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Here We Go Again

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:59:42 PDT

I know I still owe everyone pictures from Alaska.  I have not forgotten.  I just got distracted.  Very well distracted.  My life has changed dramatically again.  It is amazing how much changes in a year.  Most notable is that our office has moved.  After so many years of promises and suggestions and ideas, it moved.  I have a window now.  I have a few pictures, which I will hopefully get posted



Sunday at Home

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:54:30 PDT

Sunday morning dawned clear, bright, and chilly.  There was frost in the air and on the ground.  We drove to church, where I noted the plug-ins in the parking lot.  One doesn't think of having to keep a vehicle warm in the lower 48, but even the hour for service can be too much in this land.  There are plugins everywhere!  I got to enjoy church and bible study with the family, and noted a small



Around Town Again

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:54:38 PDT

Today was another day to hang out in Fairbanks.  These days are awesome for recharging the batteries.  We started out today at Sourdough Sam's.  P correctly noted that their sourdough pancakes are the best.  Just the right combination of tart and fluffy.  I'm not sure how they do it, but I know I will be trying to emulate their success.  We stopped by the local wool shoppe to pick up specialty



Back "South"

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:54:53 PDT

Again thwarted, we packed up to leave our little nest in Wiseman.  We had a wonderful breakfast of sourdough pancakes, ubiquitous in Alaska, and strong coffee in the "Igloo" before parting company.  When we got to the vehicle, P noted that one of the tires was flat.  The proprietor's son sprang into action, finding the patch kit and the compressor to fix the car.  While the three "men" fussed



The Haul Road

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:54:58 PDT

Having been thwarted in our effort to see the aurora in Black Rapids, we decided to give it another shot.  We were up early in the morning for departure, having left the day before.  We knew we wanted to drive during the best parts of the day.  We headed North out of Fairbanks this time, toward the Dalton Highway.  This is the highway made famous by the History Channel in Ice Road Truckers.  We



Processing the Harvest

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:06:38 PDT

Since I had arrived, P&K had wanted to take me to Creamer's Field waterfowl refuge.  Located just north of city center, this 2,000 acre park is a converted dairy farm.  Although most of the birds had flown the nest already, the walk with nature was awesome.  The nature trail is numbered, and little miss spent a good bit of time with her daddy counting the numbers.  Some of them were super hard,



Around Town

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:07:09 PDT

After the harried driving pace of the past few days, today is a quiet day.  We started out by walking down to the polling place at the local national guard armory.  Voting in Alaska happens quite often, most likely a reflection of the independent spirit that flows through its resident's veins.  I entertained the kiddos while P & K did their civic duty. Continuing on, we headed to Pioneer Park.



Back to Fairbanks

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:07:04 PDT

I awoke somewhat ragged from the interrupted sleep and the chill in the air.  The weather is not cold enough to warrant stoking the fires, but in our basement room it was plenty chilly.  We enjoyed the hospitality of the Lodge for more tea and some breakfast before biding our hosts adieu and pointing the Excursion back north. Our first destination is Delta Junction, the head of the Al-Can



The Denali Highway

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:07:18 PDT

Today we drove the Denali Highway.  The whole thing.  While 135 miles may not seem like much to those of us from the lower 48, it is an eternity here.  The road twists and turns, rises and falls.  This drive had been much on the minds of P&K since they moved there.  Warnings are strict and sincere that the road should not be undertaken if snow has already flown as the road is utterly impassable.



Denali National Park

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:07:26 PDT

Saturday morning dawned bright, but given my late arrival I was in no rush to get out of bed.  Eventually, a beautiful cherub came bounding down the stairs to awaken me.  She was, of course, mostly interested in drawing on my telephone.  It was a very good thing that I had downloaded the program for her again.  I am constantly amazed at how much she remembers! My brother got busy this morning



The 49th State

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:07:36 PDT

Life happens.  It certainly did to me.   As a result, I find myself in another place I never really thought I would end up.  Alaska in the "shoulder" season.  After the tourists go home and the chill returns to the air.  When the forecast calls for rain rather than snow, but the nights dip below freezing.  The fire of fall has abandoned the sweeping vistas and the blanket of snow is but a promise



Greening the yard

Fri, 04 May 2012 07:01:48 PDT

While I know that the grass is green, the front of the house has been missing landscaping since I first moved in.  It was on my list of things I needed to get done to make this place seem more like home.  While shopping for plants for their own yard, my parents came across a wonderful sale on some good sized bushes that fit what I was looking for perfectly.  We loaded up the back of the Jeep (



