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Veterans Day

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 112020
 

Veterans Day Note: I posted this blog last year on Veterans Day and it’s just as appropriate today. I want to share some thoughts on veterans and Veterans Day. My family has a long tradition of military service. At least two great grandfathers that I know of were in the Civil War. Yes, the Civil […]

How About Some Q&A?

 Posted by at 12:20 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 102020
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, 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. We are watching the news coverage of Hurricane Eta and are really worried […]

Adding To My Resume

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 092020
 

I have done quite a few things to earn a buck in my life, and some of them have been a bit bizarre while others have been rather mundane. I think the shortest job I ever had was about four hours. Right after I got out of the Army a thousand years ago, I got […]

A New Day

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 082020
 

When we turned on the news yesterday morning, we learned that Joe Biden had been officially named President-elect of the United States. I know for many Americans that was wonderful news, and for many others, it was not what they had hoped for. Either way, it’s a new day and a new start for our […]

Nov 072020
 

With more than 5,000 surface acres, Lake Crescent, on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, is a body of deep blue water that has always been popular with campers, fishermen, and boaters. The lake’s water is exceptionally clear, caused by a lack of nitrogen, which inhibits the growth of algae. Before highways were built in the area […]

We Share Everything

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 062020
 

I have said many times that Terry and I are best friends, and we have a wonderful marriage. We have so many things in common – we like the same kind of music, we enjoy many of the same things, from traveling and kayaking and flying kites to collecting antiques. We like reading, we both […]

Will It Ever End?

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 052020
 

I think most of America has spent the last two days on pins and needles, wondering what was going to happen on Election Day and then how the final count would come out. As of midnight last night, it was still up in the air, although Joe Biden had a commanding lead. But as they […]

Today’s The Day

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 032020
 

Well, the big day is finally here. Election Day. In all of my 68 years, I have never seen a more contentious election than this one. Have you? Between politics and the pandemic, I have seen friendships and family relationships destroyed and rifts created that may never be overcome. Whatever your politics are, or who […]

Nov 022020
 

You know that filter we’re all supposed to have that keeps us from saying what we’re really thinking sometimes? Yeah, well, I don’t have one of those. Not having that filter comes in handy when you’re a small-town newspaper publisher and you aren’t afraid of stepping on toes. Of course, it makes you some enemies […]

Down And Dirty

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 012020
 

Right on schedule, the truck from Edgewater Yard Shop arrived at 1:30 yesterday afternoon with two yards of fill dirt that we needed to replace what was lost when we took out the big dead tree and the parasitic Palmetto that was surrounding it. I originally thought that we would need about 1½ yards, and […]

Cool Is Cool

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 312020
 

After endless months of hot, humid weather, a cold front came through Central Florida yesterday and dropped the temperature down into the mid-70s. Boy, were we glad to see that! Terry and I had doctors’ appointments in New Smyrna Beach in the early afternoon, and when we finished up with that we drove a mile […]

Morro Bay

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 302020
 

Note: This is a repost of a blog from our 2010 travels as fulltime RVers. Terry and I did a lot of exploring along the central coast yesterday, but rather than post one super long blog, I’ll break it up into two or three shorter blogs over the next few days, since the weather is […]

18 Years? Wow!

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 292020
 

Eighteen years ago today we were at the Escapees RV Club’s Raccoon Valley Campground, just north of Knoxville, Tennessee, when my daughter Tiffany, back in Arizona, went into labor with her first child. We didn’t have a cell phone and it was during the evening, and the only pay telephone available was in the campground’s […]

Fog, Weed, And Rain

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 282020
 

We were out running errands much of yesterday and I ran out of time, so here is my blog post from five years ago today. Hard to imagine that weather when it is 90 degrees here on the central Florida coast. Yesterday was a long day on the road for us, 262 miles, from Sutherlin, […]

Mixed Reactions

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 272020
 

When I asked in yesterday’s blog if I should continue to post stories from our previous travels when I don’t have something else to write about, the reaction was mixed. Some readers said that they didn’t really care about the travel stories because they had hung up the keys or else they had already been […]

Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 262020
 

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 don’t have anything else to talk about […]

The Rest Of The Story

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 252020
 

In yesterday’s blog, I told you about the tree removal and about us cleaning things up afterward, and about our trip to the nursery to order some citrus trees. But there was more to our day than that. And now, in the words of the late, great Paul Harvey, here is the rest of the […]

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 […]