Well, I'm home. I spent about a week near Portland, OR and about five days in and around the Phoenix, AZ area. I went to the Red, white and blue thrift store and found a cute blouse and a great frame. They have some very upscale clothes. It does take time to dig- the clothes are sorted by color but not by size.
I spent some time at Sunset Beach. The water on this beach isn't safe to swim in- no problem for me.
I also explored the KinoKuniya Asian bookstore- LOVED it. So many fascinating things to look at and to imagine trying. I did come home with two craft books and some great tape-
Best of all I was able to spend time with my wonderful family- gotta love that!