Winter is coming, folks.
In Alaska, the cold, it comes early.
Our seasons are not what most of you are used to. Oh, we have summer - commonly referred to as 'Stinking Tourist Season,' and we do have winter, lots and lots and lots of winter. Winter we got in spades. Spring? There is no spring in Alaska. Instead, we have 'breakup' - i.e. the period of glop, potholes, mud, rain, slush, and bodies exposed by the retreating snowdrifts right before the mosquitoes show up. And fall? Well, we just bypass that altogether - one day it's warm and sunny, and the next you're wrapped in three layers of polar fleece like some long lost wooly mammoth and shoveling the driveway three times a day.
I'm seeing snow on the mountain tops and the leaves have turned yellow, the state fair is nothing more than a fading memory of old corn dog grease, Beastly has packed his RV and is pouring over maps to warmer climates, the dog has increased three times in bulk due to her new winter coat, and me? Me I've got a list as long as a Middle Eastern "Roadmap to Peace" to get done before the flakes start falling.
I've got to recaulk the sunroom windows - which is a major pain in the snowsuit.
I've got to wash down the outside of the house with the power washer, and spray wash the outside windows - not my favorite thing.
The garage and shop doors need the insulation touched up.
The yard needs winter fertilizer applied.
I've got to do a wood harvesting expedition, get several tons cut and laid up in the drying racks before the sap freezes.
The external water systems need to be drained and insulated.
The dog kennel needs to be cleaned and filled with fresh straw.
And a dozen other things that are just too damned mundane to list (yeah, like the stuff I did list was so very exciting. Keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all time. Thanks for riding Stonekettle Station and have a nice day).
I really need to get all of this done this week. Beastly pulls out this weekend, headed towards Arizona, and that means Monday I am officially back in the writer's chair full time come hell or high water.
So, you'll excuse me if the rest of this week I don't post until much later in the day.
Now, since I suspect the posting around here will be a little light the rest of this week, and because I know it's my moral obligation to keep all of you regulars entertained, and because we've had hundreds of new readers around here lately thanks to the political stuff, allow me to direct your attention to some of my favorite posts:
Horrors from my childhood (sorry, Mom)
And there you have it. Be entertained.
Me? I'll outside washing the windows.