Papa’s World -MOR MOR goes to the Zoo – I couldn’t go.

There was a family outing on this past Monday –

A ride on the Metro –

a trip into D.C. –

And a long planned talked about visit – TO THE ZOO !

AAAWWWWW – GOOD MORNING !

You know that feeling when a event is about to happen –

But you can not be there to share the fun !

Well – I had a three to four hour test Monday morning –

And all the grand kids and their mothers were coming –

And MOR MOR

( Sherry – mothers mother in Swedish )

Was going to lead them into Washington and to the ZOO !

Sherry – Debby and Tammy & six grand kids on the Metro

They had talked about this all year –

as soon as all the kids were out of school !

We or they had to do it on a Monday –

So – with my test already scheduled –

I missed out on a fun trip.

Our oldest daughter Debby and Mor Mor

Debby and the three oldest girls made the trip from Lake Holiday –

early on Monday morning ( they stayed the night )

Mike – their dad – was going North to help his parents open their camp –

In the Adirondacks – Raquet Lake.

Our youngest daughter Tammy and Mor Mor

Tammy – her one day the store is not open is Monday –

brought the three little ones –

who are just as excited to be riding the Metro !

Marcus had to work.

The Six grand kids – five girls and one boy

Their plan – spend the day –

come home – have TACO MONDAY –

and talk – play into the night –

I also had the job of watching FINNY –

a love bird that belongs to Sarah –

Debby’s youngest !

We argued back and forth with TWEETS !!!! LOL

Their day at the Zoo

They kept me updated –

I got back home around 10:15 am.

FINNY was watching TV.

from his cage !

As soon as I walked in – he began

( I think it is a he )

He would chirp at me and bob around in his cage !

( Sherry ) Mor Mor & Tom ( PaPa )

I missed out on the Zoo –

but got to spend time with everyone

until I went to bed at almost 10 : 00 PM.

We have been to the Zoo numerous times since we moved here.

And all those times have been with the grand kids.

Our family in Northern Va.

I hope you enjoyed my little day blog on family fun –

I missed out but recovered for a enjoyable late afternoon and evening .

Then the next day we all took a walk around our pond – lake .

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Papas World – Looking back on the year 2019

Many things transpired in 2019 – here is a look.

Unknown to us – this Castle would become a controversy at one of the debates!

When we were in Northern California with our friends –

we visited Napa Valley – and choose two wineries to visit-

This is the Castle we picked over google –

and it also is where a Democratic runner for the ticket

had a pay per plate for a chance to be with the canidate.

Little did we know that this place is very famous for such events!

In the famous WINE CAVE!

We traveled – we hosted friends – we lived life in 2019.

We visited the Capital building
in Washington DC.
In front of the statue
of famous women of USA
with a part unfinished
saved for the first
WOMAN PRESIDENT!

We live 30 some miles from Washington DC.

and have made trips into the city

but had never toured the Capital building.

Paul and Jo
friends from Tucson
With them we went to Congress!

We went to their Congress women’s office

and were taken on a tour of the Capital

and got to see Congress!

17 mile road
to Pebble Beach

We got to see Pebble Beach – have a drink overlooking #18.

And a picture in front of one of the most famous pine trees!

The signature LONE PINE of Pebble Beach!

HS buddy and wife
stopped in for a couple nights
we go back 60 plus years!

Friends from the past – memories shared – catching up for 52 plus years.

Watching our oldest grand daughter
play her first year in college
of soccer at the
University of Lynchburg
Our friends for 38 years
celebrating the Bills win
Jim and I go back 42 years
playing softball together

Our life is full – friends – family -adventures –

crossing of the bucket list!

The team
celebrating health and nutrition
in Austin Texas
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Our life continues – helping people eat right –

making a difference in the lives of all we can

and seeing how it has the effect it does on children!

Sharing life with friends for over 38 years
Hosted a Movie star ( over 150 films & Tv. )
and a World known
acordian and piano player

We had no idea we would be doing this

but opportunity knocked and we answered

Got to sit and talk about their careers

IT WAS AWESOME!

FIVE grand daughters
ONE grand son!

We are blessed to have the grand kids nearby.

And of course the one boy is loved- esp. Ella & him

He adores her and she him! Ella far left.

Where we started this blog
At the Castle
outside the “WINE CAVE”

I could go on and on – 2019 has been a great year-

full of friends- family – adventure and sharing.

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Papa’s World – where we live

We moved to NVA in 1999 – June to be exact – transferring within the company –

both of us – taking our years – pension- 401 K – vacations and knowledge –

after 32 years for me and 20 plus years for Sherry.

GOOD MORNING

We bought two houses –

moved twice – in 6 1/2 years in Fairfax Va.

Then – we found our home – in Brambleton Va. almost thirteen years ago.

