Tag: adulthood

The City is Calling

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For me, this is crazy. For the past 8+ years I have always been like “I want to live in the country, I hate the city”. It’s still true that I want to live a simpler life, that is less materialistic and I still want a garden and do more in the way of Urban Homesteading. Most of all I want to get away from the neighborhood I grew up in. It’s not that it’s a bad neighborhood, it is really a good neighborhood, I want to get away from it mainly because it’s rather ritzy for my taste. I prefer the working class and lower middle class neighborhoods that are still safe. I really like the houses built between the 1920’s and the 1950’s.

Today I had gone out. Today has been the coolest day we have had in over a week, and I was ready to get out and enjoy it. I went exploring some different neighborhoods in the city. There are definitely a couple that I like. One area I like is technically in 4 or 5 “neighborhoods”, but it is kind of centralized around a certain area that is made up of different corners on the edges of these five neighborhoods. The other is near one of the main “hipster” eclectic hot spots in the city, but has more of the style of houses I like and is near good grocery shopping and decent schools.

There is so much I would miss if I moved too far from Portland, like Bob’s Red Mill, the Gluten Free Vegan Bakery I like to go to, all the great tea shops here, I would also miss the occasional trip to New Seasons, Market of Choice, and Trader Joe’s (they have the best price on nuts 🥜).

In the near future I am definitely wanting to go check out the Portland Nursery, to get a feel for what they have in stock.

When I was younger I wasn’t that adventurous, but as I have gotten older (with the help of going to college and then going to New York on my own at 23, as well as having jobs in different parts of the city), I was pushed out of my comfort zone to the point where I don’t left fear and doubt stand in my way of exploring and getting out of my comfort zone.

I should also mention the fact that the city has the best internet speeds, which is a good thing, for where I want to take my blog as well as making videos.

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The Successful Search for Roses!

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Following up on my post from Yesterday, I went out and found roses today. I went to 2/3 places I know have Rose Gardens here in the city. The third place will have to wait for another day.

By the time I got up the International Rose Test Garden, parked my car, paid for parking and walked back up to the Rose Gardens it was going on Noon. I was also amazed at how many people were up there today. It’s a Thursday, and not even all that “nice” weather wise, in the mid-50’s, overcast and trying to rain. I guess that is Portland for you. There were also field trips going on up there. I didn’t let that deter me from going, and getting pictures.

There are more pictures up on my Facebook Page, as well as some of the best are up on my Instagram, so you should be following on those as well if you are wanting to see more pictures 😀.

Once I was done at the Washington Park Rose Gardens, I ran up to NW Portland and got some tea (it was like a 15 minute trip), and from there I went over to North Portland and went to the Peninsula Park Rose Garden.

From where I was in North Portland, my favorite bakery was less than 10 minutes away, so I stopped there on my way home and picked up a couple gluten free / vegan Lemon Lavender Poppyseed Cupcakes.

All this running around the city, using multiple freeways to get from one place to another, sitting in traffic and being gone for hours at a time, with each place miles from the next, reminds me why I want to keep my time spent in the city to a minimum. It’s fun on occasion to come into the city to go do something, but the whole living here, city mentality and lifestyle wore off long ago when I realized that I am a country girl at heart, and I want to be able to live that lifestyle. Part of why I have been wanting to explore these Rose Gardens is so that I can get ideas, so one day, when I have the property and room to have a Rose Garden of my own, I have a better idea of the types of Roses I want to grow in my own garden.

Plethora and Perturbed

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What a day. Today flew by. The day started flying by when I went out for a walk this afternoon. I took a three mile walk around the neighborhood. It was so easy, like a walk in the park. That being said I have done more hikes than walks lately, so that probably has more to do with it than anything. My normal walks don’t have a lot of elevation ascents or descents, and is paved versus dirt, rocks and exposed roots.

Other than the fact that it is clearly spring, with the flowers blooming, and the trees are also in bloom and the leaves are still their pretty green of early spring, it felt more like autumn, like late October. It could have just been me, and the fact that I love everything autumn, and wish it could be October all year long.

After I got home and showered, I got a couple loads of laundry going (yay for adulting), and got my chicken marinating. I am letting it sit in the fridge overnight since I got it marinating so late in the day.

