Tuesday, June 30
Nothing much going on this morning. Pretty cold and a little rainy, overcast skies and a slight layer of fog across the bay. There is a slight breeze blowing in the bay (from the East). Temps are in the high 40’s. The office was pretty quiet, I had to deal with the printer. The power was going on and off yesterday and it must have screwed with our network because the router wasn’t working and I had to reset it so our wireless printer would communicate with the computers! My mom didn’t want to deal with it so she just left it for me to deal with. Wasn’t too long before I got everything my mom needed printed. Mostly trying to get our deposit slips printed out so we can get that out in the mail.
The plane came in during lunch hour, we should have a couple people for the hotel coming in today... hopefully they aren’t on that plane since we’re at lunch… we decided to have some pork egg rolls for lunch. My hubby got 5 fish from his parents last night from the gill net, he scaled and filleted them up, then we realized that we didn’t have any more rock salt. So he ran up Trident earlier this morning and got 2 bags for $2.00 a piece. Washed the buckets out, and now we are layering the salt and putting the fish in! Yay, another 5 gallon bucket full!!
This afternoon was pretty quiet, not much going on. Our 2 people did come in on that plane at lunch hour, so I got them checked into their rooms and showed them where the rooms were located (since they aren’t in the same building our office is located at). One of the guys waited here in the office while his room was being cleaned, plus I didn’t have a key to give to him at the time. I explained to him some of the stuff here in town – like how many people we have, what kind of fish you can catch with a pole, where you can hike to – sounds like he’s going to be here for a while, but only a couple days…
I joined Twitter… don’t know why… but decided to make myself an account and see what all the hype about it is…. I already see I have 5 followers with in the first hour of creating my account… (Probably spammers)…. http://twitter.com/Aleutian_beauty
My hubby decided that he is going to get steam bath started up again today. Sounds good to me! I love going to steam bath! You can’t get any cleaner!! So I have to make sure to go to the store and get us some drinks. I already have the ham I got yesterday for tonight’s dinner. I should go get some pineapple and cloves, I have raisins at home…. I am looking forward to clocking in another hour or so on my Wii Fit! I love how some parts of my body feel like they are “tightening” up, loving how my legs are starting to look!! And slowly working on the little pooch of fat on my belly! Hopefully by end of the year I can reach my goal BMI (23).
Ok well until tomorrow, TTFN!
Monday, June 29
Well today isn’t as nice as yesterday, but I’m not complaining, at least it was nice yesterday. Today it’s overcast with a light layer of fog, a slight breeze from the south. Temps happen to be in the low to mid 50’s though! Let the pups out and the little ones go flying out barking at nothing… then they run around then finally do their thing, run around some more before we make them go back inside.
I got down to the office and it was actually pretty active this Monday morning. There were a good amount of Trident employees waiting to cash their checks, so once I got in I took over and let my mom go back to what she was doing and I took care of the rest of the customers who came up. Then I finished putting the charge slips into the charge book for my mom, she started them then got swamped with people. She got payroll done, then I went down to the Post Office and got caught up with all the paperwork down there. Now I only have to get the deposits out and everything will be good down there for now. Just before noon the first flight came in, bringing a handful of mail.
We went to the café for lunch today, had the usual. (to answer your question from before, I don’t have to worry about where to go to get French dip- Arby’s has it!).
Back down the office and it was pretty quiet, except the one or two people who come up to cash their checks. I had a couple town people come up and put money on their store accounts. My mom was in a meeting this afternoon, so it was just me in the office for a couple hours. The meeting got out around 4PM.
I ordered a silicone cover for my Wii Fit balance board, but I didn’t know the color I wanted came with the little set I got (the yoga mat, usb cable and battery pack, and silicone cover all in pink!). So I have an extra one so I figured I’d send it back and get my money back for it since I don’t need 2 of them… and I don’t think anyone around here needs one… so I’ll find a box to put that in and send it back, probably tomorrow.
I went down to the store and searched for sweet pickles but didn’t find any. We were planning on frying up some cod fish with some rice, but my hubby likes to eat his with sweet pickles. Since I didn’t find any in the store I changed our dinner plan to ham, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn… Once I told my hubby what I got for dinner instead, he called around and found out his mom had a jar of sweet pickles if he wanted them. He got all happy, so did I, and we fried up our cod fish instead, ham tomorrow!
After work I worked out for a couple hours on my Wii Fit, after showering I started dinner up. I took a pic of my plate after I was done cooking.
Not too bad a day! Hopefully the weather gets really nice and sunny like it did yesterday! Until tomorrow, TTFN!
Sunday, June 28
My hands and arms are so sore today from pulling that line up a million times yesterday... after sleeping in a bit, we got up and enjoyed the nice weather from our porch as the pups enjoyed playing around. We finally decided at noon to get our butts moving and get bath started up. The freighter came in yesterday so we should have some pallets down at the store. The barge came in so we decided to head up and say hello. On our way we stopped and put the bath rugs in the washer with 1/4 cup of bleach, started a fire, then headed up to Trident. After visiting for a couple mins, they were busy working, we headed back to bath. We still need to scrub the inside with bleach, cut wood and put the rugs in the dryer before the stove gets it too hot in there!
OMG bath felt so good, I took in so much heat... even with the vent open and sitting on the floor I was still getting "cooked". It felt so good though on my muscles... it took a while to cool off since it's so nice and sunny and warm out. I can't believe we cooked bath on a day like this! But I'm worn out from yesterday and don't really want to be out trying to do anything today but enjoy the weather.
So after bath, I decided that since most of the people in town were out at Akun or across the bay or out in the skiff somewhere, that I would actually put my bikini on and lay out in my front yard to soak in some rays and work on my tan. So I threw a blanket out on the yard, grabbed my tanning oil and laid there listening to the sweet sounds of tweety birds, eagles, and crows. A boat in the distance and Trident making some noise. I hear a couple 4-wheelers driving around in town. The sun feel so good and there is barely a breeze in the still calm air.
I was laying in our yard for a good hour on each side before I decided that was long enough and decided to go wash my tanning oil back off and get some after sun lotion on. I ended up getting a pretty good tan! My weather station recorded our high as 68F!! I know it felt hot, but I didn't know it actually got up to that temp! While I laid in the sun my hubby sat and cleaned Charlie's 4-wheeler off. Charlie let us use his bike while we're watching his house and dog, and my hubby likes to keep it all "spic-n-span" clean. After taking all that time to clean the bike he rode down and took Boss for a good walk, fed him then put him back on his line so he can enjoy the nice weather too (he has a nice shaded cool area and we make sure to give him plenty of fresh cold water!).
My in-laws went across the bay for a picnic, but we were going to bath when they were just going to head over there. They are going to have hot dogs, hamburgers and ribs... sounds really good but I don't really want to have to go anywhere... I'm enjoying just relaxing by the house! Luckily they brought home some left overs and my hubby went and got us some food to eat on.... we just realized that we didn't eat anything all day...... I actually realized that we haven't really been eating that well the last couple days... almost skipping meals completely and trying to make it up with one big meal.... that's not good, have to get back on a good schedule.
The plane made 3 flights today, the 2 scheduled flights and a charter. I can't believe a boat would charter the Goose just to deliver one small part for their boat. But I guess that time spent not fishing is losing you more money that it takes to get that part to you so you can get back out there... I guess you do what you do, takes money to make money. For some reason, the school's fire alarm was going off. Our vollenteer fire dept got there in no time, then a good amount of other people showed up. The alarm is pretty loud. Once getting into the school and going thru everything, they couldn't find what set the fire alarm off. There was no smell of smoke anywhere in the school, and none of the alarms looked tampered with (pulled). So they finally shut it off and everyone went home after they figured there was no threat.....
I really enjoyed the weather today. I can't believe how nice it got, finally got a nice summer day!! I had a really great weekend, I hope everyone else did too!!! Well until tomorrow, TTFN!!
Saturday, June 27
Well woke up to another beautiful flat calm day! Slightly cloudy, with patches of blue sky. The island is slowly turning green, looks like the temps might get above 50F today, yay!! We took the pups out for their walk, then sat around debating whether or not to call my hubby's dad to ask if we can use the skiff to go out jiggin... it would be our first time going out this year if we went, and the weather is nice out and why not it's the weekend, and I don't think my in-laws were planning on going out today or not.... so finally by 11AM we decided to call and ask.. and they said go a head! Yay!!
