Sunday, September 30, 2012

In the Kitchen

Portrait of a Kitty in a Light Green Jacket. Digital photograph, c. 2012. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Rowling's latest

I am determined to keep going with The Casual Vacancy.  But so far, it's like a novel about Vernon and Petunia Dursley, Dudley, and his nasty friends... without the humor. I can't recommend it to you. I mean, who would want to read about such a bunch of muggles?

A glimpse

Tonight the new shrine honoring Blessed John XXIII was unveiled. It will be blessed tomorrow. Here's a little preview....

Filed away

I love checking things off and putting them away. Sometimes I'm afraid I love checking them off and putting them away more than actually doing them.

This is a glimpse of my filing system. Everything is stuffed into the bottom drawer of my desk from September to June. Then Christina comes and organizes everything for me and puts whatever needs to be kept in a binder. This drawer was totally cleaned out a few weeks ago. Sniff, sniff.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Today's mail

Look what arrived today. I would prefer a Harry Potter prequel, sequel, or spinoff, but I'm going to read it anyway.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dinner, dessert, and Schafskopf

Last night Joanna made us a magnificent dinner. Polenta, mushrooms, tomatoes; cucumbers with dill; the last watermelon of summer; and porter cake with homemade ice cream and tea for dessert. It was all so delicious it should be in a book, or somehow memorialized on a blog somewhere.

For those who don't know, schafskopf is a German card game for three players. There are hands, tricks, and trumps. Also, the Queens and Jacks outrank the Kings. For those in the know, Joanna only got one Schneider, which means we were doing pretty well.

Home for lunch

The real reason we come home for lunch? Hint: it's not for the cooking.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A field guide to western nuns

Our friend Michael sent us this cool old book which has photos of the habit of every religious congregation in the US as of 1955, along with the qualifications for entrance ("reputable character, cheerful disposition") and a description of the attire ("black serge habit, cape, and guimpe, white veil over a white cap").

At Diocesan House

Today I got a tour of Diocesan House, where the Episcopal Diocesan offices are. It's an amazing 1905 mansion that's supposedly modeled on an Irish manor house. It belonged to the Learys. Mrs Leary's bedroom is now the headquarters for the Altar Guild, whom we went to see. They work on beautiful vestments while looking out a magnificent bay window onto the city and Lake Union. The fireplace is surrounded with tiles representing beautiful maidens in various poses.

In the Mary shrine

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In the garden

As the song says, "Mary the root, Christ the mystic vine; / Mary the grape, Christ the sacred wine."

Monday, September 24, 2012

Alumnae Quarterly

M is reading about a Smith grad who is teaching therapeutic yoga to AIDS patients in Uganda; a Smith grad who had a yoga party for her 41st birthday; and a Smith grad who lives in New Zealand and writes a yoga cooking blog for a living. I guess yoga is really big with the class of 90-something crowd.

Off Broadway

We strolled over to Capitol Hill. Outside the Elliott Bay Book Co. we came across evidence of the craziest money-making scheme ever.

Sunday, September 23, 2012


We are upstairs in the TV room with the kitties for some quality family time. Hairy decided to sleep on my shoes.

Sunday brunch

An elegant repast at one of First Hill's finest restaurants.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Like Christmas

An economics firm donated a mountain of office supplies to the Cathedral which M is sorting into piles. Joseph said it was just like Christmas.

It seems that economists use an excessive number of hole punches, staplers, and calculators. Also, to judge by the amount of correction tape, they do make mistakes from time to time.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Chocolate college

The Keeper brought back the seal of the College of Holy Cross rendered in fine chocolate. I don't think Mount Holyoke's seal is available in this format.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall trip

We planned our vacation--we are excited to visit great friends and see great places (hint above). It's only one month away.

Pay close attention to the man behind the curtain

The statue of Blessed John XXIII was installed this morning, though he is hiding until September 29.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Morning on the farm

The corn is not as high as an elephant's eye, but it's higher than my eye.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Still at the tournament

Who invented golf? And why?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sacristy menagerie

The collection of little lambs, dogs, and giraffes left behind by young parishioners seems to be keeping a safe distance from the latest acquisition.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Golf mountain

This is one small slope of the mountain of golf tournament stuff M prepared for Monday.

Tomato harvest

We picked a ton of tomatoes. The lettuce finished more than a month ago so we had salad with nothing but tomatoes. It was good!

Golf preparations

I might have to bid on this puzzle with four kittens playing in d'Artagnan's hat... Or maybe not.

Friday, September 14, 2012

A campfire night

It's everything that is great about camping - the fire, the stars, the blankets, the marshmallows - and none of the annoyances, like having to sleep outside.

In the vestibule

M caught a sunbeam when we passed through the vestibule today.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

An app for that

I can't believe we have a friend who created an app. It's called "Abstract Clock" and has a whole array of clock faces that actually tell time. (Fortunately, you can turn on a guide to learn how each of them works.) Only an architect would come up with this, I think. Pretty cool.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What I missed

Today was Christina's last day at the Cathedral. On Saturday, she leaves for Stanford, an august institution that will become even auguster when Christina gets there. We will miss you, C, and can't wait to hear your college adventures! (And we can't wait to use our new kitty tea towel.)

Home sick, part two

Today Hairy is keeping me company.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Home sick

I think Tom likes it when I stay home and lie on the couch all day.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

New neighbors

The house next door is for sale. We went to the open house this afternoon to see the renovations - turns out the real estate agent is an HNA graduate whose cousin works at the Chancery. You can be our neighbor for just $389K. (!!?!!)

What we did this afternoon

I have a feeling it didn't work. But if it did you can have some.

Friday, September 7, 2012

In Lake Forest Park

Maria and I went with the Magnificent Maggie up to Gerald and Heidi's new house in Lake Forest Park. We got to meet Panda, the kitty, and we discovered that Gerald is quite the cook.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


And plums. Both delicious.

Bulletin board at Starbucks

Wouldn't it be nice if the Duomo of Florence really were this close to the Space Needle?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

At Joannamauselina's

We had an exquisite end-of-summer supper in Joanna's garden. This is the tablecloth that caused her so much trouble, but well worth it, I think.

Field trip

We went to Inglewood to choose the menu for the golf tournament dinner a week from Monday. Gulp. It's so lovely there. Not lovely enough to tempt me to take up the game, however.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Gamers' to do list

Last night we visited our brother and sister-in-law to watch a movie (The Queen). The movie room doubles as his gaming lair and I couldn't help but notice the list of things to do: move forest, start storm, etc. All in a day's work.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Julia's first Mass

Julia was at Mass today. Ella was being very nice to her little sister, bringing her combs, bottles, and whatever else she could find in the diaper bag which (along with everything else) she must share from now on.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Living stations

I heard singing and looked out the window. A group of about 40 Vietnamese youth were praying a living Stations of the Cross. You never know what's going to happen next around here.

A lovely morning

When I came downstairs this morning, this is what was on the table.... Tea, scones, and raspberry jam. Mmmmmm.