Sunday, February 22, 2015

Creme Brulee School -- 2/17/2015

Pearl has a secret recipe for creme brulee, but she tells me she will share it.    Hmmm...I'm not sure, as most steps are done before we arrive at Segars Point.    She asks Herb to assist with the propane torch.

Add fresh blueberries --

Add vanilla ice cream --

Joe says the 'proof of the pudding is in the eating!'

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It's All About Boats -- 2/14/2015

It's all about boats!

During the entire evening, I don't think I hear the word "boat" at all.  At the Laguna Madre Yacht Club social tonight it is all about friendship and fellowship -- and food...and places we have been...and places we plan to go....

and boats...

With everyone's varied travel schedules, we don't see all members every month, but always have new members and guests to welcome.  This evening is no exception.  Commodore Chris is the host for the Valentine dinner and serves a tasty menu of traditional Mexican dishes.

My Plate Before I Went for Seconds

Members bring colorful desserts of varied shades of red, as well as lots of decadent chocolate.

Smiling faces -- 

Toast with Red Wine
Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chicken??? -- 2/7/2015

It has been a tradition among three couples in Port Isabel to celebrate each other's birthday with Happy Hour and dinner.  However, Herb and I were on our flight back from Seattle on my special day, so the get together is postponed until the next week end.

Inez invites us to her home and prepares chicken 'n dumplings.  The rolls are so excited in rising that she puts them in the refrigerator to stop the action.  Oh, but they are delicious!

Myrna (shown as she peeks from behind Sam in the photo) also contributes to the menu.

'My Favorite Cake' is the name given to the banana pudding served for dessert, and there is much discussion about how it should be made.  I listen with interest, but will leave the cooking to them....

Inez comments that the main dish is chicken 'n dumplings because she knows that is Herb's favorite meal, and she doesn't know what mine is.  As we say "Good Night," she says "Next year, same time, same place."

I think I should tell her ahead of time that Alaskan King Crab Legs is one of my three favorite fish.

                                                                                                                                                                 Photo from Lobster Gram
Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Saturday, February 7, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Cookie to Remember -- 1/30/2015

On our last evening in Seattle, a restaurant on the waterfront in the heart of downtown seems to call to us.  Donning warm coats, Vicki, Bruce, Herb and I walk across the street at Happy Hour time.

Appetizers are served and I enjoy the ambiance of the dining room, with its artichoke lights.

Waiters love to take photos...lots and lots of photos.


And a favorite of mine -- 

Photo Courtesy of Bruce C Moore

When our server asks if we saved room for dessert, we think not.  "Oh, but you must! Check out the dessert menu."  It is hard for me to pass up ice cream, so that is my choice, and it just happens to come with a cookie.

Cookies are fine.

No one told me it is a huge cookie that serves four!

Bruce Pours Chocolate Syrup
Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Friday, January 30, 2015

A Walk in the Park -- 1/30/2015

With beautiful blue skies and a temp of -- well, we are wearing jackets and warm caps -- Bruce and Vicki lead us down to the waterfront and a tour of Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park.

A low lying cloud hovers about and we quickly shoo it away with our wishes.  As we make our way, we get a view of the Ferris Wheel and remember its Seahawk blue and green lights at night.

Links are inserted for further reading.

The Eagle, painted steel, was created in 1971 by Alexander Calder.  Appears very proud, spreading wings and ready to fly, with beak pointed upward.

Partial view of Wake with intriguing reflections in the glass building.

Richard Serra, a former steel mill worker, created the five part Wake, the largest permanent sculpture in the park.  It weighs 300 tons and stretches 125 feet.   

I quote from this link one of the reasons for the name:  "But for the artist, the piece has a more personal reference, too. The title "Wake" also references the death of his friend Kirk Varnedoe. Varnedoe, the warmly regarded former curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art, died in 2003 and had been planning a retrospective exhibition for Serra."

My attention is grabbed by a plane overhead pulling a '12' banner.  Anticipation for next Sunday's Super Bowl game.

"We are 12"

The needle will be lighted in blue and green tonight.

I don't know where I would find a typewriter eraser today, other than in a museum -- or a sculpture park.  Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen are the artists and used fiberglass and steel, painted with acrylic urethane.

Teresita Fernandez used laminated glass on this bridge, which provides safe access over the railroad, and leads to another part of the park.  The view below shows reflections on the wall behind it.  Named "Seattle Cloud Cover," it represents images of the changing sky.

A walk along the Cloud creation.

Very interesting to me is the fountain, "Father and Son," two life size sculptures; one is a man, the other a boy.  Shown below is the Father, with the Son obscured by the height of the water spout.  Each hour the fountains shift, revealing next the Son and obscuring the Father.  A bell tolls the hour.  

Artist is Louise Bourgeois.  If I remember correctly, I am told someone wanted male nudity to be given equal time in the art world, but stipulated that the two figures would never be shown at the same time.   It is fascinating to simply stop and watch.  And listen.

The Father

The Son

This amazing creation by Mark di Suvero in painted and unpainted steel, shows his interest in motion. Schubert Sonata moves in a circular fashion, as the wind changes direction and effectively acts as a weather vane.

Even more amazing is Echo, whose eyes are closed, and who was added to the park in May of 2011. The artist, Jaume Plensa, regularly makes monumental, elongated, white heads of girls.  

Echo's story is from Greek Mythology, and I quote in part:  "But other silences in Echo are disturbing, too. In a reference to Zeus's home, Mount Olympus of Greece, the sculpture is planted facing Mount Olympus of the Olympic Mountains across the water from Seattle."

Not to be missed is the story of Echo's involvement with Zeus and his wife, Hera at this link.  Many views of Echo will also be shown.

More of her story and how she became to be named Echo is told here.

I tend to think like Roy McMakin, artist of "Love and Loss."  The second photo follows his theme.

The white object on the left is the L.  To its right is a round O.  Farther right is the painted tree trunks making a V.  The E is on the table -- together they spell Love.

The ampersand is pictured above.

Beginning at the white object on the left - L, then the white round one - O, and in the foreground are the two S's -- spelling Loss.

Mark di Suvero also created Bunyon's Chess, criss-cross steel beams with wood.

At the far end of the waterfront is a beach which should be visited both at high and at low tides.  You may encounter a Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalist to hear about protecting the beaches.

The Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle is a destination not to be missed, and to enjoy it fully will take a whole afternoon, or better still a whole day.

Or more.

Many of the sculptures are not shown here, as my camera told me, "Enough!  Come back another day."

I will.

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Friday, January 30, 2015