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Hot Days and Going for a Drive — May 23, 2017

Hot Days and Going for a Drive

Hey Everyone!

Yesterday and today have been roasting hot. Yesterday was 94 degrees and today got to 88. While that isn’t hot for some areas, it is hot for Portland. Fortunately it has been cooling off quickly today. It went from 88 degrees sometime between 3 and 4, to 80 at about 5, and now at 8:30 pm it is sitting at a comfortable 62 degrees. 

This afternoon I needed to get out of the house and to go do something, so I went for a drive. It was so nice to get out of the city, even if it only was for a couple of hours. It was nice to be able to roll down the windows, turn up the radio and drive a two lane windy country road. That is definitely something I miss from having spent a few years living in a small town. 


While I would have loved to have gone to the beach, that was a bit out of a question, since the beach is and hour and a half to two hours away. I do love this part of the country. Well, the Mid & Northern Willamette Valley and the beach (Northern and Central Oregon Coast) anyway. 

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Going up a mountain  — October 1, 2016

Going up a mountain 

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This afternoon I went for a drive, and decided to go to Mt Saint Helens. Today ended up being a stormy autumn day, and only got stormier the further up I went. While it was good for thinking, it wasn’t as good to see the scenery. I only went part way up before I turned around to head back, as I wanted to be in cellphone range before sunset. 

While I was on that mountain, and having it be chilly and wet, it got me thinking about the pioneers and early white settlers in this part of the country. I was thinking about how cold and miserable it would be to be having to live back then, if they didn’t have some form of permanent housing to repel the rain and a fireplace to make a fire, or dry clothes to change into. 

I love the outdoors, and I love living in this part of the country. I love the cold and the rain. I also love being able to come back into a warm dry house and having dry clothes to change into, and means of getting warm again, I love being able to warm up by a fire, with a hot cup of tea. I can’t imagine being a pioneer, with at best a tent this time of year, where it would be cold, wet and dirty 24/7 for months on end. 

The thought had gone through my mind, of being a pioneer woman who had left her friends and family behind, following her husband and his dream. Then spending your first winter out here in a homestead cabin, and how hard that would be. In trying to imagine what it would be like, and I wondered how many women deep down really wanted to say “forget it, this place sucks, I just want to go home”, but had to stick it out, as they had no choice. 

Yes that is the kind of stuff that goes on in my head when I am on my own. I think about women’s history, American history, and anthropology pretty much all at once. 

Love my weekends! — June 6, 2015

Love my weekends!

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Today was an amazing day, I slathered on the sun block and I went to the beach. I had been watching the forecast for the last few days, and today was supposed to be a hot one (around 90 degrees Fahrenheit) and it was, so I ditched the valley and went to the coast, where it was the perfect temperature. 

I waded in the ocean for a while, vlogged a bit, and just chilled on the beach. The ocean was a nice temperature today, it was still cool, but it was not the frigid feet numbing cold that it usually is. As I was winding down being on the beach, it was still to early in the day to head back for the valley so I drove to Astoria and went to Fort Clatsop. I walked around a bit there as they have some nice trails to walk along. The reconstructed fort smelt amazing (no joke, it really did smell good).

In recent weeks I have been going on adventures pretty much every weekend, and I am loving it. It gives me something that I enjoy to look forward to and to help me get through to the weekend. I also love having something that I enjoy doing to blog about, I know it makes it more interesting for you guys. 

Since I have been back in the city, and got cleaned up and fed I have been working on the baby alpaca wool scarf I have in the works with the yarn that I bought at Happy Knits. I am really loving how it is turning out. It is so soft, and the scarf itself is sturdy but pliable if that makes sense. The yarn itself is a sturdy wool to work with, but the fact that is super soft means that my scarf is soft and not super stiff. That means that it will be easy to wear how I want or need to wear it. 

I also spent a lot of time talking to my friends today as well which was awesome. 

Summer is Coming! — June 5, 2015

Summer is Coming!

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Today has been a very busy day. I got up around 8, and didn’t stop until about 5:00 pm. This morning I got to the post office, gas station, Fred Meyer, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods before going to a parade that the near by elementary school along with the middle school band does each year. 

After the parade I went to Safeway to finish my grocery shopping, before coming home and showering before having dinner and working on my vlog for the first week of weekly vlogs. 

Today was so warm, and tomorrow and Sunday are supposed to be even worse. The heat wore me out. I love cool weather, in part because I can bust out a lot of stuff and still have energy. 

I edited my vlog and am uploading it, so it will be up on Monday Morning. 

Into the Woods — May 23, 2015

Into the Woods

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Today was another busy adventurous day. Today one of my friends and I went to Sauvie Island then ended up at Cooper Mountain to actually hike. It was a really pretty and relaxing. 

I also did the vlog today, of the footage I took yesterday and Today. 

After I got home from my hike I did laundry, made dinner for this next week, made gluten free and dairy free chocolate chip cookies, and now I am catching up on vlogs and knitting while waiting on my video to upload. 

I am so exhausted. I am excited to sleep in tomorrow. 

