It is my grand daughter's first day of school. I will be volunteering in her kindergarten room once a week and I'm looking forward to it. Yesterday, I had my weekly book talk on the Zaandam, a Holland America Lines ship docked in Haines.
Yes, the man in the bear suit does live here and I'm pretty sure I know his name, as there is only one guy with a bear suit in town and he wears it often, usually while roller blading. (And writes about it for the Chilkat Valley News in his column.) I ran into him and his dog Falafel on the golf course yesterday but he didn't mention his sudden rise to national fame. Our man in the bear suit chasing the real bears out at Chilkoot is top-ten news from Fox to CNN.
Grandma Joanne is making a divinity pie, which is made of Ritz crackers, walnuts, sugar, and egg whites, with a lot of whipped cream on top. It has been known to send at least one of our friends to the hospital with heart failure (he got better and joked it was named divinity pie because it can give the eater a sneak preview of heaven...). It's for our last dinner before she flies out tomorrow at 2:45 for Juneau and an overnight with the girls there before heading back east Wednesday morning.
"Summer afternoon ~ summer afternoon; to me those have always been the most beautiful words in the English language." - Henry James
It's another First Friday party downtown (and all around town) in Haines today, with Dan Henry reading from his John Muir book at the Arts Confluence office between 5-7 and an opening in Joanie's gallery next door, and another up in the Fort at Nelle's shop featuring local artists, and they are having a garden party with snacks and fun and games at the green house behind the new hotel from 4-7.
I did not carry a camera for JJ's wedding-- so here are some snapshots from her friend Hannah Blilie who takes great wedding pictures, and swears she is an amateur. (I beg to differ.) JJ and Bryan were married on a boat-- one of the water taxis that runs between Haines and Skagway.
From my inbox this morning:
I am sending good thoughts your way as we have not seen your blog since the 19th. We are knowing that all is well with you and yours. If your life is less than perfect at the moment, just know that we are lifting you all up in prayer.
Carole and Richard in NC
Dear Carole and Richard:
My life is actually more than perfect at the moment. Thank you for the note and for missing my blog.
"Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born. What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What would this world be like without dogs?" -- Mary Oliver