Our new library in the town center

We moved into our home – in August – 2006 –

and have watched our little community grow and grow.

They actually built a new town called Brambleton –

and now are finishing the THIRD High School set to open in September!

Main street – Brambleton Va.

Watching all of this – being a part of it – is amazing !

We are a community that sits in the middle of the country –

once you arrive home –

you do not have to go back out into the crazy traffic of NVA.

And in two years or less – the METRO – Silver line – will be 3 1/2 miles away !

The construction of SEVEN more stops is 80 % done –

and will open a brand new line here !

We can hop on – go into D.C. or right to the airports –

everything will be connected !

View of half of Brambleton Town center

New four story town homes just completed –

and recently we have been walking the new trails around a huge lake – man made –

Of the new –

OVER 55 community being built just a half mile from our house.

That community is going to have it’s own retail center along with it’s own HOA !

OUR NEW COUNTY LIBRARY

The new four story library just opened a few months ago –

with a huge teen section where you see the windows on the second floor!

HANSON RECREATION PARK

Yesterday – it was announced that what is known as HANSON FARM –

Has been turned over to the county –

and next month – development will start on a 257 ACRE preserve !

Soccer fields ( grass)10 of them – 2 pro turf fields –

4 ball diamonds – 1 cricket field – multiple tennis and basketball courts.

FIVE LAKES – pavilion’s -picnic areas and tables and grills.

A park lodge – rest rooms – and the list goes on –

all to be completed in two years.

The farm house and outbuildings will be preserved as a historic site.

Tom and Sherry

This is but a glimpse of where we choose to live 13 years ago.

In the end of the development –

there will be an additional 5 to 10 miles of trails to the already 15 miles we have now.

We were very fortunate – we love our home –

(not the cold Winter )

Our roots are now here for the time being.

I hope this provides a look into the Country living in NVA!

Just another day in my life !

GOOD NIGHT

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Papa’s World – Lets take a Metro Ride – to the WHARF

She came downstairs – and said to me ” What do you plan to do today “?

“Mow the lawn ” I replied !

Wait – we have to walk – 10000 steps !

So – that is when she said –

let’s take the Metro –

and go into the WATERFRONT to the WHARF !!!!

The WATERFRONT and the WHARF – Washington D.C.

It had been years since we had gone to the FISH MARKET on the waterfront. And – the whole city line had changed –

to a beautiful waterfront plaza – with many eatery’s and bars – music and venues for top of the line entertainment nation wide.

Harbor view on one side of the Wharf – other side has even bigger boats

The transformation is stunning – and construction is everywhere. Huge buildings – grand boardwalk and tons of people.

What looked to me to be a Lynx was a breed of cat

You see everything – and there are electric scooters all over – you just put your credit card in –

ride it to where you want to go – get off and leave it for the next person !

On both sides of the boardwalk are places to eat and drink and be social with the harbor and boats.

Me walking into what is left of the OLD FISH MARKET
Part of the OLD FISH MARKET

There are vendors with huge piles of fish – shrimp – lobsters- clams and oysters –

all freshly caught and brought in from the East Coast.

You can buy just about anything and even have it cooked right there!

The smells of cooked fish – shrimp – lobster – were everywhere !

Late lunch sitting on the board walk

We selected a place to eat in the shade but on the waterfront – public restrooms were available and very clean.

It could be a little pricey – so come prepared.

A lonely Catamaran sits in anchor

We decided to continue our 10000 steps and walk the the harbor way to the ball fields about a mile away.

Along the way we saw dozens of hikers in full packs – hats and outfits – I asked what they were doing as they had some sort of GPS – phone like instruments – they were on a 50 mile challenge – one women told me !

It reminded me of The Amazing race ! And they were all in a hurry !

Tree lined street – going by a Army Base
Really nice flowers along the paths

We walked where we had never been before – in all the years we have walked D.C.

Audi Field -new home of DC UNITED SOCCER

We came first to Audi Field –

the brand new home to DC UNITED SOCCER TEAM.

And within a 1/4 mile to the NATIONALS PARK – baseball field !

WASHINGTON NATIONALS BASEBALL PARK

We have been to the baseball park a lot of times – but this was a first for the soccer field as it just opened this Spring.

Main entrance to NAT’S PARK

We were there at 4:00 PM.and fans were already arriving for the 7:00 PM. game.

We crossed the street – and it was right out of a movie set – every table outside – and there were dozens of them – six to eight people a table –

were packed full of thirty something young people – all dressed like well dressed college students – sitting – drinking and talking.

Everywhere I looked including the outside bar and inside was the same – as if hundreds of them decided to descend upon the scene at the same time !

We went inside to get into air condition as it was hot in the Sun – each having a drink before we found our way to the Metro stop !

We can actually leave home – drive 15 or 20 minutes – park and ride the Metro right to the gates of the park.

