Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Taking old furniture and refinishing them to a new life is a sight to behold. The quality craftmanship and the character of the wood comes out of the work. These pieces are heavy oak and came up by steamship to an old town family. Back when the late Governor Egan was the mayor of Valdez.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Not only did I get to see the Total Elipse of the Moon last night there was also quite a showing of Northern Lights. For 45 minutes the moon was red! My photos were dissappointing but it was an impressive live 4 hour show.
Woke up today to clear blue skies. Warm and sunny! Getting up and going to work was a bear but well worth staying up til 4am. Took my clients down to the dock fishing after lunch and the Mrs. caught her first silver. That was exciting for her and everyone around her.
The fireweed has turned snowy white. This means six weeks til it will be snowing on the mountain tops. Quite a contrast next to my blooming rose bush.
Monday, August 27, 2007
You've heard of Jack and the Beanstalk well this is Di's beanstalk. Its getting so big. We are having a lot of fun watching how tall its growing. No beans yet but it sure has pretty orange flowers. Between Di's beanstalk and Mr. FishTaxi's cucumbers Valdez ought to have a local fair. I could enter my roses and canned salmon. Thing is, this weekend would be the time to have a fair, but its also the start of moose hunting season. Moose hunting and berry picking would win out every time.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Beautiful day on Prince William Sound and the fishing is GREAT. Saw lots of silvers caught right off the dock today.
Lots of people having a grand ol' time. Be great if someone lands THE Derby winner right off the dock. The year I was the Derby Clerk someone caught the 3rd place silver off the rocks by the dock. Mr. FishTaxi helped the guy by netting the thousand dollar fish for him. And no, he didn't get a tip. Didn't expect to. Everybody helps everybody by pulling up their lines when a fish is on and if you don't have a net somebody has one.
Combat fishing at its best on the Valdez City Dock.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
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Saturday, August 18, 2007
Borrowed a trailer for the paddleboat and took her down to the city dock for a good cleaning with Simple Green and bleach. Rinsed her off with the hose and look how shiney clean she got.
The car behind me is an old friend with her two teenage grandsons who were visiting from Anchorage. They followed me down to Dock Point where we all helped launch her into the water. The boys had fun fishing on the paddleboat. A local kid friend went with the city boys to show them the ropes and make grandma feel more secure about the whole situation.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Old Town Talking again.
I have been sworn to secrecy where this old Valdez Brewing & Bottling Company museum piece was dug up out of the mud. Empty it weighs, I'd guess, five pounds. Old Town was self sufficient in more ways a hundred years ago than New Town is today. Manufacturing in Valdez is a thing of the past. I'll venture to say there is not one artisian glass blower in the vicintity.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Photos taken last week, by John & Valerie Fischer of Valdez, at Allison Point.
Having fun in the good ol' summertime. Got a night off from canning reds so invited some visiting friends over for dinner. Made Kraft mac and cheese with keilbaska. They had teenagers with them.
Late tonight my daughter is arriving from Fairbanks with some friends who are going charter boat fishing tomorrow. She's bringing Kentucky Fried Chicken and Quarter Pounders with cheese and going paddleboating with us.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Or how I spent the hottest day of the summer. After Mr. FishTaxi filletted the reds for me I cut them up to size. I know how to fillet salmon but Mr. FishTaxi does such a beautiful, fast job, I let him do it.
I measure the can and line out the cutting board for exact cutting size. Once I get a few cut up I stop and fill the cans. Thats how I learned to can salmon was by helping Ol' Bob by filling the cans for him.
15 salmon gave me 33 cans of Copper River Reds with jalapeno and 34 cans with ginger. Roxy got the cooked up tidbits. Got another call for fish tonight and went out and picked up 12 more reds. I'll be canning them tomorrow night after work. I'm thinking a tequila pack. Lemon leaves from my tree and salt.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Gleaming fresh Copper River Red filletts ready to be cut up and put in 1/2 pound flat salmon cans. My home cannery is all set up. Knives are sharpened for another round. A little late starting on yet another beautimus sunny day in Valdez. My goal is to get it all done today so tomorrow I can play in the sun. Listening to Whole Wheat Radio for inspiration and ambition.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
I made some cheeseburgers with Chili Fries Sunday night. I adapted a recipe I saw on the Food Channel. My client likes to come over to my house in the afternoon and watch her soap opera "The Days of Our Lives" and now I got her hooked on the FC, too. She knits while I do chores. (In the morning I do hers.) Perfect arrangement. She doesn't have cable and its kind of fun to get paid to clean my own house for a change.
FishTaxi's Chili Fries
Quarter up some Yukon Gold Potatoes
Parboil. Drain and cool. In a ziplock bag add enough oil to coat the potaotes. (I used peanut)
Add chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and Taco Seasoning to the bag with oil and toss in the potatoes. At this point you can let them marinate 10 minutes or overnight.
Bake on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes turning once or twice until golden brown.