Good Morning,

I’m not making breakfast this morning, I’m having it made for me.  🙂  Since I had no reservations Sunday or Monday as of last Thursday, I decided to go to a trade show in Ocean City, MD.  There’s several web sites that list upcoming shows and when I’ve had a free Sunday & Monday, they were always in Las Vegas, L.A. or Boston (sometimes London or Singapore).  Since I wanted something I could drive to, this worked out perfectly, only six hours.

I was giving a tour to an engaged couple for a possible September wedding.  This was booked for 2 p.m. before I made my new plans.  I contacted them and they agreed to come an hour early so I could get on the road.  They actually showed up a 1/2 earlier, thanx Shayla & Will.  Dorronda’s busy scouring the rooms with a list of chores for the day and I kissed da boiz good by and was on my way.  (No, I didn’t abandon da boiz.  Kerry from KS Kennedy Floral , right down the street agreed to bring Lucy and they were all going to have a sleep over).

I know a lot of people complain about but I find it extremely useful.  Mapquest may have troubles with Pittsburgh’s twisted streets and constant changing, I have trouble with Pittsburgh’s streets and directions myself.  🙂  Estimated driving time came in right at six hours (no I don’t know how they calculate drive times, but I did nine miles OVER the speed limit almost the entire trip and still arrived in six hours), maybe the web site has a heavy foot also.

So I found what appeared to be a very nice Inn right on the ocean.  From web sites, you are never sure what to expect, been there done that.  🙂  I have found most times, Inns end up being AT LEAST as nice as the pictures, and this was true of Inn on the Ocean .  When I booked, I told Charlie, one of the Inn Keepers, that I should arrive by 8 p.m., but may be late because of the tour at my Inn.  When he found out I was also an Inn Keeper, he offered me his least expensive room an would up grade me when I arrived to the most expensive available at the time.  When I arrived, Josh their night manager greeted me and showed me around.  There’s single serve coffee and tea available anytime.  They have an ice machine and communal refrigerator in the basement for guest use.  My room had a TV and VCR and there was a library of VCR tapes for guest use in the commons area (I assume the other guest rooms also have this amenity).  The common areas were fresh and clean and well appointed.  The living room has a gas fireplace controlled by a remote, nice touch.  They also have fresh fruit, candies and cookies in the dining room for guests.  Unfortunately, on several levels, I had a McGrease burger on the way down and didn’t feel like dinner when I arrived.  A couple of hours later, the munchies attacked and I devoured several of Vicki & Charlie’s tasty cookies.

The room Josh checked me into was the Veranda Room, first floor, ocean front.  Very nice, thank you Charlie.  The queen bed was nice and firm, I don’t like those overly soft pillow type beds many Inns have.  There was all the amenities one would expect, remote cable TV, alarm clock radio, full private bath (with jacuzzi), they’re own private label bottled water (nice touch), extra blanket, robes, luggage rack and small space heaters in the closet if you needed (the Inn was plenty warm for me).

So this morning I woke up at six and lazed around for a bit and then watched the sun rise from the ocean.  Quite nice, I haven’t done that in awhile.  I then took a walk on the boardwalk, right outside  and then came in for coffee and to blog.  They serve breakfast from nine until ten, so I think I’ll take a bit of a walk south on “the boards” and come back for b’fast.  The convention center is just 2 miles away, if it’s OK with Charlie & Vicki, I’ll leave the truck in their lot and just walk up the boards for the show.  I should be home fairly early, so if I have any regular fans, I’ll let you know how I made out at the show.  There’s supposed to be a number of linen vendors there, which is the main reason for me to come here.





Well, I guess it’s electronics one, ed zero.  The TV’s unfixable.  Vizio is sending a replacement TV.

Jason and Cindi were here earlier this week and Cindi did two posts on her blog, here’s the first link the other link

Nice pictures Cindi and I’ll send you the $5 for the nice words.  🙂

It’s the first Thursday of the month and my friend Lisa’s running Soup Night over at Calvary Methodist church on the corner of Beech and Allegheny Avenues.  It a fund raiser for the church and the food bank.  Good cause, good food, cheap prices and it gives you an excuse to get in the church and see the $5 million renovations.  Fabulous Tiffany windows.

Kristen & Joel left today, I finally got her breakfast right all the way through.  She’s gluten intolerant and day one I made her parfait with granola, day two I gave her parfait to Madona and had to quickly make another.  Also, yesterday I wanted to do one of my vegetable dishes and couldn’t do my quiche because of the graham cracker crust, so I planned on making frattata which has a potato base.  BUT, I put a tablespoon of flour in the egg mixture to make it more cake like.  After I put it in the oven, I thought “you fool”.  So she settled for eggs sunny side up, bacon and potatoes O’Brien.
I scare me sometimes.  They found a great local beer from the East End Brewery, it’s on Susquehanna Street, I’m going to have to check it out.  They went to the Church Brew Works for dinner and again the Brew Works didn’t offer the pizza menu.  They’re famous for their wood stove pizzas.  I don’t understand.  And Kristen & Joel didn’t care for their entrees off the dinner menu.

