August 31, 2010

Garden Update

The garden is still going strong and Josh and I feel so blessed that it is almost September and we haven't yet had our first frost.
This was the view of part of the garden the other night before I went through and started pulling up the broccoli plants that are done producing.
But as certain things finish out their season, such as zucchini and broccoli, other things are picking up, like the cucumbers and tomatoes.  We feel so blessed by the cucumber plants that are now taking off.  Those little seed starts back in March are really paying their dues now!
Oh how we love garden season.  I know one little bunny that will miss all of the garden time once the season has ended but thankful it isn't today.  We are at the point where we cover a lot of the garden each night since it has been getting down to the high 30's at night but no frost yet.  I am thankful because I still have a living room.  Soon the tomato plants will need to be moved inside once again.

August 30, 2010

House Trim

Now that the siding is all done the outside of the house is done, right?
Wrong, there are still many little things to do.  Before Josh took the scaffolding down around the arctic entry way he went through with wood filler and filled in all of the holes in the window and corner trim where the nails were used to put the trim up.
After the filler dried, he sanded it down and put one last coat of paint to cover it up.  This has been done around the front portion of the house since the ladders and scaffolding were all up and made the access that much easier.  The other portion of the house will have to wait until next spring since the scaffolding is now down for the winter.  It is time to move inside for the "inside" type of projects that are on our to do list.

August 27, 2010

Friday Favorites

1.  Josh and I went and ordered our main room flooring this week.  Only now need to wait the 3 to 5 weeks for it to arrive.
2.  It has been fun to have Grandma in town.
3.  Josh and I both enjoyed great pasta salad at a church picnic Wednesday night!
4.  I am super thankful it is Friday and I can't wait for the weekend to arrive!!

*On Friday's I'll list things that stood out to me during the week. Things I can look back on and see as high points through out the year. I would also love to hear what stood out as favorites to you in your week.*

August 26, 2010

Feeling Good In Seward

One last little post on our weekend fun
After being on the train for 4 hours from Anchorage to Seward it was fun to walk around the little sea side town of Seward, Alaska in Resurrection Bay.
While we were there we saw tons of marine life in person and at the Seward sea life museum.  Otters, seals, steller sea lions and these cute little guys, Puffins.
Over all it was a wonderful time had by all!
Coming up next on the blog will be all the work that Josh did at home in Fairbanks while we were down south.  Stay tuned.

August 25, 2010

A Train Ride

Our weekend adventure this past weekend was all set in motion in order for us to take the Alaska Railroad.
We departed from Anchorage at 6:45 am and set off south for Seward, Alaska
Along the way we went through 5 tunnels
Traveled along Turnigan Arm
Climbed over a 1,000 feet to pass by glaciers
And Mountain lakes
And after a great afternoon in Seward we headed back north to Anchorage.  It was super fun not to have to do the driving, to be in great company, see amazing sites and be all in awe of the world around us!

August 24, 2010

A Weekend In Alaska

This past weekend I took Mother and Grandma on an Alaskan Adventure.
We were lucky enough to see Mt. McKinley on the way south to Anchorage and on the drive back north to Fairbanks.  That and the start of the fall colors just starting to make their appearance in the two days we were gone.  What a wonderful place to be!

August 23, 2010

Blogger Problems

Blogger has been giving me problems lately with logging in.  Thus the few missed Monday posts.  I am working through the issue but until it is resolved know that all is still going well here and I will be posting as much as possible when I can.

August 20, 2010

Friday Favorites

1.  Did you notice the Baby Klynstra clock on the side bar?  We officially have less than 100 days left until we get to meet Baby Abigail, hopefully.
2.  My grandma came up from Florida to visit Mother, Josh and myself for a few weeks.
3.  I am going on an adventure with Mother and Grandma today.
4.  This is my short week at work!
5.  I have had time to knit this week and can't wait to show you the results.

August 19, 2010

Look At It Now

Here it is, what we have been working on so much this summer...
This is the picture I showed you just a little bit ago of what still needed to be done.
And here is the house now.  The morning sun changes some of the color but it looks amazing.  You might also notice that most of the construction mess under the arctic entry is also cleaned up.  All that is left is fascia and rain gutters but those can wait for next summer for sure!

