Seeking the Snow

Posted: December 29, 2015 in Ramblings

Today we decided it wouldn’t be Christmas vacation without a little snow, so we togged up and headed for Snoqualmie.  They have a nice little area dug out for people who don’t want to ski, so the boys had a little snowball fight before climbing to the top of the snow heaps and playing King of the World.

The view over the mountain (which Alex was facing in the above photo) looked pretty spectacular too.


Ominous. From where we were standing, it did not look this gloomy.

Another Year Older…

Posted: December 5, 2015 in Ramblings

…and…uh…smarter than ever!  Yeah!  That sounds good.

Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes (and more) this year.  In local birthday news, Chris replaced my old knitting chair (whose bottom had begun to sag – please withhold any rude commentary here) – with a new adjustable recliner.  It’s being delivered sometime between 8:30 and 10:30 this morning.  Pics when in situ.

(Now…what can I spend all those gift certs on?!)

Health Care

Posted: December 4, 2015 in Ramblings

“I’m gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy/I’ve got a clean bill of health from Dr. McCoy!”

(Quote from an original Star Trek episode called “The Way to Eden.”)

Alex and I both had our annual physicals today and we each got an A+.


Posted: November 28, 2015 in Ramblings

That’s where we went for Thanksgiving weekend.  Here are the best of the photos from Chris and me.  Alex, though he charged his camera battery and remembered to pack it, did not take it out of the hotel room, so we have no photos from him!

They’re out of order.  WordPress has suddenly changed all the settings.  I’ll keep working on it, but top to bottom, we have:

Alex’s vanilla brioche French toast

Our Thanksgiving breakfast

Sunset on the day we arrived (all three of those pics are from Chris’ phone camera)

A seagull

The boys walking

An amusing sign

The moon, early in the morning on Thanksgiving (about 6:45 AM) (all four of those are from my Fujifilm X-T1)









The Holiday Spirit

Posted: November 7, 2015 in Ramblings

We rearranged the kitchen the other day, and discovered a lot of half-empty booze bottles in the butler’s pantry.  In preparation for the holidays I have invented a new drink.  Here it is.  If you have any fun idea for a name for it, let me know!

Fill a pint glass halfway with ice.

Pour in Malibu Rum until the liquid level is 1″ from the bottom of the glass.

Add an inch of St. Germain liqueur.  (You see I am very precise in my measuring!)

Add Newman’s Own Lemonade (another 2″ of liquid).

Squirt in a generous squirt of lime juice (not Rose’s, just unsweetened ReaLime or whatever type is on hand).

Top off the glass with champagne and stir.  I’ve managed to work it so that one can of Coppola’s Sofia champagne fits perfectly into the glass after adding all the other stuff.

This was mainly concocted in order to use up the tail end of the rum and the St. Germain.  It has quite a kick, both from all the booze, and from all the straight lime juice!

Happy Holidays.

Also, I feel like I put a similar recipe on this blog a while back.  I will search the archives when I’m done posting this, and see how the two drinks differ (if there is in fact an earlier recipe).