Saturday, July 23, 2016

Springfield Farmers' Market

Saturday morning we got up and met up where the relatives were staying. Some people went on a tour of the Wilson Creek Battlefield. While the rest of us headed off to a farmers' market which was right by the hotel. Here are a few pictures from it.

There was just about anything you wanted from flowers to vegetables to beer and wine to cake to  . . .

All sorts of home made soap.

This was the big hit with the group. Home made cakes!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

More from Jack's 90th Birthday Celebration

I flew out the Thursday before Jack's birthday which is on June 27. My aunt and uncle and several cousins arrived on that day too.

On that Friday we got together at Hemingway's which is located in the Bass Pro Shop (actually you have to describe it as a mega store) for lunch. Most of us got the buffet. And it was well worth it. An amazing and wonderful selection of food. Just great. And the desserts. Wow. That's all I can say wow. We were trying to figure out how to smuggle out the bowl the chocolate mousse was in but couldn't figure out how to do it.

Here are a few pictures from that gathering.

My cousin Debbie and Aunt Marilyn

Jack and me.

My cousin Jean and Uncle Harmon

Debbie, Marylin, Harmon and Jack

Jennifer and Harmon

Debbie, Marylin and Jean

The two Peaco brothers. As I said on Facebook 182 years of living between the two of them.

Jean, Jack, Jason and Julie (my cousin). All the Js in the family

Gum Graft Time

One of the reasons that I continue to be behind in posting to the blog. I had a gum graft on Monday. I had three of my teeth done. Thankfully there were all in one spot. Not so thankfully the antibiotic I'm taking is doing numbers on my stomach. I think I'm calling the dentist today to see if I can get switched to something else.

The reason for doing the grafts is that my insurance coverage is coming to and end because my job came to an end. I figured I have the insurance until the end of the month so I might as well use it. Who knows when I'll have dental insurance again (I did not get it on the DC Health Exchange just went for basic medical).

The insurance is going to cover a large part of the cost. I got the procedure pre-approved so there would be no surprises.

So here's to better gums.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Furry Friendly Feline Friends Up for Adoption This Sunday

My friend, Yolanda, is a volunteer with the Washington Humane Society. She's part of a cat adoption fair this Sunday.

The fair will be at Annie’s Ace Hardware, 3405 8th Street NE in DC, July 16, 12pm – 3pm.

So if you are looking for a furry friend and companion, stop by the fair this Sunday and see all the wonderful cats ready to be adopted.

More about the Humane Society:

The WHS Mission
The Washington Humane Society inspires and creates a community where all animals have secure homes and where people and animals live together with joy and compassion.

About WHS
The Washington Humane Society (WHS), the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, has been the area’s leading voice for animals since 1870. As the open-access shelter in the Nation’s Capital, the Washington Humane Society provides comfort and care to over 43,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including sheltering for homeless animals, a comprehensive adoption program and off-site adoption events to find new families for the animals in our care, low-cost spay and neuter for pet owners and other local organizations, an aggressive TNR (trap-neuter-return) program for feral cats (CatNiPP), investigations of each allegation of animal cruelty or neglect through the Humane Law Enforcement, lost and found services to help reunite lost pets with their families, pet behavioral advice to help resolve issues that lead to animals being relinquished to shelters, working with breed rescue groups to find more homes for more animals, volunteer and foster programs to allow other members of the community to help us help more animals and an award winning Humane Education program that teaches kindness to animals to the next generation of animal lovers.

Look how cute that guy is in the poster!

You can also follow the Petworth Monthly Cat Adoption Event on Facebook.

Here are a few of the cuties up for adoption.

The 3 desert named kittens; Éclair, Shortcake and Cinnabun are siblings and are ready to play. 

Henrietta, the stripped kitty, enjoys chasing/playing with a variety of toys.

Marie, the buff kitty may have lost her eyesight but not the love she can give to her new family.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Baseball Request for Jack 90th Birthday

I wanted to do something special and little out of the ordinary for my dad's 90th birthday. I thought what does he really like to do. Well he loves to watch baseball.

So I thought I'd write to all of the major league teams and ask if they could send something to him for his birthday. I had no idea if any team would respond let alone send anything. I also had no idea how long it would take for teams to respond and, if they said yes, how long it would take them to send it.

