Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Start of Summer

I'm out of school for the summer!
 I've just been resting up, doing a little housework, and working in the yard and garden.
 Everything has really taken off. 
Isn't this curious that there is only one poppy in the middle of the bright yellow ones?
 The Sitka rose is almost finished blooming for the season. We enjoyed its light sweet scent.
 Greg has been wrangling the raspberry bushes for weeks. They grew so tall and sent runners out everywhere.
 The mountain ash tree's flowers are gorgeous!

 Beautiful iris in the back borders.

 We are already eating radishes and leaf lettuces that we grew in the raised beds.

 The wonderful leaf lettuces!
I leave for holiday in Tennessee to do some traveling with my Mom and visit friends and family. Hopefully by the time I return, some of the other plants will be ready to harvest.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Meet Purry Mason!

After looking for a kitten for several weeks, we finally found the perfect one! We named our little kitten Purry Mason. It is about eight weeks old.
Amazingly sweet and completely spoiled. But it does have a tough life which consists of sleeping, playing, and eating! This covers 100% of Purry's day. We haven't  just stayed inside and played with the kitten all the time. We worked outside quite a bit this weekend.
 The weather has been absolutely perfect with temps in mid 60s to low 70s. It is so great to have a yard again. Just to be outside in the sun and breeze is exhilarating. Greg has a garden going featuring five raised beds.
 I've been trying to figure out just exactly what we have growing in the flower beds around the house. We thought we would just wait and see what came up in them. Some of these might be weeds for all I know but they sure are beautiful.

 We think these might be called woolly geraniums.

 Several of our fruit trees are also flowering.

 As you can see, this bed of carrots, leaf lettuces, head lettuce, and radishes has responded to the nice weather and the 17 hours of sunlight each day.

 The weather that comes with summers here makes the winters here worth the trouble.
 Life is good!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Enjoying the weather!

This weekend and our recent weather have just about made winter a distant memory.

 As you can tell by this weekends' pictures, we mostly worked outside each day.

 We got the raised beds ready for planting.
 In fact, Greg sowed some lettuce, radishes, and carrots in one bed.
 I added some parsley and cilantro plants to the herb bed. Looks like the chives are back!
 Here is our sunroom where I started a few zucchini and squash plants in pots.
 Hopefully this is the just the beginning of a great summer garden. We are still going to give it a few weeks on everything else. It will be nice to harvest our fruits and veggies and not worry about the chemicals on them. We have several flowers growing in the border around the house.
Think this is called a Sitka Rose.

Will have to wait and see what kind of flowers it produces. We are now over at 15 hours of sunlight each day and everything will really start growing now.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring is here!

I just returned home after spending Spring Break visiting family and friends in Tennessee. It was really warm there a few days while my Mom and I were traveling. I had a wonderful trip and returned home to 10 inches of fresh snow! This was the biggest snowfall we have had in awhile and I wasn't even here to watch it come down. Greg wasn't too fond of it on Sunday, aka the first day of spring, as he shoveled the driveway and walkways for 4 hours. Spring so far as been great.
 We've hit near 50 degrees the last 3 days in a row.
 Our winter eagles are still here but will be gone soon.
They will be leaving soon as the warmer temps become the norm.
 We tried to take a few pictures of the eagles.
 Hopefully before they leave, we can get some pics of better quality.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Weekend Visitor

We awoke Saturday to an early morning visitor. We could see through the window a huge moose in front of our home. The moose was making its way across the yard but decided to stop and enjoy breakfast.
 Unfortunately for us, the breakfast turned out to be one of our young birch trees.
 The moose must have really liked the taste because it stepped up on the raised bed and proceeded to nibble away!
 Greg tried to shoo it away without much luck.
 You don't want to make them mad because they might still be mad when they encounter the next person. They can be incredibly aggressive and dangerous when agitated.
 To give you a sense of scale, the spruce tree on the right is almost 7 and a half feet tall.
Eventually, the moose moved on but not before deciding to stop in the corner of the yard and really put the hurt on a smaller birch tree!
 It finally tired of that tree and slowly made its way around the neighborhood.

Something I had looked forward to this weekend was the big snowstorm the Weather Service predicted for us. Some predictions had up to a foot of fresh snow!  Of course, we got maybe an inch total of new snow this afternoon. It was enough to stop our record streak of snowless days at 37! Can you believe it? We had not seen a measurable snowfall in 37 days! Greg hadn't complained about lack of new snow but I missed it!