How You Know You Are a Sourdough!

Sitting on the couch as the house shakes, never looking up from what you are doing as you say to your husband, “I guess that was an earthquake.” He replies, “Yep”. No big deal just part of life in Alaska. The next morning you read in the paper that it was a 6.2 earthquake with the center in the Aleutian Chain. We forget up here when we see so much damage from smaller quakes that we are so spread out that it doesn’t really cause much damage to the cities and people. We are lucky in that way. I wonder if a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound when no one is there to hear it.

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How Did Turnagain Arm, Alaska Get Its Name

Turnagain Arm is a waterway into the northwestern part of the Gulf of Alaska. It is one of two narrow branches at the north end of Cook Inlet, the other being Knik Arm. Turnagain is subject to climate extremes and large tide ranges.

Turnagain Arm was named by William Bligh of HMS Bounty fame. Bligh served as Cook’s Sailing Master on his 3rd and final voyage, the aim of which was discovery of the Northwest Passage. Upon reaching the head of Cook Inlet in 1778, Bligh was of the opinion that both Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm were the mouths of rivers and not the opening to the Northwest Passage. Under Cook’s orders Bligh organized a party to travel up Knik Arm, which quickly returned to report Knik Arm indeed led only to a river.
Afterwards a second party was dispatched up Turnagain Arm and it too returned to report only a river lay ahead. As a result of this frustration the second body of water was given the disingenuous name “Turn Again”. Early maps label Turnagain Arm as the “Turnagain River”.

Enough of the history of Turnagain Arm and back to why I am writing this.  I was driving to Sterling yesterday, which is about a 2 1/2 hour trip, to pick up Dusty’s kids for a visit. I was just making a quick run down grab the kids and come back.  Not a big deal because I used to live in Sterling and have made this day trip many times.  The winter time used to get a little dicey but the roads are a lot better now. I had to stop though because driving along the Arm the clouds were amazing.  Actually, the kids and I kept remarking on how wonderful they were all the way back to Anchorage. Going over the pass it was really great.  We even checked out where we are going camping next weekend, Bertha Creek. Well here are a some photos I took.

 

Turnagain Arm is always different. I can never seems to take enough photos of it.

HOPE YOU ENJOY THE PHOTOS OF MY BEAUTIFUL STATE!

 

 

Thank You Jen!

I was at the chiropractor today and was talking to Jen.  She asked if I had read what you commented on my post yesterday.  I told her I hadn’t because I had not been online all day.  I was trying complete something I had started.  I was trying not to go round and round.  So Jen and I are talking and she is telling me get a notebook and write down everything you want to do in that day.  As you mark things off you don’t look at what you didn’t get done but what you did.  You start really feeling good about yourself. She had learned that at one of her other jobs and still does it. In fact, the were getting some remodeling done and she was having to do everything  old school.  She was writing everything down she had to do and was happily checking them off as she did them.

When we left we stopped to pick up a few groceries, a file box (for choir music), and a notebook.  I started writing everything down I wanted to accomplish today.  I didn’t get everything done but I did make a dent which made me feel great. This is going to be another one of my life changing moves.  I hope I keep it up because I think it is the best idea I had heard in a long time.  So Thank You, Jen!

For those of you that are falling my diet I just want to say I am still doing good. I still have not minded this Keto diet at all so far.  We will see how I feel in a month, but I will keep you posted.  We are going camping this weekend and I am making cauliflower salad, which is like potato salad but with cauliflower instead of potato.  It is really good.  We can eat that with our sausages cooked over the fire one night.  The next night we will have some nice steaks. I haven’t decided about breakfast but I am sure it will be some kind of eggs, until I can figure out different things to eat.

I am now going to go and check off my blogging on my list!

I guess I forgot to post this one.  Oh well, better late than never like they say.

 

Star Wars in Flannel

So how was your Sunday? Mine was wonderful.  We went to church this morning.  After church we went to visit my friend, Trevor, at the hospital.  She is the one I told you about in an earlier blog when she went to the ER and got admitted to the hospital.  If you have been following along with my story you will remember that I promised to finish her baby blankets and burp rags. This just meant a bunch of straight lines.  I can whip that up in no time.  I tell Trevor we have to head home so I can sew for her.

