Oct 062023

Our friends Jesse and Jennifer arrived a little after noon yesterday and it sure was good to see them again. They lived across the street from us at our place in Edgewater, Florida, and I can’t count the good times we had together, whether it was fishing from our pontoon boat, browsing antique shows, going out to dinner, or just hanging out together. Sometimes you meet people in this life that there is an instant connection with, and neither time nor distance can change that.

They really love all of the hills and greenery in this area, and the chance to get out and explore someplace new. We spent much of the afternoon sitting out on the deck talking about mutual friends, our families, and what’s been going on in our lives. Jesse and I also jumped in the Kawasaki Mule and I drove him around the property, giving him a tour of our little bit of paradise.

Terry and I were both surprised at how quickly Alli took to Jesse. German shepherds are by nature a bit standoffish with new people, but after we introduced her to our friends and Jesse sat down on the floor to get acquainted, she warmed right up to him. And when we were out sitting on the deck and he was throwing a ball for her, the deal was sealed. Back inside, after dinner he played with her on the floor, and it was like they were lifelong buddies. I’ve always heard that dogs can tell the good guys from the bad guys, and Jesse is definitely one of the good ones.

Speaking of dinner, Terry made delicious roasted pork tenderloin, roasted smashed potatoes, and a vegetable stir fry with zucchini, onions, and mushrooms for her and Jesse. Like me, Jennifer is a meat and potatoes person, so we let the two of them have all of that they wanted. Dessert was an amazing apple crumb cake served with vanilla ice cream. Jesse said getting a chance to have some more of Terry’s cooking, which he grew to love when we lived in Florida, was worth the trip alone. 😊

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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.

Thought For The Day – I’m just going to flip this omelet… okay, change of plans, we’re having scrambled eggs.

Nick Russell

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

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