I’ve been back in Anchorage for a week now, and it is time to get busy, get in sync with the rhythm of another school year–enrollment, school supplies, check-ups, clothing, and shoes.
I’ve waited until the last minute before, and it is never a pretty sight. So, I try and pace myself. While getting the kids ready and out the door for school is painful, the reward is a quiet house for six hours every day–Monday through Friday. That’s the light at the end of my tunnel.
I feel like this past week has been the first time in ages that I have been able to breathe deeply.
Staring in April it went like this–
I busted a move and cleaned my house to hold the Wrangell Mountains Center’s Spring FUNraiser–complete with information table, silent auction in my studio, and a live band in the living room.
I returned to Alaska where I focused for 12 hours a day on the piecing and quilting of HOME.
I got back on a plane to Columbus, Ohio to attend the amazing opening night of Quilt National.
I then traveled to Charlotte to install HOME at Moore Place.
Then it was back to Ohio for two weeks of study with Nancy Crow at the Crow Barn– I know you folks want me to write about this, but everyone at the Barn was so uptight and anti-blogger, I just haven’t had the confidence to tackle it yet.
July was a series month of Alaskan summer activities.
A FULL day of celebrating our nation’s indepedence. You can see the complete parade by clicking here. (Including two looks at that guy’s naked bum.)
My favorite summer celebration is the McCarthy Whitewater Festival. While I don’t raft (yet), I do support my friend Nancy in running the race. I am her personal photographer. I hike half-way up to where they put the rafts in for the short race, then jog back down in time take photos. I love this celebration.
I did lots of dancing at the bar including one FABULOUS night with the California Honeydrops my new favorite band.
In addition to SEW FUN, I did three other afternoons of Wrangell Mountains Center programing–Kids’ Making History and two afternoons of making ornaments for the Christmas tree headed to the White House this fall.
The boys and I walked out to the Kennicott River the day after Hidden Creek Lake went out. Hidden Creek Lake drains every year and causes the Kennicott to rise quickly–it is intense.
I attended an assortment of meetings including one hosted by the National Park Service about our place in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Turns out WE the people who live in this park are wilderness too! What does that mean? Well, no one is exactly sure at this moment, but I think I am going to dedicate some time to following this story line.
According to my FITBIT, I walked/hiked 170 miles in July. Not bad–that’s five and half miles a day. I hope I can keep that going. I covered lots of beautiful country.
I brought four quilting projects, six clothing projects, and ten knitting projects out to McCarthy. I came close to finishing one quilt. I traced several clothing patterns and did a bit knitting, but I did nothing close to what I had envisioned for the month.
It happens every year. I think I might just become one of those really bad mommies, and then my kids go back to school!
I know for you folks outside, it is still summer. Up here, we’ve moved into falling leaf season. We are turning towards the dark.
People frequently ask me, “How do you handle all of the dark and cold of your winters? Isn’t it terrible?” And I say, “Our summers are so off the chart wacky that we welcome the cold, the darkness, the warmness of our homes and indoor lives.”
Starting today. I am in autumn hunker down mode.
But before I officially leave the summer of 2015, I have one more little story to tell. Tripp (as in son number three) has decided to become his own version of the Tripp Advisor. It’s spelled like his name with two p’s. He spent the summer reviewing Neil’s grocery store, the Potato, the local museum, you get the idea. Last summer, McCarthy got a new public outhouse which is very close to our cabin.
How are all of you preparing for the autumn? Do you have lots good projects in mind? I would love to hear about them.