Here we are – still in Pittsburgh! The only negative we have had since arriving has been the rain – which will NOT quit – not for more than a day at a time! We arrived 19 days ago, on June 8, and I am not exaggerating when I tell you it has rained 14 of them! Some days we’ve had full thunderstorms and winds – thankfully no hail, which has predicted as a possibility more than once. Twice we’ve had tornado warnings! The whole area has been under flash flood warnings too! Since the CG is up on top of a mountain, so we are not worried about it flooding where our rig is, but getting out to get to places has had it’s challenges! One day we were rerouted, then the road we were rerouted on was closed! Had to turn around and go ALL the way back! Crazy weather! We have done our best to not let it get us down or hold us back! Since I wrote last, we have been doing some “household” stuff. I spent a whole day (ok – maybe not the WHOLE day!) cleaning the rig, top to bottom! Bill got the shop vac out and I vacuumed with that, not that my Dyson Stick Vac doesn’t do a good job, but with 3 pets, a heavy duty vacuuming is not a bad idea, especially since Bill does have sensitivities (mild allergies) to the dander. I cleaned all the walls, scrubbed the whole bathroom, all that “fun” stuff. We have also gotten some vehicle stuff taken care of. My Mom had gotten recall notices for both our vehicles. The truck needed to a computer update, so it spent a day and a night at a local Ford dealer. The CR-V needed the an air-bag part replaced, so we spent an hour at a Honda dealer. Bill ordered a light for my closet online and it arrived and got installed right away! I am using the closet that would have the washer/dryer in it, if we had that option. For some reason, it did not come with a light like the other 2 areas did. We had tried on of those stick-on LED lights, but it didn’t light up enough, plus, I guess I left it on my mistake and it killed the battery after only a couple weeks.
One evening, we went with Michelle to Carnegie Science Center, they were having an event they called “The Science of Gaming”. It was open to adults 21 years old and older. They had bars with drinks for purchase and food from a local restaurant. A local casino, Rivers, had a room with tables set up and they were teaching all types of games, including Black Jack, Craps, Texas Hold’em, etc. If you participated, you received a $15 free play coupon, which you could take across the street to the casino and use in the slot machines (more on that later!)
Afterward, we picked up Derek and off to “Plum” for an early Fathers Day dinner.
Another day, Bill and I spent some time at the National Aviary. I felt bad for some of the birds – as the spaces they were in didn’t seem quite big enough, but most of the birds aren’t able to be in the wild, so considering that, I guess it’s better to be in a smaller space vs killed in the wild b/c they have some type of disadvantage, a broken wing that didn’t heal properly, etc.
On one of the rare days without rain – Bill put the bikes on the back of of the CR-V and off to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail we went! After some confusion about where exactly the parking area was, we got started – it was one of the few gorgeous sunny days we have had, I am so glad we were out and about seeing the sights!
My black and white for this post is being used as the featured picture (see it above) and was taken while on this bike ride. The last thing I want to talk about today is the day we spent a few hours at the Rivers Casino. Earlier, I talked about how we went to the Carnegie Science Center for their event The Science of Gaming. We spent a little bit of that time in the room Rivers had set up to teach people Black Jack, poker, etc. and we each received $15 in free play. I had volunteered for the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry again, and when I was done, Bill and I made our way over to Rivers to use those free play tickets. We had to sign up for their players club, which they make very easy. Bill chose a machine (the free play was for slots only) and I sat down next to him. We went back and forth, up some, then down some, and then it happened! I won! Ok – I’m not going to exaggerate and say I won BIG, but I was up enough to get us dinner, so I cashed out.
We decided to eat at their restaurant Wheelhouse, they had a 2 for $25 special!
As you can tell, we have been enjoying our time with our daughter and seeing some of Pittsburgh while we are at it! I just really wish the rain would STOP! Our son and his fiance are coming here next weekend – we are so excited to see them and have full family time! Catch up next time!