At the end of my garden yesterday, The Mountain appeared after a very foggy morning with rain dripping down from the grey skies. By mid afternoon, however, the clouds parted - the rain stopped and the sun shone. A meteorologist said yesterday it was the driest 2 weeks on record at SeaTac airport - since they began keeping records. Sometimes it's hard to fathom how it can be "dry" when the heavy fog we often get at this time of year feels very moist. I find myself sometimes using clothing analogies to describe the way Mt. Rainier appears and yesterday there was a fluffy white "collar" two thirds from the top of the mountain encircling the lower one third. Of course by the time I found my camera ... it had changed ... again! But then that's part of the mystery. Today about 50 neighbor friends gathered at my home for brunch ... a tradition going back more than 30 years for many of us to a time when our children were very young together. It was a brilliant sunny day and The Mountain, in all her majesty, now fully dressed in snow did not disappoint: how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful place.