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September 26, 2012

Pears That Make You Go Mmmmmm

Bongo and I went to get some pears at the Cherry Shack Orchard just down the road.

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It's been such a warm fall here, but the skies are gray from the wildfires burning all around our state. I figured pears would be the perfect pick me up.

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Boy, was I right!

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Pears are juicy, pears are sweet, pears from the Cherry Shack can't be beat! hee hee

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Did you know that pears get picked before they ripen? Once they ripen, they actually fall of the tree. Going to the orchard is the best because they can direct you to the best picking and let you know how many days it will take before your pears will ripen up. They also have plenty on hand that are ready to be eaten now.

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I recently walked the Cherry Shack Orchard with it's owner, Brad (that's him holding the pear above), and learned lots about his crops. I'll introduce you to him and his family here on the blog soon.

Now I want to bake something delicious. We'll see what I come up with....

You can read more about the Cherry Shack Orchard here or visit them on GreenBluff.

P.S. The view from World Headquarters is dreamy. Pumpkins as far as the eye can see.

We gathered pumpkins last night for our front porch. Now it seems to be exclaiming, "Hello, friend!" when we pull into the driveway. I like that.

My friends Gladys and Celia are holding their Mad Hatter Flea Market this weekend. You can read about it here.

Big Boy has been traveling. Watch for more on his travels this week.

I've been to three weddings in the last few weeks. Love is in the air!

P.P.S. I've missed you. We'll be seeing more of each other soon.

September 12, 2012

Washington D.C.

Our time in Washington D.C. started at the Capitol Building.

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The star inlaid in the floor here marks the spot where Washington D.C. is divided into its four quadrants. It's said that it's good luck to walk over the star.

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The original Supreme Court Chamber can be found here. This room was used from 1810-1860 and it was here that the landmark case which established its authority to interpret the Constitution was heard.

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The Rotunda is majestic and houses large paintings depicting the development of the United States.

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Exterior. Grand and inspiring. It's hard to not stand here and feel incredible patriotism, pride, and respect for our country and forefathers. To hear their stories, to stand where they stood, it's something I hope you can experience someday, if you haven't already.

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We visited Arlington Cemetery and I chose to not take any pictures there, with one exception. For me, it's such a sacred personal place that it's something I wanted only to remember in my mind. My one exception was in the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. In taking pictures of this symbolic ceremony and sharing them here, I am paying tribute to our soldiers.

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The Supreme Court building was undergoing annual maintenance, but stood no less grand. There is more marble in this building than any other in the world.

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Inside the building, there are 2 spiral marble staircases, each self supporting, meaning there is no central support to each staircase. Each step is anchored into the marble wall on one end, and rests on the step below on the other. If one step were to be removed, all of the others would come crashing down, as if a trail of dominoes.

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The Supreme Court Chamber, where rulings are made based on our country's most important document: The Constitution.

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The Library of Congress:

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The Library of Congress houses more than 32 million cataloged books, the most extensive comic book collection in the world, and more than 5 million maps, among many many more collections. It was here that we learned about Mandatory Deposit, which simply put, mandates that two copies of all works published in the United States be submitted to the Library of Congress. Nearly 10,000 of the 22,000 works submitted to the library each day are retained. Those not retained are distributed to other agencies and libraries.

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And, the White House:

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We visited many other sites and found this city and its people to be incredibly warm and welcoming. If you ever have the chance to visit, I highly recommend it.

Notes:

We had the pleasure of having a personal guide for our visit. Because of her extensive family history in the area and depth of knowledge as the author of three books relating to Washington D.C., we learned more than we could ever imagine. You can find out more about her here.

Labor Day weekend is a glorious time to visit. The weather is warm and there are no crowds.

 

September 11, 2012

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Well, I was home for the blink of an eye and then gone again, zig-zagging this sweet country we call home.

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One of our stops was Washington D.C., which is just so lovely and wonderful. While there, we got to visit the Capitol Building and got a special tour from our Congresswoman's (Cathy McMorris Rodgers) office. I've always admired the work that Cathy has done for our state, so the tour was a special treat.

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I consider myself extremely patriotic and being able to set foot in this building gave me goosebumps. In fact, almost every experience in our capitol made me feel that way...

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Today I'm settling in back at home and looking forward to returning to a normal family schedule once again. Tomorrow I'll share more of the images from my trip to our nation's capitol.

September 05, 2012

The Best Day

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Colin and I started our day with what I will remember as one of the happiest runs of my life. Us, Morgan, Emily, Spencer, friends, and soon-to-be new in-laws.

Upstate New York.

Up up up we ran into Minnewaska, followed by the guys all plunging into the lake. I'll hold it with me forever.

That day that Morgan and Heidi were married.

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What a special day this wedding was for us. To be together, celebrating how much we love these two and the fact that we're all becoming one big family.

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These things run through my mind....

      ....what a gift it is to find the one you love

and to love their family too...

To feel the flutter in your heart when you think of forever..  . .      ....     .

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And that's a wonderful thing.

 

September 04, 2012

Lovely is What I See

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Hello from the Hudson Valley and the campus of Vassar College.

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A day where one turn leads to another and suddenly you wish to stop the car and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. A calm and serene summer morning to explore.

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One moment, a building. A tree.

And then, my family in front of me.

How lovely is thee?

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