Alaska Rosalie
Bella is staying with her best buddy while we are on vacation.  Check out more of John Hagen’s wonderful photos on his website http://hagenphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list…

Bella is staying with her best buddy while we are on vacation. Check out more of John Hagen’s wonderful photos on his website http://hagenphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list…

Hotel Hijinks - Alaska Rosalie is on vacation, mostly offline for the next two weeks…  

Hotel Hijinks - Alaska Rosalie is on vacation, mostly offline for the next two weeks…  

My January thaw commute.  It is hard to get to work on time when you bring your camera in the car with you…

My January thaw commute.  It is hard to get to work on time when you bring your camera in the car with you…

All this warm weather is not so good for snow, but it is very good for mist…

All this warm weather is not so good for snow, but it is very good for mist…

Return of the Light - The view from the kitchen this morning…  It was the fanfare that announced that the sunshine planned to come through our window for the first time since December to consecrate our breakfast eggs and toast.

Return of the Light - The view from the kitchen this morning…  It was the fanfare that announced that the sunshine planned to come through our window for the first time since December to consecrate our breakfast eggs and toast.

The view from the kitchen.  Much more beautiful when you see it with your eyes…

The view from the kitchen.  Much more beautiful when you see it with your eyes…

The misty mysterious Chilkoot.

The misty mysterious Chilkoot.

Can you see the swan? (photo RML)

Can you see the swan? (photo RML)

I know what you are thinking:  That is the best looking dog in Alaska.  Yes, he is! (photo RML)

I know what you are thinking:  That is the best looking dog in Alaska.  Yes, he is! (photo RML)

Can you see the eagle?  This distinguished gentleman (lady?) is usually perched in this tree casting a critical eye over our lakeside activities and keeping a close watch on the ducks who paddle around in the quiet open waters where the lake becomes river. (photo RML)

Can you see the eagle?  This distinguished gentleman (lady?) is usually perched in this tree casting a critical eye over our lakeside activities and keeping a close watch on the ducks who paddle around in the quiet open waters where the lake becomes river. (photo RML)

One thing about curly hair is that it teaches you to be flexible.  Some mornings you wake up looking like Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz (only greyer and with more wrinkles) and some morning it is more like Krusty the Clown.  (photo RML).

One thing about curly hair is that it teaches you to be flexible.  Some mornings you wake up looking like Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz (only greyer and with more wrinkles) and some morning it is more like Krusty the Clown.  (photo RML).

We had a nice day for a ski picnic last weekend, Josie brought homemade bagels and home smoked salmon which we ate on the snow covered ice of the lake.

 Lydia says:  ”I like to ski and see the snowflakes fall.”

Since then, the weather has been stormy.  It cleared up enough at dusk yesterday that the three-year-old and I snow shoed up to the top of our clearing and lay down on our backs in the snow to watch the tree tops dancing in the wind against a darkening sky.  An eagle hovered over us riding the strong drafts, decided we weren’t carrion yet, and slid away into the darkness.

(photos RML)

A hard rain today makes me extra glad we had a beautiful sunny cold day for a Snow Party last weekend.  Complete with sledding, forts, bonfire and cookout, snow watercolors and maple-sugar-on-snow taffy.  Thanks to everyone who came out to help us celebrate a birthday and the beautiful weather.

Turning 7.  At 7 we find her reading quite well, skiing (all the way to the lake and back, fast,) and enjoying making art of all kinds.  She is generous, thoughtful, loving, intelligent, and slower than a turtle to get ready for school in the morning.  

This is what happens when they get old enough to write…She has requested Hawaiian style pizza and ice cream pie with graham cracker crust for her birthday tomorrow.  (Pineapple is crossed out because she found it in the pantry.)  Generally, I feel that her spelling makes more sense than the standard method.

This is what happens when they get old enough to write…She has requested Hawaiian style pizza and ice cream pie with graham cracker crust for her birthday tomorrow. (Pineapple is crossed out because she found it in the pantry.) Generally, I feel that her spelling makes more sense than the standard method.