Heading to Pittsburgh for Christmas
Pittsburgh, PA - Events of Wednesday, December 17 to Sunday, December 21, 2014
On Wednesday, December 17, we left Blueberry Hill around 3:00 a.m. and drove the car straight through to Pittsburgh as we usually do for Christmas. Because of the potential for bad weather in the north, we leave the motor home in Florida at and stay with Lora and J. Michael. The drive was about 15½ hours and was fairly uneventful with light traffic, relatively warm temperatures and sun most of the way. The reason we leave at 3:00 a.m. is so we can arrive early in the evening and have time to visit and grab a bite to eat before we head off to bed.
Lydia, who is now 5 months old, has really changed since we saw her in September. She has a whole bunch of new facial expressions, and she has big smiles for everyone. She also is starting to explore the world around her - the sights, the sounds, the touches and the tastes.
Speaking of taste, Lora recently introduced Lydia to cereal - her first solid food. Lydia wasn't too sure about it and ended up spitting most of it out, but Lora will keep trying. It's all part of the learning process.
Because of Lydia's growing interest in the world around her, J. Michael created a winter wonderland in their basement family room. In addition to the Christmas tree they have always had in the past, he added overhead lights and built a train platform so he could set up the Lionel train that used to belong to Paul when he was a kid. Lydia likes to see all the lights and to watch the train go 'round and 'round.
After Lydia watched the train for a while, J. Michael helped her hang a special ornament on the tree commemorating her first Christmas.
Even though it was still several days before Christmas, Margery gave Lydia her first gift. She crocheted Lydia a blanket to keep her warm in her car seat. Lydia would be needing it soon as you wil see in our next post.
On Thursday, we took Paul's step mom to lunch at Atria's in the North Hills.
Atria's has sandwiches and lunch entrees from about $9 to $12. Margery had a fillet of cod sandwich, and Paul had a rotisserie chicken wrap. The cod was panko breaded and came with a choice of fries or house-made potato chips. The chicken wrap had lettuce, tomato, mayo, sweet pepper chutney and pepper jack cheese. We both had the house-made chips. Everything was delish!
On Friday, we headed to Colussy Chevrolet to pick up our new truck. It came in several weeks ago, and they have been holding it for us. While we'll miss our Equinox, the truck is very nice and very comfortable. It rides amazingly well for a vehicle with a payload capacity of over 5,000 pounds. However, it will take a little getting used to the size. It's about 6 inches taller, 12 inches wider, and over 2 feet longer than the ½-ton Silverado Paul used to have before we went full-time.
Paul ordered splash guards and a tonneau cover before we left Florida and had them delivered to Lora and J. Michael's house. He got to work installing the splash guards on Saturday.
It was quite cold on Saturday, so Paul waited for it to warm up a couple of degrees and for the sun to peek out a little on Sunday to install the tonneau cover.
We wanted to install the tonneau while we were in Pittsburgh because we didn't know if all our luggage would fit in the back seat on the way back to Florida. This way, the tonneau will help keep the bed dry in case we need it. The cover can be rolled up behind the cab when we're towing.
On Sunday evening, we took Lydia out for a Christmas adventure. We'll tell you about it in our next post.