Monday, May 2, 2016

Springtime, and hangin' with Charcoal

One last photo of buds before the birches exploded into full leaf (last Tuesday):

Charcoal's family went to Anchorage for the weekend to attend the UAA commencement (kid #2 got his masters degree in English). So Charcoal hung out with us. He's much more fun now that he's in better shape. We take long walks together, and he galumphs up and down the trail while Starbuck chases him. And he is as sweet and peaceable as my ladies.


Hangin' out inside while DL and I recommence splitting and stacking firewood. Last winter was so mild that we hardly used any at all. We also have a downed spruce tree in the yard from two years ago; it should be fairly dry by now. We won't be buying any more firewood this summer.

Charcoal, the giant (but sweet and gentle) brute:

Autumn, my schweetie, is schweet:

Five! Five fuzzy things in my cabin! Ah, ah, ah! Vahnderful!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Notes from here and there

1) How?


Is Booger?

She looks like a caribou calf!

2) I've just realized that the document holder that I was given with my new hire documentation in 2014 contains a convenient sleeve for a 5-1/4" floppy!

3) Goose eggs are huge!

4) Look! Spring leaves!

A dead one from last year is still clinging on!

5) Starbuckeroo is soooooffft:


Since the snow is gone, pulling our pulk around is no longer an option. But Autumn is strong again and still wants to hike with us, so I got this portable stretcher for her. She has not gone lame in nearly six months, since her heart meds have stabilized, so I think we can just pack this around for emergency deployment. The first review reads:
"I bought this for my work in the veterinary hospital, it is much easier to carry immobile dogs then the pipe and canvas stretcher we had. This soft stretcher is easier to maneuver around corners and thru doorways... it is a bit long for dogs, but we just fold under the last set of handles to match up with the other set and it's perfect! I highly recommend this type of stretcher for any vet hospital!!" :)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Two Very Important Things

1) Look! Behbehbison!

2) Guacamole and tomato-beef chow mein:

Damn it feels good to be a Californian. :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Just some photos to share

Autumn's sweet face:

Booger sez, "Actually, I'd prefer that you not change the couch cover at this particular moment, if you don't mind.":

Starbuckeroo, on her beloved couch:

"Hooold my paaaaaaw."

Dihydrogen monoxide!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Seasonal markers

1) Swapped out winter tires for summer. Our driveway is still muddy, so I drove to a neighborhood park, which has a fancy-pants packed gravel pad parking lot. True to form, everyone who saw me stopped to offer help. I really do think Fairbanks has the nicest people! And I realize what a gem I found in DL, who loads my muddy tires into my hatchback, along with firewood to block the other tires while jacking the car, and pointedly tells me to bring my cell phone. But lets me drive off and do my own thing while he stays home and takes care of other springtime shenanigans. :)

2) Killed my first mosquitoes. :(

3) Willow catkins are everywhere!

4) People are sneezing everywhere (I guess it's common to be allergic to birch pollen.)

5) Dowgs are shedding.

6) Mud is everywhere.

In other news, meese in the tundra!

And in other other news, A bill ensuring the well-being of pets is factored into domestic violence orders and divorces has passed the Legislature. Yay!

Edited to add: behbehreindeer!

A day-old reindeer at the Reindeer Research Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Photo courtesy of Jessica Matthews, Ester.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Two creatures inspiring me today

1) This octopus, who climbed out of his tank in his aquarium and squeezed himself down a drain hole to the ocean. "Later, suckers. Peace out," I imagine he said.

2) This tough and evidently delightful 72-year-old lady, who survived ten days lost in Arizona with her dog. She had emergency food in her car, but no water, so she left for water and got lost. At one point she killed a turtle with her pocket knife, and cooked and ate it in its own shell. She also had the capability to make a fire. Among the many awesome details of this story and this wonderful lady, my favorite is that she plans to use the ordeal for artwork. "I could definitely paint for the next 20 years all the incredibly beautiful canyons, trees, rivers and rocks that I saw... It’s like being in Sedona, Ariz., only multilayered, over and over again. Those incredibly wonderful geological scenes all around me."