10 June 2016

A Slow Start

I was so thoroughly convinced that yesterday was Friday, that I turned off the alarm clock when I arose. So today ... yep. Overslept by more than an hour.

But by having a PB&J for breakfast, along with only one cup of coffee, I was at work an hour later. And I could swear my truck was moving in slow motion all the way here, no matter what the speedometer said.

20 years ago, I used to get passed every morning by an expensive car with personalized plates which read IMSOL8. Today, I achieved a new level of sympathy for whoever that was.

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We're squarely in the middle of the annual six-week period when it doesn't get dark. But we've noticed that it doesn't seem so bright at our new house, because we're completely surrounded by forest. A half-mile or so down the road, when we reach an area of cleared lots, it suddenly gets brighter.

But sitting out on the deck in the evenings has become our new favorite pastime. Sure, we can hear sounds of human activity, and distant traffic from time to time. But all we can see is trees, and that's okay with us.

Conversation, rather than television, is the center of activity. We've banned gripes about work, co-workers, and all things of that nature, focusing instead on our new home, plans and dreams, and how this is the nicest "resort" we've found in Alaska. I think we'll stay. :)

Sooner or later, though, the air gets too cool, and we have to go back inside.


OldAFSarge said...

What a beautiful place to live!

Rev. Paul said...

It truly is, Sarge. We are SO blessed!

Rob said...

Padre, City living is way over rated. I wish we had more trees around us. Rual life is #1 for us.

Rev. Paul said...

I hear you, Rob, and agree. We both grew up in small towns surrounding by farms. While living on the edge of Anchorage had its conveniences, it just wasn't satisfying. Our home was a refuge, but the "city life" assaulted ours senses as soon as we opened the front door.

Max said...

We try to ban work talk a lot lately and for the most part are successful. It's so nice to be surrounded by tree's and all things beautiful in nature. I'm glad you both love the new place.

Rev. Paul said...

Agreed, Max. Thanks.

threecollie said...

Sitting outside is about the best there is. Glad you are living in a place where you can partake and enjoy. Thanks for sharing about your lovely new home.

drjim said...

When I was driving all over SoCal for a field service job I had, I used to see a little car with the license plate "ML8ML8".

Yep, it was on a white VW Rabbit!

Old NFO said...

Glad things are working out! :-)

Rev. Paul said...

threecollie, we've been wanting a place to sit outside ever since moving to Alaska - but this is the first time we've had one.

jim, did it have a decal of a pocket watch on the window? Okay, that would be silly. But it would have been cool.

NFO, it's great here. The Lord knows what He's doing, and we had the sense to listen to Him. :)

drjim said...


No, just the vanity plate, but I still wonder how many people "got it"!

Ed Bonderenka said...

I find that our house, being surrounded by trees, stays cool most of the summer.
Probably true for you, too.
Oh wait . Alaska. Never mind.

Chickenmom said...

Early, early morning and late evening are the best times for us to enjoy the deck. We stay outside until the skeeters arrive for their night-time meal.

Guffaw in AZ said...

I oft dreamt of living in a place such as yours!
Sadly, I'm addicted to the draws of 'civilization' to much.
(a bazillion channels on satellite, fast Internet connectivity, late-night pizza)
I suppose, with enough money, all is possible.
Of course, I'm lacking the latter.



Rev. Paul said...

Ed - LOL!

Chickenmom, we do a bit later in the morning & a bit earlier in the evening, just because it's cooler here, but the skeeters are out all the time. And the size of Cessnas. Thermacell is our friend.

Guffaw, we have 100 Mb 'net speed, and all the stores we want or need within a 15 minute drive. Oh yeah, and pizza, too. We just don't live in town. :)