Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spreading Ashes out to Sea

Steve came along and we took a group of relatives and friends out to Lake Washington just north of the I90 bridge to spread the ashes of a man who had passed. I actually like helping others do this as it is my second time. I told them to bring flower petals, music, and be prepared to say something.  I like letting Steve take the helm of the Rophy. Its just more fun to be out with a friend that I trust taking control. It was a sad day for the group.   Steve and I really enjoyed taking the boat out!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Colors Under the Sea

I was Steve's guest at an lighting show work event at the Seattle Aquarium. When a corporation rents the aquarium space, the entire place is open to view.  We could wander all around and often be the only one in a space communicating with the undersea animals. It was just so fantastic!
I loved taking photos.. they were so colorful.  I felt like a kid as I leaned down to touch the starfish, get as close as possible to the octopus tentacles, and said, "aah" as the seals swam by. Steve is such a good friend and I enjoy spending time with him.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Remembering Elizabeth

It was an absolutely beautiful day to celebrate the friendship we shared with Elizabeth. I met with Kees and he suggested we plan a very nice afternoon at the house about a month after she passed.  His son made a beautiful box for her ashes and those of her dog, Gracie, who passed just before her.  We listened to her niece play the harp, heard stories and shared our memories of Elizabeth. Then we each took her ashes and flower petals and sent them floating down the raging river.  It was spiritual.
When I drove away towards home, I just felt so sad and wished I could go tell Elizabeth what a wonderful celebration we had in her honor. I will deeply miss her!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Moving a Barge into the Marina

The marina had to replace some pilings this month. A barge had to be brought in and it was such a tight fit that all the boats on my dock had to be moved. I was temporarily put in covered moorage... (which is better for the boat.. but it is so dark inside the boat you have to have the lights on to see).
It was interesting to see how they maneuvered the huge barge into the marina and actually used boat hooks to push it from the dock. There was no extra clearance... it touched the docks on each side. A piling was lowered each time it had to be turned and it pivoted on it. I had a great time taking photos.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Teaching South at the Border

I had a class scheduled in Vancouver, Washington with Tamara again this winter! She is such a dear. (her photo was too blurry) Terry came to class and we did some team teaching!   I always learn so much from her.
I love an opportunity to stay across the border in Oregon at McMenamins Edgefield and take in the art, great food, a movie and the soaking tub.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Granddaughter Celebrates First Birthday

Riley is such a joy in my life.  It's so hard to believe that she is a year old. She is happy, curious, determined, smart, and adorable. I went over to Colin and Terrahs the day after her birthday to bring her some gifts, have dinner and visit!  Time is flying by and I haven't seen them for a long time!  I just cried when I drove away.  I love my family... I love being Grammy, I feel so blessed! 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sharing Photos and Playing with Laptops

Maureen, Diana, and Sam came over and we took out our laptops and shared photos. It was fun learning from each other how to do some simple things on our computers!  We spent hours in my basement studio which was warm and cozy!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Tacoma with Girlfriends and Glass

Maureen, Diana and I drove down to Tacoma to visit Pam.  She wasn't feeling well and was in the hospital.  I have seen this building up on the hill from the freeway but never realized it was a hospital.  The design is so unique and modern.  I found out the architect was the same as the Marina Towers round buildings in Downtown Chicago.

Maureen, Diana and I went to the Museum of Glass.  As a kid, the only "art" glass I knew about were some family heirlooms that my mom had and the stained glass windows at church.  I never thought much of glass as an art form. The Museum had some interesting and unusual creations made from glass.  My favorite is this room that is like an ice forest filled with sheets of glass hanging from the ceiling. We really enjoyed ourselves, today!