Back To Real Life

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 272020
 

I hope your Thanksgiving was as nice as ours. Terry spent the whole day in the kitchen, making a delicious meal of turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie, and lots of other goodies. That seems like a lot of work to me, but she loves it, and the end result is fabulous. As for […]

Oh Hell No!

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 212020
 

The weather has been beautiful here for the last few days, but when I opened my office door yesterday morning to let in the nice fresh air there was a 17 foot long rattlesnake/cobra hybrid on the doormat. I didn’t scream like a little girl, because no sound would come out, even though I tried. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Soil, Sand, And Surf

 Posted by at 1:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 022020
 

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day here on the central coast of Florida. Temperatures around 79° with low humidity and a nice 10 mile-per-hour breeze blowing. So much better than the mid-90s and high humidity we have had for months on end. During the early afternoon, the folks from the Edgewater Yard Shop delivered two […]

Back At It

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 272020
 

I mentioned a few days ago that I had done an interview with Jim and Chris Guld from the Geeks on Tour about self-publishing. It will air on their YouTube channel today at 2 PM Eastern time and you can watch it at this link. It was a fun interview and I think you might […]

A Launch Is Coming!

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 202020
 

No, not a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral. SpaceX was supposed to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink satellites on Thursday but the launch was scrubbed due to strong currents that would make it difficult for the company’s rocket landing platform to hold its position in the Atlantic Ocean. There was talk of […]

Sep 192020
 

When Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in 1880, the world was a very different, and sometimes harsh place. People with physical challenges faced a hard life under the best of circumstances, and a child growing up handicapped often had a very limited future. Helen Keller was born into this world as a healthy […]

Sep 182020
 

Traveling around the country in a motorhome for over 18 years, we met a lot of people. Many of them were casual acquaintances, some became our close friends, while others were chance encounters, like ships passing in the night. But the one thing that always impressed me from coast to coast and border to border […]

Sep 172020
 

Many people think that the money from subscriptions is how a newspaper survives, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. At best, subscription income covers the cost of getting the paper delivered, and not always even that. Many newspapers spend a lot of money managing a circulation department. In fact, several of my newspapers […]

I Played Hooky

 Posted by at 12:19 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 122020
 

I have been working hard on the second book in the Tinder Street saga and I should be finishing it sometime in the coming week. I thought it would go quicker than this, but as with the first book in the series, there was a lot of research to be done. It’s important to me […]

A Race And A Freebie

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 242020
 

I have never been into team sports, but I do occasionally enjoy watching a boxing match, and while I don’t care about NASCAR, I always try to watch at least part of the annual Indianapolis 500. Not so much for the racing itself, but the traditions that go along with it. Who can forget the […]

Tinder Street Is Live!

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 262020
 

If I had any hair I probably would have pulled it all out yesterday. Yeah, it was that frustrating. With all of the final changes made to my new Tinder Street book, I formatted the e-book version to get it ready to upload to Amazon. I’ve done this many times, and it’s not very hard […]