The above photo is a shot of the entrance to the little tidal bight where our floathouses are anchored. As you can probably tell, we won't be going anywhere any time soon. Which means we can't get more fuel for our generator. We're rationing gas, and only running the generator two hours a day, which doesn't really allow anything to charge fully, including my brand new tablet! So my online presence will be limited until we can fuel up again.
I want to thank my sister Megan for putting up the last message (the beautiful photo is one of her own and shows her artist's eye), my brother Robin for taking time out of his busy job at the shipyard to get the new tablet programmed and sent out to me, my brother Jamie for intercepting it when it was almost, accidentally, shipped back to Ketchikan, and my parents for making it possible for me to get a new tablet before I'd planned.
And thanks to my readers for being patient, and everyone who left encouraging and supportive comments. I appreciate them very much!
We've hit winter, there's no doubt of it, and the cold has been a beast. No running water! That's never fun. In addition, my wood stove decided to act up. I wound up climbing onto the roof to clean the chimney, which turned out to be problematical when we found rot in the ladder that lies on the roof, that I had to climb and stand on. I'll also have to repair the stove since it has a crack in the back of it. Nothing like having your back door wide open to air smoke out of your house when the temperature is in the low twenties.
In other news, good this time, Mary Catherine Martin, managing editor of a Juneau-based paper called Capital City Weekly, just hired me to do a column based on my blog. The first column comes out the first week of 2017, on the fourth. (www.capitalcityweekly.com). It has some original content not found on my blog, including why I'm called "A Daughter of the Walrus."
I intend to continue with original posts here on my blog, too, as soon as we get more fuel. Thank you again, everyone, for sticking with me.
P.S. I was walking up the frozen beach and found this odd creature. It's transparent like a jellyfish, but with two little fins instead of stingers. And it's pretty much all mouth and stomach (with an undigest bullhead in it). I've never seen anything like it wash up on the beach before. Does anyone know what it is? Incidentally, the discolored band around it is where my hand held it.
Tara Neilson (ADOW)