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Life is Changing — November 30, 2015

Life is Changing

Hey Everyone!

This past week was rather hectic. I saw some of my cousins from Canada a week ago, as they had come down to spend Thanksgiving with some of their family on their dad’s side of the family.

Thursday, My brother had brought his girlfriend over for Thanksgiving Dinner. She seems nice enough, and I am trying to like her, but that is going to take time. Right now I am still indifferent about how I feel about her and them. That is at least better than me not liking her.

Friday afternoon I had run errands and braved the Black Friday crowds and went to Fred Meyer, Ikea and the grocery store. I needed some storage containers for my Scentsy stuff, as well as my Fall and Christmas decorations.

Yesterday I had decided to go up to Chehalis for their evening church service. My intuition was telling me to go, and I know better than to not listen to when my instincts tell me to do something because they are spot on. I needed to be in that service last night.

My goals, what I am working toward, where I am going in life, rather where the Lord is leading my life have been on my mind and heart so much lately. I have no idea what will happen in 2016, but I know changes I coming. I don’t know what they are, or where I will be in a year from now, but I know that God does and that is what matters.

In looking at places I am considering, leaving te Pacific Northwest behind has been pretty much a given for 5.5 years now. I have been looking at places like Alaska, Maine (my top two choices), Vermont or New Hampshire. 

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Happy Thanksgiving —

Happy Thanksgiving

Hey Everyone!

I hope you all have had a good Thanksgiving. My Thanksgiving was pretty good. My cousins stopped by earlier on in the week, as they are visiting from Canada. So I got to see them, which was nice.

Today, my brother and his girlfriend came over for thanksgiving dinner. I didn’t know what to expect, so with that taken into consideration it went well, I think.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the Christmas season is really into full swing. Here in the states Thanksgiving

Preparing For Christmas — November 28, 2015

Preparing For Christmas

Hi Everyone!

The past couple of weeks I have been working on accumulating a 3 ft fake Christmas Tree (I love the real thing but I will talk about my reasons for getting the fake one in a bit), as well as lights for said tree and a few ornaments to add to the collection I have started already. 

I bought the fake tree because it will be easier to take care of, I won’t have to water it, or deal with the shedding of needles. I am from Oregon, which is the largest producer of Christmas Trees in the nation. Due to the fact that I am still single, and looking to move somewhere else in the near future, I still want a Christmas tree, but like the idea of not all the hassle especially if I come visit my family for Christmas. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about it being a fire hazard while I was gone.  

I really like the clear tear drop lights so I had picked up some at Fred Meyer while I was there shopping. I think they are really pretty and festive. I also like the clear because they are elegant and classy. For outside the house I like the color Christmas Lights, but for the tree I like the clear.

I had started my Christmas Tree ornament collection years ago when I had gotten ahold of some that my grandparents had had that are of the 12 days of Christmas, and then my aunt had given me one of Princess Aurora as Briar Rose. 

This year I decided it was time to add to my collection, so I did some ornament shopping at Fred Meyer, where I got a snowman, a wreath of bells and a stuffed owl ornament. I also went to the Disney Store where I got The following ornaments: Mary Poppins (based in Julie Andrews), Tinker Bell, Merida (from Brave) and Tigger. 

  

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 I love that I am starting my own collection of decorations for fall and Christmas. I am really working to be able to decorate my own place and eventually my own home if and when I marry and have a family of my own. Even if the whole husband and kids thing doesn’t work out, wherever I move will be my home, and I want to be able to decorate it and enjoy it. 

I also recently hosted a Scentsy party, so I was able to get their moose warmer (fall and wintery) and their fireflies warmer (spring and Summery) that looks like a mason jar, as well as more wax bars. I am excited for when I have my own place and I can put my fireflies warmer in my kitchen, and use my cherry tree warmer in the living room area during the spring and summer and using the moose one during the fall and winter. I am just so ready to have a job I can support myself on and having my own place. 

Preparing For Christmas —

Preparing For Christmas

Hi Everyone!

The past couple of weeks I have been working on accumulating a 3 ft fake Christmas Tree (I love the real thing but I will talk about my reasons for getting the fake one in a bit), as well as lights for said tree and a few ornaments to add to the collection I have started already. 

