Friday, April 12, 2019


AJ, AZ   High  97  Low 64

We got a very welcoming phone call from Todd when he told us he was going to come visit for a few days. Made our day, week, month, year - well you get the idea. However, I needed to let him know that we had a list of chores he was going to do while he was here.

This is his reply - "Oh I figured you would! Feed me, house me, love me, and take me to a 7-11 at least once and I will be your humble servant!"  I think that's more than fair. 

We picked him up at the Phoenix - Mesa airport which is a breeze to get to for us. I didn't realize I got this little girl running to greet someone but I love it. I can no longer run so I waited for Todd to get to us.

 Todd and Jim

Poor Todd. Country music is really not his thing but we already had tickets to the Legends of Country show for Sunday night. So he went with us and we all enjoyed ourselves. Todd was by far the youngest person at the showThese performers do the country music that Jim and I used to listen to and Todd was surprised at how many of the songs he recognized.

The biggest project that we had for Todd was the truck. He completely detailed the truck for us inside and out. It looks beautiful. The rest of the project was changing glow plugs. (glow plugs are a heating device that aids in starting a diesel). We needed three of them changed. As you can see Jim made a really good supervisor.

Todd loves to work on vehicles as long as they belong to him or his family. He likes working in the parts department at the Ford dealership rather than out in the service shop.

His reward as a trip to 7-11 for a slurpee. Todd grew up on slurpees when we lived in Virginia. Montana doesn't have any 7-11's so when he comes to visit it is always a stop we make.

We had lots of little chores for him and he gave me a break from taking the garbage out as well as carrying the dogs in and out many times a day. Another chore he did for us was to vacuum under the loveseat. I had totally forgotten that we have a central vac system because I use my light weight vacuum. But he hauled the central vac out and got down under the love seat. Neither Jim nor I can get down or back up.

We went out to eat a couple of times and also grilled at home. It was just a most wonderful visit and we are so grateful he took the time to come down. And we are especially thankful that his beautiful wife, Michaela, was willing to stay home and take care of their four fur babies. But I'm sure hoping next time she gets to come with him. 

We are so proud of the man this son of ours has become.



  1. So nice for you. We are envious.

  2. Such a good son. Great job, Todd!

  3. What a great son--so very kind and loving of him to fly down to help you both!

  4. Definitely a great son!! So glad he was able to come and help you guys in so many ways.

  5. What an awesome visit with your son, so nice off him to come on by and help you guys out, even if he had to suffer though some country music.

  6. What a lovely surprise. Todd appears to be very considerate and giving. Who works for a slurpee these days.

  7. What a wonderful son you have. Now you have many projects done that neither can do anymore it's wonderful

  8. Looks like an awesome visit!!

  9. Glad Todd had the chance to come for a visit that helped you out.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  10. I thought you were a GM family. Todd works for Ford? I'm surprised you didn't disown him when he took that job! :cD

  11. Lovely post. The Slurpee was hilarious. It's been many many years since I had one but yes, if you are a believer, it's hard to live without the cold sweet stuff. The couch was pretty funny too. Glad you had such a great visit.

  12. What a lovely person you raised! That was an excellent visit. It's nice that he'll work for Slurpees.

  13. What a wonderful son!!! So glad he got to come and help you all out in so many ways!!! Our son loves Slurpees but you honestly can’t find them around here anymore!! Glad he got his...nice reward!!!


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