After long and safe flights from the U.K. they arrived in Tampa late last night. I had reserved rooms for them at the Marriott, so they could tumble into bed within minutes of retrieving their bags.
(There is a story about the Marriott messing up the reservations, but that can wait for one of my whiny days).
I had advised them not to spend $18 each each for the Marriott buffet breakfast, so I arrived with hard boiled eggs, soft buttered rolls, bananas, and strong "English Breakfast Tea" in a flask. That went over well - especially the good tea.
I'd rented a mini-van (2016 Chrysler Town and Country) so that their ride from TPA - SRQ would be comfortable.
I'd left SRQ in more than good time - just as well, 'cause there was bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-275 North from just before the Tropicana Field exit,all the way up to the Gandy Blvd. exit.
By 11:30 a.m. I had them safely ensconced in their rented condo at the Crescent Arms on Midnight Pass Road,
They were delighted with the condo (as well they should have been) - it's beach-front at Crescent Beach!
I left them to unpack (having stocked the condo with essential comestibles for lunch and breakfast).
Then I had a quick visit to my home: to take Penne for a pee-walk; then to have a ham roll for my lunch; then to return my rental to the airport at SRQ - after which I went to Publix to get some food for supper.
By 5:00 p.m. I was back at Crescent Arms to drive my folks to my home for a simple supper, and more importantly to make sure that my U.K. family members met my U.S.A family - Penne, Ada and Adelaide.
Maureen, Bern, Jean and John enjoyed the food I had prepared. More importantly they delighted in my pets. (They have their priorities right!)
Now, at 9:22 p.m., I am exhausted, and ready for bed (no time for any naps today).
It is a joyful exhaustion. I am so happy to have family members in town, ready to share in my life in SRQ.
Laus Deo Semper