Sunday, July 17, 2016

Re-starting my blogging.

I thought I would start doing my blog again, it's been a long time. I miss the history that it represented, not so much the day-to-day posting, but photos from trips and what happened when.  For example, yesterday I went gold-panning. I went to Gold Daughter's just north of Fairbanks. There you can buy a bag of dirt guaranteed to have gold in it. I ended up buying 3 bags of dirt... a $100 bag (that I got the two larger nuggets in, and then two $20 bags (I still need to pan 1/2 of one of those bags... they were getting ready to close, so I bought a $10 gold pan, and brought the dirt home). Anyway, once you buy a bag of dirt, then they have two large piles of dirt from areas where gold has been mined and you can spend all day there panning to your heart's content.  I got a few TINY specs of gold from the piles, and other than a way to kill an afternoon (I was there from 1-6pm) not sure the piles were worth it, but apparently some people are luckier than others.

 After gold panning at Gold Daughter's I decided to head up to Pedro Creek, a place that is open for the public to pan... next time I will take a shovel.  *smiles*

 People panning.
This gold mining claim is owned by the Pioneers of Alaska and it is open for public panning, you can't use any machinery.  I didn't take a shovel (as I said)... and it was getting late, I had been away from my dogs for a long time... so I only stayed about an hour.  I think I found one TINY little fleck of gold.  Oh well... it was an educational experience.

Okay... nuff for today. It is a rainy, lazy Sunday afternoon in Fairbanks.

- Kris

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

This may be my last blog...

Just a photo from 1am this morning/last night.  I could have taken a similar one at 3am when I woke up... but didn't feel like getting out of bed.

Well... I'm thinking about stopping this blog.  There's only about 6 people that read it anyway (and I can email you daily Bette and Walt if you'd like, in place of doing this daily blog). It's been great to be able to look back through them and see when this happened or that happened, or when I went here or there... but otherwise... well.

I had training this morning and then this afternoon I was able to get several things accomplished at work.

It's been a cold, rainy day.  It's about 52* tonight, and it's supposed to get down to 40*. 

It's 10:20pm, past my bedtime (how often do I say that when I am writing this blog?).

- Kris
P.S. IF you are reading this and for some reason I should continue, email me or message me and let me know why YOU think so...  Thanks...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

2nd Day of training...

The  Judge Wichersham museum at Pioneer Park
Originally situated on the corner of 1st Avenue and Noble Street. It was the first house in Fairbanks built with milled lumber and a white picket fence. The lot was purchased in April, 1904 by Judge James Wickersham for $175. He built the house himself that same spring, hauling the lumber down the street on his back. The house was moved to A-67 in 1967, partially restored by the City of Fairbanks in 1977, and placed on the Historic National Register in April, 1979

So, today was spent in training all day. At lunchtime one of my co-workers (the one from Spain) came home with me for lunch and we had grilled cheese sandwiches.  It was a good lunch.

After the training I went over to work to check emails... then it was 5:30pm by the time I got out there (I got sucked into that black hole of the other end of the hallway).

Tonight I've just been watching some TV and spending time on the computer in addition to listening to streaming music.  I hope I don't go over my quota for data. I need to watch that.  Right now I'm listening to some "John Denver".

Okay... keeping this short...

- Kris

Monday, June 1, 2015

Training all day

Taken in Denali Park last month...

Yes, today was spent in Cognitive Processing Therapy all day. It's good training. Some people have mixed feelings about it because it is "manualized"... basically that means that everything is scripted, by the book.  No asking "how was YOUR week."  Got to meet someone that has worked with a former co-worker that I had in Germany, that was kind of neat. Always nice to do a little networking when you can go for training.

After work I went and bought a new weed-wacker. I haven't tried it out... in fact, it is still in the back of my car.

Been watching TV this evening in my bedroom... (at the moment that is the only TV that has reception, but next Saturday I will have Dish Network. I hope I will be happy with it.  I'll just have it on my big TV in my living room (now that the TV is functional again).

Tonight is supposed to get cold...  down to the mid-30's. Last night it snowed just south of North Pole.  For awhile this morning it rained pretty good, I was happy that my yard got a free watering. It'll be interesting to get my water bill this month... I've been doing a LOT of watering.

