For instance - while we were in Vegas, Dave picked up the flag that was used in his Father's memorial service. A few days after we got home we went to get a presentation case for it - and it looks wonderful above the shadowboxes we already had.
The shadowboxes commemorate the military service of Dave's paternal grandfather, his 3rd great-grandfather, and his father.
|paternal grandfather, George L. Appleton|
|3rd great-grandfather, William Henry Hubbard, Civil War veteran|
|father, George T., with items from his service both during WWII|
(where he served in Panama) and the Korean War (where he was stationed in Virginia).
and, FYI, the flower arrangement below the shadow boxes contains silk flowers that my Mother had in her living room for eons...I simply added a few more and put them all in an apple basket (when your name is Appleton....well...apple things somehow migrate your way...)
When we picked up the flag case, we also picked up a frame for Dave's gift from Sunil Saigal (a friend of ours who currently lives in New York) - Sunil hand-painted Dave's coat-of-arms (assumed, not registered anywhere). It's so beautiful and looks really good in Dave's office.
There's enough heraldry on display in the house now that I'm considering having a shield made to hang beside the front door that says "Welcome to Herald's Point".
And, this morning, while Sir Barks-a-lot was being reluctant to come in from such a nice day, I managed to uncover both the walkway out the back door and the deck...
|leaves on deck waiting for Dave and his magic leaf vacuum|