Doing Errands

Dear Liza,

Spring is progressing up here in Portland. Camellia season is just about gone, which you can tell by the huge patches of petals at the base of every bush. It looks like the whole park sneezed at once!

Today we had to run out to Gateway Center, just a few miles east, for some medical tests. Gateway is also a transit hub, where two train lines and 9 bus lines intersect to let you get almost anywhere in the city. It was fun watching all the coming and going.

We were hungry after the tests, so Grandpa Nelson suggested the Bipartisan Cafe in Montavilla. On the way we saw a great new mural. Handy Hand loved it. Then he charged us a quarter for looking at it.

The Bipartisan Cafe, along with brunches, sandwiches and pastries, has political posters from both Democratic and Republican candidates (hence the name). William Howard Taft, Richard Nixon, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, all are equal on the walls.

Almost ready to head home, we drove past Mr. Plywood, the home repair shop with the cutest sign, and then made another stop.

The window blinds in our house are starting to fall apart, and we are checking to see what is available. The salesman, Don, is also the owner of the business, which we like. I hate dealing with middlemen. We had a look, talked about what would work for us, and made an appointment for Shelly, the co-owner (and Don’s wife) to come check out our windows and see what will work and what it will cost.

Now home to work on the story and have a rest.

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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