Tuesday, We’re back and it’s a long post, you’ve been warned.

We’re Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

We need sunglassees here

Back in Sunny Florida!

Well actually, we’ve been back since 2 AM on On Monday morning but I was so tired yesterday and I had sooooo much catching up to do that I had not a moment to spare so updating was totally out of the question.  Also, MacGyver is sick and the gas tank for the truck was laying in our driveway so there was that to deal with so yeah, you could say it was quite hectic but before I get into all that, let me back up to Friday.  All the way back to Veteran’s Day.

Mom and I were in Columbus with the Kid.

Veterans day memorial at the State capitol Building in Columbus Ohio

This is a memorial wall of letters at the Capitol building in Columbus, we spent time there on Veterans Day reading the letters and I posted some on Instagram. By the time we left not mom, the Kid or I had a dry eye.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of the letters, but if you don’t here’s a sample.

kia letter

And another

Veteran's letter

Most of these soldiers were killed in action. If you aren’t affected by these letters, you have no heart.

The State Capitol building is really a beautiful building as well.  In front are flags for all the counties of Ohio.

Ohio State Capitol building

The State Capitol Building

And here I am getting ready to go in for a meeting…

Posing for pictures obviously

Or not….because it’s Veteran’s day and the Government offices were closed.  Well, there’s that and the fact that I don’t work in Government.  But if you’d like to vote for me in the next election feel free to use the write in area of your ballot.  I’d be happy to represent.  Runners make excellent leaders or so I’ve heard 🙂

Directly across from the State Capitol Building is Ohio’s oldest newspaper, the Dispatch.  Check out the building.

The Ohio Dispatch

I love the way the headlines run around the top of the first floor of the building.

This was one of my favorite pictures and one of my favorite places to see.  I wish we would have been able to go inside.  I loved this building.  Loved it.

After a quick tour of this area we headed toward the Scioto River and it was my favorite part of the day.  The clouds began to break up and it was lovely.

Scioto River

The only thing that would have made this better would have been if I could have run alongside the River. I would have LOVED that. Damn you bronchitis, U can’t wait to quit you!

I’m just gonna go ahead and throw this out there that I totally posed for this picture.  It was the Kid’s fault though, he made me do it.

Scioto River

I’m not sure what I’m doing with my foot thought….probably trying to run in my head…

Take a look at another view……

Contemplating marathons

Wouldn’t that be an awesome place to run? I would love to run the Columbus Marathon, I’m pretty sure it’s going on my list.

We couldn’t leave Ohio without seeing a big buck because I’m trying to convince MacGyver to go hunting here as well.  I think I might have accomplished my mission.

Big bucks

I just need to improve my photoshop skills…before I show it to him…

We took a thousand more photos before heading back to the Kids place and then we hit up the Polaris Grill for dinner.  I highly recommend it, it was very good, albeit a bit pricey.

On the way back to my Sister’s house my Mom and I had to drive through the fire on the mountains.  It was horrible.  The smell was bad and breathing it was worse.


It got too close for comfort in a few areas.

We got back to my sisters house late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night MacGyver and I went to dinner with my sister and her husband and my niece and her fiance at Angelo’s at the point in Dandridge also a great place although I’d rather go in the summer because when I eat at places on the water I like to eat outside but that’s just me.


In case you don’t know, I hate cold weather.  Hate it!  And I was hoping that fireplace would have been ablaze but at least they had alcohol.

Anyway, MacGyver wasn’t going to hunt again on Sunday morning but then someone mentioned seeing a deer, I believe it was my sister…oh yeah, she actually brought in her binoculars as she was mentioning seeing a deer.  😉

Anyway, we left after MacGyver got back.  We were all set to get home around 9:30 or 10ish and the dogs were traveling like pros.

Hank and the Buddy

Hank was traveling with his ‘Buddy’ from The Secret Life of Pets

We stopped at the rest area near Ocala around 7:30 PM just to stretch a bit and walk the pups.  When we got back in the truck MacGyver turn the key over but it wouldn’t start.  He tried again, nothing.  Again.  Nothing.  This went on for several minutes and then he did his MacGyver thing and basically rebuilt the entire fuel filter from scratch in the damn parking lot with a few tools and substitutes for such things.


