Archive for the ‘Life’ Category


November 22, 2006

I have been out of town visiting parents for 12 of the last 14 days, first on the Big Island and then on Lake Chelan.

In rough order, here is how I spent my time: Sleeping, reading, chatting, watching television, walking/sightseeing, putting together a jigsaw puzzle.

My only regret? Not starting earlier on the jigsaw puzzle.

As I see them, vacations are for relaxing. If you are so busy on your vacation that you are worn out when you get back, then what good did the vacation do you?


A compromise

November 3, 2006

Yesterday was both wet and cold, rather than the usual one or the other. I went out to get the mail at 3:45, and was greeted by a damp, yowling Snubby.

I couldn’t let her in because one of my housemates is allergic to cats. But I couldn’t just leave her there.

So I spent the next half an hour sitting Indian-style on my front porch with a purring cat on my lap.

You have your schedule; dogs have theirs

October 2, 2006

Seen this evening on NE Knott:

A woman across the street standing impatiently with a bright red leash stretched taut between her and a utility pole six feet away. After 20 seconds or so, a Scottish terrier trotted out from behind the pole and re-joined her.

Hot town, summer in the city…

July 21, 2006

The mercury hit 104 this afternoon, which is a Portland record for July 21.

It was still 100 when I got off the 6 at Belmont. I picked up my mail at the post office, then thought: “What the hell…why not walk the rest of the way home?”

I made it three-quarters of a mile before hopping on the 14 for the rest of the trip.

My house does not have central air. Off to Cinemagic to see “A Prairie Home Companion”!

Perfect weather

May 1, 2006

What a weekend!

When I felt like weeding in the yard, it was sunny and warm.

When I felt like taking a nap, it rained.

Blogging will be light for a few days…

April 6, 2006

I noticed a strange smell in my bedroom this afternoon. I couldn’t find the source of it. I opened the windows, but it wouldn’t go away.

So I turned everything off, went out for a while, then took another look around when I got home.

I found it. After seven years, my computer monitor is no more. (Luckily for me, my roommate keeps a spare one in the garage, but I don’t think my eyes can take too much of it.)

My neighbors’ cat

April 6, 2006

When my neighbors’ cat wants in at night, he sits at the edge of their back porch, cries a couple of times, and gets let in.

It would appear my neighbors weren’t home last night. And that edge of their porch? It’s about nine feet down and ten feet over from my bed.

Go ahead: Ask me how I slept last night.


March 11, 2006

Thursday we had an afternoon-long snowstorm (I was amazed that none of it stuck).

Friday was beautiful. Sunny with temperatures in the mid-30s, and everything smelt and felt clean, clean, crisp and clean. I walked home this evening along the rainbow colors of Taylor Street, and never wanted the walk to end.

Today’s coincidence

March 11, 2006

The family of three who biked west through the 39th and Taylor intersection while I was on my way to the Lloyd Center biked east through it while I was returning home.

I love Portland, Part 6

February 28, 2006

An earnest woman, overheard on the #15 tonight:

“…I feel like I sinned. I’ve never done anything like that before!…well…once, in a previous life.”