Jul 262019
 

Anybody who knows me well or has been reading the blog very long knows that when it comes to tools or fixing anything around the house, I am totally inept. It’s same way with fixing cars. Nope, not going to happen. Here’s what I know about tools – there are two kinds of screwdrivers, + […]

Jul 242019
 

I’m sure some of my readers have been around long enough to remember the TV commercials in the 1960s and early 1970s for Comet cleanser featuring Josephine the Plumber, played by actress Jane Withers. Well, guess what? I married her sister. Terry may not be related to Ms. Withers, but she’s just as handy. Probably […]

Mar 032019
 

The first time I met Miss Terry I was impressed not only with her beauty and her intelligence, but also the fact that she was an independent, capable woman who could do anything she set her mind to. In the 10 years or so that we were friends before we became a couple, and the […]

Jun 072018
 

We were up and out the door earlier than usual yesterday because I had an appointment to drop our Ford Explorer off at Leon’s, a local family-owned garage that does all of our automotive repair. Last week our 2005 Ford Explorer’s check engine light came on. It was running fine, but I like to take […]

Happy Birthday Travis

 Posted by at 12:19 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 042018
 

Today is an important day, because today my son Travis turns 41. How in the world could I possibly have a child that old? I’m barely out of puberty myself! I thought the calculator was messed up, so I did the math three or four times. No way can I have a kid that old! […]

Six Out Of Eight

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
May 152018
 

I wanted to give you an update on our erosion control project. In a blog a few days ago I said that we tried sinking the first two 5-foot lengths of PVC pipe into the ground and got them down a foot or so and ran into rock or something and couldn’t pound them in […]

Let There Be Light

 Posted by at 1:17 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 302018
 

You all know Miss Terry is a fabulous cook, and she likes having a bigger kitchen here at the house than she did in the motorhome so she can whip up all of her tasty creations. However, even though the kitchen is bigger, it’s not perfect. Not yet, anyway. One thing that really bothered Terry […]

She’s Still At It

 Posted by at 12:34 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 292018
 

In a blog post a couple weeks ago I said that Miss Terry had come out of retirement to help me hang paneling in our garage. Of course, anybody who has known us for very long knows that she was the one running the project and doing all the thinking and planning. I was the […]

How Did I Do That?

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 252018
 

Since this is Sunday, normally I would include something in today’s blog telling you that it is your last chance to enter our weekly Free Drawing and that the winner would be drawn this evening. But somehow I managed to completely forget about the drawing this week. They usually begin on Thursday and run through […]

Mar 192018
 

We had a busy weekend, and by the end of the day yesterday we had finished paneling one of the 50 foot long walls of the garage, except for trim pieces. Cutting the paneling to fit around the two windows was the most time-consuming part. That’s the longest continual wall. The front and back are […]

A Great Little Find

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 182018
 

As I said in yesterday’s blog, using the self-drilling screws to attach the furring strips in our garage wasn’t working out, and I planned to get some carbide tipped drill bits to make drilling pilot holes easier. We have a great little family owned business just a mile or so from us called Anchor Hardware, […]

It Could Be Worse

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 032018
 

After a couple of weeks of temperatures in the mid-80s, we’ve got a cold front coming our way and yesterday only got up to 72°. At 11:30 last night the temperature was 17° colder than it was at the same time the night before, and the weatherman says we will be in the 60s for […]

A Foamy Friday

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 172018
 

In a blog post a couple of weeks ago, when I told you about Miss Terry doing some painting at our house, I mentioned that we still had a couple of other home improvement projects we wanted to get done. One of them was insulating our garage. It’s a huge 1100 square foot metal building […]

Feb 032018
 

Picture this, me standing on a stepladder on our concrete driveway with a power tool in my hand. What could possibly go wrong? This is when you have to ask yourself, “where are the adults?” If you live in Florida, (or Washington, Oregon, or other places with a lot of rain), eventually your house is […]

Jan 262018
 

When I told my buddy Greg White about the email I received from the supposed hit man who told me I had to pay him a bribe or else he would be assassinating me within a couple of days (see my blog post Will You Miss Me?), Greg immediately became very upset. Not because his friend […]

Living At Lowes

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 152018
 

When we bought our house last year somebody told me that the secret that new homeowners quickly learn is that you don’t live in your house, you only sleep there. You actually live at Home Depot or Lowe’s. There’s a lot of truth to that statement. We are constantly doing things around the house to upgrade […]

Tool Time

 Posted by at 1:34 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 242013
 

Anybody who knows me well knows that I have absolutely no business messing around with tools. Not a wrench, not a screwdriver and heaven forbid not a saw! You know those tiny little screwdrivers that come with a couple of miniscule screws that people use to put their eyeglasses back together? We’d be better off […]

Aging Parents

 Posted by at 3:49 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 012009
 

I want to wish a belated Happy Anniversary to Terry’s parents, Pete and Bess Weber, who celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary yesterday. Here’s hoping you have many, many more together. My in-laws are very healthy, active senior citizens who are always busy. Apparently walking four miles a day, being involved in his church, helping his […]