On Saturday we traveled south to Winlock for a sibling gathering. We met at a small local restaurant, often the best kind, for lunch, and then regrouped at my sister Laurie's home nearby.
Here we are, brother Hank, sister Laurie, sister Ilene, and me. Only our brother don, who lives near Boston, was missing. This was also our mother's birthday, and she would have been 98. She passed just short of her 90th birthday, but we all still miss her.
Hank and his wife Cindy.
Tom and Linda
Ilene was behind the camera here and I borrowed these photos from her. It is important for us to get together now and then, but especially now. Laurie's husband is fighting cancer and is under treatment. He is showing the ravages of his battle, which we hope he is winning, and Laurie bears the stress and strain as his caregiver.
Laurie and Arnold.
Sunday turned out to be a lovely day. We had some shopping to do down in the valley so we decided to take our walk there along the Green River Trail.
Wild clematis seed heads.
A peaceful, placid river under a calm winter sky.
Sunday was a big day in Seattle. The Sunday Night Football crew was in town. Throngs of people were enjoying the good weather under an afternoon clear blue sky, and excitement was in the air. A possible division championship was on the line.
Tom and I watched at home.
It came down to the last seconds, but unfortunately Seattle lost by inches on the final fourth down. San Francisco was the better team and the Seahawks' luck ran out. They'll now play an away game next Sunday in the Wild Card round.
So now I need to get up and get going. It's Monday morning and there is work to do.