Mount Vernon

BumblebeernrnWe took a nice trip down to Mount Vernon.  We’ve been many times, but it’s always nice to see the gardens.  It’s amazing how many subtle changes there are each time we visit.  I always think of places like Mount Vernon as fixed because they are historical, but there are new things all the time.rnrnThis bumble bee is one of the amazing things we saw in the gardens.  We also saw some wild turkeys trying to sneak into the area set aside for a wine tasting event.  It took us a minute to realize these were wild turkeys, because there are so many animals around the property.rnrnWild Turkey headed to the wine tastingrnrnWe saw a sheep being hand sheared down at the colonial farm section of Mount Vernon.  We also saw two barn swallows in the barn.rn"I say, is this perch taken?"rnrnIt’s funny with all the animals and exhibits that the curators carefully set up, the barn swallows were one of my favorite parts of the day.  I’ve never been that close to these birds!rnrnAll the pictures were taken by Art and the description of the day by Carly.  More on Flickr.

Cafe Scene


Life at our house. Dinner with friends, a little vodka and suddenly wine cork art appears.

January 27 was Derby Day

January 27th was Derby’s day on the CuteOverload.com calendar! We were all very excited. Well, Art and I were. Derby seems to be characteristically disapproving.

[tags]disapproving, derby, cinnamon, cute, cuteoverload[/tags]

Inauguration Day

Obama Cookie

Art and I made it down to the mall for the Inauguration of our 44th president today.  Art has been in DC for 16 year and I’ve been here for 12 and this is the first inauguration either of us felt compelled to attend.  We’ve attended various inaugural events in the past, but never seen the swearing in of a president in person before.  We met up with my sister Amy and headed down to the mall for our chance to see President Barack Hussein Obama sworn into office.

It did turn out that much of the published information about how to get around was wrong.  The parade route crossover at 12th street NW was never opened, so we had to trek down to 18th street.

I don’t think there will be another president in our lifetime that we feel the need to go to an inauguration, but you never know.  It was cold and there was an insane amount of people, but it was worth it.  I’ve never felt this good after an election, ever!  Tomorrow it’s back to work, but today was an amazing celebration of our country.

[tags]1.20.2009, obama, inauguration, i was there, washington dc[/tags]

Art working Hard at the Polling Station


Obama Apple Pie*

No pie for you if you vote McCain.  Art’s already voted because he’s working at the polls on Tuesday.  I’ve got my pencil sharpened and ready.  Hey — Barack — how about a vote in Congress for your loyal DC voters?  (knocking on wood…)

*contains no obamas

[tags]obama, election, apple pie, voting[/tags]

2008 Adirondack Adventure

Photo Collage from our Adirondack Adventure back to Heart Lake. Head over to Flickr to see more!

Prohibition Repealed!


Now fork over that trail mix.
And the lemonade, too. I’m thirsty

The Flickr Game

Click through to see details on each image

Thanks to Floofle for bringing this fun meme to my attention.

Head over to Flickr to see what each image is about.

Flickr game:

the rules:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker).

the questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

1. Carly inspired, 2. “I, Piórko, like Cheese!”, 3. Oliver Ames High School, North Easton, Mass., 4. ♫ YO Yo yo, there’s no place like a green penthouse… so i told the genie i wanted to be well hung. ^o^ ♫ nah… wildlife from singapore♫, 5. Hugh Jackman, 6. Kombucha, 7. ????????Flying in Time…, 8. homemade berry ice cream, 9. Kohenet – Tzovah Initiation, 10. Local Kicks Covers the Alexandria Arts Festival, 11. abundance prayer, 12. IMG_7087

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.

Spring Grand Adventure

No other way to describe last weekend but a grand adventure.

Saturday
Can you smell me now?

We set out on a spring Ramp hunt. As you can see from the picture of Art lounging in the Ramps, we found plenty. But…we also found this sweet little toad
Toad on Guard

who posed for a few pictures and then lead us right to:
Fruit of the Forest

That’s right – $50/lb morel mushrooms. That shot is actually of the exact morel mushroom the toad was kind enough to draw my attention to! We found about a dozen more.
Thanks be to the heart of the forestmebeli

There was also a good deal of cooperative wildlife that day, including this snake who posed for several shots.

Eastern Garter Snake

Sunday
I can sum up Sunday in one word: Goslings.
The Parade

More insanely cute gosling pictures on Flickr.

[tags]spring, adventures, ramps, morels, goslings, foraging[/tags]

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