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Old 08-13-2013, 09:17 PM   #1291
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Sometimes you can glimpse life's puzzle pieces come together, most of the time it's only after you look back that you think, well yeah, I guess if I hadn't broken down right there then I wouldn't have met him/her etc.
Yep, gotta love serendipity and synchronicity.

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I've been hanging out at B&N and meeting all kinds of people. I've been invited to come by and have dinner a few times, and in general people are really nice here.
Not sure what to do with all the male attention though, it's a tad overwhelming
Welcome to Alaska where "the odds are good but the goods are odd."

Hey, if you google 'health food fairbanks ak' you'll get a bunch of good responses. I also like the nutrition depts at Carrs/Safeway and Fred Meyers here in AK.

Good luck and have fun, Mark H.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:16 PM   #1292
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Esther, why Fairbanks for the winter? I am here right now. I cant really see much that would encourage me to spend a winter where it can be -50 below ??

Maybe I am missing something?
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:37 PM   #1293
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Esther, why Fairbanks for the winter? I am here right now. I cant really see much that would encourage me to spend a winter where it can be -50 below ??

Maybe I am missing something?
It will be a learning experience for her.
Dang girl, ya gotta get a decent car and a plug-in coolant heater. NOW!
I dont know nuthin bout Fairbanks, I just hope them roads are open in the winter.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:37 PM   #1294
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It will be a learning experience for her.
Dang girl, ya gotta get a decent car and a plug-in coolant heater. NOW!
I dont know nuthin bout Fairbanks, I just hope them roads are open in the winter.
What's a plug in coolant heater??
Yeah I know I need a car, but I need a paycheck first! Pretty broke right now, so buying a car is not an option at the moment. I hope it stays warm enough to ride Spirit until I can buy a car. Most of the important roads are kept open, so I was picking cabins that are only a few hundred yards from a main road so I don't need 4-wheel drive.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:41 PM   #1295
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Esther, why Fairbanks for the winter? I am here right now. I cant really see much that would encourage me to spend a winter where it can be -50 below ??

Maybe I am missing something?
Fairbanks itself is really blah! But they have a great community with a bunch of theaters, even real opera. They also have lots of yarn and fabric shops, so I guess folks are really creative here during the winter months. I guess that appeals to me.
I also wanted to experience a real winter with lots of snow. The surrounding area is woodsy and beautiful, and I just love those cabins! I know I have no idea what I'm in for, but I'll make the best of it
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:42 PM   #1296
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Welcome to Alaska where "the odds are good but the goods are odd."

I even applied at a health food store! :)
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:02 AM   #1297
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[QUOTE][ I know I have no idea what I'm in for, but I'll make the best of it /QUOTE]

I would head south before you find out!
My Niece was there in winter and she was miserable,-44 is a deep freezer!
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:04 AM   #1298
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tiny cabin

TINY CABIN

Don't forget the bigger the place the more($ or sweat ) to keep it heated.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:19 PM   #1299
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[ I know I have no idea what I'm in for, but I'll make the best of it /QUOTE]

I would head south before you find out!
My Niece was there in winter and she was miserable,-44 is a deep freezer!
Haha, I couldn't head south if I wanted to! Ran out of money and Spirit needs some work. Still, I think I'll enjoy the snowy season, maybe not so much the cold, but the intense and peaceful beauty of quiet snowy surroundings.
Plus I'll be working and the store will be warm.
I think as long as I have some really warm gear I'll be ok.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:22 PM   #1300
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TINY CABIN

Don't forget the bigger the place the more($ or sweat ) to keep it heated.
Yep, that is why I have been looking for a tiny cabin.
I'll find out tomorrow how much the house sitting is going to cost me in heating and electricity.
The little cabin I wanted will be available in a month, and I just got offered another 3 or 4 week house sitting job after the one I'm doing now. So it might be that I'll choose to stay in the little cabin with wood stove instead of house sitting the big place. Everything is still up in the air
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:38 PM   #1301
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Yay, my first day of house sitting!
I spent the morning cleaning up Dave and Cee's trailer and washing clothes and myself
The cabin I am staying in now is a dry cabin, but there is water nearby.


I think this is a 500 gallon water tank, it's right next to the house, so all I have to do is carry water inside and pour it in a barrel with a faucet.


This is the cabin, right now it only has the glass door, but the wooden door will be put in as well once winter comes.


This cute little house is the outhouse (good thing it's really private here )


Yeah, I guess they don't have to worry about sitting on a cold seat!


Made myself a scrumptious dinner (cooked waaayyy to much!)


Then I started this fancy pellet stove and am now enjoying a smoothy and some heat while writing my RR

I heard back from Wilton, and am now officially a "certified" Wilton cake decorating instructor.
I am looking forward to teaching this class, and will hopefully have lots of other classes like knitting, felting etc.
Anything creative I can do and I am happy.

Just got to hang in there until work starts, at least I don't have to worry about rent
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:34 AM   #1302
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Embrace the winter

Hi Nomad Gal, ...I wouldn't worry too much about the cold this winter, which I don't think you are. There are lots of skeptic people that just don't understand what you will potnetially gain from this experience. I say embrace the winter, enjoy the quiet solitude, dress warm when going out, and take a deep breath of that fresh winter air, ...you will be fine.

That being said, don't underestimate the cold or the length of the winter. Get prepared, be sure you have adequate dry/cured wood stock piled, and a pallet of pellets. I usually burn a ton of pellets and about 4 cords of wood on average, mind you I am heating a 1200 SqFt home with full basement. Better to have and not need then to need and not have!!

Be sure you have a good set of winter Boots, a warm jacket, some good mits, a nice wool toque and some Helly Hanson long underwear.

Winter is almost my favourite season.

I have enjoyed your report and look forward to your continued adventures.

Cheers
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:18 AM   #1303
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Hi Nomad Gal, ...I wouldn't worry too much about the cold this winter, which I don't think you are. There are lots of skeptic people that just don't understand what you will potnetially gain from this experience. I say embrace the winter, enjoy the quiet solitude, dress warm when going out, and take a deep breath of that fresh winter air, ...you will be fine.

That being said, don't underestimate the cold or the length of the winter. Get prepared, be sure you have adequate dry/cured wood stock piled, and a pallet of pellets. I usually burn a ton of pellets and about 4 cords of wood on average, mind you I am heating a 1200 SqFt home with full basement. Better to have and not need then to need and not have!!

Be sure you have a good set of winter Boots, a warm jacket, some good mits, a nice wool toque and some Helly Hanson long underwear.

Winter is almost my favourite season.

I have enjoyed your report and look forward to your continued adventures.

Cheers
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:30 AM   #1304
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Yeah, I guess they don't have to worry about sitting on a cold seat!
They're not worried about sitting on it; they're worried about sticking to it!
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:07 PM   #1305
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my 30 days in Alaska was jan/feb 30 years ago. the navy thought I need some cold weather training :) long johns, bunny boots, hooded parker and fat boy pants in addition to uniform was the only way to survive. if I were there now, I would be hitting all flea markets and thrift stores buying all that would fit...any car that will run in that kind of cold will be very expensive. I'd get out now! :)
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