Another Saturday, with mild temps here and our snow is almost all gone. Patrick and Canaan celebrated his birthday and they've added a very small kitten to their household. Nice to have around to handle the local shrew problem.
Middle of April, time is going by all too fast. About 8 or 9 days ago we had another snow storm, dropping about 6-8 inches here and now almost all of it is gone. A lot of greenery showing through, meaning a lot of dead leaves from last fall to rake up. Mosquitoes haven't shown up, but the Swallows haven't shown up yet either. I recall I called them sparrows, but in fact they are swallows. I enjoy watching them buzz around, chasing the bugs and then later, teaching the young ones how to fly.
Howdy there, Folks: Boy, we sure got hit with a bit of winter a couple days ago- snow, blizzard conditions and when it was done we had only 6 to 8 inches of snow on the ground. Guess the winds took most of it elsewhere, but it sure pretty while it was falling. Today is cloudy and down again in the plus 20's. Should be spring weather, but it seems to be hold off. Thankfully, our friend Chad and his plow came by and cleaned our lengthy driveway, he also does the church's driveway next door too. A real fine gentleman.
AS you all know, tomorrow is Easter...So, Happy Easter to everyone. Yes, it is sort of unusual to have it come on the 1st of April and the first Sunday of the month at the same time. For atheists, they'll be thinking it goes well for an April Fool's Day, but I do hope they come to know the truth before their judgement day comes about.
Good Afternoon: We are having a very pleasant day here in Moose Pass. We had expected rain or possible snow, but the clouds all blew over the mountains and left us with a sunny day. This is also a quiet day here at the house, as Mona and I are alone for the day. The kids- Patrick, Canaan and their two children have traveled to Fairbanks for a few days- it's about a 460 mile drive one-way, but highly scenic at this time of year. April is around the corner and Spring can be fantastic in Alaska as the snow melts, the plants, flowers and trees bloom and the sparrows return from California.
Greetings to All: I hope you are all having a nice spring day. Here the snow is melting, sun is shinning in a cloudless sky and Temperatures in the mid 30's. Great day to be in Alaska.
I am able to spend 2-4 hours at my desk, working on the editing of my 3rd book in the "Badge and the Cross" Series. First two, "Rookie" and "Stronghold", are in Susan Smith's hands for final editing. She and I are now working on the cover for "Legend of Silene". We found a lot of nice covers, but they were under copyrights and expensive to use. So, I've done the artwork myself and she is working on the lettering.
Now, I have a big favor to ask of all of you, well the ones who have read my first books.
Yes, I am still alive! Been a bit under the weather and have spent my time upstairs. Now for some good news-weather wise. We had quite a snow storm over last weekend- Thursday to Sunday and received about 4-feet of white fluffy stuff. Unfortunately, our plow guy was broken down and awaiting some parts until tomorrow or the next day. Kids did a lot of shoveling- not me! I can use the excuse I'm too old for that now, or too lazy, but I'll go with the old. True, I'm not really that old- will be turning 65 this May, never thought that would happen. My Mona turns 60 this June...hard to believe I'm married to such an old woman. Yet, she looks about 35 yrs old, while I look about 80.
OK, from right off, I'm going through a three-month medicine weening of one of my drugs and I'm already feeling the effects. So, you might see some mistakes in my writing. Though I am trying to check myself. I am already finding the effects of this as process to be trying. Enough on that.
Hello to all you Folks. A clear and chilly greeting, as Moose Pass is still below zero and not a single cloud in the sky. But, we do expect a couple days of snow beginning on Friday.
Another chilly and sunny day here in Moose Pass, temperature is just above zero and a good stiff breeze is blowing. Not a great day to be out playing in the snow unless you have earmuffs on. There is nothing quite like have your ear tips freeze, turning a darker pinkish and then white. Frostbite can just ruin a whole day, especially if you end up in the ER.
Yes, we have survived the Great Alaskan Earthquake, hopefully the only one for this year. Magnitudes have been reported at 7.9 to 8.2, tsunami warning were issued all over south Central Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula coastline communities.
A very nice afternoon to all. We're under cloudless skies, temperature in a bit of a coolish-nature. Another one of our old, young ladies and her daughter has flown up from the lower 48 to be with Patrick and Canaan for the weekend. We haven't seen her for some time and now she is married, a mother and 22 years old. Today the clan is driving over to Soldotna so she can visit with that side of the family...the house will be quieter for a bit, so I will take a nap.
