Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Austin Keeps Us Busy!

the local community theater version of
America's Got Talent
was presented Thursday - Sunday,
October 23 - 26.
Some of the performers were good and some were
not so good (on purpose).
It was a great production!
Austin played the ukulele and sang a fantastic
version of the 1950's Come Go With Me.
Austin with Elvis
(aka Jeff Reed)
The previous week, Austin was in the high school production
of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
This week are tryouts for the Christmas production
of the comedy, The Man Who Came To Dinner.
Busy fun times!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vintage Royal Albert Winsome

 What a busy week of two stage productions, 
with all the rehearsals and performances for Austin,
and hosting two members of a touring Danish gymnastics team
for three nights with their schedule of performances. 

So, I took a little "me" time and treated myself to "bargain shopping" for a 
"new to me" vintage Royal Albert English Bone China teacup trio
in the pretty, delicate pink and blue floral Winsome pattern.
According to my research, this pattern was in production 1966 - 2001.
The teacup is a Montrose shape.
There was a different pattern with the same name in production in the 1950's. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rockin' in Vegas

Rod Stewart The Hits
at Caesars Palace Coliseum 
Wow!  What a show!
We loved it.  
It was so much fun for us to "rock" with our 15-year-old
 Austin who is taking a Rock History class
this semester and Jazz Band next semester. 

Yes, we had great seats!  

After the show we stopped for a late dinner at 
Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace, 
his only Las Vegas restaurant. 

California, Nevada and Arizona
Making memories during fall break 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Giada Vegas

Part of my "trade-off" for driving 4.5 hours to and 4.5 hours from 
Grand Canyon from Las Vegas in two days
was to make it back in time for a late lunch 
at the new Giada.
Yes!   Giada DeLaurentiis' restaurant 
located in the new resort, The Cromwell. 
Oh my goodness!  
The food was delicious, and
the selection of gluten free items were marked on the menu. 

See "The Birdie" non alcoholic drink ingredients
above.  Austin and I couldn't resist ordering
this delicious drink.
My salad, below, was amazing. 
I forgot to take photos of the appetizers and desserts.
But, trust me, they were delicious!

Advance reservations are necessary at this popular
new restaurant.
Come back to see our evening entertainment.
The other half of my requirement for being
cooped up in a rental car for the better part of two days. :-) 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Break Travel Continues

As the followers of my blog know, 
Glenn was determined Austin would complete
his visits to all 50 states in the summer of  2014.  
After that, he visited Japan with a student group.  
Friends have jokingly (?) asked if visiting all continents is
next on the travel agenda.  Time will tell...
Since we were on the west coast during our one week fall 
break, Glenn decided we "must" take Austin to the Grand Canyon.
Think about this a minute -- 
we flew from L.A. to Vegas and drove a rental car to the
Grand Canyon National Park (south rim).
We stayed one night, returned to Vegas, spent the night
and flew back to KY.  All this was determined by several factors, 
including non-stop flights...
The moral of the story is --  if my husband plans the travel itinerary, 
there will be no sleeping in! 

 This is one of the native plants in the park. 
I am so glad we didn't have a need to sip this tea.
The dinner we enjoyed at the El Tovar Lodge was delicious. 

Austin has traveled to many beautiful places in the world, 
but he was very impressed by the Grand Canyon. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Celebrating Friendship with Afternoon Tea in California

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea at the home of Martha,
a long-time tea friend.
She obviously put a tremendous amount of thought and planning
 into the tea and our special visit with her.
From Martha's hospitality, to the tea selections and menu
(including gluten free for me)
everything was perfect!
Thank you, Martha! 

Martha's afternoon tea was the highlight of our trip to California.  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

California Fall Break Fun

 There is no such thing as "sleeping in" on our family travels. 
We cram as many activities into each day as possible. :-)
An early morning cruise to Catalina Island where we spent the day
on Monday, September 29th.  

 We returned to Balboa Island for dinner and enjoyed watching the seal
"asking" for his dinner from fishing boats returning to the dock
 on the waterfront just outside the 
Harborside Restaurant on the historic Balboa Pavilion. 
By the way, our dinner was fantastic! 
 After the conclusion of Glenn's meetings on Sunday,
we took the trolley to the 2,400 acres of woodland and 3.2 miles of beach
 at Crystal Cove State Park 
 Can you see the bride and photographer in the distance? 
 Dinner at the Beachcomber Restaurant was delicious! 
Austin took many photos of expensive sports cars
and convertibles along the scenic coastal highway. 
Great fun for a boy who can see his driver's license 
in the not-so-far-off future! 

More adventures to come...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall Travels and Tea

Our local school takes a one-week fall break each year, a perfect time to travel.  Several readers have followed our travels throughout the years of my blogging. We returned home Friday night from a fun time in CA, NV, and AZ.  A little business for Glenn, mixed with a bunch of fun for the family. 

  We flew from Cincinnati (CVG) to Los Angeles (LAX) on Saturday, 9/27. 
A little trivia: 
 Did you know the Greater Cincinnati Airport is actually in northern Kentucky? 

Fortunately for us tag-a-longs (Austin and I), this meeting was held at the beautiful Resort at Pelican Hills on the California coast, south of L.A. 
The weather was fabulous while we were there.  As soon as the meetings adjourned each day, we hit the road sightseeing.
Austin and I enjoyed breakfast by the pool.  My morning cup of tea was a "full leaf sachet" of Organic Breakfast Estate Black Tea by Tealeaves, Infusion of Luxury. 

 Can you see the Pacific Ocean in the background?
Above: the world's largest circular pool.
The view from our room was across the golf course and down the hill to the Pacific.


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