I wanted a sewing machine for Christmas two years ago. I was going to start quilting. David got me a very nice one and then for my birthday bought me a sewing table.  I was set, except I didn’t think about two knees being replaced and my back getting fused. Anyway I get home, go grab my machine realizing that I have not used it yet.  Well that is no big deal all machines thread pretty much the same. Why would I need to read instructions? I have it threaded now and one of Trevor’s bobbins in the machine. I get the burp rag under the foot. I am all ready to give the new sewing machine a spin. I put my foot gently on the foot pedal and push.  Off I go! Yeah! No wait why is it going so slow? I have the pedal to the metal.  It should be really pumping that needle up and down. Ok well I can live with this for now. I just want to get this sewing done. Then I run out of bobbin. I went to make a new one and had to get the instructions out. Got that taken care of back to work I go. Then I notice that the machine says quilting machine.  I am now wondering if that is why it goes so slow. Now I think I will break down and watch the DVD that came with it.  I did get all the sewing done.

I bet you have been reading this wondering what does this got to do with Star Wars let alone flannel.  Well if you want to sit a while longer I will tell you. The blankets were two pieces of Star Wars flannel sewed together which was really cute.  Then to make the burp rags she had taken pre-folded diapers on one side she sewed the Star Wars flannel material.  I thought that was a great idea.  She was making them to take with her to Vegas to meet her new-born grandson.  She is supposed to go on Tuesday. We will pray she is well enough to go.

Well I guess it is time to say good-nite.

 

Looking at the Things Checked

I am really getting into this and learning to always look at the things you checked off and not the ones unchecked. Today that is just what I did.

My day started off like a normal day. I had planned to go over to my friend’s, Judie, house and we were going to paint some pots.  We have a lot of starts that we took off some of the plants at church.  We thought if we rooted them and planted them in cute pots we could sell them after church to make money for the church or a charity. Anyway there I go again getting side tracked.  I had just got over there and my son called to say they had forgotten their brushes and could I run them over to them.  Judie and I say fine but before we leave she gets a call from her daughter and she is in the ER.  She has been sick for a while and finally went in.  So we tell her we are going to go take the brushes to the boys and then we will come see her.  We get to my house and I am looking for brushes, so I call the kid.  He says, “Oh, never mind we have a roller working now.” Not sure what that meant. I guess I will ask when they get home.  Anyway we say great. Jump back in the car and head to hospital.  We go find Trevor. She is waiting to get test results. We are waiting with her, but we are both thinking they are going to admit her. Sure enough test results come back and she has a low white count. She is put on IV antibiotics and told she is being admitted. She asks for how long and he replies at least 3 days.  She is starting to stress,  we tell her not to worry about anything that we will take care of it.  We tell her she needs to just worry about herself.  We said tell us what you need us to do. She was worried about her dogs. We said we will take them over to Judie’s house.  She was going to send her daughter $100.  We said we can take care of that. She was worried about picking Jesse up on Monday. Mom, Judie, said she will pick him up. She was worried about getting some baby blankets finished. I told her I would do that. I better put that on my checklist! Then she was worried they would make her stay more than 3 days and she was supposed to fly to Vegas to see her daughter and meet her new grandson. We told her that she needs not to worry about that because if she has to change her date it is for a medical reason so it would be no problem. We repeat to her just take care of you and we will take care of everything else. Off we go to the car again.

Once in car we decided our plan of attack. First was off to Wells Fargo Bank with a nice crisp $100 dollar bill in our little hands. We get to the bank and go in. Judie tells the lady at the desk that she wants to put $100 in her granddaughter’s checking account.  The lady asked if it was cash. Judie says yes and she replies we don’t accent cash.  Judie stood there with her mouth open for a split second before she replied you’re a bank and you don’t accept cash.  The lady then explained that they weren’t allowed because of money laundering. So this 75 year old woman had to write a check off of her account to deposit into her granddaughter’s checking account so she was not accused of money laundering.  I am sorry but I had to laugh.

