View Full Version : Weekly Scumble June 11 Thru 17

K Taylor-Green
06-11-2007, 12:05 PM
Happy Monday. everyone!! Welcome to the Scumble, our weekly chat thread where we share the happenings of our everyday lives.

Grandma duty today. This is the first opportunity I've had to get online!
We are going to take care of the animals, then go into town for lunch and a trip to the park. There are ducks and geese there, as well as play equipment.

The pups are growing like little weeds and momma is eating like a bear!:eek:
I finally have a website up for my kennel. It isn't totally finished, but folks can check it out and meet my Labradors.

06-11-2007, 03:31 PM
We had a wonderful time in DC despite the unseasonably hot weather (about 95 on Friday). We arrived Thurs late afternoon, and went to dinner with another couple in old town Alexandria at a lovely Italian restraurant. Then we drove around a bit - went past the Torpedo Factory - an artists' studio/gallery/school - that I've known about for years, but never seen before. As it was later in the evening it was closed. Then we went to old Georgetown for dessert and coffee/iced tea. Both of those areas have great older archetecture and are very crowded with people enjoying the ambiance It reminded me of a much older "Kirkland WA" for anyone from this area who may be familiar with Kirkland.

On Friday my husband and I went to the National Gallery of Art. It was easy to get there from our hotel in Crystal City via the Metro subway system, but we still had to walk a good distance in temperatures that neared 95 degrees with humidity way higher than I'm used to. :eek: As many of you know, I have joint and disc disease in my lower back so all the walking and standing didn't help matters either so we took a taxi back to the hotel. The gallery is marvelous, of course, and thankfully well air conditioned! I think one of my favorite portraits was of Monet reading a book and smoking a pipe by Renoir. I'd be hard pressed to say what my favorite landscape might be! However, Monet's two paintings of a cathedral (don't remember the names) are marvelous examples of just how important stepping away from an impressionistic work can be. Up close they look pretty "fuzzy", but stand back a few feet and WOW!

Friday night was the black tie award presentation at the Mellon auditorium. The National Aeronautic Assoc annually presents the Collier Award for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, and is considered the most prestigious of all aviation awards. The joint Lockheed/Boeing F22 program my husband works for won it in 2006, and this was the actual presentation dinner. Needless to say, the whole evening was quite marvelous, and my back and feet were killing me by the time we got back to the hotel! :lol:

Thankfully, the temperature was "only" in the mid 80's on Saturday. Once again we took the Metro Subway, but this time to Union Station where we learned that sleeping late wasn't entirely a good idea if one wants to do a guided tour of the major sites. However, we did buy tickets for the night tour, and in the meantime went to the Holocaust Memorial Museum for the next 3 hours. What can I say about this experience? It is a "must see"; a very well presented, heart rending, soul searching depiction of one of the more horrifying times in modern day human existance. They also acknowledge the on going mistreatment of another people of today - those in Dufar. A whole room is dedicated to information about the trials of those people.

The night tour is great too. It begins in daylight at this time of year, but by the time you get to the Lincoln /Korean/Viet Nam memorials area it is getting dark. Seeing the Korean War Memorial after dark is awesome! The 19 figures are in stainless steel, and the way the lights are shining up from the ground makes it appear as though they are ghosts come to walk the earth. You almost expect them to turn their heads and look right through you - very chilling and moving!!! We ended the day at the new WWII Memorial - that seemed most fitting given where we started the day. I think my Dad would have approved of that Memorial. It too is very well presented. He was one of the first soldiers who walked into the concentration camps (I don't remember which one), and he never spoke to us children of what he saw there - never.

We had time on Sunday to once again use the Metro subway system to go to Arlington Cemetary, and take the guided tour there. We were in time to see the changing of the guard at the Tumb of the Unknown Soldiers. I remember seeing it at 16, but of course the John Kennedy eternal flame and Robert Kennedy's simple white cross were not there at that time. Reading the "Ask Not.." speach that is written in stone at the eternal flame site reminded me of how "eternal" that speach is, and I think it needs to be read by our politicians today at every political event to remind themselves, the American public, and all nations of the world about self sacrifice and public service.

Needless to say, we didn't have time to cover even a tenth of what is in our nation's capital. However, we were both reminded that so many of our citizens have been to foreign countries and praise what they've seen there, but have never been to Washington DC to see our own country's wonders. I highly recommend doing so. However, if you go do so in the fall after the kids are in school, and foreign tourists have gone home! We happened to be there when over 120,000 Girl Scouts and their chaparones were in town for the celebration of the Girl Scouts 95 founding! "Herds" of girls in differently colored coordinated t-shirts were everywhere which in and of itself wasn't bad, but they did have a tendency to not be quite when appropriate, and it ruined the solemness of many of the memorial sites.

I hope everyone has a good week.


Pat Isaac
06-11-2007, 05:10 PM
Glad to hear the details of your trip, Peggy. I'm sorry it was so warm. One of my daughters lives in Maryland, closer to DC than Baltimore and we have only visited there once in the summer...my husband can't take the high heat. We usually visit at Christmas time or in the early spring, cherry blossom time. Every time we visit we get into DC to see something else. Not sure if we'll ever see everything. It is a fascinating place to visit.
Sounds like a fun time with the grandkids, Kate.
I had to deal with my computer over the weekend as it had some kind of attitude problem. All is well now. We also went to the graduation party of a good friend's granddaughter.


Dot Hoffman
06-12-2007, 06:50 PM
Peggy, your trip sounds awesome!!!

K Taylor-Green
06-12-2007, 08:42 PM
Yes, Peggy, I think so too. Very exciting.

CM Neidhofer
06-16-2007, 11:02 PM
Today we went to the Central City bed races! :p It was the thirty-third celebration of Madame Lou Bunch, the last legal Madame in Colorado. The old west came to life today with the "girls..." the Sporting House girls, madames, dandies, miners and sheriffs and a band. Dancing and skits, including the High Steppers, a local group of women, aged 50-90 who dance at nursing homes, or any events they're invited to. Quite an agile group of ladies!! Each team for the races was from one of the local casinos. One run, down the hill of Main St. and back up. Best time won. Madame Lou is still celebrated because when the plague hit the gold miners here in Colorado, she closed all her "houses" down and she and her "girls" took in any sick miners and nursed them back to health if possible. Here are some pics.




Pat Isaac
06-17-2007, 11:44 AM
What fun Christine. Looks like a great time. When we went to South Dakota last year, the town of Keystone had a staged shoot out on the main street, and where was my camera......yeah, back at the lodge.