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Simple Woman’s Daybook: Pouting about diet Coke

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For Today: February 2, 2015

Kodiak, Alaska weather right now: 27 degrees right now, mostly clear (but dark!). Expecting to get sun and up to 39 degrees today. Sunrise at 9:15 AM, and sunset at 5:48. (Total of 9 hours, 59 minutes of visible daylight)

Outside my window…

…it’s dark, of course. It’s my second week up early to write! Though, we did notice yesterday that it was pretty light out at 8 AM when we took the dogs out. In Alaska, that’s big. Also, someone’s already up in the house behind ours. I can see their kitchen lights on. Hello, fellow early riser!

 

I am thinking…

…that I’ve got a lot to do today. Hope I get some writing done after this so that I get some progress done on my manuscript or my edits for my critique partner.

I am thankful…

… that I got to Skype last night with College Girl, my daughter who is off in that far-away land of Texas doing such things as going to college and working.

I am wearing…

…pajamas—the light pink plaid ones—and my oversized red writing jacket. What’s a writing jacket? It’s a huge flannel jacket you wear over your pajamas because you live in Alaska, and it’s a little chilly in the house in the morning.

I am creating…

…a novel! Yes! I actually wrote on it over the last three days. And figured out a major plot problem.

I am going…

…to head over to the church this morning, and borrow some clothespins, which I will attach to hangers to demonstrate essay-writing to my tutoring student. A thick plastic hanger will be the theme of the essay, with thin metal hangers being each paragraph of the essay and the clothespins being the different facts, observations, stories, evidence to support the topic sentence of each paragraph. Writing that out helped me figure it out!

I am wondering…

…What the new subplot will do to the rest of my novel.

I am reading…

Defenseless by Matt Lenz: A first-person novel about a man working to solve his wife’s murder when police seem unwilling or incompetent (haven’t decided which yet).

A quote from this book:

(He’s jumped off the dock into the lake to avoid being caught trespassing as he hunts for the murderer’s getaway truck)

“I found a rhythm and kept at it for two or three minutes. My breathing raced, and I knew I couldn’t keep it up for much longer. The sound of a motor came across the water, and I stopped. I tread water and turned until I could see the lights of the estate and boathouse. A small boat pulled away from the dock. It was the flat-bottomed boat, and a man with a powerful searchlight stood in the bow, swinging the beam in a wide arc.”

I am hoping…

…to buy a new water bottle today. I left my other one at the movie theater, and I’ve given up diet Coke. Pouting about both things.

I am learning…

…a little bit about dyslexia for a tutoring student of mine. Lots of backwards letters, but no other real problems, though.

I am pondering…

…a morning schedule that has me writing first thing, followed by work-out, shower, Bible study, and daily chores after I take Rich to work.

In my kitchen…

…I ate pretty badly yesterday, Super Bowl Sunday and all, so I’m trying to decide whether I should go make some sausage biscuits or stick with cereal. Either way, I’m pouting about the whole no-diet-Coke thing, even if I’m glad I’m past the fatigue and simmering headache, and don’t want the aspartame anyway. It took about a week to get past the physical complaints, maybe another week to get past the pouting?

A favorite quote for today…

…“A God who let us prove his existence would be an idol.”

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A peek into one of my days…

…Fox News in the background, Nikki and Harley attacking each other in joy at getting out of their dog kennels for the day. A good-morning smooch from hubby. Thanks for taking the dogs out this morning, Babe! Yep. Off to a good start, even if I’m pouting about diet Coke. J Good morning, all! Blessings on your day!

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Simple Woman’s Daybook: Getting Things Done and Goldie

FOR TODAY…NOVEMBER 18, 2014

Outside my window…

Horizontal rain gusting—yes, gusting—through the air, manically waving spruce trees, the mournful sound of the buoy in the distance…Typical Kodiak weather in the fall.

 

I am thinking…

My tutoring and my writing and my workouts, and my volunteering need to work together.

Somehow.

Not doing so well with balance right now.

 

I am thankful…

For some online tools that will help me find that balance.

Above that, Friends

Above that, Family

Above all: The open arms of Jesus, no matter how out-of-balance I am.

 

In the kitchen…

A bunch of dirty dishes…see my “thinking” entry. It’s a frozen pizza kinda night.

 

I am wearing…

Jeans (what else?)

Marbled purple camisole under a gauzy pink shirt.

My blue sweater…see my “outside the window” entry for today.

 

I am creating…

A suspense novel. Thinking Simple Woman Daybook will get the words flowing again until I can create—

A new blog (which will include the Daybook.)

 

I am going…

Nowhere, until time to tutor…horizontal rain does not encourage going anywhere, I gotta say.

