We left D.C. at the crack of dawn...literally. I snapped this pic as we waited for the valet to bring our car. Beautiful city, our nation's capital...so photogenic!
This is what we look like when we travel. Mr.MW...always the same attire, wishing he could get his sixteen mile run in before getting behind the wheel. Annie...wanting to be fed and looking forward to going back to sleep in her nest in the backseat. Me...showered, but with no make-up and no hair combed. I'd been packing since 2:30 a.m. and making Annie's breakfast (ham sandwiches, applesauce and juice). Ready to serve as navigator for the next 938 miles and looking forward to some time on my heated car seat.
The bellman offered to take our pic...and being semi coherent...I complied. One tired momma, here.
An early morning wink from Annie.
Good-bye, Thomas...and George. Your monuments are so special!
The previous day we snapped a couple of pics...outside The Willard...
...and inside The Willard. In bowling, this would be called a"split". In photography, it's called..."Let's go home...enough already!"
The sign above me is for the famous Round Robin Bar...you'll have to take my word for it.
Annie likes socks so her haul included three pairs purchased at the Capitol gift shop...
and a pair from The Willard gift shop. The background is actually the official 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival market bag...and the official pin. Annie is very specific when she shops. She asked for the socks and the bag...I threw in the pin for my collection.
Annie also likes pencils....she already had the red sparkly one out and in use when I took this pic.
Flag pin from Capitol...had to! We also grab a canvas W.F. bag when we travel. We have them from Chicago, Philadelphia, South Beach, Nashville, Tallahassee, etc and we use them!!!
Annie also scored a sweatshirt from Alexandria and a nice long sleeved tee.
My birthday gifts came from Mount Vernon. This beautiful silk scarf is the pattern from the ceiling in the dining room. I love scarves! Can you see the farming tools on the white background? Love it! The tiny tobacco jar is an ornament.
These two Mottahedeh dishes have sayings by George himself on them. I collect these little coin plates when I go to historical cities.
Of course, I can't come home without a book. This gem is about a wonderful Virginia artist by the name of Virginia Jacobs McLaughlin. She is "an itinerant painter" who paints beautiful murals on the walls of historic buildings...and some not so historic. It is filled with her gorgeous work. I don't want to infringe on any copyright so, again, you will have to take my word on the beauty inside these covers.
I have collected pins from all our travels. Here I added several...Ford's Theater, the Capitol and a few museums. I use to pin them on my rug hooking snips bag but they are too many now. I need a new place to pin them so we can see them and remember all the places we've been. Any ideas...novel or otherwise.
And silly as it sounds, I was delighted to bring home not one, but two cans of my favorite furniture polish. Silly? I love this stuff! I can find it on line but you pay more in postage than for the polish. Something I will not be a party to.
There you go USPS...two for less than one plus postage!
Should last me the duration.
That concludes the tales of our trip to Washington, D.C. It was wonderful...and beyond tiring. It is the longest trip I've taken since fighting multiple autoimmune ailments. I did better than I expected. But, I ate things I should not and pushed the limits. That's what a vacation is all about, right?
Today I'm back on track...no more sugar ( swan song was French silk pie on Easter) or wheat...only a bit of caffeine.
Oh...if you see Annie don't mention the "pat down" she got before going into the Capitol. A female member of the Capitol Police removed her blanket from her legs, went over her with a wand and then patted her down. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate their efforts to keep us safe...pat my kid down all you need to...but be prepared for whatever said kid has to say about it...it's possible it might contain some expletives. Luckily, the officer did a terrific job and Annie kept saying, "I'm fine, I'm fine." and told the woman, "I don't have anything." They are on the job at The Capitol!
Enjoy the day,