Jay Talbot was having a phone conversation with his friend, Steve Hanson. Both of them had been friends for several years now and both plan to stay that way. Jay saw his wife, Ginny. Jay walked over to her and they hugged one another. He put his phone down so he could do that to Ginny.
"Jay, are you there?" Steve asked.
"That's okay, Jay. I'm heading to the grocery store to buy dinner."
"Okay. I don't have anything to add on the list."
"That's all right. See you later."
Steve heard the conversation with Jay and Ginny.
"That's all right, Jay. How is Ginny doing?"
"She's good. I'll tell Ginny you asked about her. She likes you too, Steve. What are your plans for this afternoon?" Jay asked.
"Nothing really. I'm supposed to meet Logan there in a couple of hours at the movie theater," Steve answered.
Logan Zimmerman is another friend Jay sees once in a while. They've known each other since sixth grade, and Steve came in on their first year of college. The friendship is still going strong, which is a good thing. For now, Steve is seeing one of their friends, Tina Duncan. No, this isn't a steady relationship, and they were fine with that.
"Tell Logan I said hello," Jay told Steve.
"I sure will. Maybe we can talk Bill and Paul to join us."
"That's a good idea, Steve. I'm sure they would like that," said Jay.
Bill Philadelphia and Paul Juarez were also good guys, and there was absolutely no way Jay would let Paul and Bill feel left out if he did something without them. Logan probably wouldn't mind since he gets along with just about anybody.
So Steve and Jay chatted for a few minutes longer, and ended their conversation. Jay put his phone away and walked back to the kitchen and grabbed the other half of a chocolate doughnut that was left behind from breakfast this morning. He loves chocolate doughnuts. Ginny makes them sometimes, and knows it's one of his favorites.
"Yum," Jay said after the last bite of the chocolate doughnut was gone.
He turned the kitchen sink on and washed his hands with soap and water. He thought now sounded like a good idea to ride his bike around the park for a while. Exercise is one of the things he really enjoys doing. Ginny goes with him sometimes. She walks their black Lab, Dolly every day. Dolly likes being around people, but is more attached to him than Ginny.
Once he left the kitchen, Jay found Dolly lying next to the television set, sleeping. She's not a barker, and that's what he likes about their dog. Jay bent down to pat Dolly a few times.
"You're a good girl, Dolly," he told the dog.
All the dog did was wag her tail as he gently patted her.
"I'll be back soon, girl."
He finished petting the dog and headed for his bike in the garage. The dog was still asleep.
So Jay went for a long bike ride around the park like he planned. Since it was a nice day, he saw several children outside playing with their friends. They saw him and Jay returned their waves.
He always wears a helmet, which is a good thing. He knows some people don't even bother doing that, but he likes to be careful.
When he returned to the house, Ginny's car was in the driveway. She didn't care where he went or what he was doing, but did see the bike was gone when she went to put the groceries away.
Once he put his bike back in the garage, he pressed the automatic garage door so it would close because they weren't going to use it anymore today.
"Hi, Ginny. How was the grocery store today?" Jay asked.
He began helping her put the groceries away as he usually does.
"It was packed. I had to wait in line for about ten minutes since there were tons of people in front of me. I didn't bother using self – check because they were full also. I almost gave up to put everything away and come back here. I saw your bike was gone when I came in three minutes ago."
"I decided to go for a ride. It's really nice outside, don't you think?"
"Of course I agree. I'd love to eat dinner outside tonight if you don't mind," Ginny told him.
"No, I don't mind, Ginny. I actually like the idea."
She and Jay are both the outdoor type of people.
Jay almost forgot the conversation he shared with Steve earlier this afternoon.
"Before I forget, Steve asked about you," Jay told her.
"That was nice of him."
"I know. He's going to the movies with Logan."
"What movie are they seeing?" Ginny asked.
"He didn't say."
"By the way, I saw Madeline at the store. We chatted for a while."
Madeline McClain was another friend of theirs.
"What's new with Madeline?"
"Nothing much. She says their house on the market."
"I didn't know Madeline and John were moving."
"I didn't either until she mentioned it."
"Where are they moving to?" Jay asked.
"She said they were looking at Texas, but they're not so sure because of all the violence that's been going on there lately. They also thought of Utah. That's where they're originally from," Ginny reminded him.
"I haven't forgotten about Utah. They're Mormon, and I haven't forgotten that."
"Neither have I. I'm sure they will be going back to that church once moving in."
"Maybe. Their daughter lives there, doesn't she?" Ginny asked.
"I don't remember them saying anything about their daughter."
"I don't either, but I thought I heard Madeline mention it a few times."
Ginny and Jay have been together for quite a while now and never had any children.
They're happy where they are.
"What are we going to have for supper tonight?"
"I thought about homemade pizza or chicken salad."
"Pizza sounds good."
"We will go with that, then. I'm also going to make brownies for dessert too," she told him.
"I'll take that. We can eat the brownies outside too," he suggested.
"I was thinking the same thing. I'll get started in a few hours."
"I'm good with that unless you want me to help," he offered.
"I'm good, but thanks for the offer."
"Just a suggestion."
Ginny is an excellent baker, and that's what Jay loves about her. She makes homemade stuff most of the time since she's good at it.
Jay looked around.
"I saw her napping by the TV set when I was leaving for that bike ride."
Sometimes Jay would go with a few neighbors unless he's invited. Today he was on his own.
"There were tons of people in the park today when I was riding."
"That's a good thing. I didn't see many children at the store. It was mostly young adults and older people."
"That's how it's usually done, right?"
"Right," Ginny agreed.
They didn't bother turning on the TV set. Instead, he turned the radio on. Ginny was fine with that.
He almost forgot something.
"I just remembered that there's a meeting tonight at City Hall."
"What time is that?" she asked.
"Six – forty – five. I heard it runs until eight. You don't have to come."
"I vote to stay with Dolly. Maybe next time."
Jay happens to be governor for Colorado. He's been elected just once. He hasn't given much thought on reelection in November. Probably not.
"Are you going to run for governor again this year?"
"Haven't given it much thought. I might."
"What are you going to talk about at the meeting?"
"Not sure. Probably a bill that will be signed. Mayor Curtis will probably say something about that bill."
Marlene happens to be her first name. They're friends as well.
"What kind of bill is that?"
Jay and Ginny are Republicans, to tell the truth.
He told her.
"Oh," was all Ginny could think of to say.
Late afternoon arrived. Ginny got started on making dinner and brownies. Jay offered to take the plates out of the cupboard and added them to the kitchen table.
When dinner was ready, she put the brownies in the oven. They helped themselves to how much they wanted for pizza.
Then both of them ate pizza on the porch.
So Jay and Ginny stayed outside for about an hour. When the hour was up, Ginny heard the oven go off.
Jay offered to carry the plates in.
Jay even fed the dog. Dolly is never a beggar, and that's what both Ginny and Jay like about their dog.
They got the dog from a friend and had her since. She is happy here.
"I'm going to head out for that meeting."
It's usually about forty – five minutes away from home in town.
"Tell Mayor Curtis that I'd like to meet her sometime."
Marlene has never met Ginny, but there could be a chance it could happen.