Monday, April 30, 2012

A short person's view of the room

Tonight we went to the second Vatican II lecture. Father Eblen has the driest of dry wit.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The latest

It was hard to leave the house this morning after we discovered these in our backyard.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

End of the day

We are drinking champagne and admiring the view. I'm beginning to think being 41 is the best thing that ever happened to me.

Victoria #1

I don't know if any of my e-mails will go through until we are back in American waters, so I'm numbering them. We walked to Chinatown, where the cherry blossoms were blowing picturesquely down Fan Tan Alley and environs.

Victoria #9

We went to the Royal BC Museum on purpose to see the woolly mammoth. Not only is there a mammoth coming over that rise, but it looks like it's about to rain, too.

Victoria #7 (or is it 8)

We walked up Government Street to Emily Carr's house. Emily Carr, painter and writer, is one of the most famous people to have been born in Victoria. Unfortunately, her house doesn't open for visitors until May.

Victoria #7

I suspect the people who lived here were stuffed shirts, really.

Victoria #6

We went to Craigdarroch Castle, built by coal magnate Robert Muir, who died before it was finished. His widow lived there, but judging by the biographical anecdotes in the historic displays dispersed among the rooms, she spent more time tyrannizing over the family than using this quaint ladies' reading stand in the sitting room.

Victoria #5

For your delectation and delight.

Victoria #4

High tea at the Empress was as delicious and luxurious as ever.

Victoria #3

We went to St Andrew's Cathedral, where some heroes from pioneer days are buried, including Archbishop Seghers, who was murdered in the wilds of Alaska by an insane Jesuit novice.

Victoria #2

In Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Victoria, which has an exceptional number of tourist traps, giving it two claims to distinction.

From the Clipper IV

It was a dark and stormy day.

Aboard the Clipper

We are off on our birthday trip to Victoria. There's almost as much water above us as there is below us and we're plowing through it at the rate of 30 knots.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A lovely evening

We had a fantastic Vietnamese dinner in Renton with mom, and then stopped at Uwajimaya. I think they may have the largest collection of cat mugs in the world.

An exciting ride

Suzy came over for lunch today and gave us a ride in her Prius. It was pretty exciting with the animated dashboard.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wedding planners

Becky, Matt and Penny came over to have dinner and talk about wedding invitations. Tom and Hairy were in great dudgeon about Penny's second visit. There was hissing and lashing of tails.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Yard work

I can't believe I turned out to be one of those people who loves to putter around in a garden. I guess mom was right all along.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A solemn feast day

Today is Charlotte Brontë's 196th birthday. To mark this august occasion, we had a feast consisting of...

Scones with butter.
Steak-and-kidney pies from the "British Pantry."
And for dessert, Brontë poems.

In the garden, again

I don't expect you to believe me, but I did not use any filters or photoshopping on this picture of two of our tulips.

Friday, April 20, 2012

At the Cabrini dinner

Thanks to our friend Patty ("the Keeper"), we went to the Cabrini fundraising dinner. They had a dessert dash where each table got to bid for their dessert. Some tables bid more than $700 for dessert. I guess our group wasn't as hungry as other groups. Or something. Somehow we still ended up with more cake than we could possibly eat.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Under the Dome

We went to our monthly prayer gathering at Leontine House. It's always lovely to catch up with the SNJMs and hear about what their talented HNA students are doing.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

At the Paramount

We are leaving Tom and Hairy all alone tonight to spend the evening with Mungojerrie, Rumpelteazer, Skimbleshanks, and Mr Macavity.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Shoe shopping

I recommend to anyone who thinks her feet are too big to visit the men's shoe department.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

In the garden

Mom got us some solar-powered lanterns that collect the sun all day and then glow all night. We hung them in our apple tree.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Another visit from Penny

Penny loved our backyard. She alternated romping and running with quiet contemplation of the dandelions.

At Seattle U

We paid a quick visit to St Ignatius Chapel.

Tom's busy morning

If I were a little bird, I don't think I'd want a great big animal to look at me like that, even from the other side of the window.

Friday, April 13, 2012

A visit from Pennywiggles

B stopped by to introduce us to Penny, well known to users of Facebook. She's extremely cute and she already knows how to sit.

A long walk

I stayed home this morning and worked in the garden and then I walked (yes, walked) to the Cathedral. It is an interesting walk interspersed with striking views. It took me an hour and nine minutes and was super easy till I got to Boren.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A little bit of Paris

Suzy brought me the best souvenir from Paris anyone could bring me - a copy of the Holy Week programs from Notre Dame. They have a special issue of Magnificat printed which includes all the materials for the entire week. Fascinante. Merci, Suzy - j'adore les liturgies de Notre Dame. Saintes et joyeuses Pâques à tout le monde.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A morning at home

Last year Jim and George brought us a tiny tree. Today, they came and helped us plant it. I don't know what possesses people to be so nice. As we discovered over tea, they are always doing things like that - checking on neighbors, shopping for old ladies, and the like.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The ugliest eggs

The egg project did not work very well - they were out of egg dye kits so I got food coloring instead. I think they may be the ugliest eggs of Easter '12.

Happy Easter

We had a very happy Easter, and I hope you did too. Here is Archbishop Sartain (one of the nicest people on earth) thanking the choir and EM's before Noon Mass.

Angry Birds

I am playing a quick game before heading back to the Cathedral. It's really not that fun. Does that mean I have become detached from trivial matters during the 40 days of Lent? Or that I should have given up something harder? An Easter dilemma being pondered by millions at this moment, I'm sure.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Vigil cookies

Scout and friends made these cookies for the men who come to the Winter Shelter tonight, along with about 40 pounds of fabulous beef. It's going to be a great party.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Earlier, at the airport...

Earlier today we picked up Sister Dianne Bergant, who is this year's Tre Ore speaker. Last year we picked up Father Paul Murray about this time. Picking up interesting people at the airport is definitely one of the perks of the job.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Almost full moon

According to my calculations, this is the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Translation: Easter is coming.

Ultimate Easter eggs

I downloaded an app all about decorating Easter eggs. Somehow, I don't see anything quite this fancy happening in the next few days.

Telltale tulips

The tulips are opening in the sunshine. It's so nice to come home for lunch.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Holy Week weather

Maria took this photo from the car as we were coming back from doing some errands. There was a little of everything: lowering dark clouds, rain, blue sky, an almost-full moon, and a rainbow. Very appropriate for Holy Week.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Miracle of the sun

I know you think the miracle of the sun happened at Fatima in 1917.  Well, we had another one yesterday just in time for our Palm Sunday procession.  It was a phenomenon totally unanticipated by us or by any of the meteorologists whose reports I consulted.