August 31, 2009

Sewing

One of the big goals mother and I had this summer was to sew curtains for different rooms of the house. Well I am happy to report that even though it has taken months, this on going project is going well.
Check back soon for a little taste of the parade of curtains.

August 28, 2009

To Do List

I don't know if anyone reads the To Do list that I have going on the side bar, but if you have you might notice that a things are deleted (and new things are added) on a regular basis. One such thing deleted this week was: Fill the heaters with glycol.
Josh poured glycol into the system in the boiler room and I ran from heater to heater throughout the house making sure there were no leaks.
Josh had done an amazing job with all the installation and the entire system held great!! Now we just need to get the boiler serviced and we can have heat in all of the rooms for winter and HOT Water!

August 27, 2009

The Start of An Adventure

Today mother and I are starting our big adventure. We are heading to Anchorage, Soldotna, Homer and Seward with lots to see in between.
Oh Homer, the place I love. I can't wait to show mother all of your beauty!

August 26, 2009

Fall Has Arrived

The days are cool, the rain is steady, the leaves are changing and the tomatoes are still green. So this weekend Josh and rearranged the living room/kitchen (again).
In order to make some room inside for our ever growing tomato plants.
7 tomato plants and 4 pepper plants in buckets. Feels like a jungle in my living room.
I think the greenhouse should be top of the list for next summer...

August 25, 2009

The End of An Era

Building our home has brought about many changes and adaptions over the past two years. One of which was that when we decided to take on this adventure we sorted out our apartment and packed everything we wanted to keep into my father-in-law's snowmachine trailer (SMT) that he moved onto our property in June of 2007. And there it has sat.
I would trudge to the smt in all kinds of weather to look for this or for that. My friends became very accustom to hearing, oh we have that, it is just in the smt.
But this summer friends helped us pull everything out of the smt and move it up to the house and into the laundry room where we had been sleeping. Do you remember this post? Well as of last Friday the smt only contained a few things that needed to be returned to Soldotna because...
Josh's dad drove into town to pick up the smt and take it home.
I am so very thankful that we had it for the past two years, we didn't have to pay for a storage unit and that we had our belongings on our property. Yet I am also super thankful that we have reached a point in this building process where the smt is now gone!
Granted it is coming back next week full of 4-wheelers and hunting supplies for the big hunt of the season but it will only be passing through. The house is becoming more and more of a home. Someday all of those things stored two years ago in the smt will actually be out of boxes but for now, I will be thankful it is all under our roof!!

August 24, 2009

A Date Day

This summer has been one busy day after another. Luckily Josh and I had the chance to go on a date on Saturday.
Our friends had given us two free tickets on the Alaskan Railroad
So we traveled from Fairbanks to Denali
And loved seeing all of the beauty along the way!
All while riding comfortably as we let someone else drive us
And I didn't even have to worry about driving on the horrid bridge that I hate, instead I viewed it from the underside as I rode along the rails.
We had 3 hours in Denali before we headed back to Fairbanks so we took in the dog demonstration
Since Denali uses dog teams in the winter to monitor the park they have 31 of their own dogs.
And we got the chance to give them a little love
What a wonderful day we had to relax, enjoy each other and to not worry about anything. What fun Date Days can be!

August 21, 2009

A Monumental Day

According to Wikipedia: Rabbits are herbivores who feed by grazing on grass, forbs, and leafy weeds.

The situation here is that the people at Wikipedia have never met my rabbit. Zeke is a special type of rabbit and he loves the following:
1. Carrots (not bad this is a vegetable)
2. Popcorn, lightly salted
3. Cheerios
4. Corn flakes
5. Corn Pops
6. Shredded Wheat (notice the cereal trend)
7. Oatmeal cookies
8. Chocolate cake
9. Brownies
10. Apples
11. Bananas and their peals
12. Drywall
13. Insulation (working on stopping this one!)
I have worked hard on giving Zeke bell peppers, lettuce, peas, green beans, corn husks, flowers, grass, leaves, onions, and tomatoes. To date he will have none of it. He has a mind of his own and he will come sniff the pile of fireweed I had just picked and will turn up his nose and hop away. I have reached a point where I try to be thankful that he at least loves carrots and I will work with that, until the other day.
My friend Laura gave me a cabbage and some lettuce from her garden this week. I came home and set the bag on the floor since Zeke has NEVER eaten anything green in our presence. Well I was in complete shock when I saw this:

He actually pulled a leaf out and ate it in front of me. I am over joyed. Each night with his piece of carrot Zeke is now also getting a few pieces of Laura's lettuce. I don't know what brought on this amazing change but the thought of Zeke finally getting excited about eating something green makes me very happy!

August 19, 2009

Not A Very Exciting New Report

People who have the debilitating headaches just once a month are one and a half times more likely to go on to suffer a heart attack.

Those who have a migraine once a week are three times more likely to have a stroke than those who don’t suffer, the Harvard Medical School study found.

Oh Denali, How You Are Loved!

Your Vastness
Your Visitors
Your Many Bears
Your Colors
Your Caribou
Your Flowers
Did I mention All the Bears?
And How You Make Us Feel One With Nature

Thank you dear Lord for this amazing place!

August 18, 2009

In Search of Gold

With Hillary, mother and dad all here in Fairbanks last Friday we took a family day and headed out to do something a little different.
We headed to El Dorado Gold Mine just a few miles from our house for a tour.
We saw equipment used and learned how gold extraction was completed.
We were given a demonstration of just how to pan
And worked really hard to make sure we understood
Because then we headed to gold pan ourselves.
With dirt and pan in hand
We worked with the water to see what we could find
Josh was really good at helping me get the tactics down just right.
Hillary worked hard to master the dip and wash technique
And at last gold was found.
We combined our findings and had them weighed
It was a great time of laughter, learning, family and discovery!
Just another wonderful day in Alaska.

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