Everr - That's awful! I hope that he just lost his phone or something, because that's no way to treat you.
Cindy - Sounds like quite the party with 13 visitors! We always have a ton of visitors in summer (surprisingly, no one wants to visit AK in the winter). They usually only come in groups of 1-3, but we often have strings of them nearly the whole summer long. I use my garden to feed everyone.
Starling - What's the degree in? And not too surprising that you're nervous. I occasionally still have dreams that I'm supposed to graduate but don't have all the right credits and haven't studied, etc... a good decade after I left college.
Sue - I hope the 8th grader works out. Do you have family that would like to come and visit you during the summer? (retired grandparents, etc...). We find lots of people like to come to AK this time of year, and they do lend a hand. You need a tribe of friends with kids there to share the load. I have family around, but we have such an awesome community also. There must be cool families in Kodiak somewhere?
Kale chips from your garden? I haven't made any yet this year. Need to do that!
AFM: We had our big annual summer solstice party at the yurt last night. Dozens of people hanging out in our yard watching the sun slowly sink over mountains and ocean, kids running around, potluck full of great food (I made rhubarb pie and a big salad from our garden, and K helped me make bread shaped like little suns), and lots of fun all around. Sun finally set at 11:25PM, but folks were pretty much gone by then. We let K stay up as late as he wanted for solstice (he has a book where a little girl gets to do that in the arctic), and he didn't sleep until 1AM! (so says dad, I was already out by then).
And today is our 9th wedding anniversary. Maybe we'll actually go out without the kids for the first time in years.