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

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Newlyweds

So, son and daughter-in-law moved to Iowa last Thursday.  It's been quite the week for them I think.  They took only what could fit into their small Cavalier.  They really didn't have much in furniture in Vegas since they knew they weren't staying.  They sold or gave away everything they didn't take.  Plus, they UPS'd some things.

Son loves their new place since they have 2 bedrooms and a dining room.  However, when they got their the owner had been making repairs for quite a long time so they had no utilities.  Friday they were under the impression their electricity would be turned on.  Nope, an inspector came and they didn't get it turned on until Monday.  Then earlier in the week they came on to turn on the gas but they couldn't because something was wrong with the stove.  Maintenance came to fix it, then gas was restored.  Yesterday I spoke to him and their refrigerator wasn't working.  Again, a call to maintenance.  It needs a new compressor which is supposed to be fixed today.  He doesn't seem too upset about it (I would be, it's not like they didn't know what day they would be coming, ha).  He's just happy maintenance is faster than when they lived in Vegas.

They already went to a resale shop and purchased a couple of desks, end tables and a TV stand (for the TV they don't have right now;-)   They also bought a frame and a mismatched mattress and box spring for a good deal.  At Salvation Army they got some temporary dishes.  A lady was moving out and she gave them a couple of wicker chairs for them to use until they buy something for the living room.

Oh, to be starting out again.  It would be so much fun!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Magellan and I got free tickets to see Cinderella at the Palace Theater in Playhouse Square on Tuesday.  One of our Dinner Friends had tickets and she couldn't go and gave them to us.  Did I mention they were FREE??

I LOVE, LOVE going to the theater but don't get to go often.  Hippie's not much of a theater goer, ha!  It's been over 5 years since I've gone with son.

I was excited because... well... it was a fairy tale musical in a theater production.   Of course, I've seen the cartoon version, and years and years ago, I saw the TV version with Leslie Ann Warren.  I didn't know what to expect.  Of course no pictures were allowed.  However, I did get one picture before it started.

Some of the songs I remembered and some I didn't.  The tale was a little different than the original and it was much more funny.  The cast was wonderful.  I really have to make more of an effort to find someone who wants to do theater to go with me.  Although a few of the Dinner Friends have talked about going to see The Phantom of the Opera again because it will be coming back next year.  I've seen it 3 times I think.

There was a bar and we got some drinks.  I got a glass of Riesling and Magellan got a drink called The Glass Slipper.

When we first found our seats and were sitting down Magellan spilled her drink on me and herself.  Oy!  It wasn't too bad though, thank goodness.  Since we didn't have to pay for the tickets, we got valet parking which was much more civilized than having to walk to the parking lot, lol.

All in all, a very good night and a good July for doing some things! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Thursday morning was an even more gorgeous day than Wednesday.  We ate breakfast on the deck.  Coffee, fresh fruit and muffins.

Then we packed up, straightened up and were on the road by noon.

I dove back with Magellan.  We followed the birthday girl and another friend.  We decided we wanted to stop for lunch before we left Marblehead so we all went to Ritski's.  There was also rooms attached to this place. I got a BLT and a really good potato salad with redskin potatoes.

We sat on the patio again and our view again was amazing.

We stopped at a comfort station in the middle of town in Vermillion, Ohio.  Then we noticed a consignment store and went in there.  Magellan bought a really cute sprakly blue top that was $12.  However, when she paid for it she found out it was marked down 50%, so $6.  Don't you love when that happens.

We got home after 5.  I laid down immediately and slept for 3 hours.  I was exhausted but I had such a great time. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Fun times

 After we saw the boat, we went for a walk and the woman whose birthday it was, one of her friends she's known for a long time was staying in Marblehead with some of her girlfriends too so we went to see if we could find her.  Turns out she was staying the next street over from us.  It was kind of crazy.  We talked to her for a while.

We went to lunch at a place called Crabby Joes.

 This was our view from where we sat and ate.

Then we went to Ferguson's Gallery

In what was a serendipity moment, one of the Dinner friends noticed a piece of woodworking that looked like something her brother makes.  She talked to a person there and sure enough they had purchased it from him and were selling it.  That was pretty neat!

