All Clear

 Posted by at 1:24 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 012023

Anybody who’s ever had a colonoscopy knows that the prep is so much worse than the actual procedure. Terry had already been sick for a week, and going through that sure didn’t add to her comfort level. But she’s a trooper and she got through it yesterday morning, getting a report including photos that all was well, and during the afternoon we got a phone call from her doctor to confirm that they had read the results and everything looks good. That’s always good news. 😊

Because she hadn’t had anything to eat the day before, and it was almost noon by the time we left North River Surgical Center after her procedure, the first order of business was getting lunch. We have driven a by a restaurant called The Blue Plate in Northport many times and I had heard some good things about it so we decided to stop there.

They were busy with the lunch crowd and we had to wait about five minutes for a table, but that’s okay. They serve typical Southern comfort food; dishes like fried chicken, meatloaf, fried catfish, country fried steak, and pork chops. You can definitely tell you’re in the South because the sides included fried okra, purple hull peas, turnip greens, and butter beans. The specials yesterday included fried chicken, which I had, and beef tips in gravy. Terry chose meatloaf, and it was good. Even as busy as they were, the service was fast and friendly.

When we left there, we stopped at Publix to pick up a few things, and then made one final stop at Lowe’s so I could buy a couple of 20 inch high velocity fans. I want them to use in the barn while I’m gutting the interior and in the garage if I’m doing something out there.

We were both worn out from little sleep and getting up early, so at home I napped in my recliner while Terry unwound from her procedure. It’s always fun to have critters. Mai Lin , one of Terry’s kittens, was having a good time with the paper towels in the kitchen that BeeBee, her partner in crime had batted down for her, without us keeping an eye on them.

Later on we went out to her raised garden beds, where Terry harvested three kinds of peppers (anaheim, serrano, and jalapenos), along with some cucumbers and basil. There’s not a lot left out there, she may probably get a few more peppers and herbs before it’s all said and done.

When we were done with that we sat on the back deck relaxing for a while and throwing the occasional ball for Alli to retrieve. I brought one of the new fans out onto the deck to see how it worked, and even on low it moves a tremendous amount of air. Definitely a good investment!

We’ve got a few more days of relatively cool weather, or at least cooler than it has been, before the heat kicks in again next week. I hope to take advantage of that time to get some more chores done outside while I can.

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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.

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Nick Russell

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