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Weekends are made for…

The last couple weekends have been laced with relaxation and play and have included some of my favorite summery events.

The first important ingredient here is time (yippy) and following close on time’s heels, the appropriate weather for sitting on the back deck chatting, knitting, being entertained by wild life and sipping your beverage of choice as the day comes to a close and quietly slips into night.

Here is one of our visitors;


Attending the Art in the Pearl festival in the Pearl District of NW Portland where three park blocks are closed of to traffic and are filled with artisans, musicians, dancers and food. An end of summertime celebration that just makes your heart sing.


I love meeting all the talented artists and experiencing life through their perspectives and mediums. My favorite this time was an archeologist who uses topographical maps as her canvas and then creates and image with dye and ink, adds words and bits from nature… and then magic. You could barely get in her booth. Her art really spoke to me, because it seems like it has risen from an ancient deep place. I bought one for a friend so no picture here or she will see it.

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And…then there is the music drifting in and slowly enticing you to move towards it. What finally lured me to the stages was a heavy passionate Latin beat.

I love the guitar and especially anything Latin and these two men well… heartbreaking one moment and hip swaying the next. By the end of their set I was emotionally drained and very happy. I was not the only one either, I saw lots of tears streaming down happy moved faces. Toshi Onizuka and Mariano DeOrbegoso.


They were both amazing musicians but I have never seen anyone play the guitar like Toshi Onizuka.


A really fun and artistically diverse experience.

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Weekly shopping becomes a community supportive event here in the summer. Portland and it’s surrounding environs are rich with Farmer’s Markets.  Stalls loaded with everything from fresh picked veggies (a vegetarians dream) to bread still warm from the oven. There are flowers galore and cookies wine cheese farm fresh eggs… you name it.  I like to Market hop depending on my mood but my favorite and easiest to get to is in the park blocks on Saturday morning by PSU.  This week there were dahlias every which way you turned bright, happy dahlias. Oh and tomatoes… and…you name it. Bountiful harvest indeed.



  1. Beautiful, beautiful, thank you for bringing us along. But I think that chipmunk in the ohmygoshdidyouseethatIcan’tbelieveshetookthatpicture pose steals the show.

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  2. marcy #

    I wanna come next weekend!

    Holy tomatoes batman!

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  3. Yay for time to enjoy your weekends!!  And looks like you’ve been having some great weekends!  I’ve made it to the farmer’s market 3 weekends in a row! All seems right in the world if I can get to the farmer’s market! The simple things…

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  4. That chipmunk shot is awesome!

    We skipped the Art in the Pearl this year…too damp…we’re weenies…now I’m sorry we didn’t try harder. Next year!

    The PSU market rocks!!! Yum!! smile

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  5. Hazel Smith #

    I too have chipmunks on the back deck. They eat the cherry tomatoes if you’re not quick enough harvesting them. The rest of the photos made me almost decide to move to the west coast-the colours, the art, the musicians, the produce. However, I’d miss the snow in Sudbury AND the kids and grand kids. A visit might be nice though. Cheers, Hazel.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your beautiful, colorful, rich weekend with us!  Loved all the visuals accompanying the details!

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  7. You guys in Portland really do have a lot of fun activities. I look forward to coming up that way again. Hopefully the convention center in a couple of years maybe?

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  8. Those dahlias are so lovely.  I think I’m going to have to make space in the garden for some next season.  Farmer’s markets are plentiful in my area too and we love riding our bikes to the one closest to our home on Saturdays. 

    Glad that you have some time to relax!

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  9. Hope #

    Thank you for sharing this with us, Tina!  It makes me really miss Portland, even though I was only there for a few short days. 

    What a beautiful city, and I’m definitely planning on coming back to play longer next time!

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