The First

The first can be many different things and we all have our first; like our first birthday. It was the twins first birthday on February 16th. The family had just come back from a vacation, so Grandma made a cake. It was also Dan’s birthday on February 13th so we celebrated Dad’s birthday too.

I found an old recipe for Angel Food Cake that I made. Everyone thought it was great. Of course, it was not Keto friendly but you have to have cheat sometimes. I also had strawberries and whip cream for it.

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Labor Day Camping

This is the last three day weekend before we have to take the camper off the truck for the year.  We will probably get another camping trip in for sure but not sure after that.

We had a great time with the kids and granddaughters.

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What We Do For Our Kids!

So, yesterday I am getting busy on my checklist and my son comes in the room. He says, “Hey Mom, the guy I’m working for needs someone to clean his condo. You want to do it for $20 an hour?” I said, “Sure why not.” My son tells me he just put new carpet in, so I didn’t have to worry about that.  He needs someone to clean the kitchen cabinets, bathrooms, clean the floors.  I thinking well that won’t be bad.  Boy, was I wrong!

 

Those rooms were horrible.  I started downstairs yesterday.  We only worked for a few hours because my son had to go to Home Depot. Today we were there from 8 to 5 but we had to leave for a while, so Dusty could go look at another job.  I still have at least another day or day and a half before I am done.  Even the washer and dryer were filthy.  I have to say though it has been fun working with my son again.  I haven’t done that since he was a kid. This time though he was the boss and not me.  I think I will be making a little more money than I thought I would make.

Well life is always good when you get to spend time with your loved ones whether it is working together or just visiting.

 

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.

 

 

Flat Ole Hippies Go to the Kenai Peninsula

We went on another road trip with our friends to Sterling and Soldotna with our friends. DSC_0708

We went to visit their son Jared in Sterling.  Boy does he look like a real mountain man living in the woods with his wife.  They even live in a log cabin.

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We got to go to the Kenai River too.  There were people fishing but we didn’t see any fish.

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Then we met Brodie who is one of their granddaughters.  She was visiting from Washington with her mom, Tiffany.

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Brodie even shared her cotton candy with us.

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It was a lot of fun visiting Soldotna and Sterling.  Can’t wait to see where we go next.

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!

 

 

Smoking and Trucking

I don’t know how many of you have kids out there but I have five, 3 boys and 2 girls.  They age from 44 to 35 this year.  You know we all love our kids no matter what stupid things they do.  Of course, I have to remember the dumb things I did when I was young and survived.  The boys as they grew older slowly got their head out of there; oh what would you call it, Oh yea ASS!  Anyway so my youngest finally got his head out and just got out 6 months of rehab.  We are all very proud of him for this.  So he has decided that he should not drive until he gets his license back.  I guess he decided seven years without was probably enough because those driving without a license fines and jail time was not fun.  So we were helping him get a truck today so he can get his interlock in it and then he can get his license.  Anyway he finds a $800 truck he wants. We take him over to look at it and he buys it.  I am thinking great we can get everything done before we leave on Monday.   I call about getting the interlock put in and am told that because it is almost closing time and a holiday weekend they won’t be open again until Tuesday. Then we found out that he has to take the driving part again in his truck with the interlock in because it has been so long. Which means he is going to have to fix the passenger seat because the back of it is in the back seat.  The truck needed an alternator, so we took him to pick that up.  We go back to the truck and he puts it in.  We jump it and of course, it is empty.  Off to the gas station with David, my husband, driving and me following.  We gas up and get onto Diamond, a main street in Anchorage, Alaska, at rush hour.  What happens then you ask?  It dies at a stop light.  I have to pull up next to them, so they can try to jump it. I now have blocked the turn lane and have now pissed off tons of people because  they can’t get a round us. So the guys decide we will pull it with out Subaru Outback.  All we have is some nylon rope that they have doubled and got us tied together.  As we start off the rope breaks.  They fix it and we get pulled into the nearest parking lot.  After tightening up connections and charging the battery the guys get it running.  We are off again home.  Oh yea, I forgot to mention that the guy that had the truck had a ton too much oil in it, so it is smoking to high heaven.  So we have smoke going everywhere and then this guy in a convertible goes zooming past us.  I am thinking I bet you are trying to get out of the smoke.  I remember driving down some Interstate one time and saw signs that said don’t drive into the smoke.  I could never figure out what that sign meant but now I am wondering if it has something to do with this.  Anyway, the truck is home.  My son then says I think things are starting to go my way!

 

THREE DAYS AND COUNTING