Call Your Mother

The intersection of a birthday and Oregon sunshine equals a walk in the park.  WashingtonIMAG0839 Park in Portland’s SW.  Within Washington Park are many other Portland wonders, chief among them Hoyt Arboretum and the International Rose Test Garden 

“Hoyt Arboretum as a living collections museum plays an important role in serving the community in understanding biodiversity, conservation, education and research. Hoyt is home to over 130 plant families and 1,248 species – 62 of which are listed globally threatened or endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).”

IMAG0806Biscuit and I walked the Holly Trail,

IMAG0800the Wildwood Trail,

IMAG0818the Redwood Trail

IMAG0804and the Overlook Trail, St Helens as the focal point.

The International Rose Test Garden: “Founded in 1917 and located in Portland, Oregon, the oldest continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States.  There are over 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties.”

The Rose Garden was unspeakably beautiful, with bursts and rows and walls of color to admire.


Cataracts may have obscured her view of the beauty in our midst, but Biscuit’s interest in  the newly discovered scents of the Rose Garden was in high gear.  Beauty is in the eye (or in this case, the nose) of the beholder.


IMAG0902Birthday dinner at Mother’s Bistro & Bar with Lynn and Jack.  photoOur special guest was their grandson, Easton, who received the award for the most creatively designed food dish.  We appreciated his eye for design.

Mother’s.  Gilded mirrors and crystal chandeliers.  Reminded me of a miniature version of the over-the-top glitz of NYC’s Tavern on the Green, now only a sweet but distant memory.

Mother’s.  Comfort food.  Rainbow trout in bean puree, wilted garlic spinach (my eternal love), a beautiful IMAG0899Northwest salad with greens, blackberries and feta.  Great Oregon pinot gris and pinot noir.

IMAG0906Birthday cake ???  I do not admit to having chocolate cake for breakfast the next day.  IMAG0907

Of all the calls, cards, emails, lunches, dinners and Facebook Friends’ wishes, the best was a call from my son, KC, who lives and works in Montana.  A call without prompting.  A mother’s dream. 

Mother’s has a way describing that, as well.

Mother’s Bistro & Bar, 212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204, 503.464.1122

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One Response to Call Your Mother

  1. Pat Magee says:

    Happy Birthday, Linda!

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