Portland Oddities

Dear Liza,

After two sunny weeks of very unusual weather, we are back to the usual… rain, wind and cold. This is going to push my garden work back a week or so. But that’s okay, I have lots to keep me busy.

For this blog, I want to share some things I have found around town that are different, quirky, or just plain cool.

This beautiful pathway in a front garden is a combination of climate, pavers, and lots of time. The patterned concrete bricks were laid down flat to give traction on the gentle slope, where it can get slippery with our rains. To me, it looks almost like a green, fuzzy, stained glass window.

Here is another thing that is perfectly Portland. In this tiny free library down on Salmon Street, a box of Corn Flakes rests next to the books, ready to be taken by anyone who needs it. These little libraries are managed by the people who install them, who make sure they are stocked and kept in good condition.

While graffiti can be a nuisance in some places, these added words and letters on an electrical box in Laurelhurst Park made me smile. Delighting in my memories, and making new ones, is how I like to spend my time.

I hope you had a good day, and sleep well to have another one tomorrow.


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 “Portland Oddities”

  1. What a FUN unique read. Speaking of read, the idea of books being shared is super. The cereal is a great idea. (What no milk) Happy March 1.


    1. Hey there,
      I’m glad you like our tiny libraries.
      Have I told you about Bridgett’s new comic? Go to “Bridgett Spicer Auntie Beeswax.”
      Love you’

      Sent from my iPhone


  2. I love going for walks and just seeing what I might find. I love all that you found. I’ll have to try a walk around Laurelhurst area too – I usually just walk Vancouver downtown. I need to get over to Pdx more often!


  3. Hello! Laurelhurst is pretty, but so is Sunnyside, Richmond, Kerns, Irvington, and Mt. Tabor. Let me know when you’ll be in Town!


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