Thursday, May 31, 2012

O. D. E. A.

Last night we had the O'Dea Baccalaureate.  It differed from the Holy Names Baccalaureate in several respects.  There was less singing, but a lot more noise.  There were far more sports references and we learned that one of the chants for O'Dea teams is "O - D - E - A."  At the Holy Names Baccalaureate, if I remember correctly, Rudyard Kipling's "If" was not quoted, not even once.  They were alike, however, in having some really terrific graduates.  Congratulations, Frankie!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Crafty Cakewagon

Our sister-in-law Dana is the craftiest person I know.  She sews, she cooks, she gardens, and she even knows how to make Ewok hats.  This week, her Crafty Cakewagon blog has a tour of our house.  Thanks, sis!

Baccalaureate practice

Today the O'Dea salutatorian and valedictorian are practicing their speeches and being critiqued by the principal. Which just goes to show that O'Dea is O'Dea to the very last moment.

Monday, May 28, 2012

At Jefferson Park

After spending part of the day at work finalizing the EM schedule, presider schedule, and sacristy schedule (it is my least favorite thing to do), we came home and went for a walk in the park. After all those calendars, it was like a walk in the park.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Kitty update

This morning Tom was at the end of my bed curled in a ball, using her foot for a pillow and her paw for an eyeshade.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

DIY after

Here it is after being painted with this special enamel paint I ordered which smelled unbelievably bad.

DIY before

Like untold millions of other people, we attempted a do-it-yourself project today. This is the sink in our basement in which the former resident rinsed her paintbrushes for years.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Hill Street, redux

Ella thinks the arugula is amazing.

On Hill Street

Ella gave us a tour of her dad's vegetable garden.

The view

Helen always said West Seattle had the best views. She had a point, I think.

Hymnal mysteries

Instead of buying brand-new hymnals at about $20 apiece, we put inserts with the revised responses in our old hymnals. The mystery is not how we ended up with hymnals from Carlsbad, but how the hymnals from Carlsbad got to the cathedral in Connecticut that sent us their old ones.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tea and Baccalaureate

The lovely Christina came for a spot of tea before the Baccalaureate. She graduated from Holy Names in a blaze of glory, to put it mildly.

Congratulations, Christina!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Another poppy pic


The poppies are opening. They go through many interesting phases. First the green hairy phase; then the hat and crinkled paper phase; and then the really spectacular phase.

Monday, May 21, 2012

In Fangorn Forest

Look what I found in a dark, dank corner of the yard. In the words of Plath:

Overnight, very
Whitely, discreetly,
Very quietly
Our toes, our noses
Acquire the air.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A discovery

Charlie was thrilled to discover the rocking chair in M's room.

A visit from HRH

Charlotte, that is! And she was in the mood for stories. It was a dream come true for her godmothers.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A close-up

We're going to be eating a lot of tomatoes this summer, I suspect.

Raised beds

Our birthday present from John and Dana was a pair of raised beds filled with veggies. John put them together then Dana and I filled them. We have tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, beans, corn, kale.. And a few other things I can't remember. It was fun.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Coming and going

The great thing about a garden is that every time you start to be sad about the flowers fading away you're distracted by something new opening up.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A quick trip to Ikea

There was one piece left in the bottom of the box.

The big finale

The new color on the Space Needle doesn't look orange from up here. Weird.

In the garden

The tree on the hill in the garden - Dr Seuss would be proud.

A different kind of glass ceiling

Hopefully no one will break it.

10,000 Chihulys

Celeste gave us tickets to the new Chihuly gallery at the foot of the Space Needle. It was amazing and unbelievable. To put it mildly.

Back to the future

We are on a mini-vacation to the Seattle Center in honor of the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair. It only took 50 years for the future to become retro.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The sequel

I guess Hairy doesn't spend the whole day sleeping in the dining room.

A day off

We had today off, so we finally found out what the kitties do all day long. Tom sleeps on the chair by the window all day. Hairy sleeps in the dining room all day, alternating between the left hand chairs and the right hand chairs. I'm surprised the phrase "a cat's life" hasn't caught on. It's the opposite of "a dog's life."

Monday, May 14, 2012

Cheers, Jerry

Tonight our friend (and faithful blog-reader) Jerry became a hermit during the 5:30 Mass. Congratulations, Jerry!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunset on Beacon Hill

We decided to make butternut squash (!) with pasta for dinner so we went for an evening walk on the Chief Sealth Trail while it was baking.

Caption contest

Maria got this picture at last night's Confirmations. Why didn't I comb my hair before Mass? Oh, well. Lesson learned.

Our sainted mother

We had a lovely Mother's Day. Here we are expressing our true feelings for mom. We gave her a Wonder Woman mug because when we were little, Wonder Woman was our favorite show, so mom would usually respond to unreasonable requests by saying, "do you think I'm Wonder Woman?"

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Almost famous

I am mentioned on the Beacon Hill Blog today!

In Kent

Last night we drove all the way to Kent-Meridian High School to see a performance of Tartuffe featuring one of our youth readers as Elmire. It was very entertaining and cleverly done. Where do these kids get all this talent? And how could anyone think the world was getting worse when all these young people are so much better at everything than we were at their age?

Friday, May 11, 2012


The wisteria is opening. It seems like the fading time of flowers is in inverse proportion to how beautiful they are. I'm not confident about my use of that mathematical term, but you could hopefully tell what I meant.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pink balloons

Last Tuesday, the children at Immaculate Conception, Mt Vernon, let off a rosary of balloons. Today, a pink balloon appeared in our garden. Coincidence?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

At Third Place Books

Quick, come up with a fantasy story that involves a stegosaurus, a palomino pony, a warrior, and a butterfly fairy.

Monday, May 7, 2012

At the Pike Place Market

We had a nice Easter (season) dinner with Stephen at Cafe Campagne. We sampled the Earl Grey ice cream. It didn't taste like Earl Grey, but it was delicious.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Under the lilac

I think Louisa May Alcott's lilac at Orchard House was not any prettier than this.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


I am sitting on the back porch reading Mrs Oliphant (well, blogging about reading Mrs Oliphant) and drinking tea out of my ERII Jubilee mug.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tom's schedule

Tom doesn't have to follow a schedule or get up at any particular time. And yet, she seems to enjoy life.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

At work

Today I heard a quote from the Victorian humorist Jerome K. Jerome: "I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours."

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Oh, Penny

Penny the puppy paid us a visit and piddled in puddles. Oh, Penny.