Heather's Blog

Aug 05, 2013

First, the great good news is that Stoli is well, she and Nels are in Anchorage  and the doctors have stopped the labor, and hope to keep it stopped for at least 2 more weeks (Stoli is 34 weeks today, term is 40, but their 17 month old Lani was 2 weeks early...).Stoli is...

Aug 01, 2013

I've been humming that John Prine tune, "I'm taking a walk, going outside..." this weather has a pull stronger than gravity. And who can say no to Pearl and her ball? And a person can't work all day. A writer on a deadline must stretch her legs. Breathe deeply, and get sand...

Jul 30, 2013

This weather just has me all sun drunk-- it is crazy, and beautiful, and as Mary Jean just said on the phone (she had dialed my number by mistake, but we had a nice chat anyway), it even smells like summer used to when she was a kid in San Diego-- the sand, the sea, the suntan lotion. Chip and I...

Jul 23, 2013

It's Southeast Alaska State Fair time and Hospice Desserts to Die For booth time. You know what they say, when it rains it pours? So of course the berries need picking, the garden has exploded, the sockeye are running, the days are shrinking, the dogs are shedding, company is still arriving...

Jul 22, 2013

You may know that my daughter Stoli is expecting in mid September, but her first baby was born quite healthy on her own time, about two weeks early, so we think this one might be early.  She'll be leaving for Sitka to stay closer to the hospital on August 12. I will be on standby,...

Jul 18, 2013

I have read that when you walk the dogs and they do all that stopping and sniffing it is their way of reading the news.  The dogs and I (we still have the grand dog Annie, the honeymooners return to pick her up this weekend) have been walking down the beach and up and over Cemetery Hill to...

Jul 11, 2013

At least for one  week.  As I typed my way toward the end of that new book deadline, I got an unexpected boost yesterday when I learned that If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name, my first book, made the New York Times Bestseller List for July 21st in ebooks. It's...

Jul 09, 2013

If I told you I have spent the morning dancing around my house naked, singing, and vacuming up the dog hair should you believe it? Hint: this is my first dawn without house guests in six weeks. I also am not even going to think about what's for dinner until I'm hungry again, and...

Jul 05, 2013

From the finish line of the grueling Mt. Ripinski Run, the annual Tlingit Park picnic and games, and Hugh and Harry's pig roast at the cannery-- here's some smiles from some of the 4th celebrations in Haines. (I missed the parade, which I hear had tons of smiles, since I was setting...

Jul 03, 2013

 

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Jul 02, 2013

That's about all I'm doing these days for the company, as it is kind of bad manners to run the vacuum cleaner around people playing cards-- even if there is dog hair up to our ankles.  Also, in the good news department, I had three big things in June (well, sort of four, but I...

Jul 01, 2013

One of my favorite wedding gifts for  Eliza and Justin is a huge spruce salad bowl about two feet across and a foot and a half deep that feeds  thirty people generously , as we did the other night.  It was turned by a local woodworker who is no longer with us, Guy Hoffman. He who...

Jun 26, 2013

I didn't bring my camera to the wedding or any of the festivities-- from the Friday night pizza party at the Klondike Saloon hosted by the groom's family (I did order the weather though--sunny, 80 degrees!), to the big family and friends' decorating party at the Fort Seward Parade...

Jun 18, 2013

I wish I could draw here, but I can't, so picture this: a graph with "Challenges" up the right side and "Skills" along the bottom, and a line at an angle that begins in the  lower corner where Challenges and Skills intersect and runs up to what would be the far...

Jun 17, 2013

Between the bike race weekend-- setting up the finish line on Friday, packing up the bikes and gear and driving up to Haines Junction Yukon, racing all day Saturday, the clean up and gang at the house Sunday and then Father's Day dinner-- well, I have only walked by my desk and waved. Also...

Jun 12, 2013

Construction continues at the waterfront on the new intersection of Fort Seward at  Portage Cove.  Our friends from AP&T have added a new attraction that dwarfs the big hammer on Main Street: What may be the largest municipal telephone pole in southeast Alaska has proudly...

Jun 11, 2013

I have been asked to audition for a new Alaskan reality TV show made by the folks who bring you Pawn Stars, called Alaska Rivers (and the people who live on them.) Apparently the producers like this blog, and as you know we do live in a photogenic...

Jun 10, 2013

 

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Jun 09, 2013

This is what I want my grandchildren to know: that every day they have a choice to wake up on the good side of the bed or the bad, with a smile or a frown, with a howl or a song. So here is a little tune from Oklahoma! that I have taught Caroline (3) to sing when she wakes. "...

Jun 08, 2013

As Mary Oliver says, this is why I wake early-- an early summer morning with a good dog to share it with is the preacher there ever was.

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Jun 07, 2013

A week from today we'll be driving up to Haines Junction, Yukon to camp overnight before joining about a thousand other cyclists in a race to Haines. The Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay is a about 160 miles long and may be done solo or in 2,4 & 8 person teams, with each member...

Jun 06, 2013

Food for thought:  last night at the Fireweed (it was very busy,  with a wait for tables) the special was a delicious shrimp curry. Our crowd (Chip and I, our son, daughter & husband, and delightful baby Lani-- not  to mention another daughter who works there that was waiting...

Jun 05, 2013

There was a really big ship in town yesterday-- so large it made the hefty Port Chilkoot Dock look like a toy. It seemed as if the ship could pull the dock away with it. From one angle just about all of  Mt. Riley was blocked. It was windy, kind of cool in unprotected areas and there...

Jun 04, 2013

At Shelly's talk last night at the library I learned that it is a good thing to wear rose colored glasses, and that people who do, are happier, and that there is data to prove it, thanks to practitioners of the relatively new field of positive psychology. Shelly said the experts have proven...

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