December 2008

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More pictures…

Posted by on 25 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: art, children, fun, Gardens and Life, good things, Uncategorized

This shows the process I used to make this year’s “new year” card… the first good one always goes to my parents!

making a card for the new year

making a card for the new year

Here is the lovely little fir at my parents’ house — these open trees show the ornaments off so well!

the tree with ornaments collected over the decades

the tree with ornaments collected over the decades

And here is the elder stidkid trying out his grandfather’s cross-country skis for the first time. I asked his permission to use this image… It is impressive that he fell and got up — and fell and got up. The only way to learn! At the end he could go UP the hill on the skis, but the car tracks back down the driveway were not good for going the other way safely.

a perfect three-point landing

a perfect three-point landing

Another Bright Star Gone

Posted by on 25 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: passages, Uncategorized

When we returned from my parent’s house this afternoon I sat down to load a few pictures. And learned that Eartha Kitt died today.

Here is the BBC article about her, and here is another from a local TV station.

I always thought she was elegant, brave and talented. I know that she was determined and hard-working, a good model for young women with dreams who find themselves in difficult situations. And I still think she was the BEST catwoman ever.

I did it! (a little late)

Posted by on 24 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: friends, Uncategorized

This is a picture of the scarf I knitted for a friend… she’ll get it a little late for the holiday, but it’s done — mistakes and all.

a present for a friend

a present for a friend

Snow videos

Posted by on 24 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: children, Gardens and Life, Uncategorized, weather

These are both short — had to go in to town yesterday for a couple hours, so I took a short picture of the kids getting the snow OFF the car.

The second video is of the snow getting put back ON the car this morning. It is still snowing off and on, with moments of melting, but no rain so far.

And now, at 2:30, it continues to snow off and on, sometimes very wet and other times light and fluffy. The dog would like it finish melting so we can find his lovely new toy that a stidkid threw “over” the roof yesterday… and disappeared.

We don’t plan on going out today, but may venture out tomorrow for a movie.

Another Youssif Update

Posted by on 22 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: caring, good things, hope, Making a Difference, Uncategorized, update

Reminding us that good people can make a difference, here is a link to the latest CNN article about Youssif, the child who was badly burned and is now healing.

Snow videos

Posted by on 21 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: children, fun, good things, Uncategorized, weather

Yes, we’re having fun today.

And… MORE SNOW!

Posted by on 21 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: celebrations, garden, Gardens and Life, Uncategorized, weather

Woke up this morning about 9 am… (yes, I love sleeping in) and found the snow up to about 6 inches at the doors (last night there was none).

Here are some pics of the view from the front door this morning before it started snowing again.

You can compare them with the view from the header bar… and yes, I was able to move the car once we put chains on yesterday morning. But she’s going nowhere today!

the car is snowed in

the car is snowed in


buildup on a planter and on the quince tree

buildup on a planter and on the quince tree


icicles next to the front door -- about 20 inches long

icicles next to the front door -- about 20 inches long

I hope you are warm and safe this solstice day — with luck, the returning light will bring us all good fortune!

Solstice Greetings!

Posted by on 20 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: celebrations, food, fun, Gardens and Life, good things, holidays, Uncategorized

Our family tries to do something special for the solstice, and most years we manage something fun.

Plans sometimes change, and this year due to the snow we won’t visit my parents. We’ll celebrate with them another day.

Here’s what we are planning:

Roast turkey, rice dressing and a fennel and potato side dish (inspired by the lovely Hetty). Pie for dessert — maybe a cheesecake, but we also still have some squash that would make a nice pie. And pecans…

Sing songs.

Play games — board games as well as Wii games (new pinball game for the stidkid’s bday last week).

Read.

Watch TV — the last Seahawks game coached by Holmgren is tomorrow.

Try to put a few more things away and locate my passport for the trip I am taking the elder stidkid on this next week. It’s “somewhere.”

Remembering Persecution

Posted by on 19 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: citizenship, editorial, social justice, Uncategorized

This is an important reminder, something I make sure my children understand whenever the subject comes up: The Holocaust was not just about the Jews, it was about any and all people the government had decided were unworthy, less than human in one way or another. Discrimination against people for their religion, national origin or disabilities led to persecution… Here is the BBC article on a new memorial in Berlin that brought up this topic.

And while we are on the topic, let’s not fall prey to the illusion that things like this are in the past and in other places. No, in the United States we put entire families of native-born citizens of Japanese ancestry in concentration camps. Today, we allow homosexuals and other gender-bending people to be discriminated against in housing, employment and family creation. Vigilante border patrols (and gangs of thugs elsewhere) are targeting people they assume to be of Hispanic origins. In many school districts, students whose native tongue is not English are required to attend classes in English and are tested alongside native speakers — even when it is clear they are not able to function in this way.

Can we assume that at least in the United States we wouldn’t turn these minority groups into slaves? That we wouldn’t set up death camps?

I think making that assumption would be foolish. We must stay alert because subtle discrimination and harassment can lead to the more extreme versions.

We must not forget that what can be done to one group can be done to any. Dehumanize that person today, and tomorrow — it could be you.

More about the snow…

Posted by on 18 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: Gardens and Life, holidays, Uncategorized, Vacations, weather

The drive into town was fine.

The drive home…   well it was snowing.  Pretty steadily for about an hour while we were finished the shopping.  We figure it snowed 6 more inches from the time we left the house. A picture taken by the stidkid shows our estimate is pretty close.

almost 7 inches of snow on the ground at 3:30 pm

almost 7 inches of snow on the ground at 3:30 pm

By the time we had picked up the stidkid from the grandparents’ house the roads were very slippery.

Here is a picture of our road… no, the garbage trucks did not come today!

quiet street in the snow

quiet street in the snow

Coming home along the highway people were content to do about 30 miles an hour.  On the main road toward our house once we left the freeway, 20 was fast enough!  The only part that made me a little worried was the valley between our street and that road.  A piece of cake.  I joked with Tom that it would be funny to make it up that last hill and get stuck in the driveway.

as far as she got...

as far as she got...

No joke, apparently!

If you are curious about the weather patterns around Puget Sound, KOMO TV has a good summary of the current situation.

Update at 4:20 – there are multiple accidents all through the area, including a major intersection we came through just an hour ago…

And school is canceled for tomorrow. Vacation officially starts now!

I leave you for today with a couple shots the stidkid took of some especially pretty views — and one of the house, looking snug and warm in its blanket.

the plum tree branches holding up the snow

the plum tree branches holding up the snow


the wooded area at the back of the yard

the wooded area at the back of the yard


a favorite climbing tree, bigleaf maple

a favorite climbing tree, bigleaf maple


the back of the house, with snow still falling

the back of the house, with snow still falling

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