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Going to the Mall for the first time in Months — October 11, 2017

Going to the Mall for the first time in Months

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Today was another one of those kind of crazy days. At least this time I got a little sleep before going out and about for a bit. I also ran errands on a day where I don’t have to be up later in the evening to work again that night, as I have tonight / tomorrow morning off.

My errands included stopping by the store where I work to purchase the last couple ornaments I had been eyeing for the past week or so, as well as a stocking.

While working my department yesterday morning, we had gotten these journals in, and I was like “oohhh, I need to get me one of those”, so I got that as well.

When you work at a store that carries Christmas ornaments this time of year, and they give you a discount on pretty much everything in the store, you shop ornaments and decorations while the picking is still good. I wanted to make sure I purchased one of each of the ornaments and decorations really liked to add to my small, yet growing collection of Christmas decorations before they sold out and we were not going to be getting anymore in.

What I have noticed, at least with the store I work at, that different holidays come out super early (we were getting our first Christmas stuff in Mid-September and by late September we were starting to wind down Halloween, and now by not quite mid October, Halloween and autumn/Thanksgiving are being phased out and shrinking the area the are in as the stock on hand is dwindling. We aren’t getting much if any new fall and Halloween stuff in. That is why I wanted to get what I liked for Christmas early on in the season even though Christmas is still more than two months away, and neither Halloween nor American Thanksgiving have occurred yet.

While I was out in the area of my work, since it is next to a mall, I had wandered around the mall for a bit and stopped by yankee candle and had picked up a couple candles (since it was buy one get one free for the size I bought). I got two of the apple pumpkin scent candles as the scent kind of reminds me of Scentsy’s Apple S’mores.

On the rare occasion I go to the mall (I hadn’t been to a mall in a few months), the mall I was at today is not the one I usually frequent, I just stopped there because my work is there, and I know how my store is laid out, so I am more comfortable shopping at the store I work at. I really wasn’t impressed with this mall.

After my foray to the mall, I stopped at New Seasons to pick up some of my favorite Smith Teamaker Tea – no. 47 – Bungalow.

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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.

Busy Tuesday — October 3, 2017

Busy Tuesday

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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.

That’s a Wrap — September 15, 2017

That’s a Wrap

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My first week at my new job is over. It feels like it flew by. Then again I feel like I slept through most of it. Then again I kind of was. If I wasn’t at work, or eating food I pretty much was sleeping.

At some point this afternoon I should take a nap. Beings that I don’t have to be getting up at 1:30 in the morning, I can attempt to get a regular night of sleep.

Besides being a bit tired, and knowing that I did work this week, the other way I know I did is because I am kind of sore. I took an Aleve this morning before I left.

This week I have driven to work in the early hours of the morning when it was dark, to get off work and come home during the morning rush hour. Getting glimpses of the freeway made me glad I was taking the cross country route on surface streets.

After the first couple of days this week, it has really been fall like, which I have been loving. I have been longing for the cool mornings, and cooler afternoons that are still warm enough to going outside without a jacket but cool enough so that I am not roasting. I have noticed that some of the trees are starting to turn.

As I get more used to my work schedule and figure out the sleep schedule that works best, I am hoping to be able to get some more knitting done that I have this week. One episode of the blacklist and a couple short Vlogs on YouTube and I am done.

For the first week of working a new job, especially with hours I am not used to, this week went really well, and I am not dreading Monday.

The summer that never ends — September 4, 2017

The summer that never ends

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Today has been a rather busy day. I had a couple different job interviews earlier today. The first one was at 8:30 this morning, and it was on the other side of town. Well it technically was in one of the suburbs out past the other side of town, but when you cross over into the suburbs, here, one doesn’t really think much about it.

The job interview went quicker than I expected it would, so I came back home between interviews.

We have had a few days of relief from the forest fire smoke that has blanketed the city for a better part of a month, and it has been back in full force. It has been really bad.

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My second interview was over in the Pearl District. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Portland, the Pearl, is a very ritzy, posh area that is takes affluence to be able to shop there regularly. It’s also just up from a not so great part of town.

On my way home from my second interview I stopped at target to pick up a few items. I have found that Target has the best selection and price on the Dove Advanced Care deodorant, which, I have found is the deodorant I can use without adverse side effects. I do realize it is more expensive and that it does have aluminum in it. As much as I am not a fan of using deodorant that contains aluminum, it if is that or have unpleasant side effects (either from a different deodorant causing a rash or going without and smelling to high heavens), I will deal with the aluminum.

