Saturday, July 30, 2011

And another and another and another

A flower picture to add to the already too-large collection of flower pictures.

Butterfly bush

This morning there was a butterfly with a 4-inch wingspan sipping from the flowers.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Another app

The gimmick of the day is the comic book app which allows you to turn your life into a comic book.


British Pathe has a very cool site with a vast archive of newsreel clips, dating back to the silent era. This one shows the enthronement of Geoffrey Fisher as Archbishop of Canterbury in 1945. He is solemnly seated in no fewer than four chairs. There's the main chair, the choir chair, St. Augustine's chair, and the chair in the Chapter House.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

An evening walk

It was so nice out we walked to Jefferson Park. Even at 9:00pm the driving range was full of men intently hitting golf balls into the shadows.

Yet once more, O ye laurels

Here I am again with a floral update: this time, the lilies.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rectory happenings

There are painters working in the Rectory this week. This is what Father Ryan's office looks like turned inside out.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A different view of the Feast of St James

In case you were wondering, this is the view from within James the 'Greatest.'

At the Bingo table

Bingo got classy all of the sudden this year.

At the Parish Picnic

Something about this scene seems vaguely familiar. I think I've been here before. Can't put my finger on it exactly, but I'm sure it will come to me.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


There were a couple of cans of paint and some noxious fumes to get through, but in the end, I think the table is quite improved. Maybe we're DIY people after all.


We're not really do-it-yourself types. We're more live-with-it-as-is or hire-an-expert types. But we were inspired to DIY the table the former owners left at our house. A bit rusty and it had obviously been used for a spray-painting project.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cricket on the hearth

Ella and her mom and dad came for a visit. She was very, very good and only cried when she was really hungry. Ella's dad brought mead to drink with dinner. Turns out mead is quite delicious. No wonder Beowulf drank so much of it.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

At Maryknoll House

Today we got a tour of Maryknoll House on Capitol Hill. Father Marti brought this statue back from the Philippines. He said it's made from old milk cartons. !!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dinner with Joanna and Shirley

Before you ask, let me tell you that Joanna made the entree, of course. We provided the salad, dessert, and "The Poor Little Rich Girl," which Joanna, a big Temple fan, had not seen before!

At Skyline

Yesterday we had a lovely dinner at Skyline with Jack and Rose. (Happy birthday, Rose!) After the last bite of dessert had disappeared, we were introduced to some Skyline residents with an amazing collection of Northwest art. This painting represents the sleeping giant in Helena, looking much more interesting here than in the photo I posted a while back.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Elizabeth and her English Garden

Elizabeth gave us a tour of her awesome garden. There's no grass - just beautiful flowers and a pond full of koi.

Friday, July 15, 2011

A tenacious fern

I did actually wash some windows in addition to taking these pictures.

Look out below

Today we went on the roof to wash the outside of the oculus. I think it's the first time I've ever used the phrase, "it's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it," in a non-ironic sense.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Another visitor

Our garden has been visited by a small gnome (human foot included for scale). He says his name is Dobby, but his accent is a bit thick. He might have said Roddy, or even Potty. Hard to be sure.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

At the 5th Avenue

We really enjoyed the latest Disney film-turned-musical. It's way better than most of the other ones. Admittedly, the other ones were pretty bad, but this was actually pretty good.

Social networking

We spent the morning at a seminar about the new social networking media. They did not serve coffee, and as it turns out listening to descriptions of Facebook is almost as dull as being on Facebook. On the plus side, we got free tickets to the Museum of Flight.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bassets abounding

Today we had lunch with Peggy and John and met the new basset hounds, Callie (pictured above) and Cyrus. With Dash, bassets officially outnumber people in Peggy and John's house.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

At the movies

I'd hate to see what the large soda looks like.

Direct from Rome

The Archbishop wore his pallium for the first time today. The priests of the Archdiocese gave him the special pins (there is probably a more liturgical word for them) with the St James scallop shell.

Breaking garden news


Friday, July 8, 2011


There was a carpet of sunshine on the floor when we got home this evening. Not being a morning person, I really like how it's light until 10:00 pm these days.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sunset with Gracy

Gracy is going home tomorrow. We will miss her but at least I have this photo to use on the movie poster about a girl and her loaner dog.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Gracy again

Gracy did not bark at the fireworks, but she did start barking at everyone who walks by on the trail. But we're still going to miss her dreadfully when she goes home on Thursday.

Happy Fourth of July

A 7/4 tradition for us is to watch the fireworks at Marilyn's. This year, we found the radio station that plays the music that goes along with the fireworks. It really adds to the fun because you realize that the happy faces are not purely random.

A visit with Soph

We had lunch at Stacey's house yesterday and got to play with Sophia. She is making great progress! She loves her pink lamb, especially when he squeaks.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

In the backyard with Gracy

It's so good to know that Gracy is keeping an eye on things.

Friday, July 1, 2011

House guest

Gracy came for a visit. Doesn't she look like Pokey?