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!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A tea cozy in search of a pot

Seattle, Washington
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today I unpacked my teapot and was amused to realize that I had just finished dragging my favorite tea cozy around the world for five years. In those five years I never found a teapot to use it with--until I got back home and found the faithful old brown teapot that belonged to my grandmother. More signs that we are truly home.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Old-time Yakima

Yakima, Washington
Saturday, July 5, 2014

This afternoon we set out to ride the old-time Yakima trolley. The car itself is actually from Portugal but is of a similar model to the one which trolled the streets of Yakima from 1907 to 1947. Good fun on a hot, sunny afternoon in Yakima. Hey, I even got to drive the thing – for 30 feet or so…

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Back to Crowfoot Farm

Lopez Island, Washington
Saturday, June 21, 2014

This morning we made another lightening raid on Crowfoot Farm for some of the finest strawberries around. With the seven of us picking, it did not take long for us to pick more than enough berries for the next several days. Good fun for folks of all ages.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Garden furniture, re-done

Lopez Island, Washington
Friday, June 20, 2014

Coming to the end of five lovely days on Lopez with family. Yesterday Grandma came up with a fail-safe project for the grand-kids: spray painting the garden furniture. These particular ones have been in the family a long, long time and were much improved by this new color...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

More delights of home

Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

For months we have dreamed of our favorite pho restaurant in Seattle. Today, at last, we returned once again for breakfast at this restaurant that has so long played a role in our lives. It's good to be back! And so delicious, too...