Monday, October 30, 2006

What a weekend!

Friday brought us two surprises, a good one that our daughter, Meghann was coming unexpectedly to visit, and a bad one that we found a serious flood in our basement. We made an appointment for a plumber to come and look at the problem and he told us what the issue was (it wasn't pretty) and after an estimate on Saturday, we have an appointment to get the problem fixed and get our water back on Monday. They're going to have to excavate our yard and replace all the pipes from the water main. sigh. But Friday, we made a trip to New Oxford, PA to pick up an order of salt-glaze pottery for the business and had Korean food (a favorite of us all) for dinner. Saturday was the Florida/Georgia game in Jacksonville, Florida. Since my absolutely favorite son-in-law is a huge Georgia fan, we had to wager on the game. Nothing too huge, but fun none the less. Mark and Meg and I went to Buffalo wild wings to watch most of the game on the huge TV's and then returned home to finish while Michael and I and Mark talked about the play by play via messenger. That's a picture of him, he's presently in Iraq. Needless to say, the Fighting Gators won the game and made me smile. Sunday was quiet, we went to Gettysburg to take care of ordering Mark's new Sergent stripes and had dinner there.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Cedar Creek weekend

This past weekend was the reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek which happened on October 20, 1864 between Winchester and Middletown, VA. The countryside was gorgeous and it was the largest event that I'd been to so far, with over 5300 reenactors, not to mention the civilians and support people, and there were definitely more horses than I'd seen before at an event.

This was a mostly cavalry battle in 1864, and our Unit is the 1st Maryland Cavalry Battalion so it was perfect for our portrayal. We had a huge turn out and everyone enjoyed themselves, despite the cold temperatures in the tents at night. We enjoyed eachother's company and the jokes of our Unit commander around the campfire, and generally renewed our friendships as well as doing the living history aspect of our hobby.
I was very proud to introduce my daughter Jennifer to the unit as well, she was able to join us on Sunday for a day of battle watching and shopping at the sutler's shoppes as well as a delicious lunch together. As with everyone, the unit welcomed her with open arms.