Monday, August 8, 2022

XXIII: Concrete

Not much went on this week. Some concrete was poured, but we are still waiting on the power line to be moved.  Evidently the engineer I spoke with forgot to include a $40 fee in the three payments (totaling about $3000) we’d submitted so far. No one at the electric company thought to mention it, so we have gone along thinking we’re on the list until the builder called to enquire when they might be out, and he was told they wouldn’t be because of the missing fee.

Grumble, grumble.  I drove the hour out to pay it (they don’t take phone or online payments, and we are currently completely stuck) and quite a bit longer to get home—rush hour in our current direction is much worse than going in our new direction.

Ominous clouds

Nate helping him move a large limb.

The next day we drove out to see about beginning to tackle the large tree that was taken down.  We’d have liked to have made more progress, but low blood sugar, bored kids, and threatening storms cut us a bit shorter than planned.

Ellie was thrilled to be there!  I promise she had the offer to stay home with Katie and Gabby, but she asked to go.

Monday, August 1, 2022

XXII: Foundation Continued

The work on the foundation continued.  All the block is now in.  The concrete fill is set for this week.  After that is framing.  There is a lot of lumber on site, so hopefully that will go quickly when it’s time.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

DC day 3

Our final morning we ate breakfast at Two Sisters.  It was a bit of a hole in the wall, but the food was good and it was close to The Botanical Garden, or first stop of the day.

The garden was beautiful.

And we enjoyed the conservatory when it opened (most things don’t open until 10:00).

After that we got to see what I thought was the most beautiful building of our trip: The Library of Congress: Thomas Jefferson Building.  We were required to have timed entry there (I’d scheduled that before we arrived in town).

The reading room, unfortunately we couldn’t see the stacks or go into the reading room.

The ceiling in the reading room: I did overhear a tour guide telling her group that some of those rosettes are hiding sprinkler heads.

The hall is so ornate.

Upstairs: the girls are facing the Capitol building with their backs to the stairs leading to the observation space for the reading room.

I don’t think any of us got a picture somehow, but we saw a Gutenburg Bible—Gabby and I knew enough Latin to recognize the passage (which was super fun).

We still had a bit of time, so we went to the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  We definitely didn’t make it through all of the exhibits there.

Vietnam Era helicopter and uniform

John Bull Locomotive
A ration card from my mom’s hometown (from before she was born); a cousin who still lives in the area recognized the family name.

Katie loved the First Ladies’ dresses

We found a display for her last AHG level award’s namesake

A piece from the Twin Towers

This ship, The USS Philadelphia, had been in Lake Champlain from the time of the Revolution until 1935—that was the cannon ball that sunk her.

I remember my family talking about making clothes from flour sacks, so it was delightful to see one in the fashion section.

The girls loved The Count.

We stopped for ice cream on the way out.

After that we headed back to our hotel (where we again left our bags for the day), rode the shuttle to the airport, and headed home. 

We flew into and out of Reagan.  It is set up with many of the gates in one large room, which made it quite loud, but it was certainly convenient to DC.

Just waiting—thankful that our flights both ran on time, both actually landing a smidge early.  Another six mile day.

A great trip, but we are thankful to be home!

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

DC trip Day 2

The next morning we went to Founding Farmers, which Katie found to be near where we were heading (Lafayette Park) and thought it looked good.

I splurged on beignets to share.  They were very good!

Katie kept up with our food in photos (except the night we were out with other people).

We walked from there to Lafayette Park, enjoyed the little park, saw Lafayette himself,

and crossed the street for a view of the White House.

We had timed entry tickets to the National Archives that afternoon, but we had plenty of time before that.  We opted to go to the National Gallery of Art (West) at my cousin’s recommendation.

There were many beautiful pieces.

Then this one, that I had to convince the girls that the dog was helping the fellow, not contributing to his demise!

While we were waiting a few more minutes to go to into The Archives, we caught this picture.

(It became a bit of a game…this one was from the day before, stopping for a break before dinner, as we got there too soon.)

Our next stop was The Archives, but no pictures may be taken in there.  The Declaration was faded so as to be illegible, but the Constitution was more clear.  Ironically, The Magna Carta was very legible, though older.  My favorite unexpected find in that building was Almanzo Wilder (Laura Ingles Wilder’s husband)’s homestead claim.

We stopped at the Navy Memorial after we finished to make our plan for where to go next.

We opted for Kramers: a bookshop and restaurant in one.

It wasn’t my favorite, but Katie especially loved the fries (I think they added sugar).

We headed back a bit earlier, and had put six miles in that day.  We got dessert from room service, since it was less than at the restaurant—Gabby and I split bread pudding and Katie got cookie ice cream.  Last night there!