Sunday, May 31, 2009


We are getting ready for Pentecost Vespers. This is the only day when the Ceremonial Doors are open all day long. It looks lovely, doesn't it?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Mom and her present

Mom picked out her own present this year, a picnic table from IKEA. It has a cute pattern with flowers and ladybugs. It looks nice on her deck. Mom's rhododendrons look good, too.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Shopping for Birthday Cards

Sunday is mom's birthday and Monday is our brother John's, so tonight we went to Third Place Books to look for funny birthday cards. These ones weren't funny at all. You would think kittens getting facials would be funny, but as it turns out - it's not.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

They're back!

Max and Kathy are back from Espana - by all accounts they had a fab time.  They brought us some fab magnets to add to our extensive collection.  We have magnets from all over.  We even have a glow-in-the-dark teddy bear magnet from York Minster.  This photo shows a very small part of our refrigerator.  Thanks, M and K!

O'Dea Graduation Night

They are all SO TALL.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

At the Sculpture Park

We're here at the Olympic Sculpture Park waiting for the sun to set. The North Meadow is starting to look like a meadow.

Luncheon in Magnolia

We had lunch with our friend Suzy at her beautiful (and that's not an exaggeration) home in Magnolia. We had a delicious pot of Earl Grey tea with an Asian chicken salad. It was lovely.

This photo is inspired by Joanna's blog. Even from Hawaii she blogs images of delectable meals (

On Memorial Day

Our grandpa is buried in the cemetery adjacent to the airport. We stopped by to visit and add a couple flags to the ones our mom and grandma had left earlier.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

May Crowning

At the end of the Noon Mass we had a procession through the Cathedral, praying the decades of the rosary before various images representing the glorious mysteries. At the end one of the youth crowned the image of Mary in the courtyard. The crown was too low at first so about 8 people gave him instructions. "Higher! Higher! Lower! Lower!" The end result was lovely, though.

Lost and found

We have found lots of umbrellas, gloves, pens and pencils, cameras, books, teething toys, cheerios, wads of gum, and copies of "Magnificat." But this was the first time we found a pair of handcuffs. one of our police officers left them in the bathroom in the Rectory.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A wedding and confirmations

...The 2:30 wedding which I had to coordinate because Linda and Marianne were both sick and Bev is out of town. The bride was stunningly beautiful and the groom is a professional football player.

After that we had our parish confirmations, 39 people. The liturgy was disrupted by a crazy (drunk? High?) woman who screamed obscenities all the way down the west aisle. I know I have a tendency to exaggerate, but this time I'm really not exaggerating. It was so stressful that we really deserve the wonderful Indian meal we just ate.

At Bombay Grill

We had chicken mango marsala and lamb korma with butter naan. O so good. We needed it to recover from...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Still at the Game

It seems like years since we got to Safeco Field. I guess it was really only four innings ago.

View from Section 337

There's a little white ball flying back and forth down there.

At Safeco Field

We're at the big game. Helen is a serious baseball fan, as you can see from this photo.

At Our Lady of Fatima

We are at Our Lady of Fatima parish in Magnolia for Father Doogan's funeral. He was a saintly priest who could always tell Maria and me apart (a rather rare gift). The church is different and kind of interestingly modern. The windows are nice. This one is behind us and I believe represents baptism.

Father Doogan left only a few instructions for his funeral. He wanted "Morning Has Broken" and "Lord of All Hopefulness." An Irishman of taste.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Blog from the bridge

The drawbridge was up on the First Avenue Bridge. Yawn.

View from Pigott Bldg

We're on a short break so I went out on the deck in the 6th floor conference room. The view is nice but the view is blocked for people like me by a 4.5 foot barrier.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dinner in Madison Park

Carolyn took us to "Sostanza," a nice Italian restaurant in Madison Park. It was SO good. The insalata! I tipi di pasta! Meravigliosa!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sheer chaos

These are the parents of adorable children, transformed into monsters by digital cameras.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Palisades by Sunlight

It was such a nice day that we decided to do some beachcombing at the Palisades. It's lovely here. We saw sand dollars, including some black ones. We also saw a hummingbird. "A resonance of emerald, a rush of cochineal," as Emily Dickinson said.

Friday, May 15, 2009

At Seahurst

Mom got a new car so we took it for a spin down to Seahurst Park, one of the places we remember best from our youth. It was a lovely evening and the new car handled quite well. It used to be a flower delivery van.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Johnny and Dana made it! We enjoyed Part I.

At McCaw Hall

We made it through traffic and rain.

Off to the Opera

We are taking mom to " The Marriage of Figaro" tonight. I am wearing my Paris skirt in honor of the occasion.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mothers' Day

Here we are with our mom looking at M's art of Mary...

At Trinity

We visited Trinity Episcopal Church just down the hill after Mass. I'd never been inside. It's really nice. They have a unique window I hadn't seen before - Pilate's wife. She is beautiful and exotic.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Almost being in Paris. We decided to have lunch at Cafe Presse on 12th, near Seattle U. It's a hip place. We are the oldest people here by about a decade. Still, old people like a croque monsieur every now and then, too.

Friday, May 8, 2009


This is the view from the West Gallery as Seattle Pro Musica sings Mendelssohn's "Elijah." Right now they're only at the second chorus.


Max and Kathy are leaving tomorrow morning for nearly three weeks in Spain. When I asked Max where they were going first, he said, "Seatac." Bon voyage, amigos!"

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

At Trinity Episcopal Church

We took Maria's art down to Trinity today. It's being shown in a small room in the semi-quadrangle adjoining the church. When we got there, they had just locked the door of the office area, where evidently they give out vouchers for the thrift store. When the lady came to let us in, a man tried to push past her. Rather a nasty scene ensued. I thought the quaint period exit sign over the door would be a fitting illustration of the episode.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Here we are Kent to get some frames for an art show M is having at Trinity Episcopal just down the hill from the Cathedral. We stopped at the "Bistro." What is wrong with me that the hot dogs look so mouthwatering at 10:25 in the morning? You can get two of them with chips and a soda for 2.50. (Apologies to the vegetarians.)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

2,224 steps

We got free pedometers at the health-slash-environment fair this morning. It's exactly 2,224 steps from the Cathedral to the waterfront.

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An evening walk

At the Patricia Rovzar Gallery on 2nd... The artist specializes in ibises standing on hippopotami. This is a variation on the theme entitled "Twitter Twist." Get it? Get it?
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Saturday, May 2, 2009

A visit to Mount Carmel

We went to St Joseph's Carmelite Monastery in Shoreline to meet with Sister Sean (right) and Sister Michael Marie (left). We are going to help them get the invitations printed for the annual novena, coming up in July. After watching the 100-days press conference, they had some questions about certain references - what exactly is a BlackBerry? And what is Twitter? Carmelites are so delightful.

Friday, May 1, 2009


We are here at the Fifth Avenue Theatre waiting to see Sunday in the Park with George. We had bought tickets for next Tuesday but then Marilyn gave us these tickets so we are here and are giving the other tickets to Becky. I hope all that makes sense to you. It's very complex, I know.
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At Pacific Place

Here we are at Pacific Place, waiting for our prawns and chips and seafood bisque for dinner. After that we're going to the 5th Avenue Theater to see "Sunday in the Park with George." It's one of our favorite musicals.
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