Hi Kitty!

Chanell and I had a weird walk to Wallingford this afternoon.

Somebody we don’t know hollered at us from their porch, we met a cat named Goose, we were honked and pointed at, and we found some bags of beauty nuggets on the way home.

Now, what do you suppose a beauty nugget is?

I’ll tell you. They’re woodchips. Like for landscaping.

Beauty nuggets. Go figure.

Anyway, the most exciting thing happened on the way back from Wallingford. Even better than beauty nuggets.

We met another cat. A cat on a leash.

The fluffiest cat I’ve ever seen. On a leash. Look at that thing!

New Friends

I’m testing out my green thumb.

You know, I’m not super well versed in the raising of house plants, but decided I needed a living thing to share my empty apartment with and I’m not quite ready to become the cat lady you all know I am on the inside.

So I went to the plant store. Where I proceeded to ask a lot of apparently stupid questions, as the plant guy seemed generally disdainful of me.

I persevered and picked out these lovelies.

They’re just bitty things but the goal is to grow ’em up huge. Wish me luck.

More on the cat quest later.

No Complaints

It’s back to work and back to gray this week. At least the sun was kind enough to grace us for the weekend.

No complaints from this tan girl.

I brought a little brightness into my week:

A mishmash of bright, drooping, drying flowers moved from kitchen to bedroom to living room as I see fit.

And yes that’s an unmade bed. Bright flowers are a nice thing to see first thing in the morning.

Weekend Scene

Another beautiful day, and it is not over yet.

A friend joined me for some sunbathing on the deck.

We walked to the Ballard Farmers Market today.

Things are growing in Seattle.

Made us hungry.

And thirsty, obviously.

Finally!

A beautiful, hot day in Seattle. I know most of the US is heat wave city, but here it’s been cold and grey.

Time for some sunning on the deck!

I Made Real Food

Believe it. It’s been awhile, I know, but it has happened.

And of course it contains my favorite of favorites, quinoa.

Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad with Feta and Mint

What you need:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 4 beets
  • 1/4 cup or less torn mint
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Roast your beets. I wrap mine if foil and stick ’em in a 375 oven for about 40 minutes or until they are very pokeable by fork. Then I let them cool. Once cool, you can just rub their skin right off. Your hands will turn hot pink and terrifying, but it will wash off.
Cook quinoa (1 cup to 2 cups water, bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes).
Chop up beets, tear up mint, crumbled feta. Wait til quinoa cools slightly.
Mix together and add a little salt if the feta isn’t salty enough. Nothing is ever salty enough for me.
Ta-Da! Hot pink and healthy!

Say Yes! to Michigan!

I always say yes to Michigan.

‘Tis my home, after all.

I spent an absolutely lovely not-quite-a-week in the UP last week. There was family, and friends, there were lakes, a golf scramble, an island, some bikes, a 10k to win and decks to sit on.

Pretty much totally perfecto.

Aunts Nita and Nancy make shish kebobs. Grandma looks on.

FYI, shish kebabs are a good meal when you have to feed 15 people, one of whom is a whiny vegetarian.

Kebabs! Those aren’t the vegetarian ones.

Neither are those. Meat hands for the vegetarian! I ain’t scared.

That was the first night.

The following day, fueled by Bud Light and peppers and onions, I ran a 10k in downtown St. Ignace.

There was a mile run, a 5k and a 10k. My cousin Troy, in the navy blue, did the 5k. He’s brave. He decided to run the night before, at midnight, at the bar. Who says alcohol and exercise don’t mix?

The race started at Little Bear East, hockey rink, gym, wedding hall. Then we ran through town. Twice, for the 10k-ers.

Troy passed that kid.

I did not pass that little kid in front of me. Though I tried really hard. Whatever, he was only running a 5k. Slacker.

I had a large cheering section. The other runners were jealous.

Second trip through town!

Almost there! Kind of. Town certainly seems bigger on foot.

Anyway, I came in second for women. Huzzah! There were about 15 girls, I think. Still. Time was 52:14, I think. Not bad for a red-eye flying, beer drinking runner.

After I finished and took a shower, it was time for MACKINAC ISLAND! One of the Top Ten Islands in the World! says Conde Nast. And they’d know.

I worked on Mackinac Island for 4 years in high school, selling shoes, what else. It’s a special place.

Waiting for the boat. Don’t ask what’s wrong with my face. At least my sister looks cute.

Katie looks cute too!

So does Grandma!

We rode bikes, went to the Grand Hotel for a drink, went to Sinclair’s for a drink and went to the Pink Pony for a drink. Pretty complete day on Mackinac Island. Oh, and my sister bought boat shoes at Decked Out, our previous place of employment. Totally complete day on Mackinac Island.

Family golf scramble!

Marina pub with Steve and Peter! 2nd day in a row!

Mystery Spot. Apparently I’m either stunned by the mystery or outraged at the price of this sweatshirt.

Soooo mysterious! Water running up hills! Chairs on the side of the wall! What is happening!

After Peter and I survived the Mystery Spot’s new zipline, we had to take them to the Pellston airport. They were sad to go.

Then I FINALLY bought an iPhone, went for walks, stuffed envelopes with Jeffrey and had a late night rendezvous with Kathleen.

It was a perfect trip.

I’m back in Seattle now, missing my home state and my family.

See you in October, Great Lakes State!