Saturday (and Friday) in the Park

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Two days in the park, and it was wonderful. Just what we needed after this long, long winter. Friday it was 70 degrees, Saturday 75. Perfect, perfect weather. We scored our favorite spot in the Rose Garden on Friday after going to Powell's, where we bought fourteen books (we really did buy fourteen books). There was a quilt in the dog's crate in the car so, with stacks of books as pillows, we read for several hours in dappled sunlight under blooming trees. I'll show you the books I got tomorrow. I already finished one of them. That was a great feeling.


Saturday we'd planned to go out to opening day on the farm with Clover Meadow, but it turned out we weren't that ambitious. Instead we just got some sandwiches and cupcakes downtown, and headed back up to the park for the day, this time with a puppy in tow.


Clover is such a good dog. It was really her first big day out, a long day, which included puppy school (she is starting to learn her [20 minute] off-leash stay, and will start off-leash training in the front yard this week), a very crowded downtown farmer's market (did you know they sell homemade organic vanilla pudding there? OMG), and close to four hours of park lounging (studded with a few long walks around the roses). She sat and watched it all, fairly quietly, nibbling and spitting out pine cones, trying very hard not to jump on anyone who came to say hi, mostly just watching the world go by on a beautiful day. She is awesome.


So is Cupcake Jones. This is the Vanilla Pearl. It is basically amazing. It is white velvet cake, with vanilla pastry cream inside, and vanilla buttercream icing. For a vanilla lover like me, it's truly the perfect cupcake.


Isn't she pretty? We had such a good day. I felt like Audrey was there with us, too.


Loving those corgi ears!!!

Your pup is so sweet - as sweet as the vanilla cupcake!

Yup, Audrey was there. She'd never miss a day like that, especially if cupcakes were involved.

--from Vermont, where there's still snow. Sigh.

Enjoying your beautiful pictures, happy descriptions and knowing that a good time was had by all. It feels more like spring than ever before.

Clover is a cutie!
Looks like you had the perfect spring day.

Mmmmm...I really need to find a cupcake shop in my area.

Kimberly :)

Debbie from Illinois says: April 15, 2008 at 07:23 AM

What a lovely day. Here in Illinois spring is slowly coming. the grass is just starting to turn green.

Reading under the sun in such a beautiful garden and finding a place where you can buy so manu books that's worth it?
Please, check if you do live in Portland, or maybe you're dead and living in the Paradise...
God, I wish I'd be there!

You can feel the sunshine and the relaxing feeling coming through your photos. On busy hetic days here, I will leave your blog up on screen, just as a reminder that warm weather will soon come to Michigan. Thanks!

Lauren Amburgey says: April 15, 2008 at 08:09 AM

What a beautiful post. I'm always amazed at how fairy-tale-esque your days can be, especially when they involve your dog and your husband. It's very inspiring, and I hope that someday I can have a husband who is content to sit in a park and read all day (with dog in tow, of course). Thank you, Alicia. I'll keep reading!

clover is so beautiful, muah!! Kisses for her. And it sounds and looks like you had the perfect day, you have to feel blessed on those kind of days.


What a fun time!

We missed each other at the farmer's market - it was certainly packed! Didn't see the vanilla pudding, cuz I can't resist the chocolate pain from Pearl bakery! Glad you had a nice weekend - Clover is so sweet!

Angielala says: April 15, 2008 at 11:37 AM

I can't wait to have a day like that, here in Tulsa, OK. It's been very rainy here the last couple of weeks, and the sun seems to not like us much right now. :-)

On a more serious note, may I ask how long was it between when you lost Audrey and got Clover? I lost my Poodle, Dixie, about 6 weeks ago, and while I'm slowly getting used to the much quieter apartment (and dirtier floors LOL), I find myself thinking about getting another dog. I've started asking friends and acquaintances about how long they think I should or shouldn't wait before getting another dog. I miss her companionship so much. Do you have any suggestions, advice, etc.? Thanks!

Karen Dodson says: April 15, 2008 at 12:08 PM

What a wonderful day you 3 must have had. Are those REAL VANILLA BEANS in the icing???!!!

That sounds perfect. Just perfect. I need to do that soon, before it becomes like an oven here, and one can't be outside at all, let alone for an afternoon.

Blanket, check. Shady spot, check. Book, check. I need to DO that. Because right now my weekends are like, "Okay, what do I need to do/buy/unpack/clean/install today?" Moving is such a bummer.

Alicia, only YOU could keep the most lovely looking quilt in the dogs crate in the back of the car!
Lovely to read about your reading.

That is one fine looking cupcake!

Clover is SO BIG and so pretty and sweet looking. your last comment about audrey kind of broke my heart though. i recently made the mistake of reading through my last year's worth of blogs and i got all torn up reading over my problems & heartbreak with my sweet Jake. I miss Auds too, and i never even knew her.

Thanks for the cupcake tip - it's on my list for my next visit. (How did you get two days of sunshine?! We only got one here in Seattle, and I was stuck in a meeting all day!)

I'm sure she was~so glad you had a wonderful day~

Your hubby is so hott. You didn't mention that.

hehe that sounds fun...*

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at