Happy Birthday Mom!
Just a quick note. Kristy is doing fine. I am doing fine. Dusty, well, he is doing fine too. Probably Dusty is the best of us all. I mean he lives a life of absolute leisure, what could be easier? Fuji is doing fine. Fuji is Kristy's new frog. He did hop out of his plant yesterday. He was on the wall when we got home, which was a first.
He will escape permanently one of these days, and don't nobody say I didn't warn Kristy. The frog will disappear and then Fuji will not be doing so fine.
Anyways it is springtime here in ANC. The only snow still left is what was once the big snow piles around town. I can't remember the last time I've seen so much dry asphalt. It is crazy. You can see the grass. It is brown and muddy for now, but it will be green in a few weeks.
The weather is perfect and it stays light until 10PM. I saw one mosquito in the cabin in Glennallen and I got bit (it drew blood) by one mosquito in ANC but they are not out in full force. Yet. And that makes it real nice outside, too.
Other than that nothing new really. I am going to get my CDL A in week or so, and then hopefully I can find a good job driving an eighteen wheeler. Kristy is almost to the half way mark until her due date. She is getting a little belly and she says can feel the baby move around every now and then. So that's it news wise, hope everyone is having a nice spring.....
Till next time.....
You won't believe this update!
You might have thought that we forgot about our blog, but we have not. It has been an awfully long time, but good things come to those who wait!
So here goes, the big news that most people (myself included) won't believe: Kristy is pregnant!!!!!!!! Told ya you wouldn't believe it.
Yep, 2 1/2 months along right about now. Due October 1st. If you need any other baby details you'll have to pester Kristy b/c I am already trying out my new role as clueless father. Ha ha, Lori you should be able to make some good jokes with that one! No, just kidding ask me any questions you like and I will do my best to answer.
The number one question so far has been: so are you going to homeschool? Well I don't know. You think I should send 'em to public school? I have driven a public school bus so maybe I can feed 'em to the wolves instead. Chances they will survive will be about the same. Next most popular question has been: what if you have twins (triplets)? Well in that case any extras will go and live with their Aunt Lori or Aunt Jill. Now hows that sound??? The aunt part, not the extra kid part! Now you know why I still don't believe it!!!
So guess that explains whats been happening in our lives recently. Other than that, we have been living in ANC in a small studio apartment about one mile from Kristy's work. Our lease runs out in July but we will probably rent it month by month at that point until the baby's born. Not sure just yet, but that is most likely the plan. So it looks like the city is my home until Oct/Nov/Dec or thereabouts. Which I am none too happy about, but I gotta do what I gotta do. Work a bunch now and then move back to Glennallen and semi-retire again for a little while. Then hopefully line up a nice job out in Glennallen which I am working on.
Right now, I've got a job driving a dump truck hauling snow. I've been working long hours, which is good for the bank account, but not good for my peace of mind. Awww well, gotta work now while the snow is still around. Gonna be melting soon. March or April spring will break in ANC. It will take until April or even May to break out in Glennallen. We've had a lot of snow this year. I've heard talk that this is a "top five" year as far as snowfall goes and we might even break the record yet. Dec/Jan was bitter cold with consistent -10 to -20 temps in ANC which is unusual for the city. Feb however was a completely different story, very warm all month long. And by warm I mean in the 20's and 30's for daytime temps.
Guess that should wrap it up. A little baby talk, a little weather talk. I could include some religion and politics, but that might freak everyone out! And I wouldn't want to do that on the family blog. Everyone says not to discuss religion or politics around polite company. Maybe that is the problem though, polite company. If you come and visit us you won't have to worry about that. Mom, I know you tried your best to teach me table manners, but unfortunately my brain has become clogged with other concerns now. So please excuse, in advance, me or my kid if you see us being rude or eating with our hands instead of our utensils. Some people just have their inner caveman calling louder than others thats all.........hey wait a sec little kids are allowed to eat with their hands aren't they? Man kids got it so easy, thats why everyone likes them. I know I had it made when I was a little kid. Kids are free of all adult worries and wouldn't it be nice if we could all just experience that frame of mind one more time. You can probably make the same argument for a dog's state of mind. Well there aren't no two ways about it, ignorance is bliss. Dusty is fine (btw) he is currently sleeping and drooling all over my pillow. Wish I could sleep that peaceful. :-)
Till next time..........
Well it's been a'while.......
..........it is winter out here. It has snowed. It has dipped below zero. Just another winter. Put up some pics. Enjoy!!!
Happy Turkey Day and Merry X-mas!!!
PS Put up lots of redneck related comments in the photo section please.
PPS We have more redneck photos yet to share. Wait till you see the car sitting on treestumps.
Working life ain't easy.........
I've made it through two weeks of the school year, but it has felt, at times, more like two months. Long days and long hours are hard on the soul. I don't know how people work the same job for year after endless year. Not my cup of tea I suppose.
Anyways work is what we all gotta do sometimes. Kristy is working in ANC right now. She was supposed to cover two weeks, but now it is three. That means I am left out here in Glennallen to fend for myself. It's a rough life I tell ya. Work in the morning, work in the evening, all hell its work all day everyday. Any one notice a theme here?
I just like to complain, don't mind me. In fact I have a four day weekend and I didn't do a lick of work today. Minus hauling 50 gallons of water inside, but I don't count that as work. Yeah snow's a coming soon. I could see my breathe outside earlier. Won't be long. Then the real work starts (chopping firewood) but that doesn't count as work either. Thats fun in the sun. What counts as work you may ask? Anything you have to punch a time-clock for.
I always loved those lines Johnny Cash sung about being "no slave to clock, whistle or bell."
And with that thought I bid you all a fond farewell. :-)
Summer's Almost Over............:-(
Two signs point to winter: Yellow leaves on the trees and yellow buses on the roads.
Yep George is gonna be back in business this Tuesday and he's got a new longer more treacherous route. Chitina is the route, and it is gonna be one wild ride. 66 miles out, 66 miles back. Then do it again in the afternoon. Add 40 screaming, misbehaving kids and you have got one stressful job. Thats the real reason school lets out all summer. The bus drivers just couldn't take it no more and said enough's enough. We need three months off or we quit. Ha ha, or maybe it was the teachers that said that???
So its back to work for me. I ain't happy about it, so don't ask me how's work going. Having so much time off spoils a person. Work, job, 9-5, whats that? Well Kristy's gotta work too, she is scheduled for two weeks of work at the beginning of Sept. After that she's back on easy street though, living the life sitting around the house taking it easy. Just ask her sometime how she feels having it so easy around the house while I am hard at work all day. Man some people just plain got it made.
Made it Back Alive.................
.................tough trip driving straight through but we made it. Whew!!!!!!
Now just working around the house. Put together Mom and Dad's present---a double rocking chair and put it on the porch. We like it very much, nice to rock and eat breakfast on. About to build a small wood shed, but we need to organize the house first. Too much junk laying around getting in the way. Lots of rain on the way and lots of rain while we were away making an awful muddy driveway.
We made it down the road today, but just barely. Had to floor it over the real wet spots and don't plan on doing it again anytime soon. No tread on the 4runners tires didn't help but it is still a tough drive even with good tires. Good thing we don't need to drive up and down the road a lot, walking will do.
That is the update for now so until next time we'll smell ya later!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Schools Out!!! Party Time!!!
Heading east real soon, half a week left. Then board up the windows sell the children kick the tires and go west young man. Errrr, I mean east go east! Watch out Canada the nations two most wanted outlaws are headed your way!
Yeah okay I am crazy. The snow has melted, what do you expect? Well except for that small patch of snow on the north side of the house. We use that snow pile to fill up the cooler. That snow will be there till June maybe, who knows. It was 60 today so it might melt soon. The sun is out from 4AM till 10 PM almost 11PM. Hard to sleep. First half of the driveway is pretty dry and passable with the Subaru for the most part. Second half mile pretty muddy though. Some deep muddy ruts in a few spots but okay on occasion for pickup truck or 4runner. Trying our best to not drive on it though until it dries out some more.
That is all for now. Summer is sprung and all is well in AK!!!!! Check back in two months when we are stocking up for winter again.
......5 weeks left in the school year. I feel like I am a kid again waiting for summer break. 'Cept this time around I am, most definitely not a kid, or am I????? Hard to tell sometimes.
Kristy is back from ANC and things are back to normal on Fat Owl Farm. Snow is still present but melting FAST. Road is a mess, mud and slushy snow. Even the snowmachine is getting stuck. So in order to avoid getting bogged down I either walk or park the car and drive later in the evening when the road has frozen.
Keep on the lookout for a video of the river breakup, if I can catch it on film that is. Break up is pretty spectacular sometimes, except for the times it is not. Big chunks of ice and major river mayhem, loud noises and creaking and flooding. Cool stuff. Still on the lookout for the first mosquito. And the first bear. Will keep you posted. Kristy's turn.
My turn?! Fun, fun fun. "Cake" playing in the background and the keyboard under my finger tips makes for a happy lady. I guess the biggest news from my end is the 3 weeks I spent alone in Anchorage while my poor, neglected husband toiled at Fat Owl Farm driving the school bus and taking over my domestic duties (heavy sigh for him, c'mon everyone join in!) I really had a great time moonlighting as a receptionist again. I was also a part time socialite for the length of my stay, barely sleeping on my time off from work to visit with friends. Trust me, I had a lot of human contact to catch up on! I wish David could have visited the city on the weekends and joined in on the fun, but alas, he could not. Now I am home, in my cozy cabin, with mountain views and signs of spring to point out everywhere. Cinque-foils are starting to sprout, black earth is poking up from all the melting snow, and even the spruce trees seem a little greener. I'm happy to be back in my wooded sanctuary, with my husband and dogs. Hurry along spring and stop teasing me with your delicious snippets of fine weather!!!!!
