Friday, July 1, 2016

Almost done

I finished quilting Wanda's quilt but the edge isn't quite done yet.  I was going to just bind it but I like the small border.  And I like how the green border pulls the colors together.



Here it is before quilting.

Wanda's quilt

Bottle Shock

We both watched this one and loved it.


Monday, June 27, 2016

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

I am really enjoying this book.  I borrowed an audio version from the library through Hoopla.  I think the narrator does a good job of enhancing the story.  Very fun.


Another house I love is for sale

This is a house we walk by sometimes.  What a beauty!  And it is for sale.















They just don't build em like they used to

Every now and then a place in The Belvedere on Belmont Street comes up for sale.  The kitchen I posted about recently is from one of those units and they had an open house yesterday.  I scurried on over.  There were actually two units with open houses so that was an unexpected bonus. It's a great old building in good shape.



Here is the entrance



Look at that great old builtin vanity.  And all that light in the bathroom.



Isn't it fun?  They just don't build 'em like they used to.







In contrast, most modern apartments are just tubes with one big window in the living room, none in the bedroom or bathroom or kitchen.    Boy this must be a dark place on any but the sunniest days.  And yet they want $100K more for this.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Old Kitchen with Ice Box

I am crazy about old kitchens from the early part of the 20th century.  Look at this old built in Ice Box.  So cool.



The ice went on the upper left.  Note the hole for it to melt down through.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Portland walking... ain't what it used to be

Yesterday we ran a few errands on foot, which is normal for us.  All the development gets ever closer and more intense.  I hate it.

Here is a temporary sidewalk around a building site.


You can't see over the plastic into the building site when you are walking.  It's a little nerve-racking to hear all that equipment so close and yet you can't see it.  If something happened, there you are, stuck in a tunnel with no exit.


It was very very noisy.  John said it was the heavy equipment.  I would hate to live within earshot of it and a lot of people do.

It used to be a food cart pod.




This is Movie Madness, where we returned a video.  Movie Madness rental prices are often quite a bit cheaper than streaming rentals from Amazon.  For example, the DVD rental from Movie Madness was $3.75 (it was a new release) and from Amazon streaming, it was $5.99.  It doesn't make sense to me that streaming costs  60%  more than renting the DVD.  Plus I get to keep the DVD longer (three days vs two days).



This is across the street from Movie Madness where they tore down three houses and all their trees.  You can see some of the trees stacked up at the left edge.


Then we walked on to Hawthorne which is also in heavy development.  It's so nasty out there that it makes me long for headphones and anything to take me away from reality.  So sad.


I guess I am not the only one complaining about the difficulty walking/biking in all the construction.  The city is considering doing something.  It LOOKS like they will, but we shall see.