Monday, August 3, 2015

A nice birthday brunch


My birthday was over a month ago, but I am still relishing memories of it, and the things we did. One of the best memories is of was a brunch at a local French restaurant, Le Bernaise.

Louisa, Peter, Griffin and Sophia  treated me.  It is a beautiful restaurant, and the food is very good. The chief chef/owner is Spike Mendelsohn.  Spike also owns two other restaurants on the same block--We the Pizza and Good Stuff.  He has been on "Top Chef."

On a pedestal by the front door is a ceramic French Bulldog named Charlotte.  She is actually the second ceramic dog in that spot.  The first was stolen soon after the restaurant opened, and was never returned.  The one that is there now, with a heavy chain, was commissioned and sent from France a few months ago.  I love her. She is fierce and loyal.  My little painting does not do her justice.  She poses in front of a French flag.

Thanks, Smith family, for taking me out to brunch on my birthday and introducing me to a fun restaurant.  I have been back and expect to go many times...and always give Charlotte a pat on the head.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

An "Only in DC" gift from Sebastian's family

Earlier this Summer, I had the fun of taking two almost sixth-grader boys around town the first two weeks of their Summer vacation.  The boys were my grandson Griffin and his friend Sebastian.  We went a lot of places, and had some good times, including the "Spy in the City" and the Indiana Jones exhibit at the National Geographic Society.  We also went swimming and generally just had good times around the city.

I always enjoy time with Griffin, and Sebastian was easy.  I think we all had a good time, and mastered some new Metro stops.

It was quite a surprise to get a gift from Sebastian's family, and so thoughtful.  They gave me a set of coasters with Washington DC scenes, including one that has the flag of the District.  That is what I chose for the image for my thank you cards.  DC is not a state, and does not have any voting representatives in Congress.  It is an injustice.  We pay taxes, but have no representation.  I thought that was what the Revolution was about.  Anyway, the District flag is a meaningful reminder that we need to keep fighting to get representation.

It's fun to use the coasters....and fun to make the thank you card, which will shortly go in the mail.