We then looked through some other stores and one of the friends went ahead.  I saw her go in a place and from afar I thought it was another store that was named Like Us.  She then texted us and said she was in a winery.  As we were walking there, the sign on the sidewalk did say like us but had a facebook insignia above the words.  I guess I did notice it but didn't pay attention or put 2 and 2 together.  The winery wanted people to like them on facebook, duh!

Anyhow, it was called Rocky Point Winery, ha.  I guess there is also an inn there as well but I didn't notice it was until I got home and looked at the picture I took.  We sat in the front on the patio.  In the back they also had seating and you could play cornhole.

After that we had to meet Magellan at the double wide because we were going to a winery to eat.  We ordered a taxi and we were supposed to be picked up at 7:00.  We waited and waited, called again and someone was supposed to be coming.  We went outside to wait.  While out there, one of the friends put line dancing music on her phone and the 7 of us were dancing in the street. It was a blast. However, I hope no one was taping us from one of the houses and we end up on youtube somewhere.

At 7:30, we just drove to the winery it was called Mon Ami

The food was fabulous.  I got pulled pork sliders and french fries.  The others bought wine for a wine tasting.  I didn't.  I didn't want to get ill since I was feeling better.

We went back and had a birthday cake.

The candles were angled so it said 7 0 but you really can't tell.  We had wine, some had jello shots and we made jokes about the friend turning 70.  It was all in good fun though.

The birthday girl and me and another DF went for a walk after dark and ended up at where her friend was staying.  The woman that owned the place gave us a tour.  Wow, it was beautiful.  When you sat on the front porch when you looked out you were right by where the boats docked.  In her dining room they had a big pool table and a juke box.  Party house!  OMG, the master bath was probably the size of my dining room, just wow! They were drinking and playing cards when we got there and there was probably about 6 or 7 woman staying there too.  We didn't stay for drinks and probably stayed 15 minutes.

I ended up laying down around 12:30, I think everyone pretty much went to bed after I did. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Lake House

So, this past Wednesday the Dinner Friends met up in Marblehead, Ohio for the friend that is turning 70 this month.  One of DF's sons has a double wide there.  Wow, this is the first time I've been in one and it was pretty nice.  It's just like a house.

One of them couldn't come because her daughter-in-law was induced Wednesday morning and didn't have the baby until 8:30 that night.  Magellan was suppose to be off from work but had to go into work unexpectedly but came around 6:00.

I took a few pictures in the house (double wide).

It was able to sleep 8 not counting the couch.  In the room I slept in there were 3 single beds right next to each other, ha.  One room had two single beds.  The third room had a full bed and a single.  There were 2 bathrooms which was nice.  We were lucky the weather after raining during the night was beautiful on Wednesday when we got there.  Not too warm which I naturally loved.  After we unloaded, we went and looked at our friend's boat.  It is 32 foot.

 I was pretty happy she didn't know how to drive it because I get seasick...and considering I got a little car sick going to Marblehead it was good for me. lol..

More later with pictures.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Balloons & Fireworks

We went to my sil's house for 4th of July for a Bar-b-Que and to watch fireworks.  It was a pretty perfect day and night weather-wise.

There were hot air balloons. Click to enlarge

The food was delish.  The company was good.  The fireworks were awesome.  She lives a couple of blocks from the high school where they shoot them off so we get to sit on her back patio and grass, don't even have to go anywhere, lol.

We spent the night, got up early the next morning and left.  Fun times!

Friday, July 3, 2015


Wow, I can't believe it's July already.  Time flies...

Have a great 4th everyone, and be safe!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Oh My!

Son and daughter-in-law went camping out of state.  One of their friends from college was celebrating their birthday and that's what they wanted to do. They went hiking and they said they saw two older guys looking and taking pictures of something so they went to see.  (Click to enlarge)

He said the mom and cub were about 30 feet away from them.

Yikes!  I wasn't too thrilled with him and told him that was a very dangerous thing to do.  I then asked what were they thinking.  He said they just figured if the bears came after them, they would get the two older guys first.

I guess that's one way to look at it ;-0