We have a fresh dusting of the lovely, clean, white stuff today!
Granted, it is 41F so it won’t last long but it is pretty. Rob and Gracie were so excited to run around in it this morning that it is already plowed under in the dog yard. Gracie apparently decided an extra layer was needed over her sweater because her blanket is out there too. I searched the archives and found some fun old posts…
I was on the front page of Today.com. Well, the tattoo was anyway… I’ve been interviewed for various magazines that are running the mastectomy tattoo angle this year but this is the first article that has a picture besides Tina’s old file copy. Tina and I got together and did a real photo shoot. So this one actually has my face! I am not ashamed to say it took me awhile to get with this… The last time I did any modeling was for the MSNBC documentary in ’94, ya, back before I was 50.
Anyway, writer Diane Mapes did a great job with the article, most of the comments on the story have been positive and I have gotten some beautiful emails from women. I’ve been recognized several times out and around Seattle and people have been really complimentary.
And Thor speaks! We were awakened early Saturday morning by an unusual sound here, a full-on thunder-storm. Thunder and lightning… LOUD! We’ve had a much drier Summer than usual and even this storm heralded very little rain. This is just one of the pictures, in the slideshow in the King 5 article. Photo from King 5 News, Photo credit Anthony May
Seattle certainly demonstrated some spectacular weather for Easter and Passover celebrations this weekend. I always equate crocuses with Easter because they were usually just blooming by then in Chicago, but ours bloomed back in February here.
The Hyacinths and Tulips are putting on a show right now along with the Cherry blossoms that you can see all over town. What a beautiful time of year! In fact, while much of the country is still dealing with snow, we could have started camping weeks ago. I hope you enjoy these small samples from the garden:
Last night, February 1st , we saw pipers, drummers and dancers from Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the US at Benaroya Hall in Seattle WA. The show is an annual thing and benefits the Celtic Arts Foundation and the related Winter School Programs. The foundation also sponsors other events including Burns Night, St Patrick’s Day, events at The Highland Games and a Scotch Tasting. Fred Morrison’s Kansas City Hornpipe including his funny story about the Newark Howard Johnson’s, John Scullion’s drum solo and Laura Risk’s Fiddle solo were real stand outs for me, but the entire show was excellent and all the performers and audience seemed to be having a great time. I have an extra copy of the very informative concert program that tells all about the performers and sponsors and also has a lot of historical information as well, just drop me a line if you’d like to borrow it. The show was great and I can’t urge you more strongly to get there next year!
Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, MOHAI, reopened late December in its new location at South Lake Union. It is now conveniently nestled next to the Center for Wooden Boats, close to Dukes and all the other restaurants near the Lake Union docks. The exhibit I want to see first is “Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies” Did you know that “Tugboat Annie” was set in Seattle? Everyone knows about Elvis at the World’s Fair in 1962, but have you see the Slender Thread with Ann Bancroft and Sidney Poitier from 1965? It shows sites from the Science Center, docks and even the Swedish Club in Ballard.
Here is a list of Movies filmed in or set in Seattle, according to imdb. But I noticed that the listmaker left off Twice in a Lifetime, with Gene Hackman, Ann-Margret and Ellen Burstyn so I wonder what other films didn’t make it either. If you think of any made in or set in Seattle that aren’t here, let me know. OK? I’ll pass them along to imdb.
Here is my Halloween treat for you. It is a recording called Halloween Pickles and it is about two brothers who dress up as the scariest things they can think of for trick-or-treat. What do they pick? One dresses as a nun and the other as a Choctaw warrior. Scott and I heard this on NPR years ago and it has become a Halloween tradition for us. Check it out here: Halloween Pickles.
I discovered another benefit of the Fitbit. Kevin & John were working upstairs all day so I spent the whole day sitting in my studio with Rob & Gracie and only logged 1400 steps. I decided to get a good long walk in so I messed around for about 15 minutes trying to get an audio file onto my phone and then trotted out into the rain. About halfway through the lecture I was listening to, I stopped to check my fitbit. My belt clip was empty, lanyard still attached to it.
I panicked momentarily and then remembered I had stuck it in its charging cradle while I was messing with the phone… AAAARGH. Discovering that I wasn’t logging any steps really sapped my motivation. Yes, I am externally rather than internally motivated, and it wasn’t until I remembered I could enter an activity by hand that I got my second wind! When I got home I clicked “log an activity” on the Fitbit menu and copied the stats from the last walk onto today’s log. Whew.