Saturday, July 31, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
And here's the happy yellow and green side. There are kitchen themed strips and floral strips and charming children and circus animals . . . it will be a fun comforter for a child to sleep with. And since I have run out of fluffy batting, I made it with three layers of fabric which makes for a heavy, but toasty warm cover. In Denmark, they call a heavy blanket, "a virgin killer." Evidently an experienced woman won't be crushed under all that weight.
When we went out for our anniversary dinner, DH and I wore the clothes we wore to get married in. (Brag, brag! We can still wear the clothes we wore 16 years ago!) So, since it was a warm and joyous occasion, and we both got a bit steamy with wine and hot food and rowdy laughter, I had to take things to the drycleaner. (My wedding dress is pink raw silk, knee length. Very versatile!) (I should have gotten photos, I know.) Anyhow, it was a glorious morning, and the drycleaner is about a mile away, so I walked. On the way, I spotted roses forcing their way through a hedge about nine feet above the sidewalk.
And a perfect pink and ivory rose blooming in the front yard of an abandoned house.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Yeah! Oooooo, yeah!
So today he took the wole day off and we have been out, celebrating out butts off! First a quick weigh in at Weight Watchers. I held steady. Then breakfast at Sully's. I had the hangtown fry. YUM!! Then a quick stop at the wonderful new yarn store with all the Lorna's Laces that I found yesterday. I didn't get the name right yesterday. It is Angelika's Yarn Store at 1975 SW first AV, Suite L - right near the Lovejoy fountain. http://www.yarn-store.com/ I won't be making it to the Flock and Fiber Fest after all this year, so what's the point of saving money when the Swirls is on sale? I bought Tickled Pink in DK weight for $6 a skein. (Happy dances, happy dances) and two skeins of Baby Alpaca Chunky in Plum because DH says I need a pair of really warm house socks.
Then we drove up to Northwest Portland and found the new Lush store. I needed another bottle of Dadd-o shampoo which is purple colored and gives my silver curls and added luster. And on the way back to the car we passed a hat shop where Dh talked me into buying a darling new hat. Quite 1920s chic and fair game for any ammount of dressing up! From there, we were off to Powell's City of Books - cook book and two local hiking guides for him, and a couple of Robert Aspirin's Myth books for me. "Have you ever checked to see if they have any of your books?" he asked. It had never occourred to me to look. I'm on the shelf at Powell's!! Sanna, Sorceress Apprentice is being sold as a used book there. I was very excited, and a young woman in the same aisle looked interested so DH gave her a card with the other books listed on it. She was looking over Sanna as we walked away. Squeeeee!!
After that, we went to Kenny and Zuke's Deli where I had a grilled cheese sandwich because they are pretty high point, but there are no points on your anniversary. Did you know that? Kyle told me, so it must be so.
Now we are resting up, and tonight we are going out for dinner with friends. And there are STILL two more days left in the weekend. Is life great or what?
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Naughty girl that she is, she knows a hidey hole behind the waterfall where she used to be able to go sneak a kiss. Without the waterfall, though, there's no hiding at all. That's me in the left corner of the bench. Click to embiggen.
On our way further north to yet another fountain, we met these three cheerful and friendly people. They are, reading left to right, Morgan, Merlin and - I really have to apologize but with those other two, the young man should have been named Arthur, and I just can't remember his real name. Sir, my profoundest apologies!
This is the Salmon Street Springs. On hot days, Roxie tells me, children frolic gleefully in the water. And a few grownups as well.
While we were getting pictures of the fountain, this young person came over and joined us. We had a bit of a romp and a giggle under the father's watchful eye, then Roxie escorted the child back to the parental unit, and we went on our way. No names were exchanged.
Next to the Pioneer Courthouse Postoffice are a series of fountains with animal sculptures. Ducks for example.
And seals. These nice bronze sculptures have very shiny heads from being stroked affectionately by passersby.
Here is a beaver that has escaped from the fountain. I wonder if the tree feels nervous with that beaver hovering so toothily close?
On the other side of the block arre more animals in fountains. This young lady is sitting on the head of a bear. She and her sister and mother are from Germany and visiting Portland for 3 months. Wow, what adventures they must be having! The girls don't speak any English, but Mom got along quite well.
This is called the Teacher's Fountain. Looks like a nice place to soak your hot, tired hooves.
We were meeting LG for lunch and were just a bit early, so we stepped into an art supply store to see what mischief we could get into. I posed with the little people.
Then, as we were leaving, we found a picture of my alter-ego, Ramses the First! Good likeness, don't you think?
Lunch with LG was so much fun that we forgot to take pictures. How do you like them apples?
In front of the Heathman Hotel, Josh agreed to pose with me.
And Roxie insisted that my fountain tour was not complete without visiting one of the "Benson's Bubblers." An early city father noticed that on a hot day, there was nowhere for a thirsty man to get a drink except in a tavern. He reasoned that he could greatly alleviate public drunkeness by providing public drinking fountains, and proceeded to do so. The handsome brass drinking fountains are now maintained by the city and continue to refresh citizens and visitors a hundred years later.
Walking back to the car, we paused again by the Lovejoy Fountain where I met Giovanna, a friendly and helpful young lady who offered to take our photo. Roxie dragooned her into posing instead. Thank you Giovanna!
And then, we found a new yarn store! They have - gird your loins - all of Lorna's Laces colorways in all the weights and even 7 colorways which are available nowhere else. Really! Roxie has been trying to purge the stash, and to save some money for the Flock and Fiber Fest in September, and there was Lorna's Laces Swirl Chunky on sale for $10 a skein, marked down from $21. Roxie went mad.
