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Last Time going to the Beach…. — December 6, 2017

Last Time going to the Beach….

Hey Everyone!

I have been trying to write a blog post a day on this blog, yesterday it just didn’t happen.

The eventful things that happened yesterday were getting my Clinique order in the mail and finishing up a pair of socks.

Today was a busy day, it started out by getting up earlier than normal and getting out of the house early (for me anyway), so I could get gas in my car, stop at Cost Plus World Market to look for stocking stuffers, and then stop at target to pick up a couple items before I left town for a few hours.

I had been paying attention to the weather forecasts for a few days and they were calling for some nice days, with sunny skies and comfortable (for this time of year) temperatures. I have been itching to go to the beach for a while. I have missed it so much, and the past couple years I had gone a good half a dozen or more times each year, so the three times I had gone this year just wasn’t cutting it. Beings the weather was supposed to be perfect at the beach today (and it was), I went. I had also wanted to go one last time while I am in my 20’s. Once this month is over, I will no longer be in my 20’s. I realize the beach won’t change that much between this past summer and this next summer, but I will be in a new decade of my life, and want to close out this decade by doing stuff I enjoy doing.

After I got home, I got things put away, I showered, got some dinner, and then successfully started my latest pair of socks. That’s a story for a post on my Knitting blog. So now I am back to working on another pair of socks.

I am my Grandmother’s Granddaughter  — July 16, 2017

I am my Grandmother’s Granddaughter 

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Somethings are genetic, others are factors that come into play from how we were raised and what we were exposed to from a young age. 

As I am getting older, I have been realizing how much I am like my maternal grandmother. Granted she was the grandparent I spent the most time with. She lived in the same city as I did growing up, so she helped raise my brother and I. She was also the grandparent I had in my life the longest (she passed away when I was 22). So it’s only natural that some things were passed on to me, from her, by having been able to spend so much time with her. 

Other things, like the fact that my body doesn’t handle heat all that well can’t be learned. At least I know where I get it from. Not that I mind. I am definitely more of a fall and winter person anyway. 

Things I learned from my grandmother: That the beach is amazing, and that it never gets old, no matter how often I get to go to the beach. She also taught me how to knit. 

She also happened to be my birthday celebration buddy. Our birthdays were only 2 days apart, so we often celebrated together. I was born 2 days before her 69th birthday. 

I am glad that I was blessed to have her as my grandmother. She was always there for me. Even though I tend to be miserable in the summer from the heat, It reminds me of her. Air Conditioning and the fact that I know Autumn is coming are the the two things that get me through summer. 

Winter Cabin Fever in the City — January 17, 2017

Winter Cabin Fever in the City

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We have had snow on the ground for 7 days straight. Here in this part of the country means the roads are an ice skating rink until it melts off, so the city & schools has been shut down for the entire time, on top of other ice storms this winter. So I have only left the house once, long enough to go to the grocery store in the past week and a half. 

I am ready for the snow and ice to be gone, and it should be gone soon. I can handle rain, that is no issue for me. I am excited to finally be able to go out and about on my own again, as I am tired of being stuck inside. 

During this once every few years snow event, I have been spending my free time after work, I have been working on my knitting projects, including socks, as well as reading a book. 

This past week, I finished the first sock in a pair I am working on knitting up. I have tried knitting socks in the past, but they were more for practice. I finally found a process that works for me, and I am getting the hang of knitting socks, as well as having gauge tested the yarn to figure out which size of needles would be the best for the project, which I did figure out. Fortunately the same size needles will work for all the sock yarn I have, which will make things a lot easier. 

I love being able to make things for myself and preserving a traditional way of doing things so the art is not lost or forgotten about. There is something about working hard and actually seeing the fruits of my labor when I get the project done. If it doesn’t work out then I try it again a bit differently. 

I am wanting to make several times airs of socks, and use them primarily as boot socks, beings that I love boots and have a hard time finding boot socks that I love, especially for the colder months. I also want to have plenty so I won’t have to hand wash socks as often, beings that hand washing socks and then laying them flat to dry takes longer but is better for the socks.

I definitely am preparing my hand knit stash to be able to enjoy more outdoor adventures in the cooler months, and be able to stay as warm as possible. 

Two of my goals are to do more hiking and camping, especially during the cooler months. I have found that with my current socks, my feet are almost always freezing by the end, and that is part of my mission to make my own warmer socks. I am only knitting simple, plain socks, because my goal is warmeth over fashion. 

I have found that KnitPicks Palette Yarn is amazing Yarn that I want to try for socks and see how well it works. 

Who ticked off Elsa? — January 11, 2017

Who ticked off Elsa?

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This winter has been one for the records as we have had multiple snow/freezing rain/ice events occurring since the beginning of December and they just keep coming and dumping more when they hit. We had one that hit last month that came during the middle of the day and stranded motorists, and kids at school until late at night. 

