Sunday, June 5, 2016

Other children's parents

Seattle, Washington
Sunday, June 5, 2016

This weekend A attended a blow-out Harry Potter overnight birthday party complete with Potions and Runes classes. And chocolate Snitches. We all have our strengths, and I am thinking that organizing this kind of party is probably NOT in my portfolio. I just want to say for the record: thank goodness for other children's parents!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

One week later

Seattle, Washington
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Am still enjoying the process of putting up these New Yorker covers. It turns out to be lengthy process but a pleasant one.

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Wizard of Oz

Seattle, Washington
Friday, May 13, 2016

Last night the kids at A's school put on a fine performance of the Wizard of Oz. What I really appreciated about this performance was the enormous effort that the teachers and staff made to include ALL students that wanted to act. The result? Five or six Dorothies, at least three Tin Men, several Lions, and on and on. An impressive job!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Home improvement projects

Seattle, Washington
Sunday, May 8, 2016

After a bowl of Mother's Day pho, I requested a stop at Lowe's to buy some wallpaper paste and a wallpaper "smoother." After nearly seven years of stockpiling my favorite New Yorker covers--and dragging them around the world--I am finally ready to put them up permanently. No flowers or chocolates for me: I choose wallpaper paste...

Monday, April 4, 2016

Good, clean fun

White Center, Washington
Monday, April 4, 2016

Yesterday we attended a birthday party at the Southgate Roller Rink, and it was A's first time on roller skates. What a blast!

The last time I was on skates was 20 years ago with a group of my students from Nova. And the time before THAT was surely another 20 years earlier.

After yesterday's fun experience, though, we'll be back soon!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Rabbit #2

Seattle, Washington
Saturday, April 2, 2016

We decided to try making a second rabbit after the success of "Arnab." This time A wanted me to try "fur"--so we settled on some faux suede. This fabric was much stiffer than the stuff we worked with last time, and it has absolutely no "give." But I think it came out pretty well anyhow. This really is a great pattern.

Next step: stuff and sew him up!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rabbit treats

Seattle, Washington
Thursday, March 24, 2016

While it's true that I have managed to rid MY lawn of almost all dandelions, wherever I go this time of year, I find myself picking these flowers for our rabbits. Dandelions are, paws down, their favorite treats.