Thunder and lightening, and the worst rumbling I've heard since leaving Fairbanks. Raindrops nearly large enough to be disguised hail, knocking out the honey bees and sending the swallows racing for their bird houses. Yup, quite a storm to watch and second storm of the week knocked out our power for an hour. I haven't seen a storm like this, with roaring thunder of this magnitude in the 16-years we've been living here, but I do recall a few storms like this in Fairbanks, and in California. I thought one deep rumbling had even caused the house, here in Moose Pass, to shake. But to see the lightening bolts, several together, dance off the mountain tops, was borderline miraculous.
Good Morning: Rain-rain and today the sun in its glorious warmness and near cloudless skies has reappeared. We are missing one of our cats, the young gray one, who loves the outside world and the hunting of voles. We have no wild mice in the north, but we do have voles and they're slightly bigger than the average mouse. She comes home to eat every morning after a night of hunting, but she hasn't returned for 4-days. This is the 5th morning she's missed breakfast. We suspect foul play because of the predators in our area: from coyotes to very large barn owls.
Another fantastic day here in Moose Pass, Alaska. Yes, it stopped raining and the sun is shining. I have one thermometer reading of 65-degrees and another one displaying 85-degrees (F). I believe the lower temp is the actual one, because at 85-degrees, I'd be melting. Now Fairbanks is supposed to reach 85-degrees, but that almost normal for them. I actually saw 101 degrees back in the summer of 1978, at Eielson Air Force Base. We then experienced minus 81 degrees the following winter at Eielson.
Hello: Another off and on rainy day here. My yard is beginning to resemble a Thailand wild meadow, minus the water buffalos. It also seems to be a summer of people's personal issues exploding; anxiety, grief, lack of sleep, anger issues and people who know better unable to forgive the ones who caused emotional pain. I can't quite recall a summer like this one where so many family members, both by blood and others shared by our walk with the Lord, cannot grasp the whole forgiveness thing and it causes them great pain. I do understand, it did take a lengthy bit of time for me to forgive two-people in my life, but its now covered and I repented for holding that forgiveness in my heart for so long. Now my forgiveness had no effect on these two people, but once I was finished in my chat with the Lord, I felt an amazing weight lift off my chest.
Quote by Giulio Medfti for the Gatestone New Institute 6/4/17. "In Syria and Iraq, there are dozens if not hundreds of places on Christian worship that Islamic fundamentalists have demolished in the past three years. These images, along with the mass decapitations and rape of the minorities, shock the public. It seems, for one day." (Only one day and the world moves on). " In Minya, Egypt, the 'unfree world'. An Islamist terror group stops a bus full of Christian pilgrims. The terrorists demand that their victims recite the Islamic creed, the Shahaada. The Christians refuse to abandon Christianity and become Muslims. The Islamists murder them one by one." What does this tell us, "Christians resist Islam more in the Middle East than in Europe."
CELEBRATION!!!!!!! Great-Granddaughter Segan...maybe its Segen, was born to Patrick and Canaan Miller. John Alex and Elizabeth (our oldest child) drove up to Fairbanks to witness the birth and missed the actual birth by a few hours. So, Mona and I now have a Great-Grandson Solomon and a Great-Granddaughter Segan. No weight or length provided yet, but the photo Canaan sent us shows a baby girl with very pretty eyes. Canaan is doing fine, so is the father.
Another rainy day, but hey, it's my birthday! Yes, I turned 64 years old today. Not real old yet, that hits me next year. I grew up when people thought 65 was the year you turned a geezer, or in nicer terms, a senior. This was also when you could apply for Social Security, be bald, lose the last of your teeth and realize you've shrunk 5 inches in height and all your skin is wrinkly. I have one year to go for that.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL OF YOU WHO FIT INTO THIS CATEGORY. I know that in watching my lovely wife for the last 37-years, that being a mother has got to be the hardest job in the world. The days are long and they never cease, so I salute you ladies. Thank you for the job you have put in. I was very close to my mother and I watched the pain and the joys her four children put her through. But being the baby, I admittedly received the best over my siblings. And I so hope my children understand all the work their mother did for them as they grew up.
