Vogue Goes to Versailles, MMH Adds Oysters

Vogue Goes to Versailles, MMH Adds Oysters

Too Many Flowers, Too Little Time

Too Many Flowers, Too Little Time

Giverny Sans Tourists

On Top Of the Hill,Sacre Coeur

On Top Of the Hill,
Sacre Coeur

Père Lachaise Reverie

Guerlain Meets Sainte-Chapelle

Women and the Best Figs Ever

Women and the Best Figs Ever

Dreaming of Versailles at My Kitchen Table

Dreaming of Versailles at My Kitchen Table

History RepeatsHistory Repeats


Second Seating, the art installation on which I am now working, received a grant in January from The Idea Fund, a program of Diverse Works ArtSpace, Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation. The grant was a terrific boost for the project and we’re well underway toward the late September opening. Here are some photos of work in progress – or at least some of the materials that will go into the fantasy dinner tables and chandeliers that will make up Second Seating. ss-silv-bowl-fake-donuts
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Following My Shoes

January 3, 2009



Remembering Christmas

January 3, 2009

Here is what I remember about the Christmas holiday season. This year Christmas was celebrated in bits and pieces and came in fits and starts.
The holiday season was strange, unlike any other. There were the snow storms and icy roads that kept our five family households from gathering for Christmas plum pudding and foamy yellow sauce and an exchange of gifts. Then there was Mom’s trip to the hospital where she’s stayed throughout the holiday.
Layered between the snow and Mom’s afflictions, were the bits and pieces of Christmas.

Kelan and Lauren frosted cookies and sprinkled colored sugar over them. Their cookies were quite beautiful and tasted yummy too.


Kelan and Lauren’s Mameau (that would be me) played in the snow with them and even slid down the snow packed street. I use an old phrase to describe sledding, “It was very fun.”

Caroline and I found little silver and Lucite shoes for the girls and they clattered around the house on Christmas afternoon, with always a slip and a fall about to happen.

The McGrady’s tree held an ornament given to Jeanne some 35 years ago when she was three. Looks just like her.

Lovely bottle of wine that evening in Caroline’s kitchen. Exactly what night was that?xcsh-wine1

Christmas table setting. I missed the dinner which included The Silver Palate’s Chicken Marbella and went instead to see Mom in the hospital.x-cracker1

Lulu Bell and her mom played on the kitchen floor on Christmas afternoon. More fun than anything.x-caroline-and-lulu-floor3

Jeanne made blueberry pancakes for the kids the morning before Christmas. Mameau had some too. x-pancakes

John and I shopped at Pike’s Market. It was raining when we left.

Dad listened to a tape of Mom’s 1958 Christmas concert and then we took the tape to her in the hospital where she listened as her hands moved ever so slightly, conducting a fifty year old choir.x-dad-concert

Cousins in the kitchen the evening that we all got together for tamales and pecan pie, among other things.

Denny made black eyed peas on New Year’s Day. What will this new year bring? Mom and Dad are frail and 91 and something is always happening to them. The great grandchildren will all grow bigger and talk more and more. And we, in the middle? We will follow our paths toward fulfillment, but only if we keep our minds focused.

Discovery Park: A Restorative

November 14, 2008

I’ve been commuting between Houston and Seattle for over a year as my 91 year old parents become less and less able to fend for themselves – even with 24/7 caregivers. There are a myriad of day-to-day living needs that seem to benefit from Mom and Dad’s three children’s expertise such as attendance at doctor and dental appointments, special food purchases, sudden skin rashes, yeast infections, lost mail, unopened mail, sudden depletion of boxes of tissues, hair care, food spots on clothing to name a few of the issues that arise each day. My brother and I spell my sister who tends to these endless requests every single day.

All that being said, what saves the days in Seattle from being all about dying and loved ones’ diminishing abilities to navigate life are the walks I take in Discovery Park. I don’t get to the park every day that I’m in Seattle, but I have walked the trails often enough this year to see the seasons change. Each walk this fall has been glorious and restorative.

Arrived a day early in San Francisco for the Blog Her conference and spent the afternoon to spend with my sister Kate who flew in from Seattle. We saw wonderful things here in this city that was suffused with both sunshine and soft fog as we toured the labyrinths at Grace Cathedral and then cabbed to golden Gate Park to tour the Conservatory of Flowers, Strybing Arboretum and the Japanese Tea Room. We ended up in a boutique adjacent to the hotel where we looked at very little dresses with plenty of this year’s tucks, pleats and ruching, perfect for Laura. Here are a few photos from our quite wonderful day.

Value Village

May 24, 2008

Stopped by Value Village on Harrisburg Blvd. yesterday. The prices are great at this Purple Heart resale store and as these photos show, their merchandising shows a sense of style. What a wonderful way to hang jeans and those billowing dust ruffles and sheer curtains are reminiscent of brides.

More Wonderful Things

April 7, 2008

Who could wish for more? Texas’ Antiques Week in Round Top and environs is magic. See for yourself and then click here to return to Rockbridge Times and see what I bought and brought home with me from Round Top.

Winter Afternoon Sunlight

March 16, 2008