On our way down to the skiff we noticed a couple people who came back home, yay! Welcome home Joe and Francine and one of Akutan's newest additions O. Misty Anna B.!! They "snuck" home on the state ferry Tuestemena, which happened to come in sometime early this AM, it should be back later in the day around 7-8PM. It's always good to see family come back home, especially when they are bringing a new baby! They asked my hubby and me to be godparents, we were more than happy and ready to be her krusnas!! Now just need to get a priest/father to come over so we can get her baptized! She's so cute with these beautiful blue eyes! They definitely surprised me to hear that they came in, I thought they weren't coming until end of summer, but I'm happy they are here now!! We need a daycare now with all the little kids we have in the town now and all the working parents!
So we got all our stuff ready, got dressed warm, grabbed our sweaters, coats and rain gear (the life jackets are in the skiff already). Made sure we had our handlines, made some hot tea and put it in the thermos, put the pups away and headed out. We stopped by the net and luckily there was a salmon in there (we need some kind of bait!), then we headed out towards the pass to go fishing in the Pacific Ocean.
We got to our fishing place, which is about 20-25 mins from the boat harbor, baited up and dropped our lines in. A handline is a small spool/handle (imagine a roman numeral 2) with line wrapped around it at about 40 fathoms long (1 fathom=approx 6ft) - the deepest it gets according to the charts I have is about 38 fathoms - we fish in about 30-36 fathoms for halibut. It's always nice to have a little bit of extra.
I let all my line out until my 5lb weight hit the bottom, after feeling it hit I pull the line up about 4-5 feet so my weight and hook isn't dragging. With in minutes I feel small little tugs, I jig my line up and down a bit then wait and feel for any reactions... next thing I know I get a good yank on my line, then again, and again... I look over at my hubby and he's got something too... we both start to pull our lines up. Hand over hand, pulling trying to keep the tension on the line... the whole time I feel something down there fighting, pulling back. I pull harder as the line is starting to pile at my feet, come on already get the the surface!! Finally I see the knots that let me know 10 more feet, then 5 feet. I stop and look over the side of the skiff to see a perfect 4 foot halibut (he's about 30+lbs). I look over and see my hubby taking a cod fish off his hook, then he came and helped me pull my fish aboard without it getting off the hook. For some reason if you don't let the halibut break the surface sometimes they won't thrash around as much and will just float there... almost like they are dazed or something. My hubby grabbed the gaff hook and as I slowly pulled the fish up, he stuck it in the gill plate and pulled the fish aboard. YAY.. my first halibut of the year!!! I think I'm going to clean it up, get my grill going and BBQ some up!
We stayed out for about 5 hours, catching a bunch of cod (I know I pulled up at least 15-17 of those myself and my hubby pulling up a couple more than me, we threw almost all but 3 back-1 for bait and 2 for dinner) and a lot of halibut, but to me they were more like flounders, poor little tiny fish. I feel so bad for having pierced their little lips with my hook. I take so much care in trying not to hurt the little fish as I'm taking the hook out, then gently putting it back in the water. Wishing it luck and telling it to bite again when it gets bigger... or telling it to tell the bigger fish to bite the hook not the small ones... LOL
We saw the plane fly over a couple times, once when we were just getting out there around noon, and again around 4:30, just before we decided to head back in. So at least we know the plane made it in!
After trying multiple places around our usual area, with the tide switching and the wind blowing, it was hard to know what way we were going to drift or how fast... once we realized it was getting a little too breezy we finally pulled our lines up and decided to head back. Sipping on some nice hot tea to warm up, we gathered our line back up and rewound it back onto the handline, cleaned out the skiff a bit (lots of small pieces of bait, blood and a couple fish carcasses that needed to be washed over board). We stopped by the gill net and checked for any more salmon, there were 5 red salmon in the net so we picked them out and went to the boat harbor to tie up.
I was happy that we at least caught one good size "keeper" halibut, we brought in 1 cod for ourselves and 1 for my in-laws (I'll just clean it and freeze it for later) and the 5 reds - which we asked to keep so we can finally get some fish salted!! The fillets of those 5 fish filled one 5 gallon bucket for me! Yay, I can make fresh pickled fish in about 4 weeks!! I need to get a couple more buckets this year, I'm sad that I don't have time to be drying any right now... I hope there are still fish around when we come back... I really don't want to have to deal with drying humpies (pinks) again this year....
We got home and noticed that the ferry was at the dock and there were a good amount of tourists walking around town - wow actually tourists getting off this time! Usually the ferry isn't here that long, just long enough to get people off and back on then out of here... this time they are staying around for a bit... we cleaned our fish up and threw the carcasses on the beach... what a photo-op for all those tourist, who were enjoying standing in my nicely cut lawn taking mass pictures of the eagle feeding frenzy right there on the beach. They all got to smell my halibut that's slowly cooking over the grill in their aluminum foil packets, all lightly buttered and peppered (damn no bacon or onions.. oh well.. it'll still taste good!). After getting the food on the grill and cleaning the rest of the fish we put them in Ziploc bags and threw all the fresh fish in the freezer. We were getting a lot of questions from all those tourist, we were more than happy to answer anything they wanted to ask.
The ferry departed from the dock just as my dinner was getting done, after dinner I figured I'd clock in some workout time on my Wii Fit (like I didn't get a good enough workout from pulling on that line all day....). Steam bath is going to feel good when we cook it tomorrow!! After dinner I called my sister-in-law and sang her happy birthday and asked how her day went and wished her the best, as always. She's been my best friend since we were teens, we grew up together and I always considered her my sister (then I get with her brother, get married and now she's officially my sister my law!). I love all the crazy, fun moments we shared together as we grew up and I'm happy to still have a friend like her in my life! I hope you had a great day Amanda, I can't believe we're getting this "old" already... 30 around the corner... OMG!
Well, I had a great day today!! Hopefully tomorrow will be just a good or better!! Until then, TTFN!!
Friday, June 26
Well I took the morning off to get my salmon all cooked up for the community appreciation potluck that is being held today by E.A.T. Last night I got my salmon thawed out and soaked it in orange juice over night... now I have the oven pre-heated to 350, I beat a couple eggs to coat the salmon with and my coconut is dumped in a pan ready to coat the fish! I didn't realize how much I actually got ready until I cut them up into bite size pieces... there are still bones in some pieces so I hope everyone watches them selves when they eat them!
I just got done baking all the little pieces of heaven just in time to wrap my pans up and rush down to the building and set them out so people can enjoy them! When we got there people were just lining up getting plates! I heard a lot of people didn't know exactly what I brought and I was telling people over and over "Orange-coconut salmon." Everyone really liked my salmon! I got some good "feedback" from a bunch of people! I was happy that I got some people who don't usually eat fish at all to try it and they liked it!! I was searching online one time for new recipes because I was getting tired of eating salmon just plain like we usually do (boiled, broiled, baked, bbqed) so I wanted to find something different and that's what I found! I'm happy everyone enjoyed it!
After the potluck I went back to the office and got the store order priced up and ready for the freighter (which should be here tomorrow). The office was pretty quiet. The plane didn't come in yet, still waiting on a new tire I guess.
We ate left overs from the potluck for dinner, there was so much food there! I'm always happy when there is a good turn out of food and people! There was a good assortment of fish, including about 10 or more different ways to eat salmon, a couple halibut dishes, some sea lion soup, breads, dips and some other sides! I could barley hold all the food I wanted on the paper plates that were provided. For dessert there was a large tray full of sea gull egg pie and some cupcakes!
Well I ended up feeling guilty over all the food I gorged myself on, so I worked out for a couple hours on my Wii Fit. I can't believe the sweat I break when I working out on there! I love doing the hula hoop game, it gets you so tired and makes my sides sore (but that's a good thing!) and I love doing the jog at the end of my workout!
Well I hope everyone has a great Friday and an even better weekend! TTFN....