Howdy, Folks. Three days of sun, following two-days of rain, has left us with a lot of cleared areas, or ice....real slippery ice. Church yesterday was small in attendance, the worship leader and I took over the giving of the message....sorry, didn't desire to have that come out all devout sounding. Our Pastor works a Sunday day shift at least once a month, unless he's called in for mandatory overtime.
All of 12-degrees this morning and I've recently learned that Alaska had is warmest year on record at 19.3 degrees average. Our northern parts of the state tend to bring that average down some. I'm not sure what the coldest average is but it must've been a dilly in the old days. Like I said before in 1979 I saw minus 82 degrees, but then that next summer we hit a record 100 plus degrees.
Yes, I don't normally send out journals so close together, but I realized the news category was getting a bit large and thought I'd send it out now. Numerous events are happening around the world and I try to follow them through the foreign papers and online news sites.
A Very Happy New Year to all of you from Bill & Mona, Susan and all the kids. Yes, 2017 has finally ended and now 2018 begins. Most of you can probably remember 1999 and the perilous transition into 2000, all the forecasts of doom, and now some are saying the same for 2018. Yes, a world war cane be in the foreseeable future.
Another Christmas has come and gone, but it was fun and a blessing. By my count there was 17-people here for Christmas morning, and the children seemed to have enjoyed it. I did. Our tradition is to let the youngest one open all their presents and we continue on by age. So, I am last and that ends that stage of the morning. This everyone gets to watch what that one person gets.
Holiday Greetings to all: Are you insane yet, here in Moose Pass we are growing close to it. Only 5 more days. It find it odd that on Dec 26th the season is suddenly brought to a halt- Black Day specials are all that's left and we begin taking decorations down. Still, we've had another 3-4 inches of beautiful snow.
Special UFO Report:
Recently, the news sites have been filled with news about the 2006-2011 Government UFO investigation. Still, $22 million doesn't seem like a lot for a 5 year program. This new one comes under a much longer name, and I prefer the older investigation of the 1950's - 1960's, called "Project Blue Book". One of the key investigators in this former investigation was a retired USAF pilot, who had an encounter while flying a military aircraft.
Wow, only 10-days to Christmas. Time is simply racing by and our rain continues here in Moose Pass, but still hoping for a good heavy snow before Christmas. I've never had a green Christmas in Alaska, but tales of grass popping up in Barrow (Still trying to remember how to spell the new Inupiat name it is now going by), but the grass is mixing with the tundra. This has the locals really wondering of what might lay-ahead.
Rain! Yes, Alaska seems to be under a deluge across the state. Ice is making it hard to get around for cars and on foot. For years now Mona and I wear foot chain to help us from falling, plus a gripper on the bottom of my cane. Falling is a real drag. I think I told you all, that last year I fell and very quickly my long hair got stuck in the ice and I was unable to get up. I remained that way for 10-15 minutes, until Mona came out and found me on the ice...I felt so stupid.
A very good afternoon to all of you for semi-glorious day. I add a "semi" to this because we've had some strange weather for December. Weather temperatures have climbed to near freezing, running between 25- 32 above zero and lots of rain. Lots of ice on the ground, making the driveway a treacherous endeavor in both directions. Mona and Susan went into Seward to buy some sand, to add a layer here and there of the gritty stuff. Most of our snow is missing, but this has happened before.
We here in the Casselman household hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and now all of a sudden its the 29th and Friday brings us to December. This year has simply passed by so fast. My children- one more year into adulthood and their kids, all my grandchildren reaching out for adulthood, raising their babies and working full-time job to survive- to eat and have a cubicle to reside in.
Hello, My Friends. Clear day and cold, but we've been given word a major storm is headed our way. But a strong wind could send it north, again.
I'm plugged into 1960's music for my headphone, so many songs I had forgotten about. I feel old. Patrick and Canaan, along with their brave helpers our busily getting their house ready so it can be inspected by the state. If they pass, then they will be allowed to foster their niece and nephew from Fairbanks. Elizabeth, our eldest , was just here for a couple days and it was nice. Me, I am either typing out my manuscripts or lying in bed reading. I prefer fiction, (war stories from WWII, spy stories, westerns, Christian stories, historical stories- fiction and non-fiction and police stories). I look forward to the day Mom and I can display our library again, nearly 1,000 books and they are all boxed up and stored in the house's coal shed.
Again, Greetings! We'll try this again- so far so good. Beautiful day outside, what snow we have so far is beginning to melt. Been doing a small bit of Christmas shopping. I'm pretty happy, I am now in contact with my old Nam buddy- Mike. I think this is pretty cool and we're now e-mailing back and forth. Woke up this morning feeling pretty good- life is good. God has blessed us in so many ways.
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