Sunday, October 16, 2016

An Amazing End

There are so many stories from this last week of my journey north. It is so difficult to pin just one or two down to tell. So, this is a collage of incidents captured for you to enjoy.
This youngster lit the candles during the opening of the service at the Kenai church. I wanted to take her photo and so we went up after and 'staged' a lighting. She and her sisters are such a JOY! 
 We were able to have these angels come and chain saw the downed trees. It still amazes me the young man on the left isn't  toddler anymore!
 The angels also took down a very dead tree. I think Tim just likes using his chain saw! I put a lot of it away, split some of it, and the rest is under a tarp. Nancy came back with the wood stove door Tim fixed for mom. It took us a bit, but we prevailed and were able to get it attached. Mom used it on Friday.

 The young man, Steve, also had this idea for the tires. I must admit, it was rather brilliant. As Steve said, if the first snow is as tall as these and the plow guy manages to hit them, we'll have more trouble than just knocked over tires!
 This woman is a storyteller from the south. She still has a great Louisiana accent. Even after living in Alaska for..well, mom fished with Nikki when I was a teen! Some of the things they did would curl  your toes. BUT, they got their fish!
 Had to say goodbye to daddy before I left Kenai-
 The end of summer toes. The air was cold and the foliage is mostly brown and sparse. It was warm in the sunshine, but the glow had a definite wintertime bite in it.
I got to visit another story teller, Frank. He was fortunate. By the time I was visiting for the second time, my camera had decided to stop working (I got it started again later that afternoon!). I took these pictures at their house, the first time I visited, and wished I could sit at his feet and let his words waft thru me. Amazing teller of tales. 

That Friday night, Mum and I ate dinner at the Elk's Lodge. It was so good for mom to get out and see people. I am sure she is going to look forward to more of the same this winter. She was also honored at the 4-H awards dinner. They gave an award for the most inspirational record book in Mum's name. Pretty awesome stuff!!! 

 These hands have learned to do a GREAT many things they'd never done before. I'm a sheltered gal. I emptied mom's lawnmower of gas for the season and was very proud of my fortunate fingers and hands.
 There was ice on the lake and frost on the kayak paddle  the other night when I went out around 1am. The full moon was caught in the cold water with iced edges. It was incredible! However, it got breezy after that and I decided to stay on land. You can see ice in this photo, too. The ground was frozen and it was time to put the craft away until spring.
 I opted to go to the ocean water. (by the by, there are spots on the photos because I had my camera in my kangaroo pocket of my shirt while helping haul wood and when putting the tires on end. The camera fell out, lens first. I'm working on getting it cleaned, but it is not as efficient as I'd hoped!) to say goodbye. It was cold and the tide was coming in. I wasn't going to get anymore rocks, but I did anyway. Three more!
 Before I was picked  up by Mike (he now knows where mom lives and will help others find it), I snapped a couple of  fast (not too clear) photos of the two of us. I wasn't able to get any with Janet. We didn't communicate well and missed each other on Saturday night.
 Sunday, my plane left Anchorage. I cried. I always cry when I leave home. Thankfully, the plane was dark and by the time I took this picture, I realised we were NOT turning around, and was mostly ok. I'll be back, though-I have to.
 Cool display in the N part of the Alaska Air concourse at SeaTac. Ships in bottles. They made me smile!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Jon's Busy Weekend

Having technology is a wonderful thing! Not being there for deer season this year or anything else so far, Jon sent photos of  "Hiking with Guns for 6 Days". (the sign I just found online--I rather liked it!)

The email Jon sent the photos in had the subject of  'Deer Mom.' The accompanying sentence was succinct and to the point. 
Hi mom, here are pictures of my deer,dad, cooked rabbit, and an elk shed I just found today. (Monday)

He was home, ready to enjoy one of those ridiculous frozen pizzas he insists on eating, when he got a call to practice cutting up cars. Rachelle posted these on FB and said I could take them. (Big thank you hug to Rachelle!!!) I didn't get the video, but it is on FB and I was tagged in it. And since Jon does not do social media, he has to have me tag along. (oooooh, pun!)  