Thursday, June 25
I made some pretty awesome tasting vanilla ice cream last night!!! I think I might try to make a small ice cream cake for the potluck... maybe… the fish is good enough… but if I feel up to it I might bake a cake or brownies and make a layered ice cream cake…. I’ll just see how ambitious I am after I get my workout on my Wii Fit done! It’s pretty cool watching my weight on the graphs slowly drop over the last 5 days!! Just have to watch how much calories I’m downing, and still be able to enjoy real food and not your regular diet food. Portion control is important!
I got down to the office, entered the charge slips and went over what we have coming in this weekend for the store. I guess we ran out of a good amount of stuff and they were hoping that we had what we needed on this freighter… I got a couple calls for the hotel – people checking on dates and making reservations. We’ve been pretty booked lately, a lot of surveyors.
At 11:30AM the first scheduled flight tried to come in, but I heard the plane turned around (wonder why it’s beautiful out!). Then I heard that they forgot to grab all the outgoing mail on last night’s plane… so everyone who rushed to get their mail and deposits out yesterday rushed for nothing… since the mail was still waiting to be picked up this morning…. I need to go down and get some more paperwork done up. Then check and see if I got any new mail. I think I’ll go down and do all that this afternoon. I have to find time to show Polly the ropes of doing the paperwork so she can get it done without my help.
Damn no bread down in the store… and I don’t have bread at home (the freighter is bringing bread)… so there goes having grilled cheese for lunch…. I’m getting mad at my cell phone for not sending my darn text messages!! It won’t send them to anyone…. Aarrrgggg… WTF?!?!?! Trying to text CB, trying to text my hubby and my mom… but it keeps telling me “Could not send message, in outbox to try later”… WTF?!?!?!?!
For lunch my hubby cooked us up some chicken tenders (they were more like long skinny chicken nuggets :P )... I don't really eat chicken... but I'll do stuff like this that isn't off the bone so it doesn't really seem like that's what your eating... since they say so much stuff tastes "just like chicken"... I definately won't eat chicken cooked on the bone..........
This afternoon at work was pretty busy, getting some paperwork found, checking people in and out of the hotel, cashing checks and getting ready to price the incoming freighter! We had a couple people bring up coins, we really need pennies and would love to have any other coins that anyone in town might have in their “piggy banks.”
So I heard the Goose is having wheel problems and until they get it fixed we will not be having any flights, the ferry is supposed to be in this weekend so that gives people a chance to get off the island if they need to. My hubby decided that he wanted to cook steam bath again! Yay, sounds good to me! I went to the store and got us everything for cold drinks for bath and dinner, I grabbed everything for sloppy joes.
After work we went to steam bath, which felt really good! I love a really hot bath! I seem to always splash too much water on the rocks for my hubby and he’ll move to the lower bench. It can get really, really hot in there!! It feels so good though! Then run out and have a good cooling session and get back in and do it again, wash up then cool and head home! I am trying to make sure to work out on my Wii Fit everyday! I make sure to get all the yoga positions done, then the strength. I have most of the longest/most reps unlocked, so I’m getting a pretty great workout! I think I’m spending almost an hour and half to two hours a day on it, then finishing with a good run! After working out I showered, then cooked us dinner.
Today was a pretty good day, wonder what’s in store for tomorrow?.... I asked my mom if I can stay home from work in the AM tomorrow so I can get the cooking done up for the community appreciation potluck (not an elder’s potluck). I got my salmon filets marinating in orange juice and they will be ready for a good coating and baking before I take them down to be eaten. I hope everyone likes it! So until tomorrow, TTFN!!
Wednesday, June 24
The office was pretty quiet this morning. I got a couple more projects the auditors had me on done and sent in to them. I have to make sure to get the store order out today too. I think we have a couple people checking out of the hotel today too when the plane comes in. I spend a couple hours on the phone with our credit card company doing updates on our machines. Our check reader stopped working so I had to spend almost 2 hours on the phone with them getting everything re-downloaded and re-programmed. We finally got it working then I went to lunch!
Went to the café for lunch today… got the usual French dip and my hubby got chicken nuggets… pretty quiet at the café too… other than us there was only 1 other person eating lunch.
This afternoon was just as quiet at this morning was. I had a couple people come up to cash their checks. The plane came in at lunch time, and like I thought we had a couple people check out of the hotel. I heard there was a little bit of mail that came in too… I got the store order into the computer then off to our vendors. Next I have to price the order we have coming in this weekend on the freighter.
The weather is still clear, but it got cloudy and it seems like it’s going to want to rain out. There are rain squalls/fog across the bay… with slight sprinkles here in town. Not stopping the kids from playing “tag” on the play ground, so cute listening to them yell “NOT IT”! I remember playing tag! The temps have only been getting to the mid to high 40’s, I wish it would get sunny and warm and let me get a good base tan…. Guess I have to rely on a tan from a bottle this year :P
My hubby is helping work on cutting the grass in the ball field for the City. They are getting the field ready for 4th of July. We usually have games and a potluck out at the ball field. We have games like: egg toss, 3 legged race (2 ppl req’d), bobbing for apples, then there are the eating competitions: pie, watermelon, & lemon and new this year, the Hot dog eating contest. After the games and food people usually play a game of baseball until it’s time to shoot off fireworks! I like watching the Guys VS Girls Tug-O-War (the guys always usually win… they won’t just give it to us once….) I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by already!!
I don’t know what I’m going to get us for dinner tonight. I get so tired of eating the same stuff over and over, it gets so boring… I am looking forward to knocking out another workout on my Wii Fit! I am trying to make sure to get at least all the yoga poses done once a day and do my weigh in! I’m excited about being able to keep track of my progress on the graphs!
We ended up getting about 5 flights in today… I need to go get paperwork done at the Post Office and make sure to get the deposits done. I am going to start to train Polly on getting the paperwork done herself so that when I leave I know she’ll be able to take care of everything. Well hopefully our Post Master should be back here soon (she said end of the month)… and she’ll be able to come in and do the paperwork. I felt so bad when she asked me to go to work at the PO for a week so she can go home and clean her house up, baby proof and throw a baby shower for Kay when she gets home… but the Post Office pays me $3.50 less an hour and they only pay you every 2 weeks (mail your check). With the Corp I get paid every Monday. I need that extra $3.50 an hour for our trip (gas, food and spending money)… So I sadly I had to tell her no… if I wasn’t leaving anywhere I would defiantly go down there for a week for her…..
Well I hope everyone had a great Tuesday! Until tomorrow, TTFN!!
The kids at the city playground
posted them on my myspace...
and I just realized I never
posted them on my blog!!!
So here they are... plus a couple videos
June 16, 2009
I took Boss for a walk to the "flats"
and took some pics of some of the
flowers that are starting to bloom
Salmonberry blooms... all those pink flowers
will be berries this fall
We just call these white flowers..
they usually come in May,
but have been showing up in mid-June lately
Chocolate lily - "Stinky flower"
Cotton flowers starting to grow in
the swamps down the "flats"
The swamp at the "flats"
We call these "blue bells"
We call these "butter cups"
We call these "orchids"
The Simeon Michael Vincler Skiff Moorage
Looking into the SMV skiff moorage
Looking into the water at a bunch of minnows,
and some slime on the surface
Tweety bird out on a putchky
June 20, 2009
The Goose landing (recorded from my porch)
My dad cleaning the bottom of his boat..
Spraying the barnacles off,
they are a little less than an inch long
and they stink!!
My dad pressure washing the barnacles off the
bottom of his boat the F/V Aleutian Vista
June 21, 2009
The Goose, I took this from the skiff
when we were going out to check the net.
The Following 4 pix are of town taken
when we were going to check the gill net.
Tuesday, June 23
This morning is beautiful once again, calm with a high layer of fog but it is clear and dry. We let the pups out for their morning outing, they are so cute when they run and chase each other in the yard, running in big circles as fast as they can! After they did their thing, we put them inside and my hubby rode me down to the office.
My mom was a little late this morning, I guess my dad, uncle Darryl and my mom were all out at the boat last night during high tide – trying to get the boat back in the water and back on to the ramp so my dad can get to the other side of the boat’s bottom so he can clean and paint it. I guess my brother was nowhere to be found, so my mom went down to help. She told me they didn’t get done until around 4-5AM!! I’m surprised she made it in to the office this morning! I got all the charge slips entered into the book, then got some of the paperwork done up for our auditors. A couple people came up for cash this morning, and the plane was on schedule with the first flight.
