Starting a new decade

Today I start a new decade. And I think it started off pretty well! We rearranged our work schedule so we could have today off and we headed west into Mississippi to the small (though not as small as you might think!) town of Laurel. Home to the HGTV show Home Town, hosted by Ben and Erin Napier. It was a bit of a road trip (less than 2 hrs.) but good road all the way!
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I have to say that the downtown road construction in Laurel was a little off-putting
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but fortunately, once you found parking (there was plenty), the sidewalks were open and the shops were ready for your business!
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Now life in ~300 square feet doesn’t allow for many knick-knacks, so we didn’t spend a lot of time in all those cute shops, but we did catch a glimpse of Ben at his workshop/store. (He’s the big one in the black hat!)
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Mind you, he was behind a glass partition, and he didn’t actually come out and wish me a happy birthday or anything – but it was still pretty cool to see him in his ‘natural environment!’
And it was a little more satisfying than my up-close and personal selfie taken with the famous couple at the Mercantile.
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We had a lovely lunch at one of the shops they renovated on the show
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(that’s a salmon club sandwich with a side salad and it was a-maz-ing!), drove around the neighborhoods trying to spot houses that had been on the show (or maybe would be next???),
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and checked out the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.
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(Full Disclosure – This was not high on Gary’s “Oh, this is fun!” list, but he was a good sport about it! It was my birthday after all!)
We finished out our trip to Laurel with a stop at Lowes (that is on Gary’s list), a 1/2 price (diet) strawberry limeade at Sonic and then a BOGO (small) Blizzard at DQ! (Just keepin’ it real folks!)
A lovely drive back to Citronelle
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and we were home  before dark!
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Just like old folks are supposed to!

So far, this new decade is working out just fine!

12 thoughts on “Starting a new decade”

  1. Happy birthday!!! Glad you got to do something different and fun!!!! I have watched the show many times! You are looking good my friend!!! Keep it up, whatever you are doing!!

  2. I soooooo love this post! Happy birthday Stephanie!

    Would it surprise you I don’t know who Ben is?
    But I sure got a good laugh out of your post today. Have a beautiful decade

  3. Can you imagine, all of us cousins are in the same decade. Whoops, not Dewey yet! – soon. Welcome to the 70’s!

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