Yesterday, I “prepared” my Thanksgiving Dinner.
It’s a far cry from when my sons were little and their Dad was alive.
Then, we all pitched in to prepare a festive meal.
I cooked the turkey, dressing, gravy and vegetables.
My sons and their Dad baked pies. This practice started when they were elementary school age.
Dad also took care of other side dishes.
Zoe, our beautiful standard poodle, took care of anything that hit the floor.
Now I have a precooked turkey dinner and a few sides on order from New Seasons grocery store.
A friend will bring fruit salad, a green salad and wine.
Add an almond cake from Zupan’s and a chocolate ganache cake from La Provence and it’s done!
~Photo Lori Greer in Portland~
It’s not a Norman Rockwell painting by any means.
I am forcing myself not to dwell on what is missing but on what will I will have.
A good friend, a warm house, cheerful fire, lovely music and Riley, my mini Aussiedoodle.
I choose happy.
I am at peace.
I know it’s never a good idea to go to the grocery store when I am hungry.
It was an especially bad idea this morning as I was hungy and I had just worked out with my trainer at the gym. I was hungry and tired.
Continue reading “Marie, I wanted cake!”
I am not complaining about Portland’s weather especially when the rest of the country is experiencing extreme weather.
Continue reading “Respite from the rain”
My recent flights from Portland to Atlanta and on to Alabama afforded ample time to think.
It was a case of two planes, no trains, and one automobile. Twelve exhausting hours.
Here are my coffee-stimulated, waiting room, intercom inspired thoughts.
Continue reading “Traveling on…”
Just home from a brief stay at the Oregon Coast.
My mind is reeling with the beauty I saw.
Beauty on the shoreline.
Beauty in the parks.
Beauty everywhere in its purest, natural state.
Back at home, I am determined to enjoy the beauty in my world.
Continue reading “Beauty 3.26.17”
You just have to love a grocery store whose floral department has cool, handwritten signs like this one. Thank you Zupan’s for this bit of loveliness on a rainy day in Portland!
Continue reading “Love more…”
It is a word that my friends and I toss around.
It describes the feeling we have when the world passes us by.
Continue reading “The World Needs More You In It”
It was another day of endless rain in Portland. *
I admit, I wasn’t in the best mood. I was tired. I was sad.
Continue reading “It’s Just So Good You’re Here!”
It is Friday. July is more than half over. I feel a bit of panic.
Continue reading “Merci M. Matisse!”
While shopping for groceries, I found this quote displayed in the floral department.
Continue reading “Deep in their roots…”