Sunday, November 30, 2014

First Sunday of Advent

We had a lovely breakfast at Joanna's after Mass. Peggy brought us a fantastic tea towel from the new Titanic museum in Belfast. (For those who have not seen the movie recently, that's where "she" was built.) Not pictured: tonight after Mass, I was loudly saying "now, if I made my own tomato sandwich" when M shushed me because the Parlors were full of young adults beginning their evening of Advent reflection. Oops.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Advent 2014

It's time once again for my illustrated Advent adventure, this time aided by the iPad. Happy Advent, readers!

Friday, November 28, 2014

More family time

Today we had the family over for Thanksgiving leftovers. Zizi tried to color with all 96 crayons at the same time.

Zizi also tried to fit into Cash's baby seat. There seemed to be some two-year-old psychology going on.

Cash enjoyed looking at pictures from when his mommy was his age.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

More from Thanksgiving

It was great to see three of the amazing McDonell sisters together at Mass this morning.

They are really good with the poses.

Dinner was at Dana's this year. The shy little Z just hid her face in Auntie M's lap when she saw how many people were there for Thanksgiving.

On est servi.

Helping M play Wii skydiving after dinner.

Enjoying a really dull story about the first Thanksgiving which aunties bought at Plimoth Plantation many years ago in hopes of having a niece to read it to someday.
A sleepy girl looking for more olives in the cutest little red plaid dress you ever saw.

Not pictured: a cup of tea and a few rounds of 31 with the Smiths, the perfect ending to Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving before and after

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

At the Zoo

J and D's friend Patrick is working at the Zoo so he took them and me to look at the Zoo lights. M couldn't come as she had to attend a paper evaluation session for her Hebrew Scriptures class.

Here is the little family in the designated photo-memory area.

Illuminated baboons. I heard a woman behind me saying, "I love the internal architecture. Very artistic."

Zizi and her Aunt Reen.

First ride on the merry-go-round for Zizi and her dad.

M was not that excited about not being at the Zoo.

Day off

I am having a cup of tea and reading "Mansfield Park." It is quite stressful. Why did Maria marry Mr Rushworth when she knew what a booby he was?  Why can't the Crawfords go away and leave them in peace? And above all why is Fanny prosing on about botany when her whole future is at stake???

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stephen's last day

Today was Stephen's last day after ten (10?!) years in the sacristy. Stephen is amazing. He has never been late, never been sick, and never forgotten to save the best seats for M, mom, and me. He deserves a few lazy Sundays after all that.

After his last Mass, the EM's put on an amazing lunch for him with lumpia, pancit, chicken adobo, egg rolls and too many other things to count. None of us will be hungry again for a very long time.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cathedral love story

In which David, the ruggedly handsome rugby playing computer programming cross-stitching cantor proposes to Amy, the sweet and lovely member of the Women of St James Schola, and she says yes. Now David is taking the rock to get its "forever" setting. Ah, young love.

Friday, November 21, 2014

At the British Pantry

We had lunch in Redmond, England with four of the most brilliant people we know (in both the English and the American uses of the word). Until next time, dear Smiths!


Mother Cabrini is once again presiding over the south aisle.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Getting ready for Gerard Manley Hopkins

I could do my planned presentation... Or I could just show photos of Zizi.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mother Cabrini

Mother Cabrini, who as you know was a great builder of hospitals, is herself in the hospital at the moment. She should be vertical again by the end of the week.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Zizi's new do

The pigtails were the talk of the evening.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Degrees of separation

The friend of my friend is my friend.

In Centralia

We were invited to Centralia and Chehalis this morning to talk about "Journey of Faith." St Mary's is a cute little church and the 8:30 Mass was full!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Twins x 3

Today we were honored with a visit from the Ryan twins. They loved Tommy and Hairy, of course, two of the finest kitties in the world. Tommy and Hairy are honorary members of the twin society even though they are fraternal and probably just septuplets or quintuplets.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The perfect day

Blue skies, sunshine, and a high of 40-something. The perfect day.

Monday, November 10, 2014


M is in Redmond babysitting the Z. I am helping via FaceTime. Be gentle with Lulu and the kitties, Z!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

At a wedding

Something's different about this couple. Totally and completely different.

Felting at Peggy's

Some people's needle-felted creations were more Catholic than others.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bonfire Night

I am remembering, remembering the Fifth of November by looking at William Harrison Ainsworth's Guy Fawkes. He portrays Guy as a tragic hero, a mere pawn in the hands of the real villains of the piece--the Jesuits. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Disadvantages of Standard Time

I really like getting up an hour later, but now it's dark at 4:30pm.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

At the Requiem

The servers did an amazing job... No surprises there.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

At the Learning Commons

Did you know they changed the name of the Seattle U library to "Learning Commons"? And did you know the Learning Commons don't open until 10:00am on Saturday?  O tempora! O mores!