Monday, July 30, 2012
My husband says that my sister and I have big personalities. I've never been described that way before, but my sister and I can really mix it up, and we have been doing so since we arrived. I guess I would say that we are each super over organized, planned to the Nth degree people, which is OK if just one of us is determining the schedule of activities. However, that is not the case. Oh MY! Unfortunately it is not enough to agree to disagree.
Before coming to the coast, my sister and I went to visit Jacob Avshalomov, seen in the picture above. He conducted the Portland Junior Symphony, now called the Portland Youth Philharmonic, that my sister and I grew up in. Mr. A, as we all affectionately called him, had more of an influence on me than most of my college professors. He taught discipline, orchestral ettiquette, "Look up" he always said. He's 92 now and still has the brightest snappy eyes you've ever seen.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Victoria Jicha's Tales of a Knitter: I Love to Travel: We leave tonight for a 10-day vacation on the Oregon coast and I couldn't be more excited. The entire family (minus my oldest grandson, wh...
My sister and her husband are there awaiting the rest of us to arrive, and she took the picture on the left yesterday at the Rose Gardens just west of downtown Portland.
Everytime I get off a plane in Portland I can feel my total system relax; it just says "Ahhhh! I'm home." Isn't that strange? I haven't lived there in over 40 years, but it will always be home. I think it's something about all the green, the mountains, the water, the vegetation. There is also a pioneer component that lurks below the surface. When I was a kid we studied about the Oregon Trail, Lewis & Clark, and the wagon trains lumbering down the Columbia River Gorge. I know! That all happened a long time ago, but that spirit still resides there. Soon, so will I - for 10 days anyway!
Sunday, July 22, 2012
I've also started reorganizing my sewing room, so at the present it looks like it threw up. The space is in the basement, and it is larger than most craft spaces. I don't know why it has always been such a quandry for me. You would think that having the room I have it would be easier to keep it clean, but that is not the case. I have decided to divide the space into two distinct halves - a sewing half and a knitting half.