For lunch I didn’t know what to get us from the store, so I picked up a can of Dinty Moore beef stew for my hubby and I figured I’d have some of the cereal I have at home. I get home and pour my Life cereal into the bowl, pour my milk over it and start to eat… after 4 bites I stopped… looked at my hubby (I’m starting to gag by now), and asked him to smell the milk and let me know if he thinks it smells sour or not. Because all I smell is the cereal I’m crunching on with this strange after taste of sour milk, next thing I know I can’t hold it down and start to gag and throw up into the garbage… it’s so hard to get that nasty sour taste off your tongue….. I tried to wash my mouth out, brush my teeth, but it just wouldn’t go away…. I ended up opening up a can of smoked oysters and having some of those with pilot bread crackers…. That milk totally ruined my lunch! I was burping up sour milk a couple hours later! Damn it… here my hubby told me that milk was good… uh huh!!
Well back down to the office. I am getting the rest of last month’s paperwork into the spreadsheets, and let the store manager know that she has to have the store order up to me by tomorrow so I can have it in to our vendors. We had a couple people for the hotel come in; we are now completely full at the moment. I went down to the Post Office to help Polly with some international mail, and then helped her with some paperwork. I checked my mail and noticed I got a letter in the mail from some guy… I was thinking… “Who the hell is this guy, and why is he writing to me?” I did not recognize his name, or the city he was from. So I opened it up to see note paper that has a puffin on it and the saying “Alaska’s Stud Puffin” I was like, WTF?? Read the letter…. Wow… pretty cool… so this guy wrote to me, because he found my blog… and I guess his wife used to work here in Akutan on the processor M/V Akutan back in 1983 (the year I was born). Well, she became friends with two locals who went to work on the boat (there were a lot more than 2 locals who worked on that processor)… and her husband was trying to help her find her friends! They are both still here (well one is out fishing for the summer), and to my surprise… they happen to be coming down on the ferry that should be here this weekend!! I thought that was pretty cool! Old friends reuniting after 26 years!!
There is going to be an elder’s potluck on Friday at the Corp building (where the Tribe office is located) held by Eastern Aleutian Tribes. There were a couple people who flew down (doctors and assistants), I was called and asked to bring something. I think I might bring some Orange-coconut Salmon filets with some of the fresh reds people are getting out of their nets. Not hard to bum a couple for that reason! I don’t know what else I’d like to make and bring….. Potato salad sounds easier... But salmon sounds better! I was also asked to help with the 4th of July activities… People know I know how to make pies… so I was asked if I can make a bunch of pies for the pie eating contest. I told Sandra that if she got everything I’d make it (flour, Crisco, pie filling, pie tins). I’d defiantly make the pies this year! For the longest I’ve known I’ve always done the eating contests, and won almost every time!! But now that I’ve been watching what I eat and how much… I don’t compete in the eating contests anymore; I have stepped down from the competition! LOL… I just sit back and watch everyone now!
Well my hubby decided that he wanted to cook steam bath again, so I have that to look forward to after work. I went to the store and got us everything to have BBQ cheese burgers! Our second flight didn’t come in until around 6:30 or so, then another flight came in around 7:30 (I heard it was a charter for Trident). I worked out on my Wii Fit again for just over an hour according to my “time bank.” But I was on it for officially a little over 2 hours. I make sure to do all the yoga workouts, then I do all the strength workouts, then I do some stepping, hula hooping, some of the balance games, then finish with the longest jog they have. The first day I did it in 10 mins, the second day I did it in 9, today it took me 11 mins. I don’t know I need to find a way to hold the Wii remote better so it can keep track of my pace better!! After I got done working out, we got the BBQ grill fired up and finished cooking around 9:40PM! Late dinner, that’s ok!
Well today was a pretty good day!! Until tomorrow, TTFN!
Monday, June 22
Well today is a pretty nice day! I made some chocolate ice cream last night and put some away in one of my Tupperware containers to bring down to my in-laws this morning. The weather is pretty cool out, high 40’s. The sky is overcast but it’s clear out. There is a slight fog trying to precipitate across the bay, but its looks pretty dry out. We let the pups out to do their thing, I had to go chasing Dante as he was trying to “kill” a Trident employee, running down the boardwalk towards the guy. I was pissed that he wasn’t listening and I had to go chasing after him. I’ve been trying to “trust” him and take him out without a leash… that’s what I get for that! Here I don’t need to be running, my damn legs are sore from clocking in so much time on my Wii Fit!! So we put the dogs in then headed down to the office.
This morning was busy but quiet. We had our usual employees come drop off all their time cards, and then most of them showed up just before lunch to pick up the checks. My mom had the charge slips entered in for the day. I had a couple little projects that I had to finish up. We have the store order to price up, we had a freighter leave Seattle on Friday. I have to get the new order done up and sent in to our vendors before Wednesday. Lunch time rolled around pretty quick!!
We ended up going to the café for the usual again. I have to stop eating there, I’m going to put on weight eating fries all the time!!
Got back down to the office this afternoon, went to the Post Office and picked up all the Corp mail. We got some more ink for the printers, yay! I need to get a small office order done up here soon too…. I let Polly know I’ll be back down later to work on paperwork and to transfer some of the stamps from my till to her till so she can have stamps instead of depending on the meter.
This afternoon was a little more active, people wise. I had about 6 people come up to cash their checks, out of those 6 - 5 of them put money on their store accounts. I had a couple calls for the hotel, mostly people canceling reservations or changing their dates (pushing their check in date to a later date, and then staying longer). I also got a call from our City Admin asking for hotel rates for one of the projects they have going, I think she said it was for the boat harbor we’re supposed to be getting a head of the bay. Companies getting ready to put their bids in on getting the project done, so they need hotel rates. Was really good to talk with her! I met her at the APICDA community conference, I saw her before once here in Akutan but wasn’t aware of who she was. So far I think Susan is doing a great job and I love how well she gets along with everyone! It’s always great to have someone who has great people skills!
I went down to the PO and got all the paperwork and deposits done up and ready to go out, then transferred most of my stamps to Polly’s till since she’s working more than I’ve been. Lorraine, our CHA (community health aide) called me and let me know that they are having their elder’s potluck this Friday and they would not only like to invite me to come, but they wanted to know if I could donate any kind of food. I told them yes! I always love sharing food with everyone… maybe I’ll make potato salad… or maybe I can make a homemade ice cream cake… hmmm… or grab a fresh salmon and make a fish pie…. I’ll have to figure out what I’m bringing before Thursday rolls around….
Well I got us everything for pork chops tonight… my work day was pretty good, seemed like time flew by today!! I can’t wait to maybe to clock in at least 30 mins on my Wii Fit tonight!! I need to go see what kind of tarps we have down at the store and get a small one for my fish dry rack so I can get some fish started up next time anyone gets any and I can bum for some!
Oh I have some pictures to post and maybe a video when I remember to bring my camera and put everything on the computer! Then whenever blogger lets me upload them… maybe I’ll do that tomorrow… our first scheduled flight made it in today just before lunch hour, they brought over a small amount of mail on each plane and like 6 passengers. Polly got all the outgoing mail in the Post Office out on the flights today! We should be getting our second flight late tonight, sometime after 5:30 or so. I think we have a couple people for the hotel coming in too… so hopefully my mom checks them in so I don’t have to run down to the office… she lives closer!
Ok well until tomorrow, TTFN!
This weekend was pretty good. On Saturday we didn’t really do much. The weather was pretty nice, with some showers. A couple flights made it in and there was some mail on all of them. My Wii Fit came in today!! I am hooked I love working out on it! I love doing the Hula Hoops and the steps, all the yoga and strength workouts, and the running, all of them are super fun, especially the balance games! I clocked in about 4 hours total (about 2hrs 45 mins working out according to my “time bank”). I love how it tracks your BMI and lets you set a goal weight that you would like to get to. I weighted myself on it when I started, then weighted myself again when I was done… I lost 1.8lbs!! Probably mostly water from sweating! I am going to be sore tomorrow for sure… I thought it was funny that the game was telling me that I was going to feel it tomorrow!
