Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Had dinner with my "club" (we still don't have a name, even though at EVERY outing we discuss it!) on Monday night. We are a group of about 10 women whose children went to grade school together or played ball or whatever...we've remained friends and have for the last few years tried to get together for dinner about twice a year. NOW? well, we're getting together every other month. We aren't all able to make it each time, but we like to try places we've never been before.

This time, it was CROPICANA down on Whiskey Island. I feel like such a "restaurant snob" when I say, it just wasn't my cuppa tea! Maybe had I known what it was like before I got there, it would have been different.

We had a beautiful day for sitting outside and got to enjoy a GREAT sunset over the water.

While updating everyone's information, I came to learn that a girl in our group, was born on the same day, the same year at the same hospital!!!!! How is that possible that we didn't know that? I wish my mother were alive so that I could talk to her about it. Who knows, maybe our mothers became friends.......

Here's a few pictures I snapped down at CROPICANA....

NEXT? Christmas Brunch at 100th Bomber Group! YUM!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

While having our dinner on the patio of California Pizza Kitchen at Legacy Village, REVOLUTION PIE played on the stage in the green space beside us. I liked their sound and I liked that they didn't try to dress up like the BEATLES when they don't even look like them. We had wonderful front row seats for their concert......we still like 1964 The Tribute best. The members of 1964 even LOOK like the BEATLES.

It was a wonderfully relaxing evening.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

So the story is........

We set out some decorative pumpkins last year in the fall, an appropriate time I'd say. Well, one thing led to another and before I knew it, the snow was covering them. It didn't take long, but when I finally picked them up, the seeds all fell out. I picked up what I could, but obviously, not them all!

Most times, I can't get my stuff to grow even when I PLANT it!

Lude refused to rip the rooted pumpkins out....we're pro-pumpkin over here on the Oval!
The results......Lude's going to be selling pumpkins by the side of the road this year!
It wouldn't have happened if I tried!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tried Crocker Park's new B-Spot tonight with Patty and Pat....always good company!
We were at the B-Spot when it first opened in Strongsville and we were less than impressed, and this was not different. We sure do miss Bar Symon!!!!

Had fun girls....see you on the golf course!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Boy, we're doing a lot of eating out lately.....but, hey, it means we're not cooking!
We had dinner with good friends, Tim & Linda tonight at L'Albatros over near University Circle. A fabulous French restaurant with exceptional food. Visit with friends is always fun!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lude's brother Nick is in town and we had dinner at J Bella in Strongsville.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jess's friend from college came to visit...Kelly Connelly Luecke!
With her adorable little boys!
The girls had lots of catching up to do!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

While Jess was home this week, she had lots to do......one of which was lunch with PaPa!
Then doctor visits
Sleeping Late
Eating good food!
Visits with friends
Cedar Point
Visiting with Uncle Nick!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The weather for our trip to Cedar Point is fantastic. We got to the park around eleven and stayed until just about closing! Jess and I rode lots of rides.....Lude, well, he rode the merry-go-round!

Yep, that's me up there!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Well, today is a very rainy day for the Fairview Park Branch summer picnic at Cindie's. BUT, we had fun anyway. It stopped long enough for me to show Lude her fabulous gardens!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

We had our second annual Galway Bay Block Party today. The weather turned out to be GREAT considering they have predicted a very rainy Saturday. We didn't actually go out and buy the supplies until this morning!!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Jess was on the news!!!!

In Chicago that is!

You have to get through the commercials first, but the review is there! Click on the logo below!

Color us PROUD ! ! !

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Cuyahoga County Fair

Boy...it's been forever since we were at the Fair. I'm not sure what attracted us to it this year, but the idea came up and we went. We were really taking our chances because today was "bring a non-perishable food donation and get in for a dollar" day, and well, it might be crowded! We were surprised at how few people were there. We were only there for about two hours but it was enough to get our fill of fair! The wonderful smell of fair food....you just can't get that unless you're at the Fair! There were a lot less animals than I remember when we used to take the kids and one of the good things about going on opening night is that the barns are still fresh! If that's possible.

I took my little camera with me and I miss the quality of pictures I get with our new one.

But, it's all there....at the Fair.
The snake lady at the Palace of Illusions
The beautiful animals
The crafts and food entries
The rides
The Fair Food....

It's all there...returning you to what were just memories.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

I am saddened that my cousin, Dennis passed away today.
He has two young sons, and he adored his darling granddaughters.
RIP, Dennis

Rebecca & Michael were married today. They looked so cute!

George and Rebecca...St. Michael's Independence.

Greg, George & Lude

Congratulations....best wishes!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

In March, I accompanied my father and my brother, PJ to Ireland. It was a FABULOUS trip and here are some of the pictures from that trip. I have them on two pages, that's why there's two links.

Monday, August 1, 2011

So, here's the new sign that appears in the window of one of our rentals......

you can piece together the story for yourself.....