If we see a snow / ice event here, it hits once, melts off in less than a week and that’s all we get. It seems like the kids have been on winter break for a month, and it has been enough to cancel multiple Sunday’s of church. 

As I am sitting here working, I have the blinds drawn so I can watch it snow while I work. It’s grey out with snow falling. Though it is grey, it is still lighter out than when it is when it is raining.

This is what it looked like as the sun was coming up this morning:

This is what it looked like about an hour later:

All this snow is refueling my desire to go live in SE Alaska, where this is abnormal yearly occurrence, and the whole city/town doesn’t shut down just because it snowed! This is ridiculous. Portland has completely shut down several times because of a little ice and snow. I had dreamed of living in Alaska for several years, and right now I am still in between staying in a commute-able/day trip distance of Portland, or going for it and going to Alaska. Part of my focus for 2017 is to work on figuring that out, as well as career and finding a better job, that will help me further my career. 

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. 

Travel Bug — February 18, 2015

Travel Bug

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to take a moment to check in, especially since I neglected to post yesterday.

Spring has definitely arrived here in the Pacific Northwest. Trees are beginning to bloom, there are daffodils and crocus’ coming up. Spring really has come early this year after what really has been a mild winter. Just watch, by haven written this we will have winter weather until the middle of June.

I have wanted to visit Scotland for years. I just watched the last episode of series 3 of Downton Abbey, where they were in the Scottish Highlands and it has renewed my desire to travel there when I have the opportunity.

It’s late, so I am signing off. I hope you are all having a good week.

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
Love being busy — December 11, 2014

Love being busy

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What a week so far. This week has not been as hard as last week was. This week has been my second 40 hour work week, and my fourth week at my job. The early part of this week was just wet, weather wise, today wasn’t really wet, but it was super windy. So windy that the power went out at work this afternoon, and the generator came on. After I got off work I stopped at Safeway (which is right next to where I work), and as I was walking up the stairs (it is a two story store, with the store on the top level and parking underneath) the power went out. Fortunately they have a generator, so there was enough light to do my shopping, and was able to check out, but most of the store was dark.

I am having a hard time believing that it is Thursday night already, and this weekend is the 6th annual Christmas on the Campgrounds. Tomorrow, once I get off work, I am heading over to help serve cookies and hot chocolate. I got to help with the baking process, and will get to help with serving. The only part I missed out on (with good reason, work is a good thing, can’t complain about that at all), was frosting the cookies, most of which took place today, and will be finished up tomorrow during the day. The past couple of years, cookies and hot chocolate has been busy, now that the word is out on how good the “homemade” cookies are. We made the cookies from scratch, again this year now that the restaurant remodel is done, and the kitchen is more than usable again. I am so ready for this weekend, and ready to bring it on.

Working full time and having Christmas activities going on, on the weekends is keeping me busy. I love being busy. I don’t have time to get bored.

Toto, It’s definitely not summer anymore — November 12, 2014

Toto, It’s definitely not summer anymore

The first part of October, as well as earlier this month, it has been a bit above average temperature wise, and we have had a lot of nice, sunny weather. Since the low pressure system has dropped down from Canada, we have gone from about average temps, and overcast days to being sunny, but cold and windy. They are talking about the possibility of snow here in the Valley tomorrow morning, but I am not holding my breath or crossing my fingers on that. Quite often when there is a chance of snow here, it doesn’t stick, or doesn’t even snow. There have been a few times when we have gotten snow (like this past January and February) and it snowed, then would warm up enough to start melting it a bit, or get cold rain then freeze over, making everything icy, and therefore shutting the city down.

I am glad that I got my paperwork and drug screen done for my new job last week, so this week I can focus more on knitting projects I have going (especially my mom’s Christmas Gift) as well as working on adjusting my sleep schedule so when next week comes around going to bed and getting up earlier for work won’t be as hard as if I hadn’t been trying to ease my body into it. I had gotten used to go to bed whenever, which was always past midnight, and then getting up after 9:30 in the morning, so going from that to getting up at 6 in the morning and being in bed between 10:00 and 10:30 the night before is a hard transition for me, if I don’t ease into it.

My start date for my new job is in a week from now, and I will be doing a lot of Data Entry/Clerk stuff. Some of you, who have been following me for a while, or follow Adventure is my Middle Name, may be wondering why I am doing this job. when I have a degree in Social Science (with a focus in History), and love the great outdoors. This is an opportunity that I cannot pass up for much needed work experience and income. Using Microsoft office, and doing Data Entry can be useful in the history field, especially if I were to get into historical preservation and museum work. Having an income will not only allow me to pay my bills, but also be able to go on adventures on the weekends, and have content to write about on my blogs.

I am also looking forward to doing more of my own grocery shopping again. That way I can keep more healthy but tasty food around, and at work for snacks during that day. I am also looking at getting a mini fridge in a couple months to keep at my desk, to put cold stuff in. I am really want to get back to eating better.