Monday, February 19, 2018

A Saturday in Birmingham

On Saturday morning, Mr Marvin got up and drove Miss Arlene to Birmingham.  She was all excited to meet one of her favorite bloggers at Barnes and Noble at the Summit in Birmingham. Leslie Anne Tarabella, would be signing her book, The Majorettes Are Back in Town!

My friend, Sandy at  I Majored in Home Economics introduced mt to Leslie's blog, Fairhope Supply Company. I quickly came to love her sassy southern style and I was not surprised when she went on to write weekly columns for the Mobile Register. Now she writes for Birmingham News and Huntsville Times. You can find her columns online at You can find her blog at  on my Blog Roll.  I will admit when I first saw Leslie Anne's last name, I thought she had made it up because she comes up with some of the funniest names on her blog posts. However, her husband is a transplanted Yankee with Italian Roots. Her family took a trip to Italy and I could hardly wait for each new post about the Tarabellas travel across the pond.

You all know how it is with Blog feel as though you know them. Well let me tell you that Leslie Anne is just as sweet and genuine in person as she is on her blog. We hugged and chatted like old friends. I was there early so I got a chance to visit and get some pictures.

Mutual admiration society...

To Arlene the best Nana in   no not really but I got a special inscription. I also got to meet a blogger who is a friend of Katie at Preppy Empty Nester. How did I spot her? She was carrying a Miss Daisy Twin MacKenzie Childs tote.  And the lady standing next in line is Nancy from Clanton, Alabama. She and I had a nice chat as well. She spends her winters in Fairhope, Alabama and that is how she came to know Leslie Anne.  Again I must brag on the blogging is exceptional in every way.

After getting my book signed, Marvin and I checked out Daughter in Law, Katy's favorite restaurant at the Summit.

Chuys....oh my goodness it was good.

Great chips and salsa.

We brought home left overs for supper.

The Summit is an upscale shopping center in Birmingham. You might wonder why it is called the Summit.

Quite the view ....

This was the view from Chuys.

Birmingham is a city on multiple ridges....Today the sun was peeping out and the temperature was 67!! A great day all the way around!! Thanks Leslie Anne for making your book signing such a fun event.


Sandy said...

I am so jealous. Sounds like a fun day all the way around. Blogging friends really are friends.

Dianna said...

What a wonderful way to spend the day! Leslie Anne looks so so sweet. I loved the way you shared with us about the other ladies in line. I can easily see myself standing in line and the two of us having a nice chat as well. You have such a winning smile, Arlene, that I can't imagine anyone not responding to it.

The view from the Summit is gorgeous! And the food looked delicious!

Robin in Virginia said...

Arlene, what a fun outing you had. Books, friends, chatting, and Chuy's oh my!

Mary said...

Oh, I am envious of your great day! So nice of Mr. Grimm to take you! I will certainly check out her blog and book. I remember telling everyone I knew about the Pioneer Woman when she first started blogging. I thought she was a great writer but terrible cook after trying a few recipes and here she has a cooking show!

Love your outfit!! Is that Dooney bag your are carrying?

RJ is always telling me about the great food at the Chuy's by her! She is a regular and I wish I had one by me too!

Terri D said...

What a fun day!! You are so right about our blogging community! We are a pretty terrific bunch of women (if I do say so myself!). Those views are amazing. Wow.

Jan said...

What a great day! Sounds like fun to meet fellow bloggers. You feel like you already know them. Chuy's is the best-I love the Baja shrimp tacos!

Heather said...

Sounds like a great day! Visiting with blog friends is always fun!

Sally said...

How neat! I love Leslie Anne's blog and articles. I can't wait to read her book.
I am so glad you got to meet her. It looks like you had a great day in Birmingham!

RJ said...

What a fun day you and Mr. Grimm had...looked like you were really enjoying yourself. I love that photo of you and Leslie Anne. I must say I have alot in common with your husband is a Northern of Italian descent and I LOVE Chuy's too. As Mary said we are regulars there every Sunday night. First we go to 5:30 Mass and then finish our date at Chuy's. We always have the same waiter Alex and he treats us like family. We also get the same thing too...fajitas, rice, charro beans, the green salsa and of course tortillas made from scratch. If you have not tried them yet...get the charro beans instead of the refried. They are much healthier and taste 100 times better too. Glad you had so much fun. RJ

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I agree with everyone else...what a wonderful way to spend the day! Leslie Anne is awesome! Hugs!

Mari said...

Well, you sure had a great day! I agree about blog friends, and I know she was thrilled to meet you too. I also love getting to know people in a line with me. Chatting is a great way to use that time, instead of just standing there.
PS - I love your outfit!