Happy spring!

Despite the rain we’ve had lately, it cleared-up nicely and I headed for the University of Washington campus in Seattle for the photo-op with my son. Every year people visit campus just to see the Japanese cherry blossoms in bloom, and with Spring Break underway and the sun out, today was the day to do it. I always enjoy the sight: the whole Liberal Arts Quadrangle is encircled with these big beauties and when they are in bloom, standing underneath them is like standing in a pink cotton candy ball and people walk around with big smiles on their faces.

Here’s a link to a slideshow of the cherry blossoms on the University of Washington website: click here. Enjoy!

Lunch: chapagetti or chajangmyun, as I know it.

If you’re tired of packaged ramen noodles, try something different sometime, like chajangmyun. I’m told it’s a Chinese dish and can be ordered in Chinese restaurants. The packaged version, such as pictured, is noodles that are boiled in water, drained and then to which is added packets of dehydrated veggies, oil, and brown sauce. The noodles are very nice (better than packaged ramen), and the sauce is very mild and almost tastes like brown gravy.

Superknit Sunday

My son’s cardigan is coming along and I put in a lot of rows today, more than the usual 2-4 rows I accomplish on a typical weekday. Our cat Phinney approves. The back of this sofa is her 24/7 roost, complete with dedicated halogen lamp AND full spectrum craft lamp. My husband was the first to notice that she really seems to enjoy the addition of the craft lamp, and so it’s hers more than it’s mine. The other two cats don’t get such special treatment.


Toddler cardigan progress.

I recently had a chance to go to Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle and indulge in a sizzling hot order of fish ‘n chips at Little Chinook’s, which is adjacent to Chinook’s. Chinook’s is a good place to experience a broad range of fresh seafood dishes without spending a lot of money, but if you don’t like seafood, there’s still lots to choose from and it’s a good place to take kids. The fish ‘n chips were yummy.


Here’s to the hips with fish ‘n chips!


The man in the ladies’ room.

This guy has been hanging-out on the door in the ladies’ room at Chinook’s for eons. I always get a kick out of seeing this picture. I think some people have tried to steal the picture over the years because everytime I go there, it seems more heavily fastened to the door than previously. What’s not to love?

If you go to Fisherman’s Terminal, there’s not much to see, it’s a working terminal for, um, fisherfolk, and soon there will be even less of it to see because the Port of Seattle has allowed a large portion of the piers to be taken out to make room for luxury boats.


Spring is around the corner!

Evidence from my backyard that Spring is on the way: winter-blooming cyclamen. In this part of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) of the US the winters are usually so mild that you can see sights like this. I remember native primroses coming into bloom in January when I was little. Notice the heathly crop of moss, too. It wouldn’t be the PNW without moss growing on anything or anyone that stands still for 10 minutes.When the first sign of Spring is visible, that can only mean that… Yes! The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is just around the corner! Despite the mobs of people who come to this show, I look forward to it every year. The indoor garden exhibits are amazing, if not just a bit over-the-top.