Heather's Blog

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)...
Jun 15, 2014
One way to make sure your children grow up to be kind and productive people is to have had a kind and productive father, and then marry a man who is as kind and productive as he was. If that is not the case, then marry up-- not for wealth or status or good looks-- but for kindness and reliability...
Jun 13, 2014
Yesterday I forgot to mention the tower next to the Guardhouse! I don’t know how I could forget that. Joanne and Phyllis (and the crew) have done a great job. It is Haines own mini- Washington monument. Maybe a Seward monument. (I really liked Lincoln’s secretary of state and the man...
Jun 12, 2014
 Wayne Price is having a really big week. Two traditional Tlingit canoes that he supervised the construction of have successfully paddled to Celebration, the annual gathering of Southeast Natives in Juneau.  That's no easy coast down the 90 mile Lynn Canal, North America...
Jun 10, 2014
I'm riding my bike today with a friend on one last long ride before the Kluane to Chilkat on the 21st. I find rest is good for me, and that I tend to overdo things-- so today-- 10 days out, is a good one for a five hour ride. Plus it is cool, not too windy, and dry-ish. I don't think it...
Jun 08, 2014
"I don't care how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It's enough to know that for some people they exist, and that they dance." -- Poet Mary Oliver
Jun 06, 2014
This morning at 4:30 Jess and Kevin paddled a yellow canoe to our backyard from an overnight adventure across the inlet. Chip went out and helped them carry the canoe up to the driveway. This is what they don't tell you about midnight sun: it's the mornings that are really extra long, and...
Jun 05, 2014
Chip is stretching on the living room floor, pre-bike, and Pearl is snoring up on our bed. (As soon as we leave it, she hops on and stays there until we return from our morning bike ride.) And I want to remind you that there will be a gala ribbon cutting for the newest version of the Port Chilkoot...
Jun 04, 2014
The earthquake was at 3:58 AM  49 miles west of Haines, just over the mountains from my house, toward Yakutat. I suppose on a clear morning I could almost see it from here. It woke me up with a jolt, and as soon as the rolling quit I checked to see if there were tsunami warnings...
Jun 03, 2014
It's a rainy morning, which means a day off from the cycling. I mean, why ride in the rain when you don't have to? We've had so many nice days this spring that a little rain is a relief.  It's a good day to finish the obituary of my friend Glenn, he lived in Juneau, but we...

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