THE BUSH LIFE

THE BUSH LIFE
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THE BUSH LIFE

THE BUSH LIFE
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Land where ya can

Land where ya can
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Reality has struck, I can't fight it

 Hi everyone, sorry for taking so long in posting.  I have been spending a lot of time looking at states and property to relocate to and it has taken up a lot of my time. I never thought it could be so time consuming and a bit tiring. It also has been a bit depressing. There was a time in my younger days it wouldn't have bothered me so much. I will say, it has taught me a very valuable lesson about myself. You can take the person out of Alaska but, you can't take Alaska out of the person as the saying goes.

  I have decided NOT to leave Alaska. This is my home and always will be. I don't know what I was thinking, that I could just up and leave to go somewhere that is scarier than coming face to face with a bear without protection, LOL. I have to much history and fond memories here. Not to mention a very good life. I will change a few things. I will work on both places without complaining and start traveling more around the state. I am presently looking at buying some more property close to where the Salmon are and use it as a subsistence fish camp.

  Another thing that influenced my decision is, I broke out some actual photos, that I have taken over the years and brought back a lot of memories and I don't mind saying, it got me kinda misty eyed. I miss those days so much. I had way more fun back then, especially my remote lodge caretaking days. I had met some really great people and rubbed elbows with some very wealthy ones but, you wouldn't know it. They didn't advertise the fact that they were wealthy. Funny thing is, some of them were more impressed with my lifestyle than theirs.

  The thing is, this has been an awakening for me and now know for sure, my life is good. Plus, I'm very happy that many of you stuck by me and keep commenting and given me good advice and soothing advice. There has been a few times, I felt like ending this blog and even getting rid of this computer. Not so much now, or at least for the moment, you how I change my mind a lot, LOL.

  Anyway, I think you will like the new change in me, no more drama, depression, disappointment, etc. It's raining like hell today and has been for quite awhile. Haven't been getting much done. By the way, I am redoing my kitchen area again {what's new?}. So, when it's finished I will post the pictures. There will be a lot of changes before the snow flies.

  As far as finding a companion and partner, it's still on my mind, I figure if it happens it happens. I may do a post looking for her and see if it works. I know a gal who did one on her blog and it worked out good for her, so far. I have a few random photos, nothing special but, will do for the time being.

This pic was taken about 20 years ago in the mountains on the Alaska Peninsula. Yep, that's me in the middle
 
This was taken about 7 or 8 years ago on Lake Clark. Taking some gals for a ride. Sometimes, I think I was born with white hair,LOL

A couple of cloud photos, I love clouds. Each one is very unique.



I'm back to cooking more and cooking from scratch. Trying my hand at real Chinese, it's not as pretty as in the restaurants but, tasty.
  


The temperature got kinda cool a couple of mornings ago which ended my garden.

You know it's Fall when you see this sight.



Bought this KeroSun heater at a garage sale for $20 and it works great this time of the year to take the morning chill and dampness off.

I forgot, one more dish, I made this concoction of fried potatoes, onions and Parmesan cheese.

Well, that pretty much covers the news for right now. Hopefully, I have put some brightness in your day as well as mine. Take care

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Change, will it work?

 Hi everyone, I know it's been awhile, probably to long.  Seems I have gotten lazy and just not into blogging much. Before I get into the actual blog message, I will show you what I have accomplished.

My old roof

I put new roof paper on

Then, the new roof

It needs some trimming and adjusting, started raining so, couldn't get it done.

It was time for the tarp to come off.

