Sunday, June 30, 2013

On the Great Wheel again

Our Carmelite friend Father Paul showed up after Mass tonight. He is probably the most spontaneous person we know, which is how we ended up on the Great Wheel, followed by fish and chips.

Belated blogging

I forgot to post yesterday's blog worthy adventures! We got to visit Zizi and see her play in her swimming pool. Here she is about to eat a pirate. After our visit we tried out our Camino Seattle walk for today. It took us right past Joanna's. so not only did we get to stop in and have cake and ice cream, but we had company the rest of the way! It was lovely. We did the same walk after Mass today. It was very hot but pretty breezy and shady much of the way. We focused on Catholic historic sites, but we also saw the hydrant man and the old portal for Temple de Hirsch.

Saturday, June 29, 2013


One of the main reasons we went to the game last night was to see the first-ever Safeco Field fireworks. They were pretty great.

Friday, June 28, 2013

At Safeco Field

We are masquerading as young adults tonight.

In the music office

The Cathedral was just given a new pipe organ. It's a replica of a 15th century organ, contemporary with the Renaissance painting. Pretty cool. I guess you could say we are downsizing.

At the Ministries Dinner

I think you could say we were at the cool table this year.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Camino walk #4

I walked to the Cathedral this morning. Here's the much-photographed view from Jose Rizal bridge.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

At St Ignatius

Today I am helping set up for a Mass at St Ignatius Chapel. It's lovely and quiet.

Hairy at his post

Hairy always lies in the middle of the hallway so he can be vigilant and yet lazy at the same time.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Camino walk #2

We went to Jefferson Park. It didn't start raining till we were back in the driveway.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Camino walk #1

Camino Seattle begins today! Our first walk was a tour of First Hill. It was less than two miles, but we did see some beautiful wildflowers next to Swedish.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

In the garden

Our garden is going crazy, especially the strawberries. Every day we've been finding strawberry bits scattered all over the back porch. They are being devoured by the squirrels, who are not nearly as dainty as they look. So we finally harvested them today. We are freezing them to make jam later with Dana and Zizi.

Maggie the Magnificent

Today we had a lunch to celebrate Maggie the Magnificent's retirement from bulletin stuffing. We figure she's stuffed about 4,000,000 bulletins in her time. We presented her with a custom bulletin in her honor.

With Blessed Joseph


it's the rare Vatican decree that requires the use of scissors and tape.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A busy day

Today we had our annual Great Hotel Adventure. We had lunch at Fare Start and then fanned out across the metropolis to bring our new tourism brochures to the hotels. We saw cool art at the Pan Pacific... waited a really long time at La Quinta... and had the best Ovaltine lattes in the world at Top Pot Doughnuts. Plus, Elizabeth got to clear some major jams out of the copier.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

At Saint Mark's

Elizabeth started her summer internship today. We took some vestments for repair and stopped at Saint Mark's because E had never been inside. The altar was missing because of some construction so it wasn't at its best. I thought the pile of rubble and the extension cord at the foot of the ambo looked like a modern art installation.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

An evening ride

We took an evening ride around the neighborhood on our bikes. The sunset was lovely.


The best part of our shopping expedition to Tulalip--Zizi's swimming suit!

Monday, June 17, 2013

At Kubota Garden

We have the day off so we went shopping at IKEA and then stopped at Kubota Garden. We saw dragonflies, turtles, and koi.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A visit from B and Z

Auntie Becky is in town this weekend so Zizi came for a visit. We had bubble-portrait-session #2, without much success. Zizi was much more interested in being held up high or upside-down by her dad.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

In Joanna's neighborhood

We had dinner at Joanna's. We love her neighborhood. The oldest Catholic church in Seattle, the world's longest hopscotch grid, and the world's only Warren G Harding Tomb of the Unknown Soldier spoon... Hard to compete with that.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

An evening meeting

Who invented the evening meeting? And why are there so many of them? Almost always on sunny evenings, I've noticed. At least we have Mother Marie Rose to keep us company.

Monday, June 10, 2013

At the corner of Marion and Terry

Goodbye, English elm planted in Bishop O'Dea's time.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Reading to Zizi

We took our favorite anthology of poems with us to read to Zizi on our babysitting gig the other day.  She seemed quite taken with the epitaph section.  Or maybe it was just my 17th-century accent.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Maryknoll memories

In the afternoon, we went to the corner of 16th and Jefferson for the dedication of an historical panel marking the site of Queen of Martyrs Church. It was the parish church of many Japanese and Filipino Catholics until Pearl Harbor.


This morning Father Mark K. was ordained to the priesthood.

Thursday, June 6, 2013


Zizi is a great reader. She takes no pleasure in anything else.

In Redmond

Finally, something blogworthy happened this week!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Before and after

This morning when we walked past the Frye, they were lowering a giant piece of concrete into their pool. This evening when we went by, we discovered that it was a piece of art. You never know.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Corpus Christi

"Bring him all the praise you know, / He is more than you bestow."