Things are heating up on the homestead! Literally… it’s been getting really hot.
With full sun almost every day this month and the relative humidity occasionally dropping below 20%, we have gone from a winter wonderland to nearly a desert in a matter of a couple months. As this is our third summer here, we’re getting more accustomed to this unique climate. Having grown up with high humidity in the summers, it takes some preparation and willingness to take breaks in order to work outside all day here without succumbing to dehydration. We’ve learned the proper clothing to wear and the appropriate amount of time between breaks to work through the day (rather than the day work through you!). Both of the dogs roam freely and find shady spots to relax in while we work outside. Day temperatures reach on average 70-75 degrees while at night we drop in the 40s. We had our last frost just after the middle of May. The 10 day forecast in June shows highs in the 70s and even an 80 degree day in the mix with no precipitation. I imagine we are fixin’ to have yet another hot and dry summer.
Despite these conditions, things are springing to life and the vegetation is jumping up all around us. This is most certainly thanks to the near endless sunlight we have been receiving for most of this month. Beautiful blossoms adorn the young apple trees, rose bushes are beginning to show their flowers too, and wild berries of all sorts are beginning to form in clusters. Not only that, but our first farm crops are doing great as well! Thanks to the two new greenhouses, we have beets which are nearly ready for harvest. Looking back, we had hardly put any seeds into the ground at this time last year. Being able to see our progress leaping forward like this is what keeps the wind in our sails. Because, if we’ve made this much progress in the past year, what amazing things will we be able to accomplish in another one? Homesteading, farmsteading, whatever you want to call it, is a slow process that produces success when you foster patience with an open mind.
We have also been busy, busy, busy cleaning up and preparing for a large group of family coming to visit soon. It will be quite the change of pace having a dozen extra people around. Of course, we have so many projects on our list we don’t plan on letting any of them just sit around and twiddle thumbs while they’re here :D On the top of the list is putting siding on the cabin! I have a feeling it will really change the vibe of the homestead with the cabin finally looking “finished”. No more “Alaskan siding”, more commonly known as Tyvec house wrap.
In addition to all the usual homestead hustle and bustle, Wild North Design has really been taking off! We’ve been hard at work replenishing inventories after nearly selling out at the Alaska Chicks Vintage Market a couple of weeks ago. On top of that, I also have endless ideas which we’ve been developing into new designs and, of course, fulfilling custom orders. When my 7 watt laser broke it’s lens 2 weeks before the big Market, I didn’t know it then, but fixing the lens and scrambling to find a replacement was a blessing in disguise. The replacement 40 watt laser arrived almost faster than the lens did which Pete fixed in a jiffy. With both lasers running and combining each one’s features, I’m able to push my creativity farther than I imagined. Being able to develop my ideas is one of my favorite roles on the homestead.
Though we have been putting in long days pretty much every day this month, we know summer is just beginning! We still have fishing season(s) in front of us and wild berry harvests and at least one or two road trips. Stay tuned for more progress next month!
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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