Wednesday, September 20, 2017

First several uses of salmon

Asian salmon:

'Merican salmon:

Asian salmon with 'Merican veggies:


There is a lady wandering around campus nowadays with a pair of perfectly plush lab puppies. She says she brings them to school and work to socialize them, and welcomes pets and visits.

I'm such a good citizen that I always stop to help!

Ruff n tumble!

Fatty fuzzies!

"Oh, a treat?"

"We'll sit nicely for a treat!"

How stinkin' cute are they?!?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Photos from a hike a few weekends ago

A few weekends ago, M planned us a day hike at the Coal Mine Road, which passes some half dozen ponds stocked with fish, and ends at an old coal mine. It was a surface mine, now mostly reclaimed by nature.

Mount Hayes! (There is some Hayes on the horizon. Heh!)

Donnelly Dome:

A grader day has come!



It was just before the height of Fall's beauty. Two weeks later, the colors near our house exploded into these!

I snapped this photo on campus last week. Super beautiful!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Autumn and Linden used to do a Dance of Joy in the yard when we got home--they'd rip circles around the cabin, race each other and me up and down the driveway, and growl and chest-bump. Starbuckeroo and Cricket don't do a Dance of Joy... they run out, pee, run back in, and demand cuddles.

"Hello, Human!"

"We await our cuddlefest!"



(Directly after this photo was taken, Cricket jumped up and used her front paws to push me back onto the couch, whereupon she flopped her full body on top of me. Roo jumped off the couch and moved to the other side so she could demand pets from closer to my head.)



Thursday, September 7, 2017

It's Fall!


Yellow leaves on the ground!

Red dogwood!

Blue sky!

Sun dappling through trees!

Herby stuff!


"Um, excuse me, but are you going to also pet ME?"


First fire of the season was lit on Saturday, the 2nd of September!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017


This group of four bull meese has been hanging around our neighborhood. It's two sets of brothers: one pair of yearlings, probably born in 2016, and the other born just this year. Way too young to be on their own. They are probably orphaned and thus have attached themselves to the older pair. The older pair, being only yearlings, will not to into rut this year, and will continue to hang out together, as siblings are wont to do. I've made a friend who is a wildlife biologist at Fish and Game, and she explains these things. :)

I only got a blurry photo of the babes:

It seems like the setup for an Adam Sandler heartwarming screwball comedy--a pair of orphaned brothers gets adopted by a pair of twentysomething brothers; chaos, antics, and heartwarming Episodes ensue. But this is not comedy, and the upcoming winter will be winter as usual. I don't know if the young 'uns will make it. :(

Saturday, September 2, 2017

All kinds of news!

1) Somewhere along the Richardson Highway on our trip to Glenallen, Simon hit 75k miles!

2) The other night, I made chicken mole, and it was so pretty I had to photograph it:

3) And the vet said it was okay to give dogs bell peppers:

4) And my coworker is babysitting a corgi pup:

5) And I got a nice-ish photo of all 4 of us!

6) And I bought star fruit in Delta Junction!

7) And as I was walking across campus the other day, I found Captain Doggie all loaded up to take his friends canoeing!

8) Our latest haul from the Alaska Marine Conservation Council is 20 pounds of Bristol Bay salmon fillets at $10 per pound! All cleaned, filleted, and vacuum-packed! It is 15 fillets. :)