Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's much nicer outside

Break time

As one of the priests behind us said, "you have to have a sense of humor about it. Either that or go home and cry." Or, as another one said, "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph."

Back for more

On the way here we got the first speeding ticket we've ever got in our lives. And we were only going 30. Harrumph. $189. But the Archbishop sat with us at breakfast. Which was interesting.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Still at St F's

I have to say the tabernacle and backdrop are pretty cool.

Feverish preparations

Mixing a lot of salty snacks for later this afternoon. This must be what they mean by "remote preparation."

In Burien

St Francis of Assisi parish is truly the place where time stood still. We bumped into Archbishop Connolly on our way out. The year was 1969.

My Roman Missal vacation

We are at the diocesan Roman Missal workshop today and tomorrow. Te rogamus audi nos.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Best of all...

...Getting to hold Petey! (His brother's name is Paulie.)

Love God, Love People

Fred's parents were missionaries in China, and he grew up there. He is fluent in both German and Chinese. This piece was embroidered for his parents and means "love God, love people." If you look carefully, you can see that the character for "love" has a heart shape in the center of it. Very interesting.

View from the top

After dinner Fred took us up to the roof where we were duly impressed by the view.

Another lovely evening at Skyline

We had a great time at Skyline with Fred and Marie and friends.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A quick trip to the Palisades

This afternoon we were invited to the Palisades to join the Women of St James Schola for lunch. It's a lovely spot. We walked - jogged, really - the new labyrinth before we went inside to eat.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A game of Battleship

Our game of Battleship was a draw because we ran out of white pegs.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Great Pumpkin

The biggest pumpkin weighed 995 pounds. A giant pumpkin can gain up to 30 pounds a day. The average fair-goer, on the other hand, only gains about 10 pounds a day.

Above the Fair

We are getting so old that the only ride we like is the one where you sit in a glass bubble that carries you slowly over the whole Fair. Helen says this is the 8th largest fair in the world.

More exotic mammals

Getting close to a camel.

Exotic livestock

This particular breed of sheep wears too much makeup.

In the poultry barn

In the words of Tennyson, "nature, red in tooth and claw."

At the Fair Museum

The Fair has been going since 1928, or so we learned in the Fair Museum booth.

At the Puyallup Fair

I don't know about you, but I think life is too short to sample a Krispy Kreme chicken sandwich.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A walk in the country

Hard to believe this is across the street from the new light rail. The corn is as high as a small elephant's eye.

New toy

Guess who's phone broke so she had to get the new I-phone? Hint: it wasn't me. But she is letting me play with it.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A lovely morning

The Golf Tournament must be over! Hooray!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010


We are having a barbecue in the rain. Here's Johnny and his Mii.

At the AT and T store

M's phone is not staying charged so here we are. I have to say that light blue and orange look pretty good together.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The wait is over

Every morning since January, 2009, I have carefully read the "Other Pontifical Acts" section of the daily Vatican e-bulletin. I guess from now on I'll just skim it. Whew.

Monday, September 13, 2010

What's wrong with this picture?

I don't quite know how I managed it. They are really quite different in a number of ways.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

At J and D's

Dana invited us for a tea party so Johnny is going out for coffee until it's over.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A visit from a neighbor

Our neighbor the goat was on a long tether so he came over for a visit. I found out he loves plums but doesn't care for apples.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Websites made easy

She is doing a pitch for Blogger.

Donations to the Golf Auction

A little old lady called to donate a precious vintage Christmas ornament to this year's auction. It came carefully wrapped in paper towels.

Monday, September 6, 2010

On Labor Day

The best thing about a rainy Labor Day is lighting a fire in the fireplace.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Case of the Drifting Dinghy

A boat was drifting across the lake so the MacDuffs went to the rescue.

A glimmer of sunshine

Seeing the sights with Lucy

We're on a tour of scenic Lake Sawyer.

Friday, September 3, 2010

And for dessert...

...Plums flambee.

An evening of huswifery

Mom and Becky came over and we made brandied plums according to the recipe from mom's Larousse Gastronomie.

At Maryknoll House

I went to a meeting at the Seattle Maryknoll House, which is a grand house on Capitol Hill. After the meeting we had lunch in the living room. Small red flags mark the various locations of Maryknollers around the world.