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Busy Tuesday — October 3, 2017

Busy Tuesday

Hey Everyone!

This morning I worked my normal shift at work, then afterwards the crazy busyness ensued. Afterward, I came home got food, showered and got ready for an interview (for a second job), and went to said interview.

My day really didn’t end there, I also had some errands to run. By the time I got done running around town, dealing with things like going to the bank, getting bills paid, and a couple fun errands like picking up some Christmas decorations since I could get them with my employee discount, and got new earrings that I can just leave in and not have to take out to shower or sleep, it was a busy day.

By the time I got home and got food, and went to bed for the day, it was a little after 2 pm.

Now I am up again and need to start getting ready for work again.

I should hopefully hear back on the second job by the end of the week.

That is one thing I never really missed about the city while I lived in a small town, how busy running around town a day could be. I really didn’t miss the hustle and bustle of the city. Sometimes even now that I have been back for years it still is overwhelming.

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Simpler Way Of Life — May 11, 2017

Simpler Way Of Life

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How I want to live my life has been on my mind a lot lately. I don’t want to let my life slip by, or be adrift and one day wake up and be like “how on earth did I get here?”

I want to live my life with intention, and have a purpose for how and why I do things. 

I am very much someone who has to work with their hands, whether I am knitting, or cooking, baking, canning, gardening, fishing or building things. I am very much Homemaking inclined, but not in the modern sense of the word. More so in the traditional, pioneer, frontier sense of the word, where women very much did tend to the home, as well as spent time outdoors. They gardened, gathered berries, raised chickens, and possibly helped with the other farm animals they raised. 

While I have the benefits of electricity, natural gas, solar panels (for solar energy), as well as indoor plumbing and the internet, I am at a point in my life where if I had the opportunity to live on some property, and be more self sufficient, I wouldn’t miss living in the big city all that much. 

I know I have written about having lived in a couple small towns in as close to the middle of nowhere as you can get in the Willamette Valley while I was in college. I loved being out there, and going for drives through farm country. That was were I was living the most true to who I really am, that I have to date. 

Even if I can’t have as big of a garden as I would like, and have to live in town, without the animals; being able to live in a small town in a more rural setting, but am still able to come to the city to get the variety of dairy free & gluten free food I am used to, I would be fine. 

I have loved learning about how common, normal women lived their daily lives between the 1930’s – the 1950’s. I loved hearing my grandmother talk about how life was during the Great Depression and the Second World War.  Hearing about how when something broke, you fixed it. They fixed it because either a) replacements for said items weren’t available, b) they couldn’t afford to replace it, or, c) both a and b were true. I had gotten thinking about that today when one of my sock needles broke. I am unable to purchase a new set at the moment, and without the needle that broke, I wouldn’t be able to continue working on socks. So I had to fix it, and fix it I did. 

I am working on living a more intentional life, where I have a job where I can work with my hands, and live a simpler way of life, and not need to have so many new things, and fix what I can, and build from scratch. 

Out of Nowhere Summer Happened — May 4, 2017

Out of Nowhere Summer Happened

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If you are not from the PNW, you probably weren’t aware of the 206 day stretch of below 70 we had had, that ended on Tuesday. We had not hit 70 since like October 7th or 8th, and then it went from upper 50’s to 84 degrees yesterday. We are on track to hit that or higher today, since it was already 79 with 47% humidity at 11:00 am. It had hit 88 degrees around 2 pm.

I am one of those people who is complaining that it is too hot when it is 70 degrees. I prefer the cold wet weather, and prefer winter over summer. Though Autumn / Fall is my favorite season, especially from mid October (when the days are still around 65 – 70, and before it really starts to have measurable rain most days) through about the first week of November.

So  typical me – as soon as we get our first 70 + degree day (Yesterday), I start wanting it to be fall. Last night, and most of today, I have had everything pumpkin, pumpkin scented, autumn colors and autumn decorating on the brain.

Summer is a necessary evil so to speak, but I do love summer evenings, when it is light well into the evening, still warm enough to be outside, yet cooling off from the heat of the say since the  sun is going down. Having a backyard and back patio (with string lights up) to grill up hotdogs, brauts, or burgers for dinner, and being able to eat dinner outside. All the fresh, local fruit, that is in season, as well as being able to have it available to can and make jams & Jellies out of. Pretty much, as long as I can have air conditioning, I manage to survive summer, and it does have a few things going for it.

Now that I  am working on living a simpler, more purposeful, and purposefully driven live, as well as wanting to get more into homesteading or even Urban Homesteading;  growing as much of my own food as possible, summer is necessary in order to achieve the goals I have set for myself.

Settling Back into a Normal Routine — January 7, 2017

Settling Back into a Normal Routine

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As I am sitting here at my computer, watching the snow coming down outside my window, I can’t help but think about what I want to accomplish this year. 

This year I want to read more books, go on more adventures, I also want to spend more time blogging and knitting. 

This past week has been pretty busy, with work, knitting, and the orders I had put in at the end of December all arrived. It was like Christmas all over again, getting something every day. I had only put in a couple orders but most of the items came two or three in a package since they were coming from different warehouses is different parts of the country. The last of my orders came today. Today’s package were the little bags and the item stickers for when I make Scentsy samples of the new spring and summer fragrances that will be available march 1st. I am going to be making samples for my customers. 

