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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Books, pets, llamas, and plants

What a wonderful day!

It was sunny today in Portland and Karen and I got an early start.

First, we went to Multnomah Village which I have nicknamed "The Hidden Village". I found this quaint shopping district by accident one day. I was lost and stumbled upon it. Since that day (last Fall) I have tried to find it again. If you've read my earlier posts, you know that I have no sense of direction. I am directionally challenged. It's like dyslexia or something. I'm waiting for a superstar to come forward and be the spokesperson for this strange affliction. Anyway...a few weeks ago I found The Hidden Village again. A lovely yarn store lives there. So today, Karen came with me and we shopped the stores. The best store there is an independent bookstore - Annie Bloom's books. Lots of interesting books. I purchased "Labyrinth" by Kate Mosse and I can't wait to dive into it!

Next we went to the Northwest Pet and Companion Fair held at the Portland Expo Center. Lots of people there who are in serious love with their pets.

And it had... an indoor petting zoo. With baby cows and deer and llamas and rams.. Oh My! What fun!

We managed to leave the pet fair without adopting any new family members. We explored the lovely Nob Hill neighborhood and lunched at a McMennamins restaurant (fabulous Ruby Ale! I'm not a big beer drinker but that stuff is fantastic!).

We then went to the Cornell Farm Nursery. I was there to identify one of the plants I already have in my backyard. Turns out, it's an atypical azalea. Karen and I had a lot of fun taking pictures of the beautiful flowers.

It was a glorious day in the sun! All in all, I was patting myself on the back for not splurging on books or yarn or plants.... until... we went to the camera store to get some photos developed. We left with an external flash for our Nikon. And then after dinner, we thought we would "just walk" around the nearby Copelands Sporting Good store. But oops.. they had "Life Is Good" tshirts on sale for $10. I LOVE these shirts. Had to have several. Because, you know, Life is Good!


At 9:03 PM, Blogger DtDtKty said...

Wow...it sounds like you two had an amazing day. I'm glad you found your "Hidden Village" again. Jeff and I have eaten at Marco's Cafe there twice and it's good.
The pet show sounds like a lot of fun. Perhaps we'll check it out tomorrow if it's still going on. Thanks for sharing your adventures.
Love, H

At 10:54 AM, Blogger revrose said...

I just finished the book Labyrinth and really liked it. However there is a grisly section where the Crusaders sack a whole town and then the burn ther heretics on the pyre scene. But soldier on past that part and it gets really good. Very interesting opinion on what the Holy Grail really is. Mom


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