Roadtrip to DC

img_4400-1So, we went on a road trip to the DC area, for a uke fest, and a fantastic tour of Washington.  Met some really great people. Saw some amazing things. Had some deeply moving experiences.

We hit the road early Thursday morning. EARLY… Like 3am cst early… But, we passed though Chicago w/out any difficulty. Twelve hours later, we’re hangin’ in the DC area.

On the road

Mike driving. Getting us to our destination

Thursday evening, we rested up, and did a little jamming…

Mike and Tim jammin’ on a tune…



Friday morning, we hit the city. The national mall, among other spots…


Stopped by Abe’s den…  You know, it’s really odd/surreal standing there, thinking of all the times we’ve seen it on tv, in the movies, and, to finally be there… Very moving…


The Korean war memorial.



Saturday morning, we headed off to the first Gaithersburg ukulele fest.  Mike taught harmonica, and did great! Lots of good reviews.img_4318During our class with Gracie Terzian. Maggie was asked to help/demonstrate how to sing and play at the same time…. Fun…img_4319

Mike’s demo at the harp class….


During dinner, we got to do a couple tunes… We hung w/ Cynna, Diane, and a bunch of other cool peeps…img_4484



Sunday, we went to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate… HOW cool is this?!?img_5957img_4438Monday, we hit the streets/sites again, in DC. img_4402

Diane was a fabulous host/guide/companion/friend…img_4400-1

And, sadly, we headed home on Tuesday…   57479782406__e1c83de1-f557-4a44-b56e-b1e174bcf393We cannot say how much we appreciate everyone we met, and, especially Mike, for the music, tour, adventure, friendship…


Yeah, another great weekend

well, here it is, past time for some of us to be in bed. After all, it’s a school night.  We had a great weekend. We went to a party @ our friends Rise’ & Pierce’s house.  Rise’s son Jordan, and his wife Peggy, mainly, Peggy, had a baby girl a couple weeks ago. The party was so we could meet Allie Rose, and share in Rise’s happiness.   Cute little girl, and nice party.
Saturday morning, bright and early, we picked up our friends, Mollie & Bill, and off we went to the farmers market in Madison. One of the best in the country. Yes, you’ve read about it here before.  Can’t beat it.  Fruits, veggies, cheese, baked goods, and every one, a photo op before becoming a gastronomic adventure. Finished that, and off to the Wollersheim winery, about half an hour from Madison.  Never liked wine that much ’til we went there a couple years ago.  Good stuff. Back to Madison, after buying a case of wine, and sharing a bottle on the balcony.  Oh, for a hammock and an nap then.
  We had lunch @ Bluphies, our favorite restaurant in Madison.  Rockford needs a restaurant of that caliber & under stated atmosphere.  Good food, well prepared, with an ever changing menu. They always are on their toes, as far as the food.  A quick Starbucks, so we wouldn’t fall asleep on the way home, and back to Rockford, with a quiet night ahead.
First thing on Sunday, yardwork.  Pullin’ weeds, waterin’, clippin’, oh boy.  Off for errands, a bit ‘o breakfast, and then back home to work on our set list for our 15 minutes of fame next weekend @ the Willow folk fest.  That’ll be another big adventure.  If you want to see it, you can also go to & search for magtimmag.  Good stuff.
Now, on to bed, and start the week all over.  Still hard to believe that a couple weeks ago, we were wandering around Ireland.  Sigh. . . .