Super soft chenille sweater

This chenille sweater, you guys. So soft. I walked by it on a clearance rack at Charlotte Russe, it looked soft, so I reached out and touched it. Or the pink version of this sweater. I immediately picked it up.Then traded it for the blue when I realized I already have a soft pink sweater.  It was an additional 40% of the clearance price, so I got it for a little over $7. Score! I love getting a good deal on anything. Clearance racks are my jam!

 

Navy coat, blue sweater, black eyelet lace skirt, pink infinity scarf, Betsey Johnson handbag + black knee high boots

This is not the first time I’ve walked by something made from a super soft material and immediately knew I had to have it. If it looks soft, I have to feel the softness. If it’s on someone I may even ask if I can touch it. Can’t. Resist. Softness. My poor soft kitties know this. They see me coming and run. Well, maybe not the bigger of the two kitties, she’s too lazy to run, but the other one does. They are softness personified.

Navy coat, blue sweater, black eyelet lace skirt + black knee high boots

Does anyone else do this with things that look soft? Or am I the only one? I can’t be the only one. Somebody out there also reaches out to touch soft looking things. I just know it.

Navy coat, blue sweater, black eyelet lace skirt, pink infinity scarf + black knee high bootsNavy coat, blue sweater, black eyelet lace skirt, pink infinity scarf, Betsey Johnson handbag + black knee high bootsNavy coat, blue sweater, black eyelet lace skirt, pink infinity scarf + black knee high bootsNavy coat, blue sweater, black eyelet lace skirt, pink infinity scarf, Betsey Johnson handbag + black knee high boots

Navy coat, blue sweater, black eyelet lace skirt, pink infinity scarf, Betsey Johnson handbag + black knee high bootsNavy coat, blue sweater, black eyelet lace skirt, pink infinity scarf, Betsey Johnson handbag + black knee high boots

It has been super cold this week, and for some reason, we ended up by the river in Troutdale taking these photos. Even colder there with the wind whipping down the river. I am so ready for winter to be over. Just say no to snow from now on out! March starts tomorrow and I’m asking the snow to please go away now. Spring is almost here. The time for snow is passing. Move along already.

Since this chenille sweater is on clearance, I’ve linked up a couple more that look just like it below.

 

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~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

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Snowpocalypse

I said I was going to post photos of Snowpocalypse, so here I am doing it. A week later, and only from the first day of the snow storm, (I never ventured out in snowpocalypse again to take photos after that.) But hey, I’m still doing it. Good things take time, right? Time to crop, edit, turn into a black and white photo on some, yada, yada. Here are the photos:

 

A pop of color in the snow

 

So, basically, in Oregon, we call it a Snowpocalypse or a Snowmagedon when we get a few inches of snow. We know all of you up north of us or in colder states are laughing because when you get a blizzard you get a few more feet of snow, not inches. And it stays all winter. Yeah. I know. I grew up in Michigan during my elementary school days. Schools and businesses never shut down for a few inches of snow or they’d be closed all winter.

 

Ferns in the snow

 

But in Oregon, we don’t get a lot of snow and our city is not prepared to deal with it i.e., not enough bulldozers, sand, salt, de-icer, ect. to cover the whole city, so roads get slick and icy pretty quick and nobody wants to go out driving in it because you may end up doing circles in the road. I know. I did a half circle on the road last weekend.

 

Narnia? Oh where art thou, Narnia?

 

People were running to the stores this time last week trying to stock up on groceries. I went to the library to stock up on books. And got a few random items at the Discounts Only store in Gresham. That was it. I had enough food to last me several days. Why run to the store and get more when I didn’t need to? Sheesh, people! Get with it already! The big joke was that the Portland area stores ran out of kale in everyone’s mad dash to get groceries. In truth, stores ran out of a whole lot of everything last Friday. Nothing like mass panic to boost all the grocery stores sales for a day!

 

No apples on the apple treeMail, anyone?

Beauty, shining through.Peeking through to a winter wonderlandTwinnin''Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light'Black and white and snowy all over

 

Then, the rains came in and washed away the snow Sunday night. Just in time for my mom to start her radiation treatments up at OHSU.

Her cancer got worse so she got taken off the trial program she was on and is doing radiation because one of the spots in her lungs is as big as a small egg now. Time to bring in the big guns!

The interesting news was that, up until this past summer, she had been beating back her cancer as one of her doctor’s top patients in the trial program. Only to find out she’d been doing it all on a placebo drug and many, many prayers when her doctor finally checked at the time he had to take her off of the trial program to get her into radiation. Wow. Keep praying. For her and for the family as we are all trying to get through this awful thing called cancer.

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