My knees are sore thanks to the nice weather ( well, relatively nice: sunshine, and mild temperatures in the mid to high 20s, although it is kind of windy, especially on the Skagway side of town) and the extra hour of daylight we've gained this month. I have been up to Lily Lake and back on the trail from the water plant ( and I'm not the only one, there are lots of us, including the elementary school kids last week.) The Mt.
Here is an email I received about the baby from my sister Kathleen in N.Y.:
Can you e-mail me Sarah's mailing address and phone#
Do you think she'd prefer clothing or silver for Caroline??
and my response?
So Kathleen emails me back and says "Empress Caroline? In this economy I should be able to find a tiara lying around."
Actually, Caroline looks just fine without any bling. She doesn't need silver or diamonds or for that matter any clothes. Sarah has been given so many nearly new hand-me-downs from other moms in Haines, that she gave away some before Caroline was even born. Also, she still hasn't worn the same hat twice. She has, at last count, 19, and is just 8 days old.
We are having a party to celebrate Ellen (30 years) and Reba's (20 years) combined 50 years of service to the library today from 4-6. Please join me ( and lots of other folks) for refreshments and gratitude for their presence in our lives (and our children's and their children in many cases...) Click in the shaded words to read the great article in the Chilkat Valley News about them, and to learn more about the library.
Jacob Weerasinghe, 5, raised over 250 dollars Saturday for Haitian earthquake victims at Lutak Lumber selling hot cocoa. "His Uncle Roger bought two cups for forty dollars and someone else gave a hundred dollars" dad Nishan said. He told me that he didn't think Jacob paid much attention when the TV news was on, but apparently he does. "He saw the bodies," Nishan said, " especially all the children, and he wanted to help." Nishan figured his little boy could set up the winter version of a lemonade stand at the lumber yard. Nishan's family has helped with other relief efforts.
Lucy said that all you have to do to get a baby to sleep is put them in the hat rack on your plane and fly to 5,000 feet. She said the same thing works for ornery drunks, although they sometimes have to go higher. "The blood oxygen level drops" with altitude, she explained, sipping her tea.
Light snow covered the car this morning as Eliza left for Morning Muscles class at 5:45. The snow banks in the driveway are like walls, taller than the car roof, and the road was white. The lights of the airport twinkled up the river. We didn't see another vehicle until we pulled into the Chilkat Center, then the familiar all wheel drive rigs pulled into the half-cleared spaces near the back door or tucked in next to a high snow berm. Inside, everyone asked about the baby, some had seen the pictures.
As I watched a TV news clip of the Navy hospital ship Comfort cruising to Haiti to help with the relief effort, my first thought was that the cruise lines (that also frequent Alaska in the summer) should send a ship (or three) to help house the injured and provide food and water and support for the relief crews as well.
Today I am housekeeping, answering mail, and getting organized. (The Christmas lights really should come off the porch.) But I wanted you to know that the Alaska Dispatch column about the baby's birth is up (apparently the column is now posted late Sunday for Monday morning readers.) Also, if you go to Bartlett hospital's site you may see a photo of baby Caroline.
They call the new obstetric wing of the Bartlett hospital "Bartlett Beginnings". The birthing rooms are the kind I had hoped to have when I was injured and in a nursing home. They are big and airy with wood floors and a tall wall of windows. But the best thing is the people, especially the nurses. Sarah dubbed Margie "Nurse Google", because she said she knew the answers to all of her questions. "You are better than my laptop," Sarah told her.