Heather's Blog

Oct 30, 2014
In the mornings these days Chip does his  physical therapy and rides a stationary bike and I head out to the pool. (The early bird swim is 6-7:45 MWF.) "It's social," I tell him, and hope that's true, never mind that with goggles and a cap on and with all of us...
Oct 28, 2014
On Saturday the women's choir sang "Precious Memories" and "How Great Thou Art" at the graveside funeral for Rowena Jones. Her daughter, Stacie Turner, asked us to just before rehearsal Thursday so we had one practice with the songs. (We knew  the old hymn, but the...
Oct 27, 2014
First of all, it was a beautiful morning, the kind that even if you live here takes a minute to sink in. The kind you might not believe exists without a photo-- that still doesn't do it justice. Then, as often happens when we walk our dogs my friend and I get to talking and and pretty soon the...
Oct 26, 2014
"My grandmother used to instruct my mom ' Make sure you remember this. Close your eyes and save this moment so you can always come back to it.' " - Sara Loewen
Oct 21, 2014
Actually, I'm more of a jogger than a jigger, but you know what I mean. While I was away I missed a great wedding-- Joanne and Phyllis got married on the Port Chilkoot Dock-- and my friend Larry celebrated his 65th birthday. (Impossible!) And I didn't get to write Lola Knutson's...
Oct 17, 2014
Well, we are all over the moon with little James Louis Lende Dorn -- all 7lbs. 12oz., 21 " of him---and especially all that red hair! I hadn't notice that before I left them to get some sleep Wednesday morning. It had been a long eventful night at the hospital, and he was still...
Oct 15, 2014
Sweet baby James was born at 4:55 this morning. He came out yelling and he looks like his cousins, and everyone is just terrific. Labor was strong and swift and we are all very happy with the outcome and taking long naps today.  (I will fill you in on his vitals later, after all the kin...
Oct 14, 2014
We are waiting for the baby's arrival-- he has passed his due date, but all is so well that there seems to be no rush on anyone's part-- We have watched baseball games at the Imperial Bar downtown. (My daughters are not TV owners) and at the Juneau family home place (luckily my in-laws...
Oct 12, 2014
  First, there is no baby for Eliza yet, and that's kind of nice, as I got to spend all day Friday with my teaching daughters at Juneau's Gastineau Community School. (And even rode the bus on a first grade field trip to the DIPAC salmon hatchery.) JJ teaches First...
Oct 09, 2014
I called the terminal and tried to make a reservation for Friday's ferry, but it was full, and I couldn't get my car on. Same for Sunday. My choices, Joanne said, were Thursday or Monday. (That's Thursday as in today.) Eliza's last day teaching is Friday. (As in tomorrow.) The baby...
Oct 08, 2014
I just checked the weather and saw this alarming advisory from NOAA weather in Juneau for Haines Borough and Lynn Canal :    Special Statement Statement as of 5:55 AM AKDT on October 08, 2014 ...Heavy rain and strong winds Thursday through Sunday...   A very powerful...
Oct 08, 2014
Actually, it is moose and lice, I believe. We have seen both in the last few days, which explains where I've been. First, the moose: This lovely cow hung out by us, and then her boyfriend showed up and it was very exciting-- especially the running away (okay walking away fast) after we...
Oct 05, 2014
We woke up in the dark to go moose hunting, but the rain was so relentless, decided against it. Moose are smart enough to hunker down in this weather. I went back to bed and slept until 7, and I was still so comfortable, up there under the eaves with the drumbeat on the tin roof and the flannel...
Oct 02, 2014
I just came in from a brisk (ice on the puddles frost on the meadow) moose hunt, and have time for coffee and breakfast before heading to KHNS for the country show http://khns.org/ 1-3pm. (You can listen anywhere now.) The moose are safe, but I believe this is the best rehab program for Chip...
Sep 30, 2014
Wow, what a storm blew through this morning. The sky turned dark and then green, the ash trees shook and bent and the leaves tore right off.  I said it looked like a thunderstorm, but Chip said it was too cold. Turns out that while I don't think we had any lightening right here, they did...
Sep 29, 2014
I don't think it could have gotten any wetter moose hunting. The water was not only falling from the sky it was bubbling up out of the ground. My guess is that September will be the 4th month in a row where we break a rainfall record. This is like living in Ketchikan. Speaking of which (...
Sep 26, 2014
We have been moose hunting, and that means away from electricity and cell service even. ( I read a good article about wilderness rescues being more common now that there are more devices to call for help on, but for us anyway, it's still a note to the kids about where we plan to be, and when to...
Sep 22, 2014
What with the storm yesterday (raining sideways, blowing about 50) even Pearl wouldn't walk, and I only left the house twice, to take my son to the ferry and for church. For a small congregation there was a lot of news during the half-time stretch when we greet each with, "May the peace of...
Sep 21, 2014
Haines moose hunting is 90% watching, waiting, luck and thinking about stuff you don't usually have time for-- and 10% everything else, like the shooting part-- so you don't have to worry about wearing orange when you walk in the woods. Hunters here do not shoot at anything that moves....
Sep 21, 2014
"When we start at the center of ourselves, we discover something worthwhile extending toward the periphery of the circle. We find again some joy in the now, some peace in the here, some love in the me and thee which go to make up the kingdom of heaven on earth."-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh...
Sep 16, 2014
  I had a note yesterday from our neighborhood basketball star, former  UAA standout Kyle Fossman, who asked if there was anything happening in Haines besides the annual moose hunt (it opened yesterday and will last about three weeks), then he said he has just signed to play pro ball in...
Sep 16, 2014
I keep catching myself saying, "I just want my normal life back." Then, I imagine that I can wake up and workout, have a nice breakfast with Chip, chat with you all a minute, then walk the dog, make my third and final cup of coffee for the day, get to re-writing that novel I like so much...
Sep 14, 2014
"I could recite parts of the Baltimore Catechism in my sleep. Do I believe those words? I don't know. What I do believe are those guidelines that do not vary from faith to faith, that are as true of Judaism or Methodism as they are of Catholicism: that people should be kind to one another...
Sep 11, 2014
It's Chip's 58th birthday today, and of course it's hard not to recall the day when his birthday became one of those benchmarks of history. It was sunny then, a beautiful morning, and we were getting to ride our bikes when he turned on the news and we saw the fire in the towers....
Sep 08, 2014
It was always hard to get a picture of Phoebe, as she kept her distance, yet was always nearby. She has been pretty sick for four or five days, and this morning she died. She was about sixteen, maybe seventeen. Three digits in dog years. She occupied our home during a major chunk of the big family...

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