Thursday, August 30, 2012

A sleepy kitty

Tom is taking a little cat nap.

On the trail

A new piece of public art has been installed along the Chief Sealth Trail. It's called "Cloud Riders" but we could only count one rider. You can't quite tell from the photo but the whole thing is bright pink except for the wings, which are gold.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


The house next door to Coastal Kitchen has been completely covered in knitting. They call it knit-bombing.

Farewell breakfast

We met John and Dana at Coastal Kitchen on Capitol Hill for one last breakfast with Father and Sandra. I can't wait to taste my "Pan de Pain Perdu."

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Another wedding picture

Aren't they cute?

A million snapshots

At the antique store they have an enormous chest crammed with photos of every description. Believe it or not, shortly after I took this picture, M found a picture with Father Ryan in it! When he gets back, we must ask him what the occasion was.

On the town

We are on the waterfront doing some of Father and Sandra's favorite things. We had lunch at El Puerco Lloron, then went antique shopping.

Monday, August 27, 2012

A day with friends

We had a lovely lunch with Joanna in Columbia City, and in the evening Max and Kathy came for dinner. I didn't get a good picture of them, but I did take a picture of the beautiful dip Kathy made. No sooner did we sit down than the portapotty man came to pick up the portapotty. It's awkward having a portapotty picked up in the middle of a dinner party.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Comfort literature

I decided to re-read Wilkie Collins - the literary equivalent of macaroni and cheese, i.e. comfort food. This copy is kind of yellow because I bought it 21 years ago in Amherst. I had to replace my previous copy which I had dropped in the bathtub. Off to Limmeridge House.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Music for the wedding

My uncle Terry played at the wedding. He also played at our mom and dad's wedding many years ago. I am not a rock and roller, but I have to say he is amazingly good.

Second cousins

Here's my aunt, my gorgeous second cousin, and her fiancé.

Goodbye, lovebirds

Have a great honeymoon. Be nice to each other.

The ceremony

Matt's uncle is a judge and did a lovely job on the ceremony.

They are married

Here we are with the happy couple.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Apples to Apples

We are teaching father and Sandra to play Apples to Apples. Weird to be playing games in the middle of the afternoon two days in a row.

House guests

We put our house guests to work arranging centerpieces and wedding favors.

M and H

She loves her Hairy.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

At the staff picnic

We played Apples to Apples. Father Ryan won. The adjectives you win are (so they say) descriptive of you. There may be something to that theory....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

At home

When we moved into our house we asked an English poet-penpal to suggest a name for it such as is standard practice in England. He suggested "The Inner Latch" which is from a poem he wrote about visiting a convent. We didn't like it at first but it's kind of grown on us. M made a cute little sign to hang outside.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The cuties

I mean, kitties.

Visions of romance

We went to the wedding supply place to get supplies for The Wedding. You can take your pick of bride-and-groom cake toppers. Hard to believe people would choose any one of these to symbolize their married lives....

Monday, August 20, 2012

Wedding preparations

After an hour of weeding and trimming it is delightful to come inside for homemade ice cream and homemade Mad Libs.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Exploring the universe

If you've ever wanted to see what Saturn looks like from its moon Hyperion, there's an app for that. I think if Keats had seen these images of Hyperion, he wouldn't have written Hyperion, in which Hyperion is a very handsome young demigod.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A visit from the kitties

Sometimes I think the kitties come to my room just to look out the window.

Friday, August 17, 2012

At Choir Camp

The fingers of one of the teenage organists fly impressively over the keys.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A sad evening

Tonight we had the funeral for a boy who lived and breathed baseball. Josh told his friends he wanted his funeral at the Cathedral and that he wanted it to be "crackin." I think it was!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Everyone say CPE

Tonight we said thanks and farewell to the two seminarians who have been serving with us all summer - one from Portland, the other from Tucson. They've been part of a chaplaincy training program at Swedish (CPE for short - not exactly sure what that stands for). We missed Max and Kathy but the rest of the 5:30 crew had a nice time.

At Morning Praise

Father Brant is the only presider so far who brought a visual aid. The little sign folds over to say "Mary hearts YOU."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

You know it's Choir Camp when... work late into the night on crazy art projects.

Monday, August 13, 2012

With the Brothers

Jerry and I paid a quick visit to the Christian Brothers to view the amazing flowering Rose of Sharon, pictured here. The conversation was brief but wide ranging, touching on flowers, trees, roses, bumblebees, as well as phlegm and farting chickens. I apologize for the uncouthness of that phrase. I never imagined it would appear in my blog. But that was, quite literally, what we talked about.

Choir Camp begins

Jump-roping is a surprisingly noisy sport.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


I found a beautiful dahlia that we planted two years ago. And the hydrangea looks very nice, too.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Still at the baby shower

I hope Lulu is this happy when the baby comes to take her place at the center of attention.

At a baby shower

The ever-creative Dana came up with the idea of decorating onesies for the new baby. I was pretty happy with what I came up with. Dana also let slip that the baby's name actually starts with Z. Hmmm.....

Friday, August 10, 2012

An evening out

Tonight we had dinner at a little blue house with lots of books and two cats... but not at home. How can that be, you ask? The solution to the riddle is that we had dinner with two cool Cathedral parishioners. Here's one of their cute kitties. The real one is a lot softer than the pillow.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Marley and us

Mom is dogsitting the cutest little dog, named Marley. She doesn't want anyone to take her rope... Or does she?

We took Marley to look at Mount Rainier, which was spectacular. Not that you would guess that from my zoomed in photo, which I had to enhance like a photo in a crime lab (on a TV show) to find the mountain in it.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Olympic addicts

We are upstairs in Room 10 watching the Olympics on cable. I first traveled into the future by checking the results at the BBC. If I hadn't, this would have been a stressful game to watch.

In an English garden

We stopped by Elizabeth's beautiful garden because she is giving us some poppies. We saw lots of beautiful things... Violets and more violets... "Real" geraniums... And evening primrose.

Spying on the neighbors

I hope the guys who are putting the new roof on the house next door don't mind being watched.

Monday, August 6, 2012

A little nest

There has been a chicken hanging around our yard for the last couple of weeks. Tonight we found out why. There is a tiny chicken in a nest tucked away in the corner of the yard. I wonder what they will do when the chick grows up? I don't really want to adopt a pair of chickens.

In the garden

This morning in the garden. Here's hoping there is something still in bloom at the end of the month for Matt and Becky's wedding....

For the history buff

One of the many great things about working at the Cathedral is that treasures turn up on a regular basis, the Neri di Bicci being the best-known example. Today Jim found these cool candles at the back of a drawer. On the box: "Candles used for Bishop Gill ordination." Cool, huh?