty Done

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212020

Yesterday we did our civic duty, driving to the library in New Smyrna Beach to drop off our mail-in ballots at the secure voter box. Even though there was quite a long line of people outside waiting to get in and vote, dropping the ballots off as we did was quick and easy. We pulled […]

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 […]

Two Days In A Row?

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 192020

Is it possible that I will actually be able to post blogs two days in a row without Go Daddy crashing again? Wow, that would be something, wouldn’t it? It does seem like they have finally fixed the problem, although I still don’t know what caused it to go down in the first place. I’ve […]

Lost And Found

 Posted by at 12:34 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 182020

Note: This was supposed to be Friday’s blog, before the big crash. Several years ago when my birthday was approaching, I mentioned that I was going to be turning 55 in a few days. Miss Terry corrected me and told me I was actually going to be 56. What? Really? I lost a whole year? […]

Oct 172020

By now most of you know that the blog crashed sometime Thursday, and I have spent more hours than I care to remember on the phone with Go Daddy’s technical support since then. First I had to work my way through the layers of lower-level geeks who assured me the problem was my local internet […]

Historic Deerfield

 Posted by at 12:17 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 142020

Visitors to Historic Deerfield can step back into the early days of Colonial settlement and learn about life in a typical small New England village in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts in the 18th century. From the Native Americans who lived on this land for 8,000 years to the first English settlers, the farmers, […]

More Of The Same

 Posted by at 12:51 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 132020

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m really looking forward to the election being over so we can get back to all those fun television ads for ambulance-chasing attorneys. It has to be better than all of the “vote for me the other guy’s a crook/vote for me the other guy’s incompetent” […]

Oct 122020

For a guy who makes his living with a computer, I am absolutely techno challenged. I know how to turn it on and off, how to write, and how to do some basic photo manipulation, but that’s about it. Saturday night after I had the blog ready to post, I decided to pull up the […]

Oct 112020

When a wildfire erupts in the rugged backcountry of the American West, getting firefighters on the scene as quickly as possible can make the difference between a minor problem and a major catastrophe. The men and women of the U.S. Forest Service Smokejumpers are specially trained to parachute into the fire zone, carrying everything they […]

Watering And Writing

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 102020

That’s pretty much what I’ve been up to the last few days, watering the new plants we put in and writing my next Big Lake book. As I said in a blog the other day, our yard guy didn’t realize the perennial peanut plants we put in were supposed to be there. He thought they […]

Oct 092020

Or even dark of night could keep us from finding funny and oddball mailboxes as we traveled the country in our motorhome, and we’ve collected pictures of some interesting ones along the way. I posted a blog with some of our favorites a couple of years ago that was well received, and ever since, readers […]

Oct 082020

We have a small blocked in flower garden area attached to the front of our house that has been home to a few flowers and some scraggly bushes. Terry has wanted to get out there and do some work on it once things cool down and decided she wanted some kind of a garden cart […]

Oct 072020

Note: This is a follow-up post to yesterday’s blog about our first trip to Savannah, in 2011. Yesterday we did a whirlwind tour of Savannah, and though it would take weeks to really do justice to this charming and beautiful city, we saw enough to know that coming back here and spending some time is […]

It’s Almost Warm!

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 062020

Note: This is a post from 2011 about our first visit to one of my favorite cities. After a very cold night in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, we made ready to hit the road yesterday morning, about 11 a.m. in search of warmer weather.  We took Interstate 40 into Asheville, where we picked up Interstate […]

Can You Say Moo?

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 052020

Montgomery, Alabama’s MOOseum offers a fun and interactive way for people of all ages to learn about Alabama’s beef cattle industry. Each year 10,000 school children and adults tour this unique hands-on educational museum, where they learn about the history of the beef cattle industry, the contributions the industry makes to society, and the many […]

We Must Be Getting Old

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 042020

I think we must be getting old. I said in yesterday’s blog that we had hoped to finish planting the last 17 of the perennial peanut plants we had left to go, but it turned out that didn’t happen. We both woke up so sore and stiff that just getting out of bed was a […]

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 […]