Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Retreat

We went to The Retreat last night with our friends Bob and Robin. It was so good to see them again. We were having so much fun chatting away we didn't realize we'd been there for 3 hours!

This was my dinner, the Chicken Francaise. It's my favorite and I always get it. It's always delicious and I always have leftovers. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer Time

We've had a quiet week and relaxing weekend. Last night we had a date at Smokey Bones, one of our favorites. I had a fabulous Berry Sangria. (And steak tacos for dinner.) We had a nice evening.

Friday night we watched the Phoenix fireworks at John's house on the river. (In Phoenix) (NY) It was a fun time as always. It's always the "first party" of the summer, kind of a kick-off celebration.

And in other news... 

Alex cleaned his room!
It took 3 days. There were 3 bags of garbage, 2 bags of clothes for the good will and 2 bins of "stuff" to save. 

And he finally starts a summer job tomorrow, he's going back to the same place as last year, The Great Outdoors RV Superstore up in Fulton. He'll be doing landscaping, and probably be asked to clean some RV's again too. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

We're back!

Ok, we've been back for 2 weeks now. I've completely neglected the poor blog. The first week back was a whirlwind of activity with reunions, parties, colonoscopies (all clear for Eric!) and concerts. The second week back was complete exhaustion. And now we're just getting back in the swing of things, so here I am.

Not really much going on, we had an amazing trip and didn't want to come back. The weather was perfect, and the overall vacation was fabulous. Couldn't have asked for anything better. We're now planning the next adventure. (Ottawa in July, Cape Cod in September and possibly Bermuda in April???) One thing we've learned this past year is that you have to live while you can, life is short. Get out there, experience the world, and enjoy the time you have with loved ones. So hop to it! Get up and get going. And who wants to go to Bermuda with us next April?? (Cruise from Baltimore, stays 3 days in port in Bermuda, how fun is that?!) Let's goooo!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pre-Cruise Fun

Here are a few pictures from our day in Baltimore. We had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.

We explored the Inner Harbor.

Lots of boats in the harbor.

Eric made a new friend.

And this was the view from the hotel room.

We're looking forward to boarding the ship at noon tomorrow. We'll mostly be out of the Internet world, but hope to check in on Wednesday from Grand Turk. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Extended Birthday Celebration

We went to Sheila's on Sunday for a family celebration for Eric's birthday.

Sheila made another fabulous cake. It was a red velvet cake with heath bar crunch and caramel!

Kelly got the assist for blowing out the candles.

And we got a 2-for-1 blow fish photo!

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We're in the final stages of the vacation countdown. We're counting down in hours now... we're trying to get Alex all set with taking care of the house and Jenny while we're away. All the neighbors know we'll be away and several friends will be doing walk/drive-by's while we're gone. You can never be too cautious!

And speaking of Jenny, she's not doing well. She was recently diagnosed with degenerative spinal disease and is in a lot of pain. The vet has her on pain medication and muscle relaxants. We go back in 3 weeks for a check up. The vet says it's not reversible, so we'll have to see what the long-term plan will be, if there is one. She's almost 11, but unfortunately, this is a fairly common disease for Corgi's and dogs with long backs and short legs. Her sister had it 3 years ago at 8 years old and the outcome was not good, so Jenny got a few more years on her anyway. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Very Busy Week

We've been a little busy this week! I had something going on every night after work. Which is why the blog posts came to a screeching halt. 

Tuesday after work, I went to "Motown the Musical" with my friend Mary. This concluded the musical season for the Spring. I saw 4 musicals this year. More than I think I've seen in my entire life. Work perks (aka: free tickets) are fun. 

Then Wednesday was Eric's birthday! We started the evening at the Bull n Bear for dinner.


A couple of tasty Margaritas!

Alex joined us for dinner. (Still won't take a photo with me.)

Then we went home and Eric unwrapped his gifts. He got lots of goodies. Including new shoes, an Amazon Fire Tablet, a new Magic Bullet, the new Todd Rundgren album and.... 

Some Whiskey to smuggle on the cruise! We'll fill one or two of those bags and stuff it in our luggage. Then we'll enjoy some "Whiskey & Gingers" on the balcony. 

He also got this fun "They Might Be Giants" t-shirt. 

Thursday night I had to get my tires fixed
(They were not balanced correctly after I got my snow tires taken off.)

Then Friday Eric and I went to Armory Square after work to bid farewell to one of his co-workers.

Mark is on Eric's right, he's moving on to "bigger and better" things.

Eric and I at "Limerick Pub"

After Limerick, we went to Empire Brewing Company for some dinner. 