  I have been spending a lot of time doing a lot of thinking. I think a lot about a relationship and it's importance. I have lived a very good life and had tons of fun, seen and done many things that most people have never or never will experience.  The more I think about it, having someone at this time in my life is very important because, I don't want to leave this world lonely. I like and enjoy having a remote cabin and it brings me joy and peace. But, the more I think about it, if I am feeling lonely staying in my town cabin, you can imagine what it's like being remote where nobody is around.
  I am toying with the idea of relocating out of Alaska and find either remote or very rural property somewhere in the lower 48. I believe it would be better to find someone who would compliment my life easier. I have been doing a lot of searching for property for about 3 weeks now. I have been looking in N. Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and I have actually looked at the Adirondacks in Upstate NY. I am looking at places that have four seasons. I dream about enjoying Summer nights under the stars, longer days in the Winter, "NO MOSQUITOES", LOL. I want to hear Crickets and Frogs, I want to see more different species of birds, I want to see lightening and hear thunder. There is so much to experience and these things I haven't.
  I figure on selling or trading either one or both of my properties or maybe keep the town cabin to come back now and then or if this new adventure doesn't work out for me. I know some of you will not agree with me on this subject but, I feel my happiness of having someone to enjoy what time is left on this Earth is more important.
  I bet none of you saw this coming, to tell the truth, I didn't either. I've lived a Mountain Man life in my younger days, maybe I will become a cowboy, lol. Any gals out there living rural, remote or on a homestead, I'm available. I really hope all of you who have stuck by me on this blog will continue. Thanks everyone

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Not much happening

 Well, not a whole lot happening, it's been raining on and off quite heavily. I picked the strawberries that were ripe last night and ate them. They were sweet and juicy. I pick a cucumber off the vine and sliced it up also. It sure was good.

My tomatoes are really driving me nuts.

The plant on the left is my Early Girl and loaded with tomatoes.

The other is my Roma tomato plant and has only one tomato the size of an Acorn. I planted them at the same time.

It is very strange. Anyway, this was dinner last night. NY Strip with fried potatoes topped with salt, pepper and flaked parmesan cheese. It was great.
 

Sorry but, there just isn't a whole lot going on right now. I did go over to my neighbors and cut the rest of the trees he wanted down so he can have Internet. The mosquitoes were really bad, even with repellent on.
  I will close for now and hope you all understand. Take care.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Garden and Yard

 Just wanted to share some photos of my garden and how my yard is coming along since clearing my lot.

My strawberries

Cucumbers

Celery

Tomatoes- Early Girl

I am growing Romas also but, forgot the picture. They are just starting to grow so, not sure if they will mature soon.

Moroccan Mint

 I really like my yard now, it is growing lots of flowers

 Made this from a cake pan to hold water for the birds. I nailed it to the stump



It got cool the other morning

Got this print at the Salvation Army for $15

Dinner last night, rice, sweet peppers onions some salsa mixed in and sausage. Mmmm! Good

This is the hottest it's been so far

These guys showed up a while back and have been hanging out. Turns out, a neighbor set them loose to let them run around and eat to save him money.



This guy is much smaller than the other one

Bought this Kerosene heater at a yard sale for $20

This is an actual painting with frame I bought at Salvation Army for $3

I finally insulated and paneled the inside of the outhouse

Well, that's pretty much it for now, nothing else new. Take care

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Soup Recipe

 Good morning, I have a request for a recipe for the soup I have posted on my blog. I figured it would be fun and easier to do it this way.

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 It is a tasty soup and one of my most favorites. As many of you know, I don't go by established recipes, I make up my own with things I generally have on hand. Much more fun that way. I do taste it as I am making it to see what I need to make it better if needed. Anyway:

 I fill the pot half full with water and bring it to a boil
 add 3-4 handfuls of macaroni or any other pasta you may like.

 As the macaroni is cooking, in a large skillet, I cook whatever meat I am using adding:

 chopped onions, celery, carrots, mushrooms, parsley and anything else you care to. I use fresh vegetables if available or canned. Throw in some kind of beans also.

 Once the macaroni is done, don't drain it, add everything in the skillet to the macaroni. Stir good.

 Add a small can of tomato paste, stir and then add a small can of tomato sauce and stir. You then add water, tasting constantly to make it the consistency of soup.

 A lot of times I will see what seasonings I have that might give it more taste and add just a bit, IE: Tobasco sauce, soy sauce, worstshire (sp?) sauce and so on.

 When it comes to a boil, turn the burner down as low as you can and let it simmer for 1/2 hr. to 45 min.

