Friday, November 30, 2012


We found these oxen at Mount Vernon, George Washington's home last Sunday.

Later downloads.  Gregg took two lovely shots which I have just seen after downloading from his camera.  I particularly liked the last one.


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Skywatch Friday: Season 6, Episode 21

Views across the Potomac River, near Mount Vernon.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Arlington National Cemetery

Over the Thanksgiving holiday our family went to Arlington National Cemetery.  If you click here the link will take you to their official website.   There will be lots of links in this post, you just click on the different colored writing to get to them.

Whenever we have had company we almost always are asked if we could take them to Arlington.  We are only too happy to oblige.

It is full of history, it is beautiful, sacred and at times very emotional, especially as now we have not only a very dear and very special family member buried here, whom we visit several times during the year, but also many old friends.  And of course while I visit them my thoughts will also be with my family across the Pond.  You can't help but feel reflective for all the souls resting here.

As long as we live in this area we will visit them often.

Last Saturday I posted about a little dog who decided we were friendly enough to visit.  She got quite a fuss.

There are many recognizable names on the tombstones, Joe Louis, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from 1937 to 1949.

You'll notice there are stones on the top of the grave markers.  If you click here this will take you to a great blog where the article explains the tradition.  You can also read several posts on Arlington  here.  I did this yesterday as I discovered older posts and spent a very enjoyable time reading them.

Lee Dad was a big fan and watched a lot of Lee Marvin movies way back when.  Years later I think he would have enjoyed the fact that his grandson was a big fan too and watched the same movies.  I placed the stone on Mr. Marvin's grave and you may think me a bit silly but I silently thanked him for that connection and may he rest in peace.  

And Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, who later in his career was the Commanding Officer for Marine Fighter Squadron 214, better known as The Black Sheep Squadron.  

Audie Murphy is also buried at Arlington.  I visited his grave a couple of summers back.

If you want to know more about these people, you can click on their names and follow the links.

I found this quote on one of the gravestones, worthy of sharing.

The following shows the sign leading up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  It always attracts a very large crowd and people sometimes forget this is a very sacred place, being rather noisy at times.  They are always gently but politely reminded by one of the honor guard to please be quiet and show respect.

My family also visited the Kennedy Grave.  

At one point we could see the United States Airforce Memorial in the distance.

and I took photos of this lovely statue.....

with one last photo of the scene you can see in my present header.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A quote....

This morning we all got up at around 4.45 a.m. as our family left early this morning and all are now safely home.  Two left in a car and the other two on a plane.  It seemed very quiet without them and they are missed.  We have had a wonderful week.  Places we visited were Arlington Cemetery and George Washington's home - Mount Vernon - with tours around Washington DC and a little fun shopping here and there.

Now it's time for all of us to get back to normal and into our individual routines.  Gregg went back to work, though before he left son Brad came over.   He has a day off today and he stopped by for a few hours.  We had lunch and chatted non-stop, then Gregg left for DC and after another hour Brad left for home.

I've spent the rest of the day being very lazy, though I have the washing machine going and I justify that I am at least busy doing something constructive.   Tomorrow I am off to do a little Christmas shopping, and it won't be long before we will be getting ready for another family gathering.

Saturday, November 24, 2012


This is part of the Thanksgiving flowers we enjoyed over our holiday.


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TF teamPupo - Sandy Carlson - Denise

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Friday, November 23, 2012


Yesterday we visited Arlington Cemetery.  Two of our family members who came up from Florida had never been there before.  

I saw a dark shape heading towards us through the gravestones and at first I couldn't figure out what it was.  We were in a quieter part of the cemetery and had often seen deer in the area so wondered if this was another kind of wildlife.  Much to our surprise a little dog soon appeared.  She belonged to a lady who was visiting one of the graves.  It was a momentary encounter as it wasn't long before the lady came over to retrieve her, after which they hopped into a car and left.


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Thursday, November 22, 2012


Another previously scheduled post for today and actually wrote it last weekend.  This week we have company for the holiday and my time on the computer will be limited.  For those of you who are celebrating it, I wish you A Very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope everyone else has a wonderful day.

Please feel free to enlarge all the photos if you would like a more detailed look.

This is a repeat and part of a post that I shared a while back, telling of the time when Gregg was on an exchange tour with the Royal Navy, while Gregg was still serving with the USN.  You can read the full post here.

