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Rock n Roll baby! Cleveland, Ohio

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After we spent the day in Pittsburgh back in October, we then had a long drive to Cleveland. I need to share our ride up the Pittsburgh cable incline too! Great shots!  The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame was our next destination. I thought it was a place that Brian would enjoy and I don’t know what our future will bring (as stated in my previous blog entry), so that’s where we decided to go. We didn’t get in town until after dark and then had to go out to eat. We had the van drop us off at an Italian place downtown as I found a coupon or discount for it. They happen to be hosting some party and she said we’d have to wait. I said we could have whatever they were serving and the waitress said it had been served already. She did seat us and we got what we wanted and it was pretty good.

The next day we had the van drive us over to the museum as it was so cold and windy right there on the lake. It was even flurrying that day. The museum is truly a work of art in itself!

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Sean posing with the late Johnny Cash’s tour bus. Not sure if you could go in it or not. We were so cold, we just wanted to get inside the museum!

2015 Nominees Including Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (a local gal from the same county that I grew up in) and Ringo Starr! Any Beatle memoribilia was awesome to us!

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The displays were so nicely collaged! You know I appreciated that! I took a photo of these for one of the posters….think it’s the Atlantic City one on the far right.

Taylor Swift’s barely there costume and Lady Gaga’s meat dress that she wore to the Grammys a few years back. They said the cheap cuts of meat worked better.

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The lighting wasn’t great and I tinkered with many of my photos. Brian and one of my brothers are big Jimmy Hendrix’s fans. It was cool to see some of his psychedic costumes. He could really play the guitar!

We were really excited to see this exhibit!

 

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Across from the Beatles were the other British invasion group, The Rolling Stones!

 

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson was represented

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Hershey Gardens daytrip

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A pain in the knee

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A pain in the knee

Sorry I have been MIA. I have had knee issues since I posted about the 80s flashback band last month. That night, back in the middle of July, we stood watching for over 2 hours. Afterwards, we located a geocache in a lamp skirt which I knelt to retrieve and must have twisted the ligament to the right of my left knee. I started to wrap it in an Ace bandage and even went to Urgent care about it as I thought it had to be worse than a strained ligament.

On August 2nd, we went to the Billy Joel concert at Citizen’s Bank Park, usually home of the Phillies. I had my knee wrapped and as we (Brian) crossed the street to the venue, I felt my knee pop! And the pain was awful! I debated what to do, but there was Gavin DeGraw, Billy’s opening opening act singing his heart out. We were at the 1st base area and needed to get to the 3rd base. I believe it took me a good 45 minutes to hobble there. Then I had to face steps and step over a few people. I look back at all that and do not know how I did it.

 

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This was our view for the Billy Joel concert. I thought our tickets would have been a bit better since I ordered them in March and the price we paid. That is a yellow pole we looked around.

So if was even rougher getting back to the car. We should have gotten a wheelchair. We walked right past the medic room. It was so crowded, I didn’t want to make a scene. I was in tears and had to stop many, many times.

When we got home I was crying out in pain when I tried to get out of the car. I decided I could wait until the morning for it to get looked at. I learned to slide along when I had to go to the bathroom.

Sean took me to the ER about 1:00 pm. After x-rays, they agreed with the Urgent care, that it was a strain. I got ‘stabilized’ in a long leg brace and given a walker! I decided to go to the orthopedic doctor and he thought where it was hurting me was maybe a torn meniscus. They need to be operated on. Oh great. He ordered an MRI., The day before the MRI, we took a drive up to Hershey Gardens with my mom. I had gotten tickets that were going to expire. I had visions of both of us being pushed in a wheelchair. We did get one wheelchair, but I had to switch out with mom half way through! I was stopping in pain every 10 minutes. We had a nice lunch right at the gardens, so that was nice. I feel like I put a damper on the trip, especially when we stopped at the museum and both mom and I said no to the 45 minute walking tour.  I will show some photos in my next blog post. It is a lovely place and next time I will be stronger when I go.