It was a busy week! The busy-ness continues... and we are down to 7 days til cruising time! Lots to squeeze in before we depart.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Festivities

Eric and I started off our day at Panera with a fabulous breakfast. I love their Asiago Bagel breakfast sandwich.

Later in the afternoon we went to Sheila's for a Mother's Day Dinner. We all pitched in and got Sheila a GIANT gift this year. 

She has quite the time getting it open. I think those are Kelly's feet hanging out the back, helping to get the gift open. She's always a great helper.

Ta-da! A new dresser/basket thing to help organize her bedroom. Isn't it neat!?  I could really use something like that too.

The after-party. It was funnier when Kelly, Alex and I were also there playing with our devices.

Alex was not cooperating with photo taking. 

He did go out and walk Bella a couple of times though.

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's who read the blog. Especially my own. I know we weren't able to get together this year, but I was certainly thinking about you and hope you had a wonderful day.

Friday, May 12, 2017


We had some trees removed today. Our view is becoming clearer every year. 

This is a before photo, from last Fall. 

Two trees were taken down on this side of the house too. I couldn't find a photo of what it looked like before. But you can see the stumps and the saw dust. 

They also cut back a lot of branches and limbs away from the house on the remaining trees, so they weren't touching the house and roof. I think it will brighten it up a lot on the deck this summer. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dinner at Rudy's

Tonight we went up to Rudy's on Lake Ontario. What a beautiful (but very cold) night!

We caught the sunset as we were leaving. 

We were treated to dinner by Rich and Sheila. Eric was hired to take some photos for Rich, so in return, we got great dinner and great company! 

And dessert! It was so nice to get out during the week. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Snazzy Sunday

We went to the Mall today in search of a sport jacket for Eric for the cruise. He has a nice suit, but doesn't want to take a full suit this time. So we found this very snazzy jacket at Sears today. We think it will go nicely with a pair of khakis. And he can wear an oxford shirt and tie along with it and look like a million bucks. And guess how much it cost?? Well, it was regularly priced at $165. It was 50% off. And I had a 15% off coupon. PLUS we had a $52 credit on our Sears card from when we bought the washer and dryer. Sooo... the grand total was $20. Can't beat that!

Eric finally finished up Tel Auc last night. Glad that's over! He's tired enough as it is, but throw on an extra day/night of work every week into the mix, and he's exhausted. (That's Erin, one of the producers, behind him.)

This is happening right now. He's catching up on some much needed rest. See anything unusual behind him?? Heheheh. (No, not the 5 bottles of wine on the china cabinet...)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cinco de Mayo

We had a mini-Cinco de Mayo celebration this evening. A couple of cerveza's and some burritos for dinner. We do know how to have fun!

It was a quiet week. The weather was terrible, so we mostly bundled up on the couch each night after work. Eric is still having some residual effects from the chemo, especially with his hands and feet. He's pretty frustrated that there's not much change there. Food is tasting better all the time though and he's putting on weight. 

He has his next colonoscopy scheduled. It's 3 days after we get home from vacation. (June 7) I told him he should move it to the next week, but he thinks it'll be good to "empty out" after all that crap he'll be eating. 

Not much else to report from here. We're mostly just counting down to warmer weather and exotic locations. (21 more days...) 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Stuff

Eric and I were out running some errands today. While we were at the Christmas Tree Shop (yes, he voluntarily went there with me!) we saw this display. Isn't it a hoot! We saw Gary's name first, then Greg's and thought that was funny, then Eric noticed his name on top. I had to take a picture of it. 

And good news... the lawn guy mowed the lawn!

And Eric has been busy working the annual TelAuc. One more weekend after this, then he's home-free.

Thursday, April 27, 2017


I just realized I haven't posted anything lately. Sorry about that! There's really not a whole lot going on. Which isn't a bad thing. 

The above photo will be our "before" shot. The after shot will come next week when we have 6 of those trees removed. It will be pretty obvious in the group of trees to the left of the house. (To the left in this image.) 4 of those trees will be gone, including that one in the middle that looks like it's starting to fall by itself.

Eric is doing well. He's still pretty pooped after a full day of work. He's also been working longer hours/days since TelAuc started last week. So he's extra pooped because of that. Also, his hands and feet are still numb. His appetite is back, as is most of his ability to taste foods. He's eating pretty well. And gaining some more of the weight back.

Poor Jenny. Our lawn guy still hasn't mowed our lawn. We're "that house" on our street. It's really sad. We'd mow it ourselves if we had a mower. Eric put a call into the lawn guy tonight. We don't even know if he's still in town. He's cut our lawn for 8 years, you'd think he'd give us a heads up if he wasn't coming back! Hopefully we'll  hear something soon. Really soon would be nice.

The cruise countdown is down to 30. Getting closer!!