Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Weather Window and Scent of Pine

This morning we had a “weather window” after last night’s wind storm. On our way out to dinner last night, we took a slightly round-about way to the restaurant to avoid the large major road on which all the traffic lights were out. Seattle motorists are so civil; the lights go out, they take turns going through the lights. Even so, traffic backs up to kingdom come. I figured out a way we could avoid that dogpile, and we got the the restaurant with no problem. The wind was sending the rain in lashes, but at one of the most popular restaurants in town, a parking spot was available right in front.

On our way in, a group of women on the way out hollared “It’s a 45 minute wait!” and we just laughed – my Mom is a smart cookie. We had reservations.

Finally, I am on local time, and when we got home, I slept like a baby. Early in the morning my sister came to my room and told me how she had been up most of the night, worried about the wind blowing. Trees were falling everywhere, and she was worried about the house. She said the wind didn’t die down until the early hours of the morning. She has lived in Seattle thirty three years and had never experienced a worse storm.

But there was a “weather window” this morning. Bad weather behind us, bad weather ahead of us, but for right now, right this minute, the sun is shining and the roads are clear of ice. As I drive, I smell pine everywhere, and in our neighborhood, the road crews have already been out clearing trees off the roads and pushing all the debris to the sides. The smell is pure heaven, pure sweet pine scented air.

The wind and rain have washed all the dust away, the air itself sparkles, and the trees still standing are an amazing shade of green, a green so dark it is almost black. It’s a morning to delight the senses.

January 6, 2007 Posted by | Seattle, Travel, Weather | 2 Comments

Seattle’s Northgate Mosque

Driving down to Seattle today, I was stopped at the light by the Northgate Mosque:


Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States.

January 6, 2007 Posted by | Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Lumix, Photos, Seattle, Spiritual | 5 Comments

Diamond Chip

Is there anything sweeter than a new baby? Diamond Chip isn’t even one week old.


This is his quilt:


January 6, 2007 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Generational, Lumix, Photos | 7 Comments