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!)

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!

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!”

The Power of One…

I am heartened by the actions of people who try to make a difference.

My friend is waging a battle to save Powell’s Bookstore.

A source of pride for locals, Powell’s is no ordinary bookstore.  It is the grand dame of bookstores.

Continue reading “The Power of One…”

Play for the world

If you ever dreamed of playing for millions around the world, now is your chance. Play inside, play for the world.    Nike Post on Instagram

 

Now more than ever, we are one team. #playinside #playfortheworld       Nike on Twitter

 

~Photo Lori Greer in Portland~

 

Continue reading “Play for the world”

Social distancing

“A beautiful day in the neighborhood” to quote Mr. Rogers.  

It is good for the soul and body to venture out.   

Let’s all hang in there “together” as best we can to care for one another and especially those most vulnerable during these trying times. 

~Lori

 

An Optimist!

~Photo Lori Greer in Portland

Italy has been on my shortlist of places to since my return from Europe in 2016.

Not in 2017, my daughter-in-law was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer a few months after giving birth to her first child. 

Not in 2018, she was still fighting and I was caring for her and her baby.

Not in 2019, she was still fighting and I was caring for her and her toddler.  

She died in late 2019.  Continue reading “An Optimist!”

Because I’m worth it

Breakfast for one   ~Photo Lori Greer in Portland~    

 

I am trying to make every meal an “event”  even if I am eating alone.

On second thought, especially if I am eating alone. Continue reading “Because I’m worth it”