HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!
Today is my dad's birthday. He is 73 years young. And yes, we both age gracefully, but this photo was not taken today! Can you guess how old we are in this picture? Family members this hint is for you: we were in Texas and the TV show Dallas was all the rage.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
I love snow. Whenever I go to the mountains to get my fill of the 'white stuff' I ask myself why in the world I ever left Wisconsin where snow was an inevitable occurrence anticipated by every child and cursed by those adults who had to shovel their way out of the mess and wait for snow plows to clear streets. Then I look at my Subaru's disgustingly dirty windshield or I watch parents of young children peeling off the layers of snowsuits and boots to change a dirty diaper and I remember why an hours distance from snow is a 'piece of cake' compared to living in the midst of it. I think of my cousin Sue in the Denver area and wonder how she is faring. Thus far this has been an incredible winter for the western U.S. and the Midwest is off to a slow start. But there is more to come as we are only a week into winter.
There are times when I think I lead a charmed life. Thursday, December 28th when Anna Rae, her friend Chloe, and I went up to the Summit at Snoqualmie to ski and snowboard was one of those days. We have had SO much rain and downright unpleasant weather in Seattle this fall and winter (thus far anyway). Who was I to think that we could pick the very best weather to go up to the mountains? But as you can see from these pictures, there couldn't have been more perfect conditions. And yes, the parking lots and the warming lodges were very crowded but the cross country trail at Iron Horse state park was sparsely populated and Chloe and AR said that the lift lines and traffic on the slopes at Snoqualmie Central were totally tolerable. I skied a little over 2 hours. My guess is that in distance I did a little over 8 miles. I felt this to be perfectly respectable for my first time out this season. There are two pictures that I didn't get that I wish I did. One was of an army green military plane that came out of nowhere with incredible speed flying VERY low over Lake Kachless as I skied under the same blue skies that the plane was slicing with impressive finesse. The other picture was that of the sky just after dusk when it was neither blue, nor purple, nor black, but some breathtaking shade that was the mingling of all three colors.
This year's Christmas dinner wasn't a dinner, instead we opted for an appetizer buffet. It allowed for a little bit of everything; cheeses, dips, veggies, a lovely nicoise salad, teriyaki chicken wings, eggs poached in red wine, cookies, candy, peppermint mousse, and plenty of wine. The open tables allowed for lots of grazing and visiting all afternoon long. Kornowskes hosted us along with 6 other family and friends. The only thing I missed was a rousing game of dominoes. Maybe I will talk Anna Rae and Chris into a game
On New Year's Day.
On New Year's Day.
tree on the left is the Kornowske's. They chose blue lights this year. The tree below is ours, decorated in our traditional white lights with red pointsettias and all the ornaments collected over the years. The gifts this year were more practical than usual but appreciated none the less. Anna Rae seemed almost as happy to open her memory foam mattress topper as she was to open the boxes that held sweaters and other clothes! Just how she is going to pack it to take back to Chicago, we haven't discussed yet.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
O.K. so I really wasn't going to bake any cookies this year but when it came right down to it, I just couldn't resist putting together one batch of the traditional cut outs. Here we are doing our artistic best (hah!) to get them all frosted on Christmas Eve day. I reminded Anna Rae that when she was little she thought she was such a big help and she maybe frosted only 4 or 5 cookies and there always seemed to be as many cake sprinkles on the floor as there were on the cookies! But to not make decorated cut out cookies for Santa and all our holiday guests was just unthinkable!
Chris has since snipped the gutter off and we have called a repair guy but who knows when he will get to us. We talked to an insurance guy yesterday (YES! He called on Christmas night!) and he took details over the phone from Chris. He said he would be out to examine the damage for himself and make out a check within a couple weeks. As I ran through Lincoln Park in the rain today I was impressed with the huge piles of logs and debris and caution tape strung here and there. Some damage is more visible now that clean up has begun.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
This, along with the next few photos, come from other photographers in the Seattle area. I actually took very few of the real damage, I guess I was too busy getting my exercise raking the yard and cutting up branches.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
This tree is in downtown Seattle in the square known as Westlake Center. I took these night time Christmas light pictures on December 2nd, the night of the Figgy Pudding carolling contest. I sang with the Pacific Northwest FASOLA Singers. We were only one of 48 different carolling groups raising money for the Pike Place Clinic and food bank.
Originally uploaded by mtnester.
Originally uploaded by mtnester.