It is an Alaskan habit to “clock watch” at sunrise and sunset each day as winter’s long nights gradually fade into the long days of summer. I missed a week of work, recovering from shoulder surgery, so today’s drive to work was noticeably brighter than last Tuesday’s drive. At 8:00am the mountains to the east of town were not only visible as silhouettes, I could actually see topographical features poking through the snow pack. Best of all, the clear blue sky is not necessarily a sign of bitter cold as it often is in January.
I have given some thought to how I will deal with the short daylight in winter when I’m living remotely. Of course, not having to go into a windowless office and sit at a computer for 10 hours will make life infinitely more pleasant regardless of the amount of daylight! I hope to have a brisk little business in craft bazaars to keep me busy up until Christmas. January might be a welcome relief after toting goods into town several times! I can spend it resting and making the next year’s inventory of jewelry and other crafts that I sell.
Snow removal has also been on my mind lately, even as I enjoy the longer days. Record snowfall this winter has taken its toll on roofs in southcentral Alaska. I don’t mind shoveling a driveway or pathway now and again, but we actually ran out of places to put the stuff this winter, and it’s still coming! Some folks had roofs collapse due to the excessive weight. I want a peaked roof with a metal surface that sheds snow, but I will have to consult with my builder when the time comes to plan a roof that won’t dump its load in such a way as to block a pathway or – worse yet – a ventilation area. Another good reason to keep the new cabin small – less roof surface area to manage!
So many factors to consider!
Sorry no pictures this time, but stay tuned…!