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The Holidays are fast Approaching — November 20, 2017

The Holidays are fast Approaching

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My weekend was pretty uneventful. I have been working on a pair of socks, using KnitPicks Hawthorne yarn. I am still working on the first sock, but plan on having it done tomorrow.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is a little over a month away, and Thanksgiving is on Thursday.

What are all of you (well those of you who live in the U.S.) doing for Thanksgiving? I will be spending it with my family, and helping my mom cook Thanksgiving Dinner. I have been helping my mom cook Holiday dinners since she took over after my Grandma (my Dad’s mom) passed away. So I have been helping my mom make Holiday dinners since I was a teenager. Pies are my specialty. I make them from scratch, including the pie crust.

Friday morning I work, I have no idea how crazy it is going to be, fortunately I won’t have to be there super long while customers are there (since I am early stock crew). I have never done the whole Black Friday, being at stores at some early hour (at which I would rather still be in bed), to shop.

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Just a Rainy Day in the City — October 19, 2017

Just a Rainy Day in the City

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Today has been a rainy, and rather gloomy day. I have enjoyed it.

This afternoon I had an interview, so I went out and about for a bit. There is a Target down the road from where I interviewed today, and beings that I was super early, I stopped at Target to pick up a few items.

I had left super early for my interview because Traffic tends to be a nightmare. Traffic has really gotten worse over the past decade.

For the moment, while I am still living in the city, I am trying to take advantage of that. Beings that Autumn is here and snow is coming, I am hoping I get this second job so I can work on saving money, so after the Holidays, landing a full time job will be my main focus, and if moving a longer distance than a couple hours around where I am, is something that I need to do, I can make it happen in the spring, once the weather is a bit more conducive to moving. With the exception of going to central Oregon, moving any other direction within 2 hours is doable even in the winter. It’s not fun to move in the rain, but it’s doable.

I love the rain and this time of year. I know a lot of people who don’t. I for one love the rain, the Grey overcast skies, the actual need to wear a jacket, without being hot (and over 90% humidity). I know I am probably in the minority who loves the cold wet Pacific Northwest weather. This is the time of year when hot tea and knitting, or cooking / baking up something tasty is a favorite pass time.

Time is Flying — October 10, 2017

Time is Flying

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What a week.

Last Tuesday was very busy, and I slept the rest of the day.

Last week was one of those weeks where I ended the week exhausted after the week I had had.

Saturday, I went with my family to the annual Greek Festival at one of the Greek Orthodox churches here in Portland. We aren’t Greek or orthodox, we go for the Food.

I had Monday off, which was nice. I had needed the extra day off. Monday afternoon I had started packing up my room at my parents house. I have been going through what I want to keep and what can go, so whenever I am able to move away from here, I will be going as minimal as possible.

Working on living a more minimalistic life when it comes to material things, has been a goal of mine. I don’t want a lot of material things holding me back from living my best possible life or making it harder if I were to move half way or completely across the country.

As I have been getting older, I have been learning the value of memories and experiences are more important than a lot of material things that you don’t use everyday.

Don’t worry, I am not getting rid of everything. I am keeping my kitchen stuff (how else am I going to be able to cook and bake stuff up to post about on Simple Homemaking), my knitting stuff (my favorite hobby), my books, my autumn decorations and my Christmas decorations, among other things.

I have learned that I don’t need a big house, and lots of material things to make me happy, give me a comfortable pair of hiking boots and a beautiful day outdoors with a home to come back to at the end of the day and I am happy.

When the Beach is hotter than Eastern Oregon — September 27, 2017

When the Beach is hotter than Eastern Oregon

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As anyone who has been around this part of the country knows, the beach is supposed to be the place to go to get away from the heat when it is hot in the Valley.

It is strange when the beach is hotter than the valley in summer and early Fall, it’s even stranger when the beach is hotter than Eastern Oregon. Eastern Oregon and the Rogue Valley are typically the hottest parts of the state in the summer.

Fortunately there is only one more day of hot weather before the autumn 🍂 weather returns.

I have had today off work, so I got to sleep through the night last night. I also did some Baking yesterday. I also have been working on my knitting. Beings that I have a lot of sock yarn, I am trying to get as much of it knit up as soon as possible. I am trying to get as many pairs knit up before the nice days are gone for good.

A Couple Days off — September 21, 2017

A Couple Days off

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Work didn’t schedule me for today or tomorrow, so I am able to enjoy a few days off and be ready to dive into a full week next week.

Yesterday I spent the afternoon knitting and watching Hulu.

Today I slept in, then got ready to head out. I stopped at Freddie’s and Black Rock Coffee before running by work to check the schedule for next week. On the way home I stopped by Cooper Mountain Nature park, to take some pictures. While I love hiking, I didn’t want to put that much strain on my knee that I banged up pretty good a couple days ago.

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Since I got home, I have been baking some gluten free and dairy free brownies while I waited for my KnitPicks package to arrive.

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In my KnitPicks package, I got the yarn swift I ordered as well as a hank of the KnitPicks stroll fingering yarn. I really didn’t need to order more yarn, but it was a choice of buying a hank of yarn and qualify for free shipping or just order the swift and be a penny shy of getting free shipping so I would have had to pay for shipping. The choice was get more yarn or pay for shipping. Yarn won.

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I have been enjoying relaxing since I got home from work yesterday morning.

Urban Homesteading  — August 29, 2017

Urban Homesteading 

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This summer has been extremely productive, when it comes to Urban Homesteading. Most of the urban homesteading has occurred this past month. I have made multiple batches of Jam. Between my mom and I, we have made 10 batches of Jam. 4 batches of of blackberry jam, 1 batch of strawberry, 1 batch of peach, and at least 4 batches of raspberry jam. 

My mom and I have also canned pickles and peaches this summer. 