 

I am wondering…

Who now has my husband’s luggage? After more than a week, the airline has officially called it missing.  My writer’s curiosity is piqued.

 

I am reading…

Getting Things Done by David Allen–Learning a lot.

Poisontown by Creston Mapes–This main character needs to get it together. He’s still just kinda tugging at the strings rather than seriously working to unknot what is going on in this town. So far.

 

I am hoping…

That a phonics boot-camp will boost my tutoring students. A couple hours a day during Christmas break, when they’re not having homework to focus on.

 

I am looking forward to…

Thanksgiving. To me, it is the perfect holiday, a blend of Christianity and patriotism

 

I am learning…

Getting Things Done by David Allen came to me at the perfect time. How to be in the ready position like a martial artist, ready to neither underreact nor overreact to the things on your to-do list or in your inbox. How to use the list to free your mind so you can focus your creativity on only on the task at hand. How to cease thrashing around and actually, well, get things done.

 

Around the house…

I was going to wax poetic about the dogs following me upstairs to my writing room, silent and loyal in their support of my writing.

But no, they’ve abandoned me to sleep in the hallway. LOL.

 

I am pondering…

What I should be doing next…Finish Getting Things Done, I suppose. So I can get my daily plan of action under control. Writing, I suppose. I need to get the ideas from my extended synopsis embedded into my plot line. Those dirty dishes, I suppose.

Sigh.

 

A favorite quote for today…

“In karate there is an image that’s used to define the position of perfect readiness: ‘mind like water.’ Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond. How does the water react? The answer is, totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to calm. It doesn’t overreact or underreact…Anything that causes you to overreact or underreact can control you, and often does.”

From Getting Things Done by David Allen

 

One of my favorite things…

Our cuddly dog, Nikki, owner of the world’s softest ears.

 

A few plans for the rest of the week…

Take action on my phonics boot camp idea. Finish Allen’s book.

 

A peek into my day…

Goldie

Goldie…My writing partner. Before he wantonly abandoned me to go take a nap. 

Blessings,

Voni

 

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Kodiak, Alaska: Barometer Mountain Week 21

Alas, I got over-excited deleting photos from my phone the other day and deleted my Barometer Mountain Week 21 photos. So sorry about that.

I won’t be able to show you how the fog was playing with Ms. Mount Barometer last Friday. Photos taken seconds apart looked different as the fog swirled around her, teasing, playing hide-and-seek with itself.

Instead, I bring you this photo, taken at 10:45 PM Tuesday on my way home from a VERY long meeting.

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And in case you wonder why all us Kodiakians sound gravelly these days, here’s this photo:Barometer 21.2

That yellow stuff? Spruce pollen. In fact, you could see a huge yellow cloud of spruce pollen going between Kodiak and Near Island several days ago.

On the good side, the reds are running (salmon) really well this year, and we also have a really good crop of salmonberries coming up. One of my friends, an Alaskan native, said he was taught that a good run of salmon and a good crop of salmonberries go together, and this year is proving that out. Now if I could get my hubby out fishing to catch some of those reds. Yummo!

 

Weatherwise, Weather Underground says Kodiak had a high of 52 and a low of 41 on Friday, May 30. Sunrise was at 5:21, with sunset at 10:54…just a few minutes after I snapped that photo. 19 hours and 43 minutes of “visible daylight.”

More of my 52-week Barometer Mountain photo challenge next week!

Blessings!

Voni

Kodiak, Alaska: Barometer Mountain, Week 19

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Yep. Barometer was in fine form for her photo shoot. (We didn’t drive to the base for shopping on Friday due to my husband having a day off, so she posed for my self-imposed 52-week Barometer Mountain on Saturday the 17th at about 4:30. We had the same weather on Friday, for the most part.)

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In her close up, you can see greenish tint on the lower third of the mountain. Yay for spring! Also, you can see the still snow-covered spots toward her top. This is Alaska, you know.

On the way, we stopped and took a walk around Boy Scout Lake, in the picture below. If you squint really hard, you can see the six wind turbines on Pillar Mountain in the background. Still a lot of brown, so we’re still early in spring. I promise, you will soon see why we are called the Emerald Isle of America.

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On our walk around Boy Scout Lake, we saw pieces of moss forest. The moss ground cover and spruce-shaded ground makes it feel like you’re in a fairy tale.

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Here’s where your jaw will drop. Our high temperature was 77 degrees–yep! 77 degrees. The low on Saturday was 69. 5:42 AM was sunrise, and the sun set at 10:31 PM. Makes it hard to settle down and think about sleep. 🙂 We had a total of 18 hours and 41 minutes of visible light. When the dog needed to go out at 4:30 in the morning (ugh), we had plenty of light due to the sun not going very far under the horizon this far north; that’s what we mean by visible light compared to length of day.

