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While we were "Off to See the Wizard".... 
Nov. 10, 2012 5:52 am 
Updated: Nov. 18, 2012 4:21 am
Last weekend was our long-awaited trip to see the Wizard!  My daughter, Kristal, is a huge Wizard of Oz fan.  When she was four we took her to a dinner theatre to see a production of the show and she sat mesmerized the entire time and was hooked from then on.  Birthday presents are easy for her - I find a production of the Wizard of Oz and buy tickets for the family.  We all win big on her birthday. 

This particular showing was in Maumee, which is near Toledo, Ohio and about 2-1/2 hours from our home.  Since Jon earns points toward free stays in hotels when he travels for work, we had enough points to stay overnight for free.  As I was getting ready to order our tickets, a wonderful thought came into my head...  Why not take our "adopted" grandkids along??!!  They've never seen a play and know a little about the Wizard of Oz from Kristi.  Their parents thought it sounded like fun, especially since we would be staying overnight and the kids could play in the pool at the hotel.  Tickets were purchased for their family and ours, reservations were made at the hotel and we all anxiously waited for the show date to arrive!

We arrived at the hotel early enough that the kids could swim for a couple hours before heading to Carraba's Grill for a great Italian meal.  This family we have "adopted" is Mexican and they love spaghetti and meatballs.  I received a great compliment at dinner when the 10 year-old leaned over and whispered that her spaghetti and meatballs were good but not as good as mine!  These kids are charmers.  :)

Everyone enjoyed the show.  It was a good production and the lion was especially good.  The next day the kids once again swam in the hotel pool for several hours before check-out.  A stop at the Bass Pro Shop on the way home and our "magical" weekend was over.

While we were off having a great time things were happening at home.  Suzy, the black lab, and Maggie the cocker spaniel (my daughter's dog) had their own little vacation.  My parents (aka grandma & grandpa) graciously hosted a Doggie Daycare Weekend.  Both dogs love to go to Doggie Daycare and they always come home tired and spoiled.

I also have 3 cats that stay home alone and enjoy their time with no dog or humans getting in their way.  I also have an iguana.  Well... to be honest, I don't have an iguana; my son does. But he moved to South Dakota and Paulie had to stay behind for now.  While Steve was away at college I was the "Iguana Mama" and took care of Paulie.  Once again I am in that role. 

While we were off to see the Wizard, I believe Paulie also paid a visit to the Wizard.  Perhaps to get a brain.  I say this because he became quite smart over this past weekend.  Paulie lives in the taj mahal of iguana cages.  Steve and Jon built him a cage that is huge. He has a "built-in" swimming pool, treees for climbing, shelves and hammocks for resting... you name it he has it.  But, apparently the grass appeared greener on the other side.  Paulie learned how to escape from his cage!  Yup - he learned how to slide his sliding glass doors open and escape into the big world of Steve's bedroom! 

Every morning I poke my head into the room and say "Bye Paulie! Be a good iguana!".  Well, imagine my surprise when I poked my head into his room on Monday morning and there was no Paulie in sight and the door to his cage was open!  I found him and put him back into the cage and headed off to work.  When I got home I went to the bedroom to feed him and spend some "quality iguana mama time" with him, but he was once again out of his cage!  This time he had really moved around.  He had climbed the blinds on the windows and broken them, knocked things off shelves, tore pillows and blankets off the bed, and generally made a mess out of Steve's room.  I have to admit that Paulie can make a bigger mess than Steve!

I finally found him tucked into a blanket.  A chase ensued around the room and finally I cornered him in the closet where I was able to capture him and return him to his cage.  To be sure he does not get out again I taped his doors shut with packing tape! 

Last night we had a rare night at home where we were actually going to cook.  We weren't going to the restaurant.  Once in a great while we get a free night where we don't have to go there for anything.  We have received our insurance money from the tree vs. house incident and are slowly getting things fixed.  We got our new grill, and it is a very nice grill.  So far we have grilled steaks on it and last night we were going to grill some wild sockeye salmon for dinner; one of my favorites!  I had found a new recipe (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/rum-and-sweet-potato-casserole/detail.aspx< ) here on Allrecipes and decided that would go great with the salmon and some steamed broccoli.  Anytime we have a "free" night for dinner at home a bottle of wine is usually our drink of choice.  I pulled out a bottle of chardonnay from our Virginia vacation and dinner was complete!  The sweet potato casserole was fabulous!  I'm pretty sure it will be making an appearance on my holiday table this year.

Nov. 10, 2012 6:36 am
"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!" I normally watch it every year for the last 55 years.
Nov. 10, 2012 6:53 am
heehee! We watch it every year, too. Just a great movie!
Nov. 10, 2012 8:04 am
Mother Ann, what a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your family and friends. Great blog. I have always loved the Wizard of Oz-the flying monkeys not so much!
Nov. 10, 2012 8:12 am
Lela - It was fun.. and those darn flying monkeys always have disturbed me just a little..
Nov. 10, 2012 5:32 pm
I've always loved the Wizard of OZ! The monkeys were a little less scary than the dark forest. Now chasing that lizard, not so much, although I have babysat one. Was glad when he went back home! Yum, the recipe sounds good!
Nov. 10, 2012 5:55 pm
I love the Wizard of Oz too! Nice blog!
Nov. 10, 2012 6:17 pm
I guess I'm the skunk in the stawberry patch. Aside from TWOO your weekend was one I could have enjoyed. Thanks for sharing yours!
Nov. 11, 2012 3:51 am
Cat - taking care of Paulie is certainly makes for good conversation; most people are amazed that I take care of him. We actually went to our favorite restaurant last night and I believe that I like this recipe better than theirs! Thank you Magnolia Blossom!
Nov. 11, 2012 3:53 am
Mike - Are you saying you don't like the Wizard of Oz?! I'll forgive you for that - I kinda like skunks... LOL
Nov. 12, 2012 3:47 am
Mother Ann, have you treated your gang to the play "Wicked". It is a must see!
Nov. 12, 2012 4:05 pm
Maggi - No not yet. Last time it was here we were not able to go, but I do want to take at least my daughter to see it!
Nov. 12, 2012 7:33 pm
>> "Wicked". It is a must see!, Yep I Agree, it was great i seen it back in 2004 when Idina Menzel was part of the show.
Nov. 14, 2012 12:05 pm
My oldest grandson had a iguana. It would get out occassionally. A panicky call to my husband would be made by my daughter and he would go over and catch the thing and put it back in its cage.My grandson would never be home when these things would happen.
Nov. 15, 2012 5:54 pm
Paulie would not be my favorite thing to critter sit for! I'm not much for the reptile world. My son sits with a camera while I clean my water garden. He swears I levitated out of it one year when a snake came down the waterfall. He is waiting to capture that on film if it happens again. Child has a wicked sense of humor.
Nov. 18, 2012 4:19 am
Char - Isn't that the way it always goes?? LOL
Nov. 18, 2012 4:21 am
Cat - I'm the one at work they always call to come get the big spider or remove the snake that got in thru the front door, etc. I've always had a fascination with critters such as iguanas, snakes, frogs, turtles.
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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