Good ol’ Herbie

Every evening, I bring in the nine cushions from my outdoor furniture.

It doesn’t take very long to bring them in and stack them on my dining room floor.

In the morning I take them out again so that I can enjoy my patio furniture during the day.

This is something new that I’ve started after prowlers began to visit  in our neighborhood. I have a  video clip of one guy pawing through my pillows and smelling them.  

I don’t like bringing them in. Continue reading “Good ol’ Herbie”

You are protected

On the bottom of the front screen of my cell phone there is a daily message from my security software provider.  

You are protected. No problems detected.

Yes, my phone is protected against hackers, robocalls and malicious attacks.  My home is protected by security cameras and motion detectors. There are no problems detected. 

Yet, where is the software that I could wrap around my family, my friends and others so that all of us are protected in the world today?  The only software that I know is loving compassion, kindness and respect for all beings.

 

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~Photo Lori Greer, Portland, Oregon, USA.~ 

It is important to care.  It is important to connect.  

Thank you for reading.  

Lori

 

Helping others

~Photo Lisa Fotios, http://www.pexels.com~

We have to help those in need regardless of our feelings about them. We feel good helping those we like or the people whom we think deserve to be helped. It’s harder but still essential to help the people who dislike us or resent us or are indifferent to us.*

I find this to be true and worth remembering as I consider my actions in helping others.

There is much to be done.

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*Where I read this, I don’t know. Sitting in my chair by my  fireplace reading and sipping coffee,  I was moved to record this thought but neglected to cite the souce. My apologies to the author.

Peace & blessings to all,

Lori

Bounty from Coquine Restaurant in Portland

Today was a new adventure for me in food shopping. 

On the red tray is my haul from Coquine , a delightful French-inspired restaurant in SE Portland.  

As Coquine is open for take out only.  Customers can buy prepared entrees, baked goods and other delicious items from Coquine.

Also, Coquine allows their farmers and other food purveyors to sell direct through their restaurant. The menu is quite extensive with produce, meat, seafood, coffee, tea, eggs and dairy.  

It was hard to just order a few things but since I crave vegetables, I opted for a fresh produce bag. 

Since I can’t always find locally roasted coffee, I added a pound of Coava Coffee beans to my order.  Coava describes their coffee as “northwest coffee roaster notoriously fueled by good folks and Led Zeppelin”.   I like their coffee and was happy to find it on the Coquine take out menu.  Continue reading “Bounty from Coquine Restaurant in Portland”

3 P.M. Today

Brave new world.

I have an appointment today at 3 P.M. at my bank.

No more stopping in unannounced!

I used to walk my dog Ginny and pop in to make a quick deposit, have a cup of tea or coffee while Ginny enjoyed a biscuit and water inside the lobby.  I knew the tellers and they knew me.  It was one of Ginny’s favorite stops.

Another aspect of my life that I have to plan…

Really, it’s not such a big deal.  Just another change to my way of life.

Happy Monday!

Lori

Google Gardening! Who knew?

~Pexels Markus Spiske~

I have a somewhat smart home…thermostat, doorbell, mesh wifi, and security system all from Google except for my August Smart Lock.

I can adjust my temperature, see who’s at my door, unlock the door… all from my phone. The security system gives me a lot of comfort.

Every month, I receive a Nest Home Report from Google.

It tells me how much energy I saved the previous month among with other useful information such as

Grow it Yourself

This month, we’re using leftover produce to grow new, healthy plants. Place leaves from celery or romaine into water on the windowsill, or plant potato skins or seeds from tomatoes into soil and watch it all grow.  ~Google 

I am going to try all four-celery, romaine, potato skins, tomato seeds- and see what happens.

I am a city girl but I can learn!

Along for the ride

Sometimes I feel like this doll

Jammed in a car handle, along for the ride.

Life in quarantine.  

 

 

 

 

 

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At first, there were a few.

Now I am finding more and more along walking paths, in our parks…places people might go for solace.

Finding them is a joy as I meander along.   

Simple things.

 

 

 

So I did!

 

Walking down an alley, I saw this request on a neighbor’s backyard fence.  

So, I complied.

I smiled and immediately felt better.

I felt a connection with my neighbor or whoever wrote this. 

The neighborhood felt less lonely. Continue reading “So I did!”

Willpower Baby!

Gateau au chocolate from St. Honore Bakery, Portland, Oregon~Photo Lori Greer in Portland~

Yes, I wanted to eat the whole thing but I resisted. 

Everyday I allowed myself a few bites until it was all gone.  Continue reading “Willpower Baby!”