Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ah, the decadence of the West

Seattle, Washington
Thursday, August 21, 2014

There is something about living in the Middle East for two years that gives one a new perspective on things. Strolling past Garfield High School on my way to swim lessons I noticed this sign--and marveled at the strangeness of being home.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Beach combing

Lopez Island, Washington
Saturday, August 2, 2014

Having been forced to abandon much of her shell/rock/potsherd/sea glass/stick collection in Jordan, A was keen to start afresh now that we are home. She focused her attention today on collecting the tiniest of shells. No doubt her vast collection will be up to full strength before long.

Blackberry heaven

Yes, that's an adult hand
Lopez Island, Washington
Saturday, August 2, 2014

A (nearly) side-by-side comparison test reveals that Lopez has the biggest, juiciest blackberries around. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week A and I picked enough blackberries near our houses in the Central District to produce two cobblers. But late this afternoon we set out to pick berries here on Lopez and were rewarded with huge juicy berries that proved far superior to those we found in Seattle. In fact, they were so good the berries never made it into a cobbler...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Locks

Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Spent some time on a hot, sunny Seattle afternoon down at the Locks today. Ships bobbing up and down in the locks, lovely gardens to romp in, and squawky seagulls to amuse the girls. And a heavenly breeze to keep us from overheating...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A new roommate

Seattle, Washington
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Yesterday we got the beginnings of A's new roommate. The finishing touches will go on next week, but A is super-excited to have her "undersea world" come into being. Thanks for your lovely work, S!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Urban camp-out!

Seattle, Washington
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Last night we joined 50 or so other families at the Magnuson Park Urban Camp-out. It was good fun to put up our tents in the park just feet away from the lake, learn all about bats from a naturalist, make s'mores over a campfire, and wake up to the sound of the waves lapping on the shore. Thank you, Seattle Parks Department!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Return of the Kitchen Gods

Seattle, Washington
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Slowly, slowly the move-in proceeds apace. Yesterday I found the Kitchen Gods (left by the previous owner who is from Mexico) and restored them to their place of honor in the kitchen. With the gods now in residence (and the pots and pans as well), I think I am ready to commence cooking—and baking!