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.
Gosh, I would love to hug these little creatures and enjoy a warm embrace in return.
Cold metal. Brrr.
Social isolation is terrible. I see my friends on social media or from a safe distance.
I can’t give them a hug or sit beside them at lunch. Continue reading “Open arms…”
I buy cardamon in bulk from one of my favorite stores, New Seasons.
I love the fragrance and taste.
Running low, I added it to my grocery list.
Without thinking, I put a few large scoops in a plastic bag.
When I weighed it and saw the price, I was shocked.
It’s almost $50 per pound. Continue reading “Sticker Shock”
Seeing this parked car made me laugh out loud.
I could see me parking over the line with a car of this length.
Parallel parking is not a preferred activity especially on a busy street in downtown Portland!
I especially hate it when lots of people are watching me.
“Woman driver” I can hear them muttering. Continue reading “Parking fail but not mine!”
Working on the Oregon coast today. *
With temperatures in the 90’s in Portland, Astoria is a cool choice in more ways than one!
First stop, the lovely port city of Astoria, also of “Free Willy” fame. Continue reading “Then there were three…”
On Mother’s Day my grandson Aiden called me.
Aiden is six years old.
We have been planning his visit with his parents to Portland all spring.
He was excited to tell me about what he had learned from a book about Portland that I recently sent him.
It will be the first time that Aiden, who lives in Denver, will see the Pacific Ocean or bridges over the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.
In the midst of dealing with the crisis with my other son, it would be easy to postpone this trip. Sad, Scary News
Somehow, I have to be back in Portland in time to make his dream come true.
He is so excited to visit me.
Oma, Do you know many bridges are in Portland?
How many Aiden?
Seven! Maybe more!
Oma, can we ride the train?
Oma, can we go to the beach?
What a big boy you are now.
What a treat to hear your voice.
Oma, do you know what is missing from the book you sent me?
There is not a page about Oma!
Oh, I guess we will have to add one, won’t we?
I know it’s spring in Oregon when Nicoletta’s Table adds Pisello inglese e insalate di barbabietole to their menu.
It is a favorite of mine!
Nicoletta’s Table does a fabulous job with all of their seasonal salads.
Then again, shouldn’t all salads be seasonal using fresh ingredients?
The son of Syrian immigrants, Governor Victor G Atiyeh, served from 1979 to 1987.
He was the first elected governor of Arab descent in the United States.
“After many years as a successful businessman, Victor Atiyeh also served 20 years in the Oregon Legislature and was elected Governor of Oregon from 1979 to 1987. During his service he established trading ties with Asia, led Oregon through a severe recession and even cut his own salary to help balance the budget.” Wikipedia
The Oregonian names XICO as one of Portland’s best restaurants for 2016.
The Oregonian names XICO 2015 “Cuisine of the Year!”
The Oregonian names XICO 2014 to the list of top 10 Portland restaurant bars: Bar Tab
The Oregonian names XICO’s trout pozole as one of Portland’s top ten dishes in 2013.