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post #261 of 372
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post

It appears as though the berries I refer to as Low-Bush Cranberries are also called Lingonberries.
Hehe Yes, cranberry is a "modern term".
post #262 of 372
Sounds like lots of berry picking is going on here!

We picked abou 1.5 inches of a big ice-cream bucket of raspberries last week. Made granola, berries and milk with them ( oh, and sugar...but it was organic brown sugar, lol).

I'd love to go blueberry picking, but we just run out of time. Between the girls' Youth Court commitments (they're both attorneys, A is a senior attorney now), library volunteering, karate, swimming, and now wood-hauling season, we're just swamped. And the fair is coming up! Lots of prep for that to do...sigh.

Spent allllll day two days ago felling trees and chainsawing. I love my chainsaw, but every year it's three days of agony before my muscles remember what they're supposed to do. Now only about 8 weeks of day after day hauling, felling, splitting, stacking...*sob*

I tie-dyed my best whitish outfit, and just about everything else white I could get my hands on. I wore my good white skirt and blouse out camping, and the shirt will never be white again. So W actually dyed that set...and I did a bunch of kids' shirts and socks. The skirt and top came out...interesting. The tops, I was amazed at how well they turned out! I must have learned something!

Need to buy more soda ash and have a tie-dye party.

love, busy p
post #263 of 372
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The plan is to go camping this weekend. Hmmmm, wonder where we will end up at!
post #264 of 372
I had no idea those were cranberries (i'm way too nervous to pick berries if I don't know what they are in case they are poisonous), but I think we have some on our property. I'll have to make sure though.
post #265 of 372
There's only one kind of poisonous berry in Alaska, and like the rest of our "poisonous" plants- its an emetic... and will make you puke before you eat enough to get sick or die.

They are called doll's eyes because they have a small black dot to identify them. They are red or white and are round and shiny and grow on the end of branches on a single stalk.

The real name is baneberry. Here's a berry montage for IDing... though not the best guide, because you can only see the berries not the whole plant.

ETA: here's a better pic of baneberry. Remember they can be white OR red.
post #266 of 372
Yea but there are soap berries. They taste like amonia! But the bears love them.
post #267 of 372
hey - good job getting the word out about the H2Oasis thing. i saw the article in adn this morning.
post #268 of 372
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Originally Posted by katiesk View Post
hey - good job getting the word out about the H2Oasis thing. i saw the article in adn this morning.
Yeah, I saw the article this morning, also, but honestly I thought it came off as a "he said, she said" thing..
post #269 of 372

school uniforms

I didn't see the original message, but I saw a couple of responses to it...
I have gotten GREAT school uniform clothing (slacks, polo shirts, etc) at www.frenchtoast.com The slacks run around $15 and polos are $8-10 depending on whether you get the plain ones or fancier ones. They have slim sizes which is vital cuz my son is suuuuuper skinny (everything falls off his little tooshy ) and they also have pants with reinforced knees up into size 12 or so as I recall...also vital for my son, as he can put a hole in the knee of a pair of pants within two wearings (I'm not kidding, he's done it more than once!)
If you order more than $60 or so they have free shipping--I'm not sure about their shipping to AK (I wasn't here when I ordered last) but imo their stuff is good enough, and the prices are good enough, that it's worth it even if you have to pay extra shipping.
post #270 of 372
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Originally Posted by heartmommyak View Post
Do any of you have suggestions for something to clean my tub that isn't harsh and fumey?
Try filling several inches of water, then pouring a few cups of vinegar in and letting it sit for 30 min...I've learned that 1c of vinegar in a toilet bowl works wonders, and I suspect a similar thing in a tub would too.


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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi View Post
William T Riker (otherwise known as "number 1") learns he was born in Alaska.. I looked it up, and sure enough, his character was supposedly born in Valdez.. :
l knew there was a reason I liked him.
You mean a reason besides that he's really really rediculously good looking?!


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Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
So who has Facebook pages? My name is Georganne Hampton.
I'm Jenni Black Brighton, if anybody wants to add me...be sure to attach a message that you're from the AK mamas on MDC or I won't know who you are (and I only befriend people I actually know )



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Originally Posted by ~Purity♥Lake~ View Post
Oh my! Blueberries? Abigail cannot get enough of them! She's making us broke! I never even knew they grew up here in Alaska.
DH lived in Norway for two years--pretty similar climate--and he said the berries there were the best he ever had anywhere. I think it's the long hours of daylight.
I didn't know we had lingion berries. Mmmmm!!!
post #271 of 372
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Originally Posted by brightonwoman View Post

You mean a reason besides that he's really really rediculously good looking?!
Oh, I agree that he is incredibly good looking, I was being a bit facetious when I said I must have liked him because he's Alaskan..

But then I am normally attracted to men that seem to enjoy pleasing women..

so that might be part of it.
post #272 of 372
I don't *think* I'm breaking any rules by posting this, since it's an non-profit and they aren't selling anything and I'm not advertising anything for my personal gain...

I really love this organization and love what they do for women... so I thought I'd pass this one.

As many of you know AWAIC has reached a census of 90 now with 52 beds. This is our turn away point for secure shelter. We are working all of our contingency plans currently, but domestic violence victims have specific safety concerns which can be a real threat to helpful bystanders.

We currently have five expectant mothers and two newborns in shelter so we could use maternity and infant items , and feel free to refer volunteers our way for training.

