Taking on Life at Full Speed

Learning from the past to make a brighter future

— November 21, 2015

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. 

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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. 

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. 

The Stores are Thinking that Fall is Coming… — August 1, 2015

The Stores are Thinking that Fall is Coming…

Hey Everyone!

While Oregon continues to be hot, and Portland is working on breaking the record of most 90+ degrees days in a year (which we are getting really close to breaking), The stores are gearing up for fall and back to school. Joann Fabric and Craft has their fall decoration in stock. I got the idea to go look after I was showing my mom what I had gotten at IKEA yesterday, so I was looking for fake fall leaves to use with my rectangular dish for interspersing with the Candles (that I won’t be burning, they are for decoration only).

For the first time in my lifetime, if not ever, Portland Public Schools are doing two things:
1) Starting before Labor Day
2) Starting in August

Both of these things have happened in my lifetime, we always started the week of labor day, IE Labor Day is on a Monday and then school would start typically the Wednesday or Thursday of that week.

There are school supplies in the stores, and that school is starting this month for the kids.

Winter Favorites — December 21, 2014

Winter Favorites

Winter, while it is not the favorite of mine that fall is, it ranks a close second.

Reasons I like winter:

  • The same cute clothes I mentioned in my Fall Favorites Post
  • Christmas
  • Christmas Activities at Church
  • Still boots Weather
  • Christmas Dinner
  • Soup
  • Fresh Balsam Candles from the Bath and Body Works
  • Frosted Cranberry anything from the Bath and Body Works
  • Twisted Peppermint anything from the Bath and Body Works
  • Cherry Almond Shortbread Foaming hand soap from the Bath and Body Works
  • Decorating for Christmas
Fall Favorites — October 28, 2014

Fall Favorites

I am one of those people who absolutely love Fall, and everything about it. Beings that fall is here in the Pacific Northwest in full force, I figured it was high time to share what I love about fall.

I love:

  • The changing color of the leaves
  • The Rain
  • The ample opportunity for Rain boots to be worn
  • Being able to wear the scarves, wraps and poncho’s I have knit up for myself without roasting in them
  • Fall Fashion in general, and the fall colors for clothes
  • This is my favorite season for fashion
  • Being able to wear my Bearpaw boots without roasting
  • The new seasons of shows begin
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pumpkin Scented things everywhere
  • Pumpkin Cupcake Candles from the Bath and Body Works
  • Fall Cranberry Harvest foaming hand soap from the Bath and Body Works
  • Pumpkin Frost foaming hand soap from the Bath and Body Works
  • The little candy pumpkins
  • Homemade soup on a cool, wet fall day
  • The smell of someone having a fire in their fireplace on a cool day (raining or sunny and crisp)
  • The way the air smells in fall, period
  • Flannel Pajama Pants
  • The Fall Decorations
  • Being able to work with wool, and not be hot.
  • Perfect season for knitting
Craft Store Haul! — September 9, 2014

Craft Store Haul!

I have to say that I love sales, and I love coupons. I had decided to go to my local chain craft store yesterday. I had gone to see what they had in the way of fall decorations, and about yarn for Christmas Gifts. I figured since it is now September, I should start thinking about getting going on the Christmas gifts that I want to get up before then. The hand knit gifts are really for my mom and a good friend of mine. 

004In the seasonal section (which is currently fall decorations), they were having a 50% off sale, so I got two cute little pumpkin decorations. I could not pass them up, beings that I got them both for $5. 

In the yarn section I got one skein of yarn for $2 off, it was on sale, and then I had also picked up a regular priced skein of yarn, in which I was able to use a 40% a regular priced item on that. I got two fall decorations and two skeins of wool yarn for about $16.50, and I did not spend full price on any of the items I purchased. 

I am waiting until next week to finish my yarn for Christmas gifts shopping since I have some coupons for 50% off one regular priced item that go into effect next week. I will be able to get the rest of the yarn that I need to make the Christmas gifts I have in mind, and save myself some money which is always a good thing.