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Jan 13, 2019

Real Snow!!!
last update: 01/13 @ 12:54

A bit over six inches on the ground and they are calling for maybe another four to six by Monday morning.

We took our new, across the street neighbors over to the Masonic Temple for the sledding hill.

A great time was had by all (well, all but those who hit a tree on the way down — we’re told they are OK).

Robert even helped to build up the jump that always appears when the sledding starts…

A spot of color
last update: 01/13 @ 12:50

We have a couple cardinals in the neighborhood. This guy really stands out on a snowy day.

Jan 06, 2019

last update: 01/06 @ 16:55

Not too far at all.

And no River Kwai.

School project looking pretty good.

Watching glue dry though; not the most exciting, fortunately, there is a cell phone screen to watch…

Jan 01, 2019

Happy New Year!!!
last update: 01/01 @ 00:55

A crazy warm New Year’s Eve for us. A bit damp but the rain stopped in time for the fireworks.

Unfortunately, the fog was still with us.

It was pretty, but not very fireworky. We did see some of the finale lighting the sky a little bit.

But mostly, it looked like this, but with cool sound effects.

As you can see: it’s pretty neat and colorful. But…

…I feel like the coming year is just about this clear.

Dec 25, 2018

Let the unwrapping begin…
last update: 12/25 @ 15:59

… After a good night’s sleep, we woke up to find Santa’s cookies half eaten and some of the milk gone — we’re pretty sure it was Santa, the kitties tongues are not that long.

More photos in the vacations section.

Dec 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!!!
last update: 12/24 @ 23:03

We’re ready:

  • Tree decorated
  • Presents present
  • Lego city around the tree
  • Cookies and milk out
But do we have the patience to wait for tomorrow??

Dec 22, 2018

You have to ask Robert…
last update: 12/22 @ 15:31

It’s all in the name of science…


A small cooler

A wetsuit bootie

Some thermometers

(There’s a scale involved as well)

And speaking of science and school and Robert.

He’s doing very well!

So far, the transition to high school has been fine. The TC Stem program seems like a good one. The school bus is generally working well. And the homework load is managable.

And check this out:

Christmas cats…
last update: 12/22 @ 11:05

As they say, it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas.

Pinker and Panzer are very happy to have their annual tree nest back. New this year, we put the tree in the addition rather than the dining room as we’ve done in years past.

It seems to fit well and I expect to add a couple more photos before the big day.

Nov 24, 2018

Fantastic Friday
last update: 11/24 @ 10:44

David Z. arranged a great post Thanksgiving day for the extended family today:

We met up at the Folger Library for a tour. Apparently David ran into Michael Witmore, the Director, in Seattle and so arranged a tour today.

Not just any tour, but they managed to pull together some very cool artifacts from their collection for us to look at including a 17th century map (Sarah the geographer was thrilled) and a block print from down on the river in the winter including a proto-hockey player.

We toured the theater (where Robert performed twice as part of the middle/high school competition) and the reading room — seen here.

Then, in the founder’s room, they had laid out those items from the collection for us to peruse. Note the first folio in the foreground. One of 82 in the collection — they wanted enough to be able to track the corrections made during printing.

And then we took a quick turn through the Library of Congress on our way to see the Washington DC Capitols beat the Detroit Red Wings.

Beside the Haragadons, who all play hockey, the recent addition of Holtby (the Caps goalie) to Robert’s old school gives us another connection to hockey.

Michael was great, enthusiasic and obviously well versed in the library, theater and all things Shakespeare; he called on Rachel, one of the two lead librarians, who pulled the items from the collection and told us all a bit about them.

Proof of better times…
last update: 11/24 @ 10:44

… and worse times.

One of the manuscripts Rachel brought out for us to look at. The “rocket cat.” Actually a cat (and bird) drawn with petards as part of a castle siege. I think a plan thought of but never actually used: the bird can’t carry that much weight, and anyone with cats knows they wont run where you want them to…

But note the amazing colors still striking after hundreds of years. The benefit, Rachel told us, of velum rather than wood pulp paper. (And possibly poisonous dyes, I’m guessing.)

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