It’s been an intense week for Oregon. Wildfires have ravaged this state-towns have literally been burned to the ground and thousands of residents are displaced. Josh and I shaken but are doing ok. Portland never got an evacuation notice. But our air was hazardous for days on end and the sky was a sickly yellow. The above photo is Josh getting ready to walk to the grocery store.
Thank you to our family and friends who checked in-it really helped! People have asked what they could do and at the time my only answer was to send rain. We did get rain thank the gods and the fires are dying down.
Now I have a new answer. The Portland Mercury has compiled a list of organizations that need donations. That list can be viewed here.
If you can, please donate. This has been a catastrophic week and many people and animals are in dire need. Thank you.
Grad school is great but demands most of my time these days. Josh and I recently went to Maokong, one of our favorite spots to get out of the city and into nature.
This decoration is from a tea restaurant and takes me back to my favorite PSU class-History of the Dress.
My lotus project is slowly progressing. I laid all the petals out to inspire me to keep working. After this next skein is worked out I’ll make larger petals and one day get to switch to green yarn.
I squeezed some time and made it back to the Taiyuan Puppet Museum.
It’s so nice hanging with Kim and the puppets again! I’m helping her on making a new costume for demo purposes.
It was wonderful to take a day to focus on costume problems instead of international ones. A much needed break!
Maokong was beautiful as always and this time Josh and I joined our friend Olivia for a hike to a waterfall.
So beautiful and peaceful and only a short ride from Taipei.
On an unrelated note, I always take free tissues from people handing them out. Spare tissue is practical to carry but sometimes I get delightful surprises like this package:
These ladies feel my current mood under all this homework. Three more weeks of fall semester left!