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~

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”

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.  

 

 

 

 

 

Anonymous Tags

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!”