Last year in Grayling, three houses burned down. We didn’t want to be in that situation, so Saturday Hans cleaned the chimney. It was about zero; a perfect time to let the woodstove burn out. Hans did the rooftop work and Bonnie was inside watching to make sure the stovepipe didn’t come apart or break. She also worried about Hans falling off the roof.
Bonnie has spent some time creating…
We first learned of these useful cold-weather accessories, wristers, when we were in Shungnak. The top loop keeps them from sliding up your arm and they’re perfect for not getting cold or frostbite on your wrists in the mitten/coat gap.
There were lots of old magazines piled in boxes. What to do with them?
We spend time sweeping off the deck because the snow piles up high. It hardly ever gets windy down here in this part of town. The snow is probably 18 -24 inches high or more on top of this pipe.
Not having a snowmachine means we’re walking. Everyday there’s something to notice.
This little spot has a lot of things like a city hall, post office, store, electric company, water/sewer, but here’s no garbage company, so we take our trash out to the landfill (a couple miles from town). We borrowed a snowmachine and sled and off we went.
Living up here, you never know what you may be asked to do. Like when Hans was asked to be Santa. Here’s another request we received: judging a New Year’s contest in the lower 48 via photos and email. After lengthy deliberation, the results are finally in.
As you can see, the competition was fierce and some people have no shame or sense of propriety. The contestant in the middle was the second runner up and also won the Miss Congeniality Award. The person on the right was first runner up and also won the Most Historically Accurate Award. The person on the left was the overall winner and also won the Most Skin Showing Award. After months of seeing bundled up bodies, how could we resist not noticing all that skin?
With the past few days of high winds, we were having technical difficulties with uploading and internet connections. The winds are gone and so are our problems. Sorry for the delay.
Wishing you all a happy 2010!