I bought the fake tree because it will be easier to take care of, I won’t have to water it, or deal with the shedding of needles. I am from Oregon, which is the largest producer of Christmas Trees in the nation. Due to the fact that I am still single, and looking to move somewhere else in the near future, I still want a Christmas tree, but like the idea of not all the hassle especially if I come visit my family for Christmas. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about it being a fire hazard while I was gone.  

I really like the clear tear drop lights so I had picked up some at Fred Meyer while I was there shopping. I think they are really pretty and festive. I also like the clear because they are elegant and classy. For outside the house I like the color Christmas Lights, but for the tree I like the clear.

I had started my Christmas Tree ornament collection years ago when I had gotten ahold of some that my grandparents had had that are of the 12 days of Christmas, and then my aunt had given me one of Princess Aurora as Briar Rose. 

This year I decided it was time to add to my collection, so I did some ornament shopping at Fred Meyer, where I got a snowman, a wreath of bells and a stuffed owl ornament. I also went to the Disney Store where I got The following ornaments: Mary Poppins (based in Julie Andrews), Tinker Bell, Merida (from Brave) and Tigger. 

  

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 I love that I am starting my own collection of decorations for fall and Christmas. I am really working to be able to decorate my own place and eventually my own home if and when I marry and have a family of my own. Even if the whole husband and kids thing doesn’t work out, wherever I move will be my home, and I want to be able to decorate it and enjoy it. 

I also recently hosted a Scentsy party, so I was able to get their moose warmer (fall and wintery) and their fireflies warmer (spring and Summery) that looks like a mason jar, as well as more wax bars. I am excited for when I have my own place and I can put my fireflies warmer in my kitchen, and use my cherry tree warmer in the living room area during the spring and summer and using the moose one during the fall and winter. I am just so ready to have a job I can support myself on and having my own place. 

Preparing For Christmas —

Preparing For Christmas

Hi Everyone!

The past couple of weeks I have been working on accumulating a 3 ft fake Christmas Tree (I love the real thing but I will talk about my reasons for getting the fake one in a bit), as well as lights for said tree and a few ornaments to add to the collection I have started already. 

I bought the fake tree because it will be easier to take care of, I won’t have to water it, or deal with the shedding of needles. I am from Oregon, which is the largest producer of Christmas Trees in the nation. Due to the fact that I am still single, and looking to move somewhere else in the near future, I still want a Christmas tree, but like the idea of not all the hassle especially if I come visit my family for Christmas. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about it being a fire hazard while I was gone.  

I really like the clear tear drop lights so I had picked up some at Fred Meyer while I was there shopping. I think they are really pretty and festive. I also like the clear because they are elegant and classy. For outside the house I like the color Christmas Lights, but for the tree I like the clear.

I had started my Christmas Tree ornament collection years ago when I had gotten ahold of some that my grandparents had had that are of the 12 days of Christmas, and then my aunt had given me one of Princess Aurora as Briar Rose. 

This year I decided it was time to add to my collection, so I did some ornament shopping at Fred Meyer, where I got a snowman, a wreath of bells and a stuffed owl ornament. I also went to the Disney Store where I got The following ornaments: Mary Poppins (based in Julie Andrews), Tinker Bell, Merida (from Brave) and Tigger. 

  

 

 I love that I am starting my own collection of decorations for fall and Christmas. I am really working to be able to decorate my own place and eventually my own home if and when I marry and have a family of my own. Even if the whole husband and kids thing doesn’t work out, wherever I move will be my home, and I want to be able to decorate it and enjoy it. 

I also got my Christmas lights and ornaments on sale which was awesome. They were having Black Friday sales like a week early. 

I also recently hosted a Scentsy party, so I was able to get their moose warmer (fall and wintery) and their fireflies warmer (spring and Summery) that looks like a mason jar, as well as more wax bars. I am excited for when I have my own place and I can put my fireflies warmer in my kitchen, and use my cherry tree warmer in the living room area during the spring and summer and using the moose one during the fall and winter. I am just so ready to have a job I can support myself on and having my own place. 

Sustainable Living — November 21, 2015

Sustainable Living

Hi Everyone!

Lately (more like a few years now), I have been wanting to be more self sufficient, and living more sustainably and naturally. Though, I would still be purchasing the almond coconut milk I like and Bob’s Red Mill flours I use. 

