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Monday, September 01, 2014

our Labor Day trip

Good afternoon.
I swear, I'm getting lazier doing posts, and even lazier taking pics.
Anyway, we just returned from our 4th trip of the summer, which by the way is nearly over, that took us to Maumee Bay State Park.  It's on lake Erie, just east of Toledo. We arrived Friday afternoon, set up and enjoyed cocktails while watching people arrive.
On Saturday, we headed into downtown Toledo where they have a really nice farmers market, where we picked up some peppers, onions, and zucchini to go with dinner, and an eggplant for the following nights dinner. After the farmers market, we hit the Libby outlet mall for some new cocktail glasses and then it was a few blocks away to Tony Packo's and a couple of delicious Hungarian Chili Dogs for lunch.  :-)
After that, we went across the river to the new Great Lakes Museum.
I did remember to take a couple of pics there.  :-)

Craig in front of a very cool bridge that we came in on on our way to the campground.
And me in front of a big freighter moored next to the museum you can tour.
The museum was very interesting and worth the $8 admission.
On Sunday, after our coffee walk and breakfast, we headed over to the Hollywood Casino on the south side of Toledo. We were there just over 2 hours and left about $6 up.   :-)
Then we headed out to the suburbs to Kohl's with $10 off coupons burning a hole in my pocket.
Craig was unable to find shoes he liked, and the same with new sheets for the bed, so we left, coupons in hand with no purchase.
Back at the campground we fixed dinner of chicken thighs on the grill and tried a new dish. Grilled eggplant. It was very tasty and easy. Slice the eggplant into 1/2 inch slabs, soak them in salt water for an hour. Dry and brush with olive oil and grill 5 minutes a side until nice grill makes appear. serve with a nice tomato pesto and crumbled fat free feta cheese. Yummy!
This morning, we broke camp and made it back to Lansing. The mo-ho preformed as expected. It was a good trip!   :-)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

a quick post


I got out of work early today and decided I should do a post.
It was pretty much a non-event weekend. After a crazy busy week in the Salon, we stopped at Reno's after work Saturday for a beer and popcorn.
 Over the weekend, I washed the mo-ho and 2 cars, weeded and deadheaded in the garden, cleaned the bathroom, vacuumed and mowed the yard.
It's been a very rainy summer with above average rain fall every month so far. I've never seem the grass look so green this late in August.
We've been walking nearly every day, and with blood tests tomorrow it will be interesting to see how much it's helped, if any.
And still no word on the house. Next Monday will be 5 months.  :-\
 We did manage to try a new dish Monday,

 Honey-Sriracha Chicken Foil Packet. 
It was quite tasty! And very easy!  If your interested, the recipe is here.
Now time for dinner. I have to stop eating by 7pm so I'll be able to do blood tests in the morning.

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's always something

Good morning.
It's been another very busy week in the Salon.
To top that off, yesterday, while I was finishing up a customer, I hear a loud noise coming from the back supply room, then a cry for help!
I run back to find a geyser shooting up from the sink where a faucet handle use to be. I quickly opened the door underneath and turned off the water.

The handle had corroded through and snapped off when she tried to turn it on. During a small break in customers, I ran out and picked up a new one. Surprisingly, the old one came off quite easily. I expected all the connections would have been corroded too, but I got lucky. Until trying to disconnect the water lines and the connector on the cold line disintegrated while removing it. I did manage to get the hot line reconnected so we at least could use the sink. I'll stop at Menard's on the way to work this morning to pick up another water line.
It's always something, right?
Now time to go.

Monday, August 18, 2014

a busy week

Good morning.
I can't believe it's been a week since I last posted! But then It was an extremely busy week.
I was completely booked last week even working late Friday and Saturday.
Came home Saturday afternoon and just vegged on the deck.
Sunday morning, after I cleaned the Salon, we headed over to Muskegon to spend the day with my Mom. August is her birthday month, and I usually can't make it there on her actual birthday due to my work schedule, so I go when I can. Cut her hair, took out her trash, and went through a pile of folders and papers she didn't know what to do with. I saved a few items but most I shredded or threw out. Most of them dealt with her rehab and accident back in 2010.
Then we went to lunch at Applebee's and then over to the VFW.
Stopped at the store to get  a few items for her and got her back to her apartment. The drive home was long due to a lot of traffic, road construction, and an accident that stopped us dead on the highway for about 30 minutes. When we finally reached the accident site, all I saw was a van on it's back in the median and fire trucks, police, and an ambulance on the side of the highway.  But we made it home safe.   :-)
Had a couple of cocktails on the deck, then Craig did a quick cash-out from last week, and I made us a light dinner.
Oh, and last Thursday, I received an email from our Realtor in Vegas. One of the reasons this whole short sale is taking so long is the mortgage is held by Fannie May. She said they are notoriously slow.
The listing agent escalated the file with them due to their slow response.  She said when that happens they typically see some action in about 7 days. So maybe we'll hear something this week. It's only been 4 1/2 months.  :-)
And now, time to get going.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

weekend update

Good morning.
Last Saturday after work, we went to a 'celebration of life/memorial' for a customer of mine. It was a beautiful afternoon, which was good since the memorial was in their backyard. It was very nice with a few speakers and  food catered by Carrabba's.
Sunday, I did my usual Salon cleaning, and we did our walk and shopping. We also stopped at Kohl's. I had gotten a $10 coupon in the mail, and downloaded a 15% off coupon. Craig wanted some new work shoes. He didn't see anything he liked, so we hit the clearance racks and found 2 shirts. With coupons we spent $6.54. Good price!  :-)
Sunday afternoon, we mowed the yard and had turkey thighs on the grill with peppers and zucchini.
Monday, we were able to get our walk in before rain descended on us for the rest of the day.
Sooo, I spent the day indoor cleaning.
Today looks to be another rainy day. we'll see what we do. Of course, it's suppose to be sunny the rest of the week when we go back to work.   :-(
And a few more pics of the yard......

And that's it for now.