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

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

Hope you have a wonderful 2014!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

How fun

Magellan and I went for breakfast yesterday for our stuffed strawberry french toast. When we got our coffee, they put it in a Christmas mug.  We were surprised but delighted, ha!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

White Christmas??

All of our snow melted this past week.  I couldn't believe it.  I thought we wouldn't have a white Christmas.  However, looks like we might have a little bit.

My brother and his wife are coming tomorrow.  I'm cooking and getting ready for that.  Luckily, the house cleaner came Saturday so there is not much to clean.  Merry Christmas to me, lol.

I know some people have a hard time at Christmas when things aren't going right.  So....


Friday, December 13, 2013

Dinner friends

We had our Christmas dinner at a French bistro.  The restaurant was charming and the food was magnifique...

I had Filet Mignon roti aux Herbes et nappe de Sauce Moutarde which was Herb  Roasted Filet Mignon (pork) spread lightly with Mustard Sauce

For dessert I had Chocolate Mousse.  (It looks kinda of creepy in the picture, ha.  It looked cuter in person).

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cccold Outside

I think we might be in for a bad winter.  It's been freezing here already.

To top it off, I started jury duty yesterday (bad). I was supposed to go for five days ending on Tuesday.  However, today they said we didn't have to come back (good).  I never even went to a courtroom to be questioned to be a juror, ha!  They said that happens sometimes when you start in the middle of the week.  I forgot how much colder it is downtown with the wind from the lake, brrr. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

With the good, comes some bad

1.  We've always had good luck with leaving on time when we've flown.   After taxing to take off we waited and waited.  After a half hour the pilot came on and told us we had to go back to the gate there was something wrong with the plane.  We  finally took off two hours late, ugh.  Before we did the pilot came on and told us he would get us to Vegas "to the best of his ability."  Nothing made me feel more confident than that, ha!! 

2.  I practiced taking video with my phone before the fountain show at the Bellagio's because I've never done it before.  I was excited when the show started and I changed from photo's to video.  When it was done, I tried to watch it - no video, huh?  I was upset but I had told our son to do it on his phone too so I wasn't concerned because he said he would text it to me.  Okay, the next day he tried to send it but it was too high of resolution to send.  It was our last day, so I asked if they could take me back so I could try again.  They did and I got it.  I think what happened the first time, I was so excited when I saw the show starting that I may have turned it to video but forgot to start it lol.

3.  Hippie always stayed up much later than I did gambling.  One time he came in at 2:30 a.m. and when he tried to brush his teeth before going to sleep, he found out we had no water.  I called up the front desk and they told us it wouldn't be back on until 4. We never did find out what happened but all we could think of was the poor people that went back to their rooms and were sick, ewww.

4. We both got club cards from where we were staying a few visits before. You earn points when you use the machines.  One time we left gambling to go out to eat.  When we came back, I realized I had left my card in the machine earlier and someone else was playing on it. She had her own card in the machine. I asked the person if they saw it but shesaid no.  The guys had gone their own way to gamble, so son's girlfriend and I went to talk to the people where you get the cards to see if someone may have returned it.  No, no one had turned it in.  Then she looked up my name and said I didn't have a card.  I told her that couldn't be true because I had been using it.  Then she called the front desk and they told her no I didn't have a card.  I kept insisting that I did have a card.  She fiddled with her computer and finally she found my name in it but they had transposed a couple of the letters. Whew!  She gave me two new cards.  When we left there, we looked for machines to sit at, and my machine was open again.  I sat there for a while gambling when suddenly I looked up and saw something peeking out on the top of the machine.  Sure enough, it was my card.  I guess I had never really looked at the card.  They had not transposed letters in my last name, they had not even put the first two letters on the card at all, ha!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Shopping in Vegas

These are a few places I went shopping when I was inside Bellagio's.

Just kidding although if I would have won big, I might have shopped at one of these places lol. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


My son, his girlfriend and I went to Red Rock Canyon.

Hippie stayed at the casino and gambled.  It was a pretty neat place.  We didn't stop at the first few places where we could take pictures.  By the time we did stop there were not many red rocks left, ugh.
If I go again, I'll have to stop where the crowds were. 

The sun was peeking through.

I saw this big black bird, I don't know if it's a crow or what.  It was a very windy day.  A little while after I took the picture, it went flying off with another bird.  It was pretty comical, they kept trying to fly and the wind kept pushing them back down.


We left for Las Vegas on Tuesday and came home Sunday.  The weather was beautiful.  In the 70's and the last couple of days in the 60's.  I gambled with only $100 the whole time.  In the end my total loss was $16, unbelievable, ha...  I consider that pretty good.  Hippie sat next to a woman that won $1300, too bad it wasn't him.  He didn't do well this time.

We went to In and Out for supper one day since we don't have it around here.

We also went to my favorite restaurant Battista's Hole in the Wall.  I love that place.  They give you a free coffee drink at the end of your meal, which I got the recipe for. 

