spring and seattle

We went out to a wee farm this week.  Some friends of ours have sheep and their baby lambs were born, so we wanted to go for a visit.

This particular mother was very lenient towards us, thankfully, and allowed the munchkins to love all over her baby.  On this farm our friends also keep cattle, goats, gardens, rabbits, chicks, chickens, dogs, and everything that make children sufficiently wildly happy.  Being out-of-doors on a spring day was good for me too!  The light is so much kinder, the palette brighter, the air fresher.

My girlfriend also shared some of her fresh rhubarb which I made into a strawberry pie.  This pie plate was emptied in five minutes flat. 5 minutes.  I can’t wait until all the growing appetites in this house start to kick in.

Here is the Seattle chocolate shop that I promised to tell you about.  It’s just a few blocks up from Pike’s Place Market, across from the Seattle Art Museum (and just down from the Gelatto shop). It’s called Fran’s and it also has a wonderful hot cocoa station.  Dh and the munchkins were already ordering gellato up the street for us, or I would have had to have one. I did pick up a lovely egg filled with chocolate chicks for Easter.


We also stopped in at the French style bakery, Le Panier, after lunch for some take home treats. (No, I didn’t get all the ones pictured below, even though I would have wanted too!)






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Easter Table

Everyone is in bed and the bunny has come.  You can have the first peek if you’re still up!  I love to decorate our table on this special night.

The flowers on my mini tree are miniature flowers made following the instructions for Martha’s dahlias.

These eggs are simply cut plastic, but I love the way they sparkle and after the number of dyed eggs the munchkins broke today, I’m glad they aren’t glass.

The first of the three photos below shows a box with a purple ribbon.  I picked this up when we were in Seattle this week.  It’s a chocolate egg from Fran’s chocolates and I was totally intrigued by it!  The egg itself has an embossed surface and inside are chocolate chicks. Soooo cute!  I can’t wait to see the munchkins’ reactions in the morning.



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Seattle, Sara, & Hot Lips


We needed to do some PR work in Seattle, so I hand delivered the gift to Sara last weekend.  (She won the birthday blogging surprise a few posts back.)  Can you tell that she loved it?  She was so sweet, and thrilled about all the little details.  It makes me want to keep on creating…

I was driving in the rain, so the munchkins took the rainy Seattle photo for

me. While killing time in the library there, I found an adorable fish purse that was supposedly at www.MoMa.org, but it was not there any more, nor did it list the artist.  I think it’s ‘da bomb.’ If any of you happen to know where to lay your hands on one, I want it.

The garden experiment is doing great.  That is, the rabbits and deer are staying out.  However, I’m afraid that’s because they aren’t even being tempted because everything is staying rather um, short.

We have heavy clay and rocky soil, so we brought in 3-way to help it.  (3 way is 50% topsoil, 25% compost, and 25% sand.)  I’m thinking now that all we really needed was 100% manure, and lots of it. The strawberries love it the most and have produced some berries and are sending suckers out all over the place.  Although, the best strawberries are still the ones growing in a Lego container on the patio.  Hmm.


Dh is getting ready once again to do humanitarian aid work building houses in Mexico.  In preparation, a crew came over to build boxes to hold their tools. They wanted to color code the boxes, so the munchkins and the neighbor kids painted them and then cleaned off the rollers on the lawn. I’m enjoying the abstract quality of their work this week.

We also had to go visit a friend in the hospital who is recovering from cancer.  He’s doing well and we all enjoyed our visit.  As we left town, we stopped off for a quick bite at our absolutely favorite pizza shop. Well, okay, we have two favorites, but both have perfect crusts.



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