Neighborhood Quirkiness

Dear Liza,

My first day back home started with a long lazy morning of reading and writing, and then Auntie Bridgett and I went out for a walk. We took some books we need to get rid of, so we could deposit them in one of the tiny libraries in the area.

We walked through Laurelhurst Park, which is even more beautiful than I remember. The sun filtering through the trees and the smell of the earth and the blossoms reminds me why I fell in love with this part of town.

We continued our walk, turning where we felt like, noticing gardens. We kept finding things that were quirky, things you just don’t see everywhere.

A metal garden sculpture in the shape of the giant flower Audrey from “Little Shop of Horrors”. A sign with a man’s face and address, but no name, condemning him as a Peeping Tom. A sticker on a crossing button that says “You are way more important than your realize.”

We ended up at 33rd and Yamhill, where the Portland Street Art Association has just finished re-painting a giant flower in what is called the Sunnyside Piazza, a nicely decorated intersection. How nice that people get together to make the city more beautiful, and pull all the neighbors in to help! And, even nicer, the beauty is allowed to remain.

Just up the street is the now-completed Belmont Street mural, which I will tell you more about tomorrow. I want to learn more about it first!

We were tired after our long walk and came home to do some organizing. My office is still a bit cluttered and I need to find space to spread my timelines out. I will tell you more about that as it comes together.

Love,

Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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