Monday, August 31, 2015

At the Convention Center

I don't recall seeing anything about this incident on the news. Looks pretty serious.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Happiness is....

Being an aunt.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday dinner

We are trying a Blue Apron subscription. Tonight we made shrimp and grits!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

At a picnic

The staff picnic was at Nancy's house in Woodinville this year. There were ribs, coleslaw, tater tots, baked beans...

...beautiful flower gardens....


...and room for a croquet tournament. Brenda won.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

At the Immaculate again

The Peace Museum at the Immaculate was so amazing that I had to go back with M.

Msgr. Ryan's seminary textbooks are there more than one hundred years later...

A beautiful sanctuary lamp in the dusty garret...

"Madison 3559, and make it quick, operator."

Dusty old Jesuits:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

In a hot tub

Tonight we are in Everett with our friend Jeffrey, whose idea of a fun evening is to make us dinner while we sit in the hot tub drinking margaritas.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mansion tour

Our friend Rebecca, the Real Writer, recently rented a writing garret at the Stimson Green Mansion not far from St. James. Today we got a tour of the place.

The place is a mish-mash of architectural styles.  Or, as the architect described it, "eclectic."  The exterior is Tudorish. The drawing room is French Empire. The smoking room is Moroccan. The dining room is medieval.  Etc.

Here's a Moroccan lamp in the smoking room:

Cool old knick-knacks in the grand hall:

Princess Angeline!

The whole place is quite unaltered.  Here's the bell panel in the kitchen in case Mr. Green or Mrs. Green should ring.

A corner of Mrs. Green's bedroom.

Chris had no trouble entering into the spirit of the place.

The basement was just a bit spooky.

We decided to make it a bit spookier with some subtle rearranging.

Here's Rebecca in her garret.  The perfect spot for a writer.

Thanks for the awesome tour, C and R!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back in the tent

Tonight it's more vintage Nancy in the summer house, i.e. tent.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Zizi's hiding place

The box says, "Baby visible at all times."

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A happy wedding

Today was the day when the ruggedly handsome tenor married the lovely soprano.

They looked amazing....

The choristers were all so happy for them...

Congratulations, David and Amy!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Choir Camp art project

This year's Choir Camp art installation is complete! The kids made birds to which they assigned name, habitat, diet, etc. Very cute. The installation includes a field guide to Choir Camp birds and a St Francis.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

At Trinity Parish

Tonight we were at Trinity Parish just down the hill. In honor of their 150th, they were hosting a play about the first interracial marriage on the west coast, which took place at Trinity in 1909 when Helen Emery, daughter of the Archdeacon of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, married Gunjiro Aoki, one of the last of the Samurai. It is an amazing and sad story and it was so well told.

Mystery map

I found this mystery map in the Archives today. I thought maybe it was a long-lost South Sea island or a mythical country, but it turns out it is a town in Belgium. Still, pretty mysterious.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Only at the Archives

Where else would you find the 1968 interior decorator's plan for the office of a seminary president....

Or a hand-tinted Bishop Junger...

Or a spiritual bouquet for Bishop O'Dea--can't believe the children of St Alphonsus only offered 25,000 aspirations and prayers...

Or an easy-to-assemble orphanage complete with nuns and orphans?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

In the tent again

Reading Nancy Drew by flashlight in the backyard. It is the perfect setting for that classic installment, "The Secret of Shadow Ranch."

More baby Sage

So far, sleeping and eating are his two favorite things to do.

Friday, August 7, 2015

The ultimate Melville birthday party

Tonight we celebrated the almost-200th birthday of Herman Melville with Chris and Rebecca. They really get into character, and I do mean really.

There were temporary tattoos for everyone along with a plank to walk and a deck to swab for those so inclined.

A meal suited for the long nights at sea. There was even hardtack.

The pièce de résistance. Possibly the most extraordinary dessert ever created.

Literary crafts with pages from "Moby Dick" and grog to end the evening.