I have been picking raspberries almost daily for about a month. I got some lettuce starts for free, and planted them over the weekend, and they have started to take. I am hoping they take off and I get some lettuce from them before the cool weather hits and the season is over. 

While I am where I am, I am trying to learn about gardening and homesteading because I enjoy gardening and being outside. I also enjoy cooking with and eating home grown, organic food. 

I am all about growing food, preserving food, and making food from scratch. I enjoy making food and knowing where my food comes from and know the process it goes through to get from ingredients to finished product. 

No Rest for the Weary? — August 27, 2017

No Rest for the Weary?

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The past couple days have been pretty much on the go non stop. 

Today’s stuff has been primarily Urban Homesteading related. I spent most of the day with my family as well. We went out to a couple farm stands, where we picked up some peaches so my mom and I can water bath can them. We has also picked up a half flat of blackberries, two pints of blueberries and four pints of strawberries. 

Had to also go to the grocery store and cook dinner, before going out and planting some lettuce starts I got for free. I know it’s late in the season, but it’s totally worth a try. Good practice at the planting stages of plants…for future reference. 

After planting the lettuce starts, I came in and my mom and I made three batches of jam, two blackberry and one strawberry. 

We will be canning the peaches a little later in the week. 

While planting the lettuce starts I definitely got a little bit dirty. I have always been one to prefer getting my hands (literally) dirty while working outside in the yard and garden. If I am going to be inside and not knitting or reading a good book, I would just as soon be in the kitchen making stuff that tastes good. 

I definitely give mad props to my great grandmother’s and the women who came before them who also homesteaded without electricity, running water, or indoor plumbing and had several kids under foot. It’s hard enough and tiring enough now days with all the modern conveniences. They already had my respect, but have definitely earned it that much more. 

Watching the Opening of British Parliament  — August 17, 2017

Watching the Opening of British Parliament 

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My family got back to town safely after going to Canada to see my Aunt and Uncle. They had to take the long way going up and coming back because of the forest fires that caused all the smoky haze and unhealthy air quality here for over a week. 

While it is still summer weather, it has cooled off from being in the 90’s and over 100. The heat has forced me to stay indoors where there is AC, and when I have gone out – in the mornings or evenings to pick raspberries, I can’t stay out for more than 45 minutes because of how the heat effects me. 

The past few weeks, I have really been working on getting socks knit up, beings that they are small and fairly quick. Knitting socks also means I don’t have a lot of hot wool sitting in my lap making me warmer than I need to be. 

This evening I have been watching various videos on YouTube that were recorded during the Queen’s diamond jubilee and currently the state opening of Parliament from 2015. While I am not one who is a fan of everything British, I find this kind of events interesting, because the original 13 colonies were part of Great Britain until we fought a war to gain our independence. I also find how other North American and Western European governments work and their governmental formalities are. 

I like having a wider world view, and know a bit about what goes on in countries other than my own. I am no expert by any means, but I also don’t want to be completely clueless either. 

Smoky summer days — August 10, 2017

Smoky summer days

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It’s been so smoky that it has looked overcast all week. The air quality has been at an unhealthy level all week as well. The heat and humidity have also been rough this week. 

I have spent most of this week inside with the AC. I am slowly been working on cleaning the house, which is something I can do in he comfort of the AC. I have gone outside a couple times in the evenings to pick raspberries and water the plants. I have enjoyed being the one to go out and pick raspberries, since I have been able to eat them all myself. Tonight I just ate them as I picked them. 

This week I had finished up a pair of socks and got them washed, blocked and dried beings that it has been 90 or warmer much of the week. 

I am definitely looking forward to cooler days this next week. Sunday is supposed to not even hit 70 with a chance of rain.  After tomorrow all the other days are forecasted to be in the upper 70’s to low 80’s, which after this long stretch of upper 80’s to low 100’s (weeks worth) will be “cool” in comparison. 

This shift in the highs is starting to get my hopes up that Fall will be coming sooner rather than later. 

All Part of Growing Up — July 17, 2017

All Part of Growing Up

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The past few months have been a bit tough. 

Beyond the past few months, as I have gotten older, I have learned that life is too short to do something you don’t enjoy and to have toxic people in your life. Toxic people can be anyone who brings everyone around them down, to someone who is truly a good person but they aren’t a good personality fit for you as a friend so being around them is toxic for you personally. 

A few months ago I had to let go of a toxic friend. We weren’t a good fit personality wise. She isn’t a bad person, she just brought me down. The past couple of days the whole fall out got brought back up to the surface again by her in a very public place. I just kept telling her over and over again that we are who we are, nothing either of us says now will change the other persons mind and that it is best that we move on, and be civil when we have to be around each other, because I am friends with one of her older sisters and I am not going to be forced into being friends with them both or neither of them. Friends come and friends go, and sometimes you are only with someone for a chapter in your life and then it is time to move on. 

Through the tough times and failed friendships I have learned things about myself and have helped shape the direction I am that I am working toward, and the life I want to live. 

Life is about changing and growing, and like the mythical Phoenix when the old dies it is reborn or regenerated out of the ashes of its predecessor. Over the years I have felt like life is like the Phoenix, as one chapter of life ends we start a new chapter and rise out of the ashes of the last chapter (metaphorically speaking) to go on to a new chapter. 

Life is to short to not be yourself or do something you hate, or live your life the way others expect you to when it is not in your character to live your life that way. 

There is more to life than staying in a place that drains my energy and where I don’t see a future for myself. I am adventurous, if someone tells me I can’t do something (as long as it isn’t illegal or dangerous to the point you would have to be stupid to do it) I will do it to prove them wrong and to prove to myself that if I want it bad enough and work hard I can do it. 

I try not to let others define me, who I am or what I will accomplish in life.