At this time of year, most people I know drop everything when the sun comes out, and spend as much time as they can outdoors, whether working on projects or just sitting on a deck, a lawn, a boat or a beach. People in the Puget Sound area appreciate the sun, and they don't waste a single ray.
We spent most of the weekend outdoors. This is a special weekend in Seattle - it is Seafair. That means that there are special events, including hydroplane races on Lake Washington, the Navy's Blue Angels flying over, and the Washington State Open Tennis tournament, among others.
When I was growing up, we belonged to a tennis club. It was a lovely place, with a beach, a pool, indoor courts (necessary in this climate), a gym, snack bar and dining facilities. I let my membership go when it was clear that 1) I don't love tennis enough to pay to play 2) I was not planning to live near enough to the club to use it and 3) it did not make financial sense for me to be a member. Some of my family still belong to the club, and they are kind enough to invite us to join them there to use the facilities with them and share special occasions. The Washington State Open is one of those.
very low over the club - so low you can read "NAVY" printed on the underside of the fuselages - and that is part of the excitement of being at the WA State Open tournament.
|I honestly don't know how the players can concentrate with the jets flying so low overhead!|
Gregg and I took two beach walks, as this was the hottest day of the year, so far - 90 degrees!
|On the way to the beach, we passed this house sign.|
|Maribeth used to live here - every time I walk on this beach, I miss her!|
|Wading in Puget Sound with the Emerald City in the distance and a seagull in the foreground|
|It's not a fried egg; it's "a jellyfish, a jellyfish, a jellyfish, a jellyfish!" (a camp saying)|
|Our neighbors have built a beautiful pagoda - the paint is intense red and yellow, with high-gloss green roof tiles.|
|We passed Kiana Lodge, where Katie's celebration of life was held, five years ago this month (where she wanted to have her wedding reception)|
|Kiana has a long dock and walkway, bordered with flowers, so that brides can arrive (or depart) by boat or seaplane, if they so choose|
|It is serene and private. Their specialty is their salmon dinners.|
|Kiana's deck and beach, where they set off fireworks (in accordance with Katie's request)|
Five years ago, Katie was on hospice care here at home.
Five years ago next week, Katie passed away.
Five years ago last week, Mike and Andrea were married; three years ago last week, their precious baby girl Signe was born - and died on the same day.
Three years ago, Gunnar Strom died suddenly at the age of 19.
In a couple of weeks, we will celebrate my parents' 60th wedding anniversary and Maribeth and Alan will celebrate their wedding anniversary. It is a full time, with many joys and some very deep, very hard sorrows.
We will mourn and we will celebrate. This is our life.