Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I am a very lucky woman as I won the Mother-in-Law stakes. I know that many women have troubled relationships with their husband's mothers, but that has never been true for me. I have adored my mother-in-law from the very first time I met her. She has treated me with nothing but love and kindness from the very start, way back in 1967. I love her with all my heart.
Beautiful but tired Kellie. (Can you imagine how exhausting it must be to handle all those middle of the night feedings---for twins? Makes me tired just thinking of it.)
And since I am now a mother-in-law I would like to state that I have also been exceedingly lucky with the choices my children have made for spouses. Chris is wonderful and Kellie is divine. I couldn't be happier with the wonderful people my children have brought into our family. I know, I know, all this sweetness is unlike me....but sometimes you just have to say it out loud for the world to hear! When you're as lucky as I have been, you better be grateful. And I am, I am.
And here is Chris, he of the kind heart, "gigantic cranium" and wacky humor. He's not too hard on the eyes, either!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
So I went to the grocery store and bought what I needed. And went to the EAF Hen party and had a fine time with my friends, sippin' wine, chatting and eating some amazing food. Then I walked home. I put off making the raspberry jam because I was tired. I asked Nonie to come eat left overs with me. She did. We did. I still didn't make the jam.
Nonie went home to let me go to bed early. I tried. I really did. But there on the counter were three half flats of perfect raspberries....singing the "oh, we would make such perfect jam if only some lazy soul would get up and make some jam!" So I did.
I got eleven pints of jam from the three half flats.
And I made some really, really, REALLY perfect raspberry jam. I did. And won't I be glad in November!Sigh.
Friday, July 25, 2008
There was the one moment of total disrespect from my child, but everyone else was very well behaved.
We had a lovely visit. Thank you, Auntie Pumpkin!
Monday, July 21, 2008
this yellow-white lace massthat the sea has brought to the shoreand left----like popcorn stuck to itself,or a string of lace rolled up tight,or a handful of fingerling shells pasted together,each with a tear where somethingescaped into the sea. I brought it homeout of the uncombed morning and consultedamong my books. I do not knowwhat to call this sharpest desireto discover a name,but there it is, suddenly, clearlyillustrated on the page, offering my heartanother singularmoment of happiness: to know that it isthe egg case of an ocean shell,the whelk,which, in its proper season,spews forth its progeny in suchglutenous and faintlyglimmering fashion, each onechewing and tearing itself freewhile what is left rides to shore, one moresweet-as-honey answer for the wandererwhose tongue is agile, whose mind,in the world's riotous plenty,wants syntax, connections, lists,and most of all names to set beside the multitudinousstarts, flowers, sea creatures, rocks, trees.The egg case of the whelksits on my shelf in front of, as it happens, Blake.Sometimes I dreamthat everything in the world is here, in my room,in a great closet, named and orderly,and I am here too, in front of it,hardly able to see for the flash and the brightness----and sometimes I am that madcap person clapping my hands and singing;and sometimes I am that quiet person down on my knees.***********************************My whelk egg case sits on the window ledge in my breakfast room, sand still
clinging to parts of it. I brought it all the way from from Florida last spring.
It is one of my most special treasures.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
- my very own Jen
- Dneese from Oz, otherwise know as grrl+dog
- Mary Ann Moss of Dispatch from LA fame
- Maryam in Marrakesh
- The One, the Only Pioneer Woman!
- Wendy from Theatre of Dreams
- The amazing Ann Wood
and last, but certainly not least,
- Julia Rothman of Book by Its Cover
- Put the logo on your blog
- Add a link to the person who awarded you
- Nominate at least 7 other blogs
- Add links to those blogs on yours
- Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs
Monday, July 14, 2008
Annie holding her daughter Alex and her niece, Emma.
Annie and the two pink princesses. Please notice the dainty fork work.
And, finally, Gramma.....playing cats (like dolls only more purrfectly delightful) with Emma and Granty.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Gramma U and Nabby.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
I was at my cabin so before I could head over the mountains to Yakima (the locale for the debut of the Twins), I had to get back to Edmonds and drop off Granty Nonie (who would have come, too, had she not been slated for jury duty this very week!), grab a few things (like my blood pressure pills!) and then head east. I didn't arrive until about six PM this evening, but got to see both the girls and let them know that now that Gramma Unger has arrived, all is well and they can relax, work on getting big enough to make the trip to the West side of the Mountains and to get ready for the barrage of photos that will be taken of them---soon. Alas, I have no photos yet to share with you, Dear Reader. Let me assure you that they are adorable and look much like their elder sister. Nabby is sporting a black eye, thanks to Olivia, who apparently kicked her sister in the face....jockeying for position, no doubt. At any rate, they are perfect, they are adored already and they are a most highly anticipated and welcome addition to our family!
Welcome, little ones. I love you.
Baby Girl Twins!
Twice the sugar
and twice the spice
two baby girls
are twice as Nice!
Double the giggles
and double the grins
Doubles the joy of
Baby Girl Twins!
And then there is the The Great Stilly Duck Dash. Every year the Rotary Club of Arlington sells tickets and the proceeds support a number of worthy causes....scholarships and youth projects. There are a number of rubber ducks, all with a number, and they are launched into the Stillaguamish River near Lincoln Park and then cross the finish line at Haller Park downstream. There are some serious money prizes, but mostly it's just fun to be a part of the Duck Dash. Good cause and good fun!
And the rainbow caterpillar went by, with many striped legs....
I love farm machinery! Tractors are about the best part of the Arlington parade. Lots and lots and lots of tractors....John Deere tractors and International Harvester tractors and others whose names I've already forgotten. Beautiful tractors that make grinding noises when the gears are changed and rumble with diesel engines revving....The lady on the tractor below looks very noble and "Rosie the Riveter" to me. I love her flag bedecked tractor and her attitude.
John Deere green.....