My old boat on Six Mile Lake


My tent cabin on the Kvechak River

The Bush Life

The Bush Life
My old buddy "KAYAK"

Saturday, August 13, 2016

C'mon Winter

I guess you can tell, I am done with Summer and just want to skip through Fall. This has been a terrible year, at least for me. It's been exceptionally hot and now for the past two weeks, RAIN. This is why I like Winters best, it's always cool or cold and you can dress accordingly. Working outside is more pleasant and you get to see the moon, stars, Northern Lights and anything else happening in the sky.

I enjoy cooking and baking more and eating seems more pleasurable, at least for me. I am more at ease during the Winter at night with the oil lamps  and candles giving off a nice peaceful glow. There is something about Winter that brings me peace.

I've cut down on the tv watching now and moving to watching movies now. I'm a big fan of outdoor and Civil War movies, not so much for the action but, how they lived in that time period.

Not much going on, the reason for my lack of blogging although, I have put some work into the cabin. I got some free metal roofing last year and decided it has sat long enough. So, I went to work.

I believe it will lessen the heat loss during the Winter. I also started clearing a spot for my little add on.
I bought a battery operated weed eater and I really like it. It works well for the area I need it for and it's QUIET.
While using it, I came across a lot of mushrooms, I've never had, I assume resulting from all the wet weather and overgrowth.

By the way, the Fireweed is starting to turn.
Lately, because of the rain, I have been going through photographs of my early years of lodge caretaking. They bring back fond memories of happiness. During those years, I wrote poetry.  I've decided to share those memories with all of you. They were taken before digital cameras so, I will photograth them with my digital and display them. I will also share a poem with each blog.

Looking at those old photos bring back a memory I wish I could experience again. So, hope you all stay tuned. Take care

Sunday, July 17, 2016

What a life

I feel really good for a change. Before I go on, the person I talked to about trading cabins, seems to busy to come down and look at my cabin. He owns a construction company and is building an airplane hanger right here in the subdivision. I've spoken to him twice and he tells me, he will be down at the end of the day.  Nope, not yet. You would think I would be pissed but, I'm not. Wouldn't do me any good. Enough about this subject.

It's 9:30 pm and 76 degrees. It got to 85 today and for the past week. 
I have been feeling pretty good for a couple of weeks, not feeling down. I had to think long and hard. With taking care of 2 properties, it's a lot for one person, especially when you can't just hop in your vehicle for one of them. So, I will concentrate on the town cabin for now. I was on Facebook looking at a site called Homesteading. Someone had made a project out of pallets and it was really kool. Well, I got pallet fever and googled wood pallet projects, when pictures of different projects came up I was hooked. I went to the local Lowes and they told me to go out back and take what I want in their junk pile. I have been going every chance I can and got many pallets. They look like brand new. By the way, Home Depot turned me down.

Here's a couple of projects I made, just something simple.

Spice rack
As you can see, I still have pans hanging on the wall with nails. I changed that.

Look to the left of the Spice rack
This a no brainer, nail a piece across the bottom, nail to the outhouse and put my shovels, rakes and whatever inside.
With my old tv antenna falling apart, I acquired this one and loss 3 of my 7 channels. 
I saw this one on Amazon for $35. The ad claimed it has a range of 180 miles and it has a motor with a remote to rotate the antenna from inside. I am 80 miles North of Anchorage. I put it up today, it works great and have my 7 channels back.
My window flowers and driveway flowers are doing real well.

Well, that's enough for tonight. It's 11:21 and time for bed. I will post again in a couple of days. Good night and take care.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Things are looking up

I feel, I am coming out of my funk. This weekend I was planning on a trip to the Denali Highway but, I cancelled because of rain. It just didn't make sense going to such a beautiful place in pouring rain. So, I went shopping instead and bought pizza and some nails. Made a stop at the local thrift shop but, didn't see anything that interest me.

It's a 40 mile trip home and that gives one time to think about things. Well, I did think. Since I bought this property and built the cabin, I lost the reason I did this. It was suppose to be a place to come to when in town for supplies. I got caught up in the town lifestyle and it has got way out of control. I came to my senses last night as I layed in bed. So, woke up this morning made my coffee and a hearty breakfast. Yep, my favorite

I'm a firm believer, a great early morning breakfast and fantastic coffee with a great view. In the lower right hand corner is a bird bath.
I took an old cake pan and nailed it to a stump
Over time, I have made this town cabin, look like a regular home of sorts and to tell the truth, it has made me feel uncomfortable and still does. After this coming Thursday 7/07, it will change one way or another. And you ask, why? Well, I talked with someone who may be interested in trading his remote cabin on 5 acres on a lake with a 5000 ft. airstrip for both my properties. This airstrip was put there in the 60's for exploration which didn't pan out. Here are some photos.At present, he is putting a new roof on and adding a wrap around deck.

I am really hoping this deal goes forward, if it does, I will be out there setting up a household before you know it. Now, if  it doesn't, I will expedite my downsizing and go from there. Hoping you all keep your fingers crossed. Take care.

