WOW - what a weekend! The weather was amazing (bright, sunny, warm) and we had a wonderful time with friends and family.
We arrived in DC just before noon on Sat and met our realtor Betsy at yet another (foreclosure) condo. We liked the floor plan and the space a lot, but it will needs a substantial renovation. There are no kitchen appliances and the cabinets/countertops must be torn out. The kitchen is a total gut job, much like the bathroom. We're not sure yet if the purchase price, renovation price, and our budget will work on this one. Next it was on to Capital City Brewing Company to meet our good friends Kerry & Hugh for a late lunch. The weather was delightful so we sat outside and ate and talked. They surprised us with a handmade crochet blanket for one of our guest rooms! We had a terrific time with them.
With the top down we headed to Spouse's mom's house and arrived just minutes before my old high school friend Patrick arrived. Patrick figures prominently in my coming out story. We lost touch after he moved to FL more than 15 years ago, but thanks to Facebook he found me! We talked over lunch at a nearby diner, then sat outside on Spouse's mom's patio and talked some more since it was such a beautiful day. Spouse's sister and her family came over so our visit with Patrick kind of took on a 'family' vibe but it was still great to see him. That evening Spouse's mom joined us at our favorite Mexican place Cantina Mexicana (formerly the Taco House). It was busy and vibrant! Our dear friends and owners Gloria and Juan were there, as were their kids who really aren't kids anymore. We had a delicious meal and a wonderful time. I was very happy and felt 'at home'.Sun morning I went back to the old church where Spouse & I used to be members. (He slept in.) It was great to see how the bldg had been improved and wonderful to see old friends again. I was really happy to be back there for a visit. Then I picked up my aunt Mary and brought her back to Spouse's mom's house where we talked for a little while before heading over to Spouse's brother Louis and sister-in-law Karen's house for Easter dinner. Everything was so tasty we couldn't help but over-eat. And don't even get me started with all the Easter candy Karen bought! Again it was a beautiful day and I ate outside on the deck. That evening I took aunt Mary back home, Spouse & I packed up and said goodbye, deposited some checks at a local bank, and then headed back home to DE.
Between the weather, the food, the friends, and the family, it was an exceptional weekend!
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