I started early toward the end of April. I of course started with the Nationals. They responded by saying they would love to send something to my dad. Just send along his address. In a couple of weeks he got something from them. Thus started my quest to get teams to send him something.

In all I think 18 or 19 teams sent something. What was sent ranged from decals and schedules to year books to caps to key chains to bobbleheads to blankets to dirt from Fenway Park. In all just a great collection of items.

And what made it great was that things arrived up until his birthday. Sometimes Jack would call me up at work to say what he had received that day. Or I would talk to him and he would say nothing had come that day.

Everyone I talked to about this thought it was a great idea. It came off even better than I'd hoped.

Here are a few pictures of what he got.

A big haul from the Dodgers

The Dodger bobblehead

From the Indiana and Nationals

A nice cap and button from the A's

Arizona fan pack

A letter from St. Louis

One of the few football teams I wrote to, Kansas City, and stuff from the Pirates

More from the Baseball requests

Bobblehead of the Nasty Boys from Cincinnati

From the Phillies

Neat certificate from Detroit

The get your stash on from Cincincati

From Boston a nice note. And that dirt from Fenway Park in the bag.

Jack among all his treasures.

This is from the Twins. It arrived a little late but includes a cap, a stocking cap, a bobblehead, a year book and a fleece!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Still Running Behind

Well trying to play catch up is not working all that well.

There have been events going on behind the scenes which have made things difficult. More on that as some point.

But moving on from the trip to New York (I'll come back to it). Time to focus on the wonderful visit I had in Springfield to celebrate my dad's 90th birthday.

So moving on. Or catching up or something.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Day and Night in Times Square

The one place in all of New York City that never seems to not be empty but is always full of people no matter what time of day.

My meal after Shuffle Along

Having Lunch at the Amazing Tony's Di Napoli

Tony's Di Napoli has to be one of the best places to ear in New York City. The food is amazing. The lunch we had on that Saturday proved that to be true. If you are ever in New York City make sure you stop by and have a meal there. I highly recommend that you make a reservation.

Just a few of the items on the menu

Here we are just about to start in on lunch.

Shuffle Along — The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

What an absolutely amazing and incredible musical. From the moment the curtain goes up. Well actually even before the curtain does up you hear the cast practicing their tap skills.

Here's a review of the show:
There are a lot of impressive moments from this star-studded cast. Warren gives a delightfully unhinged performance of "I'm Simply Full of Jazz" that leaves us suspecting that "Jazz" is code for "cocaine." Porter stops the show with his soaring and expressive vocals on "Low Down Blues." As Miller, Mitchell is Obama-like in his inspirational oratory, making a case for his character as the general who marshaled this show into existence. Playing the composers with eerie authenticity, Henry and Dixon feel like they were ripped from the talkies. Buzzing around the periphery, Brooks Ashmanskas gives a comic tour de force as every white person in the play. 

Delivering the evening's most touching performance, McDonald sensitively portrays a talented woman who fears her moment may be passing her by. This is especially clear in a scene in which Lottie coaches Florence Mills (also Warren), only to see the younger performer leapfrog her into international stardom. McDonald's palpable chemistry with Dixon makes her storyline all the more heartbreaking: We see Lottie give up professional opportunities just to be with this married man.
 The story is presented this way:
Rather than presenting a revival of the 1921 musical comedy, Wolfe (who wrote the new book) pulls the camera back to tell the story of the creative team: composer Eubie Blake (Brandon Victor Dixon), lyricist Noble Sissle (Joshua Henry), and comedians Aubrey Lyles (Tony winner Billy Porter) and F.E. Miller (Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell). The show they're writing stars Chitlin' Circuit headliner Lottie Gee (six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald) and the zany Gertrude Saunders (Adrienne Warren) leading a cast of talented black performers from around the country. Using music from the original, Wolfe charts the production's unlikely journey from out-of-town tryouts in Baltimore and D.C. to wandering the wilderness of Pennsylvania and finally landing at the 63rd Street Music Hall in New York, where it became an instant hit.
The sad part is that the four never (Blake, Sissle, Lyles and Miller) wrote another musical. The success of the first drove them apart.

Here's a copy of the original program. I had to splice it together because it was too big to fit on my scanner.