I was thinking about something that happened earlier and I was trying to figure out how I felt about said situation and I was like “I am annoyed and perturbed, but mad, nope, just perturbed”. Then I was writing a post for my knitting blog and I was describing how I have a lot of projects going and even more yarn sitting, waiting to be knit up. I had phrased is along the lines of “and I have a plethora of yarn waiting in the wings to be knit up”. I totally thought to myself “There’s the Lit Minor coming through….I want to read more books. I miss books”.

I watched the latest Call the Midwife episode tonight, the one where Sister Monica Joan gets the cataract surgery and Barbara is diagnosed with Septicemia by Dr Turner and is rushed to the hospital. Having read the spoilers from when it aired in the UK, it is to the point where I just want to see the next two episodes which will bring me to the end of series seven. The last several episodes have been kind of meh for me storyline wise. I am hoping the last two will pick up a bit more. With Helen (who plays Trixie) being on leave because she was clearly pregnant IRL when she left and had her baby and then comes back (after having her baby) in the last episode (again spoilers), and with the Turner’s storyline being on the back burner after the departure of Magdalena, it’s just not the same. While I don’t miss Jenny much, I do miss the dynamic there was with Jenny, Cynthia, Trixie, Chummy and the days of Sister Bernadette and the early days of the Shelah / Dr Turner relationship. I get that Max’s role of Timothy was reduced so he could focus on school and preparing for his GCSE’s in real life and not miss school. The last several episodes, Dr Turner and Shelagh have been minor background characters this season, which has been kind of sad. I hope we see more of them and at least Angela and Teddy in series 8 – 10, with the random appearance by Max so we can see how Timothy is getting on with preparing to go to University. Going into series 8, Angela is about 5, so in future series her character will hopefully start being developed some more and be less of a background character whom we just see to know she exists. Beings that the series have been renewed at least through series 10, Angela will be about 7 by then and start having a storyline of her own (like will she follow in Timothy’s footsteps with learning the violin or another instrument? Will she be in girl guides or whatever the British equivalent is of Girl Scouts like Timothy was in Cubs?). If the series is renewed after series 10, which could happen, but I am not getting my hopes up, it would be interesting to see the relationship between Angela and Teddy as they grow up, as well and their relationships with their parents, and how does Timothy still fit as he enters adulthood, and if he still feels the same way about Shelagh as he did in the early days after he lost his mom. If the series continues, will Dr Turner and Shelagh tell Angela she is adopted, how she reacts to it, and how it changes her attitude and feelings toward Timothy and Teddy, beings that both boys are the biological sons of Dr Turner. It would be interesting to see play out, but I doubt we would get that far before the series is canceled. If the series continues after series 10, it would take another 6 to 10 series to get Angela to her teen years if they continued at the pace of roughly a year per series. Potential storylines being the Angela / Shelagh storyline beings that Shelagh’s mother died when she was 4, another being Angela pushing the boundaries with her parents, especially Shelagh, especially if Angela found out she was adopted. One of the kids (Angela or Teddy), should definitely be a rebellious teenager, because, let’s face it, Timothy is the good kid / golden child. If Either of the two younger Turner kids were going to be the Rebel Child, I would kind of like to see it be Teddy, because, as of this point he has it good, and unless the writers kill off either Shelagh or Dr Turner, Teddy had the most going for him (being wanted by his parents, having both parents still alive, not being the adopted one, and being the third, and likely the last child that his parents have together).

Angel Eyes

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Yesterday I had gone down to the area I had lived while I was in college, for an adoption party. My good friends had gotten the adoption of their daughter finalized just after Christmas, and had the party yesterday. Little Miss also recently turned 5.

I still love the area there, and it was my home for four years. I fell in love with the area, and being in and around small towns in the middle of farm country. Having lived there will always be a part of me and who I am. It has been almost eight years since I lived there, and for a while I wanted to move back.

In more recent years, I have come to terms with and accepted the fact that I will likely never live there again, but it will always be a part of me, and I left a little piece of my heart there. I will also have the memories I made there.

I have had the song “Angel Eyes” by ABBA stuck in my head for the past few days. Really since I figured out the title of the song. I had been hearing it on the promos for Mamma Mia Here We Go Again (the sequel to the 2008 film Mamma Mia). I remember the summer of 2008, and having gone to see Mamma Mia in theater like three times. When you live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, going and seeing movies is one of the few things to go do.