Think Spring People.........
......Okay here we are again, gonna do a two part update. Me first of course and Kristy to follow. Had school canceled two hours early Fri due to snow, which is rare of course. We will cancel for low temps, -50 and below we cancel. I have had my fingers crossed for that but no luck yet. We had so much snow, one foot in town a little less at the house, that buses were getting stuck left and right. Not "George" of course, he is immune from getting stuck. Except that one time the kids dared me to drive him through the ten foot long four foot snow drift. But that is another story. :-)
That local paper has a picture of some building down in Kenny Lake that I laughed at. Its got a woman (blow up doll) in a bikini, in a canoe and beneath it are the words, "Think Spring". Now that is our mindset out here. I caught myself thinking about it just the other day and then I quickly reprimanded myself for it is still the dead of winter out here of course (-30 temps coming in a day or two). But I can't help thinking of that green color and those sweet sounds of spring time wildlife. Gonna be a wet and muddy affair though, but that is how things go. Can't wait to see ice break up on the Copper and Gulkana. So in closing I say think spring, I know you lower 48ers can relate with the winter you've had. :-)
Kristy here! I have to admit, I'm not of the "spring thinking" mindset quite yet. I'm loving all the freezing cold air and accumulating soft, white, fluffy snow! This is probably b/c I've spent a good portion of my time holed up in the toasty cabin! Not of my own accord, for sure. Today is my first 99% headache free day since Feb. 3rd. My hubby bought me chicken noodle soup and good meds to get me feeling better. I believe tomorrow, the headache will have disappeared completely, although I am still taking acetaminophen every 6 -8hrs. Gets you wondering a lot about the mind and brain when you have a non-stop headache for over a week. David has been reading out loud to me from a book called "Deep Survival" and it goes into neuroscience about how the brain reacts w/o using reason or logic, almost like we have 2 brains: one human from eons of development, and one reptilian in its reactions. The book is mostly about why some live through certain horrendous experiences and others perish. During my time stuck inside I also had the chance to read another book about extreme survival. The true story in this book I had already been aware of years ago from watching the movie ALIVE, about the Uruguayan rugby team that crashed in the Andes back in the 1970's. I read this other book, "Miracle in the Andes" and I've been comparing Nando Parrado's hardships with the concepts David reads to me from "Deep Survival." Truly some mind-blowing stuff when you think of how much the human body can endure, or how little and we give up. I thought about my headache, miniscule in the scale of things, but still I wondered how long I could withstand the constant pain. Some people, I read on the web, can have headaches 3 or more months! CRAZY! We've also been reading and watching some videos on the web about neuroscience and having some very intellectual conversations. I hope David and I ALWAYS have time to read aloud to one another and learn something new everyday.
While I was sick, my portable portrait studio equipment arrived and, agonizing w/ anticipation, I had to wait to play with my new toys! Tonight I set up the backdrop, 2 of the umbrella lights and the doggies had a portrait session. The external flash I bought from my Nikon is soooooooo SWEET! I plan to home-make a flash grid and soft box for it to play around with shadows and highlights. David said the pups would never cooperate, but they actually seemed to enjoy the attention. Whenever I'd called Kodi over for a shot, jealous Mr. Dusty would slink onto the scene! I had so much fun playing professional photographer. I still need to tweak some things and get the lighting just so, but w/ practice this will come. The backdrop stand breaks down and has a carrying case, I used an old camp chair bag for the light stands, and the camp shower carrying bag for extras. Not too heavy or cumbersome for traveling with! I can't wait to get started on human subjects. But that will have to wait until I am working at DAH in April.
A New Year at Fat Owl Farm......
..........and we are a lot wiser in the ways of Alaska. Our generators refuse to run as advertised, pipes are freezing, batteries are spewing acid, the house is splitting in half. But no worries, we are doing a lot better than most of the people I know. You should hear the stories they tell. My goodness, what was the nonsense about Murphy's Law? Well I think it is true and Einstein (god rest his soul) should have worked it into his theory of relativity.
Once January is through we will be on easy street. It is supposed to be the coldest month of the year, but the cold is not my main concern. Sunlight is what I want to see! And every day I see more, about ten to fifteen minutes a day. O Sun Thee I Worship. Sustainer of all Life. To you I bow and pray. Please rise tomorrow and bless me with thy holy rays. O Sun forgive me of my transgressions and see me through this life and to the next with all my Karma intact. Okay now I am through my part of the family update and the computer shall now be Kristy's to do with what she please. Sayanora readers!!!!! Till next time........
And now for something completely different! Hee hee (I've been longing to watch some Monty Python, perhaps I'll download something after I finish this blog). Any who! Boy you guys should be super glad I made David re-write his portion above! Ugh! What a snoozer he'd written initially! All about the weather, and cold temperatures, blah, blah, blah...
We should be writing about our New Year's Resolutions since it is still Jan, and the topic of this post is the year ahead of us. Boy, do David and I have some plans for this year: build a woodshed, make garden beds, plant gardens, maybe buy a connex, fix the road up, build a guest cabin, etc... One resolution I'll try to stick with is to keep up with our Wild Wasilewski site for the benefit of all those that actually follow it. I promise to try REAL hard to do this, but I can't promise to ACTUALLY do it since I am the forgetful type. Tee-hee.
About all those problems David mentioned earlier, nothing has been too drastic. Our pipes (pipe?) did freeze prior to leaving for MD, and again the week we got back. So I was forced to crawl under the tub and chink. I was tricked to be honest. David said he'd do it, very convincingly, and then, after the bathroom was cleared and the chink was defrosted, he realized he'd never FIT under the tub! So the task was left to me. MY FAVORITE!
Our batteries are, unfortunately (for both our ease of electricity and our wallets), kaput. We spent all that time building the shed and got a fan to keep it warm in there, but to no avail. They ran at like 10% and we were using the generator daily to charge them (even with the solar panels charging them!) So now we run the generator to power up and surf the web, or listen to music on the stereo. David is playing Billy Bragg & Wilco right now and rocking out! Not really, it is pretty mellow stuff.
Now, about the house... It is no house of Usher, so I fully expect the thing to stand firm, but we're gonna have to help it out a wee bit. The builder came out in Nov, and got us some supports to install this spring/summer. This entails David (and me, but I'm crossing my fingers, not) to shimmy under the house with the supports and jacks and level her out. Yikes! No small feat. Building on permafrost is a real bitch, so we will deal with it. So far all windows are intact, but the doors are slightly askew and I've had to hang wool blankets over them to keep the drafts out.
So, as you can tell, we've got our work cut out for us, but we're prepared! At least physically what with all the firewood collecting we've done this season. And yoga! David has become my first pupil. And apt he is, even if he does get goofy at times during practice. But I've seen much improvement in my little grass-hoppa.
So, David has just told me to "watch your blog, don't make it boring" and since I seem to only be rattling on, I'll end with a quote from one of my favorite people. These words mean so much to me (sniffle, sniffle) and hopefully will reach the hearts of all. But especially David's when he is pestering me during one of our typical weekends:
"When I wake up early in the morning, lift my head, I'm still yawning. When I'm in the middle of a dream... stay in bed. Float upstream! Please don't wake me. No, don't shake me. Leave me where I am, I'm only sleeping."
The Banana Belt?
We've been made aware by some of the locals that the area in which we reside (NW of Glennallen) is what some refer to as the "banana belt" because the temperature up here on the plateau can be several degrees warmer than those in town at a lower elevation. Funny, huh? It's like -10 degrees in town and zero or 5 degrees at our house. OOOOOOOO, ahhhhhhhh.... Oh, sorry, I was enjoying the tropical breeze!
Actually, AK has had something of a heat wave recently. Anchorage had a bad ice storm; we even heard the tapping of freezing rain on our tin roof a few times. The weather is finally returning to some relative norms now because today is cold, hovering around zero, and the last few days we got lots of the fluffy white stuff. MY FAVORITE! The snow is now about knee deep on me. Even the dogs can't stand to be out for more than a couple minutes. Kodi has taken to standing at the bottom of the porch steps and barking at the front door. I mean, I know she barks ALL THE TIME anyway, but I can distinguish her distinct "get my ass inside this instance" woof. Dusty is constantly hanging out at one of the entrances when David and I are outside working on something during the day and each time we go inside to get a tool or what-not, he's trying to dash in.
Today I gathered some more firewood (woo-hoo) and later I am going to chink some areas inside where I can feel the cold air drafting (double woo woo-hoo hoo.) It is almost 4pm and the sun is already going down over the mountains. Not much daylight these days, but we manage to get a decent amount of outside work done.
I got to ride the snow machine for the first time this past weekend! We had to pack the trail down so David will still be able to get the 4Runner up to the house. Driving the snow machine was so much fun, except for my freezing face. Trying to talk afterwards I sounded like I was drunk: "O mah gudnef Dawed, dat wa do muh fu!" I don't go as fast as David, of course! But I still feel like a speed racer on the thing. Yeah, I'm cool, I know it. Hee hee.