Now, after my splendid walkabout in downtown Portland, it's time for me to pack my bags and travel to Tennessee.
When she had finished the tests, we took a walk around campus where there is quite a lot of art scattered about. Here is a sculpture of - well, it looks like a rock wearing a polished belt. I'm not sure what makes this art, but it certainly is nicely done.
In the formal gallery is an exhibit of paintings inspired by aerial views of landscapes, trying to portray how mankind tries to establish order and pattern, and entropy breaks it down. OK, if this is art, and commands a big price tag . . .
Is this art, too? It portrays - oh, let's say it portrays the sheep's hatred of fences and restraints, and the ever-powerful way nature overcomes artificial boundaries and superceedes the will of mankind to control and compartmentalize. What'll you pay for this?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Annnnnnd, do it again on the other side. Zip, zap
Monday, July 19, 2010
knit in the dark
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Bucky Merino's saturday morning.
Wehadn't gotten very far along before DH stopped to greet a neighborhood cat named Charlie. DH is very kind to all animals, but he has a particularly tender spot for cats and sheep. So he introduced me to Charlie the cat.
I'm not too sure about Charlie, because the first thing he did was try to nibble on my ear. I'm just not that kind of sheep!
As we continued on our walk, we saw many attractive homes, flowers, birds, yadayadayada. Borrrrring. We passed this hamburger stand which Roxie says is a local landmark and a center for vintage car cruise-ins. Whatever that means. Sheep really aren't too interested in cars.
Breakfast was a pleasure. Roxie shared her oatmeal with me and Kyle gave me some oof his coffee. I flirted with two little girls while their parents finished their breakfasts.
Then we walked back. Here's DH consorting with yet another cat. They do seem to like him.
We passed this very tidy paddock on the way. Roxie says it's a landscaped garden, but I could see it had lots of herbs growing in it as well. Still, it's sadly missing in grass. Well, perhaps that will come in time.
That was our walk. Whoopdedoo. I am most grateful to you folks who have offered to let me come and visit, and Roxie and I are discussing that plan. She wants to take me on a tour of some of the fountains downtown, then we will see about travel arrangements.
Friday, July 16, 2010
She had the best of intentions.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Last night, when DH went to take a shower, I switched the chanel to the Cake Off - a reality (sort of) show where three teams have 9 hours to construct and decorate a five-ft tall cake which is then judged on flavor,technical difficulty, and customer satisfaction. When DH returned from the shower I handed over the remote and said, "I know you don't especially enjoy these shows. You don't have to watch something you hate on your own TV."
"It's OUR TV." he told me. Then he smirked and said, "But it's MY remote." I do love him. He makes me laugh all the time!! We watched Jeopardy.
I'm hoping to take Bucky to work with me today, so we may have a report from your roving ramporter soon.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
As usual, she manages to acquire another goody from her adoring fans. She's a stylin' lamb!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Mmmmmonday or, can a title be more boring?
I got my next does of exercise virtue in this morning. LG said I was welcome to harvest the lavender in her front yard, so, to beat the heat, I got over there before she had even left for work. She told me to take it all, so I did. I have four baskets of lavender sitting on the air registers in our house, drying out. The house smells divine!!
And since I was already in tidy-it-up mode, I went out and cleared out our two raised beds, filling an entire 33 gallon yard debris can thereby. My back is already grumbling.
I get to go to work for 14.5 hours this week. Whoop, whoop! There's so much to be said for being gainfully employed.
Knitting, of course, goes on. I am using up scraps. The cuff is fairly scratchy, but the part of the hat that will be against the forehead is a cashmere blend.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
The n way of tea
Now you're all prepped for the elegance of a proper tea ceremony. Well, I'm reading a silly book by Robert Asprin and in it the heroine performs The Way of Cake which involves a strictly formatted birthday party with pin the tail on the dragon games and the proper Cake with the proper frosting and only one scoop of the
properly made ice-cream - and the cake is cut with a sacred silver cake-server. A Nineteenth level master can cut a Cake into 19 perfectly even portions.
And all this is to explain that I am much taken with the phrase, "The Way of Cake" and may employ it myself in future. Today's festivity was much less formulaic.
I used glass plates and cups today. Light, cool and airy. With blue napkins to pick up the little blue flowers in the cutwork cloth.
I dished out a serving of cake to everyone before they got here so I wouldn't be stuck with a whole angelfood cake that everyone else had the strength to resist. Because I can't resist angelfood.
I also got and sliced up a Sin-Dog from Dave's Killer Bakery. So here we are, with sinfully happy expressions - Linda, Linda, Merilee
Maggie, Pat and Phyllis.
Sin-dogs are to cinnabons as Jack LaLanne is to Arnold Schwartzennagger: They're smaller, healthier and more substantative. Unlike Jack, they are also a good source of omega-3 oils.
Linda brought Gingeroos, with bits of ginger bbaked into the cookie itself. Oh, YUM!
Maggie brought cherries which she herself pitted. I usually just let people spit. and she brought them in her grandmother's bowl which is a beautiful green and white porcelain made in china with a dragon in the bottom. I wish I had gotten a photo.
Pat brought sliced cantelope. It was yummy. OK guys. This is not a potluck. Enough with bringing the food, no matter how delicious it is. I make too much as it is, and this is MY party!!
That's iced tea in the wine and pilsner glasses. Just the ticket for these steamy days - but DH fixed the air conditioner last night (it was a blown fuse) and things are nice and comfy cool in here today.
Oh, and some knitting has gone on. Using up the ends of little balls, I made another child's cap.