Monday, May 29, 2006

Our newest garden spot

Here are some pictures of the house and yard. We planted the plants mom got for her birthday today, so thought I'd post some pictures. The tree in the middle, is a weeping Caragana, then we have 2 lilacs, 5-6 roses, 2 blueberries, a low bush cranberry, and a mock orange. We're going to be getting some more landscaping stuff to fill in the gaps and keep the weeds down, but we'll have to wait until we get up to Home Depot or something. But we are really pleased with how it turned out so far. I don't know if you can see them well, but dad and I cut 2 sand hill cranes out of a piece of rusty steel, and welded them a "leg" so they can stand up in the garden. They look so cool! Really realistic. I drew the pattern, then dad cut them out, ground off the sharp edges, and welded the leg. They turned out super cool. We're going to do some more tomorrow. Then I think we're going to cut out some other shapes too, like fish, moose, etc. Fun! If all goes well we'll put them in the farmer's market over the summer.

Happy Memorial Day Everyone! We love you all. Alicia

Oh, the gate up there is one that we made last year, me and dad together.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Here come the big fish

We'd like to welcome you to fishing season, with some cool shots of dad's first king salmon of the year. It was HUGE! He got it out in the ocean, trolling on a boat with a new friend of ours (Mark). Mark is friends with the neighbor, and now friends with us. Dad's been out fishing with him twice already. Mark is from Anchorage and comes down a lot in the summer with his boat to go fishing. They've been fishing in the ocean out in front of the house here, and that's where dad caught this fish today. They also got cod and halibut. So it was fun!

Then mom and I went to a special nursery today and picked out the plants for her birthday. We got several rogosa type roses, a weeping tree, and a couple other fun things. We'll have to put pictures up once we get them planted and landscaped. Fun!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Summer Visitors Begin

The sweetest thing happened last night. We went out to watch the birds and Heathcliff and Dixie were just outside the gate and we thought Dixie had a duck following her up the path, but it turned out she had a male and female following her.

They were a pair of green winged teals and she had invited them up to the house for some dinner. They came into the yard and were looking around. She was very gently cooing - trying to coax them up to the house to eat corn, but they were a little shy about being inside the fence and then the cat saw them and decided they were small enough for him to tackle so we had to chase after him and they flew off. They are a beautiful bird.

We don't think they left permanent - when we got up this morning something had eaten more than half the duck feeder, so Dixie definitely had someone over for dinner last night.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Our Busy Pond

Well, our pond has been the place to be this spring. If you're waterfowl that is. :) We've got at least one wild pair living on the pond for the season, and I think we've got a couple more too. The pair living on the pond is a pair of mallards. Then we also have had a pair of green winged teals (which are the smallest of the pond ducks) that have been around a bit too. Other than that we have a pair of wigeons that seem to be around a lot too. Altogether we have had mallards, american wigeons, a pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes, 3 full size sandhill cranes, yellow legs, plovers, and green winged teals. Plus the usual bunches of swallows. So that is fun. We've had a lot of sandhill cranes flying over, but the 3 are the only ones that have stopped to visit. They stayed in the yard for a couple days, and they fly over a lot, but haven't stopped again that we have noticed. So that is our fun with the wild birds.

We really don't have a lot of news other than that. Mom had to go to the hospital this week for chest pain. After they put her on oxygen for a couple of hours, she was feeling better, so we're pretty sure it was her usual pleurisy, just more intense than usual.

Today at midnight started the King salmon fishing season, so dad went out bright and way early this morning, but the water is running really deep, muddy, fast, and cold, so the fishing was bad. He said no one was cathing any. There's still lots of time to catch fish though. He was going to get to go halibut fishing this week with his friend Steve, but he had to work instead, which is good and bad. Good for the money, bad for not getting to go fishing.

As for me, I'm not really up to much. I cleaned my room today, that was pretty exciting let me tell you. :) But it looks nice.

Mom and I went to a scrapbooking crop at the local scrapbooking store for a few hours last night, and it was really nice. We got a lot done in just a few hours, and it was really peaceful and nice. There was supposed to be 3 other people there, but they didnt' come, so it was just mom, me and Tracy the woman that works there. At the store, when you pay to crop, you get to use all of their tools, and die cutting machine, so that was really fun. We dont' have a die cutting machine, so that was fun, we cut out all kinds of letters, shapes and such. It was just a nice fun time. We are working on an album, mom and I together, about our family vacation to Las Vegas/Capitol Reef/Bryce/etc. from 1992. Lots of fun.

I guess that is everything about us. I took some pictures of the cranes hanging out on the pond, but you'd need a magnifier to find them in the picture, so guess I won't post them. Oh, we also have wood frogs on the pond, and they croak and call all afternoon until late at night, so that is fun. They are really funny. Everytime the duck quacks, or the goose screams, the frogs answer back. Funny. Ok, well we love you all. Alicia

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Juneau Pictures

I just had a few minutes tonight, and I've been thinking about my mission, since it was just a year ago, and I thought maybe I would start putting some pictures up for you to see. This picture is downtown Juneau, from Douglas Island. Behind the lower hill, just about the back row of houses is where the old gold mine is. My last monday in town, my companion and I did a quick hike up there, to the Silverbow basin - it was so BEAUTIFUL back there. I could have spent hours and hours back there just trying each of the trails and checking things out. I'll try and post more of those pictures later. But for tonight, i better get to bed, going to Anchorage tomorrow, just a quick trip up and back. Love you all lots. Alicia