Monthly Archives: December 2008

Chilly Alaska

Well, my thermometer says 20° below zero (Fahrenheit; that’s about -29° Celsius), but the radio insists that it’s -33° F (about -36° C). As you can see from the photo on the left, Gizmo doesn’t care! He is all about his Frisbee. So we played outside for about a half hour, garbed in dog booties (Giz), Carhartts head to toe, Sorels, and polar fleece (me). And that’s what happens to a Frisbee when it’s cold; he doesn’t tear it up on purpose, it just breaks.

I wanted to work on organizing the storage shed with all my sewing gear, but it’s just too cold to handle boxes. The cold goes right through two layers of polar fleece mittens and my fingers hurt too bad. So I measured for shelves, and stared at what could be. Soon…

Update 12/31/2008: And today the news is: Colder!! It’s supposed to get down to – 60° F. Good thing I could put some fuel in the oil tank last month. I was just putting in five gallons at a time, til lower prices collided with some extra money and I could afford to put 100 gallons in the tank.

And since I live up in the hills around Fairbanks, I have been enjoying warmer temps than at the airport, but the article I read said that colder temps will “…the growing cold will begin spreading into higher-elevation areas in the borough later this week.” So my warmer-than-town weather is over, dang. It’s about -30° F, or it was around 4:30 p.m., and Giz was happy to get out, but me? Hey, I was running down the road dragging the dog, trying to hurry him up!

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve seen these kind of temperatures; I think the last time was 1990, when we had 3 or 4 weeks of -40 temps. And the last time I’ve seen -60° was the year before that. I’m guessing that’s why it feels so cold to me; other than not liking to drive in those low temps (it’s really hard on cars), it’s never really bothered me before. You just dress up and go. Oh, well, just dress up and go!

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Happy Solstice! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Sunrise over the Alaska Range

Sunrise over the Alaska Range

Okay, so I’m a tad late… but I am soooo happy to have Winter Solstice behind me! The picture was taken on Solstice (Dec. 20), about 11 a.m. Sundown that day would’ve been around 2:20 I think… I love the short days; quite often the sky is just fantastically colored. If it’s cold enough, the trees and brush will  sparkle brilliantly. It’s a great time to go walking.

And just for fun, here’s our lab Christmas card: Merry Christmas!

They’re so sweet, wear ’em on your feet!

Aren’t these cute baby booties?? One is plain, to get the feel of making. The other is embellished, to see how the colors go together, get a feel for design placement, what can I do with this? Originally I was looking for a slipper to make for myself, but three babies this summer subverted the plan, at least temporarily. Cheap polyester felt on the outside, organic cotton flannel on the inside. An elastic cord and satin ribbon tied together to help keep them on. Soft and cozy. Almost makes me want one of the little munchkins just so I can make more slippers! Thank goodness for friends with babies…

Some free-for-personal-use patterns:

Star Dust Shoes cloth shoe pattern (this is the one I used); be sure to check out the cloth shoes Flickr group!

ohelene syr’s leather shoes (very similar to pattern I used)

Poo Pocket three seam footies (0-3 month & 3-6 month sizes)

Heather Bailey’s Bitty Booties

Tacky Baby Shoes (similar to the pattern I used; has lots of information on baby booties)

Martha Stewart felt booties