Sunday, October 23, 2016

We had our first good snow this week.  Thursday night when I went to bed it was pouring down rain but when I awoke Friday morning and all was oh-so-quiet, I thought, yup.....snow came while I was snuggled in bed asleep.  Sure enough, we had a little over 5" of the white stuff.  
  I think I need to design a decorative snow measuring device of some kind to actually give me a now much snow has fallen idea?  The kids only had about an inch at most and Willow which is about 20 miles to the north of us had barely a skiff! 
  Dale was up towards Glenn Allen and sent me a text to say it was snowing and the wind was blowing about 30mph which was making for some serious road conditions.  He avoided being involved in a crash but only barely.  
   I am very grateful the van that tried to get stopped behind him was able to slide around and the guy walking on the road was too as it nearly ran over him but slid on the other direction only to come to a stop smashed up against the guys pickup which was parked in the MIDDLE Of the road!!!  (Seems the guy had stopped to help somebody that had slid off the road but instead of pulling up 50 yards to get out of the road, simply parked it in the driving lane.  (Not real bright there buddy?)  
    Dale said the snow was blowing so badly you could hardly see and he knew there were 2 cars ahead of him and when he could see their brake lights both light up he knew something was going down so he took preventive measures.  I am VERY grateful we didn't have another car bite the dust in an accident as I am REALLY tired of all the rigs we have lost in the past few years.  Especially since none of the accidents were our fault!
    Well, we have found a flaw in Dog.  Seems if left to his own devices in the truck, he will eat the peanut m/m's found.  In his defense, it was one of the mini snack size and he only ate 1 of the 2 back there so not like he made a glutton of himself by any means.  
    I sure wish we knew a little more of his former life, he LOVES to go for rides and if you open the door to a rig he is in quick as a wink and it takes MUCH persuasion to remove him, even with a leash on and when we go for our walks he looks longingly at the rig as we go by.  I wonder if he lived in a rig and that is his security?  
  All righty, enough out of me for this week.  Love from our wintery corner of the world....

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sometimes being a pet owner just stinks especially when we have to do the responsible thing but after 16 years of having Shelby with us, when she had a stroke late last spring, we had to put her down.  Even though she left a huge hole in our lives, we didn't run right out to find another dog as I knew that one would find us.  
Sure enough, about 10 days ago, got a lead on a dog at the pound in Kenai, and we were able to adopt him.  Saturday, Dale/I drove down to get him and now Raleigh has helped bridge the gap of loneliness of not having Shelby around.
One thing we have learned, he is deaf, think he may have been since birth as he doesn't bark. 
 He is an older border collie/mix of somekind-dog, gentle as can be, willing to be anybodies friend and LOVES to go for rides. don't dare open a rig door UNLESS you are taking him for a ride because once he is in.....just try getting him out? 
He pretty much ignores the cats and since they get a spoon of dog food when he gets his portion on dry food, they say they may allow him to stay for now.
Anyhow, I now have a new walking buddy, this morning we even found swans on our walk!!
Love from our corner of the world......

Saturday, September 24, 2016

It is overcast here again this morning but most thankfully, no wind and at the moment no rain either.  Dale and Steve are headed back up to work on the roof at the property.  Steve had come to help Dale unload a tool box last night and as we took him home, Dale asked if they needed the flame thrower to dry the roof before laying the felt.  
Steve asked why he thought that and Dale said he thought Steve had used it on his roof?  Steve's reply......"I did but it was to melt any of the frozen spots so I could work safely and not fall off."  Ummmmmmm.....and that worked how?  Steve continued, "I had made the first pass over the roof and was doing the second just to make sure I hadn't missed any when I stepped on a slick spot and OFF I WENT!" He had the wind knocked out of him and he said he must have blacked out for a minute but he had the presence of mind when he came to, to turn off the flame thrower! 
Steve's roof is a fair bit higher as ours will be and since he fell from the top, it was a long ways to the ground.  Since that episode had happened while Steve was staying with us getting the roof up, we had already known about it but I told Steve I think he/Patrick have the same guardian angel.  
To hear him and his brothers talk about growing up and the things they did that should have done them in years ago as well as other stories we can tell on Steve since we have known him but will save those for another time.  (Picture today is of Steve working on his roof several years after the falling off incident.)
On our way home saw 3 moose and 2 swans. No pictures, rats.....
All righty, I have to work today so had best get at it, love from our corner of the world....

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Gravel trucks in AK sure make me cranky.  Saturday afternoon as Dale/I headed out KGB, a truck coming toward us threw a big ol' piece of gravel at our windshield.  I am certainly glad Dale was driving as I DUCKED when it slammed into the windshield.  I know it was time to replace the windshield, but seriously, that one broke both panes of glass!! 
    Amanda had a piano tuning on Tuesday so the boys came to play with me for the day. My-my but it was quiet in here after they left, but we did have fun!
Besides the birdseed things we made, crowns were created and worn tents/tunnels put up and used, the boys conquered the exer-bike (both of them on it a once) swung the kitty toys, ---Patrick thinks he needs a cowboy hat and lasso now--- made spaghetti for dinner and watched the swans some more. Charlie read me a story and wrote to his pen-pal too. I am blessed to have little ones come play with me for the day!  (Then it was time to turn this crazy place back into a house!)
    Oh....and although Cat-cat didn't exactly come up to Charlie, at least he didn't head for parts unknown when Charlie tried to get closer to him. And.....we even watched a movie. Now how is that for a fun-busy day?!
     All righty, enough out of me as I need to get at it here again.  Love from our corner of the world.....

