Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's Tuesday and it seems like it has been a long week already. It's going to be a short work week due to the holiday, but it just seems to be dragging. So as not to be a downer, I will tell you the heat has been exhausting, but today the humidity was only 22%. That's wonderful for Georgia on the last day of June.

I have been dealing with lots of issues lately. I know we all do, but I just think I need some time to sort through some things. I am going to take some time away from posting. I know without a doubt that the Lord is with me. I know He loves me and wants the best for me. Those of you that will, please pray for me to have direction.

I will be back in a while. Love you guys.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

My Time in Seattle

I finally got the pictures to download. Sometimes I am amazed that I ever get these things to work. This has been a sad day for me. I thought Farrah was such a courageous person and she was really trying to win her battle, but she has gone home now. Then to hear about Micheal Jackson. It's such a reminder that death is no respecter of the famous or wealthy. He seemed like such a tormented soul.

I will show you some of the highlights of our trip. Our first morning we went to this wonderful little restaurant called Lola's. The food was very fresh and tasty. The toast was scrumptious and tasted like homemade bread.
On Saturday I took myself to the Seattle Art Museum. I was so excited because I thought I would get to see the Andrew Wyeth exhibit. Well, if you look closely you can see in the fine print that this amazing collection arrived today, June 25th. It's another case of a day late and a dollar short. The museum was interesting and had a great group of contemporary works.
I love raw oysters. I was not aware that there are so many different types of oysters. There was probably 50 kinds at this particular restaurant. The dip in the middle that looks like sorbet is actually shaved ice with a vinegar berry combo. Erica and I didn't care for it at all. I'm just a cocktail sauce kind of gal. I must tell you that every bit and morsel of seafood I had in Seattle was so fresh and tasty. I don't know if it was the Northern Pacific waters or what. These were delightful!

Here's a seafood chowder that had huge pieces of crab meat and fish that danced in my mouth.

The next yummy was fried Cheese Curds with jalapeno mint sauce. These came highly recommended by the shuttle driver. Beyond delicious!

Our group had a three hour version of Amazing Race in Seattle. It was a scavenger hunt that takes the participants all around the city. The next two pictures are of Erica and Chemika planning their strategy. There were 6 teams and they had clever color names like, Blues Clues, Orange Crush, Yellow Submarine, etc.

Here's Erica. She was on the Orange Crush team. They came in second place.

Here's Chemika intent on winning and you know what....the Yellow Submarines won!!

Here's the famous market where they throw the big fish. This street had grown so much since I was there in 1990. Lots of cutsie shops. There were flowers everywhere. Very inexpensive.

As we were walking along a girl was walking her baby pig. It was so cute. Avery would have loved him. So unusual to see a little piggie walking around.

Here's the famous Space Needle. This was from the hotel and it was an overcast day like so many of them. It hadn't rained in something like 29 days, a record I believe. The locals were getting very nervous. It was lovely cool weather in the 50's and 60's. Now I'm back in the HEAT and I do mean heat. I'm already longing for the fall and winter.
This was a great trip and I hope you get to visit Seattle some day soon. Friendly people and great food. Love it. I think it's a neat city, but the housing prices and cost of living seems to be higher than Atlanta. One of my friends had commented that they liked to visit Seattle, but she wouldn't want to live there. I totally agree. There were lots of homeless people. I imagine it would take lots of cash to live there. Another huge factor is that all my family is on the east coast or midwest. I don't want to be so far away from my loved ones. A visit is fine, but not anything on a permanent basis. I now see why you folks up in B.C. and Oregon and Washington love it so much. The trees were great and everywhere we looked at was like paintings. The boats and the water made me want to run back and start painting. Next summer our meeting will be in Hilton Head, S.C. so that will be close to home and quite a different setting. It's a relaxing quiet place. I hope you have enjoyed a little of my trip. I wish you could have all been with me.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Back from the West Coast

I just can't get the blogger deal to load my other pictures. I will take my laptop to work tomorrow and see if they can check out why I am having these issues. This was going to be the last of many pictures in today's post. It was a view from our hotel and it was a fabulous sight to behold. That was a sailboat in the middle and it looked so pretty. Until I can get the other pics loaded I will tell you about what I thought of Seattle.

