October 30, 2009

Warmth of Winter

Remember when Josh built this platform last spring?
Well it was time to finally use it!
We detached the woodstove the other day
And Josh cleaned the chimney from the top while I caught the debris from the bottom.
With all the snow that has fallen the past few days we cleaned the chimney out right on time. Winter is here to stay but we don't mind being inside our warm home!

October 29, 2009

I'm A Little Shocked

I am in a little state of denial today.
The good guy in the book we're listening too is now a bad guy.
How could he do this to me?
Looking forward to the drive home and
finding out what happens next.

Hot Mud

After we had all of the drywall in place Josh started the hot mud
This is different than the regular mudding and taping. It is the first step to just fill the big cracks.
Zeke meanwhile has kept a very careful eye on us. He likes to sit in the corner of the room and watch both of us as we work. Such a great little supervisor.
Coming up next, mudding and taping.

October 28, 2009


After finishing the ceiling comes the walls
Very complex walls with lots of measuring
But it is so good to finally see the black strips of the foam block concrete walls disappear.
But this laundry room really does have a lot of the guts of the house between HRV, electrical and plumbing.
It seems that no piece of drywall could just be put up but multiple holes were cut out of each to fit around things in the wall.
But even this didn't slow us down. The drywall kept going up.
And up
Until at last our final piece was put into place.
With extra tall walls we had to add an extra strip around the middle to make sure all of the walls were covered. Oh but how different the room now looks. And things keep moving right along.

October 27, 2009


On days like today and weeks like the past two when days are laced with pain more often than not I wonder what is the point to a long life if this is what it is set out to be?

Sealing The Lid

Things are busy here at the Klynstra house hold. We are moving right along with the drywalling of the laundry room. The other day I gave you this post that showed how we started working on the ceiling, aka "lid".
Sometimes in order to do the ceiling the walls have to be cleared. EVERYTHING must be moved out to drywall.
But honestly I don't mind saying good-bye to the guts of the house before it was all covered up.
And after a lot of lifting and hard work the ceiling was finished.
Now we are on to the walls...

October 26, 2009

Quote of the Day

"It isn't the great big pleasures that count the most;
it's making a great deal out of the little ones."
~Jean Webster

Finding Time for That Project

You know how you have "That" project always on your to do list and it never seems to be done? Well, this summer my sister asked me to maker her a specific project. It soon became my "that" project.
Because at that time I picked out all of the supplies and then they just sat, patiently in my beautiful green sewing room, waiting for me.
Finally this week I found the time and everything just clicked.
I just stayed in my sewing room until it was all done.
Add to that some much needed mending for my "tough on clothes" husband.
And I call that a great day with a lot accomplished. Hillary's project is now in the mail and on its way to New Jersey. Hope it is what she had in mind!

October 23, 2009

That Time Again

With all the paint, carpet and "finish" work upstairs you would think that we were finally done with drywall, but of course we are not. It is time to drywall the basement laundry room
First step was to empty the room and then Josh brought in saw horses and benches to make walk ways around the room.
Then came some insulation, trying to provide more of a sound barrier for the guest room above.
And finally the first pieces of drywall were put into place.
Now, you all know, Zeke loves eating drywall. You must just imagine his joy when our clothes become covered in the fine dust. He loves to lick our pants.
And then he found he doesn't even have to really eat the walls anymore
He can just lick the floor.

Oh Boy, We need to keep the door shut. But at least the drywall process is started. We are now in for the long haul. Stay tuned for updates.

October 22, 2009

Quote of the Day

If we learn how to give of ourselves,
to forgive others,
and to live with thanksgiving,
we need not seek happiness.
It will seek us.

From Uncooked To Cooked

Recently I have been so thankful for our large freezer and the meat we have from the hunt. But then I realized I really need to be using that meat more. Yet with getting home so late each night from work faster meals are often called for than preparing an entire meal from frozen meat. So on Monday when I was home I decided to take my uncooked meat and turn it into those much needed faster meals. I defrosted 6 pound of ground moose meat and gathered all my ingredients.
I needed bread crumbs, which I didn't have, so I oven dried some of the summer's leftover hot dog buns that were in the freezer.
And at the end of the day I had 2 gallon freezer bags full of meat balls
And 18 mini-meat loafs
It is all wrapped up and back in our freezer ready for when they are needed. What a great feeling.