I would love to have a deep freeze full of freezer jam, wild caught fish, moose, elk and venison. I would also love to have a garden, and a couple of greenhouses. I would love to raise chickens (for eggs and meat) as well as pigs (for meat). 

I want to do a lot of canning and preserving and living a bit more like they did in the olden days, while making use of the modern conveniences like an electric or natural gas range, a deep freeze, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, a washer and dryer and indoor plumbing. 

I have mentioned in other blog posts that I like working with my hands and knowing where my food comes from. I also like the idea of whatever excess I get from the garden that I cannot use myself, of giving it to neighbors and food banks for those in need. 

I really don’t consider myself to be a hippie or a hipster who only shops at Whole Foods or New Seasons. If you were to see me out and about I would look like your average late 20’s young woman. There is definitely something to be sad for te First Nations ideology that the plants and animals are there to feed us (the whole we are the too predators thing), but with that need need to only take what we can use, and be mindful not to leave young without their mother. 

Really all this does come back to my love of history, it’s  preservation and the great outdoors. I love working hard and burning calories while I work at doing something I love. I still don’t know how I am going to make it happen but I know there is a way.

 These past few months I have been full on city girl and it has taken so much out of me that I am so done and over it. I am missing living in a small town in the middle of nowhere. 

I had gone for a hike with one of my friends yesterday, we had gone to one of our favorite hiking spots. We had come to the clearing in the woods, found a tree stump, sat down on it and just enjoyed how peaceful it was out there. The hike and looking at clean eating cookbooks and the illustrated cookbook of ingredients is what reminded me of how much I want to live a more sustainable lifestyle. 

Two of the cookbooks I was looking at yesterday.    
 

Hi Everyone!

Lately (more like a few years now), I have been wanting to be more self sufficient, and living more sustainably and naturally. Though, I would still be purchasing the almond coconut milk I like and Bob’s Red Mill flours I use. 

I would love to have a deep freeze full of freezer jam, wild caught fish, moose, elk and venison. I would also love to have a garden, and a couple of greenhouses. I would love to raise chickens (for eggs and meat) as well as pigs (for meat). 

I want to do a lot of canning and preserving and living a bit more like they did in the olden days, while making use of the modern conveniences like an electric or natural gas range, a deep freeze, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, a washer and dryer and indoor plumbing. 

I have mentioned in other blog posts that I like working with my hands and knowing where my food comes from. I also like the idea of whatever excess I get from the garden that I cannot use myself, of giving it to neighbors and food banks for those in need. 

I really don’t consider myself to be a hippie or a hipster who only shops at Whole Foods or New Seasons. If you were to see me out and about I would look like your average late 20’s young woman. There is definitely something to be sad for te First Nations ideology that the plants and animals are there to feed us (the whole we are the too predators thing), but with that need need to only take what we can use, and be mindful not to leave young without their mother. 

Really all this does come back to my love of history, it’s  preservation and the great outdoors. I love working hard and burning calories while I work at doing something I love. I still don’t know how I am going to make it happen but I know there is a way.

 These past few months I have been full on city girl and it has taken so much out of me that I am so done and over it. I am missing living in a small town in the middle of nowhere. 

I had gone for a hike with one of my friends yesterday, we had gone to one of our favorite hiking spots. We had come to the clearing in the woods, found a tree stump, sat down on it and just enjoyed how peaceful it was out there. The hike and looking at clean eating cookbooks and the illustrated cookbook of ingredients is what reminded me of how much I want to live a more sustainable lifestyle. 

Hi Everyone!

Lately (more like a few years now), I have been wanting to be more self sufficient, and living more sustainably and naturally. Though, I would still be purchasing the almond coconut milk I like and Bob’s Red Mill flours I use. 

I would love to have a deep freeze full of freezer jam, wild caught fish, moose, elk and venison. I would also love to have a garden, and a couple of greenhouses. I would love to raise chickens (for eggs and meat) as well as pigs (for meat). 

I want to do a lot of canning and preserving and living a bit more like they did in the olden days, while making use of the modern conveniences like an electric or natural gas range, a deep freeze, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, a washer and dryer and indoor plumbing. 

I have mentioned in other blog posts that I like working with my hands and knowing where my food comes from. I also like the idea of whatever excess I get from the garden that I cannot use myself, of giving it to neighbors and food banks for those in need. 

