Overcast and 34 degrees, home phone broken and a gentle quiet once more returns to settle over the household. Even the hounds are asleep, except for Susan's three headed titan from Hell's gate. She weighs about 1.4 pounds, but barks at anything, everyone and everything. Still, this she-beast loves to cuddle with me for a nap when she knows I'm having a bad day. With every spot already taken, she squirms into my sweater and under my arm pit. Her name is "Lady Bug", but I have other names for her.
Glug-glug-glug, three men in a tub...or in our case, two men, two women, 5 dogs and two cats, plus munchies. Yes, for the last 12 hours we've had rain and our beautiful white snow is rapidly departing from the our yard. Mona was forced to take a chance on the highway to take Susan in for an appointment and we seem to always need milk and 1/2 &1/2, and when possible donuts for the old geezer. For those of you Una-Alaskans most of us up here no longer use chains on our cars and trucks. Buses and heavy trucks do, but we use studded tires for winter driving.
Melting, but at least it's not raining. On my 2nd 20-ouncer of tea, thick blanket over my legs as I've discovered this corner I have set up in is a bit chilly. I left it yesterday all iced up and had to use two heating pads to thaw out, but the critters still loved me and used me for their perch. I sit in front of the TV with 4 dogs on lap, who use me for a launching pad if they hear any noises at the front door. And, with all this heavy wet snow, our septic tank and field are full and now our basement has taken on water- only a couple inches so far. These are just minor difficulties for living up here in this beautiful land of ours. Some years are worse than others, but cracks in the basement let the waters run back out and then we vacuum up the puddles.
Another bad weekend for the weather people and those nervous Alaskan drivers. Remember how I was telling you about how it looked like an early break-up outside. Yesterday afternoon my living room window got smacked and I looked over from the television screen to see a blizzard of wind and white. Came out of nowhere and lasted most of the evening, with the occasional break. Little snow during the night, but started up again this morning, but without the wind. Trees are covered in inches of deep white snow, more heavy than fluff and 2 to 6 inches in depth. It varies due to the wind. At the moment the flakes are heavy and weighty with water, could turn to rain and then we'll really have a sloppy mess again.
Yesterday and for a few days before that I asked you to locate some back stories on the Japanese Disaster involving the nuclear plants, which could be still contaminating the Northern Pacific.
Good Morning! I was up early this morning and drawn to my computer in the corner. Susan has taken to sleeping on the couch by the electric heater and I was waking her up with watching the morning news. Now I'm checking my news sources on the computer. Thankfully, I kept a note pad that had all my old news sites written down on it because my hard drive had dropped them when it began to crash. I enjoy comparing the sites of China, Russian, Japan and other country's against our own news sites. Odd to see what is carried and what is not: lies told and now revealed, heroes made into bad guys-depending on what side of the ocean you live. Racism still tolerated, pollution allowed even though it violates well known federal laws. We still have people living in fear, fleeing for their lives to other lands because of what they believe and write about for the newspaper.
Greetings to the faithful: No, your computer is not being held ransom by a very handsome and intelligent hacker...Still, just think ...for the small sum of $1.98 all your addresses in your contact block will be returned to you and everyone in your office. This likely includes ex-husbands, ex-wives-former boyfriends/girlfriends and those transgenders blind dates you were set up with by the office joker...plus that one person you never want a conversation with again... that pester-sum high school or college school moron you gave the first kiss to and was now ready for a serious relationship and can't understand why you don't call. All of which you have deleted but can of course be located in your hard drive by a wise former government employee. No, make that sum $2.98.....Still, this is not one of those. Aren't you grateful. Temptation is....
I apologize for my infrequent contacts but I am currently involved in a research project for a future book and finishing up my third Ranger story. But I am here now on this cloudy and warm Friday. It's 40 degrees outside, but the occasional gust of wind quickly drops that down to low 30's. We previously went through two glorious, cloudless summer days. Blue skies over the hillside snow made for a great time to drive to Soldotna and the roads were good. I find it nice to be driven around, but one of these days I'll have a brand new Corvette or Camero, possibly a 1974 Camero and I'll go down to the DMV and have my license returned. At least for the day and I'll repent beforehand for lying on the form about all the drugs I take, the white tigers I see in the trees and that darn over sized water buffalo that keeps getting in front of me.
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