Earlier I mentioned that I know that realistically moving back to the towns I lived in while in college isn’t going to happen. That being said, the small town & country life is more the life that I am called to than the city life is. The city is fun to visit on occasionally, and with having family still in the area, I know I will be back here to visit. Moving somewhere else, is what I am being lead to do. The west coast is so expensive, and realistically (based on my eight years of trying to find a full time job here), staying here isn’t possible. So I am definitely looking at moving elsewhere. I am ready to move and see what else is out there. This country is so big, and I have only seen a handful of places. I love adventures and seeing new places and new things.

Still being younger, single, and nothing holding me here, I am ready to see what is out there, and take life by the horns and take you all with me on my adventures.

Not living here, will make visiting, going for treats and tea on Alberta, and going over to NW to go to the tea shop there and get tea, and then to the Stash Tea store, and Bob’s Red Mill that much more special.

Seizing the Day

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Between all the rain we got over the weekend, and the sun coming out today, hitting nearly 70 degrees (69 to be exact), I had to get out and go for a hike.

I went and hiked up Mt. Talbert, which is one of my favorite spots. From where I started, hiking up to the summit, and back down again, it totaled 1.86 miles. Coming down was a shorter distance than going up. In the mile going up to the top, there was an elevation gain of about 417 feet. It smelled amazing out there and the birds were chirping. It was awesome.

This is one of my places to go hiking at the moment since I have been away from hiking for a bit, and I don’t have much in the way of endurance, but I am working on it. Consistency is key. I am also still working on breaking in the boots I bout a couple month back.

I love being up there and just thinking, and trying to clear my mind from the stress and craziness of life.

I love being outside, whether I am going for a walk on the beach or hiking in the woods – up the side of a mountain, that is where I am most at ease and content with life. I have lived the city life, and it’s really not for me. I prefer to more active, and finding a better balance between being able to be outdoors and being indoors.

Outdoorsy Girls are More Fun

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What a week. After my last post, I got a container of the Danner boot dressing, and used some on my boots, to help soften them up and break them it. It seems to be helping, which I will talk about in a bit.

I have also been preparing for a ladies retreat I am going on in the near future. I figured out what I am doing for gifts for the other ladies who are going.

I had also gone out to the stash tea store a couple times, once on my own and the second time with my mom.

Over the weekend I had gone back to the towns I lived in while in college to go to church. It is also nice to get away from the city for a bit. It had been such a beautiful day, so clear that you could see Mt Hood from where I was. Where I had attended college is at the bottom of the foothills of the coast range, southwest of Salem.

Yesterday, I had decided to go for another hike, because it was such a beautiful day, and I am not a fan of being stuck inside when it is between 60 and 70, and a beautiful day. The air smelled amazing, beings that it was warm, that warmth and direct sunlight made the trees give off that wood smell that reminds me of being at summer camp.

Today, it has been rainy and much cooler than it was yesterday. It has been a perfect day to stay inside, drink tea, work on my knitting projects, and watch Call the Midwife.

The blisters I got last week from wearing my new hiking boots are healing up nicely, and the Danner boot dressing has worked amazingly well. Yesterday I had used bandaid tough strips and some moleskin in the spots where I have blisters. That is definitely an upgrade from blister bandaids, gauze pads and medical tape, only to make my blisters worse. So my boys are finally getting broken in which is nice, as I am loving being out hiking.

Let the Adventures Begin!

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The bug I had at the end of last week was short lived, fortunately.

The Saje Essential Oils I ordered had arrived on Saturday, and the bottle of DoTerra OnGuard arrived yesterday. I love that the OnGuard is DoTerra’s blend of thieves. Thieves blend has been around for a while, and is based on a 15th century legend, during the bubonic plague.

Today was rather busy, I ran a couple errands, getting ready for some plans I have coming up in about a week and a half.

I also went on a 2.75 mile hike today. It was such a beautiful day, and I have been wanting to go out hiking for ages. I am also trying to break in my new hiking boots. One of the down sides of new hiking boots is blisters. I am hoping with time that my boots will get broken in so that the blisters don’t occur.

Over the course of the last week or so I have also been binge watching Call the Midwife, it is really good. As per usual I am late to the game of the good British TV shows that come across the pond.

Cabin Fever; The saga continues

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2018 has been a rough one so far for illness. I am sick for the third time this year and we are really only 2 months into the year.

All I want is to be healthy again and some half way decent weather so I can go hiking again.

The conditioning cream and the insoles I bought for my hiking boots came today, so I was able to condition my new hiking boots this afternoon, since they are full grain leather. I definitely want to protect them and have them last as long as possible.

