Spring is coming!

The boys are starting to play outside again!

IMG_1846 Today, when I got home, Mark Daniel was outside playing for the first time in months.  And he didn’t even have his jacket on!  Of course he was doing what little boys typically do in the spring and fall: Climb trees!

The snow is melting fast and the rains are coming every third day or so, to help melt away all this ridiculous snow we’ve gotten this year.

Holly is not really in favor of letting the boys climb trees, because, as she says, “What if they can’t get down,” or ” What if he gets hurt while he’s coming down?”  Well, I don’t have a great response for that type of concern.  Usually, I say something condescending, like, “Well, I played like that when I was a kid too and I didn’t break any bones!.  Plus it’s hard to get too worried, because, after all it is just a small alder he’s climbing.

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The days are getting longer: Time for a Trip to the beach!

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IMG_1598If we pretend really hard, we can imagine we have a nice, warm, sunny beach with soft hot sand and a snow drift twenty feet high…

The weather has been impossibly beautiful  out here in Haines lately.  The wind has been out of the north, bringing in the cool air from the interior so the skies have been clear and the sun bright.  The days have been stunningly beautiful, but quite chilly.  It was below twenty on a few mornings lately.

IMG_1600 We simply had to go to the beach and give the boys some run-around and throw rocks time.  Having boys leads to that type of activity.

John Caleb is really thriving, he is starting to vocalize a bunch when surrounded by family and in a familiar setting and he’s gaining weight fast.

Physically, he’s gaining skills everyday.  Just today he started pushing his torso up to nearly 90 degrees, which is really good for a four month old according to the baby books we have on the shelf.

Luke is really learning to communicate well too and is getting his point across when speaking.  Although we have not made much forward progress on the potty training since we had him at the day care center with Kim Larson: she’s a miracle worker when it comes to potty training.

In other news, I went to the doctor to get his opinion on why my knee has been hurting and he things I have a torn left medial IMG_1626nmeniscus and didn’t think any physical therapy would help. His verdict was I have three options: 1) take up to three Ibuprofen per day four times a day to relieve the swelling and reduce the pain 2) have him remove the swelling by removing the fluid and injecting it with some cortisone 3) get orthoscopic surgery to have the meniscus smoothed out again.  He didn’t think footwear would make a difference. 

I do believe that the meniscus is torn, but do not think the pain is great enough to start in on any treatment at this point, but I am an active guy and may well rue the day I decided not to get surgery before the gillnetting season.

What I find interesting is that only one knee is bothering me.  Why not both knees?  I don’t remember ever having any sort of catastrophic injury on that knee.

Life is good

The last two days have been idylic.

I’ve gotten home from work and everything has been (just about) perfect.  The house was clean, the kids were happy, the meal was planned and nearly ready to go, the towels were ready to be folded…  it was all peace and love.

Two nights ago, we had home-made pizza.  Yum.

Last night, we had home made macaroni.  Yum.

Another cool thing is that the Cross Country Album has arrived and I’ve sold two more of those.  I really like doing the albums, because they are a really cool finished product and a fun way for me to be creative.  If you haven’t seen any of my albums, please take some time to check out a couple…I still have to make two custom alubms and then order one more.

I need to do a cost analysis on this next album and see if it was worth the extra time if I sell x number of albums.  I like making them, but at least once so far has not been worth the extra effort.

Another SNOW DAY!

No School again!  Yipeee!  (not that I don’t like school, of course)

  Whatever will I do?

The winds feel ferocious outside.  The drifts are bigger than I’ve ever seen them here in Haines–but nothing like the drifts in Barrow, or Unalakleet–which can get HUGE drifts over night.weather satellite03_06_2007

I need to buy a new shovel and uncover the tank in the back of the house before the snow gets hard to dig.

Holly has already started the laundry–yesterday we deep cleaned the kitchen and I worked on taxes.  Today I also want to take some shots around town of the various houses and buildings in the snow–maybe I’ll do some drive-by shootings.

It’s warmer than yesterday, but the visibility is lower.  Here’s a paste:

Detailed Local Forecast

How to Read This

  • Today: Windy. Snow this morning will mix with rain at times this afternoon. High 38F. Winds NNW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precip 70%. Snow accumulating 4 to 6 inches.
  • Tonight: Cloudy with rain and snow. Low 34F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 80%.
  • Tomorrow: Cloudy with rain and snow. High 39F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 70%.
  • Tomorrow night: Rain and snow in the evening transitioning to snow showers late. Low 29F. NE winds shifting to NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 60%.
  • Thursday: Rain mixed with snow. Highs in the low 30s and lows in the upper 20s.
  • Friday: Chance of a few snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the low 20s.
  • Saturday: Snow showers possible. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the mid 20s.

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Keep warm, and find something productive to do.

We’re staying Busy!

Luke Painting Holly did some water painting with the boys (mostly with Mark, age 4).  Luke helped a bit too. 

They also listened to a Lenard Bernstein production of Peter and the Wolf with the full orchestra.  Mark instantly named all the characters when he heard their melodies, which is cool.  You can perhaps see the snow in the corner, which is about 5/8 up the window.

