Nick’s Blog

May 232019

We have been busy and getting a lot of things accomplished. That’s a good thing, right? At least, I hope it is, because I would not want to be doing all of this work for nothing.

I seldom drive my 1999 Ford F-150, though it’s a great truck and I love it. We purchased it at an excellent price back in 2016 when we were in the process of buying the house, once we found out how much delivery charges were for the furniture we were buying, and how expensive it was to rent a trailer or truck. The pickup paid for itself just in that, and I also use it for hauling our kayaks down to the water or to launch my pontoon boat, or anything else that we might need a truck for. Even so, it doesn’t get used a lot.

But I do try to start it up and drive it around every once in a while, just to keep things lubed up and the battery charged. A few days ago I was going to take it for a quick spin and the battery was dead. I tried to jump it with the Explorer and that didn’t do any good, so I disconnected the cables and put a battery charger on it. That didn’t do any good either. Okay, we’re not defeated yet.

I bought the battery in September of last year at the local O’Reilly Auto Parts, so I took it back to them the other day. They tested it, then said they wanted to put it under a more in-depth test, so they kept it a few hours on their charger and tried it again. Then they called me and said it seemed to have a bad cell and was indeed dead, but I was entitled for a free replacement. So I picked it up on our way home from the airport on Tuesday, and yesterday morning I installed it. The truck fired up fine with a new battery, and I’m good to go again. Once I had it running I went to a car wash and gave it a bath to go along with its new battery.

Now that my cousin Beverly is no longer with us, we spent a lot of time yesterday getting our house rearranged back to the way we had it before she came. Terry removed the shower seat and toilet safety bars from our guest bathroom, we rearranged the guest bedroom, and took the recliner we had bought for her out to Terry’s van. we will be dropping that off with my son one of these days before very long. Our house is starting to feel normal again.

I made a few calls, trying to find someplace to donate the walker, toilet bars, and shower seat to somebody who can use them. Something else we have to find a new home for is the powered adjustable bed we bought for Beverly. That was almost $3,000 and I don’t feel generous enough to just give it away. I put ads on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. I know that Craigslist is the happy hunting ground for scammers, and within 30 minutes I had three different fools texting me, all of whom are caring for a sick relative and who want my bank account info so they can send payment and have a mover pick it up. Yeah, right. I’ll jump right on that.

In other news, the printed edition of Sweet Tea And Jesus is now available on Amazon for those of you who prefer a traditional book over an e-book. You can order it at this link.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Badge Bunny, the third book in my John Lee Quarrels mystery series. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – Did you ever wake up, kiss the person sleeping beside you and feel happy to be alive and next to someone so beautiful? I just did that and apparently won’t be allowed to fly on this airline anymore.

May 222019

As most regular blog readers know, back in early February we went to Arizona to pick up my cousin Beverly and brought her here to live with us. She has some serious health issues and wasn’t getting much accomplished with the doctors in Tucson. A few weeks ago she had surgery to insert a shunt […]

May 212019

In his book It All Started With Columbus, satirist Richard Willard Armour wrote that our sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln, had been born in three states and also “in two cabins – the original, and the reconstructed.” When I read that I was reminded of a tour guide at some historic inn we visited once who […]

Dismals Canyon

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
May 202019

When asked what is the one piece of advice I would give to new RVers, whether they be fulltimers, snowbirds, or weekend warriors, the answer is always the same. Slow down. Not just slow down, but sloooow dooooown! New RVers all fall into the same trap – they want to see as much as they […]

Things That Go Boom

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May 192019

No, I haven’t been playing with dynamite or hand grenades, though I have in the past and somehow managed not to blow myself up. But I don’t do that anymore, deciding that I should quit while I was ahead. Or still had a head. No, yesterday Miss Terry and I went to the gun show […]

May 182019

Theirs was a love that could never be. A passion that had to be hidden from the cultural mores of the time. But even death could not deny them their devotion to each other. The proof lives on in a simple tombstone in Tampa’s Oaklawn Cemetery. Virginia native William Ashley arrived in Tampa in 1837 […]

10 Travel Books I Like

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
May 172019

There is more to RVing than just driving down the highway from one campground to another. America has many delightful and fascinating treasures that people drive by every day, never even knowing they exist. To make sure you don’t miss anything, here are some favorite travel guides that I refer to often. 50 States, 5,000 […]

The Best Medicine

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
May 162019

Note: My friend Donna McNicol mentioned this incident in a Facebook post a couple of weeks ago, and ever since people have been asking me for the whole story. So here is a repeat of my blog post about it from April, 2016. They say that laughter is the best medicine. If that’s true, I’m […]

May 152019

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog, a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I really don’t have anything else to talk […]