A Stop in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA - Events of Thursday, September 11 to Wednesday, September 24, 2014
We pulled out of Scenic Hills RV Park in Berlin, OH on Thursday, September 11, and made the two-hour drive to Lora and J. Michael's house in the Pittsburgh area. Shortly after we arrived and got set up on the RV pad beside their garage, Lora and Lydia returned from running errands. We spent a little time with them then went back to the rig to relax. We went to their house for dinner then visited with them for a while before heading back to the motor home again later in the evening.
J. Michael had the day off work on Friday, and Paul helped him install a new back door on the garage. The old one was starting to rust and the frame was rotting out at the bottom. After picking up a new door at Home Depot, the guys got to work ripping out the old door.
They got the old door out and the new door in by late afternoon. Unfortunately, they ran out of caulk before the job was done; but at least the door was in and useable. Besides, it was getting late anyway, and we were planning to go out for dinner.
After the guys got cleaned up, we headed out to Don Jose Mexican Restaurant located in a small strip mall adjacent to Robinson Towne Center. We went there the last time we were in Pittsburgh, and the food was just as delicious this time.
After dinner, we swung by Home Depot to pick up another tube of caulk and some paint samples. When we got back to the house, Lora and J. Michael checked out the colors. One was close to what they wanted, but more samples are needed before the final decision is made.
We finished with the paint samples just in time because Lydia was getting hungry. Margery got to do the feeding.
On Monday, Paul's step mom took us to lunch at Empire Palace, which is an upscale Chinese restaurant in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh. Lydia joined us, but decided to pass on the Chinese food and have formula instead - good choice. Paul and Margery had the usual - General Tso's chicken. It was delish.
During the day when we were in Pittsburgh we were busy doing our own thing that included all our doctor and dentist appointments. Paul found time to meet his former co-workers for lunch and Margery also enjoyed face time with a couple of friends.
Margery and Lora took turns making dinner most evenings which gave Lora a much appreciated break. Margery also got a break for the days our appointments were later in the afternoon because Lora cooked those days. Getting together with Lora and J. Michael for dinner gave us time to visit with them.
Having the motor home parked next to the house gave us plenty of opportunities to pop in to visit with Lydia over the almost two weeks we were there. It was amazing to see how much she was growing. Lora reports that at today's doctor appointment she weighed in at 11 lbs. 7 oz. and measured 23¼ in. long. That's a weight gain of over 4½ lbs. and 4 in. in length in 9 weeks. We can only imagine the changes we'll see when we return in three months for Christmas.
We relaxed a bit last weekend. We even got to babysit Lydia while Lora and J. Michael went to a Mary Kay fund-raiser on Sunday afternoon. Lydia is getting to be so much fun because she is starting to respond to voices, sounds and movement. In the next photo, Lydia is responding to the faces Margery is making at her.
We had our last doctor appointments on Monday, and we got to babysit again late on Monday afternoon.
Tuesday we did some of our pre-departure chores during the day and ran a few errands. We went to dinner at Bahama Breeze for Paul's birthday in the evening.
During the week, Bahama Breeze has happy hour until 6 p.m. with half price appetizers. While J. Michael chose a delicious-looking grilled chicken salad with tropical fruit for his dinner, the rest of us just had appetizers. Lora had a crab stack (lump crab meat stacked up with shrimp, avocado and mango) and firecracker shrimp, and Paul and Margery shared a chicken quesadilla, an order of onion rings and firecracker shrimp. Everything was yummy!
We shared a chocolate island for dessert - chocolate mousse and whipped cream atop a brownie base swimming in a sea of chocolate sauce and vanilla anglaise all sprinkled with toasted almonds.
On Wednesday, we pulled out for our next destination. We had several nights while we were in Pittsburgh with lows in the 40s and even a few down into the 30s. Although it warmed up a little on Tuesday, Monday's high didn't get out the 50s. We'll tell where we headed in our next post, but you can be sure it was south.