Sunday, February 28, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
HISTORICAL INFORMATION (from http://www.cem.va.gov/CEMs/nchp/alexandriava.asp)
Alexandria National Cemetery is located near the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va., amid several other community cemeteries. The original cemetery consisted of approximately four acres known as Spring Garden Farm. Most of this land was acquired by the United States in the 1860s, and by November 1870 the cemetery had reached its current size of a little over five acres.
Alexandria was one of the principal campsites for Union soldiers sent to defend Washington, D.C., at the outbreak of the Civil War. These troops, composed primarily of “three-month volunteers,” were unprepared for the demands of war. When they tried to turn the Southern advance at Bull Run, they were decisively defeated and hastily retreated back to Washington. At one point in the war, General Robert E. Lee and his Southern troops rode the outskirts of Alexandria where they were close enough to view the Capital dome. As the tide of the war turned, especially after Gettysburg, the frontlines of the war moved west and away from Washington, D.C. The fortress area at Alexandria, however, continued to serve as a major supply and replacement center throughout the remainder of the war.
Alexandria National Cemetery is one of the original 14 national cemeteries established in 1862. The first burials made in the cemetery were soldiers who died during training or from disease in the numerous hospitals around Alexandria. By 1864, the cemetery was nearly filled to capacity, which eventually led to the planning, development and construction of Arlington National Cemetery.
This photo was taken looking from our back door over our patio early Saturday evening after the big snow on February 6th had stopped. Our garden table which we use every day in the summer is almost buried. Eva took out a tape measure and said we had 26" of snow, but I think she was not measuring at the deepest spot. When the wind started to blow a couple of the large bushes in this photo lost branches under the weight of the snow, and as the snow on the roof melted and created icicles our gutter began tearing off and had to be removed before it collapsed on the power lines. It is now two weeks later, and about half the snow is melted, and we will finally be able to wheel the trash can down the alley to the street for trash pickup on Monday.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
School has been canceled all week. Will's teacher has been sending regular assignments and Eva's sent some homework yesterday so there is at least some constructive academics the kids can be doing with all this time. I have decluttered some of the kids' shelves in the library and Eva's room. But hiding the bags of stuff from them has not been easy! I think the basement might be next area for cleaning. It is warm down there.
The second snowstorm is going on even as I type this. After determining the wire down in back is not an electrical line (probably a phone line), I went out back to survey the damage. We are definitely going to need some professional assistance cleaning everything up once the snow is gone. And I can see the gutter on the back of the house is beginning to buckle! I hate that there's nothing I can do about it.
Bill left for Australia last Sunday and I hope he can come home this weekend. Cross your fingers!
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Sent from Bill Phelps' iPhone
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Friday, February 05, 2010
This is about 11:00pm Friday evening in front of our house. The snow actually started today in the morning, but for a long time it was more like flurries and did not stick. In the early evening that changed, and the snow began to come down harder. Now it is snowing quite hard, blowing, and getting colder, The forecast was for 1" - 2" per hour at the peak of the storm. We are not there yet, but getting closer.
KC made a complete recovery THANK GOODNESS after what he cost us! He had nearly 10 days of "quarantine," mostly in our bedroom, to recover. When we finally let him out into the rest of the house, he acted like he owned the place and Noelle acted completely disgusted to see him. I didn't know if they'd get to be buddies again but I think they are well on their way. Gradually they'd hang out together a few feet apart and the other day, I found them curled up together in their favorite chair. Ah! Home sweet home!