Sunday, June 28, 2009

One Wedding and a Funeral

It has been quite the weekend for us; Lennie and I are taking a day at home to clean-up and relax, as we haven't really been home very much lately.

Yesterday, we attended the funeral of a long-time family friend. It was a very nice service that was more of a celebration of life and remembrance of the happy times. I definitely appreciated the stories and sense of personalization throughout the service. The references to a winning Husky season helped too -- hopefully our prayers were heard all around. Our friend Judy will be missed, and we are so grateful that she was able to touch so many lives.

Last night, Lennie and I trekked up to Stanwood, WA to attend our dear friend's wedding. It was a very nice garden wedding, complete with blue skies and laughter with friends. Here are some photos:

We're very excited for Chris and Mindy -- congratulations and best wishes to both of you! :-)

Condo Garden 2009

Summer is in full swing, and our condo garden seems to be blooming nicely. As I mentioned previously, we are growing two types of basil, lettuce, and tomatoes in the garden this year, along with quite a few flower pots. Here's some photos of where we started, taken March 29th of this year:

Progress and added veggies in May 2009:

June 4, 2009:

June 15, 2009:
Time for some salad, I think! :-)

Anyone need some fresh home-grown basil? We seem to hava a lot here... :-)

Happy summer!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Swept Into Spring

Wow, where has the time gone? We've been having an unusual stretch of sunny weather here in Seattle, which has meant that we've all been in go-go-go mode. With weather in the upper 80s, we take full advantage of the sunshine and warmth while we can, I think. Nonetheless, we've been swept into Spring with the Summer-like weather and blogging has not happened like I really want it to.

Lennie and I got to take in our first Seattle Sounders FC game last night, which was quite the experience. We were five rows from the field, and definitely swept up in the action. The crowd was full of energy, and it was fun to simply sit back and take it all in... even if we didn't always know/understand what was going on on the pitch. I enjoyed it, but don't know that I'll be the first in line for tickets and writing chants... maybe once I understand the game a little bit more!

Work has kept both Lennie and I busy, which has been nice. When we're not at work, we've been tending to the condo garden, which is blooming nicely, but requires a lot of water in the warm weather. Last I heard, we've gone 27 days without rain, so there's been a lot of watering going on! On the upside, our hard work is paying off in that we have enough lettuce now for a modest salad, and we're up to our ears in basil. I'm loving it!

Last weekend, we got to go to the annual :20 Funny Festival that is organized by 103.7 The Mountain. We had great seats on the balcony, dead center. It was fabulous! I laughed and giggled my way through the whole event, and am glad that Lennie and I have made this event an annual tradition.

A few other observations from the last few weeks:
  • Family is important. Don't forget to tell your family how much you love them, and appreciate the time that you get to spend with them.

  • Friends make life a whole lot better. Spend time with them: laughing, connecting, and make each other's lives better as much as you can.

  • The driving range can make you feel like a golf pro, and will help bring your golfing mojo back. It's worth the trip to swing through a bucket of balls, I promise!

  • If you're in a car alone, that does not mean that other people can't see you. Seriously, I can see you in the car behind me...

  • Air conditioning can be somewhat rare in Seattle, but when you need it, you need it!

  • We live in one of the most beautiful places possible. Sunshine, mountains, water, we have it all in Seattle. I'm so grateful for that!

  • I have one of the greatest husbands ever. Seriously, he kicks butt.

I hope that the end of Spring and beginning of Summer finds you all doing well. Bring on more summer sunshine! :-)