Massage and Neck Cracked

Today was a good day.  I couldn’t stand it, so I had to weigh.  I have lost some weight so I am happy.  David came home from working and took a shower.  When he came out he told me that he lost some weight.  This is really encouraging.

Well any way about the title.  The receptionist at my chiropractor found out that my insurance would pay for a massage because it is part of my physical therapy.  Also since I have reached my out of pocket I didn’t have to pay anything.  Well I said, “Of course, I will have a massage!”  It was this morning before I got my neck cracked.  My neck is finally getting better since I am sleeping in my bed and not traveling.

Day 4 of our life change.  David had to work today, so I sent him with water bottles and leftover meatloaf that was in the freezer.  He said he just ate one slice.  I really think he needs to eat more.  I had a shake for breakfast and lunch.  I also have been having the last of the coffee in the pot with ice and almond or cashew milk.  It has been a nice with the hot weather.

For supper I fixed hot wings.  I had cooked the wings last night while I fixed our supper.  Then today I made a sauce and put them in a gallon baggy with the sauce.  I stuck them in the fridge for later.  I was going to make a spinach salad but if it has been in the freezer it just welts when it thaws.  I sautéed them in butter with pecans.  We then put a vinaigrette on it and that was really nice.

Today was Thursday, so we go to Midnight Sun Brewery where David volunteers with the tour.  This is supposed to be our one day with a beer. I did stick to my one beer but David had two.  He doesn’t need to get in shape as bad as I do, so I don’t think it will hurt him.

I do have to seem to have more energy.  When I got home from the chiropractor I decided to tackle the kitchen. I had bought some OXO container to start putting my different flours and other things in.  I was Ketoing, is that even a work if not it should be, my kitchen.  I even got the stove cleaned.

 

Baby steps but I am getting our new life changed organized in my kitchen.  It will make it a lot easier now I think.

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Keto Day 3

Well sorry but it was Wednesday which means I had the twins.  Katharine is the bigger one and Rebecca is the younger one by 28 minutes.  They were 7 weeks early but only had to stay in the hospital for a month.  Anyway we are quite the proud grandparents.  Of course, we have many others too.  These two are our 11th and 12th.

Hope you enjoyed the photos.

Anyway back to the diet.  As I said earlier I had an early doctor’s appointment.  We did not eat until we got home, so I just made us some protein shakes.  The boys took off to a job and I started getting ready for the twins.

For lunch I had a Skyr, which is Iceland’s idea of yogurt, which is really good.  I had some pork rinds too.  Supper was a hamburger patty with bacon and cheese. Broccoli fried in bacon grease along with more bacon.  It was a nice quick dinner.

I have been staying under on the calories but having a little more trouble with the other things.  I haven’t been getting all the fat that I can have. I have been kind of bouncing back and forth on the protein. I was trying to stay at 25 carbs but I always seem to go over but have managed to stay under the 50 carbs.  I think it is easy trying to keep track of all this.  So far I have been doing fine on the new life style.

Keto Day 2

I didn’t get this written last night because I was too tired. We ran a ton of errands and I went with David and Dusty to look at some jobs. We chased down the original owner of the truck Dusty, my youngest child, and finally got it in his name. Hurray!

Back to the diet. We had a really good breakfast, who would ever think of baking an egg in an avocado. You should give it a try because it was great with a little cheese on top.

We dropped the groceries off. Yes, I am really getting things in house that we can eat. I also had to buy the briskets I am going to BBQ for the church picnic. I then made a protein shake to fill the empty whole in my stomach. It was wasn’t bad at all.

We had to go out to the valley, Wasilla to be exact, to look at a job. After leaving David says let’s go to one of the breweries out here. I am thinking, oh no our second day on our diet and we are already screwing up. Actually we hadn’t eaten that many carbs yet, so I thought we might be ok as I gulped down my beer with a guilty feeling.

We went to the Last Frontier Brewing company.  We had been there before and I had enjoyed it then too.  We had a very nice brew. We could tell it was where the locals hung out.   You can check them out here.

http://lastfrontierbrew.com/

We got home and I fixed stuffed chicken thighs. They were stuffed with cream cheese, spinach and bacon. They were very tasty. We had a chopped salad I had bought at the store. All in all I didn’t think we did too bad.

Right now I am waiting at the doctor’s office to get my A1C results. I did loose a little weight already though. That makes me feel great about my new life change. A1C is down to 6.3. I have to come back in 3 months to see if I can drop down on Metformin or come off all together. He also said people have had good results on the Keto diet.