We went down to the flats and picked some putchky’s for dinner to have with seal oil and dry fish. It really started to rain by the time we were ready to go home.
My father-in-law Demetri and my little bro-in-law Tom went over to Dutch Harbor and the plane didn’t come back... so I got a hold of him and asked if he could pick me up some cream and half/half so I can make some ice cream. He said he didn’t see any cream over at the “store that shall not be named” but they had half and half… so I had him pick me up 4 quarts. They should be back on the first plane tomorrow. Yay… can finally make some ice cream!
Sunday was Father’s day. The weather was pretty nice, calm with the usual fog. We went out and checked the net this morning, had 6 fish in there, they look like they were from last one. Only one was fresh so we cut the heart area to bleed the fish out, the rest were already stiff…. The net was coating in a slimy coating of kelp and whatever else. So we tried to make sure to clean parts of the net off before going back home. We brought Tug out with us, he loves going out in the skiff!
The plane made their usual 2 scheduled flights today. My father-in-law came in on the first flight, I was happy and picked up my half and half to make some ice cream! I saw my dad down on the plane ramp with his boat pulled up and he was cleaning all the barnacles off the bottom of the boat with the Fisheries Pressure Washer that we rent out (well that the Akutan Fisheries Association rents out). After he gets it cleaned off my dad said he’s going to paint it a nice blue. I wished my dad Happy Father’s day, then saw my father-in-law getting off the plane so I said Happy Father’s day to him and all the rest of the dad’s that were down at the plane. Then we headed home. My hubby’s mom wanted the fish so she can make dry fish. I need to get started on making my dry fish and get some fish salted and start getting stuff done up before we leave to one of the wedding’s we are planning on attending this year…
My hubby decided that he was going to cook bath today! I stayed home and worked out for 1 hr 46 min according to my “time bank” but I was officially on my Wii for 2hr 52min. I know I’m going to be sore tomorrow, I was already kind of sore before I started to work out! Bath is going to feel really, really good!
I made us a French onion soup for dinner. It made my house smell really good… well like cooked onions. Then after dinner, my hubby jumped on my Wii Fit and I made some chocolate ice cream. It turned out really, really good. I will take some down to my in-laws tomorrow and share since they got me the half and half!!
Well we had a great weekend! I hope everyone else did too…. I just hope it starts to warm up so we can get a nice summer here instead of cold and foggy! So until Monday, TTFN!
Friday, June 19
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSICA DIANE!!!
Burr, woke up to another cool 40+ morning, dry with a little wind. We let the dogs out, Dante shivered the whole time! We let them back in then went down to take care of Boss, then I went to the office.My mom informed me that the meeting went really great last night! She has another meeting to go to today, for the Tribe. She had gotten the charge slips entered in the book and went over my paperwork from yesterday. She let me know that it came out good. Our auditors want both of us doing counts and signing the daily sheets. Just like how I have to check our store manager’s daily paperwork, I need someone to oversee my paperwork. So my mom will start doing that first thing in the morning when she gets in. My hubby picked some flowers for me (some of the white flower and orchids that grow on the island) and put them in a cup of water for me on my desk. I love how they smell!
Today is pizza day at the café, and Lisa was sweet enough to make Hawaiian pizza, finally!!! Everything they had pizza over the last 2 years I’ve been asking for Hawaiian and they never have it… and I get disappointed and just deal with a slice of pepperoni... but this time she told me she’s making me Hawaiian! I got all excited and went to the café for lunch! My hubby got 2 slices of pepperoni (he’ll pay for it and have heartburn later), and I got 2 slices of Hawaiian!
Back at the office this afternoon and it was pretty quiet once again. My mom is in the Tribal meeting, and the store sounds really quiet. I have those quarters to count up so that’s something to do. My hubby let me know that he’s finished shampooing all the carpets in our hotel rooms. He said a couple of the rooms were pretty dirty… I told him now that he’s done he can get up here in the office done up really quick if he’d like too. We are going to store the carpet shampooer up here in the office, it will only be for hotel use and not be used as a rental. I heard some people heard we got one and was asking the rental rates on it… Sorry this is for hotel and office use only.
My hubby decided that he was going to cook steam bath again today. I told him that if the wind dies down a bit I would like to cut our lawn again. Around 2:30 we actually had our first flight come in, it’s a bit windy and I’m a little surprised they came in this weather… I heard Trident on the VHF radio saying they have 6 passengers coming in… wonder if they are bringing mail. Only thing I’m waiting for now is my Wii Fit! I am pretty excited to get that in! I’ve been loving my ice cream maker (although I’ve been using it as a sorbet maker since I have no cream) since I got it in! I made a couple different batches so far!
Darn I think I need to go find out who has nets out and go bum for fish because we got 2 the other night from my in-laws and we froze those whole… I really need to get on the ball and get everything I need – like my buckets and a new tarp. I need to clean my freezers out and give away some of my dry fish so I have room for this years. I always put a good amount of dry fish away for the winter! No one seems to ask me for any, and all I use it for is to eat on or to trade for other subsistence foods like seal oil, blubber or flipper. I’m happy that I know I don’t have to ever bum for dry fish… most people have the other stuff and no dry fish… I always have dry fish and nothing to go with it! I’m scared to make the seal oil/blubber myself… I don’t want to food poison us… even though there’s not much too it I’m just scared to do it on my own… although I guess one day I’m going to have to be the one to get it done… I’m kind of sad that no one ever made it back out to Akun head to pick sea gull eggs… it’s been over a week now… for sure the eggs that are out there have chicks in them by now…
I’ve been talking with my hubby about us maybe getting chickens… or those one ducks that are like mallards but are too big to fly (rouens) and building a little coop like thing and getting some fencing and putting it in the back yard (since we don’t use our backyard since it’s mostly just dirt then the hill). Having chickens was pretty cool when I was younger… plus fresh eggs sounds good to me! I told my hubby we can sell our chickens as food too and just get more chicks! If people around here would like to have fresh chicken and eggs. I know it’s a big responsibility to take on and chicken feed isn’t cheap. But then again, dog food, bird seed and supplies, fish food and supplies aren’t cheap either. No pet is really considered cheap… and all pets carry a responsibility with them. So we’ll see what we actually do… it might just be a little dream we’d like to have… if I do get chickens I want brown egg layers: like barred Plymouth rocks, Rhode island reds, black australorps, and araucana’s… never know maybe just one day we’ll have them clucking and crowing (if we get a rooster) in the backyard!
Well today wasn’t too bad a day for a Friday.. We ended up having a couple more flights come in… I guess it’s not too windy for them to come in today. The temps are staying at about 48F, staying cloudy all day. I am looking forward to steam bath after work. For dinner I got us cream of mushroom soup to have over toast… I couldn’t find anything else to sounded/looked good and I don’t really feel like going all out on cooking today… something quick and simple! Might grab my parent’s lawn mower after steam bath and cut our yard again. Good to keep up on it so it stays looking great!
Well I hope everyone had a great Friday and an even better weekend!! Until tomorrow, TTFN!!
Thursday, June 18
I got down to the office and started to help my mom with some of the meeting stuff she’s getting ready for this afternoon’s meeting. This morning was pretty uneventful. The plane actually came in, our first flight was here at 11:45! We had one of our guests we’ve been waiting for come in for the hotel. The other person didn’t come in, so I called their contact number and I was told that they were supposed to have called me to cancel their reservations with us. So I took care of that in our books and let other people know we had an opening.
For lunch we went to the café, I had my usual, French Dip! My hubby decided on chicken nuggets. Not many people at the café today at lunch, although we noticed a lot of to go orders.
Back at the office this afternoon, I was by myself since my mom and all the board members were down at City chambers having their meeting. I was waiting for an important email to come in. Once I received it I printed it and ran down to hand deliver it to their meeting. On my way back to the office I stopped at our laundry mat and emptied all the quarters out of the machines. When I get the time I’ll count all the coins and then take the amount needed to fill the change machine back up.
