Aurora Borealis – Live!

Aurora Borealis

One of the things I miss most about Alaska besides moose in the backyard and in the freezer, the fresh air, the wilderness, the salmon, the peacefulness….okay, there are quite a few things I miss about Alaska. But one of those many things I miss about Alaska is going out and braving the cold temperatures […]

Fireweed Jelly | Preserving the Harvest #SundaySupper

Fireweed for Fireweed Jelly

This Sunday our Sunday Supper contributors are sharing ways to preserve the wonderful bounty we have this time of year. I thought I would take this opportunity to share something I made while we lived in Alaska – Fireweed Jelly. Fireweed is a beautiful wild flower that grows all over Alaska, as well as many […]

Farewell Fort Wainwright–Here We Go!

Farewell Fort Wainwright

Our last sunrise has come at Fort Wainwright. Today we hit the road! Heading down the Al-Can Highway – through the Yukon and British Columbia, back to the Lower 48. Over the next couple weeks, I will be sharing our journey with you. Ready or not, here we go!!!

Wrapping Up Wainwright

Volunteer Awards - Fort Wainwright, Alaska

In the past couple weeks, there has been tons going on around the Smith home. I received another completely unexpected award. Then I was “farewelled” by our troop. I was presented this lovely bowl. This is the inscription on the base. And my hubby was farewelled as well. And in the meantime…once again, everything we […]

Eagle in a Snow Storm

Eagle in a Snow Storm

Today I was running a couple errands, and saw an eagle sitting in a tree next to the river. It was snowing like crazy (still is as I write this) but I had to snap a few photos anyways.

The Rescue

The Joys of Moving

So, since we are moving many months before we were supposed to, we’ll never get the chance to see the snow melt and reveal our lawn ornaments. That means going in after them. Fun. So I went in…and dug and dug, sticking the shovel down it the snow as though I were a rescuer searching […]

The Last One | #AuroraBorealis

Aurora Borealis

This is it. This is probably the last opportunity I will ever have to see this amazing, breathtaking and glorious sight. The weather was bad – in the negatives and there were high, thin clouds that distorted the lights. But nonetheless, the show was still beautiful, and I loved every second of it. I will […]

I will Always Love You Alaska! | #Giveaway

Alaska

In two weeks, movers will be coming to my home and packing up everything we own, loading them up on a truck, and hauling them all off to Alabama. There are so many things I’m going to miss about this place. Things like this. And this. And this! Oh, and these! And this! Over the […]

Ahhh…Spring!

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The sun is shining. The birds are tweeting. The flowers are blooming and the grass is growing. Somewhere that isn’t here. Oh and by the way, in 2 weeks I have movers coming to pack everything we own. And you see that mountain of snow covering my yard? Yeah…I have lawn ornaments under it. Somewhere.

Oh Aurora, I will Miss You Too!

Aurora Borealis

Yesterday morning, I made a comment on a facebook page that I hoped to get another good show before we leave Alaska. Now that spring is here, the light is returning at a super fast pace, gaining about 7 minutes a day – and soon we won’t be able to see the Aurora anymore. Well, […]

Snow Removal

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Here’s the thing about living in Fairbanks, Alaska… They don’t plow much. When the snow comes in October, the plows don’t immediately rush out out to clear the roads. If your lucky, they’ll clear the main roads and highways. But the residential roads? Well, for the most part, everyone just drives on it, packs it […]