|A visit from Jess and kids!|
Believe it or not since last I wrote (on Monday) we've had a visit from Jess and her kids. It was a very short visit but terrific just the same.|
They arrived here around 5:15pm yesterday driving through lots and lots of rain. When they were just a 1/4 of a miles (approximately) from the Cottage they came across a problem. A policeman was stopping traffic because a large branch and an electric wire had fallen across the highway. Well actually the branch was across ONE lane but Jess hadn't realized at first that there was also the wire.
Jess called us to see what she could do since she didn't know any other way here. We gave her very simple directions taking her back to the levee and then to a road that runs parallel to Ventress Road. She did miss one turn but realized it almost immediately so they were here shortly after her call.
The weather was pretty bad raining really hard even though it wasn't constant. We had hoped to have supper at DON's but none of us felt like riding that far in the kind of weather we were having. So we decided to go to Not Your Mama's instead a place I've mentioned several times in my journal--tonight's visit was an exception to the things I've written before (at least for part of our visit there).
We were seated immediately at a table large enough for six of us. First thing that was wrong--the chairs. They were extremely uncomfortable for me with my short legs. We asked for another table which seems a logical and easy thing for them to do but the waitress seemed hesitant to do that. So I asked if I could switch chairs with a table nearby; she said that would be fine which to me might have caused a problem if another group came in; however we did that. From that point on I was quite comfortable.
After being seated for a little while longer than usual they came for our drink orders--nothing complicated here: water milk beer--but we waited and waited and waited for our drinks. Finally after Jess went to find out about our drinks the waitress said that it "would be just a minute" and we would have them. Well a minute here a minute there--turned into several more minutes but we finally got them.
Our "official" waitress was a lot better. We asked her to bring some crackers for Channie and asked if we would be getting their hot rolls. She indicated that we would and she soon brought some telling us that they were very fresh. Well--fresh rolls in a restaurant usually means that they are HOT--these were COLD. We asked her about it and she indicated that they had been baked a couple of hours before and were not reheated. Well that could not have been true because the rolls were not just "room temperature"--they were actually COLD. She brought us more though and these were hot--and quite good.
We ordered our appetizers which took a long time to arrive (crawfish nachos and gumbo--easy enough in that kind of restaurant I would think). Eventually that did come to our table and we gave her the rest of our order. Again nothing complicated or unusual--fried shrimp fried fish shrimp fettucini chicken-fried steak. We waited another long time before getting our food but it was good--and as usual we brought home several boxes of left-overs.
So this was not our best experience at NYM's. Another couple who arrived just as we did was leaving at the same time as us--they indicated that they too had been there a LONG time and did not seem terribly pleased with that. No matter--we had a good time and had a chance to do more visiting--the food was OK but not great. Oh for Bec's information the nachos WERE good!!!
When we got back I ended up spending a good bit of time with the Norton folks on my computer trying to get something done so I could regain the use of my Paint Shop Pro program which apparently was disabled or uninstalled when my renewal was put in. It took a while and I did get a little frustrated because we had additional connection problems on their end; however it was repaired and I can use my program again.
Today we started the morning with Sid's biscuits and coffee. The weather was much better today so the kids were able to play outside and we were able to take them on 4-wheeler rides to the woods. Channie especially enjoyed that.
Dinner was a roast that I had cooked in the crock pot and I think everyone enjoyed that. We had the left-overs for supper tonight.
As you can see we had a good time visiting with Jess and the gang. The kids played pool (on our little foosball table) and Channie just ran around giving everyone trouble. Nah! She just acted like the little 4-year-old that she is. Apparently she fell asleep just ten minutes into their trip so I hope she had a good nap and that everyone was able to relax and enjoy the trip.
Tomorrow Sid and I head to Lockport for a couple of appointments. We'll be back tomorrow evening. Before signing off tonight I want to wish a belated HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to my little brother Ricky and his wife Lisa. I hope they had a wonderful day and that it begins a year of happiness and good health.
Have a great evening and a terrific Thursday!
QUOTE: "Husbands if you treat your wife like a thoroughbred chances are good you won't end up with a nag. Wives if you treat your husband like a champ chances are even better that you won't end up with a chump." --Zig Ziglar
NOTE: Thoroughbreds champs--how about treating one another like God's creatures giving love in abundance and making sure that our spouse is treated just like we would want to be treat--and maybe even a little better. So makes a happy marriage---it takes work but it's definitely worth the effort.