Spring is in the air! Though only reaching daytime high temperatures in the mid 40°s, with the sun climbing higher and higher in the sky and the remaining snow blanket reflecting and intensifying it, we’ve actually had a couple days of T-shirt weather. It’s obviously a good time for getting the first sunburn of the year as well.
As the snow slowly melts each day and turns to water which eventually soaks into the ground, our new and improved driveway is holding up like a champ. We do still have our annual mid-driveway pond, however, this year there is rock and gravel at the bottom, rather than a bottomless mud pit. We are proud to say no vehicles have gotten stuck in the driveway (yet)!
The moose activity is also picking up, confirming the season change. There have been several mornings where we wake up and look out the window to see a moose right next to the cabin. Like open the window and pet the moose close (not advised). While they are mostly preoccupied eating willow branches, we do give them their space. One of our dogs was charged when he got too close to a mamma with a baby. Luckily, he was the quicker of our two dogs and was able to out maneuver the large, lanky moose. While it is tempting to just watch your feet as you walk around on the ice covered ground outside, we remember to keep our heads on a swivel as we go about our chores. For such large creatures, they are able to move about in near silence, regardless of snow depth.
There is still about 2’ of snow anywhere that hasn’t been plowed, but it steadily melts a bit every day then freezes again at night. This slow and controlled melt down is a good thing, there can be major issues around here if things melt too fast. The rivers overfill and wreak all sorts of havoc with broken up ice chunks taking out bridges and water flowing over roads. My best guess is most of the snow should be gone in the next 3 or 4 weeks.
King Hawaii, the rooster our daughter named last summer, does a decent job protecting his egg-laying ladies. Hawaii was the 'wild card' chicken that the vendor gave us with our large chick order last summer. The black and white egg layers are quick and agile. They are smaller and don't consume as much feed in the winter months which helps with the farmstead's efficiency. Their eggs are deliciously rich in flavor--makes for easy scrambled eggs in the mornings!
As we patiently wait for the ground to thaw, we have been staying very busy with Wild North Design! In the month of March we’ve attended several new shows and started developing many new designs. We are most proud to now have a presence on the Elmendorf-Richardson joint army/air force base, a massive military base just outside of Anchorage. With 40,000+ residents, it’s its own small city filled with amazing service & veteran men and women. It’s an honor to create for these heroes who have given so much for us.
We also have scheduled our biggest show to date: the Alaska Vintage Home Market! Covering a large portion of the AK state fairgrounds, this is a gathering of some of the most amazing artists and craftsmen in the area. We visited this market last year and got some great inspiration from the wonderfully talented vendors. This year, we’re thrilled to be showcasing our own work there!
This market runs from May 13th-15th, and we’ve been trying out new designs and slowly building an inventory for the three day show. Though, that is mainly in our “spare time” since our priorities are always on our current custom orders and making sure we have inventory for our weekly shows. Our new foray into epoxy resin art, while beautiful, has added another level of challenge when it comes to planning and timeline management, due to the 3+ days it takes to make a piece. That’s okay though, we just learn to optimize our space and plan ahead.
Other homestead developments include getting connected to the internet! This has been probably one step below electricity, when it comes to life changing events! Until now, we had been using a mobile hot spot, which would have worked fine if we had cell reception at our place. Unable to upload anything from home, pretty much every blog and video we have posted until now has required us to hop in the car with the laptop, power inverter, and hot spot device and drive a few miles to the nearest cell tower were we could get a good enough signal to upload. Not anymore though – now I am sipping coffee, sitting barefoot by the wood stove posting this to the world. Amazing!
Of course, we are now having to pay for this wonderful new service. One of our commitments to ourselves is to help offset this new cost by posting more content for all of you! Since we no longer have the excuse of the uploading process taking so long, we now plan on posting more videos to both of our YouTube channels more regularly – stay tuned!
Well, that’s about it for March, everyone! I’m sure we’ll be complaining about the mud next month, but check back anyways just to see. Thanks for reading!
Hello, I am Melissa, owner of Wild North Design. Recently, my husband and I decided to pick up and move to Alaska. This dream has been a couple years in the making and we are enjoying the journey so far. We love to learn and make all kinds of things. From wood craft, to painting, to vehicles, landscaping, building, exploring...we love it all! We are finding out that Alaska is a great fit for our restless minds and bodies! Excited for what the future holds for our expanding family!
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