Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back East Celebrations

by Maggie Sefton



Yes, I'm Back East once more  Home again, home again.  I guess I'll live with two "homes."  My Colorado home in the beautiful Rocky Mountains where the air is clearer and cooler and has waaaaay less humidity, and. . . my Native "home" of Northern Virginia, where I grew up and lived for so many years.  I can never stay away from the Washington, DC for long.  "She" keeps calling me back.  :)

I arrived in time for lots of family celebrations:  my youngest granddaughter had her 5th birthday last Wednesday, August 22nd, the evening of my arrival.  The weekend was full of celebrations with the 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner for dear relatives and the Sunday church service renewing their vows.  Truly lovely.  And I returned to my daughter Christine's home Sunday early evening just in time for granddaughter's birthday party for friends----12 children + 25 adult parents.  :)   And that didn't count our family members which numbered seven.  Believe me, people large and small were EVERYWHERE.   On Labor Day, we'll celebrate granddaughter Natale's 14th birthday.  All these occasions required cake, you understand.   Cake was also everywhere.

Oh, and yesterday, Monday, August 27th, was my birthday.  :)  I celebrated by going into Washington with granddaughter Natale and paddling in the paddle boats all around the picturesque Tidal Basin beside Thomas Jefferson's graceful memorial.  Then, we had an elegant luncheon at the beautiful and historic Willard Hotel (Natale declared the chef's sauce for poulet roti was "amazing."), and we finished off like the girls we are by shopping along Downtown Washington's F Street which is filled with shops and stores.  Then back home for volleyball practice for Natale, and I went to meet daughter Maria for a delicious dinner in one of my favorite Georgetown cafes, the Sea Catch, which has a precious balcony which overhangs the towpath of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (which is mentioned in my latest suspense DEADLY POLITICS).

I returned to daughter Christine's that evening only to find another cake!  Yikes!  With presents.  :)  Which was lots of fun, of course.  And yummy.  But. . .I have to tell you. . .by now I am completely "caked" out.    How did you celebrate your last birthday?