The Girls Are Here!

 Posted by at 1:00 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 082024
 

It seems like whenever I have to get up early in the morning to do something I might as well stay up all night, because I hardly get any sleep anyway. Mostly I toss and turn on nights like that, even though I’ve been taking ZZZ Quil sleep aid. That was the case Wednesday night, and when the alarm went off at 5 o’clock yesterday morning, I think I might have gotten a total of three hours sleep at the most. But that’s okay, because we were on a mission.

After letting Alli out to go potty and downing half a glass of orange juice with my morning meds while Terry attended to the cats, we were on the road a little after 6, headed to the airport in Birmingham to pick up daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Destiny, who were flying in from Arizona.

It’s about a 90-minute trip, but we allowed ourselves two hours to have some buffer. As it turns out, it’s a good thing we did, because as we were entering the Birmingham metro area traffic came to a dead stop on Interstate 20. It took us about 15 minutes to get to the next exit, which was less than a mile away, and then our GPS took us on a meandering route through some back roads and sketchy neighborhoods before getting back on the highway past whatever the slowdown was. As it turned out, we got to the airport just about the time that Tiffany and Destiny had picked up their luggage and walked outside to wait for us. Boy, it was sure good to see them!

After a quick round of hugs, we loaded them and their luggage into the van and started the homeward trip. That was not without its challenges, either. I was in the wrong lane where I-20 and I-65 split off and found myself heading south towards Montgomery. Okay GPS, now what do I do?

As it turned out, there were even sketchier neighborhoods we hadn’t seen yet. Now we have. Eventually we got back on the right highway and put a few more miles behind us before we stopped at a Cracker Barrel to eat breakfast, because the girls had not had anything to eat since the previous afternoon.

With our tummies full, we headed back down the road again, stopping to see Travis and Geli on the way. My son and daughter are very close, as you can tell from this picture. That’s Tiffany on the left, then Travis, Geli, Destiny and Terry.

We visited for a while and I took a couple of pictures of some of the gourds Travis has grown and then decorated, and the girls were introduced to their flock of chickens and their two dogs.

Then we came home, where Alli was more than ready to get outside after being left in the bedroom for over six hours. She loves attention, and she got plenty of it. She must have run two or three miles across the pasture and down the roads on our property following the kids as we showed them around. Eventually she flopped down on the ground, covered with mud, one very happy doggy.

Travis and Geli came over for some more family time together, and we’re going to have a lot more of it in the next week. The girls were exhausted from their long day driving down from Show Low to Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, and then their overnight flight and layover in Charlotte, North Carolina, and sometime around 8:30 they took showers and went to bed. Terry and I stayed up a while longer, but once I had the blog written and uploaded, we were more than ready to do the same.

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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

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

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