I practically live at the beach —

I practically live at the beach

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I feel like I practically living at the coast with how often I have been going to the beach in the last 3 months. I love the Oregon Coast, I love how the entire coastline is public access here. We have former Tom McCall to thank for that. For someone like me who has only known Beaches to be public access, going somewhere where there is private beaches would weird me out. All the beaches I have been to in other states (Florida, New York and Hawaii) have been public access. I don’t know if it was just the beaches I went to were public access or what. There are plenty state parks, waysides, and other public parking and walkways that provide public access to the beach. 

I figured today would be a good day to go to the beach, as the Memorial Day Weekend started this evening after people got off work and kids got out of school. My friend and I left town this morning, after rush hour had ended. We avoided most of the traffic, and made good time to the beach. 

We stopped at the Tillamook Cheese Factory after we had some lunch, where I picked up Pumpkin Butter for myself, as well as cheese for my parents since they can eat it.  

 I love going down on the beach and getting my feet wet in the ocean. We went down on the beach in Rockaway Beach, and went for a bit of a walk before heading up to Cannon Beach. I wanted to find the yarn store in Cannon Beach, called Coastal Yarns. Considering the size of the town I was impressed with the size of the store and the selection they had, test wasn’t surprised at all because the town gets a fair amount of tourists, like myself.  

After we had gone to Mo’s for dinner, we went down on the beach there as well before we came back to the city. It was hard to leave the beach. It is always hard to leave the beach and return to City Living. 

Once we were back in the city, we went grocery shopping and I dropped her off where she is House Sitting, before coming back to where I am currently living. 

I did some vlogging while I was out today, and will do some more tomorrow, and then work on editing and then uploading the vlog. 

I love weekends where I have plans and adventures to go on. I work so I can have weekends like I have been having of late where I spend time with friends and go places that I love, and actually enjoy my life. 

Fall has arrived in the Pacific Northwest — October 14, 2014

Fall has arrived in the Pacific Northwest

I love fall, everything about it. I love the clothes, the colors that are in season in fashion, the changing colors of the leaves, boots, the food, the smells, the decorations, having my knitwear be in season, I love it all.

Earlier in the day, I was tired of being cooped up. It has been a perfect fall day, overcast, damp, cool, amazing smelling air. I just had to get out of the house and go do something. Back in August I had gone and found the Pioneer Church at the Baker Cabin. It was fun to see it in the summer. I wanted to go see it on a cool, overcast fall day.

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I had also gone up to the Military Cemetery in the city I live in. All 4 of my grandparents are buried in that cemetery. I knew 3 of the 4. It is hard sometimes to think about them, and what they missed out on. The grandma I was closest to, has missed getting to see two of her grandkids get married. The other grandmother has missed all 4 high school graduations, one wedding and her first Great-Granddaughter (who is also her first great grandchild).

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Figuring some things out the Hard Way — September 23, 2014

Figuring some things out the Hard Way

Fall is here, in full force! It has been overcast all day, started raining this afternoon, and the air smells like fall. It has also been in the mid to upper 60’s. I don’t know about other places, but here, each season has a distinct smell. I love the way the air smells this time of year.

There are times in life when where you are and what you are doing aren’t working for you. These are often wake up calls to get you back on track to what you are meant to be doing with your life. I have spent the last four years living in Oregon trying to find a job, and just spinning my wheels so to speak. As much as I love Oregon, I have come to realize that this is not working for me, and I need to find a job and a way out of here. There is more to life than being unemployed, doing nothing real productive and wasting my life. I have spent the last four and a half years filling out hundreds of applications, I have had maybe a couple dozen interviews, and a handful of jobs that were either a temporary and lasted a short time, to ones that did not work out, because I was not properly trained. Unless you are in the tech industry, or education (IE teaching) there are no real jobs for someone with a college degree in Oregon.

I went back to the towns I lived in while in College again today. While I love that area, I have come to realize that college was a chapter in my life, and I am meant for bigger and better things. I will never stop loving that area, and the friends who I have there, became my family, and still are my family. They will be a part of my life. These towns will always be my first real home, and living there, I learned so much about myself, made a boat load of mistakes, that all helped me grow. I have spent so many years wanting to live in a small town, that I failed to really seek God in that matter and where he wants me to be. I have realized that I have been holding myself back from being all I can be for him.

The Beach — September 10, 2014

The Beach

The sound of the ocean, the first sight of the beach, the way the air smells. It is the salty sea air mixed with the smell of campfires, and it calls my name. The way the sand feels between my toes, and the cold first wade in the North Pacific Ocean. getting covered in sand The way my clothes smell after a day at the beach and a summer evening campfire. Taking another shower after a long day of being out in the fresh air and getting covered in sand, and sleeping well at night because of a day filled of salty sea and smoky campfire air and having had a boat load of fun on the beach. This is just part of why I love the beach.

I have been the the beach more times than I can count. The Northern Oregon Coast, is so far, my favorite place of everywhere that I have been and that is saying a lot. I have been some “cooler” places, but the Oregon Coast wins by a long shot. 

No matter where I go, or what I do, the beach will be a part of who I am. I know I could totally live somewhere else, that is further from the coast, but there is something about it, that has gotten in my blood, and it makes me want to move there. I would in a heart beat if I could find a job that would take me there. 

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