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Poem for Sunday and Hanover Visit [Jun. 25th, 2017|12:21 am]
Takeoff )

We spent most of Saturday in Hanover with Paul's parents and brother David, Maddy's father, whom we will see again tomorrow for lunch on our side of the MD-PA line this time. Other than bad traffic on the way north, we had a nice day: lunch at Lu Hibachi Buffet, walking around the Yesteryear Antique Center of Hanover, hanging out at their house looking at various family members' trip photos on the computer.

When eventually we got home, we had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner while watching Doctor Who (too long a setup but great payoff) and Orphan Black (I love the Hendrixes so much). Adam will soon be on his way home from Greece, probably to his regret but we will be happy to see him. And I participated in a successful Pokemon Go raid and have three Pokemon in gyms at the moment! A few photos:

Hanover )
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Poem for Saturday and Kayaking Crab [Jun. 24th, 2017|12:51 am]
You Wouldn't Say Goodbye )

Running late, was working on a photo book and working on plans for various weekend and later-in-the-summer trips. I had a nice day: lunch with Karen and Angela at Lebanese Taverna, a bit of shopping at the Container Store since I was over there, figuring out how the new Pokemon Go gyms work (at one point I had four Pokemon in gyms, a record for me, which made me happy and probably means the hardcore players are all annoyed that middling people like me can actually enjoy themselves).

We had dinner with my parents and watched the beginning of the Nationals game, which turned out to be a good enough game after starting badly that we watched all the way to the end when the Nats won in the tenth (as opposed to the Orioles who lost by ten runs without having to go into extra innings, ha). Since I'm running late, going to PA tomorrow to see Paul's family, and since Adam went kayaking in Greece, here is a photo from last summer kayaking in Delaware's Assawoman Bay of a crab swimming by my paddle:

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Poem for Friday and Cat vs. Purse [Jun. 23rd, 2017|12:11 am]
Photographs )

Thursday was a chore day, but, except for folding laundry, mostly fun chores. I was buying stuff in craft stores and framing photos and hanging things and in my spare time I was working on a Seattle trip Shutterfly book since they kindly had a freebie coupon ("YIPPEE" if you need it).

We watched the end of Long Strange Trip, which was sad. There were bunnies eating the grass outside and cats fighting over cardboard boxes and purse straps inside and really that's all the news, besides the Orioles losing to Cleveland again and the NBA draft happening but I didn't pay attention.

Katniss Purse Wrestle )
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Poem for Thursday, Washingtonian, The Zookeeper's Wife [Jun. 22nd, 2017|12:21 am]
Testimony )

On Wednesday morning, while Adam was at the first day of the computer conference that was his excuse for going to Greece though he still got lunch overlooking the sea, Alice came over and we went to Ted's Bulletin for homemade pop tarts and milkshakes (well, and also eggs for me and bacon for her and hash browns for both of us), all of which were great. Then we walked around Washingtonian Lake, saw the geese, stopped in Charming Charlie and Kohl's, and I found out she's never seen Master and Commander so I know what we're doing next time!

Around Washingtonian )

In the afternoon I did more cleaning and organizing, stopped at CVS, and did my PT exercises. We had chicken with pineapple for the summer solstice, then we watched The Zookeeper's Wife, which I really can't say that I liked -- way too many horrible things happen to people and animals alike, though it's bizarre to me how many people have an easier time with Nazis murdering Jews than with Nazis shooting camels. Chastain is pretty good but they've made her up to look much too perfect too much of the time; the zookeeper himself makes a more memorable impression.
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Poem for Wednesday, Genius, Hillwood Orchids [Jun. 21st, 2017|12:08 am]
Unclean )

Tuesday was all chores, laundry and sorting and stuff, not really worth describing. Despite it being muggy, I did take a walk, and I met the new teeny frog living in the neighbors' fish pond that also has a slightly larger green frog, plus we now have several black squirrels in the neighborhood.

Adam went on a kayaking tour of beaches and caves in Rhodes, then rented a bike to visit the observatory, where he ate dinner and saw things 20,000 light years away. Plus, in his own words, he did some "parent-worrying rock climbing along the cliffs by the hotel where there were 6" colorful crabs."

We had veggie salisbury steak for dinner and watched the season finale of Einstein, which was great and sad though I wish there had been more explanation of how Einstein thought unified field theory should work -- later episodes had much more politics and personal life than physics. Hillwood in orchid season:

Inside and Out )
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Poem for Tuesday and Meadowlark Korean Garden [Jun. 20th, 2017|12:22 am]
Greece )

We had thunderstorm warnings all day on Monday, so I was nervous when I ventured out for PT (which went well, he doesn't want to see me for two weeks and ordered me to keep doing lots of exercises), and I came straight home though the rain didn't start till the middle of the afternoon. I spent that time swapping two bookcases in Daniel's room, most recently inhabited by Maddy, which took hours and hours because I had to shift and sort books too. Now the overflowing bookcase in the hall is overflowing slightly less.

