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This is my husband, John, the birthday boy, standing in the walkway that runs through my studio.  He is wearing the bear paw suspenders that I gave him as a joke.   Yesterday was his birthday, and we attended an artists gathering for breakfast.  My contribution was this chard, goat cheese and pepper quiche.

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Seattle friend, Shannon Kringen (The Goddess Kring) joined us for the weekend, and we were absolutely  delighted that she was our guest!  Shannon is a fellow artist, great person and delightful character.  Shannon had the longest-running cable TV show in Seattle.  It was on for something like 10 years….I’ve forgotten the exact number of years, but it was a long time.   She is shown here with John at the studio breakfast.  Image

Artist Annie Grigch cooked blueberry pancakes and potatoes and other goodies.   So nice of her!

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Katie Altermatt, one of the artists from the studio, brought out some of her cool art.  This is a neck piece that emulates those fox skin wraps that women used to wear in the 40’s.  I thought these were so funny and great!  She makes some fantastic paintings, too. Image

There is art everywhere at  Studio 640!

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After we ate, we went out to the art festival at Marylhurst University.  John used to be Vice President of Academic Affairs there.  It is where I graduated….and also where my daughter and son-in-law graduated.

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After we left Marylhurst,  we took a tram ride, high over Portland, and took pictures.  The day was sunny and beautiful, and the view from up high was spectacular!

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Shannon took lots of pictures!

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All of us  enjoyed the view.

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After that, we all went out for a delicious Thai lunch.

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We went for ice cream afterward, at the new Salt and Straw…but I neglected to take photos.  I had the strawberry cilantro lime cheesecake.  John had something with birthday cake in it.  Shannon had something chocolate…..BEST ICE CREAM EVER!!!  It truly is incredible!  They use only the finest ingredients and have some of the most unusual flavors I have ever witnessed.

We returned home after that.  Shannon fell in love with Portland, so we took her out to look at a few neighborhoods.  Then, she hit the road back to Seattle.  John and I had a quiet evening at home continuing the celebration.  I am so glad this man was born.  I could celebrate his birth every day of the year!

Happy birthday, darling.