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!


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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Star In The Making

There is not much time for blogging right now.....
Most of my time is spent in the kitchen a favorite place to be for me.

We did however make a whirlwind visit to see the Southern California troupe, Maria, Garbo and I, as Saga was performing in a high school production of The Jungle Book.

No, Saga is not in high school yet..... it was high school students who produced the play, the direction, the scenography, the casting, and all that goes with a theater performance of this kind.  They did a fabulous job teaching the "actors" to sing, dance and perform!

We are so glad we made that long drive to see the production.  All the kids were great!  Saga was excellent!
(The photo credit, for the pictures from the show,  goes to the Mother of the STAR! Nice shots!!)

Saga was born to perform.  There is no doubt!  Not that I am not biased, I am and I admit it.  But there were several other people who, after the show was over, marveled over her talent.  Her ability to project  with both motion and voice!  I am totally blown away!

Christmas preparations were in full swing there!  The kids making ginger bread cookies and other goodies!  It was a fun visit!

We had a mini Christmas here last weekend, as the Seattle son and his wife came bringing a stash of gifts, helping us eat Lussekatter, a traditional saffron bread and ginger cookies for Saint Lucia Day!

The traditional calendar was delivered, with its stories and pictorial telling about their year 2014.  It is an especially fun calendar as the stories and events of the year include those who are most important to us, our swedish family!  JQ will remain in Seattle with his gang, along with our oldest granddaughter and her true love, this  holiday.  We had so hoped that Kellie would come home for Christmas, but things change when you grow up, have a job and other responsibilities and we have to accept that.

Now we are getting ready for the Big Day when we gather around the tree after eating ourselves silly!

It will be a big group!  It will be fun!

Before Christmas, there is my "Big Sister's" Birthday to celebrate and Winter Solstice, the day when "everything changes!"  The day when the dark nights get shorter and the days gradually longer! Hurrah!

Merry Christmas .. God Jul .. Feliz Navidad to you  all!