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Yes, I am still seeing homeless encampments and people sleeping rough out everywhere but on Saturday I saw my first blooming camellia of the year. We are only four weeks away from early crocuses...


After a week of rain we are finally getting a break. It has been so dark and damp and cave-like and it is affecting everyone’s mood. Well that… and the news. I guess one good tidbit is that ou...


11AM Sunday morning. What I thought remarkable about this was that whoever was sleeping in the closest doorway was sleeping under one of those super soft synthetic blankets but this one had Eife...


Because we met at the gym yesterday instead of Weight Watchers, Mrs. Sherlock asked if we could meet a half hour later. We did our default river loop walk, but backwards. She wasn’t feeling well...


January 05, 2018

What I Do Now in Everyday Ramblings

The picture is an atmospheric mood shot of downtown. Wow, so back to it, a slightly modified regular schedule. Compared to many of you our weather has been mild though it has been windy and co...


Happy New Year! We aren’t quite there yet. This is the library at Portland State at dusk that I walk by all the time. I love the light here. The library was built around the heritage Golden Beec...


A paper snowflake Miss E. made a few years back and sent in her Christmas card and a quilt that was a gift about the same time from a former coworker (a lovely surprise). We went from ice (it w...


December 26, 2017

Bleh, Ice, Bleh in Everyday Ramblings

We were just supposed to get freezing rain on Sunday. Surprise. Since then I have only been out a few steps. Right this moment, an hour before noon, it is still below freezing and unbelievably ...


Well according to the Google Santa Tracker he is about to stop by Alice Springs in a few moments. He is booking! :) I try to put up pictures here that are maybe not the best I take but are evoca...


December 22, 2017

Eight Spoons Down in Everyday Ramblings

This is the park a half block up the hill I live on this morning. We’ve had heavy miasmic fog but at least right this minute it is above freezing. We’ll have rain later, much easier to deal with...


Sometimes when I am out and about I take texture shots. This is one I took on Sunday. This morning I went to a work meeting. It is a meeting we have every two weeks and there are usually about ...


I took this picture because there is a Christmas tree on the back end of the top part of the crane towards the support. But what I like about it is the big sky, something we don’t get to see aro...


This is an iconic house on a busy street in NE Portland not far from where I used to live. I took this wandering around over there last weekend. It is cloudy, just a few degrees above freezing...


This is a quite nice elaborate chicken coop down the block from the miniature goats. I saw a rabbit in there too. A little gray guy. The man that lives here was gently shooing the girls back int...


Here is one of the adorable and friendly miniature goats around the block from the yoga studio where I took the workshop. I went to visit them every day at the break. They have a new dispenser l...


Light! Look at that. Clear sky in December. Amazing. This was yesterday midday during a break in the yoga workshop I am attending. So far I am not learning anything startlingly new but it is bri...


On Sunday we went out birding and had a good time even though it was a bit colder out on the island than in the city. Most Honorable brought his scope and it was relatively quiet out there so we...


Yesterday we picked a part of town we both don’t know that well to walk in although Most Honorable grew up near here. It rained but not too hard but still Mrs. Sherlock and Frida and me, we get ...


This afternoon, just before dark on a piece of scrubland nearby where the express buses park. The encampment is all very neat but I do wonder how they get that “borrowed” recycling bin emptied. ...


Rain and red berries and twinkly lights as a kick off to the winter season even though we have a few weeks to go before we get there officially. Sorry about the polemic approach to my post Sund...


This is the west side of the Steel Bridge yesterday morning at 8:30AM. There was a whole crew of runners passing by because as you can see it was not raining but if you look closely you can see ...


Wednesday late afternoon on my way to class. Yesterday afternoon in Salem with Jack and Henry. Those are heated cat beds there under those towels in front of the gas fireplace. My brother-in-l...


This is some trash left by some folks living rough nearby. There is a lot of homeless activity near this unattended parking lot right up next to the freeway that borders downtown. Cars get broke...


November 19, 2017

Accepting Absence in Everyday Ramblings

This is my kitchen window this morning, this bleak and dreary morning. If you look carefully you will see a tree stump, a fresh tree stump close to the ground on the left. I came home on Thursd...


I must have taken this Tuesday as it rained hard all day Wednesday and most of yesterday. I am hanging on here to any color in the environment I come across and although most of the trees are ba...


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