Friday, February 5, 2016

Girl Scout redux

Seattle, Washington
February 5, 2016

My daughter joined the Girl Scouts in recent weeks and even started tentatively selling a few boxes of cookies. This reminded me that buried in the basement were my GS sash (left) and my mother's (right). Let's see, they would be from Seattle in the late 1970's and South Euclid, Ohio, in the late 1940's, respectively... I also notice that we both have two of the same badges--art and hospitality? But what I REALLY want to know is this: what did my mother do to earn that "Cinderella badge" down there on the bottom right?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Zalatimo Brothers arrive in Seattle

Seattle, Washington
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Good friends have arrived/are arriving in Seattle from Amman, bearing gifts from the inestimable Zalatimo Brothers for Sweets. A little taste of heaven and a wonderful reminder of our time in Jordan. A & S: however briefly, it is GREAT to have you back in Seattle!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Sledding!

Ketchum, Idaho
Monday, December 28, 2015

Before we moved on to trying out the more nuanced sports of skating and x-country skiing, we decided to start with sledding. Challenging enough, it turns out! Especially when the slopes have hardened and developed bumps--exhilarating, but terrifying, too!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Snow shoes!

Ketchum, Idaho
Sunday, December 27, 2015

I just gave snow-shoeing a trial run! The snow here is DEEP and powdery which makes snow shoes the perfect thing for not sinking in too deep... Got outside in late afternoon when it was UP to 16F--most of the day it was around 5F. I think I could do more of this!

Echoes of Mongolia

Ketchum, Idaho
Sunday, December 27, 2015

This morning we pulled up the shades, and were greeted by this spectacular sight. It was very cold (about -5F) when we got up, and the dry air and temps reminded me of Mongolia. Spectacular!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Santa Rabbit & friends

Seattle, Washington
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Santa Rabbit gets a careful investigation by one of her more lively relatives. Not long now before Santa Rabbit will be headed back to Siberia...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Final touches

Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Today we added the finishing touches to the Gingerbread Stable. Most importantly, the horses were added to the stable yard, along with some trees and a few other barnyard animals...not 100% sure if we should have added the cougar...