I went down to the Post Office and got more paperwork done and caught up with, now just have to get today’s done up tomorrow… or get both today and tomorrow done on Saturday… We ended up getting like 6-7 flights today, mostly people for Trident. I pray that none of them brought the Swine Flu with them, but knowing that they are coming from all over the world who knows what they might be bringing with them… we got a small amount of mail throughout the day, then on the last flight around 7:20PM I heard there was a pretty good amount of mail.
The Corp meeting wasn’t done with by the time the end of the day came around. So I did up all the paperwork from the store and the office, closed up and headed home. I didn’t know what to get for dinner so I got us Lucky Charms… my hubby was thinking about going to the café again, but I don’t know what to get… I already had a French dip today! After work I noticed my hubby pulled out the new “space saver” over the toilet cabinet thing we picked up in Anchorage. While he was out walking Boss, I was at home organizing and inventorying all the parts. Once I knew it was all there I started to work on putting the thing together! My hubby walked in on me and kind of laughed at me and asked me what I was doing? I just said “what’s it look like?” LOL… so he came and helped me finish it up. It was a very fun filled hour we spent together. I love projects that get the both of us to work together! I love being around my hubby and doing stuff with him! After we finished we stopped and looked at our work, then I started to fill it up with all my stuff! The bright white finish makes our bathroom look like it needs to get a coat of paint! I have paint… a light, light green and a light, light blue… we were thinking the green in the bathroom. We have the blue in the hallways and in the bedrooms. Depending on if the weatherization project is starting and what they are going to do, I wanted to paint the exterior of our house… but the wood isn’t in the best condition. Those houses were built after the school was finished back in 1994, then moved into early 1995. I would remember because we did our first school “video yearbook” that year! And we did an interview on the crew that was finishing the houses up before they got moved into! We also got our hydro electric plant installed then too! So that house is at least 14 years old by now… and you can tell a bit on certain things… so hopefully they get everything fixed up this summer (well that’s the plan I heard).
Well for dinner my hubby decided he wanted to eat at the café instead of having cereal… so he got a Mongolian beef and I got a shrimp fried rice… I didn’t know what else to get so I figured something we can both split would be good!
Well until tomorrow, TTFN!
Wednesday, June 17
My mom get’s the charge slips into the book before I got in, again… Nothing much going on in the office this morning… a couple people came up for cash… the phone rang a couple times: mostly people making hotel reservations. I got some paper work into the computer, then worked on some spreadsheets I’m making… trying to get our daily sheet on the computer then we can print a copy for our files, instead of it all hand written on a sheet… that way when it comes to end of the month I have it all on the computer already because we’re doing it daily! Oh, we got confirmation from Eastern Aleutian Tribes (EAT) – who run our health care out this way- that the H1N1 “swine flu” virus has been confirmed in a person from King Cover, AK. Not too much farther up the peninsula (North) from here… With how many transient processors we have working in these areas; I’m not that surprised that it’s getting closer to “home”. Just have to be safe and sanitary, wash your hands, and cover your coughs and sneeze.
For lunch today we decided on some of the Banquet chicken tenders we got from the store the other day. We have to cook up that halibut tonight, we didn’t skin it yet, just filleted it and put it in the fridge… Thinking I might wrap pieces of halibut in bacon and BBQ it… with BBQ sauce! I need to go get my C.O.D.s (cash on delivery) from Wal-Mart out of the Post Office so I can get our new grill I sent down. I love how some of the bigger stores in Anchorage offer a “Bush Mail Service”. Where we can shop in their stores (like Wal-Mart and Fred Meyer), and we fill out a COD form, and they will ring up, package and mail it to your local Post Office. Then you go down with either cash or a check and go pay for it, and you get your stuff! I used to use this service a lot, but now since postage rates are an arm and a leg I only order/buy stuff I really need (I’m am impulsive buyer…. So half the time I send home stuff I didn’t really need to get in the first place!).
I got back down to the office, and it was pretty quiet most the afternoon. Eva got a store order ready for me, but I told her she’s a week early for the order… we have an order leaving this Friday and we need to know what didn’t get shipped before I can send out our next order. That and I don’t want them to be ordering anything that we have coming in next week… our storage area isn’t that big, so we can’t have too much inventory on our hands. So she said she’ll wait and bring it back to me next week… lol!
I went down to the Post Office and got the rest of the paperwork caught up and got the Registered mail all packaged up and ready to go out if the plane tries. The weather don’t seem too bad, it’s nice and sunny here in the harbor, but once you look out towards the pass it’s all dark and covered in fog... still not going to stop us from hoping for the plane! After getting the paperwork done, I paid for my COD’s and my hubby came and picked them up. He told me that he was thinking about cooking steam bath today too! That sounds like something to look forward to after work!
Well not a bad day at the office! I feel good knowing that I got all the bank reconciliation done and I can’t wait to let our auditor’s know! They told me that if I got it all done that would make their job easier and they wouldn’t have to work as long (saving us money).
After work I went to steam bath! A nice and relaxing 155F without “throwing” water on the rocks… my hubby asked me if I was crazy as he got on the lower benches and I was on the high bench just taking in all the heat… I don’t know what the temp of the steam is… but it’s so hot it makes your ears feel like they are being cooked! Sometimes it’s so hot that your body doesn’t really know what to do and you get cold chills and all your hairs stand up! About 45 mins later (and 3-4 cooling sessions), I finally started to make my way home for the day.
Around 7:30PM I got our grill prepped, started and pre-heated – skinned the halibut, cut it up, then wrapped pieces in 2 kinds of bacon, then proceeded to the hot grill! An hour later I was finally finishing up all the bacon wrapped goodies, generously coated in BBQ sauce. We indulged ourselves in the great smoky flavor of the perfectly cooked pieces of goodness! We called my hubby’s parents to come up and grab the plateful we still had left. I didn’t want to waste it! We also gave them a fillet of halibut (raw) so they can cook it up any way they want to! I love halibut fish pie, deep fried halibut, halibut chowder, baked, BBQ-ed, in burgers and tacos … I feel like that Bubba guy from the movie Forest Gump – talking about how many ways to do shrimp! LOL!
Well today was a great day! Until tomorrow, TTFN!
Tuesday, June 16
I went down and dropped my hubby off down at the skiff (at the boat harbor), picked up Boss and took him for a walk. I noticed my hubby and Ray heading out the bay in Ray’s skiff. After walking Boss I put him on his line and headed to work. I noticed that my mom got all the charge slips entered in for the day. Since she helped me yesterday with some of the bank reconciliation, I am moving along pretty quickly! Hopefully have our general account finished up by end of the day! Pretty quiet morning in the office, the phone barely rang and no one coming by for cash… maybe this afternoon I’ll see someone other than my mom and Eva…
For lunch I went home and had a can of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and meat balls… then I decided to make a mixed berry sorbet (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries – the frozen kind), it turned out really good! I need to get some cream so I can make some ice cream! I don’t want to just use milk…. I can make a buttermilk ice cream…. Hmmm…. I still want some cream, and I wouldn’t mind some half and half… I’ll see what I can do for now…
Got back down to the office, and it took me most the day, but I finished all the bank reconciliation work on our general account, yay! Feels good to know I have all that done and caught up to our newest bank statements. I had a couple people come up for cash, and had some people call and make reservations for the hotel. I went down to the Post Office and got caught up with all the paperwork, then put it all into the computer. After I was done with that, I grabbed all the cash and took it to the Corp Office so I can turn it in for 4 checks, we usually buy cash from the Post Office and the bar. So much better when the cash stays in town and just circulates… instead of us having to pick up cash all the time!
I went to the store and got everything for hot dogs tonight… I’m not sure what time my hubby is going to be home from fishing… the weather at 4:30 is getting just beautiful out! There is a slight breeze but the sun is shining, and it feels pretty warms out! Can’t wait to get off work and go walk all the pups!
