Organic Ranches

I have to say one of the things I love the most about Oregon is that I can get good, local produce constantly. Recently I was introduced to this insanely cool website and map that shows local organic farmers/ranchers that sell meat. All grass fed with no antibiotics and steroids. I thought it was the…

Top 7 for craft heaven

If you are crafty…and you crafty people know who you are…Salem Oregon has activities to keep you occupied depending on what you want to do. 7.  Quilted Forest. When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I “decided” I wanted to make him his baby quilt…well that is until I realized that I…

Earthquakes in Salem Oregon

On Thursday Dec 30, 2010 at 09:17:46 AM (PDT)  Oregon was hit was an earthquake. Now before you get all stressed about it…it was only a 3.6 magnitude and by Mt. Hood. Oregon has volcanoes; 5 of which are considered active. The USGS keeps track of large historic earthquakes.  Oregon has had 5. •·                     1910…

Real Estate 101: Getting a loan

Anyone involved with the world of real estate including little ol’ Salem Oregon knows that lending is a pain in the behind for many folks.  Working with good mortgage brokers is essential these days or buyers risk spending a lot of money on home inspections and appraisals only to have deals fall through. I know…

Landslide Hazards

Moving to Salem Oregon? Due to the amount of rain we get, we do get landslides. It’s pretty much basic physics: it rains, the soil becomes saturated and heavy by the rains, and gravity pulls it down. Voila…a landslide.  Most of our landslides seem to occur along the coast in the Oregon Coast Range, but…