We heard Joshua Bell play with the Oregon Symphony

Last night we attended our last concert with the Oregon Symphony for this season. The highlight was hearing Joshua Bell play the Sibelius Violin Concert. His playing was phenomenal! What a gift! If you ever get the chance to hear him in person, don’t miss it. The Sibelius was beautiful and extremely difficult. The audience went wild with applause. The Oregon Symphony also played Stravinsky’s complete Firebird Ballet. I can just imagine how tired the musicians were after such a night of playing very difficult music. Our conductor, Carlos Kalmar, is wonderful! We’re looking forward to next season’s concerts.

Interesting trip to the John Day Fossil Beds

We enjoyed a quick getaway trip to Eastern Oregon to see the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We stayed at the Condon Hotel which was an historic hotel built in the early 20th century. The weather was warm and dry which was a nice change from the cool wetness at home. I especially enjoyed seeing the Painted Hills near Mitchell, OR. They were as beautiful as all the photos I’d seen. We did a lot of driving, plus a few nice hikes. It’s a very sparsely populated area. I loved the smell of sagebrush…smelled just like a turkey in the oven! On our drive home we stopped to see the Maryhill Museum. That sure is a strange place! The best part of it was the huge collection of American Indian basketry.

Here’s a short video I made of our trip to the Fossil Beds and the Painted Hills.

A Visit to the Hulda Klager Lilac Garden

Mark and I joined Dena and her dad for a trip to Woodland, WA to see the Hulda Klager Lilac Garden. Only a few sprinkles of rain, but the lilacs were past their prime and so we missed enjoying the heavenly scent of lilacs. It was still a lovely outing and Dena bought me two lilac starts for my garden. So many varieties to choose from. I got a “Congo” lilac and a “Nadezhda” lilac. I can’t wait to see them bloom in my back yard!

A Day at the NW Quilt Show

My good friend Lori and I went to see the NW Quilt show last week at the Portland Expo Center. We saw so many beautiful quilts that inspire me for my next sewing project. Now I have to decide whether to tackle a king size bedspread or begin some smaller project. Here are some photos from this years show, plus many of my favorites from previous shows.