Wednesday Vignette – beauty and beast

Design showrooms can be overwhelming to those in the throes of home improvement, so today I came along in the capacity of advisor.  I don’t frequent these bastions of beauty as often as I used to, and thoroughly enjoyed being back in that kind of setting. At one place, I even reconnected with one of the sales people I used to work with. It was a fun morning! And of course I saw lots of fabulous tiles which made me want to tear into our house and finally start in on those long overdue renovations. Below are a few of my favorites. Good god – can you imagine these in the right spot?? They are GORGEOUS! Feeling severe pangs of decorational lust, right now…

Around mid-afternoon we braved traffic and went downtown to find parking and wait for the Impeachment rally to begin. We had packed a picnic which we enjoyed in the car. We got there early, and it took a while for people to start showing up, but I needed not have worried. About 45 minutes before the rally was set to start it was rather empty, but that soon changed. I generally feel a bit divided about these types of events. I doubt they have any real impact, but if I really feel otherwise muted and powerless, I go because it makes me feel like I at least did something. Even if it was mostly pointless. And, as a friend wisely remarked when i posted photos on Instagram earlier, it makes you feel better to know you’re not alone. In that he is correct.

The east bank of the Willamette River

As you can see, it was a beautiful evening, and we could consider ourselves lucky to have a nice, dry evening with temps around 40F. I thought about the Midwest and the Eastern seaboard buried in heaps of snow and ice, and with temperatures made far worse by the wind chill. Couldn’t help but wonder how many showed up to their protests, and admire those who did… Here is a look across the Willamette River from the park toward the east bank.

The rally took place during rush hour. The cacophony of honking of cars moving by the event strengthened that feeling of support and hope. Tomorrow, 45 will be impeached, and after that, his fellow crooks in the Senate will no doubt acquit him. And then I will have to go to either a nursery or another tile showroom to look at something pretty and make myself feel better.

Impeach + remove

These people showed up about half an hour before the rally started, when the park was still relatively empty, so I got an unobstructed photo of their handiwork. Let’s hope their efforts spell prophetic, shall we? Fingers crossed – miracles still happen!

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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11 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – beauty and beast

  1. Kris P says:

    Love the tiles. I wish I’d been brave enough to go with something along those lines but I tend to grow tired of some things and, as I’m never, ever going to remodel this or any house again, we stayed on the tame side. I got a notice about a rally late yesterday and was sorely tempted to go but I’m already struggling with a cold and decided not to risk making it worse. Rallies do help you feel in kinship with a larger community and that parts the clouds, at least for awhile.

    • annamadeit says:

      Haha – that’s exactly how I feel about tattoos! At least tiles are easier to switch out – albeit not exactly without incurring both inconvenience and cost.
      Hope you managed to stave off your cold. Our Portland rally attracted a decent, although not massive crowd. According to local news, between 1.5K – 2K protesters showed up. I’m glad I went, but was a bit disheartened that more people didn’t. You’d think in this town….

  2. Tina says:

    The tiles are lovely–I can certainly see why they niggle at your decorating gene. And good for you for attendance at the rally. Ours (there were two, one AM, one PM) were successful, though we were unable to attend either. What a time we live in!

    My WV and thanks for hosting:

  3. MulchMaid says:

    Those tiles are gorgeous. I am such a plain Jane (haha!) that I always go for the simplest color and design decisions when I’m choosing anything that feels “permanent”. But I love color and exuberance in the garden where it’s easy to change when it doesn’t work!

    Thank you for attending the rally; I heard about it in the car on my way to an appointment yesterday and it was too late to change, but I so appreciate knowing you were there!

    My significantly less profound WV is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Anytime! Yeah, tiles come with a substantial remorse cost, but they are still not as bad as a tattoo. And paint… well, it’s just paint. But you’re right, garden mistakes are generally easier to change.

  4. I want to be upbeat about the impeachment vote, but as you mentioned, knowing the Senate is ruled over (and sadly populated by) the presidents conniving little boys I feel like it’s all so pointless.

  5. The best Christmas present there could ever be.

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