Flowers on our 10000 step walk

A over six hour journey – ( ended up with over 12,000 steps )

was a perfect way to spend a Saturday mid morning – getting back home around 6:00 PM.

Just in time to settle in and watch the NAT’S on TV playing the Cubs !

Always take a picture of where you park

Hint of the day – we always take pictures of where we park in whatever venue we leave from –

makes it much easier to find your car ! LOL

I hope you like this little journey – living healthy – walking –

And sometimes on a whim –

change it up and adventure into something new –

YOU MIGHT EVEN SEE A CAT ON A LEASH THAT LOOKS LIKE A LYNX!

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Papa’s World – weekend ? In retirement you count the days by Garbage !

I never imagined – back when – as I neared retirement – I would sometimes not remember what day of the week it was ! Nor – would I ever wonder – with the hours of each day – “HOW DID I EVER FIND TIME TO WORK”?

You want to stay Young ? You want to stay active ? To do that – at least I find – the way I remember – is that Monday night is put out the GARBAGE – and pick up is Tuesday ! Now – that I remember for some reason. Also – I know it is Monday – because that is the day Tammy – our daughter – closes her store up , Kids 529 Consignment shop ! So – she does not work that day – and in the school year – I do not pick up the twins from school.

Bode – Cassidy and Taylor- Tammy & Marcus little ones.

The rest of the week – each day – I go and wait in a car line to pick up the girls – and I get there early – so I am usually second in line – and the line when school is out is about 70 or more cars ! So – I am prepared – I take my water -maybe a snack- a pillow – and leave the car on – it is a Hybrid so it mostly runs on the battery. I kick the seat back and turn my favorite radio show on – 106.7 – the Sports radio show that covers the D.C. area.

Sometimes I even drift off for a power nap!

Cassidy – Bode & Taylor 8 – 4 – 8 years old.

That takes me up to Tuesday – garbage day and pick up the girls day. Wednesday is take the twins to choir day – and meet Granny -( Jennie )- Marcus mother – who picks up Bode every day from preschool.

She takes him home and when Marcus is done – he picks him up and then will come to our house and pick up the twins.

But – Wednesday is church choir and all three sing – even Bode who can not read but will memorize the words and they are good singers.

We now have covered Monday thru Wednesday . Thursday – I start preparing again for garbage day – but also recycle day – by setting everything out for pick up on Friday !

At National Harbor – Washington D.C. Sherry’s shirt says it all!

There are also days that we will journey into D.C. for special trips – taking all the grand kids – we took the two oldest – Maddy and Ella – and got off at Arlington – took in the Tomb of the Unknown soldier and then walked across the 14 th. street bridge and spent the day at all the memorials – walking the Mall and having lunch. We walked miles that day and they loved it.

So – that leaves Friday – the day the GARBAGE & RECYCLES are picked up. I count the days by that format – very seldom do I know the exact date – I can look at the top of the paper – or my phone.

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But to be perfectly honest with you – being retired – it does not really matter – I also count down days by what we have scheduled coming up ! Yes -we PLAN- put it down in writing – search and research – add names of visitors to come – the dates and what we are going to do. Some people can not do that for whatever reason – but not us – WE DO IT! Such as so goes our life – we live life to the plus one day at a time – but we know what is ahead – after all – for us – that is part of the excitement – just like little kids – “HOW MANY SLEEPS ARE LEFT PAPA ” ?

And then the early morning comes and you head out – all part of that special time – now I look back – and I wonder – JUST HOW DID I FIND TIME TO WORK ?

RETIREMENT – YOU COUNT THE DAYS BY GARBAGE – the weekends – well they are just another day -most times you just do not care !

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Papa’s World – Union Station-Peaceful protests – White House

We ended our day in Congress – where we had to be searched –

pockets emptied – no phone for pictures

The whole Congress was rude.

We settled in for about 45 minutes – and there was to be a vote –

But – NO ONE on the floor paid any attention –

they were divided on the right side and the left side –

The entire congress did nothing but talk –

So loud we – in the balcony – could not hear what they were saying

on the loud speakers!

The Capital
where nothing gets done
and no one listens

I was disgusted at the whole thing and how they all acted.

All we could do was watch the electronic board to see the total of the votes.

Paul Jo Sherry
walking to Union Station
Sherry Jo Paul
waiting to cross the street
to Union Station
Paul Jo Sherry
inside Union Station

We toured Union Station and had lunch – then boarded the Metro there

and got off at the Smithstonian in the Mall.

Paul on the Mall
Jo Paul and Sherry
on the Mall
The Capital
view from the Mall
Paul Jo Sherry
on our way
to the White House

We left the Mall behind and walked to the front of the White House

We had covered a lot that day

and decided to see the front and the back

But on our way we came across a very peaceful protest

in front of the EPA building

They were not yelling – they were respectful when we talked to them

Protesters
outside the EPA
Headquarters

Now – I can not understand why anyone would be against clean air

Withe clean air comes better gas mileage

The back of the White House
More peaceful protest
This one has been there
for the entire time we have
been in NVA

The one who was here first passed away several years ago

they have kept it here as each election

brings new Government

as a way to keep the power in the people

and a eye on what is going on.

