The Hometown Pride Project (please join!)

We almost missed out on discovering (& moving to) Madras because of social media.  I knew we would end up somewhere in Oregon, but had never actually been here, so I turned to the best local  authority i knew, facebook. I joined a few community groups to ask questions and check out the local characteristics….

The Liebster Blogger Award

Today I sat down to write and discovered that I’ve been nominated for a blogging award. Do you know what that means?  It means that someone else that writes blogs actually took the time to read my blog.  It means that i’m  a real blogger! (jumping up and down). Now I know that all my…

Zen Yardening & The Battle of the Dandelions

I have never keep a yard before.  I mean I’ve had a yard, I’ve planted things in it and made sure people could tell the difference between the yard and the surrounding woods, but I’ve never really taken the time or understood the pleasures of “yardening” (yardwork / gardening) until I moved to Madras. Central…

Notes to self (aka How to live in “Normal” society)

(in lieu of Challenge #5 – I never knew) Sixteen years of living in Alaska with only a few outside travels to remind myself of life in the real world – although tenting is hardly “real world” living –  have left me with a few gaps in the “how to behave in society” realm.  I am slowly…

Cost of Living (Challenge #4 – money)

People tell me the cost of living in high in Oregon; a bit less in central Oregon than on the coast, but still high.  Oddly enough, one of the reasons we moved to this area is the low cost of living.  I suppose high or low is all in what you’re used to.  Perspective, and…

Road trip (challenge #3)

This week is spring break so the kids and I did a little central Oregon exploring. There is so much to see in this area, and amazingly it’s all closer to home than the grocery store was back in Alaska. Also, this is only our second springtime ever without a snow and mud-boot requirement, which makes adventuring so…

Home (blog challenge #2)

Blogger Challenge #2 is “Home”. An interesting thing about the word home is that it can refer, on an intimate level, to the building in which one resides, or in a more formal since to the town, state, or country where you from. The farther away you are from home, the broader the definition tends to become.  Usually. There…

Why Madras? Why not. (challenge #1)

I decided to kick off my blog with a 10 week challenge from Blogging Abroad.  I know I’m not technically traveling or abroad, but when you move to ANYWHERE from Alaska, it’s pretty much like living in a foreign country.  And when am I NOT traveling?!  So I figure I’ll just modify each weekly challenge to meet my needs….