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YEA Happy Birthday Beautiful weather to celebrate a new decade!
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Who was it asking about Tenakee?

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/newsr...ry/784078.html
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Hello Alaska!
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Anyone interested in joining a flash mob? I am thinking of organizing a group. I'd like to have kids in it as well though they may not be able to do all of the missions, certainly some of them.
Yes!

love, p
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Just to clarify the milk info......Dh and I drove down to fish off the spit (we did awsome, brought back a large amount of yellow tail sole) and stopped in the natural foods store to check it out.
The real milk co-op is only in the planning stages.
The trip to get milk down there is 600 miles round trip, so its going to be interesting

Thanks for the update.
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Does anyone still do May Baskets or dance around a May Pole? Once I get my own place, I will be organizing a May Pole dance and bonfire.
Ooo, I would love that!


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Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
Anyone interested in joining a flash mob? I am thinking of organizing a group. I'd like to have kids in it as well though they may not be able to do all of the missions, certainly some of them.
Every time I see one of thsoe you-tube movies I wish I'd been able to do it. I am TOTALLY in (if I'm there and can do it, )


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subbing. I can't believe I didn't come look for this..
Yeah, me too...I keep forgetting to look for the new threads


SO, DH had an interview yesterday with a school in Nakiski and it seems to have gone pretty well. They won't be making a decision until the end of the week or early next week, so we're just sitting here on pins and needles waiting... it looks like a nice place though. (Anybody here live down Kenai way?!)
The job in Fairbanks still sounds promising too--apparently he wasn't quite qualified for the job as posted, so the computer system wouldnt' let them access his application, so they pulled the listing, re-wrote it (so that he qualifies) and then emailed him and asked him to re-apply...so obviously that sounds very promising too!
Frankly, if they both offer, I don't know which we'd pick. both places seem to have some real advantages... I am definitely starting to feel better though--more settled that yes, we will have *someplace* to move to in 18 days,
And of course there are more than a dozen other jobs that he's applied for that haven't called about interviews, but they still could, so who knows.


So, in unrelated topics, I'm weaning my toddler, and he's not pleased about it. He's 27m, so over 2y and I feel like that's old enough that it's ok to wean... I had originally planned to tandem, but when I actually started thinking about the idea of weaning I realized that I was starting to resent a lot of aspects of nursing at this point, and so we've decided to just make a clean break. So we've been cutting back incrementally, and currently just nurse for about 2min at naptime and bedtime, plus some waking-up 'nanus' in the morning...the plan is to cut back to just a few sips at nap/bedtime, and then I'll spend a couple of nights in my other son's room so that I'm not there for the morning nursing and hopefully that will help break that habit. we decided that the day we take the ferry out of here will be our last day...once we leave here we'll have a couple of long busy days of driving and whatnot, and there will be lots of distractions plus he'll fall asleep in the car and it just seemed like a logical time.
Most nights have gone pretty well, but yesterday I started trying to prepare him for the end by explaining that he was very big, and after we go in the car on the boat then we will be all done with nanu...and last night when he woke up and I said no, we don't nurse in the night (which i've been doing for over a month) he started bawling and said "no, nanu not all gone, nooo!" poor kiddo! I let him have more than the usual morning nanus this morning. Hopefully the next 18 days will be enough. I know this is going to be a little bit of a rough road, but it feels like the right thing to do right now, so I'm pushing ahead. I think he's one of those kids who would have a hard time letting go of nursing no matter how old he was, and I also suspect that (at nearly 3--when I've got a newborn) he'd want to nurse all the time, even if we'd done some hefty cutting back, and I just don't think I'd be able to handle that. So we're weaning now, while I can still give him lots of one-on-one mommy attention for a while.
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Frankly, if they both offer, I don't know which we'd pick. both places seem to have some real advantages... I am definitely starting to feel better though--more settled that yes, we will have *someplace* to move to in 18 days,
.