October 21, 2009

Piles and Boxes

This past weekend I worked on sorting. The current plan is to drywall the laundry room, so the room that held everything from the snowmachine trailer, remember this post, now must be emptied. But this time instead of just moving, I sorted. And out of all this sorting I made piles:
Piles to be moved upstairs
Piles to go to give to friends and to donate to value village
This process went on so long that there were TWO trips to value village
Piles of things to put in boxes and mail to people who will enjoy them.
All these piles to move this
to join this
The arctic entry was cleaned out and kitchen related things were brought upstairs (like my wedding dishes, someday we will use them)
And oh yes, I am my mother's daughter. As I was sorting one box from my dorm room at UAF, 6 years ago, I came across a pack of lifesavers and just had to try a few.
Oh yeah, they ended up in the trash on their way to the transfer site, but I couldn't resist a try. Oh lots of piles but what a great feeling of all the sorting and organizing can bring!

October 20, 2009


4 days off
A ton to do at work now that I am back
Lots of stuff to remember in the morning
A camera forgotten at home
All makes for a great blog post
sorry folks

October 18, 2009

A Change of Schedule

For the past two years I have worked for the State of Alaska, five days a week. That is what worked for the State and for the Klynstras.
Now with Josh working longer days I have gotten permission to switch to alternate work weeks. This is a great little system that a few people in each office can get where you work a hour longer every day of the week and then the second week of this schedule you get out early on Thursday and then don't work on Friday. I started working longer days on October 5th. And it worked great for me and Josh. Not only am I not waiting for him as long but this past Friday I had off. Whoo Hoo.
Add to that that tomorrow, October 19th is Alaska Day and well, I have a four day weekend.
So sorry you won't get good pictures of what is going on but I guess when the blog is slow I am busy at home working on stuff to show you on the blog!
To give you a hint it involves a lot of boxes, trips to the transfer sites (garbage dropping sites), and lots of donations to Value Village.

October 15, 2009


This morning I enjoyed Corn Flakes for breakfast.
I shared and Zeke was thrilled.
Love how the little things make me laugh and then stay with me as I go about my day.

October 14, 2009

The End of the Greenhouse

The life of our tomato plants is just about over these day. The leaves are dying and there are almost no more green tomatoes left to turn red. It was time to end the Klynstra Greenhouse. To move the plants out of our living room I started by cutting really big branches off.
Then I used Josh's great idea and used scissors to cut the base of the plants stems. From there I was able to carry the top cages outside separate from the bucket, much easier!! Of course I stopped along the way to gather any more traces of red.
Now the buckets and cages are outside by the shed, if I get home before dark one of these days I will pull the dead plants out and store the buckets and dirt for next spring for when it will be planting time again.
As much as I will miss the fresh vegetables growing right next to my kitchen it is super nice to have my living room back!

October 13, 2009

A Knock on the Window

You won't believe what I saw in the parking lot of the library last night, mother's little bumblebee car, easily identified by the yellow duck tape on the front bumper. I called mother all excited to tell her and she told me that she had left her sunglasses in a "secret" compartment, aka hard to see compartment, and wondered if I could get them back. Well I wasn't sure about it but saw that there was a lady in the front seat talking on her phone so I gathered all my courage and knocked on the car window.
Well the lady thought I was a little crazy until I had her open the "secret" compartment and there sat mother's sunglasses. The lady then just laughed. I found out that she too is a travel nurse who just arrived. I told her a little about mother and then wished her a good time in Fairbanks and may safe miles in the little bumblebee car. I walked away from the car with a huge smile on my face, what a fun summer we had with that car and each other!

The Last of the Fresh

This weekend I picked the last of our fresh tomatoes. With this last batch I decided homemade tomato soup sounded good. With dairy in all of the tomato soups at the store I haven't had a good bowl of tomato soup in over a year. Having no idea what went into making it from scratch I scrounged for a recipe and found one for tomato basil soup from my trusty kitchen friend Betty Crocker.
I used my hand blender to mix all of the ingredients together at the end and served it with crackers for Josh and corn chips for me. It was great.
I am so thankful for my fresh tomatoes but the Klynstra greenhouse is about to come to an end.

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