Thanksgiving was nice with just the 2 of us. I made dinner on Friday because we went caribou hunting on Thursday. Correction, attempted to go hunting. Because of the hunting zone we live in, we can apply for federal subsistence hunting, but you have to drive out to the designated areas. It turns out, most of the area accessible by foot is NOT good hunting ground; all trees and shrubs. We needed to find a clearing or a high point to spot a herd, or stragglers at this point. We parked in one pull out and hiked a little ways into the woods, realized how improbable it was going to be to see ANYTHING without a snow machine to cover some distance, and returned home empty handed. It stinks that to "subsistence" hunt you need a gas powered vehicle (truck, SUV, car, AND trailer...) for your gas powered snow machine to get to that designated land and to find/retrieve game. Urgh! Needless to say, we were bummed.
Dinner was delicious the next day though! I cooked everything on the wood-stove and then we had brownies for dessert. I was so full I thought I would explode, and then the leftovers lasted several days. We both missed the big family gathering, not quite the same holiday feeling w/o lots of people to eat with, talk to, play games with or share a turkey induced group nap.
I'm getting excited for Christmas, although I can't say the same for the Scrooge I live with. David wants nothing to do with "Consumer Day" as Uncle Sid likes to call it, but I will not let him get me down. I am nearly finished my crafty presents, an Amazon order has already gone out, and I've been singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" for 2 days. Holidays! Here I come! Oh, and wish me luck getting David to sit still for our family photo. Gosh, he can be such a toddler sometimes!
I am so proud of you livin' the wildlife! But be careful, My beautiful Sis! Love you! When are you on line? I am usually on facebook Kari Kehs Pastor every night! Lemme know how to reach ya regularly!
I've survived my 1st 2 weeks!
So I now live exclusively at the cabin between Lake Louise and Glennallen. For 2 whole weeks I have run my own household. Not that that is saying much since it is 16x20, and just me, David & the dogs. BUT! I feel like a queen. I miss my life at Diamond Animal Hospital and my friends there, but I so do not miss the city. Everyday (when I finally drag myself out of bed) the spruce and sky and mountains are spread before me to greet my tired eyes with all their loveliness. Ahhhhhhhh.
Want a summary of my glorious woodlands life? We'll start on a work day for David so you can get an idea: 4:20am the alarm goes off. David gets dressed, washes his face and brushes his teeth while I pack a hearty breakfast for him (granola, OJ, carrot... Hey, maybe that is why he's complaining about his pants being too big, I need to start fattening him up a bit!) if it has snowed, I'll clean the 4 runner, if not, David drives off down the bumpy trail and I watch as his lights fade away into darkness. Then I hop my tiny butt back into bed and sleep for about 3hrs before the alarm goes off again to tell me to get up and tend the fire. Then I hop my tiny butt back into bed! And usually get up for good around 11am. I might get firewood if the stock inside is low, or collect snow to melt inside. Although, it amazes me EVERY TIME how a pot full of snow yields about a 1/2'' of water. Wow. I might nibble on something throughout the day; yesterday I baked chocolate chip, cranberry, pumpkin seed cookies, and tomorrow I will try Irish Soda Bread. I might do some yoga or go online.
The key to overcoming boredom is to stay busy. I am going to start working on Xmas presents soon. Crafty things to help the day move along. OH yes, wouldn't you just love to know what I'll be working on! Well forget it, it is a secret. Lets just say it involves a ton of sewing which should prove to keep this gal active for weeks.
OH MY GOODNESS! A white snowshoe hare just came out of the woods and up to the back steps! So cute, and so close. We've seen MANY hare tracks in the snow recently. Right before the first dumping David & I got 5. I made barBQ rabbit w/ homemade sauce and then tanned the hides. A couple of days ago, Dusty stole a rabbit from an owl (trust me, he'd never be quick enough to catch a healthy hare on his own) and bought it back home. He didn't actually bring it to me, he dropped it right outside of Kodi's reach on her chain. Little tormentor. When I went to get it the dogs attacked me! Nothing vicious, but I still had this eerie feeling that the shark feeding frenzy could start any moment. Don't worry, there are pics to be on the site soon. Anyway, now I have 6 hides to line some moccassin boots I'll be making David in future.
That is it for now, I am off to search craft ideas on the web! Ta Ta, CIAO!
I am an official Glennallenian now, or a Glennalien depending on who you ask. I am official, of course, now that I work and live here. Kristy has yet to earn that honor for she is still living the life of luxury in the big city. And boy it must be nice. Just what I would give for a small sliver of heat, or maybe some warm running water. Instead, Dusty and I wake each morn to a house frozen solid from the night before. We then shake the icicles off and dutifully trudge through our morning chores. Dusty reluctantly goes outside and gives a few barks to let the coyotes know he is still on watch.
After driving 25 miles through a raging snowstorm and dodging a few 1500 lb bull moose I finally arrive at the bus barn. I then do a thorough bus inspection, load up on coffee, and hit the road. And for the rest of my day you can imagine. And yes it has snowed here already (but not in ANC). Twice in fact. Once we got about six inches and this last one was maybe three or four. The temp gauge at the general store read a balmy 7 degrees that morning. My nose felt frostbite the second I walked out the door. Now it is all melting slowly though, so we might get a reprieve for a week or two before winter hits for real.
We should get a real live internet connection at the cabin this week or next. And we are in the process of installing two solar panels and finishing a 5x7 addition. We have the floor and walls made and plan on finishing the walls and adding a roof this weekend if the weather cooperates. We call the addition our battery shed b/c we are putting our battery bank in it so it is vented. Batteries release explosive hydrogen gas when charging and we have to leave a cabin door or window cracked when we charge them now. When the outside temp. dips below zero we would much prefer to have all the windows and doors firmly closed. The battery shed will be vented and sealed from the main cabin so it will solve this problem for us. Plus it will give us some more much needed storage space for tools and the like. We are eager to finish it. When it is done my attention can turn to cutting firewood. We have large piles of it stacked around the property but most of it is tree length. So it needs to be cut and chopped. Fun in the sun. I can't wait. No really, I can't wait, we are going to be freezing if I do.
There is old Zen saying I much adhere to and it goes like this: "Before Enlightenment chop wood carry water, after Enlightenment, chop wood carry water."
Pearls of wisdom, pearls of wisdom, does a tree that falls in the forest when no one is around make a sound? Why yes of course, its just that no one hears it! Duh! What is the sound of one hand clapping? I dunno, what is it clapping against? Alright alright I will stop, sayonara for now. Next time we meet I might just be sitting on my couch by the fire in the comfort of my own home instead of in this noisy library. Just wait until then and my pearls of wisdom will be much wiser, for I will be that much older and that much wiser..............
Back to work, and the real world
To bring everyone up to date, my parents (this is Kristy) just finished a 2 weeks vacation with us here in AK. I think they had a swell time. We showed them a good time, and damn near every part of the state you can drive to! They had great weather, even hit close to 90 degrees in Fairbanks (ugh, too hot!) and very little rain. When there was rain, fortunately we were cooped up in the cabin and got to see a rainbow every time! David is trying to tally the amount of rainbows we see from our home in "Ridgeview Subdivision" and I think he's pretty close to 20 at this time, but that could increase any day. See, David and I both started work the day after my parents left. I am back at DAH for a spell, and we'll be separated for 10 weeks! David is now an official school bus driver in our new home town. He says things are pretty laid back, and he's getting to know Glennallen whilst riding his mountain bike all over the place during his break between routes. I'm in Anchorage until Halloween (oooooooooooooh... scary.J/K) when I head back to the cabin to, as I like to put it, keep the fire lit. I don't mean metaphorically either. Temps in the interior can get mighty cold in October, and someone has to keep the house warm. Good thing it's a small house. Although my parents may disagree after spending so much time in close quarters there! Any way, that's the scoop for now.
Stuck in a motel room for 1 week- Day One
So, neither David or I have written a blog in quite some time. I would say our "oh-so-hectic" life just has a way of getting in the way... but that would be lying, and I don't think my readers would appreciate, or tolerate, fibbing. Truth is, even though internet connection is scarce in our vagabond/gypsy life style, we're really just lazy. Or I am at least, David seems to be buzzing around lately. This week is training for his bus driving job in Glennallen. I am stuck in a Best Western in Wasilla with my two pooches. Although, there is a positive in all this, I get to watch (as mostly the dogs enjoy) that great classic showing on TV Land: Turner and Hooch. Gee, that Hooch, he's such a character... a real Marmaduke.
If you can't tell, I'm pretty bored. I've already had my helping of the continental breakfast. Which is actually a table pile high with bagels, cream cheese, butter, croissants, muffins (cut in half to help reduce calories, how thoughtful), raspberry cheese danish, cottage cheese, peaches, yogurt, orange slices, apples, cereal, oatmeal, OJ, tea, coffee... I know I'm missing something, but please don't blame me, my eyes kept being distracted by the bumperstickers on peoples tooshies reading "I climbed Mt.Breakfast." I of course sampled damn near everything, even though I'll be here all week to try out the plethora. OH! Hard boiled eggs too, a wee bit over cooked though in my opinion. Funny, funny. I should moonlight as a hotel critic. I could travel the country, writing a book about the star ratings on morning refreshments.
One thing I have planned is to do some laundry. OOOOOOh, fun. Uh, and clean out some containers for re-use. Right now the bath tub is full of salsa jars, snapple bottles and old juice containers. Hey, it's nice to have HOT running water for a change!
I guess I'll spend the rest of the day trying to keep Kodi quiet. Perhaps I shouldn't have put on Turner and Hooch after all...
New Update......at Dad's request!
We made it back to Alaska! In one piece to boot, and the car is still running. I hear some of you were betting against me on that, not a wise move. We have been in AK for about two weeks now. Before we made it back to AK we stopped and had a lovely visit (Hi Jennie!) with Kristy's sister who lives in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island in WA. Kristy and I met Trinity Rose for the first time and Kristy had a new sidekick (Morgan) for the few days we were there.
