But what never changes is my love of home life, family, friends, and for me, Napa seems to have a shortage of all of those. With my family and friends scattered across the country, I'll admit, the number one reason I'm thinking of a move to Portland is because my daughter lives there. And as corny as it sounds, she is my external and internal sunshine. I wasn't one of those mothers who had a baby, reared them until the ripe old age of 18, and then kicked them out the door, so that I could be off and running to live the second half of my life on some cruise ship to the Caribbean or some retirement community in Florida. I still want to be part of her life, and really, I'm not a stalker or a helicopter mom, I just want to attend her performances, take an occasional early morning walk in the park, meet for lunch, have tea at the Tao, once in a while snuggle up together and watch a movie, and lucky me, she wants that too.
|Olivia and Bryan - aka Suckerforlights|
And yes, in Napa there is the sun, the weather definitely makes life easier. No ice to scrape from the windshield, no snow to blow out of the driveway, only seasonal rain fall that makes you remember, Yes Virginia, there is a season called winter.
Food carts in Portland - gotta love em
Of course for me Portland has more than great food, it is home to the neighborhood coffee house. Coffee, coffee coffee. You have the Stumptowns and the Starbucks, but you also have a multitude of home grown coffee houses and roasters. On our outing to Sellwood last weekend, a neighborhood in the Southeast, we came upon the Blue Kangaroo. Best mocha I ever had, with Red Square on Belmont coming in a close second. This has truly become one of my joys in life. Trying every coffee house I come upon and rating their product and baristas. And I have met some of the happiest and seemingly content baristas around in Portland.
So far, our favorite and happiest Barista in Portland!
|Little David Bowie waiting patiently outside Blue Kangaroo in Sellwood while we grab a coffee- best mocha ever!|
Jackson Browne - The *Pretender