Today, I had the tour of downtown Portland. First stop, Gerrie needed knitting needles. I wandered happily around, soaking up all the color.
As if that weren't enough, we had to stop at the needlework store next door so Gerrie could get some embroidery thread. Uh huh.
Basically, you could say we spent the day shpatziring (Yiddish for strolling around, shopping, going on an expedition without any particular goal) and it was wonderful. We stopped at a lovely store called Canoe, where we saw lots of things we wanted to buy. One of these minimalist home furnishings places with well-designed items that you see in the shelter magazine photos of other people's homes. Gerrie loved the Noguchi lamps (upper right).
Then we went for a fabulous lunch which we forgot to photograph because we were so hungry. But while we were waiting for our main meal, I snacked on a salad of tomato, celery, beet, pickled jalapeno and a mushroom.
We hit the Apple store, which was large and crowded but didn't have the new iPhones or watches (not that we were going to buy any of these, anyway), but still...
Finally, we had to visit a fab craft gallery called The Real Mother Goose. I tried on a gorgeous, to-die-for silk top that fortunately, was too big -- so I couldn't buy it. But Gerrie tried on a stunning jacket that looked wonderful on her and (of course, my fault - she had to buy it). So, Gerrie's day was a success because she bought stuff and mine was a success because I didn't:-).
We went back to Gerrie's elegant abode and crashed for the rest of the afternoon, communing with our iPads. She made a yummy dinner and here I am, back at the hotel. I had better get to bed because I need to be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow so I can get to the guild meeting in time to set up for my talk.