I really don’t consider myself to be a hippie or a hipster who only shops at Whole Foods or New Seasons. If you were to see me out and about I would look like your average late 20’s young woman. There is definitely something to be sad for te First Nations ideology that the plants and animals are there to feed us (the whole we are the too predators thing), but with that need need to only take what we can use, and be mindful not to leave young without their mother. 

Really all this does come back to my love of history, it’s  preservation and the great outdoors. I love working hard and burning calories while I work at doing something I love. I still don’t know how I am going to make it happen but I know there is a way.

 These past few months I have been full on city girl and it has taken so much out of me that I am so done and over it. I am missing living in a small town in the middle of nowhere. 

I had gone for a hike with one of my friends yesterday, we had gone to one of our favorite hiking spots. We had come to the clearing in the woods, found a tree stump, sat down on it and just enjoyed how peaceful it was out there. 

Working with my Hands.  — November 18, 2015

Working with my Hands. 

Hey Everyone! 

For the past nine and a half years I have known nothing but being busy. It really started with college. At first, being that busy, was overwhelming, but then I got used to not having a life. I got used to getting up in the morning, spending the day going to classes, coming home and starting in on assignments. I would have dinner then be back to homework until 10:30 – 11:00 at night, on a good night. My assignments ranged from readings to math homework to science chapter questions, and Research Papers. I can’t forget about all the papers I wrote. During the school year I was constantly busy even on the weekends, and it was normal. 

After college I was at a loss for what to do, as jobs were hard to come by and I really had no direction, so I really got back into knitting and it became one of my passions. Being able to work with my hands and with yarn, making garments that were not only pretty, but functional and useful, I began realizing that I am a doer. I already knew I was a kinesthetic learner. That also has a lot to do with why I love history, especially the history of the early American West, as I could actually go and see the physical remnants of that era, as they still exist or have been restored and preserved. 

I grew my knowledge of knitting by trying new patterns and techniques, and would mess up then try again. I kept at it until I got better at it. My current “challenge project” is learning how to knit socks. I realize that I could go to the store and buy socks for a lot less than what good quality yarn costs, but that defeats the purpose of making my own. More specifically knitting boot socks that aren’t too thick for my boots yet are thick enough to keep my feet warm in the cold weather.  

I also enjoy being outside and working hard, getting fresh air and going to bed tired after a day of being outside. 

It has been a goal of mine to live somewhere, where I could have a garden and have a kitchen where I would be able to can and preserve food for the winter months. That also goes back to History, as women worked hard, had gardens, cooked, cleaned, canned and so much more. 

Lately I have been missing the sense of home I had while I was in college and had my own place. I miss having my own home, and being the woman of the house. The second apartment I had, was most definitely my home. I had decorated it, and had my own set of rules. I could have friends over whenever I wanted and could let them stay the weekend. One of the girls nights I had done, I had fit like 9 girls including myself in my tiny living room for pizza and a movie. It was a blast. 

Adventures have been amazing, to go, see and experience life inside and out of the city, mainly outside though. I have always loved the beach and the sights of the forest covered mountains. I never get tired of either. 

Country Girl Stuck in the City.  — November 17, 2015

Country Girl Stuck in the City. 

Hi Everyone!

This past weekend I went to the mall again, and finally finished my fall and winter clothes shopping. I had also stopped at Bob’s Red Mill. Both of which are becoming a very regular occurrence, though Bob’s Red Mill isn’t such a bad place to have become a regular spot to visit. The mall, I am not so keen on, though that is part of city life. 

The past few months have been a reality check as such. I have somewhat enjoyed the city life these past few months, it also makes me miss small town life. I also feel like the clothes shopping I have done is more of a stock up and change up my style for whatever is next for me. 

In the past few months I have come to like Scentsy, their warmers and their scented wax. One day f my friends’ older sister’s had had a party on Facebook, which I decided to join just to see what it was all about. So now, 3 parties later I have a few cute warmers and some awesome scents. Again stocking up, because I want to move back to a small town and have a heart me of my own. 

I have no idea what te next year will bring, but I am hoping that 2016 will bring some good changes. Making changes for te better doesn’t come easy, and I am hoping I will be able to spend more time on my blog, and doing stuff to blog about. When it comes down to it, I have been thinking about where I want to be in the next year, the next five years and the next ten years. I have been setting goals for my life and setting goals to accomplish in life.