Words

Kind words heal and help,

cutting words wound and maim.

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Sculpture in stainless steel and glass.

Artist Sharon Warman Agnor

We’re doing our part

I have asthma.  Breathing can be a problem for me.

I don’t like wearing a mask.  I miss  hugging my friends and family.

Yet, I don’t want to get COVID 19 nor do I want to transmit COVID 19.

The decision is simple.

I am an adult.  I wear a mask.  I stay 6 feet away from others.

What’s so hard about that?

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~Photo Lori Greer in Portland August 2020~

The end of my sanity

Most of my days are pretty peaceful.

They are predictable especially now during the pandemic.

My house stays clean and tidy because there are so few visitors.

That’s all coming to an end around mid-September. Continue reading “The end of my sanity”

Brunch in the time of pandemic

What is better than a lazy brunch? *

My special friend makes all my favorites from creamy scrambled eggs, crisp bacon  to lox and bagels.  There are healthy servings of roasted or grilled vegetables, fresh fruit and to top it off, a chocolate croissant sometimes served with ice cream!  Needless to say, it is my main meal of the day.  

Fresh flowers, a wonderful view and soft music playing.  

Dining with my friend makes me slow down and count my blessings. 

Even in the time COVID 19.

Especially in the time of COVID 19.

Peace,

Lori

*Not having to prepare or clean up afterwards is the icing on the cake!  (I do have food on my brain!)

Odd bake fellows

In addition to running the world this morning, I found time to roast vegetables. 

My line up included carrots, brussel sprouts, asparagus, beets (both red and yellow), red bell peppers, and eggplant.  

I love roasted vegetables and snack on them right out of the oven.  

I sometimes place a melange of cooked vegetables on a plate, grate parmesan cheese on top and pop in the microwave or under the broiler to melt the cheese.  One of my favorite meals!  

Or, I toast some hearty, dark bread and spread with hummus or avocado and then top with roasted vegetables.  On top of that I grate some Parmesan cheese and melt it. 

Always the cheese!  I buy the large wedge from Costco.  I tell myself that Parmesan cheese is OK as it is not a fatty cheese.  

Kudos to my Mother whose gardening skills kept our table and freezer full of vegetables all year long.  

Cheers,

Lori

 

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