Spring is for the birds

It’s been warm here. About 45 degrees by the middle of the day. The snow is slowly melting away, but we are fortunate to still have a good base and lots of snow out our back door. The days here are getting longer. This is our first spring and summer in Alaska and we have not yet had the full…

Fear

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. -Eleanor Roosevelt I’m a scaredy cat. No really. I don’t really enjoy roller coasters and I don’t like going fast in a car. Unless I’m driving. I have always…

It’s Not All Roses and Dogsled Runs…

I’m not gonna lie. Lately, stuff around here has kind of, well, sucked. The weather has gone from cold to warm and back again about 30 times. The trails are a disaster for running dogs. I got fired from a writing job so I can’t afford the rest of the gear I need to race. I withdrew from the races…

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I’m Still Waiting for the Wise…

I’m 41. I still get excited on Christmas Eve. I still want people to wish me a happy birthday even though I’m oldish now. I still feel like I’m being bad when I reach for more than three cookies in the cookie jar because my mother always said that three was enough. I still don’t know what I want to…

Small Space Living

Things can get a little cramped in 400 square feet with eight people. We are currently living in a small, off grid cabin. We have a large room downstairs that serves as kitchen and living room and a loft that serves as the bedroom for mom, dad and the littles. We also have a small guest cabin that the teens…

When the Snowmachines Don’t Run

Once upon a time a wonderful man (who shall remain nameless) traded his extra (extra?) Suburban for two snowmachines so that his family might travel in style from the house to the truck. Our truck, you see, has to live at the end of the seismic trail that goes to our house when the snow piles up. It’s only about…

Crazy Eights Kennel

After much deliberation – we have decided on a new kennel name! We thought hard about using Fat Dog Farm again, but that really made us sad for Tomahawk and all that happened there. So new place, new name! We have 8 fantastic kids and lots of sled dogs so – Crazy Eights it is! Here’s the new site - http://crazyeightskennel.wordpress.com/

Marooned in the Hills

We rarely go to town anyway. Once a week to go to the homeschool swim (and get a shower) and hit the library. We might go again if we are out of propane or gas, but that’s rare. We usually try and do it all  - trash, water, swim, library, gas – in that one trip. Once or twice a…

Water Running in Winter

When we first moved to Alaska, some of my friends were shocked to hear that we would be hauling our water from a nearby spring. “Will it still run in the winter?” they asked. While I had been assured from the previous homeowners and the locals that it would indeed, still run, I had yet to see for myself during…

Where a quick 8-mile dog run becomes a 3 hour tour…

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Isn’t that how all mishaps, er…adventures…begin? Well, it did. Because our motorized quad recently suffered a terminal injury (to go left you have to turn right…don’t ask!), we have been training dogs on our Suburban. This is an effective way to build muscle and condition the dogs – not to mention…