So I had the MRI, just my lower half was in it and my head could be outside of it. I went back to the ortho doc and it should no tear, but a twisted or pulled ligament. I was really surprised hearing this as it’s so painful. I hope he didn’t miss anything. He gave me a shot and it felt better maybe one day, but it gets stiff and achy. The doc recommended physical therapy and I guess I will have to go for it.

I decided not to go back to work with the kids at the church until maybe the end of September to the beginning of October. I am not strong enough to help out yet.

I also have to go to a GI specialist on Sept. 9th. I had blood work in June and some tests were high. I have Lyme disease and the tick bit me right near my liver. I have been having elevated readings since 1998. The GP wants me to get checked out, so I asked for the best liver doctor in the practice. I certainly watch myself for symptoms of a disease. I have gained, not lost weight because of menopause.My arthritis is worse and my teeth have been mostly capped.  I will be glad when that visit is over, but I won’t be surprised if he wants more blood work and a test.

Rest in peace Robin Williams. My heart is still sad. Thanks for the laughs and sharing your incredible talent all these years. 

Next-gorgeous Hershey Gardens!

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Replay America

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Since I have the laptop open, I decided to do another quick post tonight! It’s easier than the tablet too.

So I love a good deal. We see lots of musical events and enjoy restaurants through LS and GO….you know who I mean correct?  😉

So a concert called ‘Replay America’ was touring with Martha Davis, Patty Smyth, Naked Eyes and the Go-go’s! I had to look up some of the artists just to refresh my memory a bit, but after I did I thought it would be a fun concert to attend. Their music is still on the radio! It was on the grounds of the PPL soccer stadium in Chester, PA. We had never been. I didn’t see where it said ‘grounds’ but Brian did and said to bring chairs. I didn’t listen to him and he didn’t push the fact that it would be a good idea, and he didn’t show me the website either. I’m thinking seats in the soccer stadium-no.

ReplayAm4We got here a little early and found a geocache right outside where we would be standing. As we walked toward the cache area or ground zero, another cacher was coming around the corner with his GPS pointed there! I said ‘oh a cacher’, pointed to the lamp skirt, and he grabbed it first. That was funny! He said there were a few others around the stadium. We got one more later.

We got our tickets, and walked over to the grassy area, behind the reserved seats. I should have paid a little more to sit down! We ended up near the metal barrier and I was talking to a nice couple from Reading, PA. Even though we stood for a few hours, it went by fast. It would bother my left knee though. (Urgent care visit a week later)

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The lady from Reading took our photo at the venue.

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When the final act, The Go go’s came on, we moved to the other side of the venue to kind of beat the crowds when the show was over (Ya, they’ve got the beat-lol). That’s Belinda Carlisle in the middle. She is a year older than me and has great moves and her voice sounds the same.

I really enjoyed Patty Smyth! She is the ex of John McEnroe and hasn’t been around for a while. I liked ‘I am the Warrior’.

Everyone sounded great! One group pulled from the tour, Cutting Crew. I don’t remember them.

Here is a link with some of the performers hits.

We paid $17 each. Cant’  ‘beat’ that!

We were almost under the Commodore Barry Bridge to NJ, that was pretty neat.

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When something is recommended…go see it!

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Destination Florida!

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I thought I’d write a little about our trip 3 weeks ago since it was the first trip to Florida we’ve had in 9 years. I can’t believe we haven’t been on a plane in that long either. With electronics, travel is so much nicer. I had my Kindle, downloaded magazines on my iPad and cross stitching. We ended up mainly playing a game on the Kindle. There was lots of turbulence going down. We did take motion sickness pills. We also had male flight attendants who were dressed and groomed perfectly! They were slow doling out the beverages though.

We parked at the Sheraton near the airport-it was gated. It wasn’t that cheap to do that. They are smart as their hotel looks popular with the extra cars there. The shuttle bus from parking to the airport was nice. We then had to move from one end of the airport to the other-that was wearing. We all had carry on luggage. Mine didn’t have wheels, so need to use the one I have that has wheels next time. I thought with the quilted one, I could load it up, forgot it had to be carried A LOT. Brian got that job. When we were about to board the plane, they said Brian’s was too big (full flight-all compartments taken) and he had to check it. Did I mention we were an hour late getting out of there too? When we got to Tampa, it was pretty smooth until we had to start the keyless rental-new car-our cars are all 9 yrs and up. He had to push the brake and push the button at the same time.