Weekend in Soldotna

Well before I can tell you about our weekend in Soldotna I have to show you a couple new photos I got of our twins.

We left Friday morning to head to Sterling where we were leaving Dusty for the weekend. We were down there for little Charlie’s 11th birthday.

David and I went to Soldotna to stay with our friend, Stella.  We all went out to a new Thai Restaurant in the Soldotna Mall. Then we went to the store to get some snacks.  Oh but we need popcorn, so off to the Orca Movie Theater for popcorn.  This is what Stella and I do when we get together.  Then we went home to watch a movie, Wild Horses, which was a good choice.

Before we went to the birthday party at Soldotna park we went to Jared’s, my son, to see what he had been doing to the property.  We also met his in-laws who had come up to visit for a couple of weeks.  It was their first trip to Alaska.

 

We then went over to Neese and Randy’s house to visit.  They just live around the corner from Jared.  I had to take Neese her magnets that I had been getting for her while we were on our travels.  I bet she would give the Genius Book of Records a run for their money on who has the most magnets.  She loved the new ones I got her though.

Then it was off to Charlie’s birthday party at Soldotna Park. There was a carnival at one end of the park, so we found the grand kids down there.  I got some good photos of all the grandkids on rides.  Poor Charlie rode the zipper with his Dad and got sick.  He could not even stand to go near the carnival.  Tayvin made it through the zipper but when he got on the swings with his sister it was just too much for him.  He got off the swing and that did him in.

 

Then we all went for a walk along the boardwalk on the Kenai River.

 

After we all said good-bye David and I headed back to Stella’s.  Stella cooked us a nice supper with BBQ steaks, potatoes, stuffed jalapeno, mushrooms and a salad.  It was a great meal.

The next morning we got up and went out for breakfast at King Salmon.  I have been going to King Salmon since I moved to Alaska in 1980.  I usually always get the biscuits and gravy, but they do have a lot of other good food.  I just think of it as a typical Alaska restuarant.  It is casual with real, tasty food.  They do have a breakfast buffett but I have never tried that.  I know a lot of people do. Even the tourist always find it and eat there.

Then we went to visit David’s niece, Diana Honkola.   We had a great visit with her and the kids.  They are both growing so fast.  Grabbed Dusty on our way out of Sterling and headed home.

We did have to stop at the Turnagain Armpit for some good BBQ before we got home.
Calls itself the Southern BBQ on the Alaskan Frontier. Bringing authentic southern BBQ to Alaska is our passion, is our mission. We thrive on being true to traditional southern low n slow smoked meats and classic BBQ sides. We skimp on no part of that age old tradition, we replicate the BBQ masters every step of the way. We honour the ‘Q’ and all that it stands for. We don’t follow trends and we don’t sway from classic BBQ – well sometimes, but only rarely and then not very far. If they don’t do it down south, you likely won’t see it at our PiT.

Saved me having to cook for my boys.

What a wonderful weekend spent with dear friends and a great family!

 

 

Getting Back to Life

Well I guess the vacation or holiday whatever you choose to call it is over now.  We had to start getting back to normal.  Went grocery shopping, since there was not much in the house.  Started washing the clothes from the trip with the help of my sweet husband.  Decided what to cook for supper because the two men here think they should be fed.  Started working on articles for which I have a tons of ideas for many stories.  Starting with the brewery in Girdwood because I told them I would write theirs when I got home.

Dusty got the no running water in the camper problem fixed.  He also figured out why we had no turn signals or brake lights which we found out while camping.  It was a fuse under the hood, so that was an easy fix.

I have got the packages ready to mail outside or the lower 48 other people would say, with things I brought back for my family down there.

Supper is almost done and the boys went to look at a used generator for the camper.  Things are looking good.  Oh damn, I forgot about the laundry again.  Guess I better go get the stuff out of the dryer and put the last load in the dryer.

Well clothes are dry and next load in to dry. Boys came home with generator in hand which David was very happy with.  Supper is going to be served now and we can settle in for the night.  Hopefully, a movie to relax by.

 

Flat Ole Hippies First Camping Trip

Our friends asked if we wanted to go camping with them.  We agreed to go because we have never been before and it sounded fun.

The first place they took us was the Girdwood Forest Fair.  There people with flowers in their hair, people all dressed up and even pirates singing.  We thought this place was pretty cool.  As you follow the trails through the forest you will find all kind of booths.  There was really a lot of people though.

 

Then we stopped for a nice brew at Girdwood Brewery.

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We found a nice place to camp by a pond. The camper was really comfortable and scenery was nice.