When the ants go marching

Fri, 04 May 2012 07:01:18 PDT

So what happens when an office full of attorneys gets invaded by ants?  We fight back!  We came into the office Monday morning to a literal swarm of ants on our counter-tops.  Two days later and about 50 traps of 3 different varieties, and what was a flood has waned to a trickle.  Take that you pesky varmints!  Alas, this reminds me that with the spring rainy season fast approaching I really



The Long Silence

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:59:23 PDT

This past year has been a crazy ride.  Full of ups and downs, and even in betweens.  I realize looking at this that I have been silent too long.  Facebook took over for a while, but I do not update there either.  So I find myself wanting to write again.  I will not try to fill the long silence with words.  I will not promise to write more often.  What I will say is that writing is rewarding and I



And the world went white

Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:27:38 PST

Some people dubbed it Snowpocalypse 2011, or Blizzopocalypse, or just Blizzard 2011. Whatever you term it, the storm that swept through the midwest yesterday left havoc in its wake. It started yesterday afternoon as I got telephone calls from one office after another to tell me they would be closed today. When the director of my department called to tell me that the building was shutting down



What a Year

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:15:53 PDT

2010 was a year fraught with challenge, but singularly rewarding as well. The year opened relatively quietly with a simple dinner and a relaxing day. Toward the close of January, some dear friends opened their library to our reenacting group to facilitate documentation for the new unit. We spent many happy hours enjoying the hospitality and knowledge of our hosts. By the end of the day we had



Photography Blog

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 07:53:40 PST

I'm working on actually developing the many images on my computer. To further that goal, I started a photography blog to share those images. Go on over & check it out!



Anyone have an ark?

Thu, 27 May 2010 06:56:32 PDT

As the thunderclouds rolled in and I heard what was possibly the most violent thunder I've ever experienced, I realized we were in for something unusual. Sitting in a rather uncomfortable chair, I reflected on what was surely a lovely storm. Once I was free to go, I was informed that there were flood waters everywhere and my normal route home was closed. This was no ordinary storm. I rushed



The Chimney Came Down & the Carpet Came Up

Mon, 24 May 2010 15:25:00 PDT

I declared open season on my house again. Having lived there for a while now, it was time to get a few projects done. We've been knocking out the little ones one weekend at a time, but a couple of the bigger ones have been tackled. For about a year now, I have been planning on replacing the furnace in my house. The old model works fine, for a 1950s era Chrysler behemoth. Making the move to



Yet Another Parting

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 11:19:32 PST

I once again find myself writing about the loss of one very dear to my heart. Grandma Thomas left this earth on Friday morning, yet what was lost was a shadow of the vibrant person that I had the privilege of calling Grandma. She was a strong woman, working to complete her undergraduate degree only months before Mom got hers. She was proud of her profession and practiced it until the numbers



Weekend Wanderings

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 07:58:14 PST

It has been some time again. This time I have no real excuse other than that the muse simply hasn't struck me. This past weekend again prompted me to write. I had the distinct pleasure of visiting a friend in Baltimore, where I proceeded to go on what can only be called a crab cake odyssey. In total, I enjoyed 7 crabcakes from 6 distinct locations over the course of the past 5 days. That's



Ready for Low Tech

Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:15:16 PDT

This weekend was officially technology non-friendly for me. It started out when I arrived home Friday night to discover that my desktop was down for the count. It had been acting strangely when I swung through in the afternoon, so I set it to rebooting. It never made it back up. The keyboard went out and it kept scrolling on the Windows splash screen. I messed with it for some time, but



Just short of a miracle

Wed, 27 May 2009 19:57:37 PDT

Words cannot express my sense of relief and gratitude to a very special woman today. When I arrived home from work, I was feeling better than I have in some time. I started working on picking up the house a bit. When I got to the living room, I noticed a hand addressed envelope in the incoming mail. I was not expecting anything of the sort, so my interest was immediately peaked. I slid my



And so it began

Sun, 07 Jun 2009 07:07:18 PDT

Having gone out to play twice now with the Northwest Territory Alliance I knew I was hooked. Last fall, the State of Illinois sealed the deal by giving me a rather substantial raise. The result: last weekend was my first event as an actual member. The feeling of belonging is incredible. It is something that gets in your blood and stays there. I must admit that I am hooked.The weekend started



Spring crept over me windowsill

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 07:33:14 PDT

I have finally accomplished the much needed spring facelift of the page. Don't you love the new crocus scheme? Hopefully this one will manage to come and go in a timely manner.Life has been tripping along at an awesome pace. It seems that everything from Thanksgiving on was a blur. We celebrated Christmas in Hudson as usual. The gathering of friends and family was doubly blessed by an open