Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Another snow tanning day. There was a sea breeze that is welcomed during the height of summer bugs. I bowed out of swimming tonight as I worked out all day in the sun. The FishTaxi will not go to an indoor pool on a sunny snow tanning day.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Today was a great snow tanning day and more to come! By snow tanning I mean I put on shorts and a tank top with boots on and shovel snow in the sun. I pull my hair up and put baby oil on and burn, baby, burn. Today I chipped away at the snow pile covering the front window. By tomorrow, Mr. FishTaxi, can take the board down he puts up to protect the window from falling snow. I love this time of year. No bugs and the reflection from the snow helps the tanning process. The heat of the workout keeps me warm enough (with a little help from nips of coffee brandy). Good times!
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I feel like I should write something really significant here. Did you know that March is Women's History month? http://history.com/minisites/womenhist
And I'm gonna keep on Blogging. I enjoy it and what kind of photographer doesn't want to show their stuff? Well, heres to 500 more posts!
Monday, March 26, 2007
The Sartorialist, a blog from New York, has suddenly made a big splash in both the blogging and fashion worlds with a very simple idea: take photos of the wonderfully-dressed everyday. He now gets paid to blog and travel a long ways from his humble beginnings of snapping random photos on the streets of New York.
This is the first photo of a series of pictures I'm calling "On the Streets of Valdez". I like the smart dressed in pink toddler with her little brother laid out on tube sleeping. The mom has got her outfit and act together too.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
April 1, 1989
Quotation of the Day
LEAD: ''I'm a slick-licker. I'm going to make as much money as I can cleaning up this mess for Exxon. And then I'm going to leave Alaska for good and go someplace where there ain't so much snow and the water's cleaner.'' - Russell Roetman, a Valdez fisherman.
18 Years Later - Russell Roetman still lives in Valdez although no longer a fisherman. He works as Head Mechanic for the city's maintenance shop.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Found these toilet seats and covers for sale on Alaska Craigslist today. (Link Below). The artist also oil paints gold pans and light switch covers. I am tempted to buy one as I think they would add to anyones bathroom decor beautifully. One would look really nice even in an outhouse. The FishTaxi's toilet seat cover is pictured on the right.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Valdez got about a foot of fresh snow overnight. It is a wet, spring snow and looks pretty after weeks of windy weather. We can laugh at this snow because we know the end of the snow season is near. This picture was taken out of my frontroom window. Those are trees we planted 14 years ago on the property line.
I've been shoveling snow, hauling water (water table went down) and feeling GREAT! Whatever it was I had went away. I am now looking for work again. Thanks for all the well wishes. It worked!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Good grief. How did these plastic bags grow into a big pile on my kitchen floor. Cleaned out from under the stove top and a zillion plastic grocery bags came out. If I had more patience I would have gone through them for the oldest receipts.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Now I know these are grain silos and not barns. Valdez has grain silos without a farm in sight. Built after the pipeline to hold Delta barley when the deal fell through. The voters of Valdez could have had a ski resort on Sugarloaf Mountain or the grain terminals. The grain terminals meant jobs right away so it won out. Too BAD! The ski resort would have been great in the long run and helped the winter economy.
"The Red Barn"
This barn looks to be in tiptop shape. I like the windows sticking out from the roof. Are those dormers? Old growth trees and new trees provide shade in the summer and a wind break in the winter on this neat farm.
Here is my brother's eloquent comment on the first installment of "Barns od Idaho":
Every man ( and woman ) deep down wants a barn. There is nothing that says more about people being real, than a barn ( or the thought of having one ). Is it the animals? The hay loft ( ooh la la ) Or the fact that they were built by hands ( and friends & neighbors hands ). I think it's all of the above. And when their time is up, people like me will build the coolest furniture out of the past we all dream of. Jimmy of Jimmy's Pirate Pub. Check out his site for the coolest furniture projects.
Monday, March 19, 2007
This is a series of 17 barn pictures I took when I was outside last fall. I'm calling the series "Barns of Idaho" when some of barns could be in western Montana (off of Hwy 93 and Route 200) and the border of Idaho and eastern Washington (Hwy 95 and Route 6).
Most all of the barn series pictures were snapped from a moving 1989 Fleetwood Bounder. So no story behind them. I just like barn pictures.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
That little bit of snow we got briefly, before the big winds came, got blown around. Drifts measured in feet are everywhere. With the chill factor of zero degrees Valdez fuel companys are busy making money hand over foot. The new Model 2400 Monitor heater has worked wonders this above average windy cold winter. It has cut our fuel consumption by almost half!
As far as my Sacroiliitis goes the pain meds are helping. I don't relish the fact that I could need them the rest of my life. What I had this last week was considered a "flare up". Standing, walking and stretching exercises are helping but there is no way I can do crunches just yet. Losing 20 pounds and getting my ligaments around my pelvis toned will help, too. Diet, exercise and lots of water prevail. I also found out there is a connection between Scoliosis and Sacroiliitis.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Old man winter keeps marching on. It snowed a bit last night and it was a warm snow. Seemed like we were in for some snow after weeks of high winds. But no, the winds came back with a vengeance. Blowing snow causing whiteout conditions. Hold on to your hat!
Monday, March 12, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
My Nanooks got knocked out of the playoffs today and will be heading back home to Alaska Sunday. Thanks for a fun and exciting season and I'm looking forward to next year already!
I'm hanging in there and drinking lots of water with lemon. Seems dehydration can cause kidney stones. This past winter I'd been drinking more Pepsi, beer and coffee. Maybe one big glass of water a day and that isn't enough. No more Pepsi for me. I usually only have one cup of coffee in the morning. No more beer for a long while either. Getting these things is enough to make me want to change my ways.
Managed to get out and walk on this beautiful day. Roxy loved it. Doesn't this picture of her remind you of RinTinTin? It would if you are over fifty. And if you are over 50 drink lots of water so you don't get kidney stones.