Our firewood supply is getting skinny, so warm temperatures must be just around the corner!
With fresh snow continuing to fall and nighttime temperatures dipping into the negative double digits, it’s hard to believe spring time is ever going to find it’s way here. Many locals who are seasoned in long winters, including the moose, are getting antsy with the persistent snowfall. It's SO deep! However, in just a couple of weeks we should start seeing daytime temps climb well above freezing. Bring on the mid-March meltdown!
It’s not all dark and gloomy around here though! The end of February brought a large solar storm which produced some incredible aurora. This was one of the brightest since we’ve moved here; showing almost every color of the rainbow, it was quite spectacular. The Northern Lights came out around 9:30PM and lasted all night long until about 5AM. This allowed many locals to take in the energizing light show who normally go to bed early. Also, we’ve lately been gaining almost 6 minutes of daylight each day. It doesn’t sound like much, but that’s an extra hour of daylight every 11 days! By the end of March we’ll be receiving over 13 hours of daylight, over 16 hours by the end of April, and it will peak at about 19.5 hours in the middle of June. With all this snow cover, it makes me question the mosquito population come May and June. The ground will take longer to thaw causing the snowmelt to hang around longer allowing lots of breeding grounds for the blood-sucking pests.
Spring time will bring a welcome change of pace to the homestead. While we currently have waist deep snow anywhere off the maintained path, there are lots of projects just waiting for us to reach them (I’m looking at you, collapsed greenhouse lean-to!). We also need to get all of the garden seeds planned out and sprouted. In addition, we need to decide what and how much livestock we want to raise this summer. Growing a large garden and raising livestock is not particularly difficult, however it does demand a lot of attention. This means we really aren’t able to venture too far from home for any length of time during the summer months. This is sort of a hidden cost which we are now mindful of as we plan our summer endeavors.
One of Pete’s favorite sayings when it comes to building is “fast, cheap, and quality; you can only choose two”. We typically opt for high quality and low cost, meaning things seem to take a long time. This doesn’t mean we intend for all of our future projects to also move at a snail’s pace, because who's got time for that? We are looking at these first projects sort of as our practice rounds. Now, when it comes time to hire out and let the professionals work, we will feel more confident in our quality investments.
Once we get everything moved in and set up, we’re hoping to start working on some really cool designs! We’ll have lots of space to start doing some much larger epoxy resin pieces. We also plan on doing a lot more work with our CNC router and eventually upgrading to a bigger laser machine as well. Up until now, we’ve been doing most of our work inside our tiny cabin which has really limited the quantity and size of what we can do.
Well, that’s about all for this month. Hope everyone is fairing well in the thick of winter. Spring will be here before we know it! Thanks for reading and take care, everyone!
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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