A fun win with fun photos...Four days and counting...


Tom won the last game, Bingo Coverall winning $200! Fun! (He looks tired having had
 little sleep while here, mainly due to me coughing all night).
Each day when I sit down on the comfy sofa in the walkout (ground level) lower level of Karen and Rich's gorgeous home in Eden Praire, I've wondered if I would have enough time to get the post completed and uploaded. Today is no different. 

There's always something to do before the day ends; dinners out and/or activities with family members or friends; visits to various family member's homes and a plan for dinner if we're alone.
Rich was served a bloody Mary with a BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich)
at the end of his straw. That is so USA!
Last night's plans were dashed last minute when Greg and Camille weren't feeling well. Instead, we stayed in, munching on various snacks we had on hand, still full from yesterday's big lunch event at Lucky 13 Pub where we had a great time with Karen and Rich.

They'd suggested we take a break from our busy status to join them in this popular pub where bingo is played for three hours every Saturday from noon to 3:00 pm. We jumped on board and headed out in two cars when we had some shopping to do afterward.
Tom's Rueben sandwich with jumbo onion rings.
It's easy to spend upwards of $40 combined with two people playing bingo with two cards (each with three games) during each of the 13 rounds. It couldn't have been more fun! We never gamble and for me, this felt like gambling but I tossed aside my anti-gambling mentality and went with the flow.

Tom was all in, determined to win but the disappointing thing about bingo, it's entirely a game of chance with no opportunity for strategy or clever play. Little did we know or anticipate either of us would win but in the last game, he won the $200 cash prize as shown in the main photo. What a surprise!
Karen's huge platter of chicken tacos. Complimentary popcorn was served.
After the lunch and bingo playing ended, we each took off in our respective vehicles while we headed to TJ Maxx to purchase a carry-on bag. Our black duffle bag finally died on this last flight. 

When the old duffle bag's wheels weren't very functional and the bag was often heavy with its contents consisting of mostly jeans and heavy clothing, it was time to replace it with an easier to use carry-on bag with sturdy wheels. 
Rich's burger and fries.
It took us quite a while to find just the right bag but finally after carefully inspecting several bags we found a high-quality London Fog bag that fit the bill. With sturdy wheels and handle, it definitely will be easier to use. 

In the next few days, we'll be loading up the new bag with the former contents of the duffle bag and begin packing. We're leaving Minnesota in a mere four days. The time passed quickly but we're grateful for the quality time we spent with family and friends.
My fresh and delicious Cobb salad with chicken, bacon, avocado, hard-boiled egg, tomato,
onion, and bleu cheese crumbles.
This morning, we drove to Blaine (45 minutes each way) to see Tom's sister Patty and say goodbye. We have no idea when we'll see her again, along with everyone else. It was wonderful to spend time with her.

When we returned to Karen's and Rich's after visiting Patty, we dropped Tom off while I did a little local shopping: Target (first time there this trip for a few items); and Lakewind's Food Coop. 
The rules of play for Lucky 13 Bingo in Bloomington, only available from 12:00 to 3:00 pm on Saturdays at this festive pub and restaurant, plus the dabbers which were provided at no cost. Each three-game sheet was $1. Overall, we spent about $50 to win the $200.
My friend Chere, a highly experienced nutritionist and motivational speaker introduced me to Simply Snakin' seasoned chicken and/or beef sticks. Made with grass-fed and free-range meats, this low carb, sugar-free, chemical-free 60 calorie meat sticks are the perfect pick-me-up snack. They may be purchased at Lakewinds in this area or at Amazon online at this link.

Back at the house after shopping, I got to work on today's post but took out 30 minutes to speak to my old friend Lisa on the phone with whom I've been friends for over 30 years. It was such a treat getting to hear her voice. 
The brightly lit, typical bar/restaurant was set for the bingo enthusiastic, eat and play.
There are many other friends we'd have loved to see and spoken to, but the time here has just been too short. Also, I believe my pre-occupation with recovering from this dreadful virus and cough has put a damper on many activities including spending time at my son Greg's house. I am grossly allergic to cats and wasn't able to spend the amount to time at their home that I'd have loved.

Tomorrow, I'll spend the better part of the day with DIL Camille. There's a project at the kid's school in which I plan to participate. Then, some shopping for grandkid's Christmas gifts. It will be another busy day. Tom will finally have a day to relax and catch up while I am away.

We'll be back tomorrow, most likely later than usual since I'll be leaving early in the morning and won't be able to work on the post until later in the day.

Have a superb evening!
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Photo from one year ago today, November 24, 2018:
Mom was very easy going and loving with each of her piglets, even when they ate pellets intended for her. For more photos, please click here.

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