The people were very friendly. The views were gorgeous every where you looked. The art was everywhere. The food was some of the best I have ever had in my life. That's nearly sixty years and I have eaten tons probably.

If you ever, ever get the chance to go visit Seattle run don't walk to head to the airport. I must warn you though. It's very hilly by the wharf. There are great boats and tons to see. I hope you are not too disappointed about the pics, but I will try my best.

Great news! My daughter's biopsies came back no growth. I am walking on clouds. I will be back as soon as I get my computer to act right. It's good to be back.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


I'm still in Seattle, but leaving in a few hours. It has been a very busy time and I didn't try to post. The time change is a HOOT. I don't know how I'll ever get up in the morning to go to work. I have learned lots and had wonderful food and gobs of fun. I am so blessed. I'll post pictures when I get a chance. Love ya, Trish

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Anniversary Cheesecake

Mika, Saira and our cheesecake
I know this was not what I should have been having, but.........it is my 19th wedding anniversary and Mark is 175 miles away. Two of my friends and I brought our lunch, but then I had found a gift card for Cheesecake Factory in an old purse. Well, it just seemed like the right thing to do. So this afternoon we got a slice of happiness. OMG, it tasted wonderful. I know, Trish, don't complain about your biggie hips and you go to the CF and get such a decadent dessert. I wish you could have all been with us. We laughed and talked about Mika's upcoming wedding. This was a happy day. The picture has glare but we were having fun. I really think it's a good idea to have as much fun as you can. I'm not saying shirk your responsibilities, but laughing is so good for us. Sometimes my life is so full of stuff that I forget about the fun part. I'm trying to remind myself of it. Hooray for cheesecake. It always makes me smile.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Lazy June Days

We had a very relaxing weekend. Saturday afternoon we went to my sister-in-law's house for a cook-out. The food was delicious and we had a great time catching up about life. She has a really pretty garden, as seen above. She has a waterfall and a fountain and the sound of the water is so soothing.
For lunch today Avery and I went to IHOP. We enjoyed it and Avery explained to me some theories about black holes and worm holes. She loves science and has read a lot about black holes. Of course, a day is not complete until Avery and I trek to the Books-A-Million.

I love this picture. She seems so interested in this book. It's about a 16th century French girl. Avery is getting into photography and she shot the top two pictures. I think she did a super job. I think she may be getting a new camera for her trip to Hawaii in September. I would love for her to take some neat shots and be able to remember every bit of her trip. She will be going to public school this year. It will be her first time in public school, but she's excited and it will be an adventure. I pray she finds some little friends who have some common interests.
I hope this will be a super duper week for you. Why do the weekends fly by???

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Things You'll Probably Never Heard Said About Me

The following list is not exhaustive, of course, but will give you a taste of things that will probably never be said about moi. My mother used to tell me, "Patti, Never is such a long time!" So I'm not saying these things are impossible, but highly, highly improbable.

"Lavinia dear, I've always thought Trish was such a neat-freak."

"It's a shame that you're such a picky-eater, Trish."

"Did you see Sparky and Trish riding their motorcycles?"

Lil Cindi and Trish were off to get their tattoos. This was beginning to become a habit for them.

Janeen and Trish strolled out of the beach house in their tiny bikinis.

Betsy was crazy about Trish's adorable new 4 inch heels. Too cute.

"Look at this lawn. Trish really has a Green Thumb."

Stevie Wren and Trish climbed the mountain, then took their places on the bridge getting ready to bungee jump.

Debby, Kat and Trish, "Now there's some dare-devils!"

Trish stayed in the woods camping in a tent and loving every minute of it. She's so athletic.

I hope I have not offended any of my readers that love to indulge in the above activities. I just wanted to let you know me a little bit better.

Now...consider yourself tagged and I want to know what won't be said about you. Love you guys.