Tag: Winter

My Predictions for this Summer

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If this May is any indication of what this coming summer is going to be like, it is going to be a long, hot, dry summer. We have already had many 80 degree days and a couple 90 degree days and summer hasn’t even started yet. At this rate, I will have plenty of days where it will be hot enough to easily dry my handknit socks in a short amount of time. Now, I just need to work on getting more socks knit up. I have the yarn, I just need to turn the balls of yarn into wearable socks.

I have wondered if the fact that I was a winter baby has something to with the fact that I don’t tolerate the summer heat that well. It’s not that I don’t like summer, because I like the whole, it’s warm enough to sit outside on a summer evening and have a campfire thing and all the summer produce. I just can’t stand the heat. I would just as soon live at the coast or in SE Alaska. Autumn is my favorite season, as I love the changing colors and the fact that the temperatures are cooling off. I love the sights and smells. Autumn is when there are pumpkin patches, and apple harvest season and the leaves are changing colors, and it’s time to start pulling out the jackets and cooler weather clothes.

While I am hoping to get as many pairs of socks done as I can this summer, I am also hoping to be able to read through the Outlander series. I have read the first two books, but I had gotten away from reading for a bit so I am going back and rereading these two books before I move on to the third.  There are eight books that are published, and a ninth that is expected to be published. I have the eight that are published, and I have plenty to read in the meantime until the ninth comes out. I also have the Game of Thrones books to read, well at least the books that are published anyway. I also have several other books that I have sitting waiting to be read. I haven’t watched any of the Game of Thrones seasons on TV, I have seen the first season of Outlander. I prefer reading the books before watching the TV Shows / Movies that they are based on. There are five Game of Thrones books out, with two more (at least) expected. I have the five that are published.

While I enjoy watching TV Shows, Youtube videos and documentaries while I work on my various knitting projects, I love reading books. I really didn’t like reading while I was in Elementary School. Once I got to Middle School (grades 6 – 9), it was like a switch flipped and I couldn’t stop reading. In High School, I was bored with most of my English classes, as I found that most of the books that we were forced to read to be boring. It wasn’t that I didn’t like reading, I just didn’t like the required reading material. During my time attending University, I had started out as an Early Childhood / Elementary Education major (yeah, that lasted all of five terms), then I switched my major to Social Science with a minor in Literature. I loved minoring in Literature. There were terms that were tough to get through all the books, in addition to my other course loads, and there was at least one term, by about midterms that I was so far behind in the readings, by the end of the term I was about where we were at midterms, and there was one book I didn’t even start. I still have most of my books from my upper-division literature classes packed away in my book box. I look forward to the day when I can have a wall of bookshelves and have all my books out and be able to read any of the books I own without most of them being packed away in boxes.

There is nothing like curling up on a cold, rainy day with a nice hot cup of tea and a good book and getting lost in the story. There have been nights where I have stayed up past 4 am in the morning, reading a book cover to cover. There was one term while I was in College, that once the term had ended, I had started a book the evening after my last final and I finished reading the book as the sun was coming up the next morning before going to bed after the sun was coming up.

I am not quite the book – nerd that a couple of my cousins are, but that doesn’t mean I love reading any less.

 

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3 Days of Birthday

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Today was my first day of birthday. One of my good friends and her Husband had started this tradition some years ago of doing 3 days of Birthday. 3 days of Birthday is where you spread out the birthday celebrations over 3 days. It is where you do different activities over the course of the three day period.

Everyone’s 3 days of Birthday would be different, and can vary year to year. It is not about spending a lot of money, but rather doing activities the person having the birthday enjoys doing and are special.

If you have kids, it could look like one day having their class party, another day having their family party / dinner, and the third doing something they enjoy (in any order).

For me, this year, my three days of birthday looks something like this:
Day 1: Going to the mall with my mom and wandering around (today I also got a hair cut),
Day 2: Family Dinner
Day 3: Tea and Treats at my favorite bakery and the tea shop next door.

Another year was:
Day 1: Hike with my best friend at the time
Day 2: Tea and Treats with my mom
Day 3: Mall and Family Dinner

What I like about the three days of birthday is that each activity can be enjoyed and not rushed since the point is not to be on a time schedule and not trying to cram to much into too little time. For me and my family, doing three days of birthday, means being able to take our time, and enjoy each activity.

On the Go day after day

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Since Thanksgiving, life has been going non stop. 3 weeks of full on, full force going and doing. The past three weeks have flown by.

Yesterday I had another interview, which I thought went well, but I have to wait and see a bit to find out if I got it.

After my interview I had gone for a little drive to clear my mind a bit. Afterward I ran a couple errands. I had stopped at Bob’s red mill, picked up a couple baking mixes, before stopping at the grocery store to pick up my brother’s Christmas present and a few other items.

I had work this morning. I even slept for a few hours since I got home, but I am still exhausted.

I had one of my orders of yarn arrive this morning while I was asleep, so I opened it up this afternoon.

The darker yarn is a worsted weight yarn, that has more yards per hank, while the off white / cream colored yarn is a bulky yarn that has fewer yards per hank (hence more hanks).

I have been enjoying being able to work on different knitting projects. I have a lot of yarn and so many ideas of what I want to make with it all. I am still working on socks, but I am also in a shawl mode as well.

As I sit here writing this, I have a batch of gluten free dairy free brownies in the over and it is overcast outside.

Last Time going to the Beach….

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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 

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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

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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?

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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 

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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

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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

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