After the visit we breezed through Canada and made it back to our little cabin in the woods. Which was, more or less, just how we left it. Got the AK vehicles running again with a few jumpstarts and now we are back in the swing of things. Which means back in Anc while Kristy works at the animal hospital filling in for her co-workers summer vacations. I am in Anc too, keeping Kristy company and getting my never ending list of errands done. Believe you me it never ends. Every time I cross a few things off the to-do list, three more magically appear in their place.
That just about wraps things up. All we do is around here really is work on the cabin whenever we get the opportunity. The list of improvements we have planned for the house is even longer than my Anc to-do list. Top on the list are driveway improvements, water system, solar panels, refrigerator/freezer, woodshed, and guest cabin. Oh and the garden. Yes of course can't forget the garden. Very important. Oh and the boat. Gotta get the boat running and do some fishing soon. Oh and the rain barrels, yeah gotta set them up. Oh and put up some shelves, and make a desk, and fix the battery/elec setup, and finish putting up the tongue and groove pine. Oh and the kitchen cabinets, and the shower, and the........see where I am going with this?? Ahhhhhhh maybe I will just sit back and relax instead. Yeah thats the ticket. New top priority: stop and smell the roses. Ahhhhhh......I suggest everyone back home do the same. Bon voyage!
A Long Time A'Coming........
........but here we are. Saturday, May 22nd 2010, a day for the history books. The Wasilewski history books at least. In just a few hours Lori and Matt will "tie the knot" as they say.
I've also known them to say: speak now or forever hold your peace. Well, I am not much known for holding my peace, so please indulge me for just a moment.
Kristy and I truly wish you two all the best, now and forevermore.
Ahhhhh, now with the sentimental speeches aside, if you don't like our wedding present, please feel free to regift. We understand, trust me, we understand.
So happy trails, happy trails.......and as for next week.........Mon May 24th, another one for the history books. Departure day it is. AK trip number three, roadtrip NW number two, but who is counting???
Yes indeed, Alaska here we come. Bright and early Monday morn we depart. The car is packed and the boat is packed, and the car is tuned up (sort of at least, please don't ask) and ready to roll. It is now onward and upward, to the land of the midnight sun. We shall drive and drive and drive some more. Until we see our big ugly brown RV (aka das boat) and then we shall rejoice in another journey complete.
Sweet Home Virginia.......
Wadin' through the waste stormy winter,
And there's not a friend to help you through.
Tryin' to stop the waves behind your eyeballs,
Drop your reds, drop your greens and blues.
Thank you for your wine, California,
Thank you for your sweet and bitter fruits.
Yes I got the desert in my toenail
And I hid the speed inside my shoe.
Name the song......Wild Wasilewski Contest of the Month.......winner gets a free bottle of wine next time we see each other.........hint: not one of Kristy's favorite groups........no cheating either.......honor system on that one.......so guess away.......
......and in other news, the Groundhog will see something tomorrow and we will interpret that to mean the Mayans were right all along and the Apocalypse is fast approaching and Jesus is coming.....if you believe in things like that, that is........
............actually.........the real news of the day is: we are staying in Virginia till the end of May. Kristy got her old job back and she has a grueling 3 1/2 day work week. I am now known as the "House Husband" and my duties are as follows: wake up sometime before noon, make fire, look at the laundry, read some, hike some, pet the dogs, make dinner, and other various chores as assigned by Kristy. So yeah there it is, back in the beautiful Blue Ridge, our home away from home.
.....and in other news......My Old Man (and when I say old I mean OLD) has started his very own business. He has his very own website which is located at the bottom of our webpage or it can be reached at :
He has even had a few official clients. So if you or a loved one needs some investment or financial advice don't hesitate to call him. If you call me I will just say buy Gold or Silver and I won't charge you much either. He will probably recommend some low-cost index funds and he won't charge much either, so give him a call.
So.....in closing.....congrats to Dad on the grand opening of the business.....best of luck....hope you make a whole heaping pile o money so I get a large inheritance. Just kidding....... and Lori and Matt, I know you are reading......I hope your feet are warm......no cold feet now........he he he.......and Jill call home more often.....have them damn Mounties got you?????
Been a long time coming...
Sorry to never write on the web page, but visiting on the East Coast takes up a lot of our time and we don't always have an internet connection readily available. We've been having a BLAST out here with family and friends. I feel bad that I NEVER contact my AK friends. David is really good about it, but I'm not. Hey, I warned them! Any way... most of this vacation consists of David and I drinking alcohol EVERY DAY and then forgetting all important things that must be completed prior to returning home. Whoops. We've only sold one thing on Craigslist, the van still needs fixing, I haven't helped my parents clear their shed, and we haven't gotten our stuff out of the cabin in VA yet.
BUT THE 2 AVETT BROTHER CONCERTS WE WENT TO IN KNOXVILLE AND ASHVILLE WERE AWESOME!!!!!!! We had the BEST new years eve EVER b/c we shared it with our favorite band. Ahhh(heavy sigh.)
Don't know exactly when we're going back, but our weeks are dwindling down...
That is all for now!
Blizzard Snow Tubing
Kristy has got a cold.......Boo Hoo.......:-(.......... hopefully the Hot-toddy's will do their magic and make her better........... so get better honey.............................but in other news...............................WE GOT DUMPED ON!!!! According to the local news it was the storm of the decade!!! 15 to 40 inches depending on how you measure. So we made the best of it by sledding, drinking, shoveling, sledding, drinking, eating sweets, and soaking in my parents hot-tub. Of course you did have to wade through a few feet of snow to make it to the hot-tub so most of our acquaintances declined. WIMPS!!! But we had fun anyway.
So Merry Christmas and Merry Consumers Day to you and your kin. Wishing you all the best!!!!! Hope Santa brought you something good.............like some gold......... or silver................or guns...........or ammo........or some sweet gasoline.............mmmmm............if your lucky that is ...........or if not then something from China.....................and if that is the case then I would recommend just returning it to Walmart and saying thanks but no thanks. Screw Sam Walton and screw Walmart!!!!! AMEN to that!!!! Merry X MAS to ALL and to ALL a Good Night!!!
David and I are back east with the ol' gang! We've already spent time at my parent's house and now we are at the Wasilewski house. We had a wonderful thanksgiving dinner here. My mom, dad and mawmaw came over too! It was a blast. Mawmaw beat my sorry butt at ping pong, and was playing wii bowling like a champ. I was so excited to see her, I couldn't stop hugging her. I was so happy to see everyone and be part of the old family traditions again (like the hold hands and pass the kiss tradition.) And I really loved talking to Kari's kids on the phone; they're getting so big...
The 4000 mile road trip was nearly uneventful... the pre-trip consisted of me busting up one of the 2 car top carriers we were planning on bringing. I tore it up on some trees where our path from the house to the car gets tight; I had to find broken pieces and duct tape it all back together. Worked like a charm.
We had issues standing out in the freezing cold trying to figure out how to put the towers and racks on the roof of the car.
In Regina, Alberta we stopped for dinner at a Safeway and couldn't get he key to turn in the ignition. Nothing, stuck, wouldn't budge. We were like" "Oh, s%*t, stuck in Canada after we've gotten THIS FAR!" We called a lock-smith, he told us just to jiggle things A LOT, which David did, and again we were on the road.
THEN... and I guess still going on, the 4Runner is having trouble with the valves. As we're driving, the car loses speed, or feels like the gas "skipping a beat." We'll get that fixed for the long ride back home.
The whole thing took 5 days, and we were so happy to get home and take showers. Now we'll be relaxing, having fun with family members, and getting ready for christmas.
Seeing Emily, Liam and Ronan was hilarious! Ronan dressed up like Batman when we went to the mall, Liam has matured so much in a year's time, telling jokes and teasing Dave, and Emily is so cute talking about boys and texting on her cell phone. Ahhh, what a difference a year makes, still as silly as ever though. What else would you expect from a Kehs!
Today was so much fun! Lori, mom, Jill and I went to a bridal boutique and watched Lori try on wedding gowns (maybe a winner?) and then picked out brides-maid dresses in the hub-bub of Columbia mall during the Black Friday Madness. Nordtroms' floor could be felt vibrating under foot from all the traffic. Lori, the architect, says that is called "give" and you want a building to have some. See, you learn something new everyday. Well, I had a wonderful time with my sisters; David and I are so thrilled to be invited into Lori and Matt's wedding party. Let's hope David doesn't embarrass his little sis too much!!
Let the Good Times Roll..........
Bye bye ALASKA, for now, we are headed EAST, SE to be specific....
........SSE to be even more specific. YIKES!!! Friday the 13th, our last day in town. Come 4 PM we are gone like the wind. Home to Glennallen for a few days of R&R and packing the car and in general preparing for our long road trip. Got HID's on the 4 Runner today so we can have better night vision while bouncing down the road. Gotta see those moose caribou and bison before one makes a meal out of us! Have to assemble the roof rack system when we get home so I can put the cargo boxes on the top. I have got towers and clips and bars and no idea how they go together. If they do at all. I have my doubts. Anyways the car is ready as ever and I think we are too!
Winter is coming on strong and I am ready to head to a warmer climate. Plus I hear someone is cooking a mighty tasty turkey and I am hungry. I think I can smell the home cooking all the way out here. Mmmmm.....yummy.... yummy. And pumpkin cookies too. If there are any left.
