Sunday, March 30, 2014

Quick trip to the 'Boro

We went to Hillsboro and back yesterday to see the parents-to-be! We had time for a game of Apples to Apples that M won. We Skyped, took pictures of our nephew, tried to guess his name and had a lovely time.

I hadn't realized that I had forgotten to post anything else that happened last week! Ah, well, I guess those days are lost in oblivion.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My faithful assistant

Tommy loves helping me with Holy Week preparations.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spaghetti alla puttanesca

We made it all by ourselves! And it has about 8 ingredients!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Zizi goes to Hollywood

We made a new Zizi film with the help of iMovie. Haven't set a release date yet for the feature-length movie.

At Zizi's

Reading a fascinating story about a baby who lost her binky.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The joys of the country

It's really great being at home on a spring morning with the plants and the wildlife.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

At Waiilatpu

This morning we toured the Whitman mission site, which is quite an idyllic spot. It includes a small section of the Oregon Trail -- many of the pioneers stopped at the Whitmans' for repairs to their equipment before continuing on to the Willamette Valley.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Whitman and friend

Walla Walla is really cute with an old-fashioned Main Street lined with overpriced restaurants and wine tasting bars.  Whitman College is here along with a statue of the ubiquitous Whitman. We are even staying at the Marcus Whitman Hotel.

Sam Hill and friends

The Maryhill Museum is very interesting, situated in a grand, bleak landscape overlooking the Columbia River and filled with odds and ends you would never expect to find, like a collection of icons, art deco royal furniture of Princess Marie of Romania, a large number of haut couture dolls dressed by French fashion mavens, and a large collection of chess pieces from around the world.  What the Sam Hill was Sam Hill thinking?

At Stonehenge

We went from the forest to the desert to Salisbury plain without ever leaving Washington State.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Skyping with Springfield

We had so much fun Facetiming with Stanford that we upgraded the iPad so we could Skype with Springfield. It's amazing, really. You know you're getting old when you are amazed by modern technology.

Before and after

We have an unfinished basement.  We have looked at a variety of options for brightening it up, each more expensive than the one before.  This weekend, we decided to paint the floor. We think it turned out kind of cute.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The perfect day

This afternoon was so perfect that we came home early and got our garden planted while the sun was still shining. This year we planted lots of peas, carrots, and cilantro, and are saving another little spot for tomatoes.

At an early St Patrick's Day party

Even the centerpieces are Irish.

Cherry blossoms

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Another day "off"

Today was an excellent day off. In the morning we had a tour of the Providence Archives in West Seattle. It was simply amazing.  There is a mannequin dressed in the holy habit and a painting of the first group of Sisters kneeling around Bishop Bourget.

This is the tabernacle Mother Joseph made out of a candle-box after a few weeks in Vancouver. The key still works!

In 1919 a Sister came from Montreal to draw detailed maps of all the community's properties, including the hospital at Jefferson and Dix-Huitième.

For her Golden Jubilee, someone made Mother Joseph a model boat with figurines of the five Sisters to recall their dangerous journey from Montreal, via Panama and San Francisco.

An amazing tabernacle veil made by Mother Joseph.

The Archives has relics of later times, too.

After that we went to a nursery to spend the gift card Mom gave us for Christmas.  We got a beautiful Lenten Rose and some English daisies. Thanks, Mom!

There really seems to be no limit to how many activities you can fit into one day.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mairead's birthday

Today would have been Mairead's  nineteenth birthday. We had lunch at the Corrigans and wrote wishes for Mairead on little pieces of paper which flew up into the air after being set on fire.  It was pretty neat, but you can't quite tell that from my picture. When we got home, we worked in the yard for the first time in months. We planted an azalea that was among the flowers at Mairead's funeral. Hopefully we picked the right spot.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A busy Saturday

It was a busy Saturday. Our forsythia bloomed! Which is kind of a miracle since I transplanted it last year.
M found one of the characters from Zizi's favorite show in Beanie Baby format.
We had another Rite of Election. This one was short and to the point.
In the afternoon we paid a visit to Redmond. Some of the best people in the world live there.
Zizi and friends enjoy watching Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.