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Oscar-kitty says he really wishes I had bought the love seat instead of the chair I got.  In this chair, he can lay next to me but the love seat would really have given him more room for snuggling up to me without fear of falling off.  Maybe in the next living room I will have enough space for one?
Our weather this week has been a mixd bag of rain,mist and overcast skies but yesterday the sun broke through once more.  After the fog finally lifted, Dale was able to get more of the roof done at the property.  He said he was only bringing the small pieces (4' ones) up one at a time and nailing them down so somebody didn't accidentally step on an un-secured piece and go flying off the roof and as the wind was beginning to pick up, he figured he would quit when our neighbor came over to give him a hand with the last few.  They are tacked into place and he will go finish totally getting them firmly fastened down today.
This morning there was ice on any standing water out on the deck and the heater has been clicking on during the night so must mean winter will be knocking on the door soon. 
Had swans come to visit the past 3 days.  I was able to get pictures of them Thursday morning in the rain, yesterday it was so foggy the camera could barely see them and this morning, I was able to snap a couple of photos of them in the mist before they headed out.  I am hoping they will return tonight for a visit again.
All righty.....I have the day off, need to get at it here.  Love from our corner of the world.....

Monday, August 15, 2016

Saturday the boys came to play while Amanda was doing a piano tuning and I had thought we might go to the park but rain threatened so we just played here at the house.
    First I gave the boys haircuts on the deck then they got to use scissors and the new cooky cutters for the play dough.  We had some lunch and Charlie ate 15 fishsticks!!   Afterwards he said his tummy was a little tippy.  He never got sick but  I did suggest that maybe next time he ate so many fish sticks that he leave a little bit of time between for them to settle?  Patrick put away his fair share of fish sticks too, only he ate half of his frozen.  Goofy kid.
   Patrick LOVES umbrellas but the one he had here, I am afraid he had played with it so much it was broken. I told him there was a larger one on the deck he could open up and we did that.  I was busy getting ready to give Charlie his hair cut and I hear little voice from the deck calling “Help Grandma!”,  me….”Hold on a minute Pat-Pat” and almost immediately I hear a panicked little voice call  “Grandma!!!  I need some HELP HERE!!!!”  I decided I better investigate a little quicker than I had planned to and sure enough, he was being picked up Mary Poppins style via umbrella with the wind.  I had to laugh as I rescued him but for sure….he needed HELP when he called for it that time!!
     It never ceases to amaze me what little boys like to play with.  Somewhere Patrick found 2 hollow table legs off of an outdoor side table and they immediately became rocket packs, complete with flames of red paper shooting out the end, then Charlie needed some too, so we found another  little side table with removable legs and I got 2 out for Charlie, which meant that Patrick needed a couple more too.  
I got one out but told him the other one was stuck.  “No grandma, step on it like this and PULL!”  Sure enough, I was able to step on the table to pull out a couple more of the legs and that kid has learned about leverage at a very young age I say!
    Charlie made his table legs into a telescope then it magically turned into a flame thrower after Patrick said that Charlie could have some of the flame from his rocket pack.  
    When it came time to leave, Patrick wailed “I don’t want to go home!!!”   But as Charlie headed out the door, he quickly changed his mind and went galloping after Charlie calling, “Don’t leave without ME Charlie!!”  He did have to make 2 laps around their rig before he could be convinced to get into his seat but they finally got buckled up and on their way.  
    Dale had come home for some lunch and lay down for a nap while the boys were here and their tummies were full and there was a short time of nearly quiet here in the house.  With those 2 boys, it is hard to believe they are ever quiet, but once in awhile the noise subsides some.
    On my way home from work one night I saw Mama Moose and twins alongside the road.  I slowed wayyyyyyy down just in case they decided to cross in front of me but they stayed away from the edge of the pavement.  I had hoped I could snap a picture of them but mama hustled the 2 little ones back into the woods before you could say jack rabbit so once again, it was so cool and an awww nuts at the same time.
All righty....enough out of me for this day. Photo today is of  Charlie taking picture of swans here last year.
Love from our nearly sun-shiny for once corner of the world.....

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Had the day off so snagged Amanda and boys to go for a ride with me into Eagle River.  Had thought that after finishing my business we would go for a walk at the nature center but of course it was pouring down rain.  We came back towards Wasilla and thought we would walk the Reflection Lake loop which is just a one mile loop, but the river is terribly high with the marsh around soggy in water as well, so we bagged that idea too.  We did see 2 swans along the flats as we went into town so had to be content with that. 
Saturday guys worked in the rain most of the afternoon out at the new property and Dale said he thought about taking his coffee cup out to the new slab and setting down in a lawn chair to enjoy coffee on the new floor but it was raining so hard, that he gave that idea up before it got very far.  
I found mama moose along side the road as I came home from work last night and since it is still light enough at 9:30 for picture taking,  I just stopped in the middle of the road, glad it was on a straight stretch and little traffic!  Today as I went to Amanda's her neighbors were standing in their road talking.  I pulled up and said "Don't you just hate it when the traffic gets heavy and you have to move out of the middle of the road so's not to get hit?"  Then I sat blocking their road as we chatted for about 10 minutes before going on the last little bit.
Oh!!!  Amanda saw moose as we came back across the flats but traffic was heavy and I couldn't see them for trying to keep my eyes on the road/cars around me even after Amanda stuck her hand right in front of my nose to say "THERE THEY ARE!!!"  But then her next words were....."It is nice being the passenger and being able to gawk around!"
All righty, time to get the dishes done.  Love from our corner of the world...