31 July 2015

Flashback Friday



7 October 1994

Mom & Dad

24 July 2015

Flashback Friday


April 2007

Jaycey, Kimberly, Christopher, & Brittany

17 July 2015

Flashback Friday


Summer...2011? 2012

Jaycey, Doug, and Kimberly

(cuz yesterday was their adoption anniversary...)

15 July 2015

Phone Dumps R Us

Hmmm...do I need to catch up or what?

A lot of these look like they're from about a month ago...

Here's a panorama view of a corner of a beach that we had to work to get to...go ahead, click on the picture...it'll get bigger...


Here was my first "Alaskan given food"...some King Salmon steaks...they were good...company is coming next week...we'll have to have more with them!


This was my first Alaskan fire! In my fire barrel at the cabin...I kind of didn't know there was an island-wide fire ban...my neighbors didn't call me on it, they just smiled at my excitement...


Out in the middle of nowhere...we had a Jehovah's Witnesses pamphlet on the cabin's door...


And this is one of my stumps growing my very own konk! AND...if you'll notice, the stump has hair...have I mentioned how I love that things grow on top of everything they can here? I love it! Although, while picking blueberries this week, I told the little guys I was climbing through brush with that sometimes, when I'm not on a road or path, I wonder if there is actually ground under me because it just seems to be logs on top of logs on top of logs, in various stages of decomposing...they laughed because they understood...you can't just walk, you have to test before you put your weight now...test the spongy first...


I have a friend named Stan. Can you see him? He likes to sit on that tree almost every night...I stand at my sink and watch him watching the world.


Here's one of the best places around here...


Same place, just down the trail to the water...


And this is a giant piece of driftwood on that beach...it is way taller than me...just huge...


These were the first berries that I picked here...they are salmon berries...they're all over.


My first trip to the library, I met a little guy who was using the 3-D printer...my first time being by one of them! So, he showed me a scrap piece...


Explained to me what he was doing, how the machine worked...I think he's a 4th grader? He also met Michelle Obama recently...he said she was nice.


This was my first time to Doug's shop...I walked in and said, "Oh my..." Because this is not how Doug likes his shops...I said, I must get a before picture. He said, "They tell me that this is very clean compared to how it was..." I said, "They're in for a surprise...." And yes, a week later, it was much better. And now, it's much better. I imagine it'll keep getting better until it looks like it's his and everything has a place and everything is in it's place...


I forget where this was...


Cool rock...


Cool starfishes...



Then, when we uncovered my Pacifica....and Doug was sure it would be mold city...I saw mold. Apparently, I'm the only one who thought this was gross...everyone else was surprised that there wasn't more, they said this is no big deal...I say, fine...you clean it... And...the car didn't start....


And here's Ron! It was good to see them...


After lighting some fireworks and throwing them behind his son...and them going off and scaring his son...he gave me some packs...


I thought it great that we have an armed police officer in church...this would be Sacrament Meeting...my first time being in a branch...there are some things that are different here. Like, some people call in... Like, we have Stake Pilots...yeah, that is their calling... Stake Pilot... That just blows my mind!


Here's a totem pole park...



 Here's another panorama from when we went looking for firewood...this place is gorgeous! Again, click on it to see it bigger...


That night, we stopped at a lake...he walked out on this long log, told me to come out there with him, I told him no thank you...I just saw him trying to keep his balance when waves were making it move...


I just worked on a fire...the fire ban has been lifted....


We looked at a giant tree...there's something majestic about old trees...


This was the first truckload of firewood that I loaded. He cut the rounds and rolled them down to me, I loaded...only one scratch, no bug bites...


The fireweed is all over...


One night we went to the float plane dock and just laid on our tummies and watched the water...that's one of my favorites...going out on the end of a dock and sitting in the quiet...


Another beach fire...another beach...this was about 10:30 at night, he was needing to check some lighting on a totem pole so we were killing time waiting for it to get a little darker so he could see the lights...


A recommendation from me... Watch 'Red Army'...it was interesting...


After a few time trying to get the car to work, he towed it here so he has access to his tools... We didn't want to pay $130 for a one day rental of a trailer from the rental place here, he happened to see a trailer when he was out driving, asked the guy if he rents it out, the guy told him he could just use it... I said, "????!!!!?!?!!" It's a stranger. He just let Doug take it and use it.

It appears that there is a watching out for each other thing going on here...


I stayed home when Doug went to get the car...he used a come-along to get it on the trailer...which is impressive, because look at the clearance he had...this is how much he had on both sides...he did great, no marks!


Then, I went down to help get it out...I got to push the button to raise the bed so he could roll the car out...

That was cool. It made me feel all powerful...hydraulics...those things are fun!

13 July 2015

Another Phone Dump...

Here are some more...

The "OFFICIAL" fishing season starts July 1st...a lot of the fishermen leave before then, but there were still some around for the Blessing of the Fleet.

And since we are trying to take in as much as we can about our new home, we went to it.

Here were some boats gathering around and waiting for the ... service? I guess that's what you call it. There was a prayer...there was a psalm (i'm so glad i went to church with stephanie, i knew what to do, when to repeat...how to follow, so i whispered to doug what we were supposed to do) ... there was a minister and holy water, I'm going with service...


The VFW did the flag ceremony... My first flag ceremony with my new state flag!


The Father (i'm pretty sure that was his title) read some scriptures...said a few words about fishing...



And then, the boats came by the dock, one by one and he sprinkled/threw holy water out on the boat...and another minister there wished them a good season.


It was cool.

This boat had a very happy dog...


This boat was last and got all the holy water he had left in his vase thing and in the bucket...you can see the wet mark above the lower windows...I'm curious as to whether this boat gets more fish than normal...


At the end, there was a moment of silence for those we have lost to the sea and a garland of flowers was thrown into the ocean...


I wasn't done being out and about, so we went to a store that hasn't been open when Doug and I go walking past and I wanted to show him the cool stuff they had...and what did I spy that I'd missed before??!!???  These shopping baskets! That's what they had when I was little...Doug had no idea what they were...


I got bit by some no-see-ums...nasty stupid bugs that you can't really see...but then the bites didn't bother me so I thought I might be getting used to bug bites...but then...  A few days passed and...holy cow...I could not scratch those enough! And now...I might end up with the big dipper scars on my hand. Which is also on my new state flag. So, it seems slightly appropriate. And yes, I have no Jamberries on my nails...it's was a breather day...


This was one night as we sat at the end of one of the docks...it's my favorite...walking with him and getting to the water and sitting and being with him...by the water... Did I mention the water? I love being by the water. I need a life jacket though...


Another night...another location...


On the 4th of July, we went down to the docks for the greased pole...we didn't know we had to wait for the kids fishing derby to finish...so we watched the kids. It was fun. I learned what a fishing derby was and got to see a bunch of excited kids come up to get their fish measured...



Then we went and found a good spot to watch the greased pole contest...and sat by fireweed...one of Doug's favorite...


You can't really tell the distance here, but we were sitting up high over the water... I sat very still. I was not going to fall in. I need to get a life vest.


Later, that night, we started walking down to watch the fireworks...this is the sky a few minutes before 11pm...


This little town did an amazing 1/2 hour fireworks show. He wants to go out in the bay next year and watch them from the boat...

This is the first piece of wood that I split!


This is Doug's winning rubber ducky that I "made" him buy...he chose the unicorn...and won! I think the money will be used for boat and fishing stuff...and a life vest for me...


There were hundreds of rubber duckies and these lucky kiddos were getting to pick which ones they wanted to keep...