Riversdale Fancy Dress Ball

The lovely Riversdale House had a fancy dress regency ball in October, the weekend our friend Conley was in town, so we got tickets. I didn’t have time to sew anything new, but since I did have a 1790s gown that was based on a fashion plate, I called it good enough! Here’s the house: This is the fashion plate: … Continue Reading →


First Look at JWST

I’ve posted photos here and there over the last 9 months or so of the truly amazing experience and privilege of getting to witness JWST being built. Seeing those gold-coated mirrors for the first time was truly amazing. Getting to see them upright and in front of me, and see myself reflected… in the same mirrors that are going to … Continue Reading →


Disney Food & Wine, Day 4

Our last day we headed to Animal Kingdom in the morning. Some nice views of the Tree of Life: Find the heron: Okapi – the nicest view we’ve had of one: A little snack! One more view of the Tree of Life: We also, of course, went on Everest twice. Great ride. Then it was over to Epcot to finish … Continue Reading →


Disney Food & Wine, Day 3

Day three at Disney found us at Magic Kingdom in the morning. Did I mention I really like Halloween? The hall of presidents had a new replica first lady gown. This is a circa 1810 silk velvet replica of a Dolley Madison gown. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a gown like this is silk velvet? Interesting! A friend of … Continue Reading →


Disney Food & Wine, Day 2

On to Day 2 of our trip. We got up, put on Halloween shirts, got a Starbucks breakfast, and headed out for a morning at Hollywood Studios. We had lunch/early dinner at Epcot, then hit Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party for the evening. I love the decor at Tower of Terror! I’m so glad the one in Florida isn’t … Continue Reading →


Disney Food & Wine, Day 1

We had plans to hit up Disney Food & Wine this fall for much needed long weekend away. We were able to get our awesome vet tech to med Willow and we arranged for her to be fed while we were gone – plus she was way more stable than the last time we did this. So off we went … Continue Reading →


Box Set Visit + Mansion on O. St.

I’ve been friends with Jeff from the Band Box set for a number of years. I saw them open for Huey Lewis like 15 years ago, and after emailing a little fan note, we struck up a pen pal friendship. He’s west coast though, and while I did briefly get to see him when he played in this area with … Continue Reading →


Glendening Nature Preserve

Sadly we only got to Glendening Nature Preserve once this fall – for some reason fall seems to always be busy, and we just didn’t get over there are often as we did last year. But when we did get there, we had a ton of butterflies, so we definitely made up for it!


Brookside Gardens

A beautiful afternoon, and we were in the area, so Doug and I spent an hour or two at Brookside Gardens over near Silver Spring. Spot the butterfly: They have a memorial for the victims of the DC sniper. These rainbow colored echinacea are so beautiful.


Jane Austen Ball

Ah, the August ball at Gadsbys. It was perhaps the hottest day of the year and despite AC, it was so so so hot. And after the ball, when going outside for air… no relief. 10pm and it was just as hot outside as in. Brutal day. We did our best to enjoy, but it was a tough one. As … Continue Reading →


Paul McCartney Concert

So I managed to get Paul McCartney tickets for August at the Verizon Center, but man, did I have to work for it. They had a presale – I was all ready for it and I’m usually pretty good at getting in right away and getting good seats. This time Ticketmaster had a countdown clock that claimed to autoreload for … Continue Reading →


Florida, August Family Vacay

Now on to the family vacation in Florida! We met most of the family at Dixie Crossroads in Titusville. Corn balls! They had the royal red shrimp in stock and they are always so amazing. It was no exception this time. My niece got engaged – she told some of us by text but wanted to surprise her grandparents. :-) … Continue Reading →


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