Playing with color at Pam's cabinSketch for a tapestry

I didn’t do any serious weaving while we were at Pam’s. I played around with color combinations and followed along with her lessons with Susanne, which were very helpful to me too, since I never received any formal training in tapestry. I sketched an idea for another small tree tapestry and came home with many more ideas on the tree theme. I left my “98% Water” tapestry there and Pam is going to mount it for display for me – she is a very kind mentor and friend indeed. On Sunday morning, we packed up our things and waved a sad goodbye to her, with plans already percolating to come back in 2016.

We returned the Beetle to the car rental place, and they joked about charging 25 cents per pine needle stuck to the car. Then we took the train from the airport to downtown Portland, where we checked into the Crystal Hotel. Each room had been decorated with the theme of a song by a singer or band who had performed at the Crystal Ballroom. It seemed as if they knew something about our personalities. Susanne was in Gogol Bordello’s “Wonderlust King” room. I was in Silversun Pickups’ “Lazy Eye” room, with the theme of waiting, something that comes up a lot in my journaling. We loved this historic hotel in the heart of Portland.

Crystal Hotel, Portland

Crystal Hotel, Portland

Crystal Hotel, Portland

We went to Powell’s City of Books, of course, and to Sizzle Pie for slices of pizza with names like “New Maps from Hell.” Their motto was “Death to False Pizza.”

Sizzle Pub Pizza, Portland

We stood in line at Voodoo Doughnuts for incredible sugar highs.

Voodoo Doughnuts, Portland

White girl feet

Voodoo Doughnuts, Portland

Voodoo Doughnuts, Portland

And, what the hell is this bug that we saw on a Portland sidewalk? It was about an inch and a half long.

Portland sidewalk bug

Then we got up at 3:30 a.m., caught a plane home, and we are here now.