Sept 22, 2012
It is, can you believe this, 61* here today. There were not but a couple of days all summer that warm. Which leads me to the first news item of interest I found this week:
“Citing frigid temperatures, an early frost “even by Alaska standards” on Sept. 9, and of course, a wind storm that cut out power to thousands during the first week of September, the Weather Channel places Anchorage first on its list of the top-five cities with the worst summer weather. Anchorage is the only location chosen by the Weather Channel for being too chilly this summer.”
If you have been following the weather up here, I am certain you have heard about our incessant rain for the past several weeks followed by torrential wind and rain. Flooding has abounded, which leads me to the following find :
“Anybody want some water? We have several hundred gallons in our yard; free, but you haul. First come, first served!”
The other night I looked at my facebook page and read that a friend of mine was in need of help. They live right on the river and it was rising fast, so she put out a plea for help in moving their things into a uhaul truck so it could be moved up the hill to friends. So I dropped everything, pulled on my Bogs, raincoat, gloves and headed over, cuz that is what we do. Which leads me to the following posting by my friend yesterday:
“8 people dropped their evening plans, walked away from supper and family time and came to help us load stuff last night & many of their family members took over kid duties to allow that.”
This rainy weather has had me a bit house bound and I found myself reading the Nome-Announce. It is their version of craigslist on a very local level. Everyone is thinking towards winter if I read the following correctly:
“*Large Crochet Slippers Have Arrived!
Imagine wearing these warm slippers in front of a relaxing fire in the
cold winter months. Or even better throw a pair in your purse and have them wherever you go. Perfect for plane trips, work, visits at a friends, and hotels. You will
feel cozy & comfy no matter where you are!”
I am aware that here in Alaska we have a few seasons which might not be recognized if you were to live elsewhere, for example we have a fifth season known as Mud season, which is followed by a six season called Construction Season. What I was not aware was that there is a declared seventh season:
“Remote Start Season (which) starts October 23.”
I do realize that from time to time it is hard to get yourself removed from a mailing list once you have subscribed. I know that I have posted some strongly worded emails, but I think I need to take lessons from the following:
“PLEASE REMOVE ME FROM YOUR MAILING LIST TOO!!! THIS IS MY THIRD REQUEST FOR THE SAME THING!!!? THE NEXT TIME I OPEN UP MY EMAIL I DON’T WANT TO SEE ANYTHING THAT HAS TO DO WITH YOU!!!”
We all like to get out and go for a drive or simply want to get to work on time. I know that from time to time I have to wait out the moose in my yard so I fully understand the issues which the following driver was faced with recently:
“Please use caution when driving on the Dexter Bypass and south end of Icy View, this morning.? There has been reports of a a herd of muskox ?in the area, please be careful passing through.? Thanks!” (Alright readers, a show of hands from those of you that has happened to!)
When you live fairly remote you don’t always have access to either a physician or a vet if need be. What do you do? Like anywhere, you ask your friends and neighbors:
“Trying to find someone who’s experienced with dogs. My daughters dog got into the trash today and swallowed a chicken bone. Dr leedy is out of town. If you know of anyone please contact me at: xxx-1047″
Thanks, melissa (I will add after reading a later posting all is well with the dog the friends and neighbors came through)
The local ladies in my area, have been planning a yardsale to raise school funds for sometime now, wouldn’t you know, the weather blew in, hence the following:
“Anyone who was planning on participating in the Birchtree Community Tailgate Sale! IT IS CANCELED DUE TO LOUSY WEATHER!”
Who doesn’t like having a nice fresh bagel with a large cuppa steaming coffee? What is even better when the local bagel/espresso shop has made some changes:
“Today is Bagel Day!
We have fresh out of the oven perfectly golden brown *bagels* available for
you and our drink of the day is a *White Chocolate Almond Mocha*!
Also, we added another table and re-arranged the ‘reading room’ If you
haven’t gotten a chance to see them stop by and let us know what you think
about the new layout. (you bet, get down there and check out that reading room! As there are various definitions to this term, you choose which it is!)
Last but not least, we all help our friends and neighbors out as best we can, I have no problem running to the store for someone, making an emergency coffee run, even take the neighbor kids to school when moms are in need of some assistance. But the following leaves me wondering, I just don’t think I would step up for this one:
“Looking for someone to take a small package down to me in Anchorage, probably about 1 foot cube.? ?I will meet you at Anc airport. Please call xxx-6495 or xxx-8257 so we can get package to you in Nome. Contact number in Anchorage is xxx-6660.? Thanks in advance if you can help.? (hmm 1 foot cube? That is one box I want to see opened before I would even touch the package!)
I hope you have had fun with this as I have. This week in particular has been difficult here in the Valley. Houses have gone missing in the river, roads are being undercut by the water, train service north of Wasilla has been suspended due to washouts. I called a client up above Palmer to see how they were surviving and I was told, “We have about 8 feet of bank left before we have to get out of here. But that is not the concern, we just saw our neighbors being swept down stream (on the Matanuska River) in their skiff and they looked as tho they are in trouble. My guy is running hard down the Glenn to see if he can get ahead of them so he can call 911 with a locate.” Well……I guess that tops my concern of that darn puddle in the parking lot at work.
When I woke this morning, the Little Su was sounding a bit further away which is a good sign, I need this afternoon to go and see if my girlfriend needs drinking water as the river messed with their water system.
Everyone, take care and if you think about it, maybe send the Red Cross a donation for the people in Alaska it will be greatly appreciated and carefully used. We do not take anything for granted up here.
As always, life in Alaska is wonderful
Helen PS just so you know, I live off the Welch Road mentioned in the title today!