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Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, VA

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Way, Way Back

This isn’t my photo rather it’s a scan that I did of an old U.S. Senate menu from June 26, 1940!! My great uncle was an usher in the Whitehouse and spent a great deal of time with FDR. This was in some of the stuff he passed down, I’m going through “stuff” now and will toss it but thought that it was interesting enough to notice!! The most expensive thing on the menu is the “Planked Tenderloin with Fresh Mushrooms” and the “Whole Broiled Maine Lobster.” Each is 85 cents!! Eight-five cents! I don’t even have a “cents” key on my computer. I have photos of my uncle with Harry Truman but none with FDR. I’m pretty sure my aunt burned all of my uncle’s papers after he died. My uncle spent a lot, a lot of time with FDR and kept a daily journal of everything. My aunt told me that she was sure that her husband would have wanted everything burned. Sigh. He was appointed to the comptroller for the VA after FDR died. I would love to have had his journal. Sorry for the deviation from the normal photos.

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. I truly appreciate your greetings!

 

 

US Senate Menu 1940

US Senate Menu 1940

 

 

 

 

US Senate Menu 1940, p2

US Senate Menu 1940 p2, June 26

US Senate Menu 1940, P3

US Senate Menu, June 26, 1940

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Light At The End Of The Tunnel

We are almost at the end of “Week 2” and things are looking better. It’s not as fast as in the past but that’s to be expected since all these good poisons are cumulative. We embrace each day no matter the challenge. Last night we went to Kyle’s Varsity baseball game in the season Regional tournament. They won and if they win this coming Friday, then they head off to the Virginia state tournament. School? You ask. I admit to not knowing how it works. A miracle, I guess.

Diane’s surgery has been scheduled!! Huzzah. She goes in the first part of July which is very soon after chemo is over but that’s a good thing for us…less waiting. She just has to stay strong and fit and keep the blood counts high. But we know she will.

I found this image while doing a walkabout in the West Virginia mountains several years ago but publishing today seems pertinent. Rain. Fog. But the sky is clearing!

Mountain Valley

Mountain Valley at Coopers Rock, West Virginia

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Season 4, Episode 2

Things are going better with my bride than just a couple of days ago. Mother’s Day was a cool interlude in this episode. We had a quiet family day with naps and a weird board game that was fun but hard to play. Diane’s days and nights have been filled with awful nausea, fatigue, no-taste to metallic-taste, pain, dehydration, and on and on and on. Of course, she still is concerned that we aren’t eating properly, taking care of ourselves, etc.  But, that’s what she does. We have hummingbirds again including a single who just comes and sits. He eats some but mostly just sits. Maybe he is waiting for something better. Maybe he’s staking his feeder territory. Maybe he’s the spirit of a guardian angel. The behavior is different. Diane is worried that he’s sick. I do not think that’s so. Today we have doctor appointments and I’ve got some cleaning to do. The last (we hope) of the work from the freeze damage (JANUARY!!) is scheduled for tomorrow.  That should bring things halfway back to normal. Right…

Yesterday I went to the old Carnegie Library in DC which is now a huge Apple store. The 120 year old building has been empty for a very long time. Apple and the DC conservation society (I think that’s their name) spent a lot of time and money restoring the building (mostly Apple money I bet). The outside is almost like it was a hundred years ago. The inside is all Apple but they kept many of the main architectural features. I did not buy anything. Amazing. Sometimes the beauty of things is in places that weren’t intended to be viewed. This is from a teak bench on the grounds of the library during a rainstorm. I loved the lens-adjusted range of colors viewed through the droplets on the richly colored bench. By summer, the bench will have weathered to a shade of gray.

I had my service provider fix the problem with making comments to the site so now if you’d like to comment on anything, have at it. The timing is still unpredictable as the comments go through a bunch of filters and then end up in an email to me all asking for approval. I won’t approve any hateful or mean or troll like comments. I’ve gotten quite a few over the last 2 years and don’t want anymore.

Carnegie Library Bench

Carnegie Library Bench in the rain

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A Letter to My Wife on Mom’s Day!

Diane,

If you line up the trillions of possible paths on which our lives could have proceeded, the chances of an “Us” were tiny! Teeny! Infinitesimal!! Any small change in either of our life currents would have had us whooshing by one another like tumbleweeds in a South Dakota windstorm. And yet…

Destiny struck where it mattered, and we started together with adventure, excitement, fear, fantasy, hope, and love. In what seemed like a nanosecond but was actually most of three years, you became a mom. You morphed into Mother Earth with strong roots, sheltering branches, sturdy structures, wisdom, confidence, faith, and above all, humility. You nurture all of us, care for all of us, guide each and all of us, inspire each of us, love us unconditionally, and keep us focused on family values. All of that while working long hours at a high stress, internationally focused “day job.” Well, you’re not working a day job anymore but there’s that cancer thing keeping you busy!

Because of you, our kids have questioning minds, adventurous spirits, respectful expectations, and real, human emotions. We love and care for one another and others because of your example, your humanity, and your love. Mom! Wife! Wonder Woman! Happy Mother’s Day!!

Love, me

The first photo was taken in 2008 by Debby Crevonis…the Way We Were! The second, last Thanksgiving, the Way We Are now, including Paul, Kirsten’s fiancé.

Debby Crevonis image 2008

Family Thanksgiving 2018

Family Thanksgiving 2018

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