Thursday, November 20, 2014


Sorry for the poor photo quality but the moose processing has brought out the big folding table. How timely, this table also comes out for Thanksgiving and now I am finally in a Thanksgiving Day mood. 

This photo also reminds me that daily living is messy. 

Much of school happened in the kitchen today
due to the canning of moose meat. The first meat we have ever canned. So far so good. 

Canned meat is not pretty, maybe there should be opaque jars for such things. 

There is more meat to be processed. All that we had time to do yesterday was the bag of meat, ya know backstrap and tenderloin and whatever else isn't attached to a leg bone, and one hindquarter.

More processing tonight or tomorrow. Tomorrow is our first Saturday. 

Friday, October 31, 2014


It has been a while since the pantry has received a good clean out and reorganization. I did not take a before picture but here are a few afters. 

See all of the bag clips and clothes pins? Those babies were hidden in the deep, dark recesses of the pantry.

See The Cracker Box? I found so many opened cracker sleeves in the pantry and now we have the cracker box to contain any opened cracker sleeves. I should have counted the ones I tossed but then I would be quite frustrated.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

This Week in Alaska

We have had missions revival all week along with normal everyday living.
Monday while Elisabeth was at her technology class and Levi was at the dentist I picked up my prescription sunglasses with bifocal lenses, yep, bifocal lines. 

My funny faced chauffeur. I am getting used to not driving everywhere. 

The sunrise one morning this week. I sit myself facing the window so I get the sunrise and daily sun on my face. 

I normally avoid the Made in China home decor but this sign has been calling my name since it was placed in my local Sam's Club. The price tag was $30 and I was not paying that but today it was $9.91 or some thing near
that price point. The sign came home and is hung on the wall, lest you think it is only for fall, the other side says Welcome. 
(Also, I'd you know that if a price at Sam's ends in a 1 that item is on clearance so grab it up because it isn't coming back.)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Partial Solar Eclipse and an Earthquake

                  I am not sure that what we will be able to see because it is very overcast today but the solar eclipse information is linked here.

Also, I felt an earthquake this morning and I rarely feel them, as in my friend and I were in our dining room and she felt an earthquake and I didn't, I only saw the door moving. Maybe I have built in shock absorption? Anyhow, I must get on with the day now that the shaking is complete.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PSAT Test Day

The photo quality is horrible because I took this picture through the dirty windshield. 
Levi walked into the local high school today to
take the PSAT. I am hoping he has a couple of familiar faces in his testing room from baseball aquaintances. 
I did not realize there were this many high school students in our little hamlet here. I do not know what time they begin school but the kids just keep pouring in. I have seen two kids in shorts but that is par for the course here. 

I just heard the bell ring so I shall drive away and go home and begin the school day with my three at home. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Views

My husband sends me updates and pictures from the duck blind. Today was a duck hunting day for him and Levi and these are the pictures he sent. Beautiful spot.

They got their limit of ducks today. Best duck hunt of the season. 

And my favorite picture of the day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Today's partial to do list. I began using Bullet Journaling back in March and so far this is the planning system for me. I love planning but I have tossed away too many half used planners over the years. This is simple and works for me. Before you go and look for YouTube videos about bullet journals go to bulletjournal dot com and watch the original video. Simple system and no empty planner pages. I use a regular notebook with a pocket instead of the notebook the guy on the website uses.

Biology with Elisabeth. That is one thick book.

I had my annual eye exam today. Does your eye doctor have a Hoosier cabinet and retro toys? Mine does. 

The eye doctor dialted my eyes and wow my eyes feel so awful. Good thing they are finally getting back to normal. 

Everyone is studying World History this year. The girls are using Mystery of History and the curriculum suggested a couple of movies while studying Ancient Egypt and the Exodus so those were available and we ended our school day by watching one of the movies. Made for a quiet end to the school day and I couple close me eyes in between dinner prep in the kitchen. 

The duck hunters returned home at dinner time. After dinner we went to vote in municipal elections before the polls closed. 

The current night time activity had been playing Crazy 8's before bedtime each evening. Benjamin loves games. 

Monday, Snow Day, Fun Day

Monday brought about six to eight inches of snow. Yes, snow already. Good thing snow is beautiful. 
Monday brought snafus of humans interacting with one another in daily life. Oh that we make learn to love like Christ. 

My little guy who thrives on quality time and affrirming words waited all morning to take Emmy for a walk. We finally got that walk in just before lunch. Breaking trail in six to eight inches of fresh snow in boots meant for a sixteen year old big foot boy is good exercise. 

The only other tracks we saw belonged to squirrels and snowshoe hares.

Late afternoon brought the time to take Elisabeth to her technology class. The first drive of the snow season is always interesting 
as there are people that do not know how to drive on snow and ice, bless their heart's they just do not know how. 
Do not fear, we were stopped at a traffic light when this was taken. When I looked in the rear view mirror when I stopped he was so quiet that I thought he was asleep. 

When we returned home Benjamin got to check the mail from the van window. He was thrilled that he got to do this and said it was his first time ever. 

When Daddy came home he and Benjamin built a snowman. Did you know that we rarely get snowman making snow? Our snow is usually dry and powdery. This was a more wet snow so we have a snowman.

Benjamin fetching with Emmy. He loves to play with her. 

When I walked out of the boys' room last nightafter putting Benjamin to bed I saw this. This is how Levi prepares to go duck hunting. He piles his gear outside of his room as no not wake his little brother. He is nice that way. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Grouse and Snow

We woke up to snow on the ground. Good thing today is a planned day at home for me. I refuse to go anywhere until Ieave for church in the morning.

Benjamin, Emmy and Daddy went bird hunting. No ducks but they got this Spruce Grouse.

Love this one with Emmy, Benjamin loves Emmy.