Jun 132020
 

Except for a couple of dentist visits that Terry couldn’t put off any longer, we have not left the house in about three months except to go to the grocery store or Walgreens to pick up prescriptions. But yesterday we decided it was time to get a dose of Vitamin Sea. So, after a stop […]

Where The Buoys Are

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 022020
 

An oversize visitor from the north cloaked in red came to visit New Smyrna Beach for the holidays and has been generating a lot of excitement around here. No, I’m not talking about jolly old St. Nick. He comes around every year. This event is probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing. News reports say that this huge […]

The Trip Home, Day #4

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 182019
 

Note: This is day four a series of posts telling you about our trip home from the Midwest. The cold weather was still dogging us, and when we woke up at the Hampton Inn in Farmville, Virginia, the outside temperature was only 28°. Now that’s cold in my book! We were in no hurry to […]

She Married Mr. Right

 Posted by at 12:47 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 062019
 

Miss Terry and I were friends for many years before there was ever any romantic involvement between us. She told me once that after a bad marriage, she had been single for 14 years, because Mr. Right never came along. Apparently, I am Mr. Right, because once we did make a connection on more than […]

Sep 042019
 

I imagine by now you are probably tired of hearing about Hurricane Dorian. But trust me, after 10 or 12 days of hearing about it nonstop on the local news, and all the preparations we have made in advance of the storm, nobody is more tired of it than we are. Yesterday was the calm […]

Buffets And Beaches

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 032019
 

I had an appointment at the VA Medical Center in Daytona Beach yesterday afternoon to go over my labs with my VA primary care doctor. If you read the blog regularly, you may recall I did the same thing with my civilian primary care last Friday. It’s redundancy, but as I explained then, even though […]

Fat Guy In A Hot Place

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
May 312019
 

It’s been in the low to mid-90s for days now, and the humidity has kicked in to add to the discomfort. Florida is not a good place to be a fat man this time of year. But it has convinced me I need to change my ways and clean up my act, because obviously I […]

Our Own Crazy Days

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
May 092019
 

The third book in my Big Lake mystery series is called Crazy Days In Big Lake, and as the title implies, there was a lot going on in that little mountain town and everybody seemed to have gone crazy. Neighbors were threatening each other with violence, eco-protestors were on the march, flower children were camping […]

Rednecks And Rockets

 Posted by at 1:00 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 122019
 

Well, it took a few days longer than expected, but I think (hope) it was worth the wait. I got the manuscript back from my third and final proofreader yesterday morning, made the necessary corrections, and about 2 PM I uploaded it to Amazon. I never know when a book is going to go live […]

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 062019
 

Welcome to Florida, where you can experience spring, summer, fall, and winter all in the same week. Sometimes even in the same day! The temperatures have been in the mid to upper 80s for quite a while now, which is too warm for this time of year. Then they suddenly took a nosedive, and we […]

Jan 032019
 

The weather here in Central Florida has been crazy. In the last week we’ve had overnight temperatures that dropped down into the upper 30s, and some days we had to wear jackets when we left the house. Other days, like yesterday, it was in the 80s and the air conditioner was running. I guess the […]

Dec 222018
 

After all of the bad weather we had on Thursday, Friday dawned with blue skies and chilly temperatures. And wind. Lots of wind. But that’s okay, we weren’t driving an RV anywhere so we didn’t have to worry about that too much. It was a very busy day for us. It started out with somebody […]

Oct 312018
 

Miss Terry had a doctor’s appointment early Monday afternoon and we thought we would pop into the library in New Smyrna Beach on the way and vote early. As it turned out, about half of Volusia County had the same idea. The place was packed and a double line snaked up and down the hallway. […]

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 […]

Another Ring

 Posted by at 1:03 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 202018
 

Okay, I have sat here quietly doing my thing for months now and I haven’t whined or sniveled once about the weather. But I’ve about reached my limit with it. I really, really wish it would start cooling down. Instead, in the last week the temperature has gotten even hotter, hovering at and even exceeding […]

Don’t Stay, Go!

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 102018
 

After reading yesterday’s blog in which I said we didn’t plan on evacuating our home here on the Florida coast unless a real biggie of a hurricane is headed our way, I was surprised by the fact that I got not one, not two, not even four, but five emails from people yesterday who are […]

Aug 172018
 

We all know that’s a recipe for disaster, don’t we? The majority of car salesmen and RV salesmen have one thing in common – if their lips are moving, you can pretty much assume they are lying. And before you start jumping on me telling me that you know a good car salesman, note that […]

Steve Got A Lobotomy

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 312018
 

We were up early yesterday morning because I had an appointment at the VA Medical Center in Daytona Beach for something called a field of vision test. I have rather large and abnormally shaped eyes, and every time I get an eye exam, when they do a pressure test they tell me they think I […]

Day Trip to Daytona

 Posted by at 12:53 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 032018
 

Except for a brief outing for dinner on Sunday, we haven’t been away from the house very much, if at all, in a week or so. Which meant my appointment with the VA medical center yesterday gave us an excuse to spend the day in Daytona Beach. There are two basic routes to get to […]