A journal of our day to day; homesteading and homeschooling in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
It's been a couple days. Haven't had a chance to write undistracted. Often I'll try to write a post while half paying attention to the kids, and I don't make much sense. My writing ends up disjointed and unfocused. So, all the kids are in bed and I don't feel like much other than catching up on all that has happened in the last few days. I have a monster of an incubator in my house. It is much larger than I expected. I'm looking forward to getting it up and running.
On Sunday we had a lovely family outing and watched the North American Dog Races. We met up with some friends that bring chili, hot dogs, smore fixings, a grill and a fire pit along with chairs and blankets. So needless to say we had a great time. We got to see the dog teams on their final stretch of a 27 (I think) mile stretch, just a few miles from the finish line. Two different times we saw a team catch up and pass the team in front of it-very exciting. We did lots of yelling and cheering. Noah, along with some of our friends' kids all went sledding, played on a playground and enjoyed watching the dog teams go by. It was sunny, clear and would have been pleasant if not for the wind. But here is a photo of a happy but red cheeked Avery and above was a photo of the three of us outside having a good time.
Yesterday I ordered a cream separator. I've been talking about doing so for a long time. I was just waiting for the right time (money). There were two brands that I was having a hard time deciding between, but I went with the Novo, (www.novocreamseparators.com/ mostly because of all the comments from satisfied customers. We will have our own half and half, heavy cream, sour cream, cream cheese and ice cream. I really miss Ice Cream. I have been having sensitivities to pasteurized cow dairy products, pretty much anything other than butter seems to disagree with me. It has taken a while to figure out what to stay away from, as the effects are not immediate, rather it is a gradual build up and then all of a sudden I am miserable for about twelve hours. I've started eating dark chocolate with no dairy in it. I'll eat small amounts of dairy if we are eating away from home. But for the most part, it is not worth it. So I've been missing ice cream, and once I have a cream separator I will be making ice cream often. I also miss cream in my coffee and cream cheese on bagels. We thought we had a good amount of goat milk frozen to get us through this dry spell until our does kid, but the milk we froze last spring hasn't thawed very well, it kind of separates. We only have a few more weeks until we have milk again.
We will be showering in our shower tomorrow, at last. We were suppose to get to shower tonight but there were some minor details needing attended to. But as I write this Dustin is running around cutting this and drilling that, he is reinstalling our water lines to our bathtub so we can bathe before going to bed. Our sky has just been a lovely clear blue. A color you only see when it is cold out. I don't ever see quite this shade in the summer. We've been getting lots of sun. The trails are getting slippery and the roof was melting today. Tonight we had the best dinner; grilled Ahi with mango salsa, rice and broccoli with a sesame soy vinaigrette, and a good bottle of wine. We are celebrating almost having a shower. And we finally received money for a piece of property we've been in the process of selling for quite a while.
We are a family of four (with one more on the way), living in the Arctic Boreal Forest above Fairbanks, in the Interior of Alaska. I write about our simple life and trying to keep our life simple in a day when the typical American life is anything but. When I first started writing this blog I had a toddler and a baby and we were a growing homestead. I wanted to share our day to day and all the lessons we learned along the way, from mixing our own chicken feed to goat kidding season and cheese making. As our children have grown, home schooling has really taken over and I have had to examine every aspect of our lives to keep our days simple yet fruitful. These days you will still find me posting and sharing pictures of our chickens and garden, berry picking and salmon processing. I also hope to be writing about home schooling decisions and lessons as well as other interests and hobbies the kids and I explore. Reader interest and feedback is what keeps me writing, so please leave lots of comments!
The here and now of our homestead is what I'm writing about. Compelled by a sense that we are participating in something significant, heading back to our roots... this is my attempt to share what we are learning along our journey. For those of you on similar paths, whether you are raising kids, a flock of chickens, a couple goats or run a farm, well I'm hoping to learn from you as well, so feel free to put in your two cents!