Even though I am sick, today has been productive. I got some laundry done, and got my boots conditioned. I have gotten several blog posts written on a couple of my blogs, including this post. I have also been looking for a job.

Today has already been a two cup of tea day, and is about to be a three cup of tea day.

I will be giving essential oils a try here in the near future, to see if they help me stay healthy, help with my allergies and with stress. I am going to be trying a few blends.

I have too much going on this month to be sick again. I have a ladies retreat in a couple weeks that I will be attending as well as a concert the weekend after and I want to fit in at least a couple hikes before Oregon Spring Break.

I have also been sorting through some stuff, and seeing what I can get rid of, especially of things that don’t fit right or don’t fit period and I won’t wear. I am also trying to simplify what I have, with the exception of a few decorative things (even that I am trying to keep simple), I am trying to not have excessive amounts of material things that I don’t really need. If it is something functional, that I am currently using (or will for sure use when I move out on my own again) I am keeping it for now, but other things are just taking up needless space.

While I have no burning desire to living in a tiny home, I would rather live on acreage, with a modest farmhouse, bungalow or cottage, than a big house in the city. The one thing I would like though is a kitchen with decent counter space so I can have room to cook and bake, as well as a table that can seat several people, for family gatherings and such.

Combatting Cabin Fever

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This past week we have been seeing snow off and on pretty much every day, and it has been sticking the past couple of days. This phenomenon is weird for Portland this time of year. As anyone knows Portland is already not very well equipped to handle snow and ice, even when it is most likely to occur. Whenever we get snow that sticks to the pavement, schools close, and the city shuts down. Fortunately it hasn’t been as bad as last winter and the snow has been melting off the pavement during the day.

Anytime we get snow in the city, I start getting cabin fever. As much as I hate the summer heat, I just don’t like being forced to stay home. I like having the option of going somewhere.

Beings that the roads were fine by midday today, I left and went and ran a couple much needed errands. I needed to get some new hiking boots. While hiking boots may not seem like much of a need to a lot of people, they are if you are me.

I ran up to the Danner Factory Outlet store up on NE Airport Way here in Portland.

I got myself a pair of the Mountain Light Cascade Boots, which are the same style that Reese Witherspoon wore in the movie “Wild”.

I had also gone to the mall, and had gone to REI and Eddie Bauer.

I have to say that REI is definitely one of my favorite stores to spend time at. While I am not a huge fan of shopping, I can lose track of time at REI

At REI I had picked up a couple pairs of hiking socks as well as a couple other items, because I would rather wear a pair of socks I am not as invested in to break in my new boots, than wearing the nice ones that I have made myself.

This spring – autumn I definitely need to get some more hiking in and under my belt. Not only do I want to break in my new boots, but I also really miss hiking and being outside.

The last thing I really need / want to get before I go back out hiking is some moleskin, as I have areas that are prone to blisters, and with new boots I want to reduce me chance of blisters.

The Pain is totally Worth It

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This past Thursday I had an interview downtown, so Wednesday night I had figured out my transit route and options, since parking downtown is a nightmare and I hate driving downtown. I drove as far as getting myself closer to the nearest max station so I could take public transit downtown.

I had gotten to the max super early, and had bought a day pass, so I hopped on a bus and went to Starbucks (a few blocks away) to get some coffee before walking back to the max stop, to get the max. I made it back to the max stop with a few minutes to spare.

I made it to the location of my interview with time to spare, which was nice, so I had some time to chill and regroup before my interview.

I feel that my interview went well, I am just having to wait to hear back on whether I got the job or not.

After my interview I went to the Chinese Garden (since it was literally a couple blocks away). I took my time walking around. With Chinese New Year coming up, they were in the process of decorating for that. Beings that we have had such a mild winter, some of the trees and shrubs were blooming and they smelled amazing. I also stopped in at the tea house and got some tea since I was there.

I had also decided to go see the US Customs House downtown as it was only a couple blocks from the max station I needed to get back home. I wanted to see the Customs House, as it was used at least for the exterior scenes in Grimm when they are supposed to be coming out of the police precinct. Beings that I loved Grimm, and being that close to one of the filming locations, I had to go see it.

So, this day I had done a lot of walking around downtown in Ballerina Flats, and my leg muscles have been sore since then. When I have had a fun adventure, whether it be doing something I normally don’t do, or I get to go hiking, the pain afterwards is totally worth it for the adventure I had.