I am very proud of you, Jonathan! If I can get a zucchini, I'll bake a chocolate zuch cake next week. And probably cookies (are there any chocolate chips in the cupboard?).....and a dinner that is not frozen pizza!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Temperature is dropping!!!!

It is getting COLD out there!!!! I wish I had a transporter to trade my shorts for sweatshirts. Apparently, it is even too cold to get the paper to the paper box! 
 Frosted golden leaves- they looked better in the sunshine! All glittery and decorated with crystals.
 I had emptied the hose once, but it appears I managed to forget the last time. I had left it hooked up cuz mom wanted to wash the windows. After letting it thaw, Debbie was able to disconnect the thing and I put it away for the winter. Hooray for wonderful angel friends!
 Somehow these were a lot more fun in 'Real Genius'......
 Went out after dinner to dip a paddle in the lake again. I had to break thru a skin of ice on the edge! There was even ice in the kayak! I came back to shore before it was able to melt.
 Stunning sky tonight, I probably should have looked for a sunset--but I enjoyed the lake. It is always different. I can see why Thoreau enjoyed his pond so much. An amazing ecosystem of ever changing worlds.
 Quite possibly the last lake selfie. I did a face plant coming out of the shop where we keep the life jacket. I was very glad I didn't trip getting out of the kayak!!! (I am not sure what I tripped over. More than likely, it was my feet.)

 If you look at this reflection closely, you can see a 'D' and what might be some other letters. The 'close up' I took didn't come out very well.
I think it reads 'Doo'...whatever that might mean! 

Things odd, strange, and wonderful!

This is sort of a hodge podge of pics. The first ones I took last night down at the Tesoro beach. The others were from a walk I took on the 4th, I think. 
 The colors were not stellar, yet it was still amazing. Alaskan gold!
 I found this rather large jelly while I was waiting for 7pm, when the sun really was set to drop into the mountains. I was surprised it was almost as big as my shoe. It was obvious it had been there a while!
Earlier Photos~
When I finally got around to taking the easement road to see where it came out, I found several VERY odd and strange things. Those words do not necessarily mean the same thing! When I reached a fork in the road, I found an airstrip I didn't know existed!!! There is also a for sale sign for a property off to the left--a stunning property on a lake. When I went back to mom's, I walked on the edge of the airstrip. It was faster-

 I was surprised to find this across the easement. You can tell not many people have been down this power line road recently. It was kind of disconcerting to go around it. There was a house and several broken down rigs (cement truck parts and other assorted mechanical debris) on the right side. On the left was a house that screamed 'BIG BARKING LOOSE DOGS'. Thankfully, I didn't disturb any as I passed. I did tiptoe as best I could!!!!
 Found this ultra cool use for rocks and poles. The rocks are in cylinders of chicken wire.
 I found a lake. Not a real surprise. This part of Alaska is dotted with lakes. This one is stocked, however. I heard a large splash and saw a good sized ripple after.
 Very intriguing set up in a birch tree. The tall slender parts seem at odds with the twisted one below.
 This is where I stopped to turn around and go back to mom's. It was getting kind of close to dinner and I had no idea how much longer it would take to get to Lamplight. Since I now knew where I was, I figured I didn't need to continue. I was pretty surprised to have the easement end up in someone's yard, but I wasn't going to try to find it again.
 This grouping of golden mushrooms made me laugh. They are camouflaged to look like the leaves!
 If you look at the very top of the photo, you will see the Pipeline Road. This beginning part of the easement is well maintained, for being an easement!! I had shared photos of this a few weeks back. This is about where I found the chain and the black ski cap in the trees.
 Not long after I got home, we found this lady in the yard. We assumed it was the mom with the calf. We were partially right. She was a mom, but this cow had TWO calves!
 They didn't hang out long, but they enjoyed their stay in the yard. I'm not sure there are many rosehips left!!
 Before the kids left, one of them was rubbing on the flag stuck in the tire. I guess the poor kid had an itchy cheek!!!!
Mom also had a two of these on the feeder. Everyone was coming to mom's yard for a snack!!!