Sunday, October 19, 2014

"A bag full of autumn"

Seattle, Washington
Sunday, October 19, 2014

A and I spent the late morning wandering the smaller paths of the Arboretum. She was intent on gathering "a bag full of autumn," which in her case meant interesting leaves and sticks. I concentrated on capturing images of the stuff we couldn't (and shouldn't) bring home.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

A taste of Thailand

A lot of this fruit you can't eat...
Seattle, Washington
Thursday, October 16, 2014

A trip to the nearby International District provided a delicious reminder of our time in Thailand: Jack fruit. A wonderful treat in rainy and gray Seattle weather...





...but these bits are golden treasure

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mid-morning rabbit report

Nutmeg: She prefers a cardboard treat
Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Came down to the basement this morning to find Nibbles chewing furiously on the metal bars of her pen--but getting nowhere of course. Nutmeg, on the other hand, was working away at one of the windows on the cardboard "Animal Castle." I cut them some more birch branches and let them get back to their crazy nibbling.

Friday, October 10, 2014

A fine fall day

Seattle, Washington
Friday, October 10, 2014

All the kids in Washington State had today off, and I found two of them who wanted to spend the entire afternoon raking up leaves--and piling them in the back of the old red truck. And then jumping in them, of course.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

8 simple pleasures

Seattle, Washington
Sunday, September 14, 2014

We've been home now for more than three months, which is long enough to be able to reflect on the simple (and serious!) pleasures of being home after five years abroad. Below, a list:
  1. Spending time in Seattle's wonderful public libraries. After five years with a kid--and without public libraries around--I will never take them for granted again.
  2. Being back at the wonderful Odessa Brown Children's Clinic: great staff and doctors only BLOCKS away!
  3. Being able to drink water from the tap!
  4. Seattle's parks! Five years without a single decent public park was hard...
  5. Jogging--in shorts! (Mongolia was too cold, and Jordan was too conservative)
  6. Walking my kid to school!
  7. Being allowed to TALK to my kid's teacher (it was forbidden at A's school in Jordan)
  8. A decent grocery store only 5 minutes away...
Yes, we had a great adventure AND it's great to be home...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

26th & Howell

Seattle, Washington
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Out jogging today when I came upon this neighborhood treasure--a fantastic ceramic-tiled fence and some other wonderful sculptures... Pass by sometime. I think you'll love it!




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

An old love, re-kindled

Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Courtesy of my aunt's bike loan, I had my first bike ride in five years today. It felt WONDERFUL. The lovely September sun was a bonus, but I'm happy to be riding again in ANY weather!