Both Democrats and Republicans have seen this protest.

Walking the blocks long way around the White House
Paul Sherry Jo
At the front of the White House
When we first came here 20 years ago
you could get a lot closer
Sherry and Jo
Sherry and Jo
We continued walking
back to the Metro
Our own Peaceful
non violent protest

We had walked almost all DC with Jo and Paul

We covered everything plus on their list !

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One last bench to rest
Tom Paul Jo
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Papa’s World – The tour of the Capital continues

GOOD MORNING

As we continued on the tour

I noticed the plaques over doors leading into historic rooms

The old Supreme Court room used from 1810 to 1860 – 50 years !

Historic room
Historic room

I could not help but wonder-

” IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK ” !

Historic room

Everything was just decorated in elegance.

Sherry with our tour guide Henry

We went into and out of so many rooms I lost track of just what they were !

Historic room
The many historic events
that would of happened here !
The room under the Rotunda
where George Washington was to be interred
and his wishes were to be interred
on his own property
at Mount Vernon
Henry – Jo- Sherry and Paul
under the Rotunda

The artwork and floors were just beautiful –

The walls and statues and the deco work on the walls

It is hard to explain – you just have to see it for yourself !

The speaker of the Senate
Mitch McConnell
office
Not much goes on here !

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through their congress woman
so we could do the tour
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Papa’s World – tour continues Halls of Congress – the Capital

Set up for interviews
The floor of the Rotunda
below
Reporter or newscaster

We walked in wonder – I was amazed at seeing History !

I have loved History all my life –

this day I felt I walked among it !

The ceiling of the Rotunda
Looking up
the wall
and all the reliefs
The Rotunda
where Presidents
have been viewed

The statues – the floor – the walls and the ceiling

spoke centuries of thought to me.

Each state has a statue
or more !

There are so many statues – that we were told –

They had to move them to another room

as the weight was causing structural damage to the floor.

That room had been closed off for interior work being done!

The original statue
that was to be placed on the dome
was too heavy
so they made a lighter one
that now stands and faces
the executive branch
watching to over see JUSTICE

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Jo and Sherry
standing in front of a statue
dedicated to the Women
of the U.S.A. who have made
dramatic changes such as
Women’s rights to vote
This statue is left undone
to signify there is more to be done
and one day
A WOMEN SHALL BE ELECTED PRESIDENT !
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Papa’s World – Tour the Capital and sit in on congress

WHAT IF ?
Good Morning

We had our tour guide named Henry –

And Henry was from Australia !!! MATE !

Henry – another lady – Jo – Sherry and Paul

Henry’s mother is from Tucson Az. and his father from down under !

His accent was pure Australian !

The long tunnel
to the Capital
Jo Paul Sherry and Henry
Security
The tunnel lined
by paintings by students
from each state of the Union
Continuing the walk
through the long
tunnel and complex
Almost there
Our destination
at the top
Arrival
at the visitor center
of the U.S. Capital
In the visitor center
A view to the Rotunda

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Papa’s World – On the way – we took in DC.

GOOD MORNING

This day we were on our way for a appointment at 10:30 AM.

To tour the Capital building and see a session of Congress !

However – little did we know – that we would get caught in TRAFFIC !

What should of been a 30 minute drive with traffic to the Metro

turned into one and one half hours !

Only to find all parking garages were full as were the next two stations!

We then made our way thru more traffic nightmare

To the Tyson’s Corner Mall where we parked and took the Metro.

We had to call and see if we could reschedule the appointment –

And the moved it to 12:30 PM.

Jo Paul Sherry
coffee tea and rest after a three hour trip
by car and rail
which normally takes
45 minutes !

We stopped on our walk to the Capital to rest up and have a beverage !

Jo and Sherry
after a beverage
we were on our way
to the capital
taking in the sights!

Passing many historical buildings and and reading the quotations –

Jo Paul Sherry
our 12:30 appointment
1/2 hour away
Paul Jo Sherry
our final rest before
before we find the
entrance to the congressional
building where our
appointment is !

Just around the corner from the capital !

JO and Paul
Paul
In the halls of congress
Jo Paul and Sherry
Signing in on the register
to go inside the congress woman’s
office – to begin our Capital Tour
THIS WAS A FIRST
FOR US !

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Congress woman Kilpatrick’s Office
Jo & Paul’s
state Of AZ.

Thank you Paul for making the arrangements for our visit.

Something Sherry and I have thought about –

but never did in all our years in NVA !

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