This evening I have been spending some time knitting before I call it a night and head to bed.

Icing my Back — July 6, 2017

Icing my Back

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I have no idea how idea how I did it, but sometime Saturday evening I strained my back, and by the time I woke up Sunday morning, I was in a lot of pain and had a hard time moving. It is now Thursday, and I am still a bit sore, and it is still a bit more difficult than usual to get around, but I am doing a lot better than I was on Sunday. I am finally able to sit for longer periods, and it is easier to get up from sitting. I have also not taken any pain relievers since Tuesday. I have been able to manage the pain without meds, with alternating positions and icing my back for short periods of time. I am really just trying to let my body heal naturally and on it’s own without much in the way of pain reliever meds. I took some the first couple days because it hurt to do much of anything and I had a couple of events to go to. Now that I can just chill at home, I am going without meds. I don’t want to do more harm to my internal organs than I have to. 

While I have kind of been out of commission the last few days, I have been working on trying to get a pair of socks finished. 

It has also been easier to stay home, where there is air conditioning, especially since yesterday got up to 94 degrees. 

I know I have talked about it in previous posts, about living a simpler life away from the rat race of the city. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to live so far from the city that I can’t make a day trip out of coming into the city and going shopping. For me, there is more to life than being dictated by traffic, and every time I look out the windows, that there are houses, concrete and pavement everywhere. In the city, you deal with more pollution, traffic and such. While I don’t really want to live off grid, or go without electricity, and internet, as long as I have indoor plumbing that is safe and works, as well as AC in the summer, and have fast enough internet to blog, I am more about growing and raising my own food, the way the Woods and hay smells on a hot summer day, or watching the snow fall on the fir trees in the winter. 

Homemaking, blogging, purposeful living, living on purpose, raising as much of my own food as possible and preserving it is my dream life. I am all about working with my hands and being self sufficient, and I am not a fan of having to be reliant on grocery stores to supply 98% of the food that I eat, that I don’t know where it comes from, or how it was raised. I know that in many ways I am spoiled by getting to live in the part of the country that I do, and I have so much in the way of diy, homesteading, and grow your own food resources at my fingertips, that I want to be able to avail myself of them, and live the life I have been dreaming of for years, and sharing it all with you. 

Learning to live a simpler lifestyle — June 25, 2017

Learning to live a simpler lifestyle

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Lately I have been rather overwhelmed with the constant bombardment of the media and our society propagating the mentality that we need the latest & greatest / biggest & best / needing more all of the time. 

I have noticed it more so living here in the city. 

I’m not saying that having a few nice  / quality things is bad, especially if you work hard to obtain them, and intend for them to last as long as possible. 

I know, since having been back in the city especially it has been a struggle for me, and that I have fallen into the trap of wanting more and new things when what I have works just fine. 

In the last few months, I have really been feeling that living in the city, where the fast paced, “give me what I want, and give it to me now” lifestyle is the norm. 

I miss having to drive more than ten miles to the nearest craft store, and the closest “normal” mall was an hour and half away, where I didn’t do much clothes shopping and wore what I have in my closet. 

I would much rather spend my time tending a garden or canning fresh picked local fruit, or cooking or baking or sitting on the porch or around the campfire working on my knitting, or reading a good book, and falling asleep at the end of the day after having worked hard that day. 

I have definitely noticed lately, that I have a hard time sleeping lately because I am not tired enough. 

I am really trying to learn from history, particularly the pioneers & early settlers of this area as well as from those who lived through the depression. Where you lived more off the land and worked hard for what you have, and when something breaks you fix it. Being able to make what you need, is a skill that has been lost. Being a city girl, it seems like most of the young women I grew up with (who also grew up in the city) really don’t know how to cook and bake from scratch, and are not inclined to. Their version of cooking & baking is opening a box and minimal steps, or better yet having someone else do it for them. 

As I get older, the more I want to live a life that is more about living life to the fullest, the experiences one can having, and doing for myself rather than relying on others to provide it for me (self-sufficiency). I have come to realize that I want to live somewhere with crappy to no cell service, and not have a cell phone, have basic internet (so I can still blog, watch the occasional YouTube video, be able to access email, be able to order Yarn and Perfectly Posh when I need to, as well as my dairy free & gluten free staples), a land line phone and maybe basic cable, to get the local news stations. I would love to garden, growing as much of my own fruits and vegetables as I can, and buying from local sources what is not feasible to grow on the small scale, but want to get to can or make jam/jelly then freeze/can. 

