Friday, July 6, 2012

A Las Vegas Respite

I am having a tough time with keeping up with my blog lately - it might very well be the 100+ temperatures outside that are draining me of any ambition whatsoever!  I purchased Lori Anderson's e-book, Follow the Path, Ideas and Inspirations for the Creative Blogger (find it here) and I paged through it this morning to give me some ideas of what to blog about. So, here I go...

My mother and father used to take yearly trips to Las Vegas once a year - my mother LOVES slot machines!  When he passed on 7 years ago, I promised my mother that I would continue the tradition and take her there once a year.  Up until 2 years ago, I would fly to Florida - where my mother lived - or she will fly to Virgina - where I live - and we would go for 3 nights and 4 days.  We ALWAYS have a blast! 

After much coercing on my part, my mother finally moved in with me almost 2 years ago.  She has not seen any of her friends in Florida since then.  In my opinion, she has become quite lonely for "people her age"...who wouldn't?  This year was special -  a friend of hers from Florida joined us. So last week, we went on our yearly pilgrimage.

Mom on the left, her best friend Jane on the right
A friend of mine also joined us.  We splurged and got a nice room at The Wynn Hotel - this hotel is absolutely awesome!
One View from the Hotel Room
Another view from our room
Everything is "bigger and better" in Vegas. The Wynn is famous for its fresh flowers strewn throughout its hotel and casino.
Fresh flowers are everywhere!
I call these "Flower Balloons" - they hang from the trees and yes, they are fresh flowers!
The food was phenomenal, the company was awesome, and though I did not win one penny, my friend was quite lucky on the slots.
Her jackpot on a $2.00 bet! 
Although it was over 105 degrees every single day, there is zero humidity and the heat was tolerable.  In fact, I had to wear a sweater or a sweatshirt while indoors, as the air conditioning was always set to "freeze".  It was a nice respite from the hot, humid weather of Virginia. 

Takeoff for home!
I look forward to next year's trip - maybe we'll go in Spring instead of Summer!

My next post will touch on a major jewelry project that I have been working on for the past month - pictures still need to be taken and edited. I have to admit - that is my least favorite thing to do!

Thanks for stopping by!

17 comments:

  1. Looks like an awesome place Patti & your hotel looks like the lap of luxury! I bet you got some design inspiration from those flowers too.

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  2. oh, oh, oh, what a wonderful trip!

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  3. Oh,must have been a wonderful trip. I have only once been to Las Vegas and was amazed by all the "Bigger and better" and the lights at night!

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  4. Sounds like some beautiful memories with your mom. Pictures of the flowers so pretty. I know what you mean about editing pictures.

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  5. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading about you and your Mom...Marta:)

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  6. I am glad you guys had a lot of fun! Love the photos of the flowers, especially the balloon flowers.

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  7. Sounds like a great trip with good company.. Love all the flowers.
    Jenni

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  8. How wonderful that you help your mom keep up the tradition. We've been to Vegas several times now, and I just love it--more for all the wonderful sight than the slots. A little gambling goes a long way for me.

    I'm so glad your mom's friend tagged along! I'm sure that was a treat for her.

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  9. How fun Patti! Vegas has that special feel of bigger and better, and you know what they say, bigger is better! Sounds like you ladies had a great time!

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  10. I love the photos. and the flowers are just beautiful. I lie fresh flowers. I do not get them alot, but the smell is just wonderful. Your mom probably does miss her friends. My husband just left Texas and he said once he crossed the state line to Texas it got 40 deg hotter. lol.
    I have been spending the day hopping through you stores. beautiful jewelry.

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  11. I love the photos. and the flowers are just beautiful. I lie fresh flowers. I do not get them alot, but the smell is just wonderful. Your mom probably does miss her friends. My husband just left Texas and he said once he crossed the state line to Texas it got 40 deg hotter. lol.
    I have been spending the day hopping through you stores. beautiful jewelry.

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  12. What a fantastic trip!! You sure made it out of NoVA to somewhere fun!! I'm glad to hear how you're keeping this great tradition alive with your Mom!

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