Well just about three more hours of work after lunch and I am officially retired. I may work again but I am for now officially retired. That is just for the record. So don't ask me to do any work of any kind. Ain't happening. No lifting, reaching, bending, stooping, paperworking, driving, cleaning, scrubbing, getting up early, answering phones, or anything closely resembling anything of the sort.
So that should do it. If I have forgotten anything, well then, oh well then. Excited to be back in the Old Line State again. I hope I recognize it. See everyone very soon...............
Help! David's gone CRAZY!
Concert Crazy that is! We will be attending a Phish concert at JPJ in C'Ville on 12/5. Sure to be tons of fun! I wonder what other bands we'll be seeing this winter. Oh yeah! David did mention seeing OCMS in Chicago on the drive out. What did I say? Crazy right? We're becoming a couple of "groupies" (tee-hee.) So, I'm sittin' here at Golden Doughnuts drinking coffee and eating sweets I really don't need. I like it here though, quiet and free wi-fi. What more could I ask for in the city?
Well, we're getting psyched to come back east and see everyone. I think our time is going to be pretty well occupied the entire vacation! Between concerts, holidays, going to VA & the cabin, visiting friends playing with Lori and Matt's puppy, Bowser, and making our rounds to see everybody... I wonder if we'll even get to sleep! But it will all be worth it!
So, yoga has been going well, and I am going to miss taking classes and a few of the teachers when we leave, but I plan on ALWAYS keeping up with the practice, I'd love to workout w/ family and friends, you know, help y'all relax-n-all around the holidays. So don't be afraid to join me in the practice!
Any ways, I guess I really should leave here and get ready for work.
3 day weekend this weekend! WOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOO!
We going to TN and NC in Dec...........
..............who's coming with??? 12/30 and 12/31 with the best band planet earth has ever seen. If you don't know the band to which I refer then you are out of the loop. We just purchased tix to see the Avett Brothers in Knoxville TN on the 30th and Asheville NC on the 31st. We really lucked out with the New Years tix b/c they are already sold out. Yeah it goes without saying that we are purty excited to see the best band on the planet. For you old folks out there compare seeing the Beatles in their hey day or Elvis even, except better. In fact I change my earlier Avett Brothers assessment and deem them best band in the entire freaking MILKY WAY!!!
And moving on (sorry if I got a little carried away)..........just five more weeks till we depart the land of the midnight sun, bound for the east coast. Five more commutes to ANC and we are done with the big city. Whew! And none too soon.
So today is our fifth anniversary. Happy anniversary to us!!! All I can say is the last five years of tax benefits have been great! LOL!!! Just kidding honey! The last five years have been the best of my life. So here is your anniversary present darling -----> :-*
And that is why we have lasted five years, Kristy is one cheap date. :-)
And I am one cheap Jew, no really, I am ......if you believe in matrilineality. Look it up.
So on that note......as my bus riding middle schoolers would say.......PEACE OUT!!!!!!!!!!
MY turn, my turn!
Since we returned out AT&T aircard the other day, we no longer have the world wide web at our finger tips, so i must, again, rely on internet thieving to relay my thoughts. The aircord worked great in the city, but as for out humble abode... not so much. we are considering DSL or satellite now. We'll see. Gotta get connected though! I am so anxious to leave! I can't wait for the holidays. I wish I could see all of my family, but some of us are too spread out. As for my friends and family on the east coast: you better come to MD or VA to see us b/c once this cross country trip is over and my fanny is sitting on a couch watching cable TV, drinking a glass of wine and eating ice cream, I ain't goin' NOWHERE! Ahhhhh, the simple pleasures I have been doing without. I can't wait for such a treat.
I'm not serious, guys. I can still enjoy wine and ice cream in my little cabin in the woods, just not the cable TV. Not that I mind, I tell you!
David and I have decided it is going to be so weird going through all the stuff we left behind. We'll be like: "I can't believe we didn't bring this!" or "Oh, I missed such and such soooooo much!" Hopefully we can organize, sell, and distribute all the stuff we can live without. Craigslist is so cool!
Any-hoo, since I am still at work (not working! I am waiting for David to dump the RV and bring home dinner) I guess I should stop writing and see if he is home to the DAH parking lot yet.
A Cold Wind is A'Blowing........
So the snow is slowly creeping down the mountains. BRRRRRR!!!!! Cold, chilly and windy today. And a bit rainy. I almost forgot this was Alaska there for a while. What with all the mild weather we have been having. Well thanks to old man winter I forget no more. We used the heat in the RV last night for the first time and I am happy to report that the heat works just fine.
So if you are wondering about the pictures, they are just some of my favorite candid shots from our roadtrip/vacation this July. For any of you out there thinking about pissing me off, just remember that I have lots of pictures. Piss me off and WHAMMO!!! A real silly picture of you will end up online for all the world to see. And laugh at........
Yeah so just the same old same old round here. We are just counting down the weeks till we head back east to see all you goofballs. Eight weeks is the official count right now. Please keep track at home. So just think in two months we will be having a rip roaring rollicking good time driving each other crazy again. Just kidding.
We might just quit early and go on tour with the Avett Brothers and be home just after Halloween. Who knows. We have been kicking that idea around. So so long for now. I gotta get down this here road and dump our waste contents at good ol' Fred Meyer. Buy us some fried chicken strips and some Jo Jo's and settle in for the evening in our home on wheels and watch a DVD from the library that may no longer exist tomorrow. That is why I say live for today....cause tomorrow may never come....if you rely on federal money....like a library say....or a post office...or the Federal Reserve....just saying....it might happen...you never know.......................
Oh my goodness! In a display of rare affection (j/k) more like rare "sharing," David has left the computer with me this morning to play on until I go to work at 8am. I can FINALLY blog! that is not to say David's hogging the Mac is my ONLY reason for NEVER updating this web page I started now that just wouldn't be true... In fact, I am very lazy and even though I could find the time to put up pictures or write a little something, I tend to occupy myself reading cheap murder mystery novels I borrow from some gals at work. What can I say? I'm a sucker for the pulp fiction.
So, what is new in my life that David hasn't gone over already? We told everyone about Lori & Matt... we've added more of our vacation & house pics... we got electricity...we bought an old Toyota truck to use on the trail to our cabin... maybe David didn't mention that last part yet. He bought some rigged up Toyota for us to us on the mile long trail from the parking lot to our house instead of the 6x6 we bought last year. He is having a welder friend do some more work to it this week. then we'll have a vehicle we can actually get up to the house! Something we were not expecting to have for a few years at least.
I've joined a yoga studio and take several classes Mon-Thurs. Even though my muscles ache like hell, even the tiny ones I forgot were there, I am enjoying every minute of it. Everyone I know should take a class, if not for the strength building aspect, at least for the relaxation. Hopefully I be a some-what experienced enough yogi to practice on my own when we come back east.
Well, it is now Sept., almost a year has passed since we drove out here, and I am really starting to miss my family. That is not to say I didn't miss anyone earlier than that, but I am getting SO excited to see people that the time that has lapsed is sinking in. I can't wait to hug people and see their faces!
Anyway, it is Friday, and David and I head back to the cabin after work (around 4:30pm). We have more work ahead of us but we'll manage. The house work is actually fun because we're doing it for ourselves. I put up my cloth bathroom walls already, my sectional couch is built, with skirts to hide our emergency food stash. I still need to sew covers for all the pillows. I need to sew curtains for all the windows and a drape for the arctic entryway doorway. David and I were planning on building a bed soon and getting one of those memory foam mattresses. I can't wait until all the projects are out of the way and we can relax with a glass of wine and just enjoy the view.
What am I saying?! We've been so lazy on our weekends that that is pretty much what we do! Minus the wine, of course, because we're trying to save money.
I guess I'm done for now. I'm shopping on Amazon next for some manual/hand-crank kitchen gadgetry. TA TA!
Family Party Time!!!!!!!
Ahhhhh look at the newlyweds, oops I mean newly engaged! How cute they are!!! Ahh to be young and in love.
So before I congratulate you two, let me make two apologies first. Okay this is tough for me so here goes. Apology number one: Sorry Lori for making you ride the school bus while I drove to school my senior year. I am truly deeply sorry about that......SIKE!!! I can't be riding around with a freshman! What would happen to my rep? And now apology number two: sorry for the goofy picture of you two on the website, but it was the only picture I could find with both of you in it. Besides I like the picture.
So now that your getting hitched and now that this blog has provided me with this fine platform to express all of my deepest thoughts, I will offer a little pre marital advice. Let's start with the groom. Matt---always remember, once you are married, no matter how wrong your lovely wife may be, there is only one correct answer to all of your problems. And that would be, "Yes honey, you are right." So now that you know the the number one most important marriage secret I would just like to say that now is not the time to go and get any cold feet. We wouldn't want one of the those old fashioned shotgun weddings. And Lori here is your advice: umm.....no advice really, just a question..................are you SURE you want to do this???????????????????
Just kidding!!! Ha ha!!! LOL!!! Now all obligatory joking aside. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kristy and I are most very excited for a romping good time at your wedding. I have already booked a band (you like banjos right?) and arranged for an open bar. I can also do flower arrangements and bake a fine cake if the need arises. And Kristy, of course, offers her services for any necessary picture taking. So now all we need is a date. Any time between Nov 25th '09 and Feb 1st '10 will work just fine for us. Wink wink ;-)
So happy fall greetings to everyone. Yep thats right, it is fall here. The leaves are changing and winter is fast approaching. Everyone enjoy Labor Day and this fine weather while it lasts. Till next time..........
Oh and please leave comments in the comments section and do not call me with your thoughts that are meant to be left in the aforementioned comment section. You know who you are :-)
Cool your Jets Please People!!!
