Fall Doth Approach

I’m not sure I’m real keen about this.  Emperor Geese began arriving last week.  I’ve never seen Emperor Geese here in September.  Perhaps some old-timers have, but in 20 years I’ve yet to see them before October, and some years it’s even November before their arrival. Their being here so early can’t be good.  And then there’s the snow.  Termination dust was visible this morning between northerly squalls, but termination dust in September isn’t particularly unusual.  What was disconcerting was the fact that the squalls were bringing snow – hard little pellets of it – at sea level and the snow was actually accumulating on the edges of the deck and in the window frames, on my windshield and in the yard.  Now that simply isn’t right. I think Shari and I need to find more firewood.

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Berries and Home Improvement Projects

So I haven’t posted anything new for a couple of weeks, but not for lack of activity – anything but! Shari’s parents have been visiting since the first of the month, and as usual we had a laundry list of HIPs for him to work on: install the new window (taking out the broken one was a bitch!); repair a door; add an awning to the grill cover; take out the old stove and install the new one (it did finally arrive, 24 days late and with no shipping charges for our trouble); install some rain gutters and rebuild the fish smoker. And voila – we have a much improved house now! There’s still some tidying to do, and we need to get rid of the scraps before they blow around and break Continue reading “Berries and Home Improvement Projects”

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ACE – flying the unfriendly skies

Alaska Central Express, more commonly known as ACE, has a website that loudly proclaims them to be a “more reliable” cargo carrier with six flights each week to Dutch Harbor.  “Don’t wait on your freight!” They claim consistent flight schedules, friendly service and they even offer online air bill tracking.  With that online air bill tracking, I was able to confirm something I already knew:  our new stove has been sitting in their Anchorage warehouse for 17 days.  Sears dropped it off on the 7th, a Saturday.  When we hadn’t received it by the following Thursday I phoned the Anchorage facility.  “Oh, you’ll have it by Sunday.”  Excellent. That’s great. Except Continue reading “ACE – flying the unfriendly skies”

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