Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Life Without Water...Firewood...Internet....?

Fairbanks 2015
What do you do when you turn on the faucet and nothing comes out?  

Melting snow
That's not a question that most of us want to face and especially not when there simply isn't a clear answer or anyone to call.  Cold and ice are an inescapable part of life in Alaska and many parts of the lower 48 it seems this winter.  The hardest part for us is that there isn't anyone to call up here where we're at so it's up to us resolve a problem like this.  

The good news is that we did prepare for such an event and we made it through 15 days without tap water using our stored up water and melted snow to meet our basic needs.  It was a challenge and we made it through.  After 15 days, DannyLee prayed for our pump to start working again, turned it on and it did.  I wish life was always so simple.

What do you do when you still have several months of winter left and there isn't any firewood left?

"Chili" Waffles
This was another challenge that we won't say surprised us.  The mounds of firewood that we mauled/hauled and burned in the first few months of winter kept us guessing as to whether we were going to make it to the end of the winter or not.  

Every week, DannyLee came up with a new estimate as to how long the wood was going to hold out.  Every week, we watched our stockpile dwindle and finally we had to face up to the fact that it was going to take a lot more effort to get through the entire winter with heat from our woodstove.  We still have plenty of wood pellets for the pellet stove but firewood was going to have to be gathered.  

It was time for us to drag out the chain saw and test out our skills at getting it started.  Fortunately, we've been able to handle this challenge too and it's been empowering to learn that we're not entirely helpless.

Even Yoshi has some challenges to face!
What do you do when you turn on the computer and there's no internet access?  

The funny thing is that of all these questions, the last one is the one that was basically the most difficult to face.  The death of my laptop was disheartening.  The death of our internet access was frightening. 

We use it for everything - banking, shopping, entertainment and our Torah studies.  Not having internet access left us to wonder what weather was heading our way and unable to manage our bills.  

The sad thing was that our internet access appears to have been randomly cut off by the provider as they make an effort to stop serving their Alaskan customers.  This is all based on rumor and piecemeal information but they simply said they couldn't help us and left it up to us to find new service.    

We searched out our options for new internet service but with no phone lines, an internet-less local cell tower and limited satelite options, the search was painful.  This challenge was going to cost us.

The Table Runner I made for my Mom's Birthday
It was time to be creative!
Making "scrapple" cider vinegar

I took a break from my quilting to make this table runner for my Mom.  The fabric is a batik that I had brought back from Thailand many years ago.

I'm also working on my bone broth and learning to make apple cider vinegar.  These kinds of things are fun and useful ways to fill up the time not being used on the internet.  Cooking and sewing are keeping me busy and DannyLee continues to work on his music.  
Ari's new friend Gulliver

In the end, a week without internet was rough but we made it and life goes on!

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