So we arrived on friday morning and went over to visit with Mommy. She was doing fine just reading and wasn't expecting us until Saturday. We had a nice afternoon chatting and poking around the apartment complex, which is great by the way, I almost wished that I could live there. Just out the back door of Mom's apartment it looks like this:
And further down the path they have square foot gardens that the residents can rent and use for vegetable gardens. Lots of tomatoes and herbs and lettuce growing there.
So lovely.....and Jeanette kept seeing the cutest little frog....isn't he fun?
We of course had to make a Spud's run first thing when Carol got home from work.
It is still sooooo good! I'm a Spud's girl and not so much an Ivar's girl.
The next morning was the big event! You know, THE BIG EVENT, that hasn't happened in about 15 years! BLACKBERRY PICKING! Yes, the thing we dreaded as children because we were made into slave labor to go out and pick buckets and buckets of berries even if they would be turned into yummy pies, and delicious jams, we still felt a little like slave labor. I wanted to go blackberry picking! I have over the years been able to obtain blackberries in Utah. But somehow they just don't hold a candle to Seattle blackberries. I don't know if it is in the picking or if it is the climate or if it is the berries themselves but I gotta tell you, there is nothing like Seattle blackberries. So I hatched a plan. I decided to try a patch I had seen when we had stayed out by Southcenter. My hunches were good, not that that particular patch was still there but there was others that were great, right along a walking path. I was also in luck because someone had been there before me and cut in several great patches to pick from. I was miserably unprepared with closed toed sandals and cropped pants. I had forgotten what those stickers can do to a person. I had seriously underestimated the size of those blackberry branches, some of those thorn could stick you through a shoe! I was cautious but persistent and I like to think that my yoga training had done me some good here. By the end I was one happy, sticky and scratched up girl with my three pans full of blackberries!
Next on the agenda was a trip down to Pike Place Market. Me, Jeanette and Carol, (mom opted to stay home for this one.) Headed out for a whirl wind tour of the market, which happened to be packed with people because it was Saturday but we didn't care. We got to mix and mingle with all the eclectic people and sample yummy food and buy fresh flowers. Nope, nothing better! It is so fun! Even in a crowd.
|Three Crazy Girls Heading off to the Market|
|We all agreed it only matters if Karen looks good in the picture!|
|Super cozy bed....had a really hard time getting Jeanette out of it|
|Cute little corner of our room|
|Kim's cute office|
|Office and sitting room just off our bedroom|
|Kim's obsession with Sonny and Cher|
|This is where Jeanette and Kim were while I was picking blackberries....just saying, not BB.|
|Fun dinning room!|
On Saturday evening we had Esther join us for dinner and we ended up going to the very quaint and delicious Luna Park Cafe. I was not aware that near the West Seattle Bridge there used to be an amusement park called Luna Park. All that is left to represent is this cute little cafe.
|We all totally enjoyed the little sign above Esther that said|
"Flush twice it is a long way to Georgetown"
You have to be from Seattle to get that one....it made us laugh!
|Hot Fudge Shake, yes that is hot fudge around the outside of the glass|
totally yummy smooth hot fudge
Next it was on to the grave yard. I really wanted to go and take some flowers to Daddy's grave and bonus Uncle Bill is buried in the same Cemetery. So off we went. It is quite a drive, about an hour out to Kent and through the countryside. I do love this Cemetery it is so beautiful and peaceful.
|The beautiful widow|
|Mom, Karen, Jeanette and Carol|
|Mom, Esther, Jeanette and Carol|
|Uncle Bill's Grave|
|Rest in peace Uncle Bill|
Our plane was leaving on Monday afternoon so we spent the morning at Mom's doing some deep cleaning for her. Her apartment was in great shape but she can't exactly get down on hands and knees to clean so we scrubbed and cleaned everything really well before we left. As hard as it is having her so far away she is very happy in her little apartment and really doesn't have to go very far or do much. So it is perfect for now. I was very grateful to be able to go up and visit with her and help out in a small way. Carol is doing a great job keeping everything going.
We decided to head down to Alki for our final Seattle goodbyes.......until next time!
|Beautiful Mt Ranier (from the airplane)|