Okay... it's past 10:30pm, therefore past my bedtime, so I had better sign off.

- Kris

P.S. haven't heard from my friends Walt and Bette lately, hope they are okay!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday and Happy Birthday to my youngest daughter!

Had a lazy morning, woke up about 8am, read through my emails and facebook (while still in bed) finally got up around 10am.  Let the dogs out and then made our "brunch."  I did get a couple loads of laundry done today (including my bedding).  Tonight I put new bedding on the bed (see top picture), the dogs seem happy with it.  I took the dogs for a ride today (something they don't get very often).  We went over to the Pet Store to pick up some new harnesses.  Then I ran out to my daughter's house afterwards. I had those bleu cheese and bacon burgers that I got yesterday, I grilled two of them and didn't much care for them, so I took them out to her, along with some strawberries that I wasn't going to be able to eat up fast enough and had to pick up some mail that she had gotten for me.  I visited with her for a bit and then we headed back into town.
I finally got to meet my neighbor's wife and be officially introduced to his kids. (they are adults). His wife seems nice, a little frail, but very friendly and gave me a dishtowel that she had made.
Tonight I mowed my front yard... still now sure what to do about that large brown spot in the yard... I've watered it SOOO much (almost every night).  The bottom picture was taken from my master bedroom porch/lanai... you can see one of my hanging baskets. 
I also called and told my youngest daughter "Happy Birthday" and talked with my middle daughter that has been there with her for the weekend, so she could go to the Memorial Service and then help my youngest daughter celebrate her birthday.
Okay... 10:42, I had better sign off and get to bed. I'm going to be in 3 days of training starting will be a nice break from work.
- Kris

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Somewhat productive Saturday & My Sister's Memorial Service

 A photo at the beginning of my sister's Memorial Service. My daughters were able to Skype with me and I got to watch all of the service before the phone got too hot and shut down the video feed.  Thank you to my daughters for doing this for me today. It meant SO much!
 Dinner... I only had 1 hamburger... it had bacon bits in it and blue cheese, I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. *frown*  I made 2 patties and shared one with the doggies.
 This stream is about 1 block from where I live (but, to get to this spot, it's about 1/4 mile?).
 They have some wayside picnic areas along the slough/stream.
 This path starts about 1/4th of a block from my house... it's the first time I have taken the dogs for a walk on it (and my first time on the path).  Because they wore their coats over the winter, and have been fenced in since "break-up", I don't know where I put their leashes. So, I think I will take them over tomorrow and get them outfitted with new harnesses.
One of the things I did today was that I mowed my back yard... looks good... will be glad when the grass begins to grow in the areas I refilled with dirt (the previous owner had some big dogs that dug holes).

Other than that, this morning I was out of the house by 9:30am (that's almost a record for me on weekend mornings). I went over to the Farmer's market and got some heatable mittens (using wheat grain and you microwave them), to help out my thumbs when they are in pain.  Then I stopped by "Buns on the Run" and picked up a blueberry muffin.  From there it was over to the Alaska Feed store to pick up some snacks for the dogs... then to Walmart to find something to clean my little pool with (gonna use a net that you use for fish tanks! LOL), and got a couple groceries. Then I had to head home so I could be there in case my daughters (or someone) could Skype my sister's Memorial service, which they were able to do.  After the Memorial Service, I didn't feel up to doing much, so just surfed the web and listened to some mellow music.  Finally I got some energy up and went out and mowed the back yard.  At least doing it during the day, the mosquitos didn't seem as bad.  After resting from that, I went back out to do some more errands. I signed up for Dish Network (they are going to come out next Saturday and install it) and then stopped by Verizon because I had a question about my phone. I have to say, that the Verizon folks have always been very responsive to my questions/needs.  From there I made the mistake of going to Sam's Club... you can't get out of there without spending less than $100. Most of the stuff I bought will last a long time and won't go to waste. I got a pack of 2 steaks (and that's where I got the burgers above) and I bought a 4lb thing of hamburger (I divide it into 4 portions and freeze it.

