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Weekend in New York!

Back in (what turned out to be the final days of) the before-times when I lived in London and seeing plays was normal, I saw James McAvoy play Cyrano de Bergerac in a new adaptation of the of the play. It was excellent; one of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen. So when a […]

A merry Christmas and a snowy Boxing Day

Christmas was as delightful as could be. We rose late, brunched on quiche, and once Bryce joined us, sat cozily in the living room opening gifts and enjoying each other’s company. In early afternoon Amy and Carol arrived, completing the party for the day. We pulled together a tasty raclette dinner followed by games, pie […]

Happy Christmas Eve!

Amanda flew to Seattle last night. Today we brunched on quiche, spent the day exploring Olympia with Amy, and then back to my place for a cozy, candlelit dinner and followed by a pairing of baked goods for dessert and baking shows on TV. Now off to bed so that dreams of sugarplums can dance […]

Hiking and grilling and 75 degrees

This past week has been the best week of weather we’ve had all year so far. Day after day of clear sun—and sun in the Pacific Northwest is hard to beat. On Thursday and Friday I worked most of the day on my roof deck. Today we went on a hike to Bridal Veil Falls […]

Hiking at Lake Cushman

Amy and I set aside this weekend for a hike in the Olympic Peninsula. After a long dark winter full of work and wet, we were both itching to get out into nature. And since the forecast predicted rain everywhere, we decided to lean into it and head for the rainforest. Our luck seemed dicey […]

Pasta and cake!

You only turn 71 once! We celebrated Carol’s with home made pasta and a show-stopper chocolate cake. Yummm.

Raclette!

Nothing quite like a raclette dinner—all the melted cheese and potatoes and cornichons and other grilled goodies. It’s convivial and delicious and over the years has become one of my favourite holiday traditions. We had planned to do a raclette dinner with Amy and Carol for Christmas but got derailed when Carol received inconclusive results […]

Christmas party within the pandemic bubble

This is the darkest time of the year and we don’t have all the usual Holiday parties to fill the calendar and make it bright. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still be festive. The halls are decked and candles lit—it’s basically hygge 24/7 around here. And last night Amy and Carol joined us for […]

Another birthday!

When Amy proposed a picnic in Seattle to celebrate her birthday I offered my roof as a backup if none of the parks worked out. But then the lure of real furniture and a grill led us to scrap plans for the park and lean in to all the rooftop had to offer. Amy and […]

Beach camping

Beach camping on the Washington coast in August is very different from what I was used to in Virginia. Cloudy and cold instead of hot and humid. Crabs and sand dollars instead of wild ponies. Sunsets instead of sunrises. But Amy was still with me. We had had a yearly tradition of camping on the […]

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