Hello Everyone: It's another beautiful Spring day morning here in Moose Pass, temperature at 6 a.m. was 34-degrees on the plus side and almost all of the snow and ice has vanished, except on the mountains; that took on a fresh dusting of snow a couple days ago. The fresh smells of Spring in Alaska can make a man stand idle, just to take in a few lung-fills and relish in a fine mixture of smells. No smog, few people and just nature's mixture.
Computer hiccups, lost time, wanderings through the desert and wrapping up my latest manuscript... a week can sure pass-by fast.
Hello World. Here in Moose Pass we've endured the last three sluggish days of heavy overcast, new snow for the mountain peaks and the first arctic mosquitoes have appeared. Thankfully, we expect the arrival of our swallows any day now. Strangely enough, scout swallows show-up first. I've watched them appear over the years, checking out each of the old bird houses and then flying off for my next-door neighbor. 4 to 5 days later, the main body of swallows return for about 2-months. What's nice is how each swallow can eat 800 to 1000 mosquitoes a day. The problem is these beautiful birds, the size of your palm, will occasionally run smack into my living room picture-window. I'll go outside to check on them, but only a small percentage of the birds will be on the ground. They appear to be a tough little bird. Since living here in Moose Pass I have learned we seem to be one of the main hatching grounds for these birds. Once their babies are old enough to take flight, they begin their lengthy flight back to the Lower 48. Makes one wonder what brought these birds to north country? Another bird I find interesting is our large Black Raven. A scavenger, he is very good at concealing their nesting areas and they survive up here year-round. Of special significance to the Alaskan Natives for ancient beliefs, the Raven is often placed in native artwork. They also come much larger than the Lower 48 version.
It appears we made it through Easter Weekend without having one of our city's or an ally's city transformed into a pile of molten concrete and steel. No, I'm not joking, but the last week or so has put me into mind what we school kids went through in late 1950's and early 1960's, as we practiced climbing under our desks in the event of a nuclear attack.
Our snow is melting, ground is again sloppy and not a cloud in the sky as our temperatures rise above the 40 Degree mark. HELLO! Yes, it truly is a beautiful day, with white foothills and white mountains under this outstanding sky. I am hoping the coming asteroid, due on the 19th, can be seen by the human eye. All too many of our reportedly "near misses", need a telescope or they're the size of our ( Susan's) Jeep. NASA is often withholding some areas of their scientific facts.
Hello Everyone. I was going to write this yesterday, but I got so involved with life I simply forgot. We had to rough it through a two-day power-out. This was Tuesday to Wednesday, 30-hours and a few moments of quietness. Our wood stove kept it toasty. In March, we ran out of wood for the first time in 10-11 years and we had to buy those "$6 a parcel of split wood." These held 6-7 pieces of Spruce and Birch and it kept us warm, This was back in March and the house got a bit chilly. But We are 40-year Alaskans and know how to keep warm...too bad about the piano. In a couple days we bought 2 chords and this week we purchased 3 more chords. More then enough to see us until Mid-May...t-shirt time!!
Spring is awakening! From some mildly freezing weather, we now wake up to plus 44-degrees and mud. This is the time for mud boots and towels at the doors to wipe your feet on. Thankfully, the living room area is all old hardwood and a nice carpet given to us by our youngest daughter and her husband.
Hello, hope you are having a pleasant day. For us, here in Moose Pass, snow has moved back in and last night we gained another 4 to 6 inches, plus maybe an inch or more today. Still, the trees are all coated with fresh snow, including my 3-chord-pile of cut wood. I was about to go outside yesterday to pile the smaller stuff into our black sled and tow it over to our woodshed, when my darling wife glanced at me with that threatening look she has become so good at delivering. So, I'm waiting for a couple of older teens to come by who want to earn some money. Two such boys...young men, stopped by to see Liam, not realizing he now has a job in Soldotna- 65 miles away from us an he's living with his mom. They didn't want the job. I have to admit it is n impressive pile of wood.
