The ole Homestead the day before the Winter Solstice always looks better with a foot plus of snow!
First off, let me offer up my sincere hopes that everyone out there has the very Merriest of Christmases and the best New Year – or whatever holiday you may celebrate – yet! I apologize for being ‘incommunicado’ of late; the demands of this season coupled with a thorough lack of creative spirit and two weeks spent fighting the ‘disease de jour’ ravaged my blogging. With a bit of luck I should get back into the saddle after New Year’s. I’ve missed sharing some of my thoughts and perceptions with you all but hopefully I will right that issue come January. In the interim please stay happy, healthy and safe! And if you are so blessed, spend as much time as possible with family and friends. We never know how much time we have remaining to us so often it is best to treat each new day like the treasure that it is; after all, it could be our last..!
A cold albeit colorful afternoon sky down south at the intersection of the Spur and the Parks Highway (aka ‘The Glenn Parks, AK 3, etc.) also know by the locals as ‘the ‘Y’…
Across the year and a half I’ve been blogging a number of folks have asked about my living quarters; more than a few made jokes about me living in an igloo. Actually the exterior of my place has shown up in a number of my blogs but I thought it might be interesting for some folks to not just see the exterior of my humble abode but the interior as well. This builds on a January 2014 post which showed just a couple of interior images. With this written here are a few images of my much-loved new home seven miles south of Talkeetna:
The front of my place after a good snow; this was taken Christmas Eve of 2013
Christmas morning with ‘the Kidz’; we’re south of the back of my place clearing the new snow from the sat dish
Looking east down the hallway into the mud room and the front door
The hallway opens into the kitchen with its north facing picture window; that blue towel is blocking the intense summer light which floods in through the glassed in door and the pair of west-facing windows just to the left of the door
The main room with the dining nook off the image to the right
Aforementioned dining nook; I may well install a wood burning stove in this area come October
Looking down the steep stairwell; the small rectangle at the bottom is the Toyo fuel oil stove which heats the entire house!
Guest bedroom is on the second floor in the NE corner; there is a similar room but loaded with junk on the SE corner and the master bedroom in the NW corner
The tiny office which I’ve stuffed to the gills!
My front porch looking abnormally clean..!
The Escape inside its ‘ShelterLogic’ enclosure; those are large wind chimes on the left side of the image which hang just outside the front porch but under the eves
Since I started this blog I’ve had a number of people ask what my place is like; in some cases I suspect they think I live in an igloo or similar! With this in mind I thought I’d share some images of my place:
This is the front of my place taken on Christmas Eve while walking the dogs
My driveway runs from East Barge Drive to Question Lake Circle; this is a view of my place from the latter road
This is the main room in my place and is located on the first floor
This is my kitchen taken from the dining area