Powell’s City of Books, Downtown Portland, OR

 

 

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Nine color coded rooms house over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles.
Nine color coded rooms house over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles.
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Powell’s City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books.

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I roamed around Powell’s Bookstore admiring the 5×5 cards on the shelves. They were informative, eye-catching and humorous. I took pictures of my favorite ones to share with you.

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Shelly, a shelf-talker maker. While walking around, I met an employee behind a desk. She was illustrating something on a 5×5 card. I introduced myself and we got to talking.
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I learned about the art technique she was using with water color pencils. She gave me a few useful techniques using her fingers (or brush). It was just what I needed! I was so inspired! She let me take a picture of her and her current work.
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I learned that all the employees made shelf-talkers. Some write out recommendations, some create book summaries while others illustrate to catch readers attention.
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Downtown Portland

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It was strange driving beside the trolley.
It was strange driving beside the trolley.

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This is 4-story Target located downtown.
This is 4-story Target located downtown.
Finding parking was a challenge.
Finding parking was a challenge.
We took so long finding one, the meter-charge became free by the time we pulled into a space.
We took so long finding one, the meter-charge became free by the time we pulled into a space.
Owen immediately saw trees on the roof of the buildings.
Owen immediately saw trees on the roof of the buildings.

Newport and Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

 

The drive from Salem, OR to Newport, OR was 2 hours long. But the views were worth the wait.
The drive from Salem, OR to Newport, OR was 2 hours long. But the views were worth the wait.

 

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Newport Bay front in the mid 1910.
Newport Bay front in the mid 1910.

 

 

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We found parking and an Italian lunch restaurant just outside the busy shopping area.
We found parking and an Italian lunch restaurant just outside the busy shopping area.
This is what I had: homemade pasta and pesto with mushroom and shrimp.
This is what I had: homemade pasta and pesto with mushroom and shrimp.

 

 

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

A piece of Oregon history sits atop a bluff at the mouth of the Yaquina River. It is the Historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, built in 1871 and decommissioned in 1874. It was officially restored as a privately maintained aid to navigation on December 7, 1996.

It is believed to be the oldest structure in Newport. It is also the only existing Oregon lighthouse with the living quarters attached, and the only historic wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

 

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River Forks County Park, Roseburg

Sunday, July 21, 2014

We finally found a park within biking distance from our campsite. Added bonus: a fort, river access, large playground, endless greenery and it’s in the 70s. What more could I ask for, right? Well… It’s raining and we’re taking cover under an oak tree. Now that’s more like it!

 

Enjoying the bike ride to the park.
Enjoying the bike ride to the park.

 

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He he played at the playground until he saw.... the fort.
He he played at the playground until he saw…. the fort.

 

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Umpqua River
Umpqua River

 

 

Rogue Rock Gym

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I went rock climbing at Rogue a Rock Gym with daddy. I made it to the top of the climbing walls 8 1/2 times. I sat on a giant boulder and watched everyone climb. The climbing walls had different names. They were called: Octoblocks with purple blocks,  Life on Mars (red), Upside Down Town (blue) everything was upside down, even the signs, Crystal Palace (neon green and see through).

My favorite was the black and Green Lantern and green Easy Peasy.

These are a few of my favorite things… (today)

I was chatting with my sister Pauline an hour ago and she asked me “What was your favorite part of today?” I was writing back to her in paragraphs, rambling. I asked her if the 3 items I mentioned should be shared on my blog. I was concerned it may be too personal. She advised me to share, so here I go….

July 17, 2014

Tomorrow is Richard’s birthday and we are staying at the Towneplace Suite Marriott in Medford, OR for two nights. We specifically wanted a suite for the full kitchen. I needed the space to cook several meals that will last a week (hopefully two) as we make our way up northern Oregon next week.

My gift for Richard: home-cooked meals.

While in Medford, we plan to take advantage of the stores, an Asian grocery store to be exact. We’ll visit Barnes & Noble, visit local parks and check out their library. We’re also making a run to Walmart for any RV-needs.

So going back to naming my favorite part(s) of today…..

1. Having a feast at McGrath’s Fish House. As if we were celebrating my birthday, I ordered whatever my taste buds desired.  I had such a great dining experience. It’s been a while since I moaned with a fork in my mouth. I ordered a combination of prawn kebabs, crab cakes and salmon.

2. After our meal, we walked over to Harry & David. Back in California, we know them as “the small store inside the mall that sold popcorn and pears”. But here, it was a size of a Trader Joe’s . There was a section for wine, appetizers for entertaining, the sweet desserts and snacks and finally, the produce. It was one of my favorite part because when we were done picking up items here and there, Owen and I asked Richard to wait for us in the truck. We picked out a few things for his birthday and even had it custom gift-wrapped. Seeing Owen giggle in anticipation was priceless. He couldn’t wait for daddy to see it tomorrow.

Gifts for Richard: chocolate popcorn, pancake mix, chocolate-covered fruits, chocolate bars.
Gifts for Richard: chocolate popcorn, pancake mix, chocolate-covered fruits, chocolate bars.

3. When we got back to the hotel, the boys decided to go swimming and that’s when I put on my apron and put a bandana on my head. I was in counter-space heaven! I made Owen’s Mac-and-Cheese with broccoli and my chicken with mushroom sauce (made from scratch!). I loved being in my element. No TV to distract me, just me, my knife, my stove and the AC on full blast…

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On that note: If I can ask anyone reading this to take a moment and be grateful for what you have- the amount of space you have in your kitchen, your bathroom, your privacy. Not that I ever took it for granted, but our (new) way of living now made me realize how easy it is to forget the luxury of space and privacy.

I went from a 3-bedroom house with a loft, 2.5 bath, two story house- to a travel trailer where my elbow hits the shower stall, where my kitchen has limited space and if I seek quiet time, it’d have to be outside somewhere where there’s mosquitoes and the heat.

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I am grateful for: My best friend Melissa B. who reminds me that this is all temporary; to cherish the moments with Owen. My art friend Jenny P.  who reminds me that other people have less. My spiritual friend Lee Ann who coaches me along and tells me it’s ok to feel this way, that I will learn to adjust. She’s going through worse yet manages to bring out the positives. I am grateful for my friends who I remain in contact with on a daily/weekly basis for their constant support and encouraging comments on Facebook. A simple comment really makes a big difference in my day, so thank you (you know who you are).  And I’d like to thank the Academy for my sister Pauline, who’s been with me since day 1. (Cue music…)

The truth of  it all, this is my favorite part of today. Counting my blessings. For having Owen and Richard in my life, whether it be in a new-built house or a used-travel trailer. It’s a great life.

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