Saturday, November 22, 2008

Family Weekend in Vancouver

Dan, Colin and I went up to Vancouver to support and participate with Celia and Keith in the first of four services for Celia's art thesis. She used a variety of stringed instruments (including the harpsichord Dan built) to present a service of Genevan psalms, scripture and silence. It was very effective and beautiful. Colin and I spent a lot of time cooking - soup for the rehearsals, and a variety of treats for the post service fellowship. Feed them and they will come. Celia did have a good turn out, but not because of the food. She has a lot of support at Regent and in her church, and people have come to appreciate her musical giftedness as well as the thought and effort she puts into creating worship experiences.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fall Harvest

At the end of October (I'm a little behind posting my blogs) I picked most of my peppers and tomatoes and covered the bare spots with a rye and vetch cover crop. It turned out to be a good garden season even with the bad weather earlier. I made salsa, jam and applesauce with Colin, and made an experimental (and large) batch of sauerkraut from my red cabbages.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Cruising Alaska

My mom and dad invited Dan and I and Larry and Ann to accompany them on a cruise to Alaska. We sailed from Seattle on August 31.

Wow - Dan in a suit! It's formal night.

A new form of the native American totem pole...

Dan and I went for a long hike in Ketchikan to the top of Deer Mountain. Ketchikan gets over 100 inches of rain a year, and the rain forest is lush. We got lucky - it wasn't raining when we were there.
Dan finished his scarf while on the cruise. He needed it - it was cold! We were all glad to have wooly clothes.

We spent a few misty hours in Tracy Arm fjord.

This is the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau.
In Skagway we went kayaking on a foggy lake and took the train down from White Pass. We were able to see the Trail of 98 through the fog.
Waves of cloud in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.