Today I went to the Vanderbilt Mansion, the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt's home after her husband passed away. It was a beautiful day and it was really fun to go see something I've wanted to see for a long time.
You can see why they choose this piece of property. The views of the Hudson Valley were incredible!
This home was the smallest of the 43 mansions built by Vanderbilt children. Hard to imagine the bigger ones isn't it!
Just down Route 9 a little further South is the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This is the home he was born in and the one he died in.
Because we were there the day after Memorial Day there were still all these wreaths by FDR's grave.
Nancy Crapo and I
This is Val-Kill, Eleanore Roosevelt's home after FDR passed away.
The Parks Service person said that they have preserved this home because of Eleanore's work with the United Nation. She met with many really important leaders of countries here.
Lauren was in a flute recital of Brittany Feuerstein. She was in a flute quartet with her at Schenectady County Community College. They had a week long music camp last summer where they learned about chamber music, then they gave Professor Brett Wery some ideas for the kind of music they'd like him to write for them. Mr. Wery spent his sabbatical semester writing the piece "a tough and resilient town" about the Boston bombing. The quartet got to debut the piece at a performance in January.
Brittany asked if the quartet would come perform the
piece again for her recital, which they did.
They also played an arrangement of the
"Stars and Stripes" that Brittany had arranged.
In the piece Lauren gets to play the alto flute for parts of it.
L to R: Samantha Burgess (she played a duet with Brittany)
Brittany Fuerstein, Alex DuMont, Graham Wolfe, and Lauren.
Glen, Lauren and I went to the cemetery Saturday to put flowers on Glen's father's grave. As we were turning in there was a funeral procession ahead of us turning into the cemetery. We had taken the weed whacker to clean off Merrill's headstone, but the graveside service was just up the hill from where we were and out of respect we didn't want to use a loud power tool.
So we put the flowers in the vase along with the flag and then just wandered around for a bit pondering on the sacrifice of so many who had served in the military.
The funeral was for a military person. There were two men in uniforms
and another who played taps on the bugle. It was a touching and
By the time we were done walking around, the graveside service was over and we were able to clean-up the headstone and put our flowers in the vase.
I can not begin to express the gratitude I feel for those who have
fought and died to keep us safe and free. May we always honor
those who have given their all in defense of our country and our
For the last ten years or so I've been making a special dinner for April Fool's Day. So here's what I made tonight.
So... how does this look. We had "buffalo chicken" (rice krispies covered with a glaze of brown sugar and apricot jam) with "blue cheese dressing"(vanilla yogurt), and "celery" and "peas" (shaped from sour apple taffy). Doesn't it look yummy?
And here's our "ice cream sundae" (pulled pork with mashed potatoes and a cherry tomato) that we had for "dessert"!