Tuesday, June 30, 2009

At Seward Park

We're enjoying a lovely evening walk at Seward Park. People are fishing and jogging.

Monday, June 29, 2009

My latest fad

Our latest hobby is "Animal Crossing," a game for the Nintendo DSi. You have a little house which you buy furniture for. You plant flowers and pay off your mortgage. You can design your own clothes and name the constellations. You can also gossip with the villagers. It's all strangely interesting, kind of like real life. In the photo you can see that it's exactly the same time in the game as it is outside the game. Only, there's a beautiful sunset there.

Another dog blog

It must have been a sight such as this that gave Virgil, et al, the idea of a three-headed dog as a terrifying guardian at the entrance to Hades.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Dog Therapy

Leia and Dash had us over to their house for dinner. Leia was frisky but Dash seemed a bit put out by something. He warmed up by the end of the evening, though. Neither of them talks very much but they are excellent company just the same.

A double short latte and...

We came to Seattle's Best not realizing it was the day of the Pride Parade. Here's the "Safe Sex is Sexy" contingent going by...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Historic Edmonds

Becky's apartment is built on the site of the first school in Edmonds, which met in Brackett's barn.

Mom in Edmonds

In Edmonds

We are having dinner with Becky and Justin in Edmonds. This is their new place - Becky is cooking in her new kitchen. Edmonds is cute and you can see two inches of Puget Sound from the upstairs window.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

French dip

Hand delivered from the Rhododendron along with the pizza of the day? This has to be the nicest thing anyone has ever done for us. Thanks, K!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Still life in an artist's studio

This is Elizabeth's studio. Thought this made a poetic still life...

View from a writer's studio

This is the view from Michael's studio, where he writes his novels. He has an adjoining room where he can read and ponder.

Friday, June 19, 2009

A lovely evening

We're having dinner with Max and Kathy. Kathy is not just a cook; she"s really a chef. As we told Kathy, her dinners range from great to fabulous. Tonight we had empanada, Spanish salad, and almond raspberry tart. Delicious.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

At the end of a long day

Here we are at a party for Ruben, who finished his M.Div. at Seattle U. Luke is excited about being in the class of 2024.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

With Father Todd and Olga

Todd is the nicest guy. And Olga is the nicest dog. Except for Pokey.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Senior Tea

Apple swans and chocolate-dipped strawberries? It must be time for the senior tea.

Blessing of Ozanam House

There were TV cameras there to get the Archbishop's opinions about the new residence across the street from the Cathedral.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ordination Rehearsal

That's Todd in the foreground, with a cadre of seminarians learning the Gospel procession.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

At Maggie's new place

Maggie has a new apartment. It's got great views of downtown from the deck.

Friday, June 5, 2009


This was an amazing tinikling dance with a whole storyline about a prince (with shield and sword) who is in search of his lost princess. Quite colorful and interesting.

Father Beltran

We went to the Filipino Community Center on MLK to hear Father Beltran of Smokey Mountain. We were late, but were welcomed at the door, rushed to the front of the line for food, and then taken to seats at the front table with the guests of honor. ??? It was a good example of what Alma called the "excessive hospitality" of the Philippines.

The evening turned out to be most enjoyable. The talk was preceded by Filipino music and dancing. There was also an incredible youth choir from St Tomas University in the Philippines. We were blown away!

At the Ministries Dinner

The author at the Ministries Dinner with a vegetarian friend.  This year's dinner was all about meatballs, many of them as large as 3 inches in diameter.  They were more like meateors than meatballs, really.  Hehe.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Getting ready for tonight

Tonight is the Ministries Dinner. We've been working on setting the tables for about 40 minutes so far. It's supposed to hit 90 degrees tonight... outside.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Another perfect day

We were wakened by the sun glinting on the lake at 7:30am. By 9:30am we had made it to the Falls and back. Now we're headed home. We are currently in Aberdeen waiting for cheeseburgers.

On the way to Cascade Falls

The storms this winter were really bad for the rain forest. They lost dozens of trees.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sunset on the Lake

We had a nice dinner in the restaurant. I ordered the seafood pasta. M ordered pasta primavera. Then we came out here to watch the sunset. There's really not much else to do around here.

View from the Dining Room

It was FDR, not TR. Oops. He was here in 1937.

In the rain forest

We went for a walk in the rain forest. You just go straight down to the lake and turn left. It was cloudy this morning, but by the time we finished our walk it was sunny and hot. Now we are sitting on the patio waiting till dinnertime, somewhat sunburned. I finished my book and now I'll have to pick out something new. M is rereading The Lord of the Rings. They are battling orcs in Khazad-dum.

Roughing It

Here's the view from our room. Teddy Roosevelt knew how to go camping, don't you think?

At Ocean Shores

We are on a mini-vacation to Lake Quinault. We thought we'd have better luck with our kites at the ocean, though, so here we are. The exciting part is getting the kite in the air. After that, however, the ocean winds do all the work for you.

Ocean Shores