Barbara is back from a brief but beautiful trip to Dublin & Killarney. She had 2 days on her own in Dublin, where she got to see the Book of Kells & explore the town on foot. The train ride south was a chance to see the flowers of springtime against the green countryside. In Killarney she joined her younger daughter, Jen, & Jen’s husband Tim, on Mother’s Day. We drove up to see the castle that Tim & his brother Frank are restoring, then to Kenmare House where everyone was staying. “Everyone” included Frank’s wife Angelique & most of their 14 kids, Tim & Frank’s 92 year old mother, & several nieces. The next day it poured rain, but the last day in Killarney was a fine one. Jen & Tim convinced Barbara to bike around Killarney National Park & the lakes, & she only fell off twice!
Tim, Barbara, & Jen at the castle Tim & his brother are restoring
Happy Spring! Hat designed and made by my granddaughter, Clementine Hecker, elicited many compliments and smiles at the Easter Parade. Clementine’s mother, my daughter Jennifer, and her husband Tim have invited me to join them in Ireland in May. I’ll be leaving on the night of the 11th for Dublin, and meeting them in Killarney on the 14th – back on the 17th. Welcoming any suggestions for my short time in the Emerald Isle! Barbara
Nicole just came back from a lovely vacation in Sedona, Arizona with her family and in-laws. She enjoyed the beautiful weather, spectacular vistas, and lots of hiking in the Red Rocks. She even got to visit the Grand Canyon—-incredible!
Barbara snuck away for 4 nights in Paris with her sister Daphne to see this exhibition of Impressionist art at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Great little apartment near Notre Dame; fabulous food; & the clouds & occasional rain did not spoil anything. Back on MLK Day – thanks to Nicole for covering!
Here’s hoping you all enjoyed the holidays. Barbara flew to Tulsa to spend time with her father, sister, and nephew, all of whom were sick within 36 hours of her arrival. She had planned to drive to Bentonville, Arkansas, home of her older daughter, Amy, so she left a little earlier (and luckily, did not get the flu). Younger daughter Jen and her family joined the festivities, so Barbara got to see both her daughters and all 3 grandchildren for Christmas.
Vanessa, Yesenia, Barbara, Perla, Anel, & Nicole
Barbara recently had the pleasure of re-connecting with 2 of the friends from last September’s week in the southwest of France. Jim and Ron visited NYC from their home in Seattle, and their top priority was a real pastrami sandwich. They were satisfied by the humongous ones at Katz’s Deli, and appreciated the “ambiance.” Afterwards we had a very interesting tour of the Tenement Museum. Jim had always wanted to see Flatbush Avenue (Barbara: “So there’s Flatbush Avenue.” Jim: “Ok we can go now.”) and from there we toured some of Brooklyn and had chopped liver and matzo ball soup at Mile End. (“We can’t get this kind of food in Seattle!”) In appreciation of her tour guiding, Ron and Jim treated Barbara to an Italian feast at Scarpetta on their last night in town. They’ll be back next spring, and have already bought tickets to “Hello, Dolly!” with Bette Midler. Can’t wait!
Barbara went to Tulsa, Oklahoma the first week in July to celebrate her father’s 92nd birthday. It was a great family party! Barbara’s sister Daphne recently retired as a physical therapist in the Chicago suburbs & has moved in with Dad, so he’s in good hands. But as you can see, the patriarch of the Sellars family is doing quite well in his ninth decade.
Barbara spent the last week of May in Lisbon & Porto with an old friend, staying in AirbnB apartments in both cities. She met the challenge of all the hills & stairs in both places, ate great food, & toured many palaces, castles, & churches. Thanks to Nicole who took call for 10 days straight to make this possible!
Barbara in Portugal, where the Douro River meets the Atlantic Ocean
Barbara & her friend Sandy in Lisbon
Barbara recently had the pleasure of visits from 2 of her grandchildren. Kieran, 16, spent his Spring Break in NYC & his sister, Kendall, 19, was in town for environmental activist training. They overlapped by one day & were happy to see each other, since Kieran is in high school in Tulsa & Kendall is working in Richmond, Va. Kieran & Barbara went to the Museum of Modern Art & the new Whitney, saw “School of Rock” on Broadway, worked out together at the gym, & had pedicures together (that was his idea!) Kendall wanted to go to MOMA too (good thing Barbara is a member) before she left for Japan where she will meet her Aunt Jen & cousin Clementine for Clementine’s Spring Break.
Kendall, Barbara & Jackson Pollack
Kieran & Barbara at the gym