Heather's Blog

Oct 25, 2013

We are turning Halloween into a week long event this year-- starting tonight with the Trick or Trot 5k fun run and walk at 5:30 in Dalton City, no matter what the weather. (A headlamp is a good idea.) There will be a fire pit, hot drinks, and prizes for the best costumes (which you trot around...

Oct 24, 2013

Well, there will be plenty to talk about over coffee for a few days, maybe longer, now that hunting guide and fisherman Ron Martin has admitted to, and been sentenced for, five hunting related felonies involving area bears and goats. He can't guide again and won't be getting his plane...

Oct 23, 2013

If you have a fur hat, put it on. Then check the bindings on your snowshoes. The first snow of the season is falling on Mt. Ripinsky, from the summit right on down the flanks-- perhaps all the way to the microwave tower, it's hard to tell from the sea-level windy wet perspective of a morning...

Oct 23, 2013

 

The rain is not snow, yet, at least down in town, but I'm guessing this downpour is whitening up the mountains. (It's still too dark to see, and even then, from the sounds of the wind and rain on the roof I probably won't see it anyway.) The veteran's home is going...

Oct 22, 2013

That's how it always works, isn't it? The minute you comment on the fine weather, it changes. We had the first frost last night, which meant I had to scrape the windshield this morning before Morning Muscles, but the stars and moon were still out and there were no bears in sight,...

Oct 21, 2013

 We  finally put  the garden mostly to bed and installed the snow-breaks and stacked the firewood on the porch. I mean it's the end of October and time to be done with it, whether the window boxes  are ready or not, right? Sort of. I kept the front box filled...

Oct 20, 2013

Vincent van Gogh wrote, in a letter to his brother, "I have a terrible need of-- shall I say the word?-- Religion. Then I go out and paint the stars." (And in my humble case, walk the dog.)

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Oct 17, 2013

 

The weather is changing, for the better it seems, as the days are still golden and mild, with no frost so far. It’s been a true autumn, so different from...

Oct 16, 2013

On birthdays when they were young I'd tell my children the story of their arrival. Eliza's will always be that she is the first and thus the most miraculous, plus the TV repairman arrived in the Anchorage hospital room right at the height of that first shocking labor. Sarah's story...

Oct 15, 2013

Have you noticed that I seem to show up here every Tuesday lately? Honestly, I promise that I'm getting it together and from now on will send you pithy, brilliant, and informative daily news of life in Haines, or if not all that, at least something interesting about life as I know...

Oct 11, 2013

Chip and I did not get a moose, but it wasn't from lack of trying, and as he said, now that the hunt is over the stories can begin. And that's the fun part that could last all winter. Until now, everyone was very vague about just what they saw out there, especially as this hunt, with...

Oct 08, 2013

Well, that's moose hunting-- we've been at it four days a week for four weeks, and the moose have safely avoided our freezer. More on that in the next post. While we were hunting, the beautiful old tender (1937, wooden, classic, 70 feet) Neptune sank in the harbor, no one was hurt, and...

Oct 03, 2013

Here's two of the "most read" articles in today's Alaska Dispatch  and both are about Haines. (And no, I did not have anything to do with either one, except that Chip was a sponsor of the no corporate...

Oct 02, 2013

Congratulations to the newest assembly members: George Campbell-- a garlic farmer and arts supporter (the Green Room at the Chilkat Center is dedicated to the memory of his mother, Barbara Campbell, long time Actfest stage manager), plus he plays the bag pipes--  which could end...

Oct 01, 2013

Can you believe it? It's an election day, my favorite holiday. I love to vote. I hope you do too-- Please do. There are a lot of good people running for local office-- I'm still not sure who all I'll choose yet for all the borough assembly and school board seats-- but I do know Ardy...

Sep 30, 2013

Yes, we are still moose-less after 10 days of hard, and I think smart, hunting. I figured Chip would be disappointed when we left camp last night without a moose, but he said, "That was another great weekend.  We've had some really good hunting, haven't we?" And the thing...

Sep 24, 2013

Tonight from 5-7 it's the Arts Confluence literary, musical, visual arts celebration and wine and cheese fundraiser in the Chilkat Center lobby, 15 dollar donation. Then tomorrow from noon-4 there's a party in the borough office to thank and appreciate dear Sue Nelson who really has...

Sep 24, 2013

 I couldn't take many pictures, as two days of heavy  rain fogged up my lens, but I did get a few during breaks in the weather. It was even raining in the tent. It's not that it leaked, it was actually very dry and warm with Chip's little steel stove (he kept saying "...

Sep 19, 2013

In the news from the moose hunt, Ralph and Vince got the seventh so far (as of last night anyway) and the weather promises to be miserable-- rainy and windy and cooler-- the first snow has dusted the top of Santa Claus Mountain and more peaks out the valley. The river is running fast and high...

Sep 18, 2013

It was a three granddaughter day-- baby Silvia Rose stayed home with her mom. And holy cow, were those girls busy. Phoebe the grumpy terrier was unusually attentive and Pearl, the happy Golden Retriever,  was her usual baby-doting self, if a little wetter than usual thanks to the rain....

Sep 17, 2013

The first weekend of  the Haines moose hunt is over, and we have survived, and so have the moose in our sites, anyway. I hear four have been taken so far. We have until the first week in October or until 25 or so have been shot.

Chip and I camped out on the river so we could be...

Sep 11, 2013

Okay, I'm back in the groove-- So, I wanted to let you know what's going on-- and there's a ton-- though I don't have it all but I have a few highlights, anyway. First, the bears are out so be careful. There's been bears at the beach, bears at the boat harbor, bears on the...

Sep 10, 2013

My daughter said the birth of her second baby was so much easier than the first, which is proof that something Biblical really does remove our memory when it comes to pregnancy, labor, and delivery. But in Juneau's Bartlett hospital on Saturday morning I did not want to remind Stoli about...

Sep 09, 2013

Facebook friends know this because Auntie  JJ posted it via her phone there-- but yes, I have a healthy, 7lb. 8 oz. granddaughter-- that makes four! One more and Brian will have a whole family team, but I don't see another baby on the horizon for while, and certainly not in time to make...

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