Birds of a Feather

Craft Sale November 30, 2010

Filed under: Crafty,The everyday — kcfeather @ 5:37 pm

We had a great time in the Big Apple.  Some highlights, in no particular order: exploring the Village, Thanksgiving dinner on Roosevelt Island (and a Korean BBQ Thanksgiving the night before, the Met, walking through Times Square and Rockefeller Center, Crack Pie from the Milk Bar, late-night Artichoke Pizza, Purl Soho (a fabric store…you can guess who was excited about this).


Our church is having a craft sale the next few Sundays, and before I deliver my contributions, I thought I’d post a few pictures.


A set of cloth napkins

Pretty yellows and grays

Neatly mitred corners

All tied up with a bow

And a few sets...

...of notecards

Now it’s time to get started on some Christmas shopping!


Thanksgiving November 24, 2010

Filed under: Holiday — kcfeather @ 2:25 pm

November has flown by, and suddenly it’s street cleaning week (4th Tuesday and Wednesday of every month we must make sure our car is not in the way of the street cleaner or it will be towed).  Also, it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow!


And we have a lot to be thankful for:


Though both our families are far away, we’re thankful for them and are also thankful for the internet and cell phones – so it’s much easier (and cheaper) to stay in touch than it might have been 50 years ago. We’re looking forward to seeing both families in December.

Friends, both old and new
It certainly isn’t easy to move somewhere where you barely know a soul, but with time God has blessed us with friends here in Boston – some through church, some through C’s job, even one friend K met at the gym! We’re also really thankful for our steady stream of visitors this summer and fall – it was really wonderful to see familiar faces when everything seemed so new.  K, EM, and J have all been to visit; and in December, both B (and possibly another friend) and then K’s sister M who will be on her way home from the Dominican Republic will both visit!


A really wonderful place to live
We couldn’t be happier with our apartment and our neighborhood.  Lots of things are walkable (Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, Formaggio Kitchen, Hi-Rise (a local bakery), some great restaurants, Fresh Pond, two libraries – and of course, several sandwich shops and also a few Dunkin’ Donuts). People are friendly, it’s not overly crowded.  And there is almost always parking.

C’s job
He works with really wonderful people, and is enjoying the work. And they gave him a pie for Thanksgiving.



One thing is for sure, it is colder here than in CA!  I think both of us are (already) very thankful that we made the decision to invest in some heavy duty cold-weather gear.  So far, we’ve both been able to resist using our warmest layer (we have it on good authority that we should save the down coats for January and February).  But we are certainly layering on all of our other layers: fleeces, jackets, hats, gloves, scarfs, etc.  And so far, it is keeping us pretty toasty despite some very cold evenings.  Tonight it is supposed to get down to 26 degrees…the coldest so far.  Brrrr….


We’re looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving in New York!  C has never been (other than an accidental drive through the Bronx), so hopefully we’ll have lots of fun stories to report.


My Oh My: A Tribute November 12, 2010

Filed under: The everyday — kcfeather @ 1:42 am

Seattle lost one of it’s best this week: Dave Niehaus, the Mariner’s radio announcer.  Niehaus was the sort of announcer that made people want to listen to the game on the radio rather than watching it on TV.  He was with the M’s from the very beginning (1977) through all of the ups and downs (mostly, recently, downs), but through it all his enthusiasm for the game was contagious.
The signature Niehaus call was “My oh my” – a call so well-loved that it was often up on the Diamond Vision screen at the Kingdome (and since 1999, Safeco Field).  But my all time favorite (which I’ve mentioned here before) is his grand slam call: “Bring out the rye bread and the mustard, Grandma – it’s grand salami time!”
Jay Buhner, another Mariner’s old-timer, said, “He could call a sunset.” And it’s true.  I think we’d all like to hear that call.
Here’s his obituary.  And a tribute from the NY Times as well.  If you want to get a little taste of what Seattle will be missing this spring, the Seattle Times put together a few of his most memorable calls – enjoy!


Straight from the horse’s mouth November 3, 2010

Filed under: The everyday — kcfeather @ 12:09 pm

While getting ready for bed last night:

C: “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. For instance, not eating too much kimchi fried rice is a trick I should be able to learn, but can’t.”

K: “What did you eat tonight?  Anything besides kimchi fried rice?”

C (sheepishly): “Madelines* and beer.”


*Madelines are french butter cake-cookies