Today is the first day of a three-day weekend for most Americans.
On Monday, July 4th we celebrate Independence Day.
The day will begin with a neighborhood parade. It is sweet in the way that hometown parades often are. There are no flashy floats or celebrities, just local groups. You always see someone you know.
I walked in it one year along with members from my church. It was fun. The parade route was not very long but long enough that my feet started to hurt, thanks to my fashionable shoes. Ah vanity!
At the end of the parade, folks gather with kids in tow for ice cream, music, face painting, and best of all, a pie eating contest!
In the evening, we gather at the park for a concert and a laser light show.
But today is Saturday.
Chores and my little dog Riley are calling.
She needs a walk.
My house needs dusting, my garden needs watering and weeding.
I need to cook some vegetables and a pot of black-eyed peas.
I will sign off now and get busy so that I will have time to enjoy my weekend.
Thank you for reading.
A warm weather favorite from Tea Bar in Portland, Oregon!
Decadent and healthy.
I love the peaceful Scandinavian decor found at all of the Tea Bar locations.
The locations are
Tea Bar Pearl
1055 NW Northrup
Portland, OR 97209
10am – 6pm Daily
Tea Bar Division
4330 SE Division
Portland, OR 97206
10am – 6pm Daily
Tea Bar Park Avenue
855 SW Yamhill
Portland, OR 97209
Tea Bar Killingsworth
1615 NE Killingsworth
Slow start this morning.
Slept in until 8. Unusual for me.
Now on my second cup of coffee.
Cloudy skies, cold and damp outside.
My dog is sleeping by the fire.
This could be a dreary day.
I can’t give in.
Turn on lights,
Tune into some happy, upbeat music.
Do little household projects to get moving.
Dust and water inside plants.
Text my sons.
Text my friends.
Send a thank you note to the emergency clinic staff who saved my dog’s life.
Send a thank you note to my two new doctors who are taking excellent care of me.
Play with my dog.
Gather my art materials and create a masterpiece. 🙂
Wow! So many ways to feel happy, connected and creative.
It’s amazing— just writing this post energized me.
Happy day to my blogging buddies! What are you doing today?
In my not so crazy but wanting to be sophisticated youth, my friends and I drank Mateus for special occasions,
Now we go to wine tastings and have refined palettes.
Or, so we like to think!
Delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare!
Before and after.
These will be eaten in less than two days!
This brought a smile!
Takes my mind off other “shots” such as covid vaccines, boosters, flu shots…
My doctor expressed his frustration the other day with his patients who would not get their covid shots.
A local theatre requires proof of vaccination for entry.
So much controversy.
Maybe I will try a shot of whiskey after all!
Life continues to be chaotic.
Too much to do in too little time.
Too much uncertainty.
Good intentions however.
Looking for something on my desk, I ran across this note.
Not sure when or why I wrote this.
My scribbling tells me that I was in a hurry.
That seems to the state of my life these days.
OK, I need to breathe deeply and enjoy the view from my window.
Everything is OK.
Thursday is the day I was born, eons ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Not really eons ago and not really in a galaxy far, far away. Continue reading “Thursday’s Child”
A lovely vase of flowers.
A gift from a neighbor
A bit of kindness that made me happy.
Just a quick note to say hello and wish you well.
I have a “to do” list that is a mile long and keeps me running.
Even though I am busy with work, isolated from my friends and, worst of all, my family, I am still grateful. Continue reading “Hello there”