900th Blog!!!

Dear Liza,

June 30, 2017, almost three and a half years ago, was the day of my first blog. I had come up to Portland by plane, then the Red Line train to get to downtown, where I had lunch and met an itinerant poet named Shannon. Then I took a bus to Auntie Katie’s house. The next day I picked up the keys to our first apartment here in Portland. I signed papers, measured the new place, and flew back to Salinas.

Shannon the Poet in front of Powell’s, 2017

That day was a good omen of my life in the city so far. I have pushed myself to walk further, get around on public transit, explore further afield, chat with all sorts of folks, and spend more time on my own.

Auntie Katie and I going out to “Hamilton”

I have written about dinners out, concerts, zoos, and parks here in Portland;

Interspecies fun at Oregon Zoo


vacations to Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.;

Seattle at night from the Smith Tower

trips back to Salinas to see you and your family and friends;

You and Mr. Steinbeck

and some less-fun trips to hospitals and doctor’s offices.

Grandpa Nelson gets looked at

And lately, I’ve written about coping with NOT being able to do those things.

One of my many art pieces since March

Writing this blog, now 900 essays long, is part of the coping. Writing how I feel makes it real and solid and more manageable.

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.

4 thoughts on “900th Blog!!!”

    1. Hi Peevee! Yes, the memories keep in coming! Funny thing is, if it weren’t for writing the blog, I would have forgotten many of these things. At the time, they were just part of the days, busy, busy days. And now they are like little warm pockets of joy I can visit and renew my soul. AND I can take you with me!

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  1. That circle tree is YOUR influence. The page started as toilet paper ends stamped to use up some extra red and brown acrylic paint. When the circles were in, it needed some colored in bits. Finally, it wanted a tree. Thanks, Dr. Ruth-Enstein!

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