and while it seems like just a little while since I first met my friend and colleague Bill, it has been at least 25 years... While we shared a studio space for a while back then, we now live in different states and he has a family and a rural household, while I live in the city in a different state.
Last weekend I traveled up to Olympia for a visit, taking a middle of the day Amtrak train to Centralia. Bolt doesn't stop between Portland and Seattle. My initial reason for the trip was to make certain that the 15th c bodice I'd been working on was a good fit for Cathy. The train was more crowded than I expected for a mid week midday excursion, but made good time. C and I ate lunch at McMenamin's Olympic Club opposite the train station, said restaurant/poolhall/theater/hotel being the reason for choosing Centralia rather than Olympia as the terminus. The Olympia train station is just a building in the middle of a field.
Somehow, I had forgotten that it was Jen's birthday weekend, but since I had planned to give her the Rainbow Crow print as a gift anyway, I wasn't empty handed. On Saturday there was one of the magnificent wood fired pizza feasts, with friends of their household invited. Even tastier than the pesto with three kinds of mushroom pizza was her "birthday cake" fruit pizza, with honeyed cream cheese topped with sliced strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Rather like the love child of pizza and fruit topped cheesecake!
The other truly memorable thing about the birthday party was that Ross had brought some of his homing pigeons, and we got to release them and see them take off to fly back to his home a few miles away. I'd never seen that done in person, and the pigeons themselves were very varied and beautiful. They are strong, and need to be held carefully, gently but very firmly, before it is time to toss them skyward.
Kestrel is almost two. I'd not seen her in several months, and the increase in both her stature and her comprehensibility was really noticeable. I could understand much of what she was saying, and she had sentences of two or three words at times. The little SCA gown I made for her needed some adjustments - the neckline was not quite large enough, and the length but not the width could do with a few more inches. I brought it back home with me, and this morning I slashed and bound the front neck slit, so it will be a bit easier to get over her noggin. I may cut a strip of the leftover fabric, and print a line of corbies all along it to add a border to the hemline as well.
On Sunday it was time for the trip to the art museum in Seattle, which was the other primary reason for the trip. Cathy and I drove up to Seattle to see Victorian Radicals, and were not disappointed. We stopped for a dim sum brunch before heading over to the museum. The exhibition was really impressive and included many pieces I had never seen before, a fair amount of jewelry and metalwork, and even some embroidery! I also need to remember in the future that SAM participates in Museums for All, which meant that my EBT card was also an admission card, huzzah!
August SMART goals (x=extra)
August SMART goals (x=extra)
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||undergown bodice||popover pockets||plant stand|
|2||Lion's cub master||gown band printed||bag to Goodwill|
|3||Leo Minor master||Kestrel gown neckline ||bag to Goodwill|
|4||Lion's Mane master ||x||bag to Goodwill|
|5||Kestrel gown toile||x||-|
today's gratitude - the freedom to travel