Oh, the Penninsula is the best:::
No offense to anyone in Fairbanks, but if I had to choose, the Kenia would win hands down.
Dh and I have a kernel of a dream starting in regards to Homer.
Land is incredibly cheap, and if we can get a huge chunk of our mortgage paid off, we could sell with out losing any money, buy lots of land, have a house and barn built, fencing put up, and move down bringing several Jersey cows with us, as well as lots of chickens.
Then, we could run a real milk dairy with pastured chickens and eggs::

I think I have finally come up with a home business plan that will do very well, so hopefully, we can get this house paid off and fullfill this dream.
post #28 of 132
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Ooo, I would love that!



Every time I see one of thsoe you-tube movies I wish I'd been able to do it. I am TOTALLY in (if I'm there and can do it, )



Yeah, me too...I keep forgetting to look for the new threads


SO, DH had an interview yesterday with a school in Nakiski and it seems to have gone pretty well. They won't be making a decision until the end of the week or early next week, so we're just sitting here on pins and needles waiting... it looks like a nice place though. (Anybody here live down Kenai way?!)
The job in Fairbanks still sounds promising too--apparently he wasn't quite qualified for the job as posted, so the computer system wouldnt' let them access his application, so they pulled the listing, re-wrote it (so that he qualifies) and then emailed him and asked him to re-apply...so obviously that sounds very promising too!
Frankly, if they both offer, I don't know which we'd pick. both places seem to have some real advantages... I am definitely starting to feel better though--more settled that yes, we will have *someplace* to move to in 18 days,
And of course there are more than a dozen other jobs that he's applied for that haven't called about interviews, but they still could, so who knows.


So, in unrelated topics, I'm weaning my toddler, and he's not pleased about it. He's 27m, so over 2y and I feel like that's old enough that it's ok to wean... I had originally planned to tandem, but when I actually started thinking about the idea of weaning I realized that I was starting to resent a lot of aspects of nursing at this point, and so we've decided to just make a clean break. So we've been cutting back incrementally, and currently just nurse for about 2min at naptime and bedtime, plus some waking-up 'nanus' in the morning...the plan is to cut back to just a few sips at nap/bedtime, and then I'll spend a couple of nights in my other son's room so that I'm not there for the morning nursing and hopefully that will help break that habit. we decided that the day we take the ferry out of here will be our last day...once we leave here we'll have a couple of long busy days of driving and whatnot, and there will be lots of distractions plus he'll fall asleep in the car and it just seemed like a logical time.
Most nights have gone pretty well, but yesterday I started trying to prepare him for the end by explaining that he was very big, and after we go in the car on the boat then we will be all done with nanu...and last night when he woke up and I said no, we don't nurse in the night (which i've been doing for over a month) he started bawling and said "no, nanu not all gone, nooo!" poor kiddo! I let him have more than the usual morning nanus this morning. Hopefully the next 18 days will be enough. I know this is going to be a little bit of a rough road, but it feels like the right thing to do right now, so I'm pushing ahead. I think he's one of those kids who would have a hard time letting go of nursing no matter how old he was, and I also suspect that (at nearly 3--when I've got a newborn) he'd want to nurse all the time, even if we'd done some hefty cutting back, and I just don't think I'd be able to handle that. So we're weaning now, while I can still give him lots of one-on-one mommy attention for a while.

Oh girl I feel for you. I had a DEDICATED, DETERMINED nurser. And I was tandem nursing but finally couldn't do it any more. The ONLY thing that worked, and believe me, I tried them all, was one I came up with myself. He was used to me laying down with him till he fell asleep. And nursing to sleep. So I couldn't just lay down and snuggle with him to sleep as that would make him want to nurse. I would sit towards the end of the bed with his legs on my lap and rub lotion on his legs and feet until he fell asleep. This gave him the physical comfort of mommy with out putting making my boobs available. Make sure to warm the lotion in your hands first. Even now, at 10 years old, he still likes for me to rub his feet till he falls asleep. I don't have to rub rub them, just the skin to skin contact is comforting to him. Good luck.
post #29 of 132
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Originally Posted by PaulaJoAnne View Post
Oh, the Penninsula is the best:::

Dh and I have a kernel of a dream starting in regards to Homer.
Land is incredibly cheap
In Homer? The only "cheap" land here is in Anchor Point, which is ok. I am in Anchor Point. But you have to be very careful where you go around here.

