Well, the water finally receded enough for us to put on our waders and set out to see if we could find a place to cross the ‘new’ Little Susitna River that runs through our property, and if Care’s Corner still existed. Bubba wasn’t happy that he had to stay in, but since he just got neutered this week, we didn’t want him running around. We found out he is English Mastiff/Ridgeback mix or as Bill calls him: An Alaska Grizzlyhound!!
The photos tell it all…..Care’s Corner and where the main river once ran for the last 10 years is now a sand/gravel area with enough firewood to keep us toasty for quite awhile.The river changed course 3 times in the 2 floods, and settled with the a new main channel via a widened old gulley, and what is left of the main channel is now an overflow. And yes, the beavers are still around (and busy), and the eagles returned, mourning the loss of their beloved trees/nests.
We found the BBQ, the tent and s’mores table -and our ‘sitting log’ with a hollow big enough that the small Tonka truck didn’t move – what more could we ask?! Now we are praying for time enough to be able to haul logs to ‘this’ side of the river – won’t be long if it still stays in the single digits at night and 20’s/low 30’s during the day. The river is frozen in many places – we just need it thick enough to hold the 4 wheeler or if we do get snow, the snowmachine so we can cable and pull them across.
So, stay tuned!! You know a carpenter and his wife’s world: always remodeling!!
If there is one thing I have learned in life, it is to NEVER QUIT.
My dad modeled it for me, my husband and kids have taught me,
And although at times I’ve been a bit of a slow learner and would rather throw the towel in,
You can count on me – I’ll NEVER QUIT !
So if I can do it, SO CAN YOU!
Well, at this rate, just living in Alaska, we should be about 400 years old……that’s new math that says we live in the 100 year flood plain. We still aren’t sure if “Care’s Corner” still exists, but as soon as it warms up (it’s 18 degrees right now) we will venture out this afternoon. The water was receeding yesterday, the main channel of water has changed for the 3rd time, and we aren’t exactly sure what we are left with.
We lost about 2 acres of our hay area, and about 100 trees total. All the land that were the wooded paths to Care’s Corner are gone, and looking on the bright side, once the river freezes over this winter – we can get firewood for the next couple years!!
The Northern Lights were out spectacularly last week – am trying to get a cool shot Bill took added to my blog, so look later today – I’m going to try one more trick to see if I can get it. I smell applesauce cooking down and the sund is rising slowly on the snow covered Talkeetnas…..couldn’t ask for a better day……except if I could fine Care’s Corner! (Bill says that God just knew I’m getting older so don’t need to walk as far!! Very funny, dear!) By the way – the “puppy” we have? We had him at vet for pre-neuter check…..at 5 months he’s 75 lbs and she thinks he’ll easily get to 125-150 lbs. She thinks he has more Mastiff than St. Bernard –but then again said – could be a mix of both – oh joy!! At least he’s short haired!
While I was in Anchorage with an amazing group of people from all over Alaska – from Ketchikan to Nome for Relay For Life Summit, planning for the 2013 Relay For Life’s, Bill was able to snap this great photo of the Big Dipper and Our Alaska State Flag over the mountains outside our house. What a delightful show, in contrast to the floods we had endured for the week(s) before. (See prior blog)
But Alaskans are resilient, and the second cutting of hay is down, and we will venture out to find if we can discover the “new” Care’s Corner. It has been as busy week – as October usually is, with the Fashion Show at the Anchorage Museum with cancer survivors as models -see AK Radiology FB page for photos of that and photos of First Friday Photos where several of us survivors were showcased. Then I got to do a video for our semi-pro hockey team “Paint the Rink Pink”. I also received my ‘official’ 2013 Hero of Hope Award at Summit – a beautiful Tiffany inscribed piece, especially special as this is the celebration of the American Cancer Society’s 100th Anniversary.
This is also the time for my yearly follow-ups, and I am excited to share that I am proving doctors and statistics wrong, and still in that 1-4% living with stage 3-4 colon cancer. I will now deal with the chemo induced vision loss (I’ve lost about 1/2 my vision) and will not only get new glasses (WHAT? I won’t have to have the computer at 150%!!) But I will also have surgery in November to try to stop the progression of the vision loss. The outlook is good – stay tuned!!
Have a blessed and wonderful fall, celebrating all that we have to be thankful for!
Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.