Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lacking Inspiration


What does one do?


Where.... oh where can I pick up a bag of MOTIVATION?
Why this sense of  BLAH?
The weather?
The general state of affairs in the world?


It does not look pretty.

Even the Oscars Show was a drag and a dud.
The food on the other hand was "top notch".  The future Chef's Dad sure knows how to use his BBQ grill.

It is  good that  the Photographer is out catching images of bright, fun and interesting things.






Another great and good thing is that we have Garbo in our life.  Speak of a BRIGHT spot.  Rally Classes to go to.  Time for a bit of training each day.  Long fabulous walks.  Dog park visits and play dates with Gem, Buddie, and Yuki.  Hurrah for friendship!


For now, let us simply enjoy a few images of the beautiful, happy, joyful Garbo, some of her friends plus some other fun stuff:-)


She  always fills our heart.  She can always make us smile.


Heeere she is.........  Vi'Skaly's Tropical Hurricane.  Much, much better known as Garbo.



Now out with February and in with March, a month already full of great expectations!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Not Much


Nope, it has been slow go here.  Days running into each other.  Days when my thoughts flutter hither and yon and I just can't seem to get going, can't focus.

There was a great Super Bowl gathering.  Not that either the photographer nor I care much about the game itself.  The get together however is always fabulous.  A "tradition" that started well over thirty some years ago.  A day filled  with good food, good laughter, family and friends.  Since our return from Sweden the party has been graciously hosted by the Mother of our oldest grandchild.  The person with the "sweetest" TV.   Boy oh Boy the food!  This hostess reminds me of our Auntie Siri.


There are so many fabulous dishes in that kitchen it is hard to know where to start and none of us know how to stop!

It would be something to photograph and write about I thought?  Then realised the photographer did not bring his camera!!  That NEVER happens!


So, in lack of party evidence you will have to settle for the regular photo fare...

A little of this

A little of that


And Garbo of course!


Now we wish for rain!
Beg for some rain!
Dance for rain!
Pray for rain!


A LOT of rain!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Garbo On the Go


After a more than full and fun end of December, the photographer, Garbo and I loaded  our "pic and pack" in to the car, taking off for an adventure to north west Washington State.

Mr Kitty helping us pack.


We were going to take a breather, loaf around, and do some sight seeing in the area.



Portland, Oregon

A house had been rented for a few days.  Hot tub included… a good place for the traditional year end bath for a true Viking.  No, let me take that back.  They did not have hot tubs.  Not as we know them anyway.

View from our deck.  Sequim Bay





Garbo the Super Travel Trouper was a good girl, for the most part!  Guess any trip shorter than from Sweden to the States is a "shortie" to her.  She snuggles into her back seat sling and for the most part we did not know she was back there.  She liked the hotel stays too!  Those beds are BIG and oh so comfy!


Poulsbo



The scenery both on the way, with the exception of the boring flat part of northern California, as well  as up there on the majestic Olympic Peninsula is truly beautiful!  One gorgeous Mountain or mountain range after another, starting with Mount Shasta.








We enjoyed some ocean views, some bird sanctuaries, walked in a few wilderness parks, visited Poulsbo, a very charming old Norwegian town, did some shopping and of course made a few visits to dog parks.  What else might one wish for.




Glad to be back home.

We drank champagne, ringing in the New Year, had good food and enjoyed our time away from home.  The best part was returning home of course.  It is a delight to see how glad Mister Cat is to have Garbo back home and vice versa.

Friday, January 9, 2015

They Came From Far and Near


Yes, from the East Coast, from the North West, from the South and from the Bay, as well as from just seven minutes away!  The FAMILY gathered!




To celebrate Christmas, to share food and gifts, to laugh, to smile, to enjoy being together and to EAT!




We delighted in the presence of the unexpected two!  The young Seattle duo who called up and asked if there was room for two more at the table?  Having done a marathon drive to join us!  It was GREAT!



There was herring and lutfisk, ham and sausages, meatballs and ribs, sauces, sides and salads and all the other stuff that a Swedish Christmas makes!  We stuffed ourselves full, squeezing down some of the rice porridge that only Annika can make!






There were gleaming eyes and happy helpful people… eating fast, Santa was coming!  Can hardly make him wait!






Then the new electronic visit during the gift opening!  JQ and his Seattle group cheering us on, watching and commenting.  Oh, what fun!  This virtual addition to our gathering.





We all had a great time.