Okay we know we need to put more pictures up. We know this. We just choose to procrastinate instead. So relax. Sometimes a little procrastination can make you feel a whole lot better. Be lazy, do nothing for a while. You will enjoy yourself, I promise. We will get some new pics up sometime before Halloween hopefully. Just browse through the old pics b/c most of the new pics will probably be pretty similar to the old ones.
Anyway David here again taking over the blogging duties. Kristy is too busy with work to do this stuff. Besides I always take the computer with me so she couldn't update this thing if she wanted to. Ha ha. Unless she went to the library or something, I dunno.
Not much new here besides school starting up again which means I am officially back to work. The kids seem pretty cool so far. Some of the high schoolers have even talked to me this first week, which is nice. They are human. Normally it takes them about a month or two to warm up enough to make small talk. The middle schoolers are well.....middle schoolers. I just try to drive real fast to get them all off the bus in a hurry so I can have some peace of mind. Ha ha just kidding. And of course the elementary kids are all cool because they still like (kinda) school. One thing this job has taught me is that everyone should be nice to their bus drivers because bus drivers put up with a lotta crazy shit! Oops, the blogs first expletive!!!! Can I do that? Of course I can, it's my website now!!! Hahaha!!!! Try to censor this blog FCC!!! It ain't happening!!! Anyways I sure wish I could travel back in time and beg my old bus drivers to forgive me for all the stupid stuff I did. So if any of my old bus drivers just happen to be reading this....I'm sorry! :-) It's never too late, I guess.
So that does it, for now. Maybe if you check back in next week you might be pleasantly surprised to see that we still haven't added any pictures. :-P
Okay everyone here is our long overdue update. Since Kristy procrastinates worse than I do, I must pickup the slack and provide some interesting updates. Okay here goes. Family visited a few weeks ago. Mom, Dad, Lori, Jill, Mike and Matt made it up our muddy trail to our little cabin despite a long weary flight and a long drive out to our place. We had poor weather though, overcast and a slight drizzle. No view of the mountains and lake, maybe next time. But we stayed up around the camp fire until two in the morn spinning yarns and drinking cold beers. Of course early to bed, early to rise. Or wait, late to bed and early to rise. Oh man the vacation is just starting and I got no sleep. Thanks to Jill hogging two sleeping pads, I had to sleep on the cold hard cabin floor too. Why did I invite them all again? Just kidding, it was fun packing 8 people in our tiny cabin. Well for one night it was fun, but one night only because we got places to go and people to meet. So like I said, up early in the morning and down the trail to hit the highway. But not before firing off a few rounds from the shotgun of course. Seeing Jill shoot the shotgun for the first time was pretty funny. I need a video camera. Sorry to keep picking on you Jill, but it ain't the first time and it certainly ain't the last. So day two, down to Glennallen, gassed up at the Hub and North to Paxson and west down the Denali highway. Smooth sailing, uh-oh, not so smooth sailing, engine died on the RV. Turn the key, whew, starts right up, smooth sailing again, for about thirty minutes at least. Then the ol' engine quit again. This time for good. But of course I couldn't have found a better spot to breakdown. One mile from Mclaren River Lodge. There aren't really good spots to breakdown but considering there would be no civilization of any kind for the next seventy miles breaking down one mile from this lodge was in a way a stroke of good luck. Anyways everyone enjoyed the lodge, but once we got the RV running again the next afternoon we had to get rolling again. We got an itinerary to stick to. So on the road again, westward bound. Down the 100 plus miles of bumps, dust, dirt, gravel, and washboards that is the Denali highway. Beautiful scenery though. Saw two moose along the way. Finally we reach Denail Natl' Park. The next morning we catch a bus ride into the park and had a fine day again. Beautiful weather. Saw a wolf and cubs far off in the distance which was neat. But seeing "the mountain" and two bear cubs wrestling would have to be the highlights of the bus ride. So in the small touristy town afterwards we went white water rafting. My favorite part of the trip. Watching everyone and I mean everyone gripped with fear before we pushed off was pretty funny. White as ghosts, everyone of them. So the next day we head south to Talkeetna. Walked around town while everyone except me Mom and Kristy went on an airplane ride. And to make a long vacation short, many more miles driven, many more animals spotted, lots more fun had, but sadly it all had to end. Lori and Matt had to leave early, :-(, and miss Homer. And Homer was a cool little spot. Cooper Landing was a pretty cool spot too. Check them out.
So there you have it. Our vacation. Now it is back to life as normal. All work and no play. Well all work in Anc during the week and more work at the house on the weekends. But our house is finally starting to feel like a home. We made a couch last weekend and by all accounts (mine and Kristy's) it is the most awesome couch on the planet. Insulated upstairs but still have to finish putting up the pine boarding. Need to insulate the artic entry way and finish the bathroom. And wire the place. And a million other things. But one day soon we shall finish and the whole thing will forever be complete and never need a bit of repairing or upkeep. Well thats the plan at least. The no maintenance house. Well I guess that is not realistic, so maybe I will just settle for a low maintenance house. Is there such a thing? I guess we will find out. So again, there you have it. My first update, hopefully not my last. How's that for a fatalistic ending?
Back in Los Anchorage :(
I spent the weekend with David in our NEW HOME, but am back in the city until Wed pm to work. I'm going to do a stack of laundry and some errands this week, all the while missing my home and land like crazy. I was able to download the rest of the pictures from building for everyone to enjoy.
Last night, David told me he found some giant bones on a hike up behind our property and a few small lakes. Geez, he gets to have ALL the fun! I can't wait to see the bones. He keeps trying to joke around and say they're dinosaur bones, more likely just a moose.
My garden has a few pea plants sprouting. That is all though; maybe we'll get more, maybe we won't... only time will tell. Oh, and a bold little rabbit was hanging around our yard nosing in the dirt. Hope he doesn't find those peas!
Until next time,
THE HOUSE IS DRIED IN!
That means we are built, but David & I still have to finish up a few things, like the insulation and pine boarding upstairs and in the arctic entry way. Today we went to Spenard Buliders and bought EVEN MORE stuff to use for the house. We got chinking, and sealant, more tools, etc... I haven't been able to put any pics on the site b/c getting a internet connection while living in the RV is tough! I finally got most online and now I need to transfer them here. Hopefully tonight!
David's family are visiting soon and we can't wait! We're going to have so much fun; and we've mised everyone so much. Cross your fingers that the weather stays nice.
Right now I am living in the RV in Tudor Elementary school as part of a program the school's security runs. RVr's can park there, use the water & electric, while being a presense on property to deter vandalism.
David has been running around town doing errands today, but we'll head out to Glennallen tomorrow in the evening when I am done at work.
I'll try my darndest to get photos up soon!
Love to y'all
Building has Begun
Yesterday, the builders came to start our little cabin. David has been living at the site for a week now, and helped out a lot today. I left him in charge of my camera, so he better be taking loads of pictures! I'm so anxious to see how everything is progressing! I'll go out early Friday morning after I get off work. Today I bought some more pieces of wire molding and outlet covers, a big galvanized metal basin, mosquito repellent (they're B.A.D.), more jars for canning and extra leather work gloves. Kodi and Dusty are both with David, probably barking at everything and running around in the woods. I'm lonely at home without my gang around me. Once I get pictures downloaded I'll post them on the site, but it will be a few days.
Love to all,
Move Out Day
Today is our last day at the rental house in Chugiak. We'll be living in the RV for a while. Eventually we'll leave a car at the property, maybe even both and just travel to Anchorage in the RV. I've decreased my hours to 4 days a week so David and I will have 3 days to work on our land. There is still a lot of clearing to do. Yesterday I raked most of what David had chain-sawed. David continued digging one of the post holes. We're only at 19 inches! David is calling the builder this week to see if we can move things along a little faster. We're concerned that just digging one hole to 36 inches isn't going to mean all the other holes have thawed. I think we should have fires in burn barrels placed over the holes. trust me, there is PLENTY of debris to be burned!
We saw about 15 rabbits during our trip yesterday, and met an older couple staking land in the open acres behind our property. When we were leaving, they were setting up camp in the parking lot and invited us to join them for supper. We cooked Bratwurst over a little fire. Very yummy! We expect to see more people in the coming months because of the staking, but hopefully we won't run into too many.
David and I are making yet another trip out to the property today. It is about 3 hrs north east from the house we are renting in Chugiak, AK. First we need to drop off our extremely heavy woodstove and cast iron bath tub at the builder's house in Palmer, AK. We thought building would start on 5/26, but when Dan (the builder) visited the site, we still had a good amount of frost, but he says it isn't permafrost, which is terrific news! We took a layer of moss off of the post hole areas to try and thaw the ground a little faster. We are just keeping our fingers crossed the cabin is built before David's family arrives! So, anyway, David is urging me to hurry up and finish this thing since "we have things to do and this can be done another time." Love to all.
For those of you who may not already know, David and I bought land in Alaska and are building a cabin. We created this website as a way for family and friends to share our experience. Hope you enjoy the pictures, there will be more to come! Add comments, or just your thoughts in general. We miss y'all. Hugs and kisses.
Kristy & David
ANC Hike & 1st 6x10 Trip 2 GA
The beginning of the trail, close to the apartments....
The beginning of the real trail across the street by the lake...
Kristy and Dusty goofing off....
Kristy soaking in the view.....
Donald Duck and his little ducklings...
A bridge. I let Kristy go first to make sure the bridge could hold heavy (he he) loads....
