Thursday, June 30, 2011

And for dessert...

Tonight I made bread pudding from a mix I found at the store. It turned out to be as delicious as it is photogenic.

Through the Misty Mountains

Did you know that the famous photographer Edward Curtis had a brother named Asahel Curtis who was also a photographer? Asahel went to the Yukon to take photos and look for gold. When he came back he discovered that his brother had published some of his photos under his own name. They had a falling out, and after that Edward concentrated on portraits of the Native Americans and Asahel took pictures of the majesties of nature. So, it worked out all right in the end.

Kittitas County

I just learned from Wikipedia that Kittitas County exports timothy-hay all over the Pacific Rim. (In case you were wondering, M took over the driving back in Vantage. I would never blog and drive at the same time.)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sunset over Coeur d'Alene

We decided to split our drive back by staying overnight in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Little did we know that CDA was such a popular place that we barely got in to the Hampton Inn!

...and best of all

Our last stop was at Helena's famous confectionery, The Parrot ("it talks for itself"). They not only have world-famous chocolates, they have world-famous chili and hot dogs and genuine malts and milkshakes. Our lunch there did not disappoint.

Don't the bear paws look delicious?

On the mini-train

Michael has lived in Helena for ten years but had never ridden the tour train. It was actually pretty fun. Our tour guide, Buffalo Brian, took us past the state house, the Cathedral, and various mansions. We got to see miners' cabins and the entrance to an old abandoned mine. The most exciting part was when it started pouring rain. Appropriately for a mining town the raindrops were the size of silver dollars.

Shotgun Taylor

He drove the Wells Fargo wagon from Helena, dressed entirely in fur, at least in winter. He was the fastest stagecoach driver in the west, and got the run from Helena down to 66 hours. I wish I could remember where he was headed, but unfortunately I only remember the part about Helena.

Best lattes east of Seattle

They are at the Merc, as the locals call it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A pretty nice view

The view from Michael's apartment is not bad at all.

The bishop's mansion

Until the great earthquake of 1935, when it went from housing one bishop to housing 38 sisters.

A tour of mansion row

We went on a postprandial stroll through Helena's mansion district. This one is for sale for $995,000 if you are interested.

The sleeping giant

See if you can spot the Sleeping Giant, one of the mountains around Helena.

Ghost town

We visited the ghost town of Rimini, Montana. It's down an 8-mile dirt road. The only thing wrong with it is that lots of people have moved in to the abandoned buildings so the ghosts got scared away.

St Helena's

I have to admit the vantage point of the Cathedral is fairly magnificent, as it stands proudly on the hill, overlooking Last Chance Gulch and the surrounding hills. But, "the queen of all the cathedrals of the great northwest"? I don't think so!

Still at the Cathedral

They have a beautiful icon by Brother Claude Lane of Mount Angel behind the ambo. I'm a big Brother Claude Lane fan.

The old days

Michael showed us the ermine cloak worn by bishops of Helena of old. The princes of the church dressed like princes in those days.

In the Cathedral

How come we don't have a leopard window at St James?

Last Chance Gulch

Two disappointed miners were on their way home. They were passing through an uninhabited gulch when they noticed a river nearby. It was their last chance so they got out their pans and wearily looked for gold. They struck pay dirt. Soon about 4,000 desperate men descended on the peaceful valley. There wasn't much gold, after all, but they ended up making a decent living selling supplies to hopeful prospectors. They all agreed to name the main street Last Chance Gulch. They wanted to call the town Pumpkinville or Squashtown, but they couldn't agree so they named it Helena instead. And this is actually a true story.

Monday, June 27, 2011

In Helena

Michael took us to dinner at a local hotspot. We had to hurry because they stop serving at 9:00pm.

Big Sky with squashed bugs

Lunch at Bea House

We stopped in Spokane for lunch with Father Williams. Here he's showing us his busy schedule.

Farewell, Vantage

Turns out rattlesnakes aren't the only dangerous creatures you have to watch out for in Vantage.


Ancient stone carvings. Cool.

Vantage on Vantage

First stop on our road trip: Vantage on the Columbia. It's named, as I understand, for Captain John Vantage, who was struck by the great natural beauty of the spot. His friends insisted on naming it in his honor.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Corpus Christi

This year, M is decorating the cross with flowers from our garden. And the weather is perfect. Two firsts for Corpus Christi 2011!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Gerald and Heidi, TLA

Today we went to Gerald's wedding. (!) It was a very happy event. This is the part when the choir began to sing "Chimwemwe" and Gerald's mom jumped to her feet clapping and dancing.

In Madison Park

We are having coffee at the Tully's in Madison Park. The watercolors on display are full of quaint details like the shutters in Paris blowing in the wind.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A summer evening

Joanna came for dinner. The pasta we made, thanks to Celeste's advice, turned out not half bad. After dinner we went for an evening passeggiata on the trail, then came back for the delicious dessert (made by Joanna). Then Joanna beat us at Quiddler. All in all, a lovely evening.

Words with Friends

Suzy got us started playing "Words with Friends." It's really bad for my self-esteem.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

One year

Today marks one year since we moved into our house. Mom came over to celebrate with us.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Two old friends

Hurley of Anchorage, as he's described in the news from the USCCB meeting, stopped by the office on his way to the airport. He and Marilyn have known each other for decades and decades.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A lot of yardwork

We walked down to Columbia City. The giant shovel at the Light Rail station must be for people who have let the yard work go for a very long time.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A morning at home

We spent the morning sleeping in, drinking tea, riding bikes, doing laundry, pulling weeds, and reading. Really, considering we stayed home, it's amazing how much work we got done.

Monday, June 13, 2011

A different kind of wedding

The bride cantored and the groom read the second reading. Also, there were 45 concelebrating priests. Other than that, it was much like any wedding.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

At a shower of books

Today we went to a shower for Ella. She was very good, and she even smiled! (when Anna was holding her). Everyone brought her a favorite book from their youth.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Busy day, part 2

Immediately after the Ordinations it was time to get ready for the Seattle University Baccalaureate. They have a new mace this year, and he had to hold it in his lap through the whole Mass. The mace (according to Wikipedia) is a ceremonial bludgeon which represents the university's authority over students (?) and its freedom from outside authority (???).

A busy morning

This morning we had the ordinations of five priests in the Cathedral. It lasted three hours and five minutes, according to someone who was counting. Here's the Archbishop greeting the seminarians after the Mass.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The first peony

Mom came over for dinner and to look at photos of the wedding. Then we took her on a garden tour. There's something new every day; today, peonies, our favorite flowers. It's nice to have some of our very own.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Even more flowers

More flowers

I hope you don't expect anything more interesting than flower photos this summer.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Pentecost decor, part II

The decorations have begun their lift-off.

At the Market

One of the shops had a display of twinware.

Bride of the future

My picture of the cutest flower girl ever didn't go through yesterday.

At El Puerco Lloron

We went to Father's favorite restaurant. It was delicious, as usual.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Me and grandma

Beers and champagne were served. At the same time.

Scene V

That was fast!

Scene IV - the vows

Scene III

The presider