 

I got to play with the twins.  That was lot of fun.  They are really cute.

 

The next morning we packed up after breakfast.  This camping stuff is fun. I hope they invite us again.

 

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We will say Good-Bye for now and hope to see you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girdwood Forest Fair and Camping

Alice got in her truck and was ready to go camping.  The poor thing didn’t get to go into the Girdwood Forest Fair.  That was okay though because all the people would have scared her.

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Our plan for the first camping trip was to go to the Girdwood Forest Fair first. We got up in the morning and finished packing the camper. We didn’t want to get there too early because they close the road for the parade. We parked at Alyeska Resort Daylodge and took the shuttle to the fair. There were a lot more people than I had expected to be there. I guess since our summer is so short everyone goes to anything that is outside. It was a nice day yesterday, but even if it was raining they would have all been there.

There were stages all over with different things going on.  Lots of vendors trying to sell their wares. Lots of food vendors doing the same thing. We went in the beer garden for a beer but when we found out we had to pay $8.00 for a cup and then $6.00 to fill it up,  we thought that was too high and figured that would fill a growler up at the Girdwood Brewery.

I did think it was cool that they had a baby nursing place set up for the mothers and to change their little ones.

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We caught the shuttle back to our truck and off we went to Girdwood Brewery.  There Alice could come out with us in beer garden.  We all had a beer and filled two growlers up with some of their nice brew.

 

After our beer it was off to find a good camping place.

 

We found a place on the old highway road to camp.  It was between the railroad tracks and the highway.  I know you are thinking that’s going to be loud, but it wasn’t bad at all. The highway was on the other side of this pond we camped by, so the traffic noise was not bad.  The train was kind of cool except when they honked their horns when they went by.

Heather and Dan showed up with the girls.  Katharine and Rebecca had never been camping before, so we were all excited to see how they liked it. They really did like it.  Katharine loves the trees.  Rebecca was going to check everything out.  They thought the fire was pretty cool. There was another couple parked not far from us.  They kind of just stayed to theirselves except when they came to see the girls and talk to the dogs.  We were all at our own campsite and we had a fire going when all of a sudden a cop droves up, turned around and stopped.  The cop got out of the car as we noticed the K-9 on his car.  We were thinking he wasn’t there to tell us we couldn’t have a campfire, so we waited.  He then let his dog out.  We noticed he had something in his mouth, looked like a toy.  Then the cop took the toy and threw it into the pond for the dog to fetch.  The dog was having a blast. When he was done playing with his dog he put him back in the car, rolled his window down and told to have a good evening.  We all thought that was a cool cop.    Then it got to be bedtime and Mom and Dad got their beautiful little girls ready for bed. They took their bottles and decided it was full of caffeine or sugar because they decided it was party time. Well first Dusty drifted off to his tent.  Grandma and Grandpa headed to their camper to play a little crib. Then Heather came in to fix the girls bottles again saying goodnight to us.  We saw them out walking the girls as we fell asleep.

 

Then in the morning we woke up first and I made some coffee.  Then Dan popped in for a cup and told us the girls didn’t go to bed until 12:30.  Next Heather came in dragging.  They went and fed the babies while I cooked breakfast of oatmeal and fruit Heather had brought.  After everyone woke up things were fun.

 

After breakfast we decided to pack up because the wind was picking up and we felt a few drops.  We all had a good time eating hot dogs cooked on the open fire while drinking a few good beers.

After one last look around our campsite, Alice got a couple more drinks from the pond and we left for home.

We had only gone a few miles when we could see that there was a line of cars backed way up the highway. It took us an hour to get 4 miles.  When we stopped I called Heather because they had left before us.  They didn’t make it through either and were a couple of miles ahead of us.  They finally made it to Bird Creek Campground and told us there had been some kind of accident.  When we finally got there it was all cleaned up and traffic was going back to normal.  I sure hope no one was hurt.

 

 

First Camping Trip of the Year

I know we just got home but we couldn’t wait to get the camper on the road.  We planned this trip before we left because we wanted to go to the Girdwood Forest Fair.  Then we are off to try to find somewhere to camp which is very hard in the summer in Alaska.  July is the worst because the Red or Sockeye Salmon are running thick.

