Monday, May 10, 2010

More adventures in Ohio

Thursday 5-6
Today I had to go to the dentist with Romperoo's daughter. She has a cavity and needs to get a filling. I got to sit in the chair next to Dr. Neimann and watch the whole (hole?) procedure. It was very interesting and Miss L was a real trouper.Until, we got home. She wound up having a bad reaction to the Novocaine! I was pretty sad to see her in such misery. Pretty soon she fell asleep and I decided to explore the house.

There is one room that has been closed off since I got here, which made me pretty curious.
So, I knocked on the door and when I pushed it open....
(cue screechy music from the movie, Psycho)
I discovered the messiest room I had ever seen in my short life! Legos scattered all over the place! Erector set parts littering the floor. Clothing strewed hither and yon. Boy, this looked like FUN! So, I made myself at home. There were a lot of Star Wars Lego characters begging to be played with. I had a lovely time building all kinds of things.

Friday, 5-7

After taking Bud for a brisk walk, I helped romperoo and her friend do their Once-A-Month-Cooking session. These two ladies plan 12-15 meals a month, shop and then prep everything. All the meals are frozen and ready to be pulled out of the fridge. Tonight we are having the Lemon Rosemary chicken for dinner. And, romperoo promised me a special surprise dessert for all my help!

Then I helped romperoo make some sourdough bread. I'm not so good with the mixing part...

Then it was off to school to help the 6th graders with their Teacher Appreciation car wash. Knowing how 12 year olds and water don't mix so well, romperoo wisely left me in the car to watch. Good thing, too. She came back soaked to the bone!

When the kids got home from school, I had a little time to play with Miss L and her friends on the swingset. Then it was time for dinner and soccer.

The weather was starting to get very dicey. The wind kicked up and started to blow very hard. They had posted a tornado warning and the weatherman predicted torrential rains, but the soccer game was still on! Not wanting to risk me getting blown away (or worse, dirty from laying in a ditch), romperoo and Miss L tucked me safely away in the basement. Bud kept me company. Miss L's team won their game (despite several spectator's chairs flying onto the field) and it never did rain a drop!

Saturday, 5-8

A cold, blustery day here in Ohio. Our first stop is to go to our neighbor's perennial plant sale. Every year Yosephine and her sister Teresa' dig up hundreds of plants from their extensive gardens and sell them to raise money for charity. The best part of the sale is getting to sample all their FOOD! They are originally from Czech region and make wonderful pastries. Romperoo let me try the poppyseed cake. A-may-zing! I tried to sneak back for another dessert, but romperoo's son scooped me up. Nuts...

Then it was off the the farmer's market at the Village Green in downtown Worthington, Ohio. The city is over 200 years old. It was a planned community and still is very vibrant. Worthington was one of the Midwest’s first planned communities, blending commerce, residential life, education and faith. Founded in 1803, Worthington reflects its dignified New England heritage with authentic brick sidewalks leading to the central Village Green where many of the city’s original commercial buildings and churches still stand proudly. Today, as in ages past, people come to meet and greet on the Village Green and stroll the streets of downtown Worthington. But, a long time ago, cows and other livestock used to roam the Village Green! Here is a brochure of the Village Green.

There wasn't too much available at the market today. It's still very early in the season. We did get to see some neat art for gardens including some hand-carved stonework. We'll go back next Saturday morning. Romperoo also promised to take me to the cemetery to see the headstones of Revolutionary War soldiers.

Romperoo is a little unconventional when it comes to Mother's Day. She's not a brunch kind of gal, so we headed out Saturday night to her favorite Mexican restaurant to get a jump start on Mother's Day. I was so hungry from all the running that we did that day that I could not stop eating the chips! Oh, and the salsa - fresh cilantro. Yum! Good thing someone needs to carry me, or I don't think I would have made it to the car...

Mother's Day 5-9
Today I jumped out of bed early. I was determined to figure out romperoo's funny coffee maker. I almost had to break out my tools, but then I saw how it worked. Good thing, too - Mr. Romperoo STILL hasn't managed to figure out how to work the machine. She was very impressed (and grateful) to come downstairs to a hot cup of coffee.

We had planned to go to the Columbus Zoo today to see the new polar bear exhibit. But poor romperoo's car had a flat tire. There was a hole in the tire! We had to spend some time in the morning trying to get it fixed.

Then it was off to romperoo's son's lacrosse game. This sport is HUGE here in Columbus. Lacrosse is a Native American sport that is played using a small solid rubber ball and a long-handled racquet called a crosse or stick. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose netting that makes a basket. You use the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball to score in the opponent's goal. You can also use the stick to whack other players - which happens a lot! This game is a little like hockey, soccer and even wrestling. At the face-off, the boys have to kneel on the ground and wrestle over the ball. The boys are well-padded. Girls also play this sport. However, they have NO helmets, NO padding and have to play in a skirt! They use the same hard ball. Ridiculous!
Mr. C let me try out some of his gear before the game. Lacrosse is very fun to watch!

After the game, we headed over to Graeter's for some ice cream! Greater's Ice Cream was originally founded in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now it's made locally here in Columbus. It is addicting and the chocolate chips are the size of my feet and bigger!

We spent the rest of the day enjoying the outside. We did some planting (Mr. Romperoo got yet another Japanese Maple), played some soccer and then the grown-ups had some wine and cheese. We kids got to watch the movie, "Up" and have some popcorn! It was a nice, relaxing Mother's Day!

More exciting things to come this week!


1 comment:

  1. Hi Maggie,
    you are on my old stomping ground. We lived in Columbus for fourteen years before moving to the Empire State. It while living in Columbus that Jill (our pm #17) came to live with us. It looks as though you are having great fun. Enjoy!!!