September Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 132020
 

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 […]

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 […]

Back To My Roots

 Posted by at 12:53 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 012020
 

I grew up in a very different world than the one we live in today. Before I was 10 years old I already knew what I wanted to be. Not a jet pilot or an astronaut or a professional baseball player. No. All I ever wanted to be was a newspaperman and to write books. […]

Jan 042020
 

After driving my Mustang to Daytona Beach a few days ago and some running around I did yesterday in it, it now has 840 miles on the odometer. So I was a little distressed to find rust on one of the bolts that holds the driver’s side door hinge to the car. It lives in […]

Sandbaggers

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 312019
 

When I was in the Army a lifetime ago we had a term for somebody who always found a way to escape work, or who did just enough to get by but not a bit more. We called them sandbaggers. Yesterday Miss Terry and I spent some time hanging out with some sandbaggers and did […]

Sad But Happy

 Posted by at 1:16 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 112018
 

Yesterday was a combination of sadness and happiness for us. Watching the news coverage of Hurricane Michael devastating the Florida Panhandle before moving into Georgia and causing even more damage was a terribly sad thing to see. Having dealt with two major hurricanes of our own in the last two years, we know the pain […]

Well Darn It!

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 082018
 

Just about the time I thought I was back to normal, or whatever passes for normal with me, my darn back is out again. We stayed up late to watch the launch of the SpaceX “block 5” Falcon 9 rocket, which lifted off at 1:18 AM Tuesday morning from Cape Canaveral. A little while later, […]

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 […]

Mid-Day Sneak Away

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
May 042018
 

One of the nice things about being an independent author who works from home is that I can set my own schedule. There are days when I spend long hours at the keyboard, only taking occasional breaks for a snack and for dinner, and there are days when we have other things going on and […]

Apr 282018
 

No, there were no spaceships landing in our driveway in the last few days. We did have a visitor, but she didn’t come from that far away! Jill Baum used to work for my White Mountain Weekly newspaper back in Arizona about 24 years ago. We lost touch as time went on and she moved […]

Finally Got It Wet

 Posted by at 12:59 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 012018
 

Back in February I found the perfect pontoon boat for me, a 20 foot Bennington fishing model, with four fishing chairs, two in front and two in the rear, an L-shaped lounge, a pop up changing room, and a 70 horsepower Yamaha outboard motor. And the price was so good I just could not pass it […]

Me And Otis

 Posted by at 12:53 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 272018
 

Is there anyone who doesn’t love the old Otis Redding classic song (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay? I know I’ve tapped my feet to it a few thousand times in my life. Did you know that it was recorded by Redding just days before his death in an airplane crash in 1967? The […]

Jan 302018
 

You all know what a loving and kind man I am, right? When it comes to the people I care about, my generosity knows no bounds. But I’ve been wrestling with something the last few days. I am trying to decide on a Valentine’s Day gift for my wife’s husband. And I think I’ve got […]

Wicked Winds

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 172017
 

When we lived in northern Arizona before we started fulltime RVing, strong winds were a fact of life in the springtime. Strong to the point of being dangerous. Anybody who has ever been caught on a highway in a sandstorm knows what I’m talking about. It’s bad enough in an automobile, but in an RV […]

Time Traveling

 Posted by at 12:29 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 192017
 

In yesterday’s blog I told you about coming home to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, spending time in our Winnebago motorhome while we waited for the power to be restored, and showed you some photos of the damage in our little subdivision here on the Intercoastal Waterway in central Florida. Today we’re going to do […]

Yes, More Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:11 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 062017
 

This is the fourth collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I really don’t have anything else to talk about today. In case you didn’t know, potpourri is defined as 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous […]

Facts Is Facts

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 222017
 

I was a little surprised when I got an email and blog comment from someone accusing me of being insensitive to African-Americans because of yesterday’s blog, In Search Of Aunt Jemima. But then, I guess I shouldn’t have been because I know some people wake up in the morning looking for some reason to be […]

Blowing In The Wind

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 252017
 

The other day our friend Jim Lewis showed up at the house with two sets of Mighty Bite fishing lures that he had just gotten in the mail. Jim said according to the infomercial he had watched, these things are surefire fish killers, so he bought a set for him and one for us. Looking […]

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 […]

Mar 112017
 

No, I haven’t been a very bad boy who deserves punishment. Well, at least, no worse than normal. And no, Miss Terry and I have not been doing anything kinky involving whips and things like that. I’m talking about paddling our Sea Eagle kayaks. One of the things that sold us on our house is […]