And that’s why we like blackout curtains in these here parts!

Blessings!

Voni

PS: Check out Weather Underground for a fantastic weather info source

 

Kodiak, Alaska: Barometer Mountain, Week 18


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Yep, Barometer Mountain was sure in fine form Friday, May 9 for my self-imposed Barometer Mountain 52-week photo challenge. Look! The grass beside the road is green (ish)! Soon all of Barometer will be, as well, though some of that snow/ice will stay for most of the summer.

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Our temps on Friday ranged from 63 to 47 degrees. Sunrise was at 5:59 AM, while sunset was at 10:14 PM, so our actual visible light was 17 hours, 59 minutes. However, when I was looking up the info on Weather Underground, I noticed that “astronomical twilight” said, “Sun does not rise.”

Huh?

So I looked up their definition for Astronomical Twilight–i.e., I hovered my mouse over the words–and here it is:

“Astronomical Twilight
The time period when the sun is between 12 and 18 degrees below the horizon at either sunrise or sunset. The sun does not contribute to the illumination of the sky before this time in the morning, or after this time in the evening. In the beginning of morning astronomical twilight and at the end of astronomical twilight in the evening, sky illumination is very faint, and might be undetectable.”
So, I guess in Kodiak at this time of year, the earth’s tilt toward the sun keeps the sun very near our horizon, but we’re still far enough south that the sun dips low enough (12-18 degrees below the horizon) to give us dark.
At least, I, for one, call undetectable sky illumination, “darkness.”
Dude! I misjudged last Wednesday, and didn’t post my Word Nerd blog entry. Sorry about that! It’ll be there Wednesday, I promise.
Blessings!
Voni

Kodiak, Alaska: Barometer Mountain Week 17

Well, I sit here, surrounded by fog-shrouded spruce trees. I can smell the salt water, and even hear the sounds of the ocean.

IF I open my window. And I will, for a bit. Except it’s too chilly to do it for very long.

But it wasn’t that way last Friday! We had a whole 9 days of pure, unadulterated sunshine from Saturday to Sunday. My husband says one of these spring/summer days is worth 10 of our icy, foggy winter days. I’ve gotta agree. Mount Barometer’s photo shoot went something like this:

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and this:


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It was so sunny, I literally couldn’t see the photo I was taking. Barometer is very much backlit at 5 in the evening.

And look! Her snow is almost gone.

I talked my husband into stopping at the overlook on the way, as well. Didn’t take much talking.

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This is just a minute or two from my self-imposed spot for my self-imposed 52-week Barometer Mountain photo challenge, looking away from Barometer toward town, though I still couldn’t see the pictures I was taking, due to the sunshine. You can see the town, but mostly the harbor. If you squint you can see the bridge to Near Island…it’s the bridge to, well, Near Island, which is called Near Island because it’s, well, near Kodiak Island. You can see all of Near Island in the picture. It has more harbor and some fabulous walking/running trails.

I’ll have to stop and take some harbor pictures one of these weeks.

Almost forgot Kodiak’s weather stats for Friday, May 2, 2014 (from Weather Underground): We had a high of 66 — a record — and a low of 46. Just for reference, the record low for May 2 was 26 in 1949. Sunrise was at 6:15 AM, and sunset was at 9:59 PM, so we had 17 hours, 21 minutes of visible daylight.

I’m wondering if anyone has any questions/curiosities about Kodiak or Alaska. I’m having great fun sharing bits and pieces of my home with you, and would enjoy hunting down the info.

Meantime, check out my Word Nerd blog post tomorrow, Dudes!

Blessings,

Voni

P.S. My Facebook friends (and if you’re not, feel free to look me up and friend me — it would make my day!), know I am on a self-imposed two-week ban from Facebook while I complete the synopsis of the novel I’m writing.

However, blogging and Pinterest do not count as Facebook, and WordPress has an automatic function to post my blog link there. So my 52-week Barometer Mountain photo challenge continues!

Kodiak, Alaska: Barometer Mountain, Week 16

Last Friday (April 25), Barometer Mountain looked like a plateau covered with spruce.

 

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Really, her head is just hiding in the ever-present fog.Barometer16.5

 

Our low was 37, with a high of 41. Winds averaged 28 MPH, gusting up to 48! Crazy! However, my hubby did get home via plane the next day, thanks to the wind dying down. We were hoping he wouldn’t get stuck in Anchorage. When the pilots can’t fly, you can’t fly. That’s just travel in Alaska.

 

We’ve had other excitement around the neighborhood.

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Next Friday is supposed to be sunny with light clouds! And all the way up into the 60s. Maybe I’ll get a full  pic of Miss Barometer Mountain for next week’s self-imposed 52-week Barometer Mountain photo challenge.

Blessings, all!

Voni