Archive for December, 2008

o tannenbaum

December 25, 2008 Leave a comment


What snowplows Portland does have were busy keeping downtown open for business, but fortunately our Subaru’s four wheel drive let us get out of our snowbound neighborhood to see the city’s 75 foot tall Christmas tree.



old man winter

December 22, 2008 1 comment


Old Man Winter hit us especially hard recently, with the worst series of snowstorms in 40 years over almost two full weeks. We ended up with 16 inches or more of snow on the ground, with a couple layers of ice thrown in just to add more fun. That may be business as usual for our midwest family and friends, but Portland just isn’t prepared for such sustained snowfalls and pretty much just has to shut down until it melts.

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Fortunately (or not, depending on your perspective :-) Nancy and I mostly work from home, so we actually weren’t that affected ourselves. The puppies love the snow and we’d built up a good stock of firewood and groceries so we were in good shape. We did have one bit of excitement — our furnace decided to take a vacation, and we had a couple of days of keeping warm by space heaters until the repair guys could make it across town to fix it. But all’s well that ends well.

Below: yup, that’s really a car entirely buried in snow and not from a snowplow!


Update (December 28, 2008): After 4 days of temps in the 40s, the snow has finally all melted, and we’re back to our regular Portland winter weather of continuous rain :-).

festival of lights

December 19, 2008 Leave a comment


The Grotto is a local landmark in Portland, a beautiful botanical garden and Catholic shrine. A yearly event every Christmas season is the Festival of Lights, which Nancy and I visited with Bo and Amber. There was a very light snow falling through the tall evergreens, which was magical in the glow of the lights. This was our first visit to the Grotto, but I think it’ll be a Christmas tradition for us from now on :-).

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but is it art?

December 14, 2008 1 comment


Above: a little snowman someone made on top of a newspaper machine, seen when Nancy and I were strolling around the Hawthorne district with Chris on a cold, windy day after the first snowfall.

To get warm we stopped into one of our favorite restaurants for lunch. I idly took this shot of an air duct running along the ceiling, but when I looked at it days later it reminded me of one of my brother Tom’s abstract paintings so I decided to keep it. What do you think, Tom? Is it art? :-)