Please pass this message on. You never know who can help.

Thanks,
Judy Cordell
Executive Director
AWAIC Inc.
100 West 13th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
T: (907) 743-5716
F: (907) 279-7244
judy_c@awaic.org





Some specific items the Shelter could use include the following:

Woman's/Teen Clothing :

Two Maternity Bras, Size 36C; 38C Maternity Bra; 36C Regular Bra

Maternity Pants

Underwear size 8; 5 pair Med size Underwear

socks – various sizes

Sandals/Slippers - size8

9 Large Shorts and Tank Tops

Dresses/Sundresses (Small-Med.)

Pants (M)

Leggings –size M

Maternity Skirt(s)sizes M-XL

Bras and underwear for young teen women

PJ sets for older kids

Sandals for boys & girls , various sizes

Baby

Diapers all size - newborn especially

baby bottles and receiving blankets, burp clothes

baby car seat or bouncer

strollers (moms frequently take the bus and it's hard)

Swimming pull-Ups

Pull-Ups

Toddler Locks/Drawer Guards

Bottle Brushes/Bottles/Sippy Cups

Baby Powder

Baby Socks

Pacifiers

Baby cloths & Underwear Size 7 for girls or unisex

Baby Bouncer

Baby Swing

Car seat/Stroller

18-24 Months Baby Clothes
post #273 of 372
I just found a bag of newborn to 3 mo. little boy clothes, does anybody in Fbks know someone who could use these?

My little man turns 4 this weekend and we are planning a pirate party We are going to bury a treasure chest and make the map to the treasure in pieces so each kid gets a chance to lead the "hunt". I am sooooooo excited : We even found a pirate boat shaped cake pan when we were visiting family in the lower '48 I love kids birthday parties, they get so into it, it is fun to watch.

Anybody in Fairbanks been out to check the blueberries in goldstream valley yet? My mom went up into the white mountains and got enough to make a couple of pies, yummy! : One of my favorite ways to eat fresh blueberries is to put them in vanilla yogurt, so creamy and sweet with little explosions of flavor! mmmmmmm.....
post #274 of 372
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Originally Posted by Icequeen_in_ak View Post
We currently have five expectant mothers and two newborns in shelter so we could use maternity and infant items , and feel free to refer volunteers our way for training.

Please pass this message on. You never know who can help.

Thanks,
Judy Cordell
Executive Director
AWAIC Inc.
100 West 13th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
T: (907) 743-5716
F: (907) 279-7244
judy_c@awaic.org
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Originally Posted by mamatoni View Post
I just found a bag of newborn to 3 mo. little boy clothes, does anybody in Fbks know someone who could use these?
I think it is not a coincidence that these came up on the same day. I bet that if you're willing to mail down the clothes that a couple of us here would be willing to be 'shipping fairies' and help offset that cost if needed.

I have cleaned out all my baby stuff but I may be able to send a few maternity items once I get unpacked next month. I'll try to remember--it definitely sounds like a cause worth supporting.
post #275 of 372
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Originally Posted by brightonwoman View Post
I think it is not a coincidence that these came up on the same day. I bet that if you're willing to mail down the clothes that a couple of us here would be willing to be 'shipping fairies' and help offset that cost if needed.
Should I just send it to the address at the bottom of the initial post?

Man, I have a stroller (maybe two) as well, is anybody going to Anchorage in the near future and wants to drop off for me?
post #276 of 372
I have an unusual question... but does anybody know where a person can get a purse dry cleaned in the south central AK area? I called every single one in the valley and they all said no.
post #277 of 372
DH just got it from work. He was late due to a "stupid pot head" that required some trooper attention. (He drives a pick-up and can't make arrests and haul them in unless he wants to sit next to the guy.) This is delayed b/c of a fatal car accident elsewhere on the Seward. He asked if I'd heard about the accident on the news - I had. I couldn't tell him it was an 11 year old boy. It would break his heart. I love that he is a "snag" (sensitive new age guy) but now that he's a dad, he takes this kind of news so much harder. He's been doing public safety/emt stuff for nearly 30 years now and I think he's just seen and absorbed too much hurt & ick. I just had to vent somewhere. Sorry to be a downer. (On the plus side, when he walked in DS walked up and said "hi dad." It was his first really clear 2 word phrase.)
post #278 of 372
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Ah rough day at work but he gets to come home to that sweetness!

How cute.
post #279 of 372
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
you know, we tried the berry pickers and I did not like them at all! I got way too many leaves and twigs then sorting them at home was a PAIN~

Also, my MiL swears that a really great way to seperate berries from twigs/leaves is to turn a fan on high speed. Then slowly pour the berries from one bowl into another container slowly in front of the fan. She swears that this works wonderfully. I have never tried it, but I think she sorts this way every year.

Happy Berry-Picking!
post #280 of 372
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Originally Posted by K's Mom! View Post
Also, my MiL swears that a really great way to seperate berries from twigs/leaves is to turn a fan on high speed. Then slowly pour the berries from one bowl into another container slowly in front of the fan. She swears that this works wonderfully. I have never tried it, but I think she sorts this way every year.

Happy Berry-Picking!
Awsome! I will try that for sure witht the crow berries.
We are off in just a little while to pick blueberries, but first I have a lady coming at 7:30! for a Kombucha scoby!
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