Blowing .... snow??

By: jitterymoose , 4:41 PM GMT on March 06, 2012

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Hmmm.... That's the forecast. There's actually snow on the ground (which is weird this year because it hasn't been a snowy winter, it's been a pounding-down-rain-wind-whipped winter), and the promise of another 3" of snow driven by 30mph winds. Well, 30mph winds in Klawock, which means a little stronger here in Craig....

The temperature's dropped, too, which was a little surprising. I actually left a tap on to drip overnight. We haven't had a freeze-up with the pipes this winter, but others have. We had a horrific (for southeast) cold snap that lasted the better part of 10 days back in January. Everything was ice and frozen; lows overnight got into the negatives once or twice. It says something about the change of attitude that comes from moving to SE that that made me raise an eyebrow. But in February, I got to go home...

And that meant Fairbanks. My husband looked at me warily and said, "You ARE coming BACK...right?" Yeah, well, I did. ^__^ It was nice to be back in the Interior, though. I forgot how it looked, how it smelled....how your nostrils freeze the moment you walk outside. *sigh* The weather was great--it spit snow a couple of times, but it was mostly sunny and the temperatures were in the teens, which meant that walking around was pleasant, but a bit slippery. I walked EVERYWHERE, man. Out to the Comic Shop over near Hamilton Acres, out to WalMart on the Johansen Pkwy, to Safeway to Fred Meyer... I stayed downtown, so I got to see the end of the Iron Dog on the Chena River. I got to read Oberon in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" during Bard-a-Thon at the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theater. Two days in, my husband said, "You ARE coming BACK...right?" ^__^ Yeah, well, I did.

One refill of coffee, and I can see out the kitchen (sorta) window that the wind is beginning to drive snow sideways in from the south. It's smaller flakes, now, but I can hear the wind above the washer and dryer (that I just started), so I'm glad it's an inside day....

writing grants.....

for the library......

because we need something ...bigger....

At conference (which was the REASON for going to Fairbanks in the first place), I sat beside the assistant librarian from a community whose outer environs encompassed the same population as Prince of Wales Island (about 5,000).

"Oh!" she gushed, "We're getting ready to break ground for our expansion!"

"That's wonderful," I said.

"It IS," she insisted, "because right now we only have 8,000 square feet! We're doubling that. We'll have 16,000 square feet and we're so excited!" She hesitated, and it must have been the look on my face. "How big is your library?" she asked.

"Um... 1400 square feet..." And inside I thought Man...if I had 8,000 square feet, I'd rule the world.... ^__^

Writing grants ....

For a larger library .....

And programming for our NEW video conferencing ....

To bring my patrons the world....

Happy Tuesday! ^__^

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5. jitterymoose
6:27 PM GMT on March 12, 2012
Wow, polarbytes, that would be great! Library rate works really well down here. I can usually get library rate stuff from Anchorage (when we do interlibrary loan) in about 6 days. ^__^ I'm headed out here in a few minutes to drop books by the harbormaster's and the Petro Marine Fuel Dock. Gotta keep those guys supplied with books!

Hi, RON! 1492? I've got that one here! ^__^ It keeps going out, so I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I'm hoping to post some pictures this morning (if I can get them off my silly phone). Katie and I left the house around 7:45am and walked to the end of Cemetery Island. There were whales and seabirds, and this one seal that was cruising about 5 yards off shore...back and forth...WATCHING us ... doing that bobbing up and then trying to go flush with the surface. It bobbed up and Katie JUMPED up onto one of the snags along the beach and that seal FLIPPED and disappeared! We'd have stayed longer, but I had this thing called "work" that I have to do. *sigh* It's a day like we live for here. Crisp, clear, sea flat against the Earth. I'd have spent all morning out there if I could have. ^__^
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4. gberet69
10:25 PM GMT on March 10, 2012
JM- Glad your back!!!! As I wright this I'm in our den (10X12 ft) and we have two walls of book shelves that are FULL TO THE BRIM.

I'm now reading1492.

Best to all
Ron
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3. polarbytes
2:15 PM GMT on March 09, 2012
If you are serious about the books I could see what the book rate is to get them to you. We have promised about 10 boxes to the little library in Hope, but we still have another 15 or so. As must be obvious, we are packrats when it comes to books, although my wife has switched over to a Ipad, I stubbornly like to turn actual pages! Hope the weather has settled down; nice blue skies coming here although it's -6.
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2. jitterymoose
12:16 AM GMT on March 09, 2012
^__^ It's nice to be back. My computer at home, though, just had some kind of catastrophic failure and it blinks forlornly at me. *sigh* I'm hoping it's not beyond repair -- especially since it's less than a year old!

Books. Boxes of books. I support a bunch of different libraries on the island and beyond (like Edna Bay up on Kos). I'm always hunting for books to send out to different places and send out with the fishing crews (you wouldn't BELIEVE how well-read the fishing fleet is)--especially since I'm thinking I'll be overrun in another week or so with the herring fleet. >.<

50mph wind gusts and driving rain today. Our snow lasted about two days, and then the rain took it all away. I really would rather have the snow. Katie the psychotic border collie would rather have the snow, too. ^__^
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1. polarbytes
1:43 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Boy, it's good to read your blog again, missed your poigant and discriptive writing! We are planning a drive through the SE this year, and we hope to start in Seward, time and funds permitting. Don't you just miss the cold, especially this winter;> and the record snow of the southcentral. We went to Willow for the Idit. restart and they have 10-12 feet on the ground! But it's different where you are with the sideways wind and persistent rain, huh? But that's what makes for all that lush greenery you all enjoy.
Anyway, keep the reports of the library and all coming, and if it wasn't so expensive to get them to you, we have boxs and boxs of books that need a new home.
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