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Jan 11, 2022

Snow (delayed post)
last update: 01/11 @ 22:47

We had a great heavy, big (for us) snowstorm last week.

Unfortunately, it came on the heals of the holiday break.

So while I walked in to the (closed) office, Robert got to get out the sleds and enjoy the snow.

He also took on the lion’s share of clearing the sidewalk and car.

I wish I’d been able to join in the sledding, but “Closed” has a new meaning in the Telework age. In the federal space, weather events can close access to the buildings, but you’re still expected to telework if you can.

Photo by SZap

While I could, I’m more productive in the office and had that option (even though we were closed). So, after two weeks off, I went in and missed on the sledding. (I did get to join him and Ian on a hill in Seattle while we were there.)

Sarah, who took that photo, split her time between telework and some snow enjoyment.

Between that snow, and a refreeze and second, smaller snow, Robert’s holiday break grew by a week — but he did have some on-line classes to pay attention to.

He’s happy to be back in school, in person now. And I expect, Will, who joined him on the slopes, agrees.


Jan 01, 2022

Happy New Year
last update: 01/01 @ 00:49

It was a bit subdued this year: the normal King St. / Old Town First Night festivities were cancelled due to Covid. But the fireworks went on.

And were great, as usual. Thank you Alexandria.

From the Masonic Memorial we could see about 9 other fireworks displays in the distance in additon to Alexandria’s.

It’s a nice way to ring in the year (along with the 12 grapes under the table, champagne, sweeping the porches and running around the house three times).


Dec 29, 2021

Let the assembly begin!
last update: 12/29 @ 20:02

The tradition continues: Robert got a large Lego set for Christmas — we chose not to drag it across the country so it was waiting for us under the tree.

There were some post-trip recovery chores to do so I don’t think he’s going to do this whole thing in one sitting. Actually, I’m sure there will be break for dinner (smells great, Sarah!)


White Christmas in Seattle
last update: 12/29 @ 19:35

December 27, 2021
We had a great trip to Seattle to celebrate Christmas with the Zapolsky / Hubbards. They managed to bring the snow on Christmas night. It was a very fun trip; too many pictures in the vacations section.


Dec 20, 2021

Decorated Tree
last update: 12/20 @ 09:51

This time our local Christmas tree lot had White Pine trees. We’ve not seen those as an option before.

But we’re fans now.

The needles are a bit softer, longer than the firs we’re used to.

And this one seems to be keeping’s it’s needles better than last year’s tree.

We’re all getting pretty excited with less than a week to go before the big day.

Not surprising but our ornaments seem to have gradually shifted over time from more traditional to more “rivery.”

We have several Christmas canoes and kayaks on the tree, which just makes it fun to look more closely.


Dec 18, 2021

Sad end to the day
last update: 12/18 @ 23:54

The day started pretty well…

After finishing up some household chores, I popped the canoe on car and headed towards Angler’s Inn.

The traffic on the American Legion bridge was crazy bad and I made a huge detour south to go across Chain bridge.

At that point I was starting to think about just heading back home.

But I made the crazy detour and by the time I got to Anglers, there were parking places and I was ready to get on river.

It was cloudy and cool.

But for December, it was great!

There were a few other folks out but not many and so it felt like I had the river to myself.

While the water level was low, I had fun.

A bit of surfing across the Maryland chute, and a bit of surfing across the Virginia chute.

And I was almost able to make the attainment up the center channel. Almost, but not quite.

Pinker Williams, photo by Robert

Then, when I got home Sarah came out to tell me that Pinker was not doing well.

She’s been ill but hanging on for months; however, the last couple days, she’s stopped coming upstairs and purring.

Sarah said she was just sitting all day with her head pointed to the wall.

It was time to say goodbye. A very sad trip to the vets office. But it was nice for all of us to be able to go.

Robert just held her in the back seat (and took this final photo).

She’s been with us for just over a decade and she will be sadly missed.

I know her brother misses her as well. We’ll be sad for while, but our lives were made better by having her a part of the last decade; we’ll remember all the fun and joy she brought and enjoy her brother’s company.


Dec 11, 2021

Birthday!
last update: 12/11 @ 09:35

Photo by Robert

Robert and Sarah arranged for a Master Class from Henrietta and Rare Tea for my birthday. That was a couple days early last weekend.

Last night, on the big day, we had the traditional Los Tios birthday dinner.

And, of course, that comes with the sombreo and Happy Birthday sung by the staff. Along with Tres Leches cake; very tasty!

A wonderful evening capping an interesting, but getting better year. I know Omicron is sweeping the world, but I really hope it’s going to burn out quickly and we’ll be back to the summer / fall Covid levels before long letting us continue on a path back to normal.


Dec 08, 2021

Last embers of first fire
last update: 12/08 @ 17:07

So it was about 70 when we picked up our tree Monday night.

We brought it home and decorated it (I’ll post photos later; see Robert’s Twitter feed or SZap’s Facebook for photos now).

Then the winds blew in, the temperature dropped and it was in the 30s yesterday.

So, finally, a good time for a fire :)

Thank you Robert for hanging the stockings — that really helps to make it feel like Christmas season.


Dec 06, 2021

Busy couple days…
last update: 12/06 @ 18:44

Photo by SZap
Sarah arranged for tickets to see Emmy Lou Harris last night for our anniversary. It was great show and included some songs I’d not heard before.

When we came home, Robert had added Christmas lights to George (the giraffe out front), put up the stockings over the fireplace, hauled up the decorations and set out the tree holder.

Clearly there was a message.

So, even though it was close to 70 degrees, we picked out our Christmas tree and walked it home — the advantage of living so close the the Alexandria Police tree lot.

The were burning the cuttings from the trees and those were all still very green (as they should be) so there was an impressive amount of smoke. That, and our quick pace to get out of the smoke, makes this a great photo that Sarah took!


Nov 28, 2021

Thanksgiving in person!
last update: 11/28 @ 16:27

We enjoyed a great week of family fun and food on Ocracoke! The weather allowed for lots of beach time and we all got to cook something over the course of week. It was fantastic to see the extended Williams clan in person. More (many more) photos in the vacations section.



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