We Are Home

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 292022

We are home after spending a week with our son Travis and his wife Geli at their home in Alabama. Tonight I will give you a quick overview of our trip, but I will tell you about some of the things we did while we were there over the next few days.

On Tuesday, the 18th, Terry had an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to go over the results of her ultrasound tests. The doctor said everything was good, and they discussed replacing her InterStim implant with a new version of the device that is MRI-compatible. Since she will benefit most from MRIs rather than CT scans or ultrasounds, it was decided to do that procedure sometime after the first of the year.

We had packed the truck the night before, so when we were done at Mayo a little after noon, we got on the road headed for Alabama. We made good time and stopped at the Hampton Inn in Troy, Alabama for the night. The next day we had a three-hour run to the kids’ place near Tuscaloosa.

Travis and Geli have nine acres and are really into country life. When we were there in early June, they had some baby chicks, and they have really grown up fast. Travis spends a lot of time with them, and they are very socialized. They seem to enjoy being held and reward him with fresh eggs every day.

Since our last visit, Travis got a riding lawn mower and he invited me to try it out. Technology has come a long way since I was a kid cutting neighbors’ laws with a non-powered push mower!

They also got a new roommate. When I posted this picture on Facebook, somebody asked me why they had a skeleton in their living room. I replied that they had to move it there because it was not getting along with the mummy in the kitchen.

You may remember that we picked up three 55-gallon drums to take to Travis. He needed to cut the tops off and started out doing so with an angle grinder. It didn’t take long to burn that out, so we went to Lowes and got a Sawzall, which made quick work of the job.

While we were there, Travis and Geli introduced us to a game called Cards Against Humanity, which is a lot of fun. At one point, Travis and I were laughing so hard that Geli had to take a couple of picture of us just to record the scene for posterity.

All good things must come to an end, and so it was with our trip. We left Thursday morning and drove 400 miles to Madison, Florida, where we spent the night at the Best Western Plus, and then yesterday, we had a three-hour trip home. It sprinkled most of the way through Jacksonville, and then we ran in rain most of the rest of the way home. We pulled into our driveway a little after 1 p.m., worn out from our trip and so glad to be home again.

We had a wonderful trip and look forward to going back again soon. Thanks for having us, Travis and Geli. We love you.

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.

Thought For The Day – I’m on my second guardian Angel. The first one quit and is now in rehab.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

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