A Visit to the International Rose Test Gardens in Portland, OR

As spring starts moving into summer, I find myself anticipating a visit to the Portland International Rose Test Gardens. This year I started feeling this way in early May, probably because Portland has seen unseasonable warm, summer like temps and it’s got me thinking about summer days.

The International Rose Test Gardens are one of […]

Leach Botanical Garden

The Stone Cabin

I recently discovered another fun destination while in Exploregon mode.

During a Portland visit from my dad (who lives in MN), I decided exploring Leach Botanical Garden would be a fun activity. The outer SE Portland garden was originally the summer home of Lilla and John Leach, who bought the property […]

Oops! I Did it Again!

I can confidently say that I’ve never quoted Britney Spears before, but it feels fitting here. “Oops! I did it again!” As many of you will recall, in July of 2011 I left my position with a company where I had worked for over eleven years to start a personal sabbatical which led to a […]

Chapman Elementary Swift Watch

Exploregon continues as we learn more about our new city. One organization that I am very interested in getting involved with is the Audubon Society of Portland. As I was reviewing their website and trying to decide how I could get involved, I saw something that I wanted to experience: The Annual Swift Watch.

Every […]

We Made It to Portland!

We successfully navigated over 1700 miles across country and are now sitting in what will be our home for the next 6 months, drinking a local beer and just relaxing for a few minutes—until the next errand or chore needs to be done.

The drive was great at some points (seeing the Columbia River Gorge […]

Artful Dreamer

Great Wall of China

I’ve always felt a strong to connection to the writing of Henry David Thoreau. Even as a young teen I can remember quoting lines from “Walden” and getting strange looks from my classmates. I suppose it was a bit strange to hear a fourteen year old saying, “I want to suck the marrow out of […]

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Sold

Many have asked me how I planned for my successful move. They are thinking about trying to sell their home and overwhelmed with where they should start their preparations. I thought I would use this post to share how I prepared our home for its sale.

I believe it takes three things to successfully sell […]

Dreams Do Come True

Dream

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to live somewhere else and more specifically another state. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved Minnesota and have been proud to live here, but there was some internal draw to live somewhere else.

I was born in San Diego, California and when I was just […]

We Survived!

Boxes waiting for the movers.

Our first move was a success. I say “first move” because in order for my husband to fulfill his work contract we are renting a duplex (for six months) in West St. Paul as an interim step. The cross country move to Portland will come later this summer.

I […]

Let The Adventure Begin

The journey really has started. At my last post (over 6 months ago) I had just left my job of over ten years. Turns out that my decision to leave corporate America was just the first step in a much larger, exciting adventure.

We have sold our house and decided to move to Portland, OR. […]