Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thanksgiving through today

Yep, 1) we took a selfie in the middle of a store and 2) we went black Friday shopping and 3) I have never been an enjoyer of black Friday shopping.

But, half of socks at Fred's will get me out every year I have twelve feet to cover. Half price socks and tights people. I am in. 

The sky, I took this picture for the sky. I cannot  figure out where this is, just look at the sky. 

The tree topper this year. 

Benjamin went to the birthday party of a friend and there was this baby, I got her to sleep. We are BFFs. 

Skiing has commenced and has done wonders for dealing with darkness. The thirty to forty-five minutes a day outside is wonderful. 

Random fact, we will begin gaining daylight soon, we are almost to the top of the hump.

The girls made gingerbread cookies for a cookie swap. 

We hosted the cookie swap with the help of another family. Fun times. 

We had hot cocoa floats as a drink option. I LOVE hot cocoa floats. We used mint chocolate chip Bryers ice cream, NOT the green kind, white ice cream. Try it you will love it. And don't forget the whipped cream.

A birthday happened. Benjamin turned six, where has the time gone?

Our North Pole Mc Donald's was torn down and rebuilt so we had birthday lunch at the newly opened place. Nice, I liked the combination of McDonald's and North Pole. The big picture on the wall is of the Santa Claus house. 

Benjamin had his two buds from Sunday School over for pizza and cupcakes. 

Today we had recess, everyone outside. The kids did the sled thing while I skiied. 

Now you know what we have been up to.

Monday, December 15, 2014


Oops, I am a little behind in posting.

Living in small town Alaska is pretty great. The lighting was decent so I stopped on the side of a residential road and took a few pics of the kids. 

Judith made most of the pies for Thanksgiving this year. 

Recipes and Pandora on the tablet while pie making. 

I think this was cherry pie

Prepping ingredients on Wednesday for easy cooking on Thursday

Homemade cream of mushroom soup for a recipe.

Benjamin was arranging fall decorations on the piano. 

My Thanksgiving day brunch

The turkey, our friends have 4H kids who grow market turkeys and they always raise a couple extra for their freezer. Yummy, homegrown turkey. 

Benjamin's prayer stance, yes, I was watching him.

The spread after everyone had gone through the line. 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Processing the Moose

Freezer space is, well, limited. 
The garden harvest was less than stellar so there were many empty canning jars. 
Moose meat went into jars. 
I am beginning with the finished product. 

Meat in jars is not pretty. 

Jars in the canner. I canned twenty-one quarts of meat. 

Packing meat into jars.


Ahh, the ER, the dreaded ER. On a Friday night at 11 pm. We were surprised that we the only people in the ER, yahoo! 
Why did we go to the ER? Elisabeth was woodworking while watching a movie and well, the finger got cut, on her left hand aannnd she is a lefty.

After returning home and stitched and splinted for twenty-four hours.

Saturday morning was a little late starting due to a late night at the ER. Benjamin was the only one that received a full night of sleep so he kept himself busy while everyone else slowly got moving for the day.

After sleeping in and slowly waking up I decided it was past time to give the kitchen counters a deep cleaning. I spent the day removing everything and cleaning grout and then removing all the baking soda residue.

Sunday was a low attendance Sunday with many families out due to the flu that has attacked out town. The three muskateers were all back together though. 

This should probably be a post all on its own but it is here. The new North Pole Library opened!!! Yes, we went on the opening day, I am sure the librarians missed us while they were closed and moving. 
Benjamin was the first child to use a computer in the new childrens' room.

There is a fireplace.

Benjamin and I take time for a selfie in a rocking chair.

This picture pretty much sums up Benjamin's excitement about the new library.
So much more space, a new and amazing check in system that immediately checks in your items upon your arrival, and self check-out kiosks. Super cool and here at the Pole, amazing.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Five In A Row---The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese

Benjamin completed the first part of Institute for Excellence in Writing Primary Arts of Language Writing program. That was my marker for taking some time to dive into Five in a Row. We started with The Story of Ping last week. We lightly rowed this book but we learned a little about China and we learned about ducks. 
Benjamin loves science so that was a huge decision making factor in using FIAR. We learned about sinking and floating. 
My boy enjoys activities.


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.