Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Big Seattle Boat Show

The Boat Show seemed much smaller this year which understandable due to the economy. And, most of it seemed predictable. I had a great time visiting with Mark and catching up. I went several times during the week spending most of the time wandering around and exploring all kinds of different boats and equipment.  About 24 years ago I came here with my parents when they were in town.  I remember that I just followed after my Dad as he wandered around.  It may have been that visit that he got the notion to purchase the Bayliner that I inherited. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Celebrating the Commodore and Friendships

Annually, the Seattle Singles Yacht Club has a dance and ceremony celebrating the outgoing and incoming commodores of the club.  Maureen and I went and had a great time!  People always ask if since it is a singles club.. have I found a date there? .. Sadly, the answer is no... not yet.. but you never know!  I have been involved for more than 20 years.  I have sailed and cruised on dozens of boats every year!  Since I have had my boat I have had hundreds of members out cruising.  Because of this club I have made many very lasting friendships. I met Maureen several years ago at the first meeting she came to as a guest and we became fast friends. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Seafood Feast with Elizabeth and Friends

We had quite a winter blizzard for several days!  I finally got a chance to get out of my house and get over to visit Elizabeth and Kees.  Friends and family were in town.  Elizabeth was getting rather weak but was celebrating her life with those most important to her.  We had a seafood feast several times filling the table with fresh seafood, veggies and wine.   Tonight, the power went out and the generator refused to get working so we finished dinner by candlelight.  I carpooled with a couple of her friends and everyone else just spent the night bundled up.  I know that every time I see Elizabeth it might be the very last.  We no longer can have a conversation... we can chat lightly but she has so much trouble talking.  I am missing her.. my best friend for a long time.  I love her spirit and the way she is partying in her last weeks... days. When I am with her... and when I am alone at home... there is a sadness that is deep inside of me.. a grief that lingers.  She will live on in my heart and with all those she touched.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Our Bodies are like Fragile Flowers

Elizabeth is one of the best friends I've ever had.  She just seemed to understand me, was patient with my craziness, and loved me just the way I was.  She never had anything to hide and was always there if I ever wanted to talk.  When she called a couple years ago to say that the cancer was back after 5 years, I just cried but knew that she was up to whatever was put in front of her.  She had surgery after surgery and was fine.  But, it was the call this past Thanksgiving week that was a sign.  She couldn't hear me on her cell phone so she called back on a land line. But she still was unable to hear me until she put the phone to her other ear. Within 48 hours radiation was scheduled for the next couple weeks on her brain... even on Thanksgiving Day.  She went away for Christmas with her family to California. When she returned this month her ability to have a conversation vanished. We celebrated throughout the month of January and into February. She had friends and family come from all over the country. We had seafood dinners filling her huge dining table.  Kees would play the fiddle.  We would laugh and share our stories... even after she'd retire.
I would go visit as often as possible.  The eye patch she sported was because she had gotten a bit of an eye infection.  Her spirit lives within me forever!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Brisk Art Walk in Pioneer Square

I love going with Jane and Karen on the monthly art walk.  I don't get to as many as I'd like because I live on the Eastside and it can get difficult to get motivated to go downtown in the cold and rain. But, when I do go I am always delighted!  We had quite a group this month including Kyoko, Roberta, Michelle, Suzanne, Julie, Karen, Kay, Catherine and more! Wow, it was so fun!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The End of the Rainbow

I live at the end of the rainbow.  I was reminded of this today as I looked out my window across Lake Washington!  I am blessed with a spectacular view.
As I head into the New Year I am looking forward to spending more precious time with my family, making memories with friends, experiencing some great adventures, capturing life in my camera lens, playing with art, and planting more seeds and cultivating my own business!  It will be a fabulous year!