Panaroma of the lake......the trail goes around the lake. There were a lot of people out hiking. A lot with dogs too b/c there are parts of the park that is an off leash dog park. Dusty got to make some friends. Although we noticed Dusty likes to approach people more so than other canines.
A good-looking guy out for some fresh air.
The trailers maiden voyage.
This is my "new" trailer built by my friend Bernie. It is six feet wide by ten feet long. It has two spare tires. The tires on it are 10 ply which are extra tough tires. Gonna build an enclosed box for it in the near future which will be removable for convenience.
This is Kristy helping unload the 4runner into the ATV. Don, our neighbor, lets us borrow the ATV to get up the trail. The trail is still pretty muddy and it is best not to drive full size vehicles up it. The ATV has a lighter "footprint" so that is why we use that. The 4runner would probably get stuck anyways, the tires on it are beyond bald. The trail truck would make it, but we would run deep ruts up and down the trail and make it worse than it is already.
The unloading process is cumbersome. Note Kristy has the hoodie on her jacket up. That is not b/c of rain nor cold. Bugs......yikes....the skeeters (Kristy hates it when I call them skeeters) are fierce and ferocious and out in full force. How is that for alliteration???
See the boat in the background??? Do I ever get to use the boat? Nope, working too much! That is why working is for suckers.
Our new bathroom closet! Yeah!!! We are excited b/c it gives us a lot of much needed storage. The shelves are way deep. Now the cabin is much more organized but we still are gonna need a lot more storage in the future. Gotta build more shelves and a big shed/carport to do the trick.
Candid shot, huh?
Me and Dusty having a staring contest.
We've had plans to redo the kitchen and shower/bath area in the cabin for a while now. We wanted to address the freezing pipes issue and remove the bathtub among other things.
I wasn't real excited about the remodel b/c I envisioned it requiring a lot of work. When I accidentally broke one of the shelves below the kitchen counter I decided it was as good a time as any to begin the remodel.
Just getting started.
Who's idea was the bathtub???
Bathtub is removed. My neighbor Don helped. We slid it onto the porch and then I backed the pickup truck up to the porch and put it onto the pickup. Then I drove the pickup over to the junk pile. The tub fell out of the back of the truck about fifty feet before the junk pile. We dragged it the rest of the way. I also remember the bathtub falling out of the back of the trailer on the 6x6 when I first hauled it up the trail to the house.
Anyone want a free bathtub???
Got some work to do here. But you get the concept. Shower water falls into galvanized tub. Then we can use that water again (recycle it!) to soak dirty dishes or clothes. Then I will pour it down the kitchen sink when we are done. This also eliminates the pipe from the shower which eliminates the possibility of it freezing (which it did) and eliminates the possibility of it backing up and overflowing (which it did) because it is frozen.
Less pipes! Yea!!!
Shower basin installed.
Got the shower pan for free off Craigslist of course.
1st week of May and this is the remaining snow pile. The north side of the house. We use this snow to fill the cooler and keep our food and drinks cold. This is useful snow, I wish it would stay all summer long.
Shower wall installed, we used cedar boards b/c they are supposed to be good to use for this application. Now Kristy needs to caulk in between the logs and waterproof the inside of the shower some more. The shower curtain is temporary.
Kristy has been dying to use some wine boxes in her kitchen. She is very happy with her teapot setup.
Part of the new kitchen remodel. A breakfast bar will go underneath these shelves.
Pics from a bike ride through ANC. I am south of downtown, which you can see in the distance. I am on the Coastal trail, the water you see is Cook inlet.
A closer photo of ANC. I had some people requesting pics of the city. Well this is as good as you are gonna get. Those are the Chugach mountains and the view is towards the north.
Cook inlet which joins the Pacific ocean if you head south. Big tides in Cook inlet, which creates the mudflats on the shore. The mudflats have claimed many lives. Looks fun to walk out on, but don't do it. You will not come back alive. So mucky it creates a vacuum and you will be stuck for good. Even heavy machinery and ropes can't pull people out, that is how serious the vacuum is. Then the tide comes in and you get a one way ticket to the next world.
This is a juxta inspired photo.
A good photo of the mudflats and downtown ANC.
A lake along the bike trail.
When I seen this guy swimming through the water I thought he was a fish (salmon) at first. He is a muskrat though. Not a fish.
One of my new rides. The other is a 4,000 gallon water truck.
Its got 13 gears, plus a granny gear. Think you can drive it??? It takes about four to five shifts just to get to 15 mph, when you are loaded.
The Chugach mountains to the east. And the Dome, the largest in North America. It has soccer fields and a track, and batting cages and all kinds of other stuff inside. It is mainly a sporting venue.
See the trusty 'ol 4runner, with the mismatched driver door? Its a little dirty. Needs a bath.
Hiking close to the property. Going north up a steep hill. We brought along an axe and two hand saws so we could get this bit of chaga on the tree to the right.
See the chaga?
See it now? Hint: its on an aspen tree.
See it now? See the carmel stuff oozing out? Chagas are a mushroom, believe it or not.
I sawed this off. We are going to make a tea out of it. Yum yum. Good for your immune system.
Chagas are found most often on birch trees. They have healing properties b/c they are loaded with anti-oxidants. Supposedly they have the highest concentration of anti-oxidants known to man. They form on a wound on the tree. All the trees near this one had scratch marks from a bear all over them. I am assuming the scratch mark was the wound that allowed this mushroom to form. We will be monitoring this area to see if more come about.
Guess who took these lousy photos?
This is what happens when you let a woman use the camera. And then they complain that your camera doesn't focus right like its your fault!
1st Trip 2 GA since Jan
Good thing the snowmachine fired up. The first half mile of the driveway is plowed (up to Don's driveway, he plows it) but the second half mile of our driveway is only passable on foot or snowmachine. A pickup truck would most definitely get stuck at this point in time. In fact it wouldn't even get 10 feet up the trail before it did get stuck, if it was able to break through the initial wall of snow that is.
Notice the tires in the cargo sled. I had to change the studded tires on the Subaru. I took the studs off and put the summer tires on. Fun work. Only took me 45 mins and the car only fell off the jack once this time. Note to self: don't park machines so close to the house. That snow pile that came off the battery shed/arctic entryway almost buried part of the snowmachine.
The board in the middle is courtesy of Don. Although it is not doing much right now b/c it is not even touching the ground. I guess when he put it up it was. The center of the shed is sagging obviously b/c I made the span too long. I will correct it the right way soon enough.
Record snowfall this year and my shed is still standing. That says something right? Notice the roof is shedding the snow a little bit. Wish it was able to shed it entirely, that would be nice.
Kristy and Dusty. Note Kristy's new dew. She likes it a lot. I like it too, but don't tell her I said that. She says long hair is too much work/maintainance. Daytime temps are pleasant. 50's and even maybe 60's just barely and the sun is out a lot more too. Still light until 9PM and almost to 10PM.
Notice the snow shed off the roof. Pretty cool huh? Made a loud noise when it shed, Kristy and I were inside and it made both of us jump. Sounded like a boulder had fallen on top of the house.
Once the mice/shrews fall in the kitchen sink they are done. They can't get out. This is the third one that has fallen to his doom.
Looks a little wet, don't he? They got into some of our food. Specifically a large bag of choc. chips. They got good taste too, just like us. But that was not nice of them and I don't like to share my choc. chips. This guy got tossed into the woodstove a few seconds after this picture was taken. I hope he enjoyed his last meal.
Dump Truck Pics
Loader on left. Dump truck on right. Loader loads dump bed full of snow. Dump truck drives snow away.........bye bye snow......
Gotta be careful not to back up too far into snow pile/lanes or the snow gets soft and you sink. Then the dozer guys will push you out or another dump truck will pull you out, but it ain't easy to get unstuck. Sometimes snow sticks in bed and you gotta reverse and slam the brakes on and just drive crazy in general to brake the snow loose. It ain't easy being a dump truck driver! :-) Its best when the snow slides out nice and easy the first time.
Snow dump. Dreary looking overcast day.
You know what this is by now! I hope.......
Going down ice road leaving snow dump.
There are a few snow dumps through-out town. But a lot of them are now closed for the season b/c they have run out of places to put the snow.
Front tire blew out while driving down New Seward Highway. Was going 60 mph, very loud noise. BANG!!! Very dangerous to have a blow out (especially a front tire) on icy/snowy roads. WHEW!!! I survived.....
Felt better/safer after I set out these triangles. I was still in the merge lane which is what was scary.
All in a day's work. 1.5 hours later I was rolling again.
See the dozer!!! I want to drive one of these........and go flatten people's cars that I don't like! :-)
Can you believe this guy? He waved to me when he saw me take the pic. It's too freakin' cold to be riding a moto.......
Clear day at the snow dump.
Chugach mountains to the east of ANC. They look bigger in person. The pic does not do justice, as usual. You can see them throughout town........just about wherever you go.....
That's all she wrote folks!!!
How do these birds overwinter in Alaska? They weigh what 10 ounces maybe? How do they stay warm at night?
Alaskan bird trying to stay warm.
A whole roost! They eat food scraps from our grey water pipe. We put out some bird seed but they have yet to find it.
Finally we come through on our promise! This makes us authentic rednecks, right?
I bought this car in hopes of improving my mpg but the idiots that operate the snowplow in my works parking lot destroyed it. Bastards! And then of course they tried to skirt on paying me what they owed me. They said they couldn't see the car b/c it was covered with snow! Really? It was covered in snow? Well how come you managed to avoid hitting everything else in the parking lot that was covered in snow?
Close up of the stumps. Removed front and rear axles and sold to a guy in WA for $350.