One flat bed tow truck and a 110 mile tow later and we made it home much poorer.  But safe.

MacGyver thought it was the fuel filter because he mentioned he thought it might have had a slow leak and he had purchased a new one but had neglected to bring it with us or change it prior to leaving.  At first I was mad because he didn’t tell me that it had been leaking but I have a policy that if your honest with me I forgive and so I did.  Anyway, turns out it might have been bad gas anyway and that’s why our gas tank is now in the driveway.

So, this post has turned quite long and I now have a ton of work to get to and I’d like to get a little walk in today so, I’ll try and post some more pictures later in the week and tell you a little more about the trip as the week goes on.  Hope you have a fabulousTtuesday!

Tell me about your last vacation…


Tuesday, travels have come to an end. For Now.

Pardon yesterdays dust.  It was a travel day and quite frankly I was just dead tired and when I’m that tired, I don’t trust myself to write anything but let’s recap why I was so tired because I want to tell you about the rest of my trip.

Kids place

Above is the Kid’s apartment after Mom and I helped him get it all set up and organized.  Take a close look because I’m pretty sure it will never be that clean or organized again but I believe in miracles so you never know.  (Also, that’s my Mom in the picture and it’s her birthday today so Happy Birthday Mom!)

After all the working on the apartment I was craving some Go and I wanted to see the city and the kid really wanted to show us around so he took us to German Village.

German Village Columbus

German Village

home in German village

The homes were beautiful, unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to try out any of the local businesses.  I really wanted to try out this one:

Beer Garten

Plank’s Bier Garten

We also visited a park in the German Village.  Schiller Park.

Schiller Park

I snapped this pic as we were leaving because I love the homes that surround the park but don’t be fooled by my lack of pictures, the park was gorgeous and has an outdoor stage for theatre which was pretty cool.  I was also stoked that I caught an electabuzz while I was there.

Next we drove through the Italian village for a few seconds but not long enough for me to snap pictures or form a real opinion.  We had limited time and the kid really likes Victorian Village and Clintonville and since Mom and I had already stumbled upon the later one we decided to visit Victorian Village.

I’ll spare you my gajillion home pics and share with you a picture of the park that we visited.  They had an awesome running path which was the first thing I saw.  The park is the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.  Apparently there is an obstacle course and all kinds of things but we were pressed for time and didn’t have time to see the entire park.

Scioto Audubon Park

Last we drove through the OSU Campus.

Ohio State University

OSU Columbus

There will be no pictures of the stadium.  The kid wanted me to take some but let’s face it, I’m a diehard Tennessee Volunteer regardless of the fact that I live in Florida.  You will never see another stadium picture on this blog, Ohio State or otherwise.  In my opinion, that’s treason.

After all the parks and OSU we headed back to the Kid’s place and I had to say goodbye.  It was a sad moment but I’ll go back in a few months.

Sometime that afternoon on Sunday Mom and I hit the road for Knoxville so that I could visit my brother and sister for a bit.  Driving through Cincinnati we saw the random rubber ducks again.

random rubber ducks

I googled it and found out it’s for the Rubber Duck Regatta which provides meals for hungry children.  They should do this in every city.  Besides how cute is it to see this while driving along:

find the duck

After a harrowing drive through Kentucky in which we almost got crushed by a rogue car on a trailer we rolled in to Knoxville and I got to spend some time with my brother and sister.

We left Knoxville pretty late and ended up back in Cleveland sometime around midnight.  See, I told you it was an exhausting trip!  That didn’t deter us from getting up yesterday morning and hitting up the mall before I had to get to the airport because, Priorities!

And at around 3:30 in the afternoon on Monday I was on a plane headed home.

CHA the airport

I’ll be making quite a few trips back.  Obviously.  For now, it’s time to try and get back on schedule and get caught up  because we have a storm on the horizon.  I think it’s called tropical depression 9 or something like that.  If it gets a name then we’ll worry.

Have you ever been to the German Village in Columbus?

Who is your favorite college football team?