Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Afternoon walk

I went for a walk on the Chief Sealth Trail and came back via the forest walk at the Cheasty Greenspace.

Saturday, January 28, 2017


Thanks, Peggy, for organizing our letter-writing campaign. I am even sending some advice to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Friday, January 27, 2017

At a(nother) Gala dinner

Tonight we went to the Fulcrum Gala. We were all taking pictures because they would flash your photos on the big screens if you used their hashtag. Fulcrum, as you probably know, is all about Catholic education. I always feel conspicuously publicly educated at the Gala.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A practically perfect day

Today started off right with a full Scottish breakfast with K and D.  Not pictured: oatmeal with Glayva.  Yes, the Scots put a dash of whiskey on their oatmeal, at least on holidays.

Then, an outing with Z!  She can still fit in the tiny dinosaur at Nike Park.

Z was brave and joined aunties on an expedition in the wilderness portion of Nike Park.  We did not encounter any sleeping tigers but we had a plan in case we did.

Lunch followed at Dairy Queen.

And then, Zizi's favorite rides at Crossroads.
Zizi was super excited to find a question mark on the Crossroads map.  She was determined to find the question mark in the Mall and was a bit disappointed when all we found was the information desk.

Z drew a girl with long hair and wrote Zizi!

It was a great day.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Wilkie's birthday

Wilkie Collins was born on January 8, so we had a slightly belated birthday party for him yesterday with Chris and Rebecca.

The cuisine was purely Victorian, all such as might have appeared in Mrs Wragge's famous cookery-book in No Name. The poetic potato salad was delicious!

Only at Chris and Rebecca's is one served tea in a bluestocking mug.

The parlor game was on theme:

Saturday, January 21, 2017

At the March

This afternoon we joined more than 100,000 at the Seattle Women's March.

With a few of our fellow revolutionaries:

Peggy made the hats and was chief organizer of our part in this historic event.

The signs were very fun.  Some of my favorites:  "Grab me by the intellect," "32% Approval Rating--Sad," and "You're Fired."  And of course, the one with a quote from Dylan Thomas:  "Do not go gentle into that good night, rage, rage, against the dying of the light."

A year ago no one could have dreamed up a sign like this:

Dear Joanna and Rachael:

A pair of rabble-rousers:

Friday, January 20, 2017

On I-Day

So far, the most constructive action we have taken is to come to the bookstore to see if there are any new titles by Jane Austen. There are not.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Funeral for grandma

Today we had the funeral for grandma. Mom did a beautiful job with her eulogy!

Grandma's "Rosie the Riveter" ID badge and glamour photo at the reception:

Grandma teaching tiny twins in Sunday School (at the same church where we had the funeral)...

Three generations....

That's grandma and one of her brothers in a pony cart on their Minnesota farm:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dinner and movie

We had dinner in Pioneer Square and are now watching "Silence" in a comfy recliner theater. (?!)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

At the Museum

After the last keynote I went to the New Mexico History Museum, which has a collection of retablos, and an enormous battle scene on deerhide. It is like the Bayeux Tapestry of the Southwest. They also have conquistador gear with engraved images of the Virgin and Child.  Oh yes, and they also had D. H. Lawrence's luggage tag. (?!)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

At Morning Prayer

I forgot to post my picture from this morning. Look who read at Morning Prayer!

On the way home

View out the window into road runner country.

James in jeans


Miracle cross

The main chapel at Chimayò is dedicated to a crucifix which was found on this spot. People take blessed dirt from the place where the cross was unearthed.

Baby shoes

Santo Niño de Atocha is shown as a little pilgrim. He walks so much that he wears out his shoes, so people bring baby shoes as an offering. The walls are covered with them. Most of them have a child's name written on them.

In ChimayĆ²

The Cathedral Ministry Conference always includes an excursion. This year, we visited Chimayò, a complex of chapels and devotions about 40 minutes from Santa Fe. There is a huge devotion to Santo Niño de Atocha here.

The place for Laughlins