I wasn't a supporter of Hilary's presidential campaign, but she was a very charismatic speaker, and I'm glad she supports Gear Up.
We also heard Nick Cannon, center, and his father, on the right, share at the Gear Up conference. Nick Cannon, for those of you who don't know him, is an entertainer who is also married to Mariah Carey. They shared about being a positive role model for young people, especially African American men in the United States.
A side note, Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan are buried near this chapel in the cathedral.
I arrived in a bit of a heatwave here in the Nation's Capital. But I'm surviving. I arrived at my first hotel, the Hilton Embassy Suites, and checked in, and decided to figure out where I was, and where my other hotel is located that I am moving to on Sunday.
Here's the outside of the first hotel I was in on Saturday night. I headed out to find out how far it would be to get to the Washington Hilton Towers, the place I would be the rest of the week, and where my GEAR UP conference is being held.
It was only a couple blocks from Dupont Circle.
Dupont Circle is a cool, (as in hip) area, like a small city park. There is a fountain in the middle, and grassy areas with benches, and tables set up where men are playing chess. It was a cool (as in lower temperatures) place to sit on a warm Saturday evening. The hub threw me off a bit as I tried to navigate my way around the circle, but I eventually figured it out, and walked up the correct Connecticut Ave., and found the other hotel.
Then I came back to Dupont Circle, and sat and did some people watching.
The trouble was, Saturday was my 22nd wedding anniversary, and all I saw walking by were couples. There were young couples, old couples, gay couples, lesbian couples....couples, couples everywhere, and I, unfortunately, was not a couple that evening because my honey was back home in Kellogg. It really made my miss PKR. I so wish he could have been there with me, watching the people there in Dupont Circle.
Instead, it was just me, writing some lyrics to a new song...."The Dupont Circle Blues."
Right now I am directing and acting in the August production "Phantoms of the Melodrama" at the Sixth Street Melodrama theater in Wallace. We practice every night, Sunday through Thursday. Plus I am in charge of the box office and ticket sales for the July show, "Lookout Mullan", and that involves a lot of time as well.
Last weekend PKR's sister Laurie Roberts put on a concert here in Kellogg singing songs from her new CD. I helped a little bit putting that on, plus our family sang in it as well.
And I am actually getting outside to work in the yard this summer, which I absolutely LOVE!!! I love having fresh greens for my salad, and fresh tomatoes and herbs.
Plus, I leave on Saturday for a trip to Washington D.C. I can't believe I get to go again this summer. I have a conference for work. Some of my plans include going to church Sunday at the National Cathedral, going to the Zoo, and going to see "The Imaginary Invalid" performed at the Shakespeare Theater. This is another play by Moliere, who wrote "The Miser", that our whole family performed in last spring. It looks really good.
I'll have my camera again this summer, and post pictures of my trip.Well, better go shower and get ready to meet with a couple ladies from church, then go grocery shopping so the family has food to eat while I am gone.Just wanted you to know I'm still here.
This sign welcomes visitors to my lovely garden in my backyard. We have been busy this summer transforming once grass-filled areas into beautiful spots where vegetables, flowers, berries and herbs now grow. Come, join me, and I'll give you a tour.
The hot weather this past week really gave a jump start to the zucchini plants. There is also some radishes growing, and other surprises.
As I told you earlier, PKR transformed the boards from our old deck into beautiful rasied beds to grow vegetables. The tomatoes are looking good. I can't wait until they are rip and red and ready to eat.
Peas and string beans are growing in this box.
This salad bowl box is full of spinach, arugula, mescalin, leaf lettuce and Swiss Chard. There are also some gourd vines growing in there as well.
This fifth box was built after the spring planting, and will be prepared to grow good things next year.
A peony is waiting to bloom.
There are quite a few buds ready to burst forth. These flowers are not only beautiful, but very fragrant.
This is one of the new areas we cleaned up, transplanted flowers to, and added rocks and bark.
The lilies were transplanted from another area, and have already started to bloom.Sadie used to like to come eat all the grass in this flower bed. It is a little harder finding grass now that we have transformed this area.
I can't wait for the raspberries to start producing.
We inherited this baby bed spring with the flower bed when we moved here. These sweet pea flowers come up every year. They were purchased in Ireland, and planted here by my friend CC, the former owner of this house.
We had a lot of fun with this area..................
This is our wagon wheel herb garden we just finished planting.
The bricks came from the chimney of our former house. Each pie shape has different types of herbs in it, such as chives.
Most herbs have a specific meaning, and I'm going to share those meanings with you.
Chives means usefulness.
This section has different kinds of basil.
Basil means best wishes and friendship.
This section has lemon balm and lemon thyme. I hope to add more lemony flavors soon.
Lemon balm means sympathy and regeneration.
Here is an overview of the whole garden.
Lavender, one of my most favorite flowers, is the centerpiece of this garden.
Lavender means silence, recognition and acceptance of love.
The old kitchen sink also found a prominent place in our garden, and is filled with lots of color.
We moved this toilet out of the garage, and filled it with lots of color as well, using cosmos, zinnias and other pretty flowers to make it a useful planter.
This is the remains of the catnip I planted. It was a big, full, beautiful plant when I put it in the ground. It didn't last long with five "trippin'" cats living with us.
Here is marjoram and oregano.
Marjoram means sweet joy and happiness.
Here are two different kinds of sage.
Sage means Wisdom and long life.
Here is a summer savory plant, and some French tarragon.
Savory means Interest, and French Tarragon means lasting involvement.
Thyme fills this area.
Thyme means daring.
This pot holds spearmint. Mint is very invasive, so I plan to use pots placed in this area to grow mint.
Mint means wisdom.
I want to purchase some other varieties of mint to add to this area.
I have a few other herbs I would like to add, such as parsley, cilantro and rosemary. Hopefully I'll find some to add soon.
Here is another view of the flowerbed.
What a wonderful day it has been.
I spent the morning at Kellogg Middle School with 12 6th graders who are attending summer school, and we celebrated my birthday with Key Lime Pie, Lemon Merangue pie, and Chocolate Cream Pie. Then PKR and my mom showed up, and PKR brought his guitar in and sang me a song.
Then I came home and got in a little nap.
I got a call from Raymond Pert.
Inland Empire Girl sent me a card last week with a Starbucks Gift Card, and also sent me a hilarious Hallmark E Card.
Mom came for a bbq, then my friends AM and MP came to wish me a happy birthday.
AM gave me a CD that she she made last year with the blue grass band she was in, called Red Wing. She plays the bass.
MG promised me a jar of rhubarb jam. Yum! Yum!
My mom gave me some old 45 records and 35 LP's and some old sheet music she thought would look great framed and put down in our family room in the basement.
My family gave me an MP3 player, and a $50 ITunes gift card.
My friend SD, who has a wonderful eye for pottery, gave me a beautiful blue pottery bowl.
What a wonderful way to celebrate my 45th birthday.
So, anyone out there have some suggestions of tunes I could purchase with my ITunes card to put on my new MP3 player.
I'd love some suggestions.