We Have Visitors

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 032023

Terry’s parents, Pete and Bess Weber, are here from Arizona visiting us for a week, and they arrived just in time for the coldest days of the season so far. So when we went to the airport in Birmingham to pick them up Wednesday evening, we made sure to bring jackets for them to wear.

We had never been to the Birmingham Airport before but it’s not all that big, and we didn’t have any problems finding our way around. Their flight from Phoenix to Charlotte, North Carolina was uneventful, and after a layover there they flew into Birmingham. That flight was delayed by half an hour. We were concerned, with both of them being in their 90s, but they did very well.

It was still cold yesterday but by early afternoon it had warmed up into the low 60s. I took Pete for a ride around the property in the Mule and he liked everything he saw. We sat out on the back deck enjoying the sun and the views for a while.

As she is with any strangers, Alli was reserved at first, but once she realized that they were part of the family she warmed up to both of them very quickly. Especially when Pete started throwing her Kong for her. That’s all it takes to win her heart.

Later in the afternoon we drove into Tuscaloosa to take them for an early dinner at the Juicy Crab, which has quickly become our favorite seafood restaurant locally. If you haven’t had a seafood boil before, with shrimp, black mussels, crawfish, sausage, red potato, and corn, you have no idea what you’re missing.

Back at home, we relaxed and enjoyed visiting for the evening. It’s supposed to be warming up a little bit starting today, and I don’t think any of us will be complaining about that. Terry’s parents love her cooking, and she has some goodies planned for the next few days. We won’t be complaining about that, either!

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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 – My phone has this cool app that shows me what I would look like as an old person. It’s called Camera.

Nick Russell

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

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