From La Grande, OR

My last day of work was on Tuesday, the 18th, and Tuesday evening Mark and I began to pack the accumulation of furniture and clothing that family had given us into the back of our truck.  Wednesday morning, I took Mark around with me to say goodbye to Mom’s neighbors whom I’d gotten to know.  We left Mom’s house and stopped in Vancouver to have lunch with Mark’s mom.  Then we headed up to Lynden, WA to get the rest of our stuff out of storage. Continue reading

Christmas 2016

So much to do, so little time!  We wanted to go to the Christmas Eve service at church last night, but we were busy doing our last minute shopping and wrapping for each other after spending a day catching up on laundry and trying to get ready for Monday.  We wanted to go to the Christmas day service this morning, but we were getting dressed, having breakfast, and opening our presents before going over to my older sister’s house for Christmas dinner.  We had to leave her place early to continue getting ready for our big moves tomorrow.  Still, we read the Christmas story and listened to “real” Christmas carols about Christ’s birth.  It was a good day.

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Starting a new tradition

I have been using my “spare” time, when I’m not working or tired and sore, writing Christmas cards, and some of you may already have received one from me.  If you have a change of address since last year, please send it to me before I get to your name.  So far, I’m into the “G’s”.  This has precluded what little writing time I’ve had for my blog, but today I have pictures that I wanted to share.

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Doesn’t anyone want to WORK any more?

Williams-Sonoma has been hiring for several weeks now and everyone they interview wants to work on the sales floor rather than in the stock room, even though we in stock earn $1 more per hour than the sales associates do.  Last week they thought they had a couple more people hired to work in stock, but the people never showed up and didn’t even call. Continue reading

Job hunting, day three

This morning I remembered that when I was here during the summer I had learned that the local mall, Washington Square, has a website where all the stores list their job openings.  I went there and ran down the list looking for any that said they had seasonal openings.  I came up with a list of nine stores that were looking for someone on a seasonal basis.  I printed up ten copies of my resume and hit the mall…

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From Milwaukie, OR

Originally we had planned for today to be a six hour day of travel and to have two hours left to travel tomorrow, but my older sister, Sherill, suggested we come the extra two hours and stay at her house tonight.  That sounded appealing so we took her up on it, but it did make for a very long drive.

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