We were about 20 minutes from the airport to go to the hotel. Now if if was me, I would have stayed in St. Pete’s and drove over to Tampa. Tampa is a big city, no beach. Not real touristy unless you are going to Busch Gardens, which we decided not to see.

The green trees were welcoming to us after our long, cold, snowy winter. I love looking at the palm trees, the trees with the Spanish moss and the flowering shrubs like hibiscus.

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Our first view of Tampa!

We stayed at a place not near anything. We dropped off our luggage and headed to the restaurant about 20 minutes away as I had a coupon for the place. We got there a little early and they let us wait a bit. Every restaurant in the different towns we ate in were nicely decorated and fun to eat at!. I could go just on a trip like that! The guys had pizza and I wanted Chicken Piccata. All good-especially the 4 martinis we had! We thought they were to share, but no, you get 2 each. Ha!

We decided to go to Walmart to get nibbles for the room. GPS is a godsend in a strange area.

We then went to check out Tampa a bit so Sean would know where the convention center is where his conference was to be held. He also signed up to go on a trip to see the baseball stadium of the Blue Rays the next day.

I had gotten on Trip Adviser to see what people recommended and the Tampa Theater was a must see place. We didn’t go in, but Sean and I jumped out of the car to grab a few shots.

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I took many photos from the car! They may be a little crooked. 🙂

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I’m waiting for Sean to upload his photos as he has some near the convention center.

I will do another post or two about our excursions to St. Pete’s Beach, Clearwater and a few other Trip Adviser recommendations.

 

Whirlwind past 30 days!

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I saw where I was going to update my blog at the end of March.  That didn’t happen and I want to share so much that it will take a few posts just to catch up. We were in Tampa, Florida for 4 days almost 3 weeks ago! We did our beer budget exploring there-no Busch Gardens, etc. We went along with Sean on his conference trip. We also saw St Pete’s Beach and Clearwater, Florida  on day trips. More about Florida soon.

I also found a website I have entered over 130 of my photos on. It’s called Pixoto. So far I have won 31 awards. Your photo is matched up against someone else’s in the correct category and people pick which one they like better and you get points. 500 and up are good. It’s fun! I even got a few of my photos printed on canvas.  Mine are all for sale! They look nice and are ready to stand up or hang up.

Back to March! After we saw the America on Wheels exhibit in Allentown, PA. we went back to a trout nursery to see what that was all about. There were lots of people enjoying the nice day. Some were buying food to feed the trout. It so happens that a lady I work with grew up in that area and knew all about the nursery, etc.

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The main house at the nursery past and present

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AllentownBeth14 099We drove around Allentown a little. First to look for caches. Many happened to be parks filled with basketball players, etc. Not too much fun to look, so we left. There was some construction also. We were looking for the Liberty Bell museum and didn’t see it.

I got out and took a few photos of  the Trout Historic society. Sure, that makes sense. What a grand old place. We tend to go places when buildings are closed or too late in the day. This was closed.

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Sean wanted to check out the casino in Bethlehem, so we said ‘why not’? There were was a little shopping area there too. A steel town, many factories are shut down. The casino is in a converted factory. We shopped a few stores. I love The Farmer’s Almanac store and bought a few things there such as marked down St. Patrick Day’s things, a fairy canvas that lights up and some food items like jam and mustard. After that, I was zonked. It was getting late, so we headed home. We had to find a restaurant too.

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We had a late dinner in a place near Exton like a fancy Denny’s. We got breakfast food and a lady was playing the piano to boot. We enjoyed that and our day. Glad to see new parts of PA. Even though we don’t live that far away, we hardly venture up this way. I’ve never been out to Pittsburg, PA. out in the western part of the state.  Oh, someday!

Next post Tampa and the western area of Florida!