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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Friday, January 31, 2014

A Very Satisfying Day

Today, Charles took the day off of work, since he worked last Saturday, and I gave myself a play date with my friend Rosemary.

We went for coffee at my favorite hang out, The Rookery, where the coffee is great, the surroundings are lively and the pastries are heavenly!

Then off we went to check out the iPhones at AT&T.  I had fun watching all the folks at the store picking out their goodies and Rosemary walked out with a shiny new iPhone.  Then to Costco, where we had the completely necessary hot dog and I shopped for after-Mass snacks.  Our parish has a great group of folks who make snacks after the 8:30 and the 11:00 Masses.  We usually have the 4th Sunday and bring bagels and cream cheese.  The 1st Sunday folks will be out of town this week so we are doing double duty and making the usual baked potatoes with all the fixings.  (I know our parishioners would be disappointed if there weren't baked potatoes on the 1st Sunday of the month!)

After I dropped Rosemary off at her house, I came home and made bread dough, which is in the loaf pans and is happily rising in the kitchen.

I am so glad that I was able to have a nice day with a good friend, and that I am feeling well.  Yesterday afternoon, I had a sore throat, was achy and had a headache and was worried that I was getting sick.  But through the ministrations of my sweet husband (who brought me frozen juice bars), the magic of ibuprofen and 12 hours of sleep, I managed to beat back whatever bug it was and felt really great today.

This was a wonderful day, made better by good news from my friend Dwija at House Unseen, Life Unscripted, who saw her little baby on ultrasound today and it looks like all is well.  Please take a moment to thank God for his infinite mercies, and if you are so inclined, please also pray for Samantha, a 6th grader who has bone cancer.  Bonnie over at A Knotted Life can tell you more about her.

Lots to be thankful for today, but still many things to pray for.

I hope you all had a good day as well!

Friday, January 24, 2014

No Polar Vortex Here

It has been unseasonably warm here in Douglas, and in the rest of the State of Alaska as well.

Today I took a great walk, wearing only a fleece jacket and a long sleeved t-shirt over my jeans and rain boots.

It wasn't raining, but Sandy Beach, where my friend Becca and I walked, has a stream running through it, and it is either wade or jump, so I choose to wade!

It was a beautiful day, starting out with the fog clinging to the mountains, and then in the afternoon, completely clear and remarkably warm for January.

We are used to the dark days of winter here, but when we get a clear day, and warm in the bargain, spirits rise, people smile and greet each other gleefully, dogs frolic on the beach and the whole town rejoices.  Today was a lovely surprise after three solid weeks of gloom, gray and rain.

Here are some photos I took - one of which is my new header!

The remains of the old Treadwell Mine pier

Beautiful clouds over Sandy Beach

The old Treadwell Mine Pump House

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy Blogging Anniversary To Me!

Today is the third anniversary of Home In Douglas!

I have really enjoyed the experience of writing this blog and I so much appreciate my readers and followers!

I thought I would share some of my favorite photos from 2013 with you.

Charles painted and installed this shrine to Our Lady next to our Mary Garden

Frida loves me!
Windy and 6 degrees F!
That dang mouse!
St. Agatha icon shrine
Charles' birthday celebration
Habemus Papam!

I will do more pics in the days to come.  I don't want to overwhelm you!

I have enjoyed blogging and sharing my life.  I don't do big decorating posts, nor am I a "mommy blog".  I don't have hundreds of followers and I am not "famous".  I consider Home In Douglas a personal journal and chronicle.  Thanks for letting me share my days with you!