Note: This was supposed to be Friday’s blog, before the big crash.
Several years ago when my birthday was approaching, I mentioned that I was going to be turning 55 in a few days. Miss Terry corrected me and told me I was actually going to be 56. What? Really? I lost a whole year? That really upset me because that was going to be the year I learned to play the saxophone and lost a hundred pounds, and I blew it. But what can I say? You can’t turn back the hands of time, right?
However the universe has a system of checks and balances, and a few days ago I said that on my birthday (Thursday), I would be 69 years old. Again, Terry, obviously the mathematician in our family, corrected me and told me I was going to be 68. So I got back the year I lost before. And really, that’s only fair, isn’t it? I should get credit for 2020 anyway since I never got to use it.
And by the way, thank you to everybody who sent me birthday wishes in texts, e-mails, and on Facebook. They were much appreciated.
It was a quiet day at home for us, like most of our days have been for the last few months. We had some of Terry’s oatmeal flax bread for breakfast, and I spent most of the day answering e-mails and goofing off.
My daughter Tiffany called from Arizona to wish me a happy birthday, as did my son Travis and his wife Geli from Alabama. We are all lamenting the fact that last year they all came here to see us and we had hoped to make it a yearly habit, but COVID changed all of that. Hopefully, we can do it again next year.
Maybe I was being lazy, but Terry never slows down. She made me a delicious chocolate birthday cake, and later we had seasoned rock shrimp, slow-baked to perfection, along with cheese grits for dinner. Yes, of course, it was all delicious.
Today it’s back to work, working on my next Big Lake book. I’m aiming for 5,000 words, but we will have to see what happens.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. If I ever need lipo, I’ll call this place. I just don’t trust those guys doing lipo at the flea market.
Thought For The Day – Remember, when you bury a body, cover it with endangered species plants so it will be illegal for anybody to dig it up. Follow me for more important tips.
Do you think Miss Terry would be willing to share her recipe for slow baked seasoned rock shrimp? Your photo had me drooling.
A belated happy birthday to you Nick!
You know how in the spring you lose an hour when switching to daylight saving time? The argument is that you’ll get it back in the fall. Well, one year I lost that hour in the spring, as usual, but in the fall I just happened to be traveling through Arizona on the day of the change back. Arizona is one of the few states that doesn’t recognize daylight time, so I never got that hour back. I was gypped!!!
Glad to see your blog up and running again. Good luck tomorrow with the new host service!
Belated wishes for a very happy birthday. Sounds like it was enjoyable. To me you and Terry are both just kids.
Happy Birthday Mr. Russell and many more with your family and friends going forward.
Cheese grits, Shrimp & a homemade Chocolate cake……Yes, you are lovingly spoiled sir.
Happy very belated birthday, Nick. Also, did Terry make the placemats and matching napkins? Very pretty!
Barbara in Largo
No, she did not make them, Barbara. She said they came from a Dollar Store.
Gayle, I will ask Terry for the recipe and post it.