We also went to The Rio for their buffet.  We don't normally go to buffets because hippie and I don't eat our money's worth.  But for locals and guests it's only half price so we went.  Hippie ate more than I've ever seen him eat.  He had crab legs, shrimp and mussels.  I think we all got our money's worth that night.

We've never been to The Bellagio's to see the fountain show so we did that.  How fun.  I took video on my phone but can't seem to get it off my phone.  The Bellagio's had their fall decorations up. 

They were also starting to add some Christmas things.

More later...

Monday, November 18, 2013

Fun November times

1.  I went to the art museum with Magellan and a couple of other Dinner Friends this month. The remodel looked wonderful.  We ate lunch there.  When we were through at the museum, Magellan and I were going to head to 'Little Italy' for supper but she got a call and had to go back to work to do something.  We headed to the bakery in 'Little Italy' though and bought some pastry and coffee.  I went with her to her work and when she was done, we went to an Italian Restaurant closer to home. 

2.  Magellan and I went to a breast cancer survivorship celebration in downtown Cleveland put on by the Cleveland Clinic.  We got breakfast and lunch and there were many interesting speakers about breast cancer and some swag, ha!  Also, Regina Brett, who is a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer spoke (she is also a bc survivor).  She is such a hoot.  She is also the author of 'God Never Blinks' and her new book which I got at the event but haven't read yet 'Be The Miracle'.

3.  Just got back from Las Vegas last night.  Will write more about this later.  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Last deer picture, ha!

The deer was at our house for over 24 hours just eating and resting.  My neighbor that lives on the next street came over yesterday with someone and they got a really great picture of it, although that made the deer leave, ha!  He did come back last night for a while.  It was like a nature preserve.  Besides seeing him, I also saw a skunk eating something out of the grass (no picture of him though). The deer was gone this morning.  I'm not sure if he left because of the skunk or he was just carousing.

Friday, November 1, 2013


It was a pretty frightful night.  Windy, rainy but not too cold.  I was surprised, we probably had around 50 kids show up.  I was glad, not too much candy left for us to eat, ha!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

He's back

I'm not sure if it's the same one but I'm thinking probably since he made himself at home.  It looks like he bulked up, ha!!  (Excuse the blurriness)

Eventually, he laid behind the grill and relaxed for a while. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Random thoughts

1.  My new obsession is audio books.  Can I get any lazier?   Ha!

2.  It's been getting chillier and chillier here.  I haven't been sitting on the patio too much, boo hoo...

3.  The neighbor man is turning 100 this month.

4.  I went to a launch party for someone I know that is a Christian singer/song writer.   I never did anything like that before.  It was pretty cool!  This was her first professional CD.  I'm excited for her and her family.

5. I've always had mixed feelings regarding all the pink in October.  I read a really good blog post from  a woman with breast cancer who will be on it forever, unless the decision to stop is made.......    Awareness is all well and good but we also need to be aware of people who are going to be living with cancer the rest of their lives. So, if you are inclined to buy into the whole pink October thing be careful who you give your money to.  Research is really needed for women/men not only to prolong their life but to save their lives. 


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fishing can be dangerous

Hippie was fishing last week with his buddies.  They were coming in and were going to dock the boat.  He saw a guy pull his trailer in the water to get his boat and he noticed the guy's old Cadillac was starting to go into the water as well.  The next thing he saw the whole car was in the lake.  A good Samaritan jumped in and got the man out of the car.  It had already sunk up to the bottom of the windshield.  It was an older man.

Hippie said in minutes, the whole car had sunk under the dock.  Two park rangers came, a coast guard boat, an ambulance and a fire engine as well.  They didn't stick around to watch but the older guy seemed to be okay.

Holy Toledo!!

Get a Grip

With the government shutdown (or as Fox likes to call it slim down), I can't believe people are protesting and pulling down barricades to get into memorial places.

What did people think was going to happen?

Everyone wants the government out of their life until it affects something they need or want.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

House of Representatives

Insanity – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different  results -- Albert Einstein
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Wow - Sports

I don't remember when it's been such a good weekend in our house for sports.

1st-Ohio State won against Wisconsin.

2nd-The Browns won against Cincinnati.

3rd- The Indians won against Minnesota and will play a one game playoff game to see if they'll be the wild card team for the playoffs.

Be still my heart!!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday Centus #180

The prompt this week is the word 'Hope'
 Number of words:  Exactly one hundred but don't use the word 'hope' anywhere in your writing.  
Style of writing: Any
Pictures: Any 

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There once was a guy named Bob.

When his family emigrated from England, they settled into my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

He was a comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer and author.  

He did 57 tours with the USO for the troops.

He hosted the Oscars 18 times.

They used to say he had a ski nose.

He was an avid golfer.   

He had a career for over 60 years. 

If you still don’t know who he is think of “Thanks for the Memories.”  If you’re too young to remember, look Bob up on YouTube and you can hear him singing it.