Hunkering Down!

The wind is wicked today, whipping around at 30 mph. The temps are in the 30s (feels like 23), humidity is 92% with a drizzle. All leading to a biting chill making people button down their coats and walk the streets hunched in the wind. I heard it howling all night long, with strong gusty winds (the last time I heard a sound like that was when fighter jets flew over). It’s not just the winter causing the hunkering down, but also the expanding darkness and contracting light; we now have another hour less of sunlight. Β The sun today rose at 9:33am (!) and set at 8:03 pm. Even when I don’t have to be at clinic till 9am, I am going to to work in the dark. And we are still losing 6.5 minutes of daylight every day…

I got news that my container is in Nome now! Woohoo! It made it safely!!! Β After looking out over the choppy seas and hearing stories of barges that have had containers fall off (and barges that have sunk), I figured there are no guarantees… Apparently it came in while I was in Wales! πŸ™‚ I went out to the shipyard to see it, and to see if there is anything I can easily access in it. There are so many things that I am trying not to buy, because I know they are in the container.

The wharf hunkering down–last barge comes in next weekend, before the sea freezes till June! It felt good to be out in the fresh, brisk air and to enjoy the daylight!

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Port of Nome

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Nice boat!

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Big legos!

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I love the brightly colored blocks!


Β I found my shorty container (yay!!!!), but the doorside is against other containers, so I can’t access it yet to get my goods out. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’m sure itΒ won’t take much to flip it around, given all the heavy machinery hanging out in the yard. So now it’s just a matter of figuring out where to put it (the yard of our multiplex? *sorry neighbors!*), and how much to unpack now, or if I might buy a place and move soon… I’m still not sure what to do, and since I work every week day, I’m not even sure how I’m going to figure it out! [Feeling not quite settled yet, and not knowing how to go about getting settled in…]

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Bus at the boat harbor. I wonder if someone lives here. There is a generator outside hooked up. Au gratin = French for browned crusty topping…this bus definitely has a crusted top. Β (I think it might be insulation foam(?). πŸ™‚ Update: just found out that it is a food truck with delightful warm, southern food–see comment below. even cooler. πŸ™‚Β http://sarahruthincolor.wix.com/nomefoodtruckΒ 

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The harbormaster’s cozy little house

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No more dredge boats. Not sure what these platforms are.

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The North beach dredge camp–there are still tents here. You can see the stiff wind in the flags and the whitecaps.

 

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Alaska Logistics, my barge service

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Shipyard!

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boat out of water

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10 thoughts on “Hunkering Down!

    • Haha! Wanna come help me? I was actually thinking that maybe I could live in my container too once it’s accessible. πŸ™‚ How are you guys? And where in the world are you now?

  1. I have always dreamed of living in Alaska. One of my favorite shows was Northern Exposure (well before your time). That series confirmed my desire to live in a remote area where people live simply and get along with others. Your blog posts are my nurturing my soul. I love your outlook on life! Your pictures are incredible. You make containers look good. (smile). I may never get to Alaska, so please keep posting, and I will continue to live vicariously though the posts and pictures. Nome is one lucky place to have you. Warmest regards, Cathryn

    • Awwww thanks Cathryn! I love what you wrote. πŸ™‚ hahah! I think containers are so photogenic. πŸ˜‰ You should come visit breathtaking Alaska!!!!!! Better yet, you should come work here! They would LOVE to have you here with all your experience! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the warm regards~I will take all the warmth I can get. πŸ™‚ Much love!

  2. Hi Neighbor! Glad your stuff is here finally- let us know if we can help you get it in to your place. I hope you don’t move! Guess what I just found out- that Au Gratin bus is actually a food truck! Google Nome Food Truck- I tried to post the link here but it wouldn’t let me.

    • Hey! awww thanks for the comment! I updated the picture with your info (and the link–I wonder why it wouldn’t allow a link in your comment?). It looks delicious! We should do Au Gratin dinner sometime. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the moving offer. Once I get the logistics figured out for the container, I would gladly take you up on your offer to help getting it into the house. πŸ™‚ See you soon!!!

    • Awww thanks friend. I honestly didn’t think I could do it, and then when I decided I really liked this community, I wasn’t sure if I could handle the cold & darkness or not. There’s no way to know until you do it. I panicked getting onto the flight with my one-way ticket in hand. But now I think I can. Although….the depths of winter await. πŸ™‚

      Today was absolutely lovely, though! I enjoy heaps of indoor hobbies as well, so here’s to hoping that I can make it through, and stay sane! πŸ™‚ I have 3 SADD lamps in the crate. πŸ™‚

  3. Shana,
    I appreciate your invitation and confidence in my abilities. I may just take you up on that. My husband and I are currently/indefinitely raising my nine year old grandson. (Otherwise I would be on the next flight) shhhh. Next month on November 13, I am having a total knee replacement surgery, (ouch), to match my previous hip replacements :), so I am in a bit of a pickle. Once I get all my joints together, I will set my sites on a visit! I may not leave, though…Keep posting and being wonderful!!!
    Warmest regards,
    Cathryn

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