Our next stop was to Trevor’s to get the dogs and to get the blankets I need to finish for her. We drive up and park in the driveway. All of a sudden my door is open and there is the little boy saying, “Hi, you’re my neighbor. You have two dogs because I have seen them in you backyard. You have two cats because I have seen them through our upstairs windows and I can see right into your windows.” I guess he knows all about Trevor except for what she looks like, considering that Judie is 75 and I am 63 and Trevor is 40.  Also, Trevor’s skin is a little darker than ours and she is a lot skinnier than us two old ladies. So we manage to get inside the house. The dogs are no problem. We let them out to go pee. We find the blankets and thread, so I can take care of them. The dogs are back in. We collect their bowls and food.  Now we have to find the leashes.  They are supposed to be in a hall closet.  We look and look and can’t find them. Trevor calls and tells us they have her in a room now. We say great and where are the leashes.  She tells us that they are just where we were looking. Finally, after Judie drops a big weight on her foot we see something behind this big black bag. Judie reaches for it and SCORE we found one. Then there was the other one. Now we got the dogs, food, bowls and blankets loaded in the car. We then decide that I should go over to the store to pick up my groceries I ordered. I love this new thing that Fred Meyer’s is doing. You go on-line and order your groceries and pick a time to pick it up. Then you just drive to the pickup area and they load it in the car. If I could get them to come home and unload that would be good. Well look I need gas, so let’s go to their gas station. WOW! was that a great idea. I scanned my rewards card and got 40 cents a gallon off of the gas. Too bad I wasn’t driving the truck but I had to use the points before the end of August.  OH shit, I have keto ice cream in my groceries.  Ok, so we will stop at my house on the way to Judie’s, it is on the way. She sits in the car with the dogs while I run up the back stairs to put my freezer stuff away. Then off to Judie’s to let the dogs in her house. We set up the kennel, sort out food and water for them.  They had stayed at grandma’s before, so it was all ok.  I then say well do you want to go to the cannabis store with me. I think this will be fun because Judie is just an old hippie too. We check on google to see where the closest one was to us and off we go again.  Judie loves that she is carded at the door. They told her they had to make sure she didn’t have a fake ID. Then the door opened and that wonderful smell hits you, yes we made it. Judie is just in awe. Her eyes get big and she is looking everywhere. Checking every corner out with the eyes of amazement. She turns to me and says, “I never thought I would see this in my lifetime.”

Well as I come home I think I didn’t get too many checks today but think the ones that I did get with all the other things that happened in my day were well-earned and I am proud of me.

 

 

Not Much Checked Today

I got a couple things done this morning on my list like make breakfast.  While on that subject I have to say that I made some pancakes with flax meal, coconut flour, and a lot of eggs that turned out not to bad.  I will make them again.

Then I had to go out to Heather and Dan’s to babysit.  Dusty and David couldn’t do their paint job because it was raining, so they came with me.  Dusty had to fix the two upstairs toilets. Grandpa David had to put together the girls new toy.

Becca

Becca really like it.

I was downstairs doing a little cleaning with the help of Kate.

Kate

The girls were so good today that I got a lot done.

That means I didn’t get much done on my checklist, but it was worth it to spend time with my two little girls.

Well at least I got this checked off today.

 

How Come Relaxing Makes You Tired?

I don’t understand how I can have a relaxing weekend out camping.  I slept great and went for a nice walk. I sat by the campfire and played games at the table.  It was such a nice, quiet weekend.  We got home and the boys helped me unpack the camper which was not hard because I have it set up for the summer now. I came upstairs and sat down to work on my pictures when I fell asleep and didn’t wake up for 4 hours.  By then it was after 8.  We stayed up a while longer then went to bed to read.  That is my excuse for not blogging yesterday.

Today I finally just got the photos done from the camping trip.  Which was on my list, so I checked it off.  I am liking this list thing because I seem to be getting a lot more done.  There are several things I didn’t get done today, so they will move on to tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy the photos of our camping trip to Kings River, Alaska.  We will be going back here in the fall to pick berries. There are lots of 4 wheeler trails if you have one.  People are always out there riding.  There a quiet a few that just come for the day.  This isn’t a regular campground like with outhouses and conveniences. It is just where people have camping for years.  In the fall it isn’t only good for berries, it is also good for hunting. With all the 4 wheeler trails they can get back in there and get a moose.

 

Of course, my chicken dog, Alice, was with us.  She loves camping.  She will get into the water a little and she loves going on hikes.  One thing she does that I think is funny she always pees in the water. Alice, shocked us when the dogs from another campsite came over to visit and she didn’t run.  She actually let them smell her and she smelt thing.  I believe they became friends.  When Bogart got there, he kept trying to go make friends and we would call him back when he started sneaking off.  He did get away with it a couple of times. Alice would let us know by barking every time he would start working is way out of the camp.  It was pretty funny her telling on him.

Today was my weigh in day.  I lost 1.2lbs. That was good because I think the beers may have been a little over my carb intake should have been.  At least I lost and I still feel good about this diet.  I made us lettuce taco’s tonight and we like it.

Well I am off for today.  Hope everyone has a good night.