Texas Sure Is Friendly

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 052020
 

Somebody once told me I could go to a stranger’s funeral and make friends with the guy in the box by the time the preaching was over. I’m not sure if that is 100% true, but I have always believed in the old saying that a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met before. […]

Small Town Ghost Story

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 022019
 

Halloween has long since passed, but today I thought I would share a ghost story with you that I was reminded of on our recent visit to Ohio. My mother’s family lived in the charming little town of Maumee, on the banks of the Maumee River. This area is rich in history and was hotly […]

Terry’s Toy Store

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 012019
 

When we first got together Terry had a collection of beautiful antique Aladdin oil lamps. I don’t know how many she had, but it was enough to be impressive when you walked in the door of her cabin. And because we lived in the high mountains of Arizona, where winter storms sometimes knocked out power […]

Up Way Too Early

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 302019
 

Thanksgiving Day we left home sometime around 1:30 PM and drove 120 miles to Jacksonville, where we checked into the Hampton Inn on Beach Boulevard. This is where we prefer to stay when we are in town for an appointment at the Mayo Clinic. On our first visit to Mayo, a few weeks ago we […]

Nov 292019
 

We love getting off the interstate highways and taking the two-lane roads whenever we can. As I have said many times before, a Denny’s or a chain hotel at an interstate exit in Kansas is no different than one in Michigan or California. But the two-lane roads will take you to the real America. Small […]

Happy Thanksgiving

 Posted by at 12:18 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 282019
 

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Wherever you are and whoever you are with, I hope you have a wonderful time today. And whether you are a religious person or not, I hope you take a moment or two to reflect on all the things that we have to be thankful for. Yes, there is a lot of […]

Jan 062018
 

Don’t you just hate telemarketers? You can be on every Do Not Call list in the world and it doesn’t matter to those creeps. They will still bother you. We got our cell phones years ago when we were in Elkhart, Indiana, which is area code 574. At least once a day we get a […]

RVers Boot Camp

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 252017
 

If you are a new RVer or a wannabe RVer, I’ve got some very good news for you! The Escapees RV Club will be having one of their excellent RVers Boot Camps in the Dallas, Texas area this coming spring. If you are not familiar with this excellent program, it was created by what I consider […]

Cut And Paste

 Posted by at 1:04 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 042017
 

There are some questions I get asked so many times that I’m almost tempted to just type the answer once and cut and paste it in from then on to save myself the trouble of having to retype it all over again. Yesterday was a good example. I got an email from someone asking me […]

Oct 212017
 

According to the weatherman, the worst of the summer weather is behind us and we can expect to see a cooling trend in the next week or so. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be cool, it’s just going to be less hot. It will be down in the low to mid 80s until Wednesday […]

A Change Of Plans

 Posted by at 12:20 am  Nick's Blog
May 282017
 

We had planned to spend yesterday showing my son Travis and his wife Geli some more of our area, but when we got up yesterday morning nobody seemed all that energetic, so we changed our plans and hung around the house instead. Travis’ 40th birthday is a week from today, and last year we went […]

May 272017
 

We spent much of yesterday showing my son Travis and his wife Geli around the area, and I think by the time we were done they realized they weren’t back home in Alabama anymore. We started out at Sugar Mill Ruins in New Smyrna Beach, exploring what’s left of an old pre-Civil War sugar mill. […]

May 262017
 

Lizzie Borden took an axe  and gave her mother forty whacks; when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. We all remember that little poem, and many of us think we know the macabre story behind it. But do we? On August 4, 1892, Andrew Borden and his wife Abby were hacked […]

May 252017
 

It seemed like every day for the last week or two the weatherman has been predicting rain for our area. And though there has been some rain come down around us, all we have had here is a brief shower or two that lasted for a couple of minutes. But that all changed yesterday. A […]

May 062017
 

After working in the hot garage most of Thursday afternoon insulating the door, neither Terry or I felt very energetic yesterday. The heat kind of kicked our butts. But the good news is, the job was successful. There was no heat at all coming through the door yesterday. So we suffered a little to make […]

Almost Done

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 302017
 

I finished laying out the new issue of the Gypsy Journal late yesterday and printed it out for Terry to proof. She’ll do that this morning, then I’ll make any final corrections, upload it to our web server, and then send it out to our subscribers. So sometime this evening you should be getting the link. […]

Mary Washington

 Posted by at 1:22 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 292017
 

Note: This story is from the January-February 2015 issue of the Gypsy Journal. We all know a lot about George Washington, the Father of Our Country, but how much do you know about his mother, Mary Washington? Would she be called the Grandmother of Our Country? Born November 30, 1708, in Lancaster County, Virginia, Mary […]

Fishing Fun

 Posted by at 12:34 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 192017
 

They say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. I don’t know about Jack, but I do know that all work and no play makes a Nick grumpy man. And since I’ve been spending a lot of time writing the last few days, I really needed a play day. So a little […]

Thelma Gets Me

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 172017
 

We have had a cold snap here in central Florida. Wednesday the high was only 59° and it got down to 39° overnight, and yesterday it warmed all the way up to a high of 60° and overnight it dropped down to 40°. Now, compared to what the folks in the Midwest and New England […]

Not As Noisy

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 172016
 

By yesterday afternoon it was not as noisy around here as it had been for the last few days. There are still a lot of Harleys here, but the RV park is starting to thin out as bikers who were here for Biketoberfest are leaving. But the folks in the office tell me it will […]