On a Personal Note…


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Portland, Oregon facing west toward Mt. Hood

I talk so much about what a lovely place this city is, but every summer since we’ve lived here, we have traveled and spent long periods away from home.  Not this year. Well, ….we have both traveled individually…John to Southern California for his play stuff, and I’ve made a few trips, but we’ve done no out-of-state traveling together, and have not spent long periods of time away, which has turned out to be a good choice. We are having a good time.

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The incredible flora and fauna of Portland…the sites the sounds…are all so endearing….mountains in one direction, the beach in another…..  I don’t think I will ever get enough of them all, and I certainly do not grow weary of them. This city is always changing…the weather…the people…things to do, et al.  We’re still searching for just the right plot of land in the Reno area to build a tiny house, but Portland is our home and shall remain so.

We are working on things around the house this summer, which we both love to do.  For instance, I really hated the ugly cove molding on our fireplace, so John and I built a new mantel and mounted a piece of rustic walnut on the front.  It was a quick and easy fireplace makeover that turned out pretty well, considering what we started with.  I love DIY projects, and this DIY fireplace makeover was right up my ally!

This is how it looked before.

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We slapped the above white board onto the front of the mantel, painted it brown and added a piece of rustic walnut.  We also changed the art around in the living room, moving some pieces to other rooms and adding new pieces. (and yes…that IS a Lichtenstein!)   We still plan to do some more things to the ugly fireplace…because it’s still ugly….just not AS ugly….but you know…We’ll get to it. Still have to have the black face of the fireplace re-painted.

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As I type this, John is out back re-staining our concrete and painting the deck.  I spent the morning reorganizing and putting up shelves.  We really like to do this stuff.  John and I have been trading off cooking every other night, and he is only now discovering the joys of cooking that I’ve been raving about for so long. He is really getting into it, and I’m enjoying the break.

Our non-vacation this year has turned into a great vacation.  We are socializing with friends a lot, having them over for impromptu little soirees on our patio, meeting them in parks for picnics….spending a lot of time with Ingrid….visiting all the new restaurants on Division street, making music, going to hear music, making art.  This is a good life.

So soon, we will embark upon a short trip to the SF Bay Area, but only for a few days. Other than that, we will be here.   So, I guess the point of all this is to say that while I love to travel and have had some exciting adventures here, there and everywhere, one can also find happiness by simply staying at home and becoming occupied with things that help improve his or her life.

I’ve now completed a third country and western song, am getting closer and closer to opening my business, and feel great about life….and about whatever new adventure presents itself.





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