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Happily Exhausted

Lisa left this afternoon to go back to San Francisco. I am very tired, but a good kind of tired. I realize that I do not have the stamina of a thirty-something!!

Today, on the way to the airport, we stopped at a couple of up and coming neighborhoods on the north side of Portland — Mississippi Street and Alberta Street. We had lunch at Grand Central Baking, thank goodness they don’t just serve sandwiches on their great bread. I was able to get a salad with chicken. Steph and M & M came along for the outing, too.

We stopped in at Bolt, and some reddish brown burlap caught my eye. I bought some as a possible background for the bamboo fence quilt. I think it works, but now I have to decide how to finish it. My inclination is to stretch it around foam core.


Yesterday, we had a girls day out. We went to Oregon City to take Mia to the Museum of the Oregon Territory. She loves anything about pioneer life. Here she is in her sunbonnet, bravely getting weighed in front of everyone.


I loved the reproduction of the pharmacy with walls of bottles and tins.


There were several quilts at the museum. Some were displayed on beds and they looked good enough to crawl in to for a nap.



These log cabin quilts were my favorite. The bottom was made from silk scraps.


We also did lots of antiquing and thrift shopping. In the afternoon, Lisa and I checked out NW 23rd. She loves all the trendy little boutiques. Last night, Steph made fish tacos for all of us. It was a delicious end to the day.

It was great having Lisa in the house. She took lots of walks with Maggie and I. We sat on the sofa and watched HGTV and read our favorite blogs together. She even dieted with me. I don’t know why she thinks she needs to lose weight, but I guess that when I was that age and weight, I always felt like I needed to lose 15 pounds. I am going to drag my tired old body off to bed.

3 Responses to “Happily Exhausted”

  1. Judy says:

    I’m loving that burlap fabric for you beautiful wallhanging! Isn’t it grand that your girls want to be with you!! I know what you mean by a nice tired.


  2. Sounds ,like you had a good day. And the burlap background looks good.

  3. Kristin L says:

    Lucky you to have the opportunity to make such great outings with family. And that’s just too cool that you and lisa blog together 😉

    The burlap looks perfect with your quilt. I’d stretch it around canvas stretcher bars (or probably a stretched canvas for stability) so it’s all done. I think the finished thickness of a stretched canvas looks more “artist” than thinner foamcore. I’d be tempted to frame a piece on foamcore, while I’d just hang a thicker piece directly on the wall.