Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Quiet Time in New York

The girls and Grandpa.

The Seneca Niagara Hotel and Casino.

Denny and I did make it safely to New York. It was snowing in Kettering when we left at the ungodly hour of 5 AM, which changed to rain by the time we reached Columbus, Ohio. There was more snow around Erie, Pennsylvania which is par for the course since there's always lake effect snow in that area. But the big gloom and doom prediction of 4-12 inches of snow never arrived in the Buffalo area which was just fine and dandy with us.

After Denny and I dropped our stuff at the hotel and tried to get online to let folks back home we were okay (the wifi system was down though) we drove over to our son's house for Christmas with Steve, his wife Angela and our two granddaughters. There was the usual ripping through of Christmas gifts followed by loud music and noise from the toys we brought. Parents and grandparents partook of liberal amounts of alcoholic libations prior to our traditional Christmas meal of pizza and Buffalo wings (what else do you get when you're near Buffalo, NY?) while the girls became very silly in their attempts to gain Grandma and Grandpa's attention. A typical family get-together, to be sure. Once we had the girls extremely wound up, it was time for us to head back to the hotel. Grandparents get to do that, don'cha know?

This morning Denny and I decided it was time to see the new Seneca Niagara casino and hotel so we drove into Niagara Falls. The hotel is very striking and after a good breakfast it was time to hand over some of our money to the city of Niagara by feeding their slot machines. Which we did in short order, so we took the scenic route back to the motel by way of River Road which wandered past some very lovely waterfront homes. We oohed and aahed as we drove along, thoroughly enjoying ourselves. A stop at Tim Hortons for some hot chocolate and Denny was ready for a nap. While he's dozing I'm enjoying the sight of the Niagara River flowing past the motel while a few snowflakes float past the window. But a nap is starting to sound good, I think...


Coll said...

So glad you reached your destination safely. I once visited Niagara Falls (Canadian side) many years ago. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be during the winter with the lights.

Your grandkids are darling. :-)

p.s. don't groan.. but would you believe that The Christmas Story is my absolute favourite Christmas movie. It's true. :-)

Nancy said...

Merry looks like a good one when the nicest present is being with the ones you love.

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