Do you get antsy in the winter? I tend to stay in our home for days working on projects and then I feel I must get out. Most days we walk our neighborhood, so it's not like I don't go outside. It doesn't matter where we go, I just need a change of scenery.
We have our main meal in the middle of the day since Grayden retired. We call the largest meal of the day dinner. It's convenient for us and our grandson, Samuel. He has morning classes and works in the evenings. So this arrangement has worked well for us.
Since it has been staying lighter longer, we have been enjoying our supper down by the river. It's very close to our home. Recently I made us ham and cheese sandwiches and fruit salad. Grayden enjoyed the cappuccino he made and I took along my mug of Earl Grey. Some days we buy a sandwich at the local eatery and take it along to enjoy by the river. Just these little trips with my husband sure help to beat the winter blues.
Water has always been an important part of my life. We always see interesting sights on our little outings. The weather was nice and we just sat and talked and observed nature. Geese fly by. We have seen bald eagles. Folks with their lines in the water hoping for the big one to bite. The train racing along the railroad trestle. Simple pleasures. Simple times.
If you look up on the hill the building of George Washington's boyhood home is being reconstructed. The myth about the cherry tree began at this site. At the bottom of the hill you can see where young George was said to have thrown a silver dollar across the river. It is quite narrow here and I imagine he possibly could have. It is considered a myth about him throwing money away, but it is thought he probably threw a rock across the river. At the time the river at this point was 300 feet wide. It isn't a myth that George Washington lived here from age 6 to around age 22. This is where he learned to survey, joined the Masons, read his first book on the military, copied the rules of Civility and petitioned the colony's British governor for his first military office. It's pretty exciting that the excavations by archaeologists found the foundation of the Washingtons! The home is being built on the original foundation. I hope to report updates as the building continues. If you wish to read more about Ferry Farm you can go HERE
We in Virginia and particularly our area, are quite proud to stand where Washington stood and try to understand how this young man became our first president. February 22nd is his birthday so I thought I'd share a little history of him that may not be familiar to you. We were friends of a local writer when we first moved to Fredericksburg. In fact she helped us buy our first home and always talked about the history of George Washington's boyhood home. It was her dream that this property be saved and restored to its time when the Washingtons lived here. I often think of her and wished she could see the progress that is now being made at Ferry Farm. She wrote Ferry Farm and gifted a copy to us.
Gilchrist Waring also wrote historical books about Williamsburg. You may have seen some of her books there. Her books are geared to children, but I find them wonderfully informative.
Upon leaving the river after our little picnic we were treated to the most amazing sunset.
Since tomorrow is Valentine's Day you may want to have some sweet Valentine tags or make a banner like I did. You can go to Nora Murphy's blog and download these little tags HERE I just printed mine out on card stock and used kitchen twine and little clothespins to attach to my kitchen window.
February can be a cold and dreary month for some of us. As winter seems to go on and on, I hope there will be times of joy for you, my friends. ♥