The quieter you become the more you can hear ~ Ram Dass

Thursday, January 22, 2015


I'm happy to leave 2014 behind.  It was a tough year.

2015 is shaping up to be another weird, tough year.  Many members of my family are having operations in the coming year, as well as a friend.  I'm doing a lot of worrying about people.  I know everyone will come out good but it is still difficult.

Our son and his girlfriend will be getting married this year which I'm thrilled about.

I wanted to get some painting done in the house last year but things ended up being too crazy.  Hopefully, I will get it done this year.  I have a new bedroom set picked out, if only I can get that room painted so I can buy it.

Who knows what else will transpire this year but I'm hoping the good will outweigh the bad. 

So no goals or resolutions this year, I'm just going to hang on, heh, heh. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


The Ohio State won the national championship.   I still couldn't watch it all the way through.  I kept flipping the TV on and off, heh, heh.  I've been let down so many times by Ohio professional teams but the Bucks came through. 

Good job BUCKS!!!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sometimes it's just your fault

and it's mine, ugh.

I knew we were having trouble with our drain, by the stationary tub, in the basement, before we went on vacation in December.  I thought I'll call when we get back.  Then there was Christmas, New Years and I didn't bother. 

Around 3 yesterday, I was doing a load of laundry and saw the water wasn't draining well.  I flushed the toilet down there and up came more water from the drain.

I figured it was going to be the weekend and we would be stuck if it got worse.  The rubber was meeting the road with this pretty quick so I called the city.  They sent guys out to clean it from the street.  I was happy, thrilled until dum, da, da, dum, they flooded the laundry room.

It wasn't really their fault, they were determined, had a challenge to get it unblocked.  We had to keep turning on every faucet in the house and flushing the toilets.  I kept telling hippie to tell them to stop when I saw what was happening down the basement but he didn't.  I said we should just call a plumber and get it cleaned from the inside since that was where it seemed to be blocked now.  They kept thinking they would get it unstopped.

Finally, admitting defeat they gave up.  Luckily, they called the county to come.  They said not to expect them until late.  Surprisingly they came pretty quick.  It took them less then 10 minutes to get it unclogged.  The city guys had done most of the work but because of the way the sewer pipes are they couldn't get to where the paper was clogging it.

I was happy, thrilled, dum, da, da, dum, except for the mess down the basement.  Thankfully, hippie is taking care of it.  There's a bunch of stuff in the stationary tub that will need to be washed.  Right now, he is washing the floor with bleach.  

This isn't the first time this has happened but not to this extent.  Hopefully, I learned my lesson. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Las Vegas misc.

1.  First time since we've been coming to Vegas every morning wasn't sunny.  There were a few cloudy days.

2.  Last time we were in Vegas there was the Burlesque convention, this time there was a rodeo competition in town at different places.  Where we stay there is an arena, and they had the rope competition in it.  A lot of cowboys and cowgirls stayed at our hotel/casino.  I never saw so many cowboy hats and boots before.  It was really pretty cool.  Also, the casino played a lot more country music.

3.  At the food court they have a Fuddrucker's.  Son always eats hamburgers from their when we come.  I finally had one, it was yummy.  I wish I would have known they were so good, I would have eaten one every time we came.  We don't have any in Ohio, I don't think.  Even hippie tried them this time and got them twice after I went up to the room, lol. 

4.  What son and I do eat there is a hot dog vendor close to the betting tables.  I usually wouldn't come down from the room until 12 or 1.  When I did, son would always get hot dogs for us.  They are the best.

5.  When son, girlfriend and I went to the buffet I got a self serve ice cream cone for dessert.  Who knew it was so hard to swirl the ice cream in the cone from the machine?

6.  Hippie got propositioned again by a hooker, ha!  She gave him her card just in case for when we come back.

7.  One night when walking to our room we smelled something awful.  It smelled like skunk.  A couple days later, hippie remembered a conversation we had with someone a while back about some marijuana smelling like skunk.  I think we solved the mystery!   