Adam spent the afternoon in Greece sightseeing in Kalithea and visiting Rhodes' Crusader castle, from which you can see Turkey, plus eating food that looks amazing. We had Middle Eastern (fake) chicken and Mediterranean couscous for dinner in his honor and watched two more episodes of Long Strange Trip followed by Still Star-Crossed, the latter of which is still terribly written and yet I can't look away. Here are some photos of Meadowlark Gardens' Korean bell garden from earlier in the spring:

Bell Garden )
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Poem for Monday, Father's Day, Long Strange Trip [Jun. 19th, 2017|12:12 am]
Father's Song )

The first thing I did when I woke up on Father's Day was to check my messages from Adam, who was on a cruise around the island of Rhodes with stops at several coves to swim and a few hours in Lindos, which has an ancient acropolis and a 14th century Crusader castle. Then, after a bunch of morning chores and the Sunday paper, we picked up my parents and drove to meet Paul's parents in Thurmont at the Mountain Gate buffet, where we all had too much pie!

Since the Russian puppet was at Camp David, meaning a lot of Catoctin National Park was closed, and it was awfully hot out for walking around at the Grotto of Lourdes, we went to the Emmitsburg Antique Mall for entertainment after lunch. We didn't buy much (my mother got some Corningware, I got a carnival glass container and a couple of little glass salt cellars) but we had a good time looking at all the collectibles, household objects, and occasional objets d'art.

We managed to Skype Daniel for a few minutes (Adam was in a famous Parrot Bar and unavailable for chatting). Eventually we went our separate ways and dropped my parents off at home -- it was also their anniversary -- before coming home and watching the first three episodes of Amazon's Grateful Dead documentary miniseries Long Strange Trip, which is interesting but not as illuminating as PBS via the BBC's Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution!

Father's Day )
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Poem for Sunday and Brookside Butterflies [Jun. 18th, 2017|12:46 am]
To A Butterfly )

I got up relatively early for a Saturday to message Adam while he was in the airport in Munich en route to Greece, where he arrived several hours later and went to see the beach and boats right near his hotel in Rhodes! It was otherwise a quiet chore-related morning. After lunch, we went to meet Alice, Jeremy, and Avery at the mall, which was unexpectedly mobbed (though Alice and I got bubble tea anyway), then a walk in Cabin John Park.

Paul and I made a long-overdue visit to Giant before dinner to get -- well, pretty much everything -- then had veggie burgers and riblets for dinner before Doctor Who (again this season I like the cast better than the scripting but I liked The Unexpected Person At The End), Orphan Black (my poor sisters and DIE FERDINAND DIE), and Graham Norton with Rachel Weisz. Butterflies from Brookside Gardens earlier this spring:

Wings of Fancy )
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Poem for Saturday, Son and Cat, Handmaid's Tale [Jun. 17th, 2017|12:48 am]
A Young Poet in His Twenty-Fourth Year )

I had a nice busy Bloomsday getting Adam ready to go to Greece, which involved a CVS stop for travel size items and a lot of getting things organized. Both my parents stopped by to say bon voyage before we took him to Dulles, and now he is presumably over the Atlantic while we are watching the superb season finale of The Handmaid's Tale, which has fantastic musical choices and ends pretty much where the book did so I am both excited and nervous about what they plan to do for season two.

Here are some photos of Adam's week -- visiting with his longtime friend Daniel who's here from Oklahoma (Daniel's grandfather makes a guest appearance in one pic), being stalked -- and having his computer stalked -- by Effie who wanted to stay in his lap, and being seen off by relatives!

Friday )
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Poem for Friday, Lego Batman, Renfaire Kittens [Jun. 16th, 2017|12:34 am]
You Are Perfect For Me )

I had PT on Thursday morning, which went really well because I'd taken migraine medicine the day before and my back and everything else were feeling as good as they get. Not sure it was an accurate reflection of my usual condition but now I get to do Dying Bug Squats! I spent the afternoon doing some rearranging upstairs -- now that Maddy is not here, I can put some things back in Daniel's room that had been moved, and I keep finding new things in there that need to be cleaned. I had quite a bit of feline help until the help fell asleep.

Adam needed to stop at the mall for the bank and currency exchange, so we had dinner there (he and I had hummus and felafel at Cava, Paul had a chicken club sandwich). Then we came home and watched The Lego Batman Movie since Adam had not seen it and we just got it on Blu-Ray; it's still completely delightful (and the Target package comes with a Lego minifig plus postcards). From the Virginia Renfaire, here are Feline Victory Rescue kitties for which the Borgo Medioevale vineyard raises money selling their cider and fruit butters:

Feline Victory Rescue )
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