We are leaving Homer, for a multitude of reasons. But one is that I feel like Homer is...well, a rip off. Sure it's pretty, but you pay for it. I guess it depends on what you are looking for, but I am burned out on it. Some really cool people live here though.
post #30 of 132
Someone brought in about 20 baby chickens to the FNSB shelter for adoption.
It would be good to find homes for them sooner rather than later as the Shelter does not have a chicken coop.
post #31 of 132
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Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
Someone brought in about 20 baby chickens to the FNSB shelter for adoption.
It would be good to find homes for them sooner rather than later as the Shelter does not have a chicken coop.
What kind of chickens?

Also, does anybody in Fairbanks want any cucumber plants? I got a bit overzealous when planting this year and have several I still need to give away.
post #32 of 132
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Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
Oh girl I feel for you. I had a DEDICATED, DETERMINED nurser. And I was tandem nursing but finally couldn't do it any more. The ONLY thing that worked, and believe me, I tried them all, was one I came up with myself. He was used to me laying down with him till he fell asleep. And nursing to sleep. So I couldn't just lay down and snuggle with him to sleep as that would make him want to nurse. I would sit towards the end of the bed with his legs on my lap and rub lotion on his legs and feet until he fell asleep. This gave him the physical comfort of mommy with out putting making my boobs available. Make sure to warm the lotion in your hands first. Even now, at 10 years old, he still likes for me to rub his feet till he falls asleep. I don't have to rub rub them, just the skin to skin contact is comforting to him. Good luck.
Oh, that is a great idea!
I had a kid like that, she weaned when she was 4.
I could have used that trick I think.
post #33 of 132
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Originally Posted by PaulaJoAnne View Post
Oh, the Penninsula is the best:::
No offense to anyone in Fairbanks, but if I had to choose, the Kenia would win hands down.
Dh and I have a kernel of a dream starting in regards to Homer.
Land is incredibly cheap, and if we can get a huge chunk of our mortgage paid off, we could sell with out losing any money, buy lots of land, have a house and barn built, fencing put up, and move down bringing several Jersey cows with us, as well as lots of chickens.
Then, we could run a real milk dairy with pastured chickens and eggs::

I think I have finally come up with a home business plan that will do very well, so hopefully, we can get this house paid off and fullfill this dream.
No offense taken! (and I don't even live in Fairbanks at the moment! LOL)
I really enjoyed the Kenai area as well. My fav spot is Ninilchick.
post #34 of 132
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What kind of chickens?

Also, does anybody in Fairbanks want any cucumber plants? I got a bit overzealous when planting this year and have several I still need to give away.

Ah man! Chickens and cucs! I so miss Fairbanks.
You cannot have chickens here unless you have a HUGE yard. Code says you need 100 feed from the coop to any edge of your property line. Which counts out like 97% of all houses here. Of course, you can keep them in the house
post #35 of 132
AK Mom--we're not looking at homer, it's Nikiski....
AND, they just called to offer the job--they seem to really want him. We checked in with Fairbanks and since it's a university thing (not a regular school district), it will be at LEAST 2-3 more weeks before they would decide... SO, we've decided to accept Nikiski at this point. We have not closed the door to Fairbanks, and will still interview etc if they ask. If they do decide that they want him, then we will evaluate that at that point. Meanwhile, we have a bird in hand in Nikiski (which, frankly, the more I study up on the two places, the more I was prefering the Kenai region anyway), so our current plan is taking us there...
*off to post a thread asking people to tell me all about Nikiski/Kenai/Soldotna!!!*
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In Homer? The only "cheap" land here is in Anchor Point, which is ok. I am in Anchor Point. But you have to be very careful where you go around here.