IMG_0092 I’m backing up about 150 gigs worth of photos for the year onto my new eSata 750 GB HD using a firewire 250GB Maxtor drive as the source.  I’m just about to head out to Lutak Lumber to get the new shovel I’ve needed for more than a week.  If ever there was a week in which I’d need a shovel, this is it!

It’s a SNOW day!

It’s not that I don’t like school.  I like school as much as the next person.  It’s just that this is the first day off from school we’ve had in what seems like an unusually wintery winter.


This is the first day school has been canceled in a long time.  The last time was in my first or second year in Haines–I wish I knew the date now.  As I recall, I had a heck of a time getting out of my long driveway on small tracts spur, but eventually made it.  When I made it to school, there was no one there at first, but soon after that, Fontenot pulled up and then shortly after that we discovered there was no school.  Boy, did we ever celebrate.  Not that we don’t like school.

So what did we do?  Did we sit around grading papers?  Did we write up lesson plweather map 1 march 2007ans for the rest of the week?

Nope.  We went to the video store to rent a few movies, then bought some pizza, pop, and other party supplies and went to my house to kick back and have some fun.

Here’s the weather for the day from yahoo.com:


Detailed Local Forecast

How to Read This

  • Today: Periods of snow. Very cold. High around 20F. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70%. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches.
  • Tonight: Variably cloudy with snow showers. Low 18F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulating 1 to 2 inches.
  • Tomorrow: Snow during the morning will mix with rain at times during the afternoon. High 38F. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precip 70%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
  • Tomorrow night: Periods of rain and snow. Low 34F. NNW winds shifting to ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 70%.
  • Wednesday: Rain and snow. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the upper 20s.
  • Thursday: Mix of rain and snow. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the mid 20s.
  • Friday: Chance of a few snow showers. Highs in the low 30s and lows in the low 20s.

The weather doesn’t look too bad when you look at the weather map.  What seems to have made this weather worse than other snowfall we’ve had this winter is that the snow started falling very heavily EARLY this morning  and is forecast to continue snowing heavily through the morning.  I’ve heard that we’re supposed to get 20 inches (or at least Juneau is) by noon.  Juneau canceled school for Monday yesterday.

In the satellite view up above, it looks like the snow is swirling around from the NE, to my untrained eye.

This is the first day school has been canceled in a long time.  The last time was in my first or second year in Haines–I wish I knew the date now.  As I recall, I had a heck of a time getting out of my long driveway on small tracts spur, but eventually made it.  When I made it to school, there was no one there at first, but soon after that, Fontenot pulled up and then shortly after that we discovered there was no school.  Boy, did we ever celebrate.  Not that we don’t like school.

So what did we do?  Did we sit around grading papers?  Did we write up lesson plans for the rest of the week?

Nope.  We went to the video store to rent a few movies, then bought some pizza, pop, and other party supplies and went to my house to kick back and have some fun.

Here’s the weather for the day from yahoo.com:


Detailed Local Forecast

How to Read This

  • Today: Periods of snow. Very cold. High around 20F. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70%. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches.
  • Tonight: Variably cloudy with snow showers. Low 18F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulating 1 to 2 inches.
  • Tomorrow: Snow during the morning will mix with rain at times during the afternoon. High 38F. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precip 70%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
  • Tomorrow night: Periods of rain and snow. Low 34F. NNW winds shifting to ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 70%.
  • Wednesday: Rain and snow. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the upper 20s.
  • Thursday: Mix of rain and snow. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the mid 20s.
  • Friday: Chance of a few snow showers. Highs in the low 30s and lows in the low 20s.

The weather doesn’t look too bad when you look at the weather map.  What seems to have made this weather worse than other snowfall we’ve had this winter is that the snow started falling very heavily EARLY this morning weather03_05_2007 and is forecast to continue snowing heavily through the morning.  I’ve heard that we’re supposed to get 20 inches (or at least Juneau is) by noon.  Juneau canceled school for Monday yesterday.

In the satellite view up above, it looks like the snow is swirling around from the NE, to my untrained eye.

Cold House!

As soon as I made that last post, I ran a quick errand, then I came back in the house and the Toyostove was flashing CL 02, which means no fuel. Wow.

I called Nishan. He had two five gallon jerry-jugs of #1 diesel he loaned me, so I went to his house immediately to get the fuel. I need to get those filled back up tomorrow and back to him. I broke the pouring spout off the top of one of the lids, perhaps you know what I’m talking about, the accordion looking translucent plastic funnels that fit the large holes just right. It was stiff and snapped instead of bending. Thankfully, I had one more spout with which to pour on the other jerry-jug.

So I need to get those two jugs filled up, and then buy myself two like jugs and fill them up and label them “Davis #1D” to keep laid by in store for emergency use just like he does.

Now I need to:

1)  call Delta Western and get fuel

2)  get a new shovel

3)  refill the jerry jugs

4)  buy my own jerry jugs and set them aside for emergency use.

That’s it for now.