I am already so blessed to have what I have, and know how to do what I know how to do. 

While I am still looking for a pair of hiking boots that fit better than the pair I have, I don’t need 10 pairs of original toms plus numerous pairs of vans. I don’t need a ton of dress shoes. If I have the opportunity to live where I want to live, I could use a pair of good winter boots, a pair of wellies, a good fitting pair of hiking books, and I would be set until the shoes I have wear out. 

If I have the chance to live where I want to live, some work clothes that can get dirty, and can handle wear and tear would be a must, but for now I am set with normal clothes. 

Got Caught out in the Rain.  — April 18, 2017

Got Caught out in the Rain. 

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Today was just one of those days where I don’t feel like I got a whole lot done. 

I did manage to go out and take a walk this afternoon. I left while it was still dry, but it did start raining while I was out on my walk. 


I loved the way the sun was shining through the clouds on the wet pavement, so I snapped a pic. 

After I got home, and got cleaned up (and warmed up), I made a batch of gluten free, vegan cinnamon rolls. They turned out so good. 


I have been doing a lot more baking and cooking from scratch since my job ended. I have been spending my time looking for a new job, and in between that, I have been knitting and baking like crazy.

Yesterday I had restarted the second sock of the pair I am currently working on. In the skein of yarn there were these globs of yarn that did not knit in well, and stuck out like a sore thumb. It didn’t look good, so I restarted the sock to make it look nice. 

Portland is so much More — October 18, 2016

Portland is so much More

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Welcome back! It’s been a while. 

It went from being summer to full on rainy, cool fall. 

This time of year really makes me want to be out outside, and living life to the fullest. Over the past year I have realized how much this part of the country is my home, and the lifestyle is definitely something I want to embrace a bit more. I want to do more urban homesteading, living a more natural lifestyle and get out of the house more than a couple days a week. That would take a new job, which I would be ok with. I am really wanting to learn more about the Portland subculture that I wasn’t allowed to embrace when I was younger. 

Portland could be compared to Seattle or San Francisco, but it’s not, it has its own unique culture. While I am wanting to explore more of the hipster and natural sub cultures here. One of the things I love about Portland, is all the small, independent, locally owned stores, craft stores, bakeries, tea shops, coffee shops, and restaurants. 

Portland is a place for crafters, from craft beer, small batches of local wine, farms, locally grown produce, local honey, at least 3 local bread companies, knitters, Crocheters and the yarn stores to support them, and locally crafted tea. 

It amazes me how there are parts of the big city where you can get lost in your day to day life, and not know your next door neighbor or your children’s best friend’s parents, and yet there are communities within the same city, where everyone knows the people on the block, and know their kid’s friend’s parents because they go to PTA meetings, school events, host play dates, and whether they are friends themselves or not their are involved in their children’s lives and know the other adults in their children’s lives. 

Posh Day Away — September 23, 2016

Posh Day Away

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The past couple weeks have been rough. I have been having to channel all the energy I have to stay focused and remember that this won’t last forever and God has a plan for my life. 

Yesterday I had gone with a friend of mine who is a perfectly posh consultant to the Posh Day Away event here in Portland. One of her coworker’s also came, it was a lot of fun. My friend’s coworker, is also a christian and a very sweet lady. So yesterday was a great girls day out. I had really needed it. 

Yesterday I was reminded of how I was glad I had grown up and learned to drive in the city, as it made navigating easier, but today I was reminded how overwhelming living in the city actually is for me. On my lunch break I ran to the bank and Fred Meyer, and after work I went to Michael’s (the craft store), Joann’s (the other craft store), Bimart and Safeway. The fact that they are close enough together that I could be like “since this store doesn’t have what I am looking for, I will go to the other store” and so on and so forth. That is what I loved about being in college, and being in a small town. While it would have been nice to have have had a Fred Meyer in the county, there were no malls, costcos, target stores, or chain craft stores, or health food stores, if you wanted any of that you had to go to the city. I liked it that way, it was a good reason to come see my family. Now due to my food intolerances, being close enough to the city to make a day trip is semi necessary, but far enough away that the city has no real influence on the small town life. 

With that small town life I had way more opportunities to get out and explore the outdoors. It was also nice to have a place of my own to go home to. I really am a small town girl at heart.