I came home and made dinner... (and have been listening to my "Echo" music (on my Echo device) almost all day).  Tonight about 9:30 I took the dogs out for a walk (remember, here, that would be like 6pm where you are, because of our extended daylight).  The doggies are worn out... and now it's after 11pm, I'm going to try to be in bed asleep before midnight tonight.

So... g'night,
- Kris

Friday, May 29, 2015

What an emotional rollercoaster day!

It WAS an emotional rollercoaster day. This morning went fine... work wasn't too hectic, but when I came home at lunch time there was a note from my sister-in-law (SIL) asking if I had talked to my brother-in-law (BIL) and said that he had taken my sister's ashes out to the cemetery and that the cemetery would bury her ashes sometime between now and August and that way it would be done and we could have a small service then.  I freaked.  All I could think of is... what if they don't really bury her ashes, what if they put someone else in the grave with her?  I felt like it was abandonment. Talk about mind racing.  I felt like there needed to be a "chain of custody" thing (okay... we know we have my sister's ashes, they are not going to leave our possession until she is safely interred, witnessed by all who want to be there). I felt betrayed... when I left Spokane, it was with the decision (by her Spouse) that they would wait until I came back in August, to inter her then. And the anguish at the thought that she would be buried without someone there to watch/supervise.  I would CERTAINLY hope no one would do that to me.  I called my youngest nephew (my sister's youngest son...) and he didn't know anything about it. Of course... I was a basket case (and those that know me, KNOW that I am not like that very often).  He said he would check into it.  Then after work I had my Physical Therapy (last one... no amount of manipulation will help my hands, so it has been more of how to cope with it and minimize further damage). And the PT person looks SO eerily like my sister, its unnerving.   We finished up early enough that I was able to rush over and meet a co-worker to watch the movie "Aloha." I have to say, I REALLY enjoyed the movie because it had some Hawaiian music in it AND a LOT of scenes from around Oahu... worth going for that alone.  Afterwards I had some text messages from my sister's best friend... pics of the flowers she has put together for tomorrow and so I asked her if she knew about the ashes... she hadn't. But then right after that I got an email from my SIL that she had called the cemetery and the ashes weren't there and she spoke to my BIL and the ashes were still at the house (not sure if my younger nephew had contact his step-father, my BIL by then or not).    And then my sister's friend contacted my BIL and he got all upset about the issue. He is emotionally fragile right now anyway...  (he has beginning Alzheimer's and I would bet that he would meet the criteria for Asperger's).  About that time I was getting text messages from my other nephew's wife with concern about the location of the service (she hadn't been there before and it sounds like it is pretty run down and she doesn't think it will be big enough to hold everyone... and she feels her MIL deserved a nicer place). Anyway... I tried to get her to understand that it was there because my YOUNGER sister couldn't contact HER parish, (supposedly the priests were on retreat and apparently they DON'T ??? have a receptionist???).  And my younger sister wouldn't return my SIL's phone calls... (not to even let her know that she apparently couldn't get ahold of anyone)... so with my BIL being anxious about having all the pieces in place (and my SIL is dealing with her OWN health issues and issues of mortality right now), they went with a place they knew they could get.  Anyway... dealing with my nephew's wife about that... and I was still an emotional basket case and I can't cry and talk at the same time... I told her about the issue with the ashes (but reassured her they were still at the house).  And of course she became very upset too.  Then she talked to my nephew when he got home and he was upset and called my BIL who was very reactionary... but my nephew called me back and assured me that they would NOT try to inter my sister's ashes until I got there.  Because of my BIL's fragile emotional state... I would prefer if one of my nephews took charge of my sister's ashes.  Not just because of the incident today... but because he is like a reed in the wind, bending back and forth.  And, apparently he has been staying away from the house and not returning calls and he may just be spooked about having my sister's ashes at the house.

Hopefully the Memorial Service will go off without a hitch tomorrow and then they can talk about the ashes and the internment afterwards. I have asked folks going if they would post a lot of pictures while they are there... I hope so.'s 12:30am, I had better sign off and think about getting to bed.

- Kris