Tuesday, July 31, 2012

On the Canal

If you look very closely you can see the moon and the moonlight. In real life it looked a lot more like a Nocturne by Whistler.

In Ocean Shores

We are on a mini-vacation in Ocean Shores. Our friend Patty (The Keeper) has a beautiful little summer house on the Grand Canal. (That's what the Ocean Shoreans actually call it.) Lovely, eh?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Home again

We finally got home again. I wonder if Tom just sat like this the whole day, waiting for me.

The piñata

The piñata self-destructed after only about three kids took a whack at it. Stu got to empty out the remaining candy which made him very popular indeed with the 4-8 crowd.

At the parish picnic

Scott had the important task of keeping the balloons from blowing into the food.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Yesterday and today M moved into her new office.  I would describe her decorating style as ecclesiastical eclectic.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Cena Italiana

We had a lovely dinner al fresco with lovely friends from Italy. The last time we saw Elizabeth she was not quite two years old and could fit between the pasta and the olive oil on the kitchen counter while dinner was in progress (that only happens in Italy). Now she is four and very adorable with her Ramona haircut. Her brothers are getting taller by the minute.

Free stuff

Last night on our walk we passed by a house with these two items hanging from a tree in the front yard - a bicycle wheel and a crate of free stuff.  The current offerings:  a couple of books on Photoshop and graphic design.

I sent this post yesterday and it didn't go through, so I sent it again this morning and it didn't go through.  So I finally sat at my desk and posted it the hard way.  If it shows up again, twice, you will know why.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New toys

Tom and Hairy are enjoying their new toys from England. Thanks, Breton (and family)!

A visit from Edward

We had a visit from HRH Edward, the corgi. I was very lucky to get this photo because Edward does not like to have his picture taken. He is normally very calm and friendly, but if he sees an iPhone he barks and wants to eat it.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Seward Park

I never thought I would say this, but going for a walk is more fun than reading about walking. Clarification: going for a walk is more fun than talking about a book about walking.

Book group

We resurrected our Cathedral book group tonight to talk about this great book about the Camino. I suspect the sunbeams may keep people away.

Christina's world

....at the rate she's going, only for a few hours. It's great to have her back! (They are sound system surveys. Gulp.)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Another walk

We walked home tonight via Beacon Avenue. There are some interesting spots along the way - houses that look haunted, houses with large images of Oscar Wilde in the front yard (???), and a cool old printing shop.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Flowers and veg

In the backyard.

Last stop on the pilgrimage

After St Joseph's we stopped at the house of a parishioner who is a real live writer. The stained glass and statue of St Vincent de Paul are in her study which is in a very coolly renovated garage.

Therese and Kateri

Two of my all-time favorites are right next to each other at St Joseph's parish. Doesn't Therese look real?

A stop on the Camino

A window I couldn't help noticing at St Joseph's on Capitol Hill.

Camino-ing again

After Mass we joined in another Camino walk that took us from St James to Seattle University to Immaculate Conception to Holy Names to St Joseph's and back to St James. We prayed a decade of the rosary at each stop.

Beacon Mountain

We went to the viewpoint on the new Beacon Mountain. There were tons of kids having the time of their lives zip lining and sliding down slides. We just looked at the view.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Morning walk

We were too lazy this morning to go all the way to Carkeek Park for the Camino walk, so we took a short walk around the neighborhood. We discovered that there is an enclave of really expensive houses a few blocks from us, including a 1927 Tudor mansion. This is one of the smaller cool houses in the area, but notice the amazing treehouse.

At Joanna's

We had a delicious summer dinner at Joanna's, with ice cream, pizza, fruit salad, and carrot soup. We also had a wide array of drink options, but ended up having one that wasn't on the list: a "shandy," which is a mixture of Guinness and ginger beer or lemonade. The combination doesn't sound that great, but it was surprisingly good - it makes the beer actually drinkable.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A visit from the Keeper, continued

...we all strolled out to see yet another amazing sunset.

An evening with the Keeper

We had a delightful evening with the Keeper, who got to meet her pen pals Tom and Hairy in person. We had ice cream and tea and...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

In the evening

We joined a Camino walk to Myrtle Edwards Park and the Olympic Sculpture Park. We'd never seen the former. It's pretty awesome.

This morning

I forgot to post this picture of a bird who claimed the porch the moment we left this morning. I just wish I could have captured on film the looks Tom and Hairy were giving him through the window. Terrifying, really.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Caminoing again

Tonight we had a great presentation on walking the Camino. One of the presenters was Dr Sandy Brown, who also went to Evergreen High School and had English with Mrs Ladich. !!!

Repost if you love your mom

I thought you might appreciate having a few more gems of Facebook wisdom to share with everyone you know.

Monday, July 16, 2012


Apparently our beautiful sunsets are owing to fires on the steppes of Russia???

I forgot my phone at home today. It was a dreadful feeling. It is good to be reunited.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Repost if you agree

Most of the time Facebook is nothing but a perpetual reposting of corny sayings accompanied by hackneyed images. I decided to create some of my own which I'm sure will soon be all the Facebook rage.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A dinner in Newcastle

With apologies to vegetarians, a photo of Chi carving a roast large enough to feed an army.

At Redcote

Today, we had a tour of Redcote, home of Patrick and Pauline.  Patrick's brother, a Kentish potter, made a beautiful medallion which hangs on the chimney. It reads, "REDCOTE."

In the back there were chickens named Jo, Beth, and Amy.  Roosters are not allowed within city limits, but you can have up to eight hens.  So civilized.

We peeked in at Meg, who was laying an egg. Collectively, the hens are known as "the little women."  They are buff orpingtons.

The chicken coop is surrounded by a lovely cottage garden with a tiny cottage in it.

Down some steps lined with daisies there is the amazing vegetable garden.  It goes on and on. You would never guess you were in Queen Anne just above Aurora.

I was tempted to take a bean but I didn't because the garden was so big and delicious-looking that it made you think of Peter Rabbit, and it doesn't end well for him, if you will recall. Patrick says he and Pauline manage to eat almost all their produce, but any extra eggs and vegetables are brought to the Cathedral Kitchen where Patrick has volunteered for years.

Farewell, Redcote! I just wish we had been able to see the inside. I suspect it was as amazing as the outside.

Friday, July 13, 2012

At a retirement bash

Tonight we went to Carolyn's retirement party. We never really thought those words would go together - "Carolyn" and "retirement." There were lots of speeches and lots of clapping, all of it well earned. As M observed, we were seven years old when Carolyn started working in the liturgy office.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sunset with cricketers

The title of this photo is "Sunset at Jefferson Park. With cricketers." You can't see the cricketers in the foreground, but they are there.

At Daejeon Park

We walked home tonight via Daejeon Park. M took this photo of the authentic Korean pagoda.

Tom in trouble

Tom was acting like her namesake, climbing into nooks and crannies in the basement where she was not supposed to be. Fortunately we were able to get her out before John Joiner had to be called.