Dinner Laughs

31 Aug


Halibut Cove

31 Aug

While my parents were here, they were gracious enough to babysit the kids one evening so we could explore Halibut Cove.  The Kachemak Bay Ferry runs there once per day and tickets include dinner reservations at the only restaurant in the cove, The Saltry.

The woman who owns The Saltry is an artist and has a studio right next to the restaurant.  The restaurant uses her unique dishes to serve the food on.

The food was amazing.  And there was so much of it.  I ate less than half of what they brought me and was so stuffed I could hardly walk (when they say a “bowl” of soup, they mean a BOWL of soup).

After dinner, we got to walk around the cove.  It’s quite scenic and unlike anyplace I’ve ever been.  All the buildings are built on boardwalks and everybody has horses.  I guess that’s how you visit your neighbors, since there are no roads or cars.  We walked up and down several trails and through some fields until we happened to come across the memorial for Diana Tillion.

Diana Tillion was an artist who lived in Halibut Cove.  She made a name for herself for being the only known artist in the world to paint with octopus ink.  She would harvest it herself and could make several paintings from a single drop.

She died early this year of cancer and Alzheimer’s.  Her two galleries in the cove are still in operation.

One of the workers on the boat that we got to talk with is Tara Alverson, who is a resident of Halibut Cove.  She’s an artist who studied under Diana Tillion … which I suppose makes her currently the only artist in the world who paints with octopus ink.  She told us about how she harvests it, and also how she cared for Diana during her last several years.  Apparently Diana Tillion was one spirited woman, and even in her eighties was difficult to keep up with.

Tara is a very talented artist, and when I saw this print of a painting she had done of the Altair, I had to have it.  I recognized the boat from the Boat Graveyard as one that I had particularly enjoyed photographing because I thought it had more character than most.  Apparently it was owned by a man who lived in Halibut Cove.

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Lost Tooth #2

31 Aug

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Korenisms: Doggie Edition

30 Aug

Koren: Ana, I am a doggie.
Cyndy: You are? What’s your name?
Koren: Um…Jackson Beebee.
Cyndy: Wow.  That’s cool.
Koren: Ana, say “Goodnight, Jackson Beebee.”
Cyndy: Goodnight, Jackson Beebee.
Koren: Woof!



29 Aug

I got to stay up late.

I got many hours of uninterrupted sleep without having to make multiple trips to other people’s rooms in the middle of the night.

I got to sleep in as late as I wanted (which, as it turns out, is 8:30am).

I took a leisurely shower each morning and not once did anybody come running in the room to announce MAMA MAMA, HEY I CAN SEE YOUR BUTT!

I got caught up on work (well, mostly).

I cleaned the kitchen Friday and IT’S STILL CLEAN.

I cleaned the playroom yesterday and IT’S STILL CLEAN.

And most amazingly, I cleaned the living room 2 hours ago and IT’S STILL CLEAN.

I did laundry, dishes, photo editing, updating and worked on a few personal projects.  I even vacuumed the main floor and 3 flights of stairs.  All without interruption or fits of tears because the vacuum is too loud.

I took the dog on a 2-mile walk without anybody saying MAMA I’M TIRED, CARRY ME.

I have enjoyed 48 hours of QUIET.  Well, except for my music, which has been on constantly.

Despite the productivity, it was a weekend of indulgence.  And I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

In a few hours, my house will be a wreck again.  The decibel level will approach Intolerable approximately six times per hour.  And once again my life will be subject to the demands of two little people as the onslaught of our weekly routine begins.

But tonight I won’t have to go to bed alone.  And there will be no shortage of sweet cheeks to kiss and tummies to tickle.  And my heart will do that little jumpy thing each time I hear “Mama, I missed you!”

Yes, it’s time to have my family back.


Walking on the Spit

29 Aug

My mom, as usual, made fast friends with every storekeeper she met.

While we were taking these pictures, my dad and Koren had wandered down to the beach at the end of the spit.

Afterward, we made our way to the Charter Room restaurant at Land’s End (one of my favorites!)  The weather had been so nice that we decided to eat outside.  Unfortunately, the cloud cover came in and cooled the air by several degrees while we were eating, but we all had coats so we survived.

This is the entrance to the restaurant:


Party at the Cabin

28 Aug

Actually, we ended up “managing” it longer than expected, as the water was too rough on Sunday to take the boat across the bay, so we missed our ferry and had to stay an extra night at the cabin.  By the time we all left, I’m sure Cyndy was quite ready to have her cabin back.

One of the highlights of the weekend was when we had everybody together for a fresh-caught seafood dinner, complete with brownies and cake for dessert.

The kids know they can always rope Uncle Larry into a story or three.


The Story

28 Aug

We had a bit of a milestone here yesterday.  When I picked up Kaelin from school yesterday, she came running out of the classroom just as I arrived.  When she saw me, she started bouncing up and and down.  “MAMA MAMA I HAVE A SURPRISE FOR YOU BUT YOU CAN’T SEE IT YET BUT I’M SO EXCITED I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU BUT YOU CAN’T SEE IT YET I CAN’T BELIEVE IT I HAVE TO GO WASH MY MOUTH OFF!”  Then she ran off to the bathroom with her hands over her mouth.

Sorry it’s a little long and rabit-trailish.  I haven’t quite figured out how to trim a video without permanently deleting the trimmed part.  Once I do, you’ll get better-edited videos.

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