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 […]

Cornwall Iron Furnace

 Posted by at 12:18 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 082020
 

Located a few miles south of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, the Cornwall Iron Furnace is a fine example of the early industrial activity that helped make America a world power. Typical of the furnaces which dotted the Pennsylvania countryside in the 18th and 19th centuries that supported the thriving local iron industry, Cornwall Iron Furnace is the […]

Three Pebbles

 Posted by at 12:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 112020
 

The days of our nation’s westward expansion fill the pages of history with stories of newfound wealth, people acquiring land that they could never have if they had not chosen the difficult and sometimes dangerous path West, and many times, tragedies. This is the story of one such tragedy. When a young woman from Elmore, […]

Dec 082019
 

Before I do anything else today, I want to wish my dear friend Jim Lewis happy birthday. I’m not going to tell you how old Jim is, but let’s just say that what we all studied as history in high school was current events for Jim. And now, on to Christmas shopping. Miss Terry is […]

Mar 252019
 

Sometimes I want to find the person that invented the Internet and poke his eyes out. Does anybody know where Al Gore is hanging out these days? Yeah, yeah, I know he didn’t say exactly that, but somebody somewhere had to come up with the idea, and whoever that person is, I hate him (or […]

Mar 242019
 

When I was young man I used to be involved in all kinds of shooting sports, including trap shooting. I was never great at it, but I was able to bust a few clay pigeons and I always had fun. Over time life got in the way and I stopped competing in matches but still […]

Mar 232019
 

Check out my new ride! It’s roomy, stable, and only costs a few thousand dollars an hour to operate. Anybody want to take a cruise with me? On Thursday Terry had an appointment with her eye doctor in Titusville, and once we were done with that we decided to take a little ride. We wound […]

Mar 212019
 

After a few weeks of testing and adjusting to make sure they had things just right, yesterday afternoon we returned to Connect Hearing in New Smyrna Beach and Beverly turned in the loaner units and picked up her new hearing aids. I had no idea how much goes into getting properly fitted and adjusted for […]

Hot Pizza And Cool AC

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 062018
 

After taking care of the morning’s email, I spent part of the day writing and got in another 3,000 or so words in my new John Lee Quarrels book. Fans of the series keep asking me when it will be ready, and all I can say is that I’m working on it. Books are like […]

Apr 052018
 

When we bought a house and got off the road, and stopped publishing the Gypsy Journal, a lot of people thought that that we were retiring. But that’s not true. We just changed our lifestyle and refocused our energies. But that doesn’t mean we’re sitting around watching the grass grow and listening to our arteries […]

It Can Happen To You

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 102017
 

Ever since I started doing seminars at RV rallies, one thing that I have preached over and over is that both partners in an RV must know how to hookup and drive the rig, even if only one of them is the primary driver. As I always say, you don’t have to know how to […]

Busy Doing Nothing

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 092017
 

I spent most of yesterday being very busy doing not much of anything at all, if that makes any sense. If you’ve ever been an employer, you know what I’m talking about because you’ve probably seen employees do that more than once. I had written the first chapter of my next John Lee Quarrels book […]

Apr 082017
 

If you live close to the ocean, rust is a fact of life. And you don’t have to get something wet for it to be susceptible. It’s amazing how much damage the salt air can do to metal if you don’t keep up with maintenance. One of the big selling points when we bought our […]

Apr 072017
 

I loved history even back when I was a young boy in school, and I was always asking questions. So many questions that I think I frustrated my teachers sometimes. I remember once when I asked two or three questions about whatever the lesson was that day, my teacher told me that I had a […]

I’m So Stuffed!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 262016
 

I’ll tell you right now, the turkey wasn’t the only thing to get stuffed at our house for Thanksgiving! We had a quiet day at home, just the two of us, which is just the way we like it. Miss Terry had bought a turkey breast and cooked it, along with all the goodies, and […]

Happy Thanksgiving

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 242016
 

Wherever you are today, be it boondocking in the Arizona desert, attending a potluck at your favorite RV resort, or having dinner at home with lots of family surrounding you, Miss Terry and I wish you a very, very happy Thanksgiving. This is our first major holiday since we bought our house and left the […]

Oct 242016
 

We will begin moving into our new home on Friday, and in the meantime we are keeping ourselves busy to help the time go faster. On Saturday we drove to the small town of De Land, about half an hour from here, to visit a couple of used furniture stores. We have already been making […]

What We Use

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 232016
 

I get a lot of e-mails from readers asking for recommendations or advice about various RV products. Over the years many manufacturers have provided us with products to test. Some of them we have liked a lot and others we have passed on for something we consider to be better. So I thought today I […]

Bears Up Close!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 222016
 

Note: This story first appeared in the July-August, 2011 edition of the Gypsy Journal. If you have ever wanted to see bears up close and personal, make your way to Williams, Arizona, and spend some time at Bearizona Wildlife Park, one of the best attractions in a region that offers everything from historic Route 66 […]

Two Day Road Trip

 Posted by at 1:22 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212016
 

We won’t be moving into our new house for a few days yet because the previous owners had a delay in closing on their new home due to Hurricane Matthew. Rather than have them move everything into a storage unit, and then have to move it a second time, we told them we were no […]