Kirk found out what my problem was with posting pictures and why my links weren’t working.  I’ve gone back and corrected all my hyperlinks, so if anyone wants to use them, they’re functional.  I also was able to post one picture, but most of the ones I have are too large for this program, I need to now figure out how to reduce them.



I have a “fan” for this blog!!!!  Rhonda & Tim checked-in today and Rhonda said Tim had been reading my blog.  🙂

I hate electronics and new technology.  They know this the minute I walk into a room something new is and they start conspiring.  I eventually win, though.  I beat the ipod, now it’s the new TV in Bird of Paradise.  The flat screen in there died last month, so I got a new one and installed it.  It worked fine.  The first guests in the room said they got a pink picture and no sound. Derronda figures out that if you press the resolution button on the box, the pink goes away and you have sound.  The next guests check in the room and say there’s no sound and the picture is pink.  So I press the resolution button and the sound comes back on and the pink goes away.  Those guests were only here one night, so after they leave, I go up and try the TV.  Guess what?  No sound and a pink picture.  So, I call DirecTV.   After about four hours speaking with DirecTV and swapping boxes, HDMI1 cords and then using RCA jacks, it still works fine when you press the resolution button on the box the sound returns and the picture is fine.  If I shut it off and then turn it right back on, it works fine.  So it’s fixed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This past weekend, I had guests in Bird of Paradise and the same problem occurred.  So I showed them the resolution button and told them how to fix it.  So the problem is not DirecTV related, so I contacted Costco’s concierge’s service, where I bought the TV.  Three phone calls and an hour and a half later, I’m on the phone with Costco and Rhonda and Tim arrive.  Costco was at the point of calling Visio when Rhonda & Tim arrive and I had to stop.  (NOT Rhonda and Tim’s fault, they just wanted to be checked-in and start to enjoy their visit, very nice couple).   So maybe tomorrow I’ll get the TV to work.  I will win, eventually.

After Rhonda and Tim checked-in and got settled in, da boiz and myself drove out to Finelyville to see Betty [we were supposed to have dinner last night, but I had a meeting with Kate & Charlie and Jay (Catered Elegance) who are getting married here in May.]  When I called Betty yesterday morning after checking my my reservation book, I had check-ins Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in my reservation book, I hadn’t look at my calendar.  Luckily, Jay sent me an E-mail yesterday morning questioning about the meeting and so before I had time to check my calendar and left; was reminded.  And called Betty to cancel, I could hear in her voice the disappointment.  So it was a nice compromise, she was happy to see us.  I’m glad I got so see Kate &  Charlie, not only to add my 2%, but I luv new couples, they’re so happy and fresh.  And typical of my weddings, they’re laid back and just want to have a fun time.



Let me make it official, I refuse to shovel any more snow this year.  IF we get another storm, beware neighbors.  I shoveled the Veranda roof for the second time.  The snow & ice back up from the box gutters and cause the water to leak under the roofing down through the box holding the ceiling on the posts.  ):

On the bright side, who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?  I’m now the ipod Meister.  My large CD player broke a few months back and I’ve been playing either my holiday 5 CD player or satellite (I must say, after listening to the songs the satellite played, I have much better taste).   Well, after much drama and downloading itunes multiple times (Windows 7 kept saving it in a temporary file and I never saw it there) and many other challenges (thank you Joann for bailing me out), I have recorded all my CD’s in my itune library and then downloaded it onto my ipod.  I’m listening to my music as I type from my ipod through the Mansion stereo system.  I didn’t say you cold teach an old dog new tricks easily.  🙂

Pretty quiet week again.  This is getting old, after being so busy for so long, to take a nose dive like I have the past two months really grates on one’s nerves.  It’s nice having some down time so I can learn itunes and do lots of little projects around, but I need guests to keep me on my toes.  I actually slept until 7 a.m. the other day.

I found another nice review from Brian & Sherri on Google maps.  That’s so nice.  It’s like being a waiter, which I have for so much of my life, and getting a 20% tip.  It makes you all warm and fuzzy when people go out of their way to be nice to you.

You should see the new tee shirts Kerry’s selling down at KS Kennedy Floral and Gourmet .  They are black  with gold lettering.  There’s three gold diamonds reminiscent of the Steeler’s logo (no copy right infringement there) and a picture of a chair blocking a shoveled parking space.  The caption is Pittsburgh Public Parking Authority.  It’s a shame his shop isn’t on the Southside, he’d make a fortune over there.  Very cute.  Speaking of Kerry, he still has a couple of those carved wooden Christmas tree ornaments of the Willock mansion left.  They’re $15 and 1/2 goes to the neighborhood association.

I got my income tax refund today, thanx Uncle Sam.

Well, I want to take da boiz down to the park before Kristen and Joel arrive.  Chat later and have a great day.