August 18, 2010

A Little Bit of Color

When we built our house we knew that we would love to have Josh's mom design some sort of stain glass for us to enjoy.  We didn't want it in a window since we wanted to be sure if we ever moved the glass could come with us.  Thus, Josh came up with the idea of these archways.  After the drywall was done last year we traced the size and let Josh's mom take it from there.
The final results are amazing.  Josh was able to put both up this past weekend and the change the entire appearance of the house.  This one is on the main floor and has lot of blue (guest room), browns (bathroom) and yellows (for the living room) in it.
This one is on our third floor and has a lot of greens (sewing room/nursery), orange (our room), and yellow (sitting area) in it.  We love the uniqueness of the design and the beautiful arrays of color.  Thanks mom so much for gifting us and our home with such beautiful art and color.

August 17, 2010

The Last On The Roof

The other night Josh worked on the last bit of soffit for between the roof lines
Like I have mentioned before, this is quite the task since most of the roof area is at a 45 degree angle
But oh, too have the soffit in place makes it look so nice.
When he was done he untied the ladders and let them fall.  The area between the roof lines was officially done!

August 13, 2010

Friday Favorites

1.  Josh and I received a baby shower in a box for Abigail from Josh's Aunt Jean and Uncle Bill and had a ton of fun opening our daughter's presents.
2.  Josh stopped by to have a lunch date with me.
3.  We were driving home from work Monday and saw Mother taking pictures of flowers at buildings around town.  We stopped, said hi and it resulted in a fun evening out.
4.  Mother and I went to the fair on Sunday and saw all of the 4-H animals and crafts.
5.  The siding is almost, almost, almost done.  It looks great.

*On Friday's I'll list things that stood out to me during the week. Things I can look back on and see as high points through out the year. I would also love to hear what stood out as favorites to you in your week.*

Summer Fire

Summer around the interior of Alaska is a big time for forest fires.
This year we have had a very cool and wet summer so the fires have not been too bad but there is a fire about 6 miles south of town, across the Tanana River, that was started on June 10th.  Whenever we have more than two warm days without rain the fire flares up again and fills the southern horizon with smoke.  But then the rains will come back and it will die down to a low roar, until the next sunny day...

August 12, 2010

Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side

As I have mentioned before, Zeke loves the garden.  It is a huge play pen for him to run around in safely.
And as much as Zeke loves the garden, our neighborhood dog, Juneau, hates it.
It just doesn't seem fair to Juneau that Zeke is so close when she wants to play.
But she is an old dog and even through she follows Zeke around the perimeter she isn't a threat to our little rabbit at all.  Especially since Josh and I are always near.
Instead they have a fun friendship.  Whenever Juneau cries at the fence Zeke will come over and they will "chat" through the wire.  Always a conversation that makes Josh and I laugh a ton.

~These pictures are all thanks to my mother who had fun watching this animal exchange while I was weeding the garden the other day.

August 11, 2010

The Roof Line

The area between the two roof lines on our house has been a very large, labor intensive, part of siding the house.
In order for Josh to side this area he roped ladders on either side of the roof in order to have something to walk on.  He also had to put a rope around his waist on the west side of the roof to reach the pieces I sent up in the bucket and the lower portion of the siding.
But piece by carefully placed piece the siding was put together and we are super excited to say that the green portion of the siding is completely done!!  We have run out of the non-vented soffit so that is on the shopping list.  Once that has been purchased the final soffit can be fit into place.

August 10, 2010

Signs of Fall

Even though it is early August there are certain signs of fall around Fairbanks.  Things such as the fair is in town this week, kids go back to school next week and the buses are practicing routes, the sky is actually dark between 1am and 3am, the garden is in full harvest mode and we are trying hard be pro-active about ideas for future frosts, and the high-bush cranberries are starting to fill the bushes in our yard.
The other day I was able to go out and pick a bunch of the berries that will be used later this year to make syrup and jelly.  I have to admit I am not a huge berry picking person, not like Josh who loves it, but I do have to say that picking berries in my own yard is pretty wonderful to me.  I can go out for a 1/2 hour, pick for awhile and then be done and I am already home.  No need to feel bad about not putting in 4 hours of picking at a time because we drove forever to get somewhere.  Plus, this method is really good on our berry supply.

