Wednesday, October 12, 2011

termination dust

The leaves are gone. The moon is full tonight. And we wake up to frost every morning already. You know what started this, right?
 The white stuff. The almost perfectly straight line cutting right through the mountains there. 
 It's called termination dust. The end of summer. *sob* 
 This is the drive from the Matanuska Valley to Anchorage. When the dust hits, you watch it slowly creep down the mountains, a little more almost every day, until you wake up one morning, and the entire world is transformed into whiteness.
 Ahhh...Pioneer Peak. (Thanks for rolling down your window, Mr. Baruch's)

This is the same mountain a few weeks ago, as seen from the top of the Butte (yes, that's a small plane in the middle of it).
The Flats, Knik River
But we're not there quite yet. Usually the first snow comes in late October or early November. 

 The woodstove has been on pretty much every day, though. The cats love it. Isn't he handsome? And so perfectly cat-like to be washing himself in front of the hearth. What a good boy.
 We've been gathering firewood...and hey! This kitty doesn't shed as much, unless you count all of the clothes she leaves all over the house. 

We've also been updating some things...
 New style of crazy love hat, with seed stitch brim and vintage button - you can still bid on this on our Facebook page and all funds will go toward our adoption!

Updated picture of an old favorite...this guy is one of my new favorites...
This scarf is available here. I really, really love this one. The colors make me happy. 

Some other happy things...

Matanuska River and Sleeping Lady, from the top of the Butte 
Have a lovely October! ♥


chocolatedogstudio said...

Watching that snow slowly (or is it quickly) march towards you must be exciting and also threatening. Lovely photos and family.

Dawnmarie Huerta said...

I just wanted to say thanks for featuring my snap clip hair bow.

All of the pictures of your beautiful AK are wonderful!

I took a peek at "what this homeschooling mama is reading" We homeschooled as well, until this year. Andrea read The Witch of Blackbird Pond last year (or was it the year before that?)
Right now I am reading A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. One of my favorite books was Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson. :D

Lizzi said...

That is so cool! I needa come visit :-)
And I have to say the second kitty is cutest.

Kathleen said...

Yay for the warm stove! We are having a little warm spell and I am soaking it up. Our winter will be here soon, too. Lovely features! Praying for your adoption!

Ingrid Ames said...

What gorgeous pictures of Alaska! I am sad that autumn has started here in Oregon too. Summer was too short this year! :) Thank you for including my acorn neckalce in your blog post! ♥

Lorri D said...

Breathtaking photos! Alaska is so pristine and beautiful. Love your post.

MYSAVIOR said...

Beautiful photos! Love your family.


ZudaGay said...

I love beautiful! And I love winter, but I might think a bit differently if I lived in Alaska instead of Illinois. :) Your family is even more beautiful than the land you live in...and too cute for words!

Northern Adornments Jewelry Designs said...

Lovely post!! Your pics are beautiful, and the "second kitty" is cute! If you ever want to catch lunch and talk Etsy, let me know :) Dawn- your neighbor in Wasilla...Northern Adornments on Etsy

Very Verdant said...

I can not imagine what it must be like to have snow covering everything for months at a time. Here in south Alabama we are just now getting temperatures in the upper 50's at night but high 80's during the day.

By the way, your photos are beautiful. Such wonderful sights around you!

Kelly said...

Beautiful photos! What stunning views!