Monday, January 15, 2018

Coffee, anyone?

My friend Janet introduced me to a really cool and cozy place to relax and enjoy a coffee and croissant. This enchanting coffee house is called Cervantes and is located in Springfield. Here are some photos to give you an idea of the ambience.

Janet in a cozy chair with her latte in front of her

Me in a cozy chair enjoying my cappuccino
Our heavenly almond croissant has not arrived yet!

 Burlap bags full of coffee - the aroma permeated the air

 Stairs going up

 Main floor

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Holiday Dinner

Marcello and his family joined us for a holiday dinner.


Christian, Claudia, Lara, Adriano - (counterclockwise starting in upper right)

Monday, January 01, 2018

Visit from Two Ashburnites

Marcello and Christian paid us a visit on New Year's Day.




Saturday, December 30, 2017

Our Italian meet-up, Amici Italiani di Fairfax, invited Adriano to talk to us about his experience as a member of Mayor Raggi's cabinet in Rome.

Adriano with the Meet-up Leader Carlo (left) and the Hostess Me (middle)

 Dominique, Carlo, and Betsy

 Claudio and Adriana

Lara, Claudia, Lynn, and Daughter 

 Claudio, Adriana, Betsy, Adriano

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

Family Service with Christmas pageant at St. Christopher's

Me with my godson Perry (left) and his brother Chipo (right) 
in front of the Chrismon tree

Perry and Chipo with Florence, their mom

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Exchange of gifts with Arthur

Exchange of gifts from and to Arthur

To Arthur - Hoodie and Energy Drinks

From Arthur to Colin - Strange weapon 
Panettone for Marcello and Michelle

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SON Reading Circle

The Reading Circle of the DC lodge of the Sons of Norway met at my home for a potluck and a discussion of the Icelandic Saga, Prose Edda. It was a very festive occasion with lots of delicious food and drink and a stimulating discussion of this important book, the primary source of Norsk mythology.

Bonnie, Christine, Ruth 

 Bonnie, Ruth

 Barbara, John


 Joel and Lynn

A very lovely floral arrangement from Barbara 

The table without the illustrious guests (an afterthought unfortunately)

Paper plates and napkins with an Arctic theme 
(Italian pitchers)

Christine's Norwegian almond cake

(Linda and Tim were in attendance but are not in any of the photos.)

Monday, December 04, 2017

An Impressive Reading

Tim informed his friends in the Sons of Norway Reading Circle about a free reading of Ibsen's The Wild Duck at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre. 

Some of us met for dinner ahead of time at Jaleo's and then went to the performance which was excellent.

Christine and John 


Three cheeses and three breads - Delicious!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Every year the Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy presents a Christmas tree to the people of Washington and the US in gratitude for American assistance to Norway during WWII.

My Norwegian friend Inger in the front row

The beautiful ceremony took place in the magnificent Great Hall at Union Station.

Christine with the star guest performer from Norway, Jardar 

Note the beautiful tree with its lights and miniature Norwegian and American flags.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Cabinet Member

Here are some recent photos of Adriano with the Mayor of Rome

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Beautiful Music

My friend Barbara and I went to a performance of the Northern Virginia Recorder Society held at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Edward Fiedler (far left in the photo below) is the President and Deborah Roudebush is the Music Director.

The music selections were delightful. A few of the 13 titles:

Un sarao de la chacona by Juan Aranes (15?? -ca 1649)

Salish Sea Images: The Mountain by Will Ayton (2012)

Oj wi fehn es segn - Yiddish folk song

Sonata in C Major by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1712)

Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of His Second Wife by Niel Gow (1727-1807)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Remarkable Exhibit

Janet, John, and I went to the National Gallery to view the extraordinary exhibit of paintings by Vermeer and several of his Dutch contemporaries.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Arctic Evening

I was invited to the Arctic Evening at the Norwegian Embassy. George E accompanied me as my guest.

We met our friend Inger at the reception. 

We had our photos taken at a photo booth out in the garden.