Friends Stopping By

Sitting here this morning after letting the dogs out for a run, I heard the two of them barking like mad. I ran out to see what the commotion was only to see them having, what they would think, fun with our local moose. Mom moose kept charging Eli, our Newfoundland mix, but it didn’t seem to faze him in the least. I had to order the two of them in the house, took a bit of persuasion with the offer of treats.

Mom taunting

Laters for now

Low Sun, Swamp Donkey and Eli

Not really a whole heck of a lot going on today, so I thought I’d snap a shot of the Sun at noon, just to show how low it really is on the horizon. Only 4 more days and we’ll be on the up swing for more daylight. It’s really not bad, you just have to get out during the time the sun is up.

Our neighborhood moose came through again today. And of course Eli had to bark and howl at her. This was after he came home with a very large bone, well, really a leg, to chew on. No idea where he found it.

Anyway, here are a few photos from today around the house.

This is how high the Sun is at noon, you can just see it at about tree level.

View from our back yard at noon today

Mom Moose (swamp donkey) in the woods at the side of our home

Eli found a bone to chew on …hmm

’til next time

Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice, shortest day, in daylight hours, of the year.

I was thinking yesterday about the low sun, well, if you think about it, it’s almost like having a sunset all day long. Really, with the sun at the level it is at this time of year, the shadows, the highlights, and so forth, is like just before sunset.

Today the Sunrise is at 10:17am and Sunset is at 3:35pm. Tomorrow will be about 1 minute longer.

I’m heading out a bit later today with the dogs. I hope to get some more photos of the area.

A good friend back in Michigan sent me this. Thanks Norm. All I can say is, Holly Shit!
Just Watch It, Holly Shit!

’til next time


Last night was an interesting one with all the fireworks around. I have never seen, or heard, so many bangs and booms so close in my life. Was really quite fun. The dogs didn’t think too much of it though. The photos I have posted are from our neighbor right behind us. All this going on at about -20*F below zero. The cool thing that happened was, shortly after 12 midnight, the bangs and booms were done, over.

An yes, Alaska, freedom to have fun.

Oh yeah, almost forgot, we had a low temp of -25.6*F.

’til next time

Happy New Year

So for New Years Eve I’m, well, doing nothing, although I don’t usually go out on this night anyway. Jan’s working until 11:30pm anyway.

The day was a chilly one, our high for the day was -12.5*F, and a low of -.23.4*F. That’s not the coldest I’ve ever been in, I remember sending screen shots to Jan when it was -27*F in Petoskey. Also I remember a week long cold spell in Houghton Lake that never got above -20*F all week. The cold really isn’t that bad, as long as you’re not an idiot and go out not dressed proper. And also, it’s much drier here, so it doesn’t feel as cold.

Sunset through to Pines this evening

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View out back, again

’til next time

Alaskan Friendliness ‘n’ Snow

So we got kind of dumped on yesterday and last night with snow, about a foot or so. That meant the driveway needed clearing, and not having a snowthrower, means that I have to shovel it. I’m out there shoveling for a hour or so, about 1/4 of the way through, and the plow comes by. It was an old plow, early ’60s I’m guessing, he starts to turn around in our drive, as they do normally, but this time he keeps backing up the drive. I get the hell out of his way as he is coming all the way up to where I had shoveled. I start ot walk up to the truck, but he just drops his snow blade, and drives back on out to the road, honks his horn, and he’s gone. That was really cool, he saw me shoveling, drove up and plowed me out without saying a word. I waved thank you as he left the drive onto the road. It probably would have taken me another 2 hours to finish up the drive. As it was, it gave me more time to shovel my paths that I have around the house to the shed and weather station and our deck.

Thank You Plow Guy 🙂

Now just let me say that I was starting to wonder about this Alaskan friendliness that I’ve heard of be for moving here. I’ve been out there before with the neighbor out plowing his drive without so much as a wave. I must admit though that it seems his plow truck has been having some issues, so I guess I’ll just leave it.

Either way, this day just shows that there are people out there that will help you out, without hardly even a thank you. I remember how this use to happen back in MI, but that was many years ago.

After I was done, I took some photos of around the house.

House front

Path along back of house

Path from shed to deck

Path to front door

Path to shed from weather station

Path to weather station

Snow on shed

’til next time