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Wire Shelf

Our closets came with wire closet shelving sections mounted to angled support rods firmly fastened into sheetrock anchors. The entire system represents a challenge, like a game, where one adds items until the shelf collapses and the game ends. The home center offers handy brochures along with the shelving to explain all the options and […]

Introducing RewriteRetirement

RewriteRetirement

In coming weeks I will post articles to my blog tagged with the RewriteRetirement badge shown above. With as much openness as I can muster I will share what I am learning in this new stage of my life. Hopefully my experiences looking forward to, planning for and living in retirement will help or at […]

Preview of 2021

In 2021 we will focus the posts for the NicholsNotes blog into five categories as described below. Your feedback, comments, and insights are always welcome. And please, when you find one of the articles to be helpful share it on your social media platform using the link at the bottom of the post. We rely […]

The Inclined Christmas Tree

The Inclined Christmas Tree

From a Christmas past: The evening grew later as I horsed the over-sized fir tree through the dining room into the living room trailing a wave of needles behind me. I had trimmed the base to create a new entry point for water and took care to make the cut straight. Alas, no matter how […]

The Broken Angel

The Broken Angel

She’s back! This angel ornament topped the Christmas trees of my childhood. Mom and Dad purchased her their first Christmas together back in the 1950’s. Mom kept the angel wrapped in soft cotton in the off season, and she alone unboxed the decoration at tree-trimming time. Dad’s job was to place the angel on the […]

How to help with grief

How to help with grief

It’s sometimes hard to believe two years have passed since Mom’s death. I wrote this article in the fall of 2018 but did not share it. Shawn and I made so many trips to West Virginia in 2018 that we memorized the road from Raleigh to Saint Albans, all 700 miles and 14 hours of […]