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The first day of winter…. Alaskan style

December 22, 2019

….this morning I was in an old familiar cabin in the woods writing a note to someone but kept messing up and having to start over again. Looking up I could see out the window people in the deep snow a little ways off and my reverie was broken by someone opening the door and a blast of arctic air hitting me… it was then I woke up.

Waking up late in Alaska in the winter was a common occurrence because there was still barely any light outside, and in a cabin with no electricity it stayed dark until I got up and lit the lantern for light. Today in Texas there was an echo of this because it was fairly dark in the bedroom but this was more because of the cloud cover than living so far North.

With a little over 100 hours let till Christmas I sat and pondered why this year it just didn’t seem like Christmas. I know last year my daughter flew down from Alaska for the holiday but she did already come for a visit a few weeks ago. My health couldn’t be an issue because it wasn’t bad in fact I just had a run of more than 10 days pain free! So what was my problem.

My lack of postings reveal the writing slump I am currently floundering in and even this Christmas wish has proven troublesome to write. I have tried to write this simple Merry Christmas posting many different ways and keep discarding them, mostly because it is Christmas and not a time for me to vent or moan about some inconsequential problem, so in that vain here is the unvarnished sentiment.


To everyone of you

who read my words

Merry Christmas – Happy Hanukkah



and now for a few pictures/cartoons

that hopefully give you a smile

..or maybe a smile

from seeing the crazy things

some Alaskans do in cold weather



..and lastly if you think the weather you have is bad

here is a taste of what my daughter is enjoying for this first day of winter


Hold that smile

and hopefully next year

I will come back

and share some postings

like the ones you have loved over the years.


11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 22, 2019 12:59 pm

    Enjoyed the words and humor. Merry Christmas and a great 2020.

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  2. john w8wej permalink
    December 22, 2019 1:07 pm

    Merry Christmas and Blessings
    for the next year john w8wej

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  3. Jon Rukavina permalink
    December 22, 2019 2:34 pm

    That bank sign brings back memories of the one downtown I think at Cushman & 2nd (Alaska Bank of the North?) surrounded by ice fog.
    Same temp.
    I still remember clicking on the Arctic Cam in Dec. 2010 to the ice fog shrouded downtown scene of Fairbanks and the temp. reading of -55.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family & wishing for you a year of improved health and all blessings to you.

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  4. December 22, 2019 3:14 pm

    Hello Grandpop! Cool blog! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) -Sophia <3

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  5. Tricia permalink
    December 22, 2019 3:25 pm

    They are now saying Christmas eve into Christmas morning it will be -47°
    Enjoy your sunshine and much more comfortable weather as you watch your son, daughter-in-law and grandkids play this Christmas I’ll be back next Christmas I promice!

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    • Jon Rukavina permalink
      December 24, 2019 2:37 pm

      Hi Tricia,
      In Oct. 2015 my wife & I stopped at the Blue Loon to say “hi” on our visit to Alaska.
      Just wanted to console you by saying if the -47 comes true, we’ll be 84 degrees warmer here in Mpls.-St. Paul on Christmas Day.
      Is the restaurant being rebuilt after the fire?
      Merry Christmas to you!

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      • Tricia permalink
        December 25, 2019 3:36 pm

        Merry Christmas Jon! What a nice surprise hearing from you! The Blue Loon had been sold just a week before the fire and it took quite awhile for the inspectors to do their investigation but the new owner has started the rebuild, he evan salvaged the originalmsupport arches of the bar! Unffg unforetly since it is winter he is limited to what he can do with the build.
        Again, it was great hearing from you and seeing you are still reading my dad’s blog!!

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  6. December 22, 2019 4:12 pm

    I like the snowman!

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  7. December 23, 2019 6:06 am

    Merry Christmas, Pete… and a Happy New Year

    Liked by 1 person

  8. December 23, 2019 11:37 am

    Blessings Pete. Hope you have a great Christmas and s great start to the new year

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Del Hoskins permalink
    December 23, 2019 11:48 am

    I see an extended forecast its going to in the – 40s this week up there.. Merry Christmas Pete

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