At the end of another day

While  my daughter-in-law was fighting for her life, my life was on hold.

For over for three years.

I could not commit to anything.

I was always ready to help when needed.

Now that she has passed, I have the freedom to plan a trip, enroll in a course…fun things.

But, I have no energy and very little interest.

~Photo Keenan Constance, http://www.pexels.com~

 

Life is out of focus.

I know that this will pass.

But, for now I am in the throes of making it through each day.

I am walking and walking and walking.

I am working at my job.

I do yoga most days.

I try to meditate but with little success so I listen to classical music.

I cook dishes that require lots of dicing and slicing.

I clean out closets and drawers.

I am treading water waiting for my energy to return.

Treading water doesn’t move me closer to shore but it beats sinking.

Am I treading or flailing about?

Note to self. Not very well-written. I will do better when my feet touch bottom and I can stumble to shore.

I felt it shelter

I felt it shelter to speak to you.  ~Emily Dickinson

Thank you, my friends, for your kind and loving words at the death of my daughter-in-law.

I read them all and was comforted by them.

They were a shelter, a safe place to grieve.

Thank you for being with me.

 

Fall in Portland, Oregon    Photo Lori Greer in Portland

 

The Only Prayer

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.   Meister Eckhart 1260-1328  Christian Theologian

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Should I worry?

 

~Photo Lori Greer in Portland July 2019~

A lawyer for Mr. Ngo, Harmeet K. Dhillon, did not respond to messages seeking comment, but called out on Twitter to “Antifa criminals” whom she said “I plan to sue into oblivion and then sow salt into their yoga studios and avocado toast stands until nothing grows there, not even the glimmer of a violent criminal conspiracy aided by the effete impotence of a cowed city government.”   In Portland, a Punch and a Milkshake Rumor Feed a Fresh Round of Police Criticism

It’s so easy to stereotype, to label and to make bold and aggressive statements.

I practice yoga and I eat avocado toast.

I work.  I listen.  I pay taxes.  I vote.

I don’t know everything but I do know that there are at least two sides to every story and sometimes what may appear as obvious is not.

 

 

Music, Familiar

I woke up early. I did not want to get up but I did convincing myself that I would feel even worse staying in bed.  

I forced myself to dress, go downstairs, make a cup of coffee, drink some water and sit by the fire for a few minutes. This routine is how I start most of my days and have for years.   

This is my comfortable “rut”. Continue reading “Music, Familiar”

One hand clapping

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.    F. Scott Fitzgerald,  American Novelist

Photo Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

Lox & Bagel

The bagels at Spielman Bagels are delicious.

There’s nothing like lox, a bagel and cream cheese with a side of capers and tomato slices.

This morning, I enjoyed my nosh with a strong cup of coffee.  Love the artwork!

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Photo Lori Greer in Portland

 

Heresy

To  think that I used to buy bagels from the grocery store, toast them and eat them with cream cheese and jelly.

Now that I have discovered real bagels, there is no turning back.

I could eat them everyday!

Thank you Spielman Bagels!

Spielman Bagels & Coffee

 

Branded Litter Begone!

Reading this article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) this morning made me happy.

Chagrin or a frown is my usual response to business articles in the WSJ.

Not their fault, just the nature of the beast.

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“Haagen-Dazs ice cream will be among hundreds of products available through a new refillable-container project.” PHOTO: TERRACYCLE, The Wall Street Journal, CMO TODAY.

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Great Coffee Great People

As sure as the day breaks in Portland, you will find me sipping a cup of hot coffee.

On warm days, I sit on the patio with Ginny, my Goldendoodle, who wonders when we are going for her morning walk.

In the winter, we sit by the fire listening to soft music.  If it is raining, Ginny is much less interested in going for a walk.  She is a fair-weather girl!

Rose City Coffee

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Coffee from Rose City Coffee, Portland, Oregon. Photo Lori Greer

In my cup you will find Rose City Coffee.          Rose City Coffee

The people are lovely,  The coffee is great.  I take it on trips.  I give it as gifts.

The owner, Christie, has created warm welcoming spaces at both of her locations in southeast Portland.

Rose City, I love you too!  Lori

 

Cooling it with Google…

I never imagined that cooling my home in summer would be an issue in Portland, Oregon.  I counted on  a few hot days and then, back to cooler days and nights!

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~Photo Lori Greer

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