Will marijuana be legal in Ohio?

Today in Ohio is the big Marijuana vote. There are two issues. First, there is the issue to legalize weed for both medical and medicinal purposes. I heard we will be the first state to pass recreational at the same time as medical. IF we pass the issue. Second there is an issue on the ballot to not allow certain monopolies from forming. This second issue is intended to block the marijuana issue from taking effect. 

The weed issue names 10 growers for the state. They are the only authorized growers for Ohio. According to the second issue, this is a monopoly and would not be allowed if the issue passes. 

So to legalize marijuana, Issue 2 (the monopoly issue) needs to fail and Issue 3 (legalization issue) needs to pass. I have heard different things about what will happen if both issues pass. This morning the news said it would be decided in court. 

So it will be interesting to see how this plays out. We are a conservative state (as much as it pains me to say that). The anti-legalization commercials show weed candy. YOUR KIDS WILL EAT THIS DRUG CANDY! I hate to tell them but kids are smoking weed anyway. I wonder if it would be easier for kids or harder or the same to get illegal weed. I suppose not too difficult either way. The law allows people to grow at home a certain number of plants. So there’s still the probability that kids will be able to still get weed without much problem. 

Polls are open till 7:30 so it will be awhile before we know. Will Ohio join the states who have legalized marijuana; will issue 2 (monopoly issue) pass or will this whole thing end up in court? I will just have to wait and see. 

A Tale of Two Kitties

I have a new kitten! We rescued him from under a friend’s porch a month ago. He is about two months old now. HE IS ADORABLE! We, and by we I mean I, named him Harrison. After George Harrison, my favorite Beatle. My parents had a wonderful cat named George for a number of years and he just died two years ago. I wasn’t ready to have another George yet. So Harrison it is!

When we brought him home he was tiny. On his first vet visit a week after we got him he weighed 1.6 pounds. His body was so small. It was hard to even pet him since he had such a tiny little back.

We also have an older cat who is about ten years old. We thought she would enjoy having the kitten around since she had been somewhat mopey since she was alone after my little baby cat (17 years old) died early this year. We could not have been more wrong.

Cleo is not amused. She is usually a very laid back cat.  Get Harrison in the mix and she is a growling, hissing and angry kitty. She doesn’t like that he follows her around like a puppy. Harrison loves Cleo. He wants to play with her all the time and runs around like a bat out of hell passing inches from Cleo’s nose. She is not happy about that at all.

Often Cleo excuses herself to the bedroom to sleep on the bed or asks to go out in the  back yard. The outdoor escape isn’t going to happen soon since the mornings are in the 30s these days. Brrrrrr

Harrison is a model cat. He has used the litter box since day one, he eats whatever we give him and he is very loving and playful. He uses the scratching post that none of our other cats would ever use.

I only have one problem with him……he is supposed to be my baby.  Who does he choose to cuddle up to at night? His mommy, who feeds and waters him, cleans the litter box and plays with him all day long? No. He snuggles up to Daddy.

Oh well, I guess I’ll have to settle for him loving me all day while Daddy is at work.



Wandering the White House


I posted this last year about my being locked in the White House and thought I’d share again for any of those interested.,

Originally posted on Life is strange:

My daughter and son-in-law both work in Washington, D.C.. When I go to visit, since September 11, 2001, I always think about how different security is at the White House now.

My brother and sister-in-law worked for the Office of Management and Budget in D.C. back in the late 80s and early 90s during President GHW Bush’s term. My older two children, my friend and I visited my brother and his wife in October 1992.

My friend, the kids and I drive around D.C. to see the sights. We look at and stop by many of the monuments. We also take the Metro train to the National Mall. The AIDS quilt is being displayed and there is a march to the White House planned for one of the days we are visiting my brother.