First I walked Boss, let him do his thing… we usually take a “walk” down to the flats and back to Charlie’s (Boss’ owner)… Boss runs and I ride the 4-wheeler!! After taking Boss home and putting him out on his tie out line, I gave him some food and water… then I went home and walked my dogs… I usually just play with them in our yard, since Tug can just chase a ball and the little guys run around. By now it’s about quarter after 6, and I hear nothing from my hubby yet… so I went inside and watched some TV. By quarter to 8 my hubby texted me that they were going to offload their catch at Trident and they should be back at the dock in a little bit… finally I was thinking… but hey, that’s the life of a fisherman… I should know… I’m a fisherman’s daughter! I know how long my dad and brother would go out for… They would leave around the break of dawn usually and be back late in the day, since we have daylight for so long up here… Right now the sun is still up and shining well past midnight, it’s so hard to go to sleep at night when it’s still daylight out!! So after his text message, I went down grabbed Boss and took him for a walk down to the flats really quick. I picked some “putch-keys” and grabbed some for my hubby, then started to head down to the boat harbor. I decided I’d put Boss away before heading down, he’s old and I don’t need to over-run him! So I gave him some water and put him on his line, we’ll put him inside when we drive back by.
By this time it’s about quarter after 8 and I was waiting down the boat harbor for them to tie the skiff up, clean up a bit then head home. I noticed my hubby saved a small halibut that he caught, he figured he’d bring it in since we didn’t have any fresh halibut yet this year! I think I’ll make chowder tomorrow… that or pan fry it and make burgers… so many possibilities!!! We jumped on the bike and drove home, stopping to put Boss in for the night and make sure he had some food… then we went home and my hubby cleaned the halibut (it’s about 35-40lbs) he brought home. I went inside and started the hot dogs I had thawed out and ready. I think he’s supposed to go out tomorrow if the weather is nice enough…
We didn't get any planes today... guess there was either fog inbetween or it was foggy in Dutch because it was beautiful and nice out here!!
Well today was a pretty good day! So until tomorrow, TTFN!
Monday, June 15
A typical busy Monday, this morning I showed my hubby how to work the new carpet cleaner that we picked up for the hotel. He’s going to go break in our new shampooer! We figured that since the Corp put all new carpets in the hotel rooms that we may as well try to take the best care for them other than just vacuuming them after each guest’s stay. So once a month or so he’s planning on getting all the carpets cleaned up (depending on how much the rooms are being used that month). I noticed that my mom already had the charge slips entered from the day before. She was helping me with finding some of the info I needed so I can finish reconciling our general account. After she gave me the info I needed I started to whip thru a couple months before end of the day came around. I didn’t really do much but the bank rec. work and help my mom organize the incoming bills. I had a couple people come up to cash their checks, but other than that didn’t really see anyone… My mom got payroll done just before lunch time, so we'll give out the checks when we get back from lunch hour.
It started to sprinkle and it feels cold in the low 40’s…. My mom and mother-in-law were joking around this morning (I think they might have been serious though…) about going out to pick sea gull eggs this morning. I guess my father-in-law said he just looked at them and said “crazy women, it’s blowing like 30 out there!” My mom said they looked at each other and started to laugh! What were they thinking?? This weather isn’t nice for picking eggs!! They would probably break before getting back because of the high seas!! Not to mention how dangerous that would be with the wind and the rain!
Well we had grilled cheese for lunch, for dinner we decided to eat at the café once again! My hubby went for a chicken burger with no cheese. I missed having French Dips… so that’s what I had, with cheese on everything!!! One of the only things that sucks is that I’m trying to watch my weight!! Sometimes, I pig out then I feel all guilty afterwards because I’m trying to watch my weight, but it never used to be like that… I’d always eat whatever I wanted, in any amount when I wanted… and I for sure noticed when the scale hit 216!!! So I tried to change my whole routine, how I eat, how much I eat and especially what I’m eating, then trying to make sure I get some kind of a work out thru out the day, then a serious 30-50 min workout 2-3 days a week. So far I am down to 161.4 this morning! I hope to be able to drop another 20-25lbs and I’d be happy! As long as I can get myself within a healthy BMI I’ll be happy, I am really enjoying how I look and it’s hard for me to go shopping because I still see myself as that Large sized girl… when in reality Med size clothes are starting to have a good amount of room in them!! I would have never thought that I would ever fit a size small… I’m not a small sized person!!! Like I ordered this super cute dress to wear at one of my BFF’s wedding’s, and I ordered it in my dress size… right… well it comes in… and I put it on and LOVE how it fits and how it looks… then I notice that the tag said it was a size small… I looked at my hubby and said I would have never thought that I could fit something in that size if I was looking at it in a store!! Happy I went with my dress size number instead of the usual sizes of small, med, large!!
No planes today... too foggy and windy out! My mom called me and let me know that she was given 6 fish from Joe and Lorraine Loyd, I guess they got around 60-70 red salmon in their gill net last night and they were trying pass some out to everyone in town... I'm waiting to get like 15-20 of them so I can start to dry them.... I don't want to dry only 2-4 fish at a time until I have enough.. I like them to all be hanging up within the same time period so I don't have to keep track of when each fish started to dry so I know when to take it down! Not putting a little up here, then a couple the next day.. and so on until I have enough on my rack.. I need to clean my buckets out so I can get some fish salted.... I need someone to help me make a smoker and how to make bring and how long to brine it so I can smoke salmon... I also want to be able to can fish this year in jars... so I have to get us a pressure cooker sometime too!! Eventually need to go to our store and pick out a new tarp for our fish drying rack (the one we had last year has a big hold in it from pulling it out of storage... opps...). Hopefully the fish start to hit my hubby's parent's net here soon so we can get some fish... I don't like bumming from other people, but I will if I have to!!
Well, until tomorrow, TTFN!
Sunday, June 14
Didn't really do much today but sit around and lounge in the house with the pups and my hubby! Nice relaxing day to do nothing! I did make a batch of salmonberry sorbet though! I need to get a strainer and strain the seeds out next time.... I swore I only got a mouth full of seeds in every bite! I am going to make a strawberry sorbet tomorrow!!! I ran out of lemon juice and had to bum some from my mom (my hubby went and picked it up for me!)
We got one scheduled flight but the second afternoon flight didn't come back in because I think it got too windy out, a good Southeastern wind blowing outside. Temps in the low 50's-high 40's.
Well until tomorrow, TTFN! Hope everyone had a great weekend!!
Saturday, June 13
We didn’t really do much today, we went to the café and I had an egg flower soup and my hubby had Mongolian beef (I had a couple bites of his!). We didn’t make anything for dinner last night because after we got done doing our yard work the café was closed and I forgot to get my salad…. So no tacos last night, so we’re having them tonight after bath (late, late dinner!).
The barge came in so we headed up there to say hello to the guys and give them some sea gull egg pie. I know the captain that is on there right now has been asking for a couple years now when the sea gulls are going to be laying, his was home last year when they were laying, this year he’s up here! So I made sure to stop by and bring them all a piece!
I also went down to the Post Office and got the rest of the paperwork into the computer, so we’re all caught up and just have to get today’s paperwork into the computer on Monday! We got a lot of planes today, not sure what they are bringing in but they brought some mail. I got my ice cream maker in!!! Yay!! So tomorrow I plan on making some salmonberry sorbet! I need to get cream and half/half in order to make ice cream (we don’t have that at our store….)….. So whenever I can get some of that I’ll make some home-made ice cream!
Once the weather clears up and gives us calm seas again, I hope someone makes it back out to harvest the sea gull eggs… it’s been a couple days so the nests should all have and egg or two by now! I know a lot of people want sea gull eggs because I kept getting calls for some. I only saved us a dozen, then handed the rest out to my neighbors, then gave about 10 to my parents. They didn’t last long! So hopefully someone goes out and gets more soon!
I’m waiting for the fish to start hitting the nets in good numbers so I can bum for some from whoever has a net out so I can start putting fish away. I need to get my buckets cleaned up and ready for salting fillets. I have to get a new tarp for my dry fish rack, clean off all my hanging sticks, and then hope for fish! I can dry up to 5-6 fish on a stick and I can fit about 10-12 sticks on my dry rack, but I don’t like to do more than 30 at a time because cleaning the fly eggs off them takes so long! Yes, the flys lay their eggs on the fish, but if you keep up on a cleaning schedule (I like to clean them twice a day), you can get the eggs off before they hatch into maggots… I hate dealing with maggots… if they hatch I usually throw that piece away… no use keeping it if it’s being “spoiled” from the hatchlings… and you can tell if they are in the fish when they are almost finished drying, I like to hang them in my “back room” (furnace room, the warmest room in the house) and have them finish drying. Dry fish shouldn’t have a smell to them, but a slight fish smell (not much). But if they have this sweet stink (any kind of smell) you know there is a maggot living in one of the fish somewhere. So we would have to go thru all the fish doing a “sniff” test to see if we can smell where it is. Once we find it we will cut it out and throw that piece away! Once they finish drying I like to put them in paper bags and freeze them right away. There are a lot of people here who like to mold their dry fish before eating it. I prefer mine not molded! I can’t wait!!