Greetings, World: Another radiant afternoon for Moose Pass, with temperatures in the plus 20's and not a single cloud in this sky-blue color...Best choice I could come up with because the sky is too light for a royal blue color and having grown up in the heavy smog of Southern California- which was an ugly brown, I am always vastly impressed by Alaska's skies.
Well, we've done it, we've finally run out of wood, but our electric heaters are keeping us from becoming popsicles. That an the two blankets and 4 dogs on my lap. Supposed to get a delivery of wood this evening, if not I start tearing down my wood shed, the local school and the parsonage next door. Good thing its above zero and we've just paid our electric bill.
Life in Alaska never get boring and yes, we are under clear blue skies. Two months of rain will hit us in June. Don't laugh, one year when Mom visited us, it rained for the 31-days she was here. Flooded Seward and we had salon swimming across the highway in 3-inches of water.
Hello, my friends: Another beautiful day in the Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave....good words to remember. Clear blue skies to report, but last couple of nights the clouds moved in and dropped a couple of inches, before drifting on as the sun rose. We're gaining 4 to 5 minutes a day and all too soon, we'll be up to a gain of 7-minutes a day. I celebrated by going to Seward this last Saturday with John Alex. A very nice couple donated to us their old washer and dryer, and we went in to pick them up. They blessed us and we hoped they are blessed in return. John is hooking up the washer today, YES! No more $65 to $75 trips to the Soldotna Laundry.
And another fine day to you. Here in Moose Pass have cloudless skies, moderate winds and temperatures running between minus 4 degrees up to plus 24 degrees. But the wind-chill can always make things interesting.
A little bit of snow, a couple days of clear and cold, toss in another inch or two of snow and today the skies are a beautiful color of soft blue, behind and above majestic mountain peaks a solid white in color. Yes, today Moose Pass is a beautiful place to be.
Snowy day, following a night of rain--makes for a lot of fun with slippery ice. Anyhow, greetings from Moose Pass.
If any of you forgot Valentine's Day, like I did, the Pakistani Government has actually banned it this year from public places and government buildings. Strange when you think how far Hallmark's creation has actually reached--a vast majority of UN countries celebrate it in some way. As for me, my lovely wife forgave me.
Here is a story I found today and I thought I might share it with you, to remind you how nice it is to live in America.-
Hello Everyone. Light snow is falling and last time I checked it was 20 plus degrees outside. Up in Alaska the temperature rises with snowfall, though I have seen snow at minus 32 degrees. I recall, and I might have said this before, how my first family Christmas with Mona and we were living on base, I came home from working a midnight shift, with Mona and while she went to be doing the sensible thing I was determined to hike to the backside of the base and chop down my first Christmas tree.
What a beautiful day in the metropolis of Moose Pass, a truly romantic spot, surrounded by majestic peaks and a mild temperature of minus 2 degrees. Now were expecting some additional snow fall tonight and tomorrow, I love it.
Greetings. Foggy this morning and 6 degrees. When the fog cleared we had clear skies and a truly beautiful day. The snow on the ground simply glowed, made one really respect the Lord's paint brush. Mona was on her Wednesday trip to Soldotna to pick up Susan, who works over there for three days. Mona can help out in the store, do some grocery shopping in the big stores and then enjoy an hour long drive back home. But sometimes, the road turns to sheet ice and it can be a treacherous drive home.
Hello Everyone! I've added a couple new names to the Journal and hopefully I don't scare them off with my writings. Latest news from Moose Pass- this last snow storm has about buried parts of the town. Between 3 and 4 feet of fluffy white snow fell on us within a15-hour period. We've been stuck here for a 2nd day waiting for Chad to make his way to our place. He is SO busy with roads the state doesn't get to and dozens of driveways. Our driveway is about 50-60 yards long.
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