Category: Seattle Life

I recently had the joy of creating a gift for my niece, Shyna — a set of wooden blocks for her to play with. I’ll confess it wasn’t my first time, having made a set for my nephew, Connor, when he was about the same age.


. . .. I was up in the middle of the night for a few hours.

We had a really big, loud, lightning-filled storm, and although everyone in the house (including our guest) was fine with it . . .  it runs out that Leo isn’t. He had the shivers, poor baby, and was just plain frightened. So I invited him up onto the bed, which was a sure-fire calmer for Sasha back in the day.

Turns out, it isn’t for Leo. (I suspect he doesn’t understand we’re his pack now, and he can take his social cues from us.) So I found myself at 1am with a lot of light and noise outside, and a loudly panting, quivering dog next to me.

So I got up and went to my computer and worked for awhile.


We were busy last week.

The front of the house used to look like this:

a bit boring, yes?

a bit boring, yes?








Now it looks like this:

much prettier, yes?

much prettier, yes?








Exciting, huh? It’s going to look amazing in a year or so when the phlox and candy tuft has filled out a bit, and the lavender (back row) has really rooted itself in.

But the back yard is truly amazing — we got rid of our fence!

How it used to look:

Hi, I'm a big fence, and a steep drop off

Hi, I’m a big fence, and a steep drop off



and now:

Ta da!

Ta da!








Such a difference!

The dirt has been seeded with ‘shade=friendly’ grass. We’re looking forward to seeing how it all turns out!



It was a pretty quiet week for us.

We discovered an absolutely delicious — and easy! — butternut squash and risotto recipe. It’s baked, which is where the easy comes in, and comes together beautifully. I wish I’d taken a picture, but we were serving it to company, and that felt a bit awkward.

John made a delicious chicken and rice casserole for sharing at game on Tuesday night. It made a huge amount, so we’ve been eating a lot of it this week, by itself and in my favorite mode for leftovers: wraps. (Everything tastes good wrapped in a tortilla and heated in a dry skillet.)

We got some good news at work. A very large project appeared, and we just found out yesterday evening (yes, Saturday night) that we have been awarded the contract. It’s not finalized, yet, but seems as if it will take our entire company into full time work for the next 18 months. I can’t say more right now, but it is a fascinating case, one that has nothing to do with environmental issues. We’d be using our other skill set(s) of transforming abstract data into hard values.

We are headed down to San Francisco this coming week. We’re seeing a play with my mother on Tuesday night, and of course sharing a feast with family and friends on Thursday. On Friday we’ll see my sister Jamila and her new baby!  We’re looking forward to the time away, and our 2nd experience in an AirBnB rental. (It’s right around the corner from Corynne’s house — nice!)

Until next week: Happy Thanksgiving!


So it’s fireplace season, and Kit has discovered the joys of basking in the fire’s glow. (Roland and Sasha don’t care for it).

Kit really likes to stretch out to maximize the heat absorption.

They are getting along much better, although Sasha can be a real pain in the butt sometimes.