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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Wow, we are at the end of the month. Seems like this month just zipped by. Probably because we are rushing to finish this cabin we’ve been working on since July (well, since August for me).  But wow, tomorrow is November, then we are on the count-down until the end of the year.

Time seems to fly these days.

Add the end of Daylight Savings time on Sunday, and the days will really seem short for us.

Our daylight hours are slipping away fast.

But the good news is that when the winter solstice arrives, we will be back to adding minutes instead of subtracting them. 🙂



It’s mid-October and we’ve seen the trees transition from bright green foliage to gold, to no foliage in a matter of a few weeks. The wind has kicked up and it can really blow here. The average temp range for October looks like highs in the lower 40s to upper 20s for lows, with an average snowfall date of Oct 17th. This past week we’ve been experiencing unseasonably warm weather, highs in the 50s and lows in the 40s.  It has been great weather for working outdoors at least.

Last year Anchorage had its first official snowfall on Sept. 29, 2012. Parts of the greater  Anchorage  area did have snow a couple of weeks ago but not on the “official” NOAA measuring site, so no “official” snow fall yet this year. And we haven’t even seen a snowflake fall down here yet.  And it’s not looking like we’ll see any in the next few days either.

Although, one can see fresh snow on all the peaks round about us. They are bright and pristine white with their new winter coats on. That is, one can see them when the skies are clear, not too many of those days here lately.

Our forecast is calling for warmer temps and rain, only a slight chance of snow mixed with rain showers later in the week. Not so fun for people waiting for their first Alaska snow! 😉 You know, the ones with the snow boots and warm gloves and   waiting to play in the snow…

This is a eight-photo panorama of Cook Inlet's...

This is a eight-photo panorama of Cook Inlet’s Turnigan Arm, a few miles south of Anchorage, Alaska. The tide’s out. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yeah, I know I already wished her a happy birthday in a prior post, but I just had to go ahead and dedicate a special post to her.
She’s getting older ya know. She’s a Grammy already for Pete’s sake (who is Pete anyway?). So here’s to my little sister, who is slightly younger than I…
Happy Birthday to you Cletus.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


She and I used to fight like cats and dogs. She was forever getting into my stuff, ruining my make-up, wearing my clothes, messing up my stuff, a real nuisance. It took many a year for us to become bestest friends. I sure do miss her. Love you Seester.

Thursday marked our fourth month here. Wow, time flies!
We have seen the seasons change from late spring to summer, then fall. We are staring down Old Man Winter, but he seems to be holding off a bit, thankfully. I am sure that we will be excited come spring to see the end of winter’s grip, but first we will enjoy our first snow and have fun playing in it!

Candles spell out the traditional English birt...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two of my three siblings have birthdays this month. For three days they are the same age, and yes, they are getting older. 😉
I miss them. My “little” brother isn’t so little anymore. And my Seester, well, she is missing from me. I long for the day she can come up here to visit. I so much want to share this land I love with her and the rest of my family.

I wanted to make sure that they both know that I’m thinking of them on their special days. 🙂 So here’s to you Bryan Jopuss and Cletus, Happy Birthday and I love you bunches!!

The Fab Four

The Fab Four


Note: I wrote this back in early August and am just now getting around to posting it. Granted, gardening season is over here, and is close to an end in other places, but read on. 🙂

One of life’s little lessons.

When we were out weeding the garden before Dad’s memorial, I was reminded of how important it is to weed our gardens daily. Not only our vegetable gardens but our life gardens. Weeds are those things that spring up and choke out the good plants. Good plants can be relationships, habits, thoughts… Weeds can be taking others for granted, ignoring needs of those you love, being self-centered and/or thoughtless. Or simply inattentive. Letting those weeds grow can be disastrous. At first they seem harmless, just a little sprout with a couple of leaves, when you think to yourself “I’ll worry about those tomorrow”. Then tomorrow and the next day, and the next pass, and then you have a weed that’s larger than your plant. Soon the weed is rooted around your plant and choking the life out of it. By then, if you pull the weed, you’ll also pull up your plant. Either way, your plant suffers, or perhaps even dies.

It’s just like cleaning the house. If you don’t do it daily, it piles up on you and then you can’t seem to dig out of the mess! Or the laundry, every mother knows how fast Mount Washmore can spring up! It’s better to do a little every day instead of trying to do a lot all at once!

Remember to weed your garden today.

Tell that special someone how important they are to you.

Hug your kids.

Kiss your mother.

Call a friend.