Thursday, July 28, 2016

On board


We finally got on the plane! But now it turns out that they loaded the plane with the wrong luggage. Thus, another hour has gone by. T. S. Eliot seems quite apropos...

Bonus hours in Chicago

Due to a thunderstorm we got five extra hours to explore O'Hare.

At the Art Institute

We spent our last few minutes at the Art Institute. We learned about an amazing recent discovery. They discovered that a fragmentary Roman head of Antinous in the Art Institute's collection... 

...was the missing piece of a statue in the Palazzo Altemps in Rome. An artist had supplied a face sometime before the 18th century.

We loved seeing the Grant Woods.

To quote Sondheim, look at them looking.

At Notre Dame de Chicago

Yesterday I went to a one-day meeting at Notre Dame de Chicago, once a prominent French church run by the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, still an active parish.

We met in the church basement, which was lined with catechetical windows like this one.  I just realized they left out "Spiritus."  Hmm...


I accidentally took a cross-selfie getting this view from behind the altar.


Blessed Sacrament was the place to go on Holy Thursday. They would have up to 30,000 people come through on Holy Thursday to visit the altar of repose. This angel received their offerings.

The church had perpetual adoration until the Blessed Sacrament Fathers left. As each priest finished his hour he could buzz the room of the next priest using these convenient buttons in the sacristy.  


We were all interviewed about rites, Easter Vigil, and RCIA for catechetical videos. Gulp.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Quick trip to Chicago

We took an architectural river tour of Chicago, recommended by hundreds of law librarians. It was pretty amazing. 

Mid-century modern.

You can live in a couple of these amazing  riverfront apartment buildings for quite a bit less than a small apartment on First Hill. 

Back to our hotel via Millennium Park.

A new fountain in the park with giant images. Quite strange but popular.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

At the picnic

We had a great picnic this year. There were four piñatas. 

Me commenting on Paul's unusual choice of picnic attire.

And me "driving" the fire engine. My feet were at least a foot away from the gas pedal. Probably safest for everyone that way.

Last Camino walk

For our last Camino walk, we took a stroll to the new Third Place Books, which is very near us in Seward Park. We strolled past St Edward's and also saw at least three Little Free Libraries in various architectural styles.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Vashon Day

Ever since my friend and colleague Andrew moved to Vashon, I have been curious to see it. Yesterday was the day! We went to Mass at St John Vianney.

A large and really nice icon, installed just last year.

We went to Quartermaster Harbor and turned over rocks in search of crabs.

Found some! These are very tiny crabs in Miriam's tiny hand.

A natural history lesson from two young marine biologists.

Even I know what this creature is called:

Treasures from the muck.

The bell from the old dry dock at Dockton was later hung in the belfry of St Patrick's, Dockton. Now that the church is gone, it hangs in the harbor again.

I must admit Vashon is quite a cool place to live. But that commute....!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Still another Camino walk

Today was a day of two walks. In the evening we walked to Saint Mark's, through hordes of Pikachu-hunters.

The side chapel at Saint Mark's gives an idea of the Gothic glories the founders hoped for.

From the altar of the original Saint Mark's Church, which was downtown right where Macy's is now.

We joined in Evening Prayer, which was lovely. Then we toasted ourselves on the way home.

At the Arboretum

This morning I went on a Camino walk through the Arboretum. We saw a lightning-struck tree. The broken pieces of the tree are still scattered all around.

Just like Jane Eyre.

Rebecca not only led us through the winding paths of the Arboretum, she also advanced to Level 21 of Pokemon on the way.

Lovely hydrangeas.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Another Camino walk

This morning's Camino walk took us all the way to Pioneer Square and the site of Seattle's first Catholic parish. The streetcar was free today so we rode back up the hill in comfort instead of climbing Cherry. Another great idea from Joannamauselina.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

In Wallingford

We took a walk through Wallingford.

The Good Shepherd Home was for a Catholic ministry for unwed mothers long ago. Now it is owned by historic Seattle.

We had a picnic in the Park on vintage tin picnic plates from London:

Then we watched "Twelfth Night" in the park, which we have not done before. It was actually really good!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A day off

Spent with Zizi and Sage... And Cash too!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A nearby church

The closest church to our house is Our Lady of Zarvanycia, the Ukrainian Catholic Church. It is the congregation that met in the Chapel for more than fifty years before they finally got their own church, just a few blocks away from us. They have really done wonders with the place.

Friday, July 8, 2016

End of the evening

We are enjoying a proper cuppa and watching our favorite show.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

At Seward Park

We walked around Seward Park tonight. It was lovely and the clouds were dramatic.