One night my brother asks if we would like to tour the White House. Well, sure…

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Monday Musings

A few musings on things in my life:

  • I once got locked in the White House
  • An attempted murderer stayed overnight at my apartment
  • I was arrested once. The police woke me up and arrested me for disorderly conduct
  • When I went to court I pled no contest, but told the judge I must have been having a hell of a nightmare to be woken up to be arrested…(I was 18)
  • I met Tony Orlando
  • Weird Al sang to me at a concert
  • My first concert was Sonny and Cher in 1972 (my parents took us kids)
  • I co-wrote and performed my first and only play with my classmates in elementary school
  • my friend and I read Jane Eyre in second grade
  • I have been married three times
  • I finally met the right person
  • I love the Beatles
  • I think Frank Zappa is a musical genius
  • I got to shake the hand of President Bill Clinton

Everyone has a story to tell and strange things that have happened to them. These are a few of mine. I’d love to hear yours.

Walking in the Rain

I was supposed to walk a 5k last evening. I say supposed to because when we got to Edgewater Park it was rainy and cold. My friend and I sat in her car and debated what we were going to do.  Did we really want to walk in this weather? Would that really be any fun? I came to have fun.

I am happy to say that my friend was in it for the fun also. We had paid for the event and we decided to pick up our numbers and our T-shirt but we weren’t staying for the walk. I love the shirt. It is fluorescent yellow. Love it.

After the race the organizers grill hamburgers and hot dogs for the runners and walkers. My friend and I walked up to the grillers and asked if we could eat before the race. They told us no, but we cajoled them into letting us “test” the first two burgers. You know, just to be sure they turned out well. They were delicious.

We now had two hours to fill before we went to the theater to see Book of Mormon. What should we do? Hmmm….my friend suggested we park downtown and go to a certain Margarita bar that she likes. Hey! good idea. Let’s go.

Both of us had a change of clothes so we could look a bit more presentable at the play. We left those clothes in the car for the time we were at the bar.  We would change into them later and walk to the theater.

To make a long story short we had a great time at the bar. We joked around with some of the bartenders, drank some grande Margaritas until it was time to go. After having a couple of Margaritas, neither of us felt like walking in the rain back to the car to go change clothes. We went to the play in jeans and long sleeve T-shirt for me; stretch capris and sweatshirt for my friend. We walked twelve blocks, went in and enjoyed the play and went home.  A fun evening all around. Even walking the 12 blocks in the rain.

A Day to Remember


Back in March for his birthday in April I bought my husband a gift from his bucket list. He has always wanted to fly. I found a Groupon for a first flight package for half price.  We’re just regular people. We don’t make a habit of hopping on our private plane or yachting or anything.  He was really excited when he got this gift; maybe even a little shocked. I was excited for him.

Saturday, we woke up to a beautiful morning. This was the day Bob chose for his flight and it was clear and sunny with a big blue sky. Perfect! We got some coffee and were off to the airport. We drove out to Burke Lakefront Airport and after a short detour (we didn’t know exactly where we were going) we found T & G Flying Club.

We met a very nice flight instructor, who came up to my husband and said, Well, let’s go out to the plane. Wow. No little lesson, no anything, just come on out.

There two planes outside the club and the instructor led my husband to one of them. It was a Cessna 152, I think. It is a pretty small plane as you can see in the picture above of Bob and “his” plane. I was the photographer for the event.

Here is the cockpit of the plane; two little seats and all kind of instrumentation.


The instructor told Bob to start it up and his adventure really began.

He taxied to the runway, the instructor having Bob run and fly the plane himself. Bob used Flight Simulator on the computer many times and he told me that really helped since he knew what all the dials and instruments did.


I watched and filmed as the plane taxied down the runway and picked up speed. It was pretty exciting, even just watching. Bob was about to fly a plane!

Finally, the plane lifted off the ground and I saw it ascend into the clear blue sky.  After just a few seconds I couldn’t see the plane anymore. I watched the sky hoping he would fly over the little spot where I was waiting, but he was busy flying over Lake Erie and parts of Cleveland, having a great time.

His flight finally ended and I watched, a little nervously I must admit, as he landed the plane with no problem at all. He climbed out of the plane and I could see he had a great flight.

It was so much fun. We talked with the flight instructor about the T & G Flying Club and the benefits of joining. It’s something we are seriously considering for the future. I would love to see Bob fly again. I have never seen him so happy.

On the way home, Bob told me all about the flight and how great it was. He again asked me if I would ever fly with him in a plane like that.

Nope. Not me. I will fly in a commercial plane with no problem, but don’t want to go up in those tiny little planes. I am very happy watching him live one of his dreams, thank you.