Celebrate. Celebrate. Have a Piece of Cake! Or two.

This afternoon we celebrated both Grandma’s (yiayia, 94th) and Katelyn’s (29th) birthdays with Morgan and Joe joining us here at the house. We were also joined by Joe’s sister, Jackie, and her husband, Issac and their amazing little girl, Eva.

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Happy Birthday Mom!

Mom was so happy to share the love and smiles given to her by Eva as was captured in the following video.

 

Katelyn was thrilled to get a bag full of goodies and has not yet shared any!

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Food! All mine!

Dinner was pizza that was ordered from Mega Pizza off Leesville Road in Raleigh. The MEGA PIZZA was just that, HUGE and covered with sausage, which was ordered along with a large cheese pizza and a small gluten free cheese pizza with olives and mushrooms. In celebration of mom’s birthday the owner, Eric, threw in a piece of Tiramisu for mom to enjoy after she had the pizza. Perhaps she will enjoy it tomorrow since we also had an ice cream cake planned for the celebration.

Thank you all for being here to make her day and evening special for all of us.

 

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Papp’s Poker Palace

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Papp’s Poker Palace In Need of Repairs

The man cave has been setup and electrified thanks for Matthew and his electrical skills acquired while working at Sloan Service Company. The only thing missing is the a/c unit put in the side of the walls.

The next phase will be rebuilding the shed with donations from the players based on the winnings that night we play. I would suspect that the major contributors will be Ken or Norm. Or there will be a hat passed around at the end of the evening looking for pity money to help an old guy (me) make ends meet to pay the mortgage on the shed.

 

Sail Away

This was my bucket list item for my ‘twins’, Matthew and Morgan, to go on a cruise with us before they went off totally on their own and would be too embarrassed to be seen with us on a vacation or for that matter anywhere!

We drove to Charleston to spend the night there before we boarded the ship on Monday morning with the port of calls being Nassau and Freeport. While in Charleston with the intention of walking around the old town and sightseeing, the only thing we saw were umbrellas that were trying to hold off the heavy downpour of rain that welcomed us to the city.

The cruise was relaxing with plenty of food and booze (just ask Matthew) along with excursions to the private beach

that the Carnival cruise line owns and then the Atlantis resort to have a round of drinks (I took out financing for 36 months without any finance charges.) 🙂

Matthew thought it would be fun to play Texas Hold ‘em on the ship where everything was digital: the dealer, the cards, the chips. Sadly for Matthew the money was real and lost about $400 over the course of the week. Then he decided to lose his lunch after a night out with some friends. Can’t win them all!

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New York City Midtown

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The American flag always looks good no matter what it is on.

After living in New Jersery for more than 50 years, it took me moving to Raleigh to find the time to go to all the places I wanted to go to in NYC. I was glad to do the trip solo so that I would not have to worry about anyone keeping the pace that I set for myself going from site to site. And boy was it a pace for the entire day! The energy, the sites, the smells (some good some not so good) were great to experience during that one day in midtown. Looking forward to my next trip in October 2018 while staying at the Marriot hotel on 34th Street for four nights.

Charlotte TFY Anniversary

For the past two years we have been making Charlotte our destination to celebrate our anniversary which is also used to see our friend Marion. A win win situation.

It’s a great city with so many things to do, places to eat and homes to droll over! We saw some amazing neighborhoods surrounded by trees and bikes paths scattered throughout our time sent there over the long weekend.

We look forward to going every year!

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