Portland Open Studios

Portland Open Studios is looking for local retailers who would like to carry our tour guides for our October artist tour, as well as advertisers and sponsors. We are the premier Open Studio event with 104 artists this year. We are in YOUR Portland neighborhood so let’s connect.

Portland Open Studios

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Is it spring?

I have spent the last week cleaning out drawers, giving away clothes I don’t use, throwing away all those things I thought I might use some day. I think I may be out of control. The thing I found most interesting was how many junk drawers I have. I no longer know what’s in any of these places, so I must not need anything in them. This all started because I’m trying to get rid of my desk, which is too big and also a catch all. I had to have someplace to put all the things in the desk I needed to keep. I realized that if I just cleaned out all my junk drawers I probably wouldn’t need the desk at all. Well, that wasn’t really true, but I have either gotten rid of most of it or put it in a rolling file I bought for $20. Now I just have to get rid of the desk.

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The One Lovely Blog Award

Thanks to Betzeee for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  I am shocked and amazed.

The one Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for newer and Up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and also help the new blogger to reach more viewers. It also recognises blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow bloggers who choose them. This award recognises bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
  • Share 7 facts/things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog.

So, now to the assignment.  Here are seven facts about myself.

1.  I am the mother of two wonderful children, one of whom has given me a grandson, Logan, who (whom?) I adore

2.  I have lived in New York, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, and Utah.  But until I moved to Oregon I didn’t feel at home.

3.  I worked in the legal profession for over 40 years and know way too much about civil litigation.

4.  I am now retired and spend three days a week playing with my grandson.  What a deal!

5.  I love to travel, and have visited most of the states west of the Mississippi, and England, Ireland, Israel and Russia.  These trips are what adds the texture to my life.

6.  I love to make jewelry, and am learning to fuse glass.  Being left brained I tell myself this is because I need to balance out my tendencies to be thought centered.   Not sure if it’s working, but  have allowed myself to create imperfectly, which is a giant step for me.  If I enjoy doing something, I will do it whether the result is great art or kindergarten art for the fridge.
Team Dynamics Infographic: Left Brain vs Right Brain Infographic from Mindjet

7.   I should have gone to college at 18 and majored in English Lit and become an editor for one of the big houses, but I didn’t.  I fought my way into a career which I was good at but did not love.  I went to college on my own dime, starting at 40 years and ending at 55 years old with a decree in Liberal Studies.  I did this while working full time and raising two children.  It’s what I’m most proud of accomplishing.

I would like to nominate the following for the One Lovely Blog Award:

1.  Angie Does Until She Doesn’t

2.  Voices From the Margins

3.  Life is a Journey, who the HELL stole my map

4.  Wanderings of an Elusive Mind

5.  A Relent to Introspection

6.  Kate Murray

7.  Collecting Saints and Cirlces

8.  61 Musings


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Gathering in the crops

Fall is here. That means it’s time to gather in the last of the herbs from the patio and get them stored for winter. Usually I dry the herbs, but this year I decided to freeze some too.  It’s much easier and the taste is fresher.  You just fill ice cube trays two thirds full, then fill with either boiling water or olive oil.  Freeze, then keep in a plastic bag

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Ikea has these great trays, bendy.






I’ll tell you this though.  It’s a pain in the neck getting the thyme off the stems.


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Carol, at Wanderings of an Illusive Mind,  looked at leaves and was inspired to write a post about the facades we show the world.  She used as the bridge  a Joni Mitchell song, “Clouds” (I really don’t know leaves at all), which I thought was very inventive.

It was very thought provoking for me, as I have had a “public face” all my life.   Very few people know the real me.   Not because I’m hiding any dark secrets, I have just been very private all my life.  Which leads me to wonder why.  I find that many people are the same way.  That’s why I say on my About page that I am friends with very few and acquaintances of many.  Those few friends know me inside and out, and that’s a good thing, because someone needs to.  The rest of humanity don’t really need to know who I am.  I’m not running for office.   And sometimes, when I’m in a group of people, I have to wonder why this person I’ve just met is telling me all about her aches and pains and son in law who is just not good enough for her daughter.   What does she think her daughter would say if she could overhear her telling a stranger these private thoughts.

I guess we’re all different.  And that, too, is a good thing.

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Playing with PicMonkey

So I took an old photo and redid it in PicMonkey. Here it is.  But what I really would like to do is create a picture and put it on there.  I have to work on that.  PicMonkey is awesome.


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The free time in retirement

I’m retired now.  I want to travel

See a few castles

and spend time with my family

Watch this wonder grow

Watch this wonder grow


and time with my friends

My good friend Marian

My good friend Marian

and take long walks with my dog

Aidan McCree

Aidan McCree

and help out a little

and make jewelry and art

and learn a little

and earn a little

But I’m not as energetic as I once was

So be patient

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First post in Blogging 101

I’m a day late with this because I never got the email so I had to figure out how to get to the assignments on my own. That was a learning process in itself. I’ve actually been blogging for over a year, but I’m so bad at the basics that I joined this class. But here I am. Hi.  Pretty much I started this blog because I want to learn to chronicle my life.  I’ve started many journals, but they all fell by the wayside.  I also want to write more because I want to learn to write better; maybe some short stories.

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Back into it

I had a surprise email last weekend asking me to take over for a week in a small law firm downtown. There are normally 4 people there: lawyer, associate attorney, paralegal and legal assistant. All three of the staff were scheduled to be out, with only the attorney remaining. This is a really scary proposition, because typically the attorney is so busy he doesn’t have any idea about the every day running of the firm. But I needed the money, and Charlotte was okay losing me for a week, so I took the job, hoping we could work it out together. Thankfully, the paralegal was able to come on after all; her mother’s emergency surgery did not happen. So it was a great week, getting back into working after almost two years retired. And the view was fantastic from the 23rd floor of a downtown Portland building.

Downtown Portland

The week worked out really well, and I expect to be back into Charles and Karilyn’s work lives on a semi regular basis, but I finished the week completely exhausted.  And I missed my Logan terribly.

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Do it anyway

This short post comes under the heading of “get over yourself. Just do it anyway”. It all started last week at the board meeting. I found out I was going to have to speak in Front of 80-90 people, which managed to turn my voice three octaves higher. Then I find out my mentor Linda would not be there, so I had to speak for her too. I have worried about this all week, what a blood fool I was going to make of myself. Then last night I lose a tooth. Not a back tooth. One right in front. Ye gods. I’ve been more than a little sick to my stomach since. But I decided if God was going to give me this test, then by damn I was going to pass it. So I went to the meeting tonight and spoke in front of a bunch of local artists, talked to many after the fact, and generally had a great time. Thanks for the test, God.

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