Yesterday morning . ..
we looked at our bare bones street map and headed in the general direction of Pike Place Mall.
We are doing better at bare bones street finding and just as we are ready to head home. .
we have a sense of what is where in the fair city of Portland.
One of the things we have learned is that people are exceptionally kind and friendly where ever we go.
The clerks in the stores were interested in where we've been and why we camp this time of year. . and they are fascinated to know about the cold north.
The fine looking and very mannerly young man at Banana Republic sang O Canada for us and told us how he learned it in grade school in Indiana along with the Lord's Prayer.
He had us in stitches as we were selecting Polo shirts for my beloved.
The highlight of the day was our stop at J Crew.
I saw the offer in the store window to ask for a personal shopper . ..
and had no intention of taking them up on the offer as I shop the sale rack and would have been intimidated by the notion that they would try to sell me a rack full of clothes I wouldn't be able to afford.
The salesgirl Ciera found me and offered first a few helpful hints about how to roll up the jeans I was wearing as I tried on a top or two.
Then came her hints about how to add in the clothes I was trying on with items I might already have at home.
Then. ..she wrapped me in belts and tucked and eased and before I knew it. .
my beloved and I were engaged in a two hour lesson on how I should be dressing.
She offered tips on appropriate attire for someone of my age . .
which I trusted as she herself was my age and looked classy and beautiful.
So . .we left the store with a bag full of sale rack items and then implemented her suggestions at Nordstroms rack store.
Oh. . .fun times.
What was really fun was that the person I dress for. . .was enthused and involved and . .
adding his own opinion which I always value.
So . .
today my friends we are heading back home.
I'm estimating our time of arrival to be around dinner time. .
and I'm hoping. .
that some wee ones will show up around that time . .
because we'll be ordering pizza . .
grammie is coming home darlings.
All for now . . .