Inspiration from Everywhere

Dear Liza,

Welcome home! You just got back from your long visit with Grandpa Victor and Baba Alla in Moscow. I enjoyed all the photos you sent. I imagine you are speaking very good Russian by now.

I have been doing several projects here, dividing my time between them. The first is finishing Ruth’s quilt, which I got done, folded, and sent off yesterday. It should be arriving in Salinas this week.

The second project is making Cousin Kestrel’s birthday present. She is turning seven this week, and is celebrating with a Princess Kitten themed party. I am working on a pillow (or maybe it will be a wall hanging) of a princess kitten. Here it is, as of now. There will be lots more curlicues.

I have also been walking around the neighborhood. The hydrangeas are all coming out so blue!! That may be a usual thing here, but it is sure a surprise to my California eyes! Also, the lilac bushes here smell like lilac….in California, you were never quite sure.

Working on my story is taking up some time, too. It is getting better, but since it is a history story, I want to have all the facts right. I am reading about the Chinese Exclusion Laws, which said that Chinese people weren’t allowed to live in Oregon. Remember last week we visited the Lan Su Chinese Garden? So you can see how that turned out. Studying history lets me see how foolish it is to try and keep people out because they are different.

My last ongoing project is studying French. We hope to travel in Europe some more, and it’s just good to keep my brain busy, so I spend half an hour a day on Duolingo or reading in French. Duolingo is FREE online and goes at my own pace, so I can keep trying until I get it right. C’est tres amusant!

Have fun at your next summer adventure, sweetie.

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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