Heather's Blog

Jul 28, 2014
The good news about the rain, is that it feels like Fall, and when it feels later, the Fair doesn't sneak up on me as much. The other day I thought I may have already missed it. (No! It's this weekend.) But that's my life at the moment. (Garden produce and baked goods can still even be...
Jul 27, 2014
From a poem, "Snow Geese", by Mary Oliver (her arrangement of words,  a little like geese flying, see?) Oh to love what is lovely, and will not last!        What a task            to ask of anything, or anyone yet it is ours,...
Jul 26, 2014
I had this note waiting in my email when the internet came back on: "Helllloooo, Last night Nancy dreamt anxiously that the Fair started today. And we weren’t ready…So, I’m in the swing of it now—the asking for desserts.So if you can think of folks who have never...
Jul 26, 2014
I meant to give you a wonderful update and some brilliant insights yesterday-- but then we had an earthquake so I couldn't. Really. 5.9 at 2:54 in the morning. It shook Pearl and I right off the couch, and as it kept shaking, I thought I better get up and stand over by Chip in the window seat...
Jul 22, 2014
I am up early, as I had hoped to get to Morning Muscles at 6:00 while Chip was still sleeping-- but it was canceled as Marnie texted very early-- 5:30-- that she needed some sleep.  (Happy Tuesday!) There have been bears up on the hill in her neighborhood, and down in ours, and the dogs...
Jul 21, 2014
It is now four weeks since Chip's surgery, and we are all settling in, in one way, and moving forward in others, and there is progress, all positive, but healing bones takes time and patience, and certain amount of creative thinking, like a lot of good things do. My neighbor Maor Cohen...
Jul 20, 2014
"So friends, everyday do something that won't compute. Love the Lord. Love the World. Work for nothing." -  from Wendell Berry's poem Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front  and if Jim Wilson's rock garden is not enough to convince of Berry's wisdom, read...
Jul 16, 2014
This morning, after noting that his left leg still has some cycling muscles, but that his right leg is a sorry looking little hunk of flab, Chip said, "well, it's good to go through these things now and then, because it reminds us how good shape we can get in." Then he said, "...
Jul 15, 2014
Since you are all no doubt wondering. He's doing great, but bones take time to knit. I've got him on nettle tea and Arnica, and salmon and garden greens, and rest. We both read Legends of the Fall the other day, and it's fun to talk about the same book. And we are watching the Tour de...
Jul 15, 2014
So, I'm trying to get it together a bit, but this care-giving thing takes time. Still,  there are a lot of important meetings happening (just as the rain and fog have quit, of course.) But if you can pull yourself away from work, chores or sunshine for an hour or two the wizards at the...
Jul 13, 2014
"The man who worries morning and night about dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in loving dandelions." L.H. Bailey, Manuel of Gardening, 1910
Jul 12, 2014
As in too wet to go out to cold to play ball.. so we sat in the house and did nothing at all. Actually, I had a long walk in the rain with a friend who had been at a family funeral down south while Chip and I were doing the trauma-hospital thing in Seattle, so it was nice to catch up. We both...
Jul 10, 2014
From the way to work with Chip-- I wanted you to see Joanne and Phyllis's restored fire house tower getting its finishing touches. Isn't it great? And the cruise ship, every Wednesday this one docks with more people on board than live here, making for a lot of breathing for residents not...
Jul 08, 2014
The news from  here on lower Mud Bay Road is a strange mix of local and universal, as the nature of care giving allows more time to click and view online, as well as time to watch the World Cup and the Tour de France, and listen to the radio and text with family and friends far and near. This...
Jul 06, 2014
"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness and the word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness." - C.Jung
Jul 03, 2014
The Ripinsky Race organizers, Paul Swift and Annie Boyce, have called the race due to potential heavy rain tomorrow and today's rain on the trail. Paul is also the area weather guy and he checked with Juneau forecasters who say a "huge" system is "marauding about British...
Jul 03, 2014
After the first family knee surgery I lobbied for a downstairs bedroom. Then we had the second knee surgery and I said for sure, then I got hurt and spent months in a hospital bed in the living room, and swore the first thing I would do when I got better was add a ground floor bedroom, or at least...
Jul 02, 2014
  I figured I’d interview Chip, so he could say for himself what happened last Saturday in the Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay. He’s a man of few words.   H: First, how are you? C: Great. Back home. What’s not to be happy about? H: What happened? C...
Jul 01, 2014
It was so great to walk Pearl and my daughter Eliza's dog Annie on the beach this morning, and to see old friends and hear all the well wishes. Chip spent three hours at work in his office at the lumberyard and is now sorting the mail and watching the World Cup match. As soon as he finishes a...
Jun 30, 2014
The local folks no doubt know this, but many of you don't-- and seem to be worried. I apologize but I didn't even think to grab my computer when I left in such a hurry. (Heck, Stoli and Sarah and I didn't even pack pants for Chip- when I got to Seattle I looked in the bag and all we had...
Jun 19, 2014
Juneau's John McConnochie has cycled all day and night from Haines to Skagway (and through Haines Junction, Whitehorse and Carcross) covering the Golden Circle's 360 -some mostly alpine highway miles in less than 24 hours-- about 23 hours his crew informs me. That's got to be...
Jun 19, 2014
It's going to be a really big weekend beginning Friday as all the cyclists roll off the ferry and head up to Haines Junction, and then Saturday as about 1350 of them (us) pedal the roughly 160 miles back down to Haines, finishing up on the Parade Grounds in front of the derelict former Army...
Jun 18, 2014
Sometimes I write obituaries for friends, which is not a fun thing to do. Here is the one for Glenn Frick that ran in the Juneau Empire last week to announce the memorial service that will be held at the ski area there this weekend. We won't be able to make it, as Chip and I will be pedaling in...
Jun 17, 2014
They say rain at a wedding is good luck, and there is something about rain that makes a wedding more memorable. Everyone knows that the sunny skies that follow June storms are that much more appreciated because of the weeping clouds that preceded them. Thank goodness the groom's (Harry's)...

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