Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wisconsin and Illinois

I can't believe we're back in Reno already ... the time is flying by! We have had very sporadic Internet connection while in Wisconsin and Illinois so I haven't been able to upload photos to the blog yet. Our connection is enough that I can post but uploading pics is virtually impossible right now, so unfortunately those will have to wait.

I spent about a week and a half in Wisconsin visiting friends and family ... so many to see and I didn't get to everyone but we had a great time. Our friends had extra bikes and took us on a couple of great bike trails, so we got some exercise in and I sure can feel it in my legs and rear end ... I haven't ridden a bike in years! We also walked through the park, the zoo, and a local historic district with some gorgeous old 1800s homes. My husband and I have such different reactions when we look at these houses ... I think they're so beautiful but he sees them as a maintenance nightmare ... maybe but they are so cool!

It was so good to see everyone and so hard to leave them all again. Especially my brothers and my dear uncle, the only one left from my parents' generation. He's 78 and we had to drive for 8 hours over 2 days to get to him as he's so far south in Illinois he's nearly in Kentucky! We spent a day there and it was hard to say goodbye knowing it's been nine years since I last saw him and Lord knows how long it might be until we meet again ... he's had health issues, too, so I worry about him. But I promised to stay in touch and send more pictures.

So after driving 5 hours back to Chicago we're now in Reno overnight again, then a 4.5 hour drive back to Oregon to spend more time with my brother and his lovely wife. That's it for now ... hopefully I will be able to upload pics again soon.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Reno - Casinos and Cars

We are flying out today but while in Reno we lost some money in the casinos (not too much), visited the National Auto Museum (Harrah's collection) and walked around town a bit. As the 10th was also my birthday I did indulge a bit at dinner. I have been eating twice a day, mostly meat and veg but low carb as much as possible ... the place we went Sunday offered sugar-free desserts but not this time. Nothing sugar-free in sight. I had meat and veg but also a little pizza and then cheesecake and a small chocolate square for dessert. I did feel a sugar rush after that! I felt fine but overstuffed. I am sure I will pay for that carb load.  Anyway there will be much more home cooking and fewer indulgences in the next two weeks. We found out our next flight is once again delayed so to kill time at the airport I may as well take advantage of free WiFi.

I'll leave you with a few pics from Reno. I took so many pics at the museum that I will only show a few highlights ... there was only one car you're allowed to touch and they supply props so you can dress for the period and get a picture of yourself in the car. That was fun! Hope you enjoy ...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Scenic Oregon

So the last couple of days we explored scenic Oregon. I wanted to share a few pics while I have an Internet connection.  The US SIM we got before we left isn't working so whenever I can hook up to WiFi I will try to update.

These first pics are hiking through Moore Park where there were some lovely nature trails. We spent an hour and a half here.

Then yesterday we went to beautiful Crater Lake. This was a mountain/volcano that apparently blew leaving this crater on top with a beautiful pristine blue lake. Stunning views here.

Then when we got back to my brother's house there were three deer in the front yard. Just before we could get our camera ready a truck spooked them and they scattered resulting in this somewhat blurred picture.
Today after a long drive we have just arrived in Reno. I'll get more pics when I can. And please forgive me if the formatting is all over the place ... posting from blogger apps on mobile devices is beyond frustrating.  I can't fix anything.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Pics from Oregon

Wednesday night we went to dinner where I had the first of my planned indulgences ... onion rings!

The only onion rings in Australia are at Hungry Jack's (Burger King) and those are not the real thing. I didn't know it would be such a huge basket and as good as they were I managed about five before asking everyone else to finish them off. With it I had a bunless burger with bacon, egg and cheese. The onion rings were very tasty but I really didn't want any more after that.

There are fires in California but in southern Oregon we can see and smell the smoke. This was the view from my brother's back porch last night.

Yesterday we went shopping. Somehow I had forgotten to pack shorts so I hoped to find a pair, but it's the last month of summer here so shorts were pretty picked over. What I did find we're mostly too large or too small, too long or too short. I did finally find one pair that fit and looked ok though they were a lighter denim than I would have liked. But for $9 at Walmart you can't be too choosy. I was still a size 12 here so those sites claiming I would be a smaller size in America were wrong. Oh, and these jeans are my snug size 12s from home so I will be putting them on frequently as that will be a good indication if I gain weight ... I can still get them on just fine right now.

The selection of ice cream and other sweet treats was amazing ... new flavours since I was last home for sure. But I took this picture for the family in Australia to see that Ben & Jerry's is just under $4 here ... the same size tub in Australia is $12! Granted, it's an import there. And no, we didn't buy any.

In the beer department we found Fosters which everyone mentions here as an Aussie beer. Hubby always delights in telling them Aussies don't drink Fosters, we just sent it to America. In fact it's a product of the USA now so made right here. LOL.

I don't know if everyone else would appreciate me sharing their pictures on my blog, so here's a cropped shot of just my brother and I. Today hubby and I went on a 1.5 hr hike through a lovely park with nature trails so I should have more pics to share soon.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Having a great time!

Sorry I didn’t get a chance to post before the flight but the last couple of days were a whirlwind!  Left at 8:30 am on Tues the 4th to get to the airport on time. Flight left at noon Sydney time which was like 7pm Monday my brother's time.  Got to San Francisco 8:30 am so about 13.5 hrs later then had a 4 hr layover. Connecting flight delayed 2 hrs so a 6 hr layover! Then they picked us up and drove us home so finally at brother's house some 22.5 hrs after we left Sydney. Long day indeed! We're still exhausted and getting over jet lag tonight so will post more later, with pics!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Is anyone else hooked on period dramas?

Do most women like period dramas? I love Downton Abbey and have recently discovered The Paradise (I know it's been cancelled after season 2) which I am also hooked on, as well as other shows and movies set in similar periods. Hell if you throw in time travel as well (e.g. Somewhere in Time) I'm definitely hooked! Of course my hubby isn't a fan of any of them. Except Outlander, he watches that with me ... then again that's time travel to the 1700s and has a lot more fighting action, LOL. I have always had a fascination with the mid-1800s to the early 20th century. Maybe I had a past life then? I like to collect antiques of no particular value just because they are old.

I have a 1902 Singer sewing machine and an old wooden carpet sweeper, probably from the same period or older, and vintage photos of my great grandparents on the wall. I had an antique radio and old wooden filing cabinet among other things back home, which unfortunately couldn't travel to Australia with me. I thought maybe that fascination is why I like these types of shows, but it seems many women are into them as well. Fewer men, it would seem. What do you think ... do you like these types of shows?

Damn you Mother Nature!

Damn you indeed. At an age when I don't want or need your visits anymore you are determined to visit even more frequently, though thankfully your stay is shorter. I really have no idea what to expect with PCOS as I near menopause age so if any of you with PCOS have been through the change please enlighten me. Still I was 72.2 kg yesterday so still in the 150s but only just. Not today, back up just a bit. So much for getting closer to goal before I go. Ah well ... fortunately though in just a day or two I should drop back down again. I'm not going to do another weigh in until just before we leave. Fingers crossed!