 Then, you fill a bowl, break off a hunk of your favorite homemade bread and enjoy.

That's pretty much it. For the most part, you can't go wrong with a big, hot pot of soup.

 Hope this works for you CanadaEH.

Friday, July 18, 2014

REFLECTIONS

 Lately, I have been reflecting about my past life experiences. I have done a lot since my youth days and have lived an exciting life mostly. I have learned more about life than any education you can get in a Brick and Mortar school. Most people go to school to learn a profession to enable them to live in a world based on modern conveniences and acceptance. I have been taught how to live without them when the time comes, if it does in what time I have left in this world. 

 Today, I do use some of these modern conveniences and yes, they are nice to have at times. To tell the truth, I am not really happy using them. Television for one, I got along without it for quite a few years and when I built the town cabin, I figured I needed it and I don't. I am working on getting on the roof to take down the antenna. My am/fm is by far the most important tool I own. Yes, it is a tool. I hear what's going on outside of my world but, more importantly, I get weather reports and I enjoy listen to stations that send messages to people living remote without voice and Internet communication. Yes, there are still people living that way. I'm pretty sure that somewhere down the line, I will do the same.

 Every day I am finding it more difficult to be on the  road system. I don't like dealing with people on the roads and therefore, limit my driving as much as possible or find someone close by and ride to town with them. I have been learning to make a list of things so I don't have to spend much time in the stores. The one good thing about Internet is Craigslist, I can look for things I need, close to me without having to go to town or stores.

 I have put my town cabin up for sale and hopefully I can sell it soon, preferably for cash and I have entertained the thought of owner financing with a fair amount down. I am asking $15,000 for it, I will just take personal items and the buyers can just move in and take up housekeeping. If anyone is interested, it is a dry cabin. It would be for 2 people, not big enough for anymore than that.

 I got to thinking, while being on the road system, the way I dress has changed drastically, this will also change soon. I had a friend recently tell me that I am looking like normal people, YIKES! He's right and I never felt comfortable wearing {normal clothes?}, LOL.
I have always been used to worn out clothes that fit loose and comfortable.

 So, anyway, there will be a lot of changes coming very soon and I think many of you will like the new old me. I'm not sure if that will hurt my chances of finding a companion or not, so, I am not going to dwell on it. If there is a woman out there for me, I can offer you, Love, support, companionship and the adventure of a life time. There are literally thousands of people who view my blog so, there's got to be a woman saying to herself, Hmmm! I wonder?

 Enough of this, I got things to do to return to remote life. This is a lot for me to say. Take care 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yep, still here

Hi everyone, sorry for the long moments of no posting. Guess I am in that state of funk and lack of interest. I am kind of exhausted from trying to get necessary things done at the town cabin and going to the remote cabin. The thing right now for going to the remote cabin is, MONEY. There are only two types of planes to get to my remote cabin, Supercub on floats or a Beaver on floats.

Supercub
 
DeHavalind Beaver


The Supercub costs $300 a trip in and out. The Beaver is $450. With the Supercub I would have to make multiple trips which affordability is out of the question. I could basically make one trip with the Beaver, although right now, I need to use my money to put a new roof on the town cabin and strengthen the floor. I am shooting for September to go to the remote cabin. I also have to buy a new Snow machine to haul supplies during the Winter. So, I guess I am between a rock and a hard place.  I am taking it a day at a time.

I know everyone has been waiting a long time for me to get there and so have I but, sometimes Alaska has a way of changing your plans. It's kinda disappointing but, I have been  there before. I am hoping you will bear with me and not give up. Another reason is, my doctor has set up appointments for acupuncture treatments for the next 4 weeks to eliminate the pain I have had in my right leg. I have been to one already and it worked somewhat. The acupuncturist says I need 4 more to make a big difference.  I never thought I would ever go for acupuncture.

I did buy a greenhouse and put my garden plants in it and they coming along great. As usual, I forgot to transfer the photos from my camera to my laptop. I will have them for you on Friday. So, until then, hope you stick around. Thanks