Ok well until tomorrow, TTFN!
Friday, June 12
I got down to the office and my mom had already gotten the charge slips entered from yesterday. She was going over all my work since she’s been gone, someone has to check over it all other than me since I was the only one who was in the office. So after going thru the paperwork with my mom with no problems I went to getting the rest of our accounts reconciled. I was stuck on a part on our General account but I just had to wait for my mom to come home to get the info I needed so I can keep going. I cashed a lot of people’s checks this morning!! I had my mom pick up cash since she was stuck in Dutch! So everyone is happy now knowing they can cash their checks!
YAY, I’m happy the café is open once again!! Welcome back Lisa and Duy!!! Missed you guys, not only your cooking but your company! It’s really good to have you guys back! I had my usual for lunch!! French dip!! My hubby had his usual, chicken nuggets! Here I was expecting it to be pretty packed but it wasn’t, mostly people with to go orders stopping in and picking up their food, keeping them busy cooking in the back! After we ate, we walked home and started to pick/cut the weeds out of our lawn, I hate dealing with dandelions! Some people consider them “flowers” in their yards; to me it’s an eye sore! Our ball field is coated in them, just masses of yellow blooms waiting to turn into those things you can make a wish and blow all the seeds off of!! LOL! I don’t mind the little daisy’s that try to grow with our grass, but I can’t stand having weeds in my yard! The temps today have been nice in the mid 50’s!! The sky has turned to partly cloudy and the sun is trying hard to shine down on us and share some its warmth! The island is slowly turning green, and then before we know it it’s going to start dying off again!! L
I got back down to the office and it’s been pretty quiet. My hubby decided that he wanted to cook steam bath today… it’s about 55F out and he wants to take bath…. OK…. Sounds good but just sounds like I’m going to have a hard time cooling off once I get out of the steam room! I need to go to the store and see what kind of tarps we have, I need to get a new one this year for my dry fish rack (for rainy days). The one I had last year got a good size rip in it right in the center, so it’s practically not useable anymore. I really don’t want to just duct tape it up like everyone is telling me to!
Well the plane has been flying almost non-stop since quarter to noon when the first flight came in, then we had another one 2 hours later at quarter to 2PM, the next flight should be here around 4:30PM, scheduled flight. Not sure what they are bringing over, I need to get down to the Post Office and get paperwork into the computer… I’ll get that done today! I don’t know what I want to make for dinner tonight…. I want tacos… so I’ll just go get a salad from the restaurant (so I can have lettuce) and break open my stash of Taco Bell fire sauce I have hidden in my fridge!
Well at least I know I have steam bath to look forward to after work, and sea gull egg pie waiting for me in my fridge. I gave the rest of the eggs to my neighbors and my parents today – I let them know that a couple of the eggs had developing embryos in them so they have to check the eggs before eating them. I usually crack them into a cup to see if the egg is good or not. I know other people do a float test… I don’t know what is what… but I think if they float they are not good and if they sink they are good to be eaten! I know some Asians like to eat those some kind of bird eggs where the chick is partially formed… that’s nasty! I don’t know how they can eat that……. But like I said, if you hear it’s a delicacy it’s usually best to steer clear of it!We ended up grabbing my parent’s lawn mower after steam bath and proceeded to cut all the grass down our end of town (which includes our yard and my 2 neighbors to my left-if I was facing south out my front door). My hubby borrowed my Uncle Darryl’s weed-whacker and did up the trim job. So our yards look really nice!!! I might have blister tomorrow though….
Well I hope everyone had a great Friday and an even better weekend!! Until tomorrow, TTFN!!!
Thursday, June 11
This morning was pretty busy, people trying to come up to get cash, but I told them that if my mom makes it home we’ll have cash, but until then I have just enough to keep the store running. But that didn’t stop loads of people from coming up and trying to cash their checks! I got the charge slips entered into the charge book, then I had to work on some files in QuickBooks, by the time I finished it was already lunch time!
I got us a can of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup to have over toast for lunch. I gave the rest of the fried salmon steaks to my neighbor (the store manager) Eva! She was happy with what I gave her!
After lunch I heard that my hubby and father-in-law were going to run out to Akun Head to check for sea gull eggs. I almost threw a fit like a little kid because I WANT TO GO!!!! I figured my mom should be on the next plane and that the weather was clearing up pretty good… and people are coming for cash I don’t have right now… so I figured I can run away from work for a couple hours and go with them. Luckily I did go with them because my hubby wouldn’t have been able to pick all the eggs off that rock by his self, especially with a bandaged up thumb (he almost cut the whole tip of his thumb off doing dishes!) We ended up with about 64 eggs in his bucket and 68 in mine (well one broke on the ride home). I took a dozen eggs for myself and gave the rest out. We ended up taking home the bucket with 67 in it. The ride out was sloppy and kind of wet – beating us up going right into the swells! The ride back was incredibly smooth! It took us about 2 hours 15 mins round trip to run out, harvest the eggs, and then get back home! I took some pictures (I hope blogger lets me post them!) I hope everyone likes them. I don’t go out in the skiff dressed up, trying to look good for the sea gulls! I go out dressed for the worst weather: decked out in full rain gear (grundens!), Extratuf boots, 2 pairs of sweat pants under my rain gear, 2 shirts (a short sleeve and long sleeve), a thick sweater and my jacket, then my rain jacket. I put my PFD (personal floatation device, or life jacket) above my sweater but under my coat. It makes for a great wind break too!! It’s always nice to go dressed appropriately when going out because it’s not like there is somewhere to go into and warm up, not in an open aluminum skiff! So we make sure to dress warm!
I ended up getting back to the office just after 3:20PM, nothing much happening. I went to the store and got everything I needed to get to make custard pies tonight! I also got us Hamburger Helper: Cheeseburger mac for dinner. I also ordered all the party supplies that my older sis would need to throw my godchild/niece a slamming birthday party. I got her EVERYTHING that they need to have a great time with those kids! My godchild is going to be 2 this year! (ALREADY!!!) I got them everything that I could think of: piñata with 2 orders of piñata fillers (toys and candy), cake toppers, invitations, thank you cards, plates, cups, forks, spoons, napkins, streamers, ribbons, candles, balloons, 2 table clothes, a table center piece, and 16 gift boxes for the kids to go home with, along with some other small things, like the cone hats, and “blow-outs”. All I know is that I spent about 200 in supplies so I hope she has a great birthday party. I know my sister usually doesn’t like to spend that kind of money on simple party supplies… but I want my godchild’s party to be the bomb-dot-com!!! You know!! I want her party to be the one kids talk about!! Plus I always say it’s important to have great pictures from your kids birthday party’s because those are memories they can cherish forever!! And to have the table looking great and everything! Most of my early b-day pictures are that way, makes me smile knowing how hard my parents worked to have a great party for such a young kid! I’m happy to be able to help her have a great time on her special day!
Well I’m happy that I got to go out sea gull egg picking. These are the first eggs of the year… hopefully go back out before Sunday if the weather permits, and harvest them again! They are like chickens and will keep lying, but sometimes the weather doesn’t let us get out there and all the eggs get chicks growing in them and we just let nature do its course and we don’t get any eggs! The Northern sides get eggs first, then a couple weeks later the birds on the South sides of the island will start to lay, so if we miss picking the rocks of Akun Head, then we can go to some of the islands on the South side and go pick eggs. It’s just easier on the rock I think, a little more dangerous and slippery, but faster than trying to find nests in the grass! I can’t wait to actually get out and go jiggin for halibut! I want to get my handline wet darn it!! I actually have to make a new handle for my handline and maybe get some new line…….
I’m going to make those pies tonight, hopefully they cool and