The Girdwood Forest Fair is a family fair that has become an annual event in the resort town of Girdwood, Alaska located 36 miles south of Anchorage. This year event times are as follows:
Friday July 6 ~ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday July 7 ~ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Parade at 10:00 am
Sunday July 8 ~ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Forest Fair features Alaskan artists, hand-crafted items, exotic foods and entertainers from all over Alaska. Fun for the whole family is kicked off by the Forest Fair Parade on Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 am.
The fairgrounds are located at Mile 2.2 on the Alyeska Highway in the community park area. Limited parking is available at the Alyeska Resort Daylodge with Shuttle service provided. Car pooling is encouraged!
There is no admission fee, only good times! Be sure to purchase a limited edition Girdwood Forest Fair T-Shirt “The Cover Charge that Covers Your Back”!
Camping will be allowed in Forest Fair Campgrounds only for a fee – Camping permit required. Public Camping is prohibited in the town of Girdwood during Forest Fair Weekend. Law enforcement personnel will be patrolling the Girdwood Valley.

If you live in Alaska come check it out or if you are planning a visit it happens every year.  The only bad thing is no dogs allowed, so poor Alice, the chicken dog, will have to stay in the her truck with windows down and water.  Yes, I did say her truck.  Alice seems to think that every time the truck goes anywhere it must be going camping.  That means road trip for Alice.  She loves to go camping and is a great road tripper.

Alice did slip trying to get into the camper yesterday while I was getting things ready. I sure hope she is not to scared to jump in today when we go to bed tonight.

This will also be Katharine and Rebecca’s first camping trip.  Heather and Dan said they would be meeting us for the night at the campsite.  Can’t wait to get photos of the girls first campout.

Well I better go make sure the fridge is cold, so I can put in the food.  I need to add a last few things then I think the camper will be ready.

I will be posting pictures and tell you all about our trip when we get back so be sure to check it out.

Spending Time with Grandbabies

So we got home yesterday and today we watched our granddaughters for a few hours.  My daughter knew we would watch them so our Son in law could do some work because we had not seen them for 5 weeks.  David and I couldn’t get over the fact that they each have started to get fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff  t their own personality already.  Rebecca is going to be the thinker we think. Katharinelllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

This is what happens when you try to blog after a few beers, a shot of whiskey and jet lag.  I kept falling asleep with my fingers on the key.  I gave up and figured I would start again this morning.

As I was saying Rebecca is going to be the thinker.  She is the smaller of the twins but doesn’t miss a thing.  She is always looking and moving.  David thinks her first words will be a sentence.

Katharine right now is the one that wants all the attention.  She has always been the better eater and you can tell because she is catching up to her age faster than her little sister.

They were born 7 weeks early but they were healthy.  They were never on oxygen.  Katharine weighed 3lb7oz and Rebecca weighed 3lb2oz.  They needed to learn how to suckle and weigh over 4lbs to get out of the hospital.  They both left together after a month.  Heather was only giving them breast milk but now she is having trouble keeping up, so they are having to get a little formula.

Heather just told me they went in for their 4 month check up and Katharine weighed 11lb2oz and Rebecca weighed 9lb7oz.

This is the girls when we left.

These are the photos that Heather sent me while we were gone to butter me up before she asked if I could watch the girls once a week when we got home.  They don’t seem to be able to get anything done.  Can’t imagine why.  Let’s see they are raising twins, Heather is the CEO of the largest manufacturer in Alaska and Dan in trying to run his real estate business.  So now Grandma and Grandpa are back and we can help out when needed.

These are the pictures that I took while we had them yesterday.  They really are good babies.  They fuss if they are hungry or fighting sleep.  They are girls and are afraid they are going to miss something if they are sleeping.  But to their surprise Grandma knew how to get them to sleep after raising 5 children and the 10 grandchildren before they were born.

 

If you can’t tell we are very proud of our little girls and will enjoy watching them grow up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Again

We made it home in under 7 hours.  I do like flying Icelandair.  We flew economy and still had plenty of leg room.  It was not full, so no one sat in our aisle seat.  We didn’t buy their food because we had leftovers from our stay in the apartment.  We did have to buy one of their beers though because it was a limited edition to celebrate their 737.  It was nice and we kept the cans.

When we arrived back in Anchorage we made it through immigration rather fast because most of the people on the flight were not the US.  Waiting for our luggage took longer than in the regular airport.  In Anchorage we have a smaller building that is used for all international flights.

Then we got to customs where we were asked did we have any wine, sausage or cheese, good thing they didn’t say beer, we answered no and left the building.  Our friend, Judie Wolfe, was there to get us. We stopped by the house and dropped of the luggage and picked up Dusty, our son, to go to Red Robin for a hamburger since it was 4th of July. I was not going to BBQ after that trip.

It was wonderful sleeping in our own bed last night.