Thursday, September 22, 2016

What do you do . . .?

What do you do when you come back home after a week-long vacation?  We just returned from Portland, Oregon.  So . . .

In my world I:
  • Unpack right away (For me this is a must.  I am obsessive compulsive that way).
  • Wash all the dirty clothes (another obsessive act)
  • Download all vacation photos(More than 500 photos,  Yes, this is a typical number when I visit new places.  My philosophy is, ‘What if I never get back this way again’.) 
Without further adieu I would like to introduce you to a great city.  When you visit here are just a few things you should do:

           *walk around the city (you can't enjoy it if you drive)
           *try a food cart for lunch – my 2 favorites right now are the
             Jook Joint (Asian    Fusion – try the coconut corn fritters,
             so great) and Squeeze Berries (the best fresh juice smoothies).
             They are located beside each other on 10th Ave.
           *Find a great coffee shop; experiment they are everywhere. 
           *Hike through Washington Park and end at the Rose Gardens
             *Visit a winery or one or two or three
           *Have dinner at the many microbreweries' or restaurants

             in the city.
             A Killer Burger perhaps?
           *Visit  Mt. Hood (it’s amazing)

I could go on, but I will move on to the day after (returning home).
Question: Doesn’t everyone pickle jalapeños after returning from vacation?

The day after is usually filled with taking care of the things that have been left undone for a week. 
  • Sorting through a pile of mail
  • Watering plants
  • Sprucing up the garden
  • Picking veggies (banana peppers, jalapeños)
  • Last on the list - what to do with 3 1-gallons zip-lock bags of jalapeños.  Of course, make pickled jalapeños (nine jars to be exact).

So, Welcome home.  Everything is washed, picked, pickled, and put away. Now I can relax.

Would love to hear from friends out there.    How do you get back in the swing of things after being on vacation?

Thanks for Reading and Happy Autumn,


  1. Sounds like you had a great time, Libby! My plan is to do a trip round North America one day, and Portland is definitely on my must see list.
    As for when I return from a trip - first thing I make a pot of coffee and then download my pictures; everything else can wait :-D

    1. Hope you get to take that trip one day - you will love Portland. And there are great coffee shops (Case Study is my favorite; I am not a coffee drinker, but my husband says it is great. I order their chai tea❤️).

      My craziness when I return home is part obsessive and part because I have trouble sleeping.

  2. Oh Kiki, I wanted to ask what country are you in? And checked out your blog -👍🏻👍🏻 I am now a follower.


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