Friday, May 26, 2017

Rufflicious Pink and White Quilt for a Niece

I've been busy sewing a quilt for my niece.

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It took me forever to find cute flannel.

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I had no idea how many squares to cut. I just estimated in my head and kept working on it until it seemed right.

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It seems rufflicious to m e!

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I will give this to her while I'm in Texas!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Commencement March, Fife and Drum Corps and Colonial Williamsburg

My daughter graduated from GMU this week!

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George Mason wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights, helped write the Constitution, insisted upon the Bill of Rights being written...and reminded his fellow delegates of the importance of providing We the People with a Convention of States when federal over reach becomes tyrannical. His colleagues immediately agreed. This provision is part of Article V of the Constitution.

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My daughter had 2 ceremonies. She walked on Thursday. On Saturday she marched to commencement behind the GMU Fife and Drum Corps. This was the only reason why she wanted to attend commencement. We love the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps and the Old Guard. The Old Guard, which does have some members who had once been part of the CW F&D, helps to train the GMU F&D. I ran ahead of the corps to be in a great position for video taping, just like I've done many times at CW. When I got in place the fifer on the far right of the below photo waved to me. What a surprise! She's one of the Drum Major from Colonial Williamsburg who came to help out! 

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Here's the video of the march. The Fife and Drum Corps was excellent! Ah...I love that sound! It was funny in that  later that afternoon I got a text message from a good friend of mine at CW who said she missed me not being at Drummer's Call which was the very same day. I miss DC as well...but these graduations are keeping us busy for a while. I'm glad the DC came to us!



There's my daughter!

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Now she starts grad school. Actually she already has 4 classes under her belt that she took with under grad classes this year. It's how she gets her Early Childhood degree.

I'll probably add more photos and videos later. (I got a video of the Fife and Drum Corps entering the stadium.) Perhaps even next month because the kids and I are off to Texas!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

George C Marshall House, Colonial Williamsburg, and Lafayette

For Mother's Day I wanted to visit the George C. Marshall house. I had stumbled upon its existence last summer and immediately put it on our "to visit" list. I had always been intrigued with his Marshall Plan after WWII.

His wife loved roses. She happily let some teenagers use them for a prom one year.

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Colonial Williamsburg's Governor's Palace!

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Colonial Williamsburg's Bruton Parish Church!

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We asked if there was a story here!  We had already learned how Marshall was always busy, so when did he ever have time to go  to Colonial Williamsbug? Was he a huge fan?

Apparently, he was in Washington DC with Winston Churchill and others, when topics became heated. Marshall took them away to the 4mph society for respite...which left everyone much calmer, as is so typical of Colonial Williamsburg. The docent said she found the story in The Colonial Williamsburg Journal. I have not been able to find it yet.

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We also learned how much the people of Europe loved George Marshall. After his house fell into disrepair, they donated much of the money to help restoration for it to become a museum. These bricks, I think, tell this story...

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Any surprise that this is my favorite brick?

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Gilbert and Sullivan Exhibit at GMU

I was at GMU with my daughter when she picked up honor cords to wear for her upcoming graduation. While there, she gave me a tour of the new library...that had a Gilbert and Sullivan exhibit showcasing their solo careers from before they were a team.

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There were so many delightful items to enjoy!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day, the W&OD Trail, and the Purcellville Depot

On Mother's Day the church I attend gave each of us moms roses!

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From church we went to the W&OD Trail for a picnic lunch.

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I've heard great things about this trail which begins in Purcellville and goes to Arlington, 45 miles away. 

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At the beginning point is the restored Purcellville depot.

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After our visit here we were off to the George Marshall House in Leesburg.