Alaska Rosalie is on vacation. Be back in a few weeks…
Spring can be surprisingly two-faced around here. A sunny day for a barbecue by the river can be followed by decent conditions for driveway sledding. Both have their charms.
I took the dogs for a walk down across the sand flats this morning. I could feel how spring was urging everything along. The susurration of the waves was frantic with the push of the tide and the slap of the wind. The cries of the gulls were high and anxious against the low drumming of the grouse. In the distance, starting and stopping and starting again, the whine of a chain saw. The dogs spun and tumbled on the sand and raced through shallow water, all of us sensing the looming summer.
This was the view on my commute home from work on Saturday evening just after midnight. Brilliant green Northern Lights scrolling across the sky. They crested, curled and broke like waves. They shot up from the horizon like spotlight beams. It was amazing. (photo from my co-worker, Josh)
Enjoying a Spring Morning - Dean is getting older now. He picks his way over the rocks on the beach more carefully. He stays lying down in his sunny patch on the floor when you put on your shoes and jacket. It breaks my heart. This is just one of the many lessons that dogs have to teach us: nothing lasts forever, not even the best things.
She ain’t heavy, she’s my daughter. All friends who carry children on hikes/snowshoes/skis are welcome back anytime. Thanks for the visit, Nat!
Happiness is: a visit from your sister, a warm hearth to lean against, a swathe of sunshine across the floor, a puppy on your lap, a child in your arms, and a dog slobbering in your ear! Thanks for the visit, MB!
The girls dying eggs for Easter. No crocuses or daffodils up here in Alaska at Easter-time. The backyard is still mostly covered in gritty sugary snow with only a few bare patches of brown showing through. It is still apt to snow and blow a shivery wind off the water. On the other hand, it is light until well after 8pm. Just not warm. Yet.
AlaskaRosalie read a Small Things Considered essay on KHNS. If this link doesn’t take you there, go to www.khns.org, click on the “News” tab and then on the April 3 newsfeed. My piece is at the 8:30 minute mark.