August 9, 2010

The Day Under the Big Blue Tarp

If you remember, this is the progress picture of the house from a little bit ago.
This past weekend Josh was determined to change this look rain or shine!  He and I were both able to have Friday off of work so that we could put in a few hard and steady work days.
To make sure he could get the work done and keep the chop saw dry at the same time he hung our huge blue tarp up over the arctic entry way.
From under there he was able to hang J-trim, window trim, starter strip and finally some more green siding.
And soon the area under the blue tarp was turned from tyvek to more beautiful siding.
Even I worked under the blue tarp helping cut pieces of siding, trim and soffit to the right length so Josh didn't have to climb up and down the scaffolding as much. 
After the siding went up then Josh worked on soffit as well.  Soon it would be time to take the big blue tarp down.  Let me tell you, it was an amazing reveal but I have a few more project to show you before that picture.  So check back later this week for just how the house might look after the weekend of work under our tarp.

August 6, 2010

Friday Favorites

1.  We had a doctor's appointment this week and were able to hear Baby Abigail's heart beat again, it is always so good to hear she is doing ok.
2.  On Monday I went out into the field for work.  But when I arrived at the office at 7:30am I realized I had forgotten my socks.  Luckily I was able to call my friend and he dropped a pair by on his way to work and saved the day.  Thanks Kevin for bringing me Heather socks at the last minute!
3.  Josh and I had a fun, nothing too exciting but super special, date night the other day.
4.  This is my short week at work, oh so thankful for that!
5.  Abigail is starting to really express her opinion about how she feels when I am sitting or sleeping.  She is as quiet as can be when I am walking around and am busy as that keeps her rocking but when I sit at work or go to bed at night and am still that is when she is wide awake and lets me know it.  I just love to feel her move around all the time.  Makes me smile all day long.

*On Friday's I'll list things that stood out to me during the week. Things I can look back on and see as high points through out the year. I would also love to hear what stood out as favorites to you in your week.*

August 5, 2010

Garden Rich

Last night Josh and I worked once again at cutting and preserving more produce from our garden.
To date we have:
Three plus gallon freezer bags of blanched broccoli
20 cups of shredded zucchini
18 cups of chopped Rhubarb
Working on a bag of blanched green beans
Working on a bag of snap peas, these are really hard to preserve since we like to eat them right off the vine!
And fresh veges each day to eat.

This weekend there will be more garden work with the house work and on the to do list is to go out and pick high bush cranberries for another batch of jelly and syrup this fall. 

I love having a garden in my yard, working with Josh in the garden each evening to water, weed and find the latest produce, and having a garden bunny who runs around the garden with us.  Zeke now has trails through the carrots, potatoes and zucchini but he really likes to hide out under the jungle of broccoli leaves.

August 4, 2010

A Project for Abigail

In preparing for baby Abigail, Josh and I have found ourselves extremely blessed by the generosity of those around us.  From equipment, calls about garage sale finds, heads up about sales at stores, and the ability to register for needed items at amazon, we have felt very loved.  With that said we are trying to be realistic about what we really need and the best way to find those items.
Josh and I live on a dirt road and we are very aware that if we wish to go for walks around the house we will someday need a stroller with bigger tires, more like a jogging stroller than the "common" strollers that are used for pavement or for around stores.  Thus you can imagine our excitement when we found this treasure at the Fairbanks "free-sale" (an exchange of sorts) earlier this spring.
The main issue with this stroller was this problem, the support for the back rest had pushed through the fabric on both sides of the stroller so that the seat back wasn't supported anymore.  Not deterred Josh and I brought this treasure home and have been talking of the day when we will get to fixing the stroller.
The other day Josh came up with the idea of using webbing to fix our problem and so with his great idea I went to the store and bought $1.30 worth of 2" webbing.  There I sewed these pocket straps on my machine.  I then slide the stroller support ends into a webbing pocket and hand stitched the webbing pocket to the back to the stroller.  By doing this on both sides the seat support is now secure and Josh and I have a stroller for taking Abigail on walks around our home for $1.30.  Not new, but perfect. 

August 3, 2010

Preparing for More

These days Josh is working hard towards finishing the siding on the house
But before the arctic entry area can be sided the soffit has to be boxed in, the motion light has to be moved and the roof line has to be built to fit into the rest of the house.
With that done he has to then put wood trim around the windows and then place all of the J-trim around the doors, corners, windows and such.  But after many hours of work a lot of this is starting to be checked off the to do list and siding will start again soon. 

August 2, 2010

Field Day

2 Trucks
4 Four Wheelers
A few hours of Alaska Highway
A bridge to ride across
Inspection of State Land
Potential State Land Lease
A day out of the office!

Let the fun begin.