Saturday, March 31, 2012


In spite of (because of?) all the rain, our tulips are beginning to make an appearance!

Friday, March 30, 2012

A sampler

This needle-point of states and their flowers (Hawaii and Alaska not included) was made by our great-grandmother many years ago.

Field trip

Brenda and I went Holy Week shopping at the wholesale florist supply place and at PNTA, a theatrical lighting place that also happens to sell tape, cord, and zip ties.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

At a Filipino restaurant

Something leapt out at me from the menu under the surprising heading "House Favorites." Perhaps it (they?) will leap out at you as well.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Working from home

Tom got bored with me working on ordos at home.

A red wheelbarrow

Thanks to William Carlos Williams, I can't look at a red wheelbarrow without thinking it must mean something. Sometimes I even take pictures of wheelbarrows.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Morning with the kitties

Tom and Hairy jumped up in my windows this morning to pose for their pictures.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Adventure on Marsh Island

We went to Montlake to see the Century 21 exhibit at MOHAI. But MOHAI is in the process of moving so the exhibit was closed. So we went on a nature walk instead. Turns out that marshy island you can see from 520 is named Marsh Island.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A visit from Ella (and family)

Little Miss Ella came for dinner. She ate a sliver of pear (I think), a half teaspoon of butternut squash ravioli, and 3/4 teaspoon of ice cream.

Tom and her antics

The kitties like to have their tummies petted, especially when we are getting ready to go to work.

Friday, March 23, 2012


Tonight we had a lovely dinner with Peggy, John, Joanna, Cyrus, Callie, and Dash. Fortunately the latter three sat on the floor or it would have been pretty crowded around the table.

In the courtyard

I see blossoms and I think: they'll probably be gone by Easter. I see blue skies and I think: will it be this nice for the Palm Sunday procession? I am somewhat preoccupied with Holy Week at the moment.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Less than two weeks...

The palms were delivered today. Gulp. I feel so far behind.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Adventures with Melville

My New Year's resolve to read Melville is proving harder than I thought. Here's the sentence I am currently on:

"Now, as the business of standing mast-heads, ashore or afloat, is a very ancient and interesting one, let us in some measure expatiate here. I take it, that the earliest standers of mast-heads were the old Egyptians; because, in all my researches, I find none prior to them."

Monday, March 19, 2012

A little reader

We are mentioned on the famous Milton's Manor blog today!  Our goddaughter Charlie loves to read, so it is likely that she inherited that trait from us.  Unless, of course, she inherited it from her mom and dad - another distinct possibility.  Read more here.

Before you know it, dear Charlie will be reading books like this:

In a place like this:

Ah, to be in England, now that April's (almost) there.... 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

At a birthday party

Marilyn turns 92 tomorrow. When Rachael became Catholic, she was lucky enough to have Marilyn for a sponsor.


It seems like about 1/3 of the flowers are open, 1/3 haven't opened yet, and 1/3 are already on the ground turning brown.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

In Auburn

Maria won the prize - a rare oil on canvas original from the Holy Family auction. All the other Cathedral people were really jealous.

In the garden

The daffodils don't seem to be fazed by the violent mood swings of the weather.

St Patrick's Day haiku

Why are there snowflakes
Almost the size of shamrocks
Falling from the sky?

Shades of Magritte

This is not a potato.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Portrait of Hairy Potter

Hairy is a handsome kitty, wouldn't you agree?

At a lecture on Vatican II

Father Janowiak showed us this cool copy of "Look" magazine with Blessed John XXIII on the cover.

Group photo

I think it's easier to get the kids to sing Mozart or Bach than to smile and look at the camera at the same time without blinking.

At the Polish deli

I don't know if they have the Easter bunny, but I think they have more than their share of Easter traditions in Poland, including wooden eggs and sugar lambs.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

At the Theatre

We are at the Rep tonight for "Red," which is about Mark Rothko. Apparently he paints on stage. Maybe we'll get spattered with paint.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


After today, I've decided that "in like a lion, out like a lamb" is a gross oversimplification of March weather.

At the car place

Even if you are just getting an oil change, you can look at Marlin, Nemo, and Dora, who live in the Toyota showroom.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Server self-portrait

This week's offering:  a server sitting in a blue chair using Paint to draw a picture of a server sitting in a blue chair.  I think the 5:30pm Sunday servers are quite an artistic bunch.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


We won the elephants! They are perfect on our mantelpiece.

A little church

Another one of Robert's artworks. Notice who is giving the homily.

A visit from L'Arche

Tonight we're having an art show in the Hall featuring the work of a member of L'Arche who creates arks, churches, houses, ceramics, and much more. They are amazing. A much overused word, but not in this case.

Friday, March 9, 2012


In the immortal words of someone I know, the crocuses are croaking but the daffodils are dilatory.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Family photo

Father is taking off tomorrow, so B and J came for dinner. After about 20 takes, we got a pretty good picture.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

In the garden

To judge by the bees, the flowers, and the sunshine, this afternoon felt more like June 6 than March 6. At least, it would have if it hadn't been for the two jackets and scarf I was wearing at the time.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Worlds colliding

Today something happened that I never would have come up with in a hundred years: Jim invited us to dinner with our dad. It turned out that the two of them had some friends in common from Eugene in the 60s and Seattle in the 70s. So the collision of worlds turned out quite nice. Thanks, Jim!

Sunday, March 4, 2012


The other day I had the best portabella mushroom burger in the world at the 5 Spot. Tonight we recreated it, complete with caramelized onions and blue cheese. It turned out great. I must say I was impressed with our patience and skill since this recipe required more than half an hour to prepare and involved more than three ingredients.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

An exciting evening

Tonight was movie night at John's house. We watched/made fun of "Jurassic Park."

Tom's mug shot

This is Tom's mug shot. Her crime: sleeping all day. Her punishment: having her picture taken.

Friday, March 2, 2012


The forsythia we planted last year is doing something this year!

At the SAM

We played the tourists this afternoon and went to the Gauguin show at the museum. We also saw this strange pillar with a cat sleeping on top of it. Like a kitty on a monument, sleeping with art.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Superior Mexican food

We are out to lunch with our dad at El Puerco Lloron, his favorite restaurant of all time. Being Puerto Rican, he orders carne asada with a convincing accent.