Here a couple weeks ago I had gotten the entire series of Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman since it was half price and it is set, beginning in 1867 in Colorado Springs, so it is still the era of the Wild West. It also stars Jane Seymour, which typically means it’s a show / movie I will for sure watch and probably like. 

I love books, and reading. It wasn’t always that way, I didn’t really start enjoying books until Middle School. By the time I started college I was well on my way to working on building my own little personal library. College only added to it, as I minored in Literature (while no one in the post graduation world really cares what you minored it, I still have reminders of what I minored in, packed away in a box with the rest of the books I owned prior to college graduation.) while in school. I always love reading a good book, and the days of having a school break so I could stay up all night reading a good book and going to bed when the sun is coming up. I am also thankful that I have a job which allows me to buy new books every so often. I am currently reading Two by Two, which is the newest book by Nicholas Sparks. 

Yesterday afternoon I had gone out and was running errands and I had stopped at Home Depot, which is one of those stores I could spend way too much time in, there and sporting goods stores. I had stopped by to pick up a few moving boxes since my Scentsy warmers had kind of been all over the place and were totally unorganized, so I wanted to organize them and get them all in one place. Other than the warmer that I am currently using, and my diffuser, I was able to get all my warmers, and warmer accessories packed into two medium boxes. While I was at it, and had freed up a couple plastic storage containers, I reorganized my autumn and Christmas decorations as I had crammed them all into one storage container that had gotten too full, so I split them up into their own containers (which will be much easier to deal with when I get my own place). I also filled up another plastic storage container with more kitchen stuff that I have picked up in recent months. Bringing everything from the garage to the second story, organizing it, then taking it back down to the garage was a good workout last night, and my quads are feeling it today. 

Now that the Holidays are over I am finally settling back into a normal routine. I am definitely looking forward to working on my goals for this year. 

…When You Were Born to Stand Out — September 25, 2016

…When You Were Born to Stand Out

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The quote “Why are you trying so hard to fit in, when you were born to stand out” by Ian Wallace has really been on my mind and heart today. 

I have spent so many years trying to fit in places I really don’t belong, and I have known I don’t belong in them for years. After trying to put my finger on it exactly for a couple of weeks, it hit me like a ton of bricks today. 

I am working on making the changes I need to make in my life, to be doing what I am supposed to be doing with my life. It’s not always easy but doing what you are passionate about and what is a good fit for you is worth working toward. 

For me personally, I am passionate about being outdoors and having a home of my own, and being able to cook, clean, decorate and everything for myself. There is just something about coming home, and being in your own space that is amazing. I am the kind of person who needs to be able to have roots and wings. I need to know where home is, yet be able to go and learn about the world I live in, by exploring and experiencing it. 

Yesterday I had gone out to do some shopping, and found some new clothes that are my style, and that was one more wedge in the “this isn’t where I am supposed to be or what I am supposed to be doing with my life” progression I have been dealing with. I have been stuck in a box for far to long of allowing others dictate to me who I am, how I should dress, what I should be doing with my life, how I should be serving God, when I know God has put a call on my life that is not what I have been told I should be, or how one goes about doing said Call should be. I finally just stopped caring what others think or what they say. This is not my mothers generation. This is my generation, and there is more to life than being the goody goody who always does as they are told and has no personality or individuality of their own. I am who God made me and has called me to be, and I won’t apologize for that. I won’t conform to a way of life I don’t agree with, and that in my heart I know isn’t right for me. 

Tree Lighting and Wedding — December 6, 2015

Tree Lighting and Wedding

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It has been a busy weekend. Friday I ran some errands and then headed out of town. I stopped in Salem for food, before going the rest of the way out to Polk County for the tree lighting where I went to College. 

This is the first tree lighting I have made it to since 2007, 8 years is a long time. I went freshman and sophomore years, I don’t remember why I didn’t go junior year, Senior year I was in doing my final presentation for my history of the Early American West class, so I couldn’t go. Beings that they moved it from Wednesday to Friday night, made it possible to go this year, since I have Friday’s off. 

 The tree that is lit up is now 128 years old (it was planted in 1887), and it is a giant sequoia. From the right spots you can see it from miles away. 

Yesterday I had attended a wedding at church. I knew both the bride and groom. The groom is the younger brother of a friend of mine, and the bride had been my helper a couple years when I had been a group leader at doing Vacation Bible School. She was best helper anyone could ask for. With her I didn’t have to worry about any of the kids getting separated from the group, and if she said we had everyone, we had everyone. 

They had a really nice, simple, Christmasy wedding. Beings that the church was already being decorated for Christmas, it fit in perfectly. 

You can see some of the decorations below. 

 

My brother had come by before the wedding, so he took me with him over to the church for the wedding. Beings that he helped get the sanctuary ready for church today, which gave me time to get the pictures. 

Preparing For Christmas — November 28, 2015

Preparing For Christmas

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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. 

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. 

  

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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. 

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.