What's left of Kodi.
For those of you who don't know, our dear Kodi passed on Halloween. We made a big fire in our brand new firepit, it was the first fire we ever had there and put Kodi on it to cremate her. Kristy sent her ashes to a lady in WI who made this jewelry.
A fuzzy pic of a moose below our property. Kristy spotted this one from our window while she was talking on the phone to her Mom. If my $500 camera would focus it would be a better pic.
A little more in focus, but not a closeup. Moose was watching me the whole time and eventually ran off as I tried to sneak in for a closer pic.
By the light of the oil lamp we live our long lonely nights.
Our new shelf! Whaddya think?
The upper portion of the shelf (the plywood with lines:OSB) will eventually be home to a TV monitor/flatscreen of some sort once we buy it.
Notice speakers hanging from logs.
Alternate view of shelf. Next project is to build a desk which will sit to the left of this shelf and cover Dusty's kennel (portion of which you can see in the lower left hand corner).
Kristy working hard.
Woodstove stand remnants.
Walked 420lb woodstove down off stand! Don't try this at home.
Work in progress.
Work complete. More work to do.
Roof has four different colors. Cheap construction work don't care 'bout color schemes.
You know what this is.
First snow of season.
Notice new stand with new wood storage and woodstove is bolted to metal stand and metal stand is bolted to floor so earthquakes are no longer an issue.
Magpies are related to crows. They are scavengers and they regularly appear in our yard every few days looking for scraps.
Our "puppypen" courtesy of Bonnie for $10. Redneck paradise. Don't worry Lori, you cannot see it from the house. Funny comments ensue......
The trail.........little snow......more to come...........gotta keep up making tracks to keep a nice driveway.
Lotsa firewood, but not enough. Never enough.
Wood Shed Almost Done
Got a few boards in place.
We used the pickup as a ladder, of sorts.
Roof coming along.
Getting somewhere now.
Almost ready for the metal.
Had to go looking for some extra roofing. We found some in the junk pile but haven't put it up yet.
Cabin and shed.
That is one wheelbarrow of gravel. Needs a few more though.
This one needs gravel.
Thats all she wrote folks.
New Shed Batt Shed Improv
Kristy hard at work.
Note new OSB siding on battery shed. Put Tyvek house wrap on first then the OSB. Then Kristy permachinked. Hopefully this makes the battery shed a little warmer.
New OSB siding. Need to paint it or weatherproof it and paint the door.
Note two new house supports on left side. Also note the dirt/tundra moss Kristy raked out from underneath the house.
This is the only support we got up on the right/east side of the house so far. We also dug out our gray water pipe some more and put some blueboard up to insulate it a little.
Behind these two are two more under the center beam.
Our new wood shed under construction.
We ran out of materials. Got to get some longer 2x6's in town. We got the roofing already just not enough long pieces of lumber to complete.
These 4 inch nails are hard to drive in straight. Kristy and I were wondering if we got a bad batch of them or something. Damn they are stubborn. And then try getting 'em out once they are in half way and too crooked to go further. We just switched to three inch nails after this fiasco. I ain't no John Henry 'suppose.
Bluegrass Fest.& Tazlina River Camping
Another frog up north.
Bonfire after all day bluegrass fest.
Another Bonfire pic. In Kenny Lake. 3-Day Festival but we just went one day, the main day which was Sat. BYOB, lots of fun.
People's house who threw festival on their own property. Imagine that. Inviting a bunch of strangers over to your place. And rowdy string pickers at that. Yikes!
Drunk string pickers!
Playing with fire. Uh - oh call the fire marshall!
The Tazlina River. Ahhhhhh........
Our campsite on the Taz.......and dinner is cooking..... yum yum..........we are hungry after our tough hike.
Rapids.....and the water is very murky.... grayish color straight through, thanks to the glacial silt. Very cold also because it is all glacier run-off water. Salmon in their though, just can't see 'em.
The Tazlina flowing east towards the Copper and then south to the sea via Prince William Sound.
Kristy sewing my pants which ripped bigtime on the hike.
Our campfire after dinner. Note drying dishes David cleaned in river with a spruce branch.
Note antlers and more importantly very nice piece of driftwood which we hauled back home.
Kristy at the campfire.
Caribou antlers I found on the hike to the river. The river is 8 miles south of the cabin through very uneven rough unforgiving terrain.
This is a pic facing southwest. To the west is Tazlina Lake, which is a glacier fed lake. It is the BIG lake we can see from the house very clearly.
A Greyjay eating on our moose bone.
Mid Summer 2011
A frog up north!
Frog in its natural habitat.
Ready to jump!
Don't go hiding under my house!
Kristy doing the dirty work.
My new favorite sitting spot.
Rocking and rolling!
Ahhhhhhhh E=MC2 I knew it long ago.
Wringing the clothes.
Tough work I'd say.
How else do you clean clothes?
We hauled these two doghouses 4000+ miles for our doggies, they'd better like them. At least Kodi can get out of the weather now.
Did a little chainsaw work to clear this area.
Got two leftover 4x4's for the front posts. Cut down two trees and peeled off the bark for the back two posts.
Clothes drying. Pray for more sun!
Big load of laundry, Kristy worked hard for a few hours to make clean clothes. I helped out wringing them.
Kristy doing her favorite thing: killing carpenter ants!!! She hates them!
There are ants everywhere. Wish we had some Terro! Ants are moving in!!
We hate ants!
Just another pic.
May 2011 Break Up
Muddy yard, careful walking, you might just sink!
Tow hitch on the front of the vehicle, a little unusual. Getting ready to sell H20 tank on trip to ANC.
Kodi hair and two more wood piles.
New wood shed to be located to the left in the semi-cleared area.
Will store other materials behind the shed.
Kristy cleaning out freezer.
Yucky meat I will dispose of on morning trip to bus yard. Going to feed the ravens.
Recently chopped woodpile.
Kodi guarding the house.
Monster wood pile, also recently chopped thanks to Don's Honda woodsplitter.
You know this view.
Monster wood pile almost bigger than house.
More shots of firewood, anyone notice a theme here?
You guessed it, firewood!!!!!!
What's for dinner???
Trip to Anc Spring Break Mar. '11
Our infamous chest freezer!
Trailer is overloaded! uh-Oh!!!
Grey water pipe.
Colors are Kristy's dyes!
Need more firewood!
Puppies playing around.
The freezer's final resting spot.
Northern Lights Mar 2011
Little blurry but not bad, need a tripod to keep a steady shot!
Why is this his favorite spot??? Pretty warm directly in front of the woodstove.
Ol' Dusty Again
Trying to warm up after being outside probably.
Kristy chit chatting! Be careful people, your always on speakerphone around here!!!
Our inside wood supply. Lasts two days maybe. Two and a half three max. Depends on outside air temp. and whether or not we keep the fire burning all night or not.
Kristy destroyed these eggs, cooked 'em too much! Yuk!
Hauling wood from junk pile wood pile. Over there we keep tree length fire wood and cut it up to woodstove size. Then use the sled to haul it over.
If is fun to see how much wood you can pile up in the sled and slide over without dropping any out. A few always fall out, oopppss!
The law of diminishing wood pile returns. Here is some economics you don't know old man! The colder it is outside or the longer into winter we are, the closer the wood pile moves to the door. Few steps out the back door you got this pile of freshly chopped wood.
Trail truck stuck! Oopss!! Had a snowstorm that dropped 8 to 10 inches! Driving the truck to break the trail so it is passable, but obviously the trail is not very passable.
Got it stuck last night and left it. So gotta get it out this morn.
Couldn't make it all the way up the hill cause I was going too slow. Had it in first, shoulda been in 2nd.
Had to back down the hill to try again with more speed and got pulled into the quicksand snow.
This baby is stuck good, snow up to the axles and it ain't moving. Tried the winch but can't get it to work, think it is frozen.
20 mins of shoveling and we were out. Whew!
Driveway heading south. Can you see the trail or the tire tracks? Just barely huh? They are there, but they are often times hard to see.
The trail is hard packed. Two tire tracks and you better stay on the tracks. Hard though. Sometimes the tracks are hard to see cause all the whites of the snow blend together. If you get off the tracks/trail the snow is deep and soft (not packed) and it will bog you down just like quicksand.
Kristy in a drift!!! Or maybe just joking around. Some drifts are waist high!
Picture taken from south edge of our property. The view is mostly to the north, maybe NW a little. Taken on a short hike around the property because temps were about -15 to -20 we made it a short hike.
Our driveway. A little bumpy but not for long.
Later in the night the temp. dropped to -42. New record cold for us. A co-worker told me that at his place in Kenny Lake it was minus 58 that night. Thank goodness we live in the Banana Belt.
4 hours of hard work in a snowstorm and zero degree temps.
Took another hour (on top of the four out in the woods) to chainsaw everything up to length to fit in the woodstove. Hopefully it will last a month or more. We'll see........
Under the couch
Kodi thinks she heard something
Kodi picked up on a barely audible noise and was determined to find the culprit.
She's certain she heard SOMETHING
Determined to wait it out
A better look
I help convince her there are no monsters under the couch
She continues to search for the elusive creature, perhaps the rumors of the Couch Octopus are true!
Kodi literally stayed in the corner for hours, even Dusty started to believe she was onto something after a while and HE too took a gander. Heck, even I had to take a peek; but the octopus got away...
Seeing is believing people. That's not snow, its sand! HAHAHAHAHAHA.
Spice rack & solar power!
Batt. Shed Complete!
Solar Panel Trench Sanford Drum
Battery Shed and 1st Snow '10
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