Happy Independence Day 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I have come to the conclusion that, decisions are the hardest part of my life. I have served 5 tours in combat, lived in a Wilderness setting, lived off the land and retired to a cabin on the road system. That was an easy decision to make but, it has been the worst decision, I have ever made. buying this property and building a cabin, made sense at the time. But now, I know it wasn't the right decision and it's taking its toll on me.

I have a beautiful piece of remote property on a nice lake and have neglected it pretty much for the last six years. I have been trying to rectify this by going out this Summer and working on it to have it ready by Winter. I have to put a hold on it for the present as, my friend Randy has leased his plane to some people and has a job flying for a fishing lodge and has been picking up some clients for this coming Fall bear and moose hunts.

He and I talked and we will try to figure out how to get some flights in between his work. I can't blame him, as he has to make money to keep two planes in operation. in the meantime I am planning on finishing a couple of projects on the town cabin and then selling it. I am thinking about trading it also for, another remote cabin or a cabin on the road system accessed by walking or atv.

I feel, this is the right decision to make. I have noticed that since I bought this property, my zest for life and in some case my health has diminished somewhat. Many of you know that I have been diagnosed with PTSD resulting from my time in Vietnam. For awhile, I felt I was getting better but now, it's not.  A few more people have moved on my road and the noise from cars and trucks going by more frequently, kids yelling and screaming, unruly dogs barking constantly and now constant gunfire is affecting me in a not so positive way.

I think for those of you who have followed me on my blog from day one or prior to leaving the lodge I was at, must see the change in me. I have made some choices that weren't very good for me and has left me unhappy at times.

Something has to change and it will. Starting next weekend if all works out, I plan to take a 1 or 2 day trip on the Denali Highway and clear my head and see if I can make sense of it all. I don't know, maybe I am crazy. But, something will change when I get back.

So, in ending, I hope everyone can make sense of this and maybe some suggestions and/or words of encouragement. By the way, I have a rouge squirrel that has been jumping on my bird feeders and breaking them. I may have to break out my 22.

Take care and enjoy.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Rainy Monday blues

Well, it's Monday and raining lots, I am kinda bored and sitting here looking out the window at the rain, eating Pork Rinds, lol
Anyway, a lady friend stop by a couple of days ago and told me, I should make my cabin more woman friendly. She picked this up for me at a local thrift store.
Before you ask, it's Plexiglas with a log round frame, $6.99

Anyway, I went thrifting yesterday, as it was raining as well. I bought these:

Miniature rocking chair $3.99
Salt and Pepper set $1.99
Birdhouse made out of 2x4's twigs and wood shavings $2.99
Vinegar and oil set $4.99
I needed some 5gal. water containers, like these. Went to Walmart, $18.00 YIKES!
The heck with that so, I decided to go to our local outdoor store, Sportsman Warehouse, $8.99
I've weened myself off diet pepsi and started drinking water. I've found myself wanting something with flavor so, I found these drinks at Walmart and they taste great. They are carbonated, 17 oz. drinks. They are called Clear American Ice and they only contain 3% juice.
They taste very good and come in quite a few flavors. This one is Cherry Lemonade

Well, that's about it for awhile, I will have an interesting blog coming up in the near future. Hope all you dads had a great Fathers Day


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Here's what's going on

I felt it was time to check in again, have a few things to share with you. One thing I'm happy about is, more wild flowers blooming.

                                Dandilions, lots of them

I hear a lot of people who hate them in their yard, I enjoy them all over. 

Got a visit from a local, I was very surprised but, glad. There hasn't been any wild bunnies around in quite awhile.

I built a work table in the arctic entry
Started working on my outdoor shower. I'm painting pallets that I will use for the floor.

Last week, I went thrift shopping for new chairs. This one I got from a private sale, $15
This one from Value Village, a local thrift store chain. $13.99
they are both rockers and comfortable.
Last Friday, bought a Delta 10 in. table saw for $30. I gotta tell you, it's heavy. Me and the seller lifted it on top of my car. It rode home nicely. I forgot to take a picture on the car.
I got home and had no help getting it off so, had to use ingenuity, used these posts to slide it off the car.
It left a dent in the roof, took a hammer and pounded from inside and popped right back.

I made a trip to town for groceries and stopped at Value Village and found this antique Royal Rochester coffee peculator,  from 1912. $3.99. You see right three dollars and ninety nine cents. what a find.....On the way home, I stopped at my local gas station in Willow to fill my water containers. As I was filling my containers, this attractive gal pulled up behind me to get water as well. She asks me "are you John"? Of course I said yes. She then told me that she follows my blog. I was really surprised. We had a nice conversation and then went our separate ways.

Found this neat wood carving at Value Village also and mounted it on the cabin door. I paid more than I should have but, I really liked it, $12.99
A couple of cloud photos

Well, that's pretty much it for now. I am working on some pretty cool projects for my next post. Stay tuned.