Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The flowers for Danny's wedding didn't arrive until 45 minutes after it was supposed to start, oh well.
That's so hard, having everythng together. So many moving parts. Is the wedding party there? Are they all dressed like they're supposed to? What about the wedding couple? The families? The visiting family. The venue, the food, the officiant, the flowers, the cake, the decorations, the photographer, the music. Is it all right there ready to go?
Any laggards, no shows? So nerve wracking.
This destination wedding will still be crazy but a lot more relaxed.
They can have their send-off party whenever they want....
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
They are replacing the University of Oregon softball facility. Howe Field, there since the mid '30s. Time for it to go; no question. They're building on the same site. They started knocking it down after their last game. The goal was to be able to open the next season in the new digs. Seems unlikely, but I think they're going to make it.
They have a construction camera on their website. It's been fun to see it go up. I'm including a view I took from it today.
We're looking at some trips, some associated with Dennis' retirement. It won't be all at once, the stop working thing. It will go part time first. But we kind of want to make a victory lap in April though he won't completely be done.
Let's go down and see some games at the new stadium! Maybe the UCLA series in late April. We want to see the new stadium. Maybe the asst coach will get us on the pass list. If there is a pass list.
It's looking good, they already have the outfield grass in. A real stadium for the Ducks at last.
Can you believe it's been 12 years since Susanna started playing there. Ancient History!
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Fortunately, we don't have any Super Bowl obligations. I would say that it would be a good time to do errands but a lot of people in Seattle have lost interest now that the SeaHawks are not playing. People around here are STILL talking about that play from last year. You know the one, give the ball to Marshawn.
I'll feature this picture. Yes, part of the Old Sanctuary project. And those who know will immediately recognize it as the work of my brother Charl. He has a certain style that sometimes I think is overwrought and sometimes I think is genius. He's somebody who's become an artist later in his life. His specialty is macro-photography which, looking at the prefix, you might suspect it would be pictures of big things but it's pictures of very little things.
When he was up here at Thanksgiving, we went to temple. Afterwards, we asked the rabbis if we could openethe ark and take pictures of the Torahs. Becuase she recognized me and I just bet they've talked about me, she gave permission. We couldn't quite believe it. So here is Charl's take on the Aron Kodesh with the Torahs. Maybe over-dramatic but it glows. When I ask him why he pumps up the color, he says simply 'that's the way I see it.'
So here it glows.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
I have 5 total. This one was from an Edinburgh in 1905 for drawing when still a student. I also have a big time award from the American Institute of Architects. As the donor architect told me, Priteca could draw with great skill. The ideas went from his mind to the paper. Better than anyone he had ever seen.
I took these two pictures after screwing with my camera. OK, they're the same background and they show up as different colors. I should deal with that...
Sunday, January 31, 2016
I came across this nice photo of Naomi and Dennis taken at the surprise engagement party given by Megan to Susanna at Whidbey Island last October.
Is that a good sentence or not, definitely big on the supporting clauses.
It's a bit blown out but a nice interaction. Kinda smiley. Some good feelings there.
Today I convinced Dennis to take a short trip up to BC to see if I could bring some codeine back. The stuff I have expired 2010. I determined that yes it could be done but though we did have some good fish and chips, it was 41 degrees and misty, so cold, and we we waited a half hour at the border. I did follow the rules as best I could figure out. No drug smuggling.
But it took all darn day. So neither of us were too wild about it.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Our trip leaders would use their local connections to dream up activities. The ferry had a mid day stop at Hanes. They called their friend and asked him to set something up. Surprise us! they said. So their friend picked us up and we went down the road near the river and looked for and saw eagles.
Alaska is due north of us some large number of miles. We live in the coastal northwest waters also. What's the difference, especially looking at southeastern Alaska? Not that much but more so. Just a bit more.
I remember being kinda cold. We can see eagles here. OK, not that often. But we were out there doing it.
I didn't really ramp up the color. My brother ups that saturation close to brilliance. When I mention it, he says it reflects how he saw it. I don't know how he saw it, maybe he really did see it that way. Who am I to say?
Near Hanes, Alaska in mid October.
Friday, January 29, 2016
But, getting back to summer's end. Teddy and Starbaby sunbathing again. You just can't keep the two of them apart when the sun's out. Very rare that it's too hot to sunbathe around here.
As you might imagine, it's the kitty that always sets this up. Gets Teddy to lay down then cuddles up to him.
Sunbathing's more fun when you have a partner.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
I picked up the Pritika medals today as part of the donation to Jewish Historical Society. I have a meeting set up to deliver them. Also have a cute new related pin.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
I don't have the Hebrew but the translation is
Know before whom you stand
which sounds like the stern Hebrew God. Listen up!
I am trying to organize the images I have; this kind of organizational work is particularly hard for me.
Cash (the seeing eye poodle) is now back home. His owner Eleni was so glad to see him. The trip to Ethiopia was challenging and she was glad to be back and with her companion. I know that Cash, um, filled out when he was here. She had told me he was a picky slow eater. I don't know if this is the same dog because he gobbled up all the food I put in front of him. So he looked considerably different, plumped out. 'Cash and a half' I called him