Feb 142024

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you lovers, young and old, and especially to my own sweetheart, Miss Terry. I’ve said it a million times before and I’ll say it a million times again, I love you. There’s nothing better than being married to your best friend.

Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? Are you going out for a romantic dinner, or maybe an evening spent dancing? We are old fuddy-duddies, so we’re just going to have a quiet dinner at home. We don’t need a special day to express our love for one another. We do it every hour of every day.

Not long after we moved here, I got an e-mail from one of our neighbors, Vickie House, welcoming us and saying that she hoped to stop by and meet us in person someday soon. But you know how it is, people get busy and time slips away, so even though Vickie and I had exchanged emails a few times, we never met her until yesterday, when she saw me out in the front yard with Alli and stopped to introduce herself. Vickie’s family has lived here in Pickins County forever, and as she said, you can’t throw a stick anywhere in the county without hitting some of her kinfolk. We had a nice visit and found we have several things in common. We’re looking forward to getting to know Vickie and her husband Bill more.

During the afternoon we had an appointment at a lawyer’s office in Tuscaloosa. We had contacted him a couple of weeks ago to see about any changes we needed to make in our family trust, which was established in Florida, now that we live in Alabama. We also wanted to put our home and property here in the trust to protect things for our kids when we are gone, and to avoid probate. That was all accomplished, and yesterday was a simple matter of signing some paperwork that we need to take to the courthouse in Carrollton to transfer the deed to the house and surrounding property into the trust’s name.

By then it was midafternoon and we had not eaten yet, so we decided to try a place we have passed by but never stopped at before called McAlister’s Deli. I didn’t know that it’s part of a chain with over 200 locations. We were pleased to discover that they have a large selection of sandwiches to choose from, all huge and delicious.

I ordered their Cuban sandwich, and it was excellent. Lots of pulled pork, ham, and Swiss cheese, with a touch of mustard.

Terry chose the New Yorker, which had corned beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, and spicy brown mustard on marbled rye. I had a couple of bites of it, and I think that would be my choice next time.

These pictures are only half of each sandwich. After our first bites we knew this was going to be a place we’d be coming back to again and again. They had some interesting desserts on the menu, but the sandwiches were so big that neither one of us would have been able to take another bite.

With our tummies full, we stopped at the post office to mail off a few things, and then went to the CVS in Gordo to pick up a couple of prescriptions before coming home. Then it was a quiet evening at home for us. The perfect way to spend a day, because we were together.

We don’t have any plans for today, though I’m sure I’ll get some more writing done, and Terry has a lot of chapters to edit and proofread. And I’m pretty sure there’ll be a whole bunch of saying “I love you” throughout the day. But that’s every day of the year, not just on Valentine’s Day.

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 – Don’t marry someone you can live with. Marry the person you can’t live without.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Happy Valentine’s Day”

  1. We love McAllister’s. They used to have an orange-cranberry club that was my favorite. Don’t think they have it any more so I am experimenting to find a new favorite. Will try one of your choices next time.

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