We are leaving Homer, for a multitude of reasons. But one is that I feel like Homer is...well, a rip off. Sure it's pretty, but you pay for it. I guess it depends on what you are looking for, but I am burned out on it. Some really cool people live here though.
Land adjoining a friends, on the hill....20 dry acres for $30,000
See, dh is a fly fishing guide in the summer, and does very well in the valley, so anywhere their is fishing and tourists, he can work.
But, like I said, its just a dream, and more then likely we will make some form of it work where ever God leads us.
We only have one acre, and that is not enough for anything more than a few cickens as far as animals are concerned.
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AK Mom--we're not looking at homer, it's Nikiski....
AND, they just called to offer the job--they seem to really want him. We checked in with Fairbanks and since it's a university thing (not a regular school district), it will be at LEAST 2-3 more weeks before they would decide... SO, we've decided to accept Nikiski at this point. We have not closed the door to Fairbanks, and will still interview etc if they ask. If they do decide that they want him, then we will evaluate that at that point. Meanwhile, we have a bird in hand in Nikiski (which, frankly, the more I study up on the two places, the more I was prefering the Kenai region anyway), so our current plan is taking us there...
*off to post a thread asking people to tell me all about Nikiski/Kenai/Soldotna!!!*
But I thought that Nikiski was on the way to Homer.. :
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But I thought that Nikiski was on the way to Homer.. :
It is...but it's about 80 miles before you get there.
It's only 15ish miles from Kenai, and (I think) less than 40 from Soldotna...)

ok, so I guess the offer isn't quite as official as I thought (there are two jobs that they like him for, and they wanted to kinda feel him out about them, but they haven't officially offered yet )

One thing I WILL be needing is a contact in Anchorage... I need someone who has a few spare feet of space somewhere who is willing to let me mail you 10-20 boxes of stuff, store it someplace for me for a week or so, and I would pick it up and stick in a storage unit. We decided that mailing our stuff was going to be cheaper than renting a moving van/truck...so now all we need is someone willing to receive all the stuff so that it can be ready for us when we get there. We'll only be there for a day or so, get everything stored, then fly south for a month or 6wks of the summer... we just decided that since we'd need to fly from anchorage anyway, it would be easier to store our stuff there, then pick it up and rent a van for one day to get it all into Nikiski (or wherever )
So, if any of you Anchorage-ites feels up to that, would you PM me? I want to try to mail everything at least 10 days before we leave, so that it has time to arrive up there before we do We'll be about 5 days in transit (thanks to the ferry schedules), but theoretically we'll get into anchorage on the 31st...I think.
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One thing I WILL be needing is a contact in Anchorage... I need someone who has a few spare feet of space somewhere who is willing to let me mail you 10-20 boxes of stuff, store it someplace for me for a week or so, and I would pick it up and stick in a storage unit. We decided that mailing our stuff was going to be cheaper than renting a moving van/truck...so now all we need is someone willing to receive all the stuff so that it can be ready for us when we get there. We'll only be there for a day or so, get everything stored, then fly south for a month or 6wks of the summer... we just decided that since we'd need to fly from anchorage anyway, it would be easier to store our stuff there, then pick it up and rent a van for one day to get it all into Nikiski (or wherever )
So, if any of you Anchorage-ites feels up to that, would you PM me? I want to try to mail everything at least 10 days before we leave, so that it has time to arrive up there before we do We'll be about 5 days in transit (thanks to the ferry schedules), but theoretically we'll get into anchorage on the 31st...I think.
I'd offer, but right now my garage is full of a subaru that needs some repairs..

Most storage unit companies will help you with this, though.
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I'd offer, but right now my garage is full of a subaru that needs some repairs..

Most storage unit companies will help you with this, though.
So, like, I could ship right to the storage place? Ooo, now that's a nice option. I hadn't realized that we might be able to save a step in there.
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