Yesterday, as we were working against a tight book deadline, we heard scraping on our driveway. When we peered outside, we saw our neighbors #thewonderfulMonsons shoveling the snow! Wow. We are so blessed! Only three times in the last 20+ years have we needed to shovel snow. And Miles and Karen did it for us two of the three times.
A foot of snow? In Portland? It makes me wonder what else is possible. Honest politicians, perhaps?
Interesting weather this winter in Portland. The trees in our back yard are dropping like dominoes. We now have a double-wide, seventy-foot-long bridge over the creek! #winterwinds2017
Rare freezing of nearby water features. Cold but beautiful.
Since writing a Christmas book, I’m often asked about my favorite holiday traditions. Here’s one we restarted this year: seeing the Portland Baroque Orchestra perform Handel’s MESSIAH. Awesome. The picture shows what it looks like from the front row just before the conductor and guest soloists arrive. #PBOrocks #holidayfavs
Attended an award presentation for the Muslim Education Trust on Saturday. One of the winners, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, did a great job calming people down after many expressed concern about President-Elect Trumps comments about Muslims during the campaign.
Props to the Cubs who won #thebestseventhgameever last night. Shout out to my former boss at the Chicago P&G soap plant, Mike Kuczwara, who retired early to volunteer as a team scout #thecurseisbroken
Reenie and I LOVED doing some volunteer work with #CatholicCharities this week to help Portland refugees from Afghanistan. We worked with a small group on Wednesday in a culture class where we helped them practice English. Two of them had risked their lives to be interpreters for American soldiers. On Thursday we met a single Mom and her six kids from Somalia at the airport. It was awesome! It feels good to offer a little assistance to people who have often lost so much.