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Bad stuff

So there was some bad stuff that happened on our vacation, and I mean BAD stuff.

Sunday morning at 5:30 a.m. (Las Vegas time) my cell phone was ringing.  I didn't get to it fast enough but I saw it was the credit card company calling.  They left a message and I called back, to make a long story short someone was using our credit card fraudulently and I had to cancel the card, ugh.  We did have another card but after that I didn't want to take the chance.  Luckily, we had enough money with us.

One day, son, girlfriend and I were in a parking garage and I fell.   I was trying to avoid a column and went too close to the parking curb.  I didn't notice it and I tripped and couldn't get my balance, down I went. First on my knees, then on my face or more accurately my nose.  I was so lucky though.  I only scraped the bridge of my nose and my knees.  No broken bones, teeth or glasses.  Girlfriend went in the casino and got someone to come out and look at me.  Someone came and they called the paramedics.  Also, some guys from the hotel/casino came asking questions and taking pictures of me.  I thought the paramedics were going to come in an ambulance so I gave my phone to son to take a picture of it, ha.  Always a blogger.  I didn't see what the paramedics came in but they asked if I wanted an ambulance to take me to the hospital but I said no.  (so, no ambulance picture, lol).  At the time, I was mainly worried if my nose was broken but thank goodness it wasn't.  They really didn't have any antiseptic (what kind of paramedics were these?) and they told me I would be better to go inside and just use the restroom to clean up which I did.  They gave us some gauze and tape and girlfriend helped me with that.  Actually besides the scrapes, being embarrassed and a little worked up I was fine.  Unfortunately, I didn't fall from drinking I think it was a senior moment.

The day we left and got to the airport, it was like someone turned on a switch.  Before we got on the plane I started coughing and got a runny nose.  I took two Advil's and bought cough drops before we got on the plane.  All the way home, I got sicker as we went.  Turns out the section we were sitting in was hotter than h***.  I mentioned it to the person sitting next to me and she thought it was extremely hot as well so it wasn't just me.  I told the flight attendant and she said she would check.  A while later she came back and said it was one of those fluke things where the front and the back of the plane were good and the middle was just hot.  Nothing could be done, ugh!

Then there was the day before we left when the maid service didn't clean our room.  I called down and asked that they at least send up some coffee for the morning which they never did.

Also, when we got home, when hippie opened our luggage there was a notice in it that TSA did a random check and opened our suitcase, ha...  I figured maybe they x-rayed it and saw all the stuffed animals in it and wondered what the heck they were. 

Oh well, stuff happens ;-)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Las Vegas

We flew into Las Vegas on a Thursday.  First time on Frontier, it was a rather uneventful flight although we did leave a little late.  The only thing you get free on the plane is water.  I bought some snacks at a store in the airport.  We got in around 4:30 and it was already getting dark. I gambled a little the first night but went up early.

Son, girlfriend and I went to a show at The Wynn called Le Reve - The Dream.  It was wonderful.  If you ever go to Vegas, it is well worth the price of admission.  It is a very small theater.  It has dancing, synchronized swimming, people coming down from the ceiling on ropes and wires doing acrobatics (kind of like Cirque du Soleil ).  It was amazing.  I never saw anything like it.

We stayed mostly at the hotel/casino this trip.  We ate at the buffet a couple of times there.  It was very good and only $12.99 with our card from the casino.  Then hippie was able to get an $80 comp at one of the more expensive restaurants there.  He always gets coupons from there for different things and was able to get it changed for a comp on a meal.  It was very good food.  I got pork chop marsela, yummy.

We did a ton of gambling and a ton of losing but they were giving away free stuff for points.  We got two cake serving trays one for us and one for son and girlfriend.  Also, a bunch of stuffed animals.  At least there was that.  Ha!

Son, girlfriend and I went to Bellagio's to look at their Christmas decorations that were gorgeous.

We left on Thursday and I was ready to go lol.

What would a trip of ours be without things going wrong.  I'll write about that next.