On arrival in England he was sent to HMS Bulwark for four months.  Much to his surprise and delight and because he was the only American on board, the Hong Kong Chief in charge of the wardroom gave him a surprise Thanksgiving Meal, and he had the honor of cutting the cake.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Our new guest room

This is a post I scheduled a few days ago as this week we're expecting company.  Family will be staying with us over the Thanksgiving holiday, arriving on Wednesday and leaving the following Monday. So much to do before. with lots of shopping and housework and very little computer time, you know how it goes.  I don't think I will be able to stay off here entirely and will try and visit in the occasional quiet moment.


As I have mentioned occasionally I have been clearing out one of our rooms upstairs.  I used it as an old craft room back in the day when I made and painted my wooden Christmas Ornaments, but those days are long gone.  With Thanksgiving coming and on learning we were getting extra company we realized we needed another guest room, and I must say I had fun clearing it all out once I got going. 

 This room had been used to store anything and everything, and like a snowball running downhill it got totally out of hand as it was only too easy to throw things in. Before I tackled this project I would occasionally peek in, roll my eyes and tell myself that it was an impossible task, quickly close the door behind me and pretend there was nothing beyond it.  The time-crunch arrived with our impending company and it gave me that extra incentive.  I carried out that good old fashioned rule when clearing out the impossible and took those baby steps. At first I would do ten minutes here, ten minutes there and then as I could see that tiny light at the end of the tunnel, I gathered momentum.  The only thing that was needed to finish it off, was to put up one last print over the chest of drawers and to hang some curtains.  Gregg did that today.  

I should have taken a 'before' picture but doubt that it would have made it on here.  There was no carpet visible and boxes upon boxes practically from floor to ceiling.  

Here's Gregg putting up those curtains.  Later the print.  Thanks Hun!

And just like when stepping through the British Embassy doors and you are in a different country, the same applies to our new guest room. You find yourself in a little bit of England.

Gregg said it feels like a British Bed and Breakfast.

My British teddies made their presence known. I started off this small collection and a few have been given to me by family and friends.  The print above them is of the village I lived in 37 years ago before moving to the States.  When I found the artist online last year I bought two of them with slightly varying scenes.  The other is downstairs in the family room.  

You can also see my Dad's photo and one of my grandmother, my Mother's mom.  I borrowed Nanny from another spot to get the feel of the arrangement.  I'm busy looking for another old photo of Dad and Nanny will go back to her old spot. The bobby's helmet I bought from a catalog years ago when this company, as their story goes, bought all the old bobby helmets from the Manchester Police Force, and were exchanging them for the flat cap.  Dad never, not to my memory anyhow, wore one in his uniform days, as you can you can probably make out in that old photo.

Another angle leading out to the hallway.  As you look out the door, just to the right is Brad's old bedroom.  My next project.  Yes I have another project.

The old book case was left by the previous owners when we moved in 21 years ago, which I thought was very nice of them.  It previously had old paints and craft supplies on the shelves.  I have filled it with DVD's and CD's, and knickknacks.  

I got the idea to put the cups and saucers and teapot up here when I realized there was no room for them downstairs.  More cupboards to go through at another time.

When I saw them I loved the English cottage design.

One last shot of the reading material on the end table.

We still have the old wallpaper to take off and painting to do, but that's going to have to wait until next year.  

Gregg and I were looking at the scratches still visible on the door and smiled.  They belonged to our now long departed little pooch who got upset with us when we put her in there.  We hadn't long moved in and the room was still empty.  

We had someone visit us who was afraid of dogs.  We decided to keep her upstairs for an hour where we thought she would fall asleep.  Instead she objected by scratching furiously at the door.  When I saw those then deep gouges on the door frame I wasn't a happy camper but I couldn't be mad at her because she was very discombobulated with the move from one house to another, totally out of sorts.  We gave her lots of extra love and attention and she, like us, gradually settled into her new home.  

We did our best to sand those scratches down but they were pretty deep.  Now I look at them and remember how much we miss her, and it also reminded us of all the joy she brought us over the years. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012


The link is now open to Today's Flowers.

I haven't taken any photos this week so I am once again sharing photos I took this past spring and summer.  I hope you will forgive the repeats.

If you enjoy participating in memes we are always looking for new participants.  For those of you who are weekly participants, thank you very much. 

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Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli, Jr.

You can find beautiful flowers from around the world if you click here.

TF teamPupo - Sandy Carlson - Denise