Monday morning was cold in Columbus. It was 27 degrees when I took the rental car to fuel up and I had to scrape the windshield.
Fortunately, our flights went well and we landed in Jacksonville around 2:00. It was 70 degrees and there is much more greenery.
No offense, Ohio, but February is certainly not your prettiest month. :)
We unpacked and settled in. As you may recall, we're parked in Linda's sister's front yard for the winter.
Our brother-in-law Jay is home with the flu, so we chose not to venture into the house today.
Tuesday (Valentine's Day)
In the past few years, I've let my Valentine's Day efforts slack a bit due to being at RV shows or being on the move. So, this morning I snuck out of the rig before Linda woke up. I put gas in her Jeep and picked her up some toasted cinnamon crunch bagels (her favorite) from Panera Bread. I added a couple of long-stemmed roses and a small balloon to pretty it up a bit. She was still asleep when I got back, so it was a nice little surprise. :)
Since she posted the above photo on Facebook, I assume I did okay. :)
Later in the day, I went for my three-mile run. I let my exercise get away while we were doing shows, and my body was not happy. I didn't quite make it all the way and had to walk the last half mile.
While I was gone, Linda came up with a plan for the evening. Jay had cancelled dinner reservations, and I hadn't yet made any plans. But Jay was feeling better and Linda passed her idea by him. Ultimately, Linda "hired" her niece, Caroline, to put together a romantic dinner for four here at the house. Linda did some grocery shopping, but Caroline was our decorator, chef, bartender, server, and more.
Around 5:30, the ladies started with some champagne with fresh raspberries.
Next, we had a little shrimp cocktail .....
before moving to the decorated, candlelit table on the screened porch.
Caroline served us warm bread and salads and then we had stuffed salmon and scalloped potatoes for the main course.
We had a lovely evening on the porch looking out over the lake behind their house.
Dessert included chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate-dipped pretzels with fresh raspberries.
We enjoyed our meal and talked for a couple of hours. We never had to lift a finger, and it was perfect. Thank you Caroline. :)
It was definitely the best Valentine's Day we've had in a few years.