1. Never trust the weather forecast here. Seriously, don’t even bother to look. Just assume it will be cloudy and chilly most of the day. Dress in layers. Be prepared for rain. Pray you get lucky and the sun decides to show itself. When the sun does come out, drop everything and get outside.
2. Roundabouts are awesome. So much better than a traffic light. They’re much more efficient. South Anchorage has several roundabouts and I love them.
3. Nothing smells better than Alaska after a rain. It has to be one of the best smells on earth. Something about the rain makes the cedar smell stand out and it is heavenly. It’s clean and fresh smelling. Just amazing really. I want my whole house to smell that way.
4. Driveway update – all snow disappeared from our driveway Memorial Day Weekend. All snow disappeared from our yard the first weekend of June! No lie! Crazy!
I’ve been meaning to write this post for weeks now. I finally have a few minutes to sit, type and maybe put a coherent thought together. Our family experienced our first Easter in Alaska a few weeks ago. Very different than an Easter in Texas. As a kid, I remember a few chilly Easters where I had to wear a sweater to Easter egg hunt. This year, my kids had to put on full fledged snow gear to hunt for eggs.
The kids ready to look for eggs in the snow.
The eggs were hidden in snow. I’ve definitely never had that experience before! As my best friend back in Texas told me, “Well, at least you didn’t have to worry about the ants finding the eggs and the candy!” So true.
We hung out at home that morning, hunted eggs, had brunch and then went to an afternoon church service. And really, no matter where you are, Alaska or Texas, cold or hot, He is the reason we celebrate. I thank Him for all of my blessings: my husband, my children, the opportunity to live in such a beautiful place and yes, even to be lonely and learn to rely on Him alone.
Easter 2012, ready for church
This was the picture on the front page of yesterday’s Anchorage Daily News. That’s a moose. She’s trying to enter the doors of Providence Hospital. Yep, front page story. You can see some wacky things around here. She was eventually corralled into the parking garage and then back outdoors. And hey, I’ve learned how to capture a screenshot and post it on my blog! Yeah! I’m telling you, I’m sooo not a technical, computer person.
Another bizarre occurrence, yesterday… Snow while the sun was shining. I took a picture, however the snow doesn’t show up. You’ll just have to take my word for it. It’s an odd thing to observe.
So Todd arrived home yesterday evening and he and a friend unstuck my Enclave. The snow plow guy arrived around 10 pm and cleared the drive and the front walk. This morning I snowshoed a new area for Sam (our labrador retriever) to take care of his business. I also shoveled the walk to the deck. I consider my workout done for the day.
after the walk had been shoveled
This is the view from our kitchen window. The deck still needs to be shoveled. There isn’t anything there to put it into perspective, so I’ll just tell you – when I stand on the walkway, the pile of snow in the middle of the picture and to the left of the walkway, is as tall as I am, 5 feet 5 inches!
my car stuck in the snow
So, this is my Buick Enclave. It is now stuck in my driveway. Trying to keep the story short: It’s been snowing for many hours. Our snow plow guy has not shown up. I had some errands to run today and was so happy with myself that I didn’t get stuck somewhere in town. Driving in this much snow is NO FUN. Anyway, I happily make it home only to get stuck in my driveway. Not a problem. I send the kids inside and get the shovel. Well 45 minutes later, after much shoveling and even trying flattened cardboard boxes under my tires to try to gain some traction, I am still stuck. I was positive I could solve this and I was quite irritated when I couldn’t. So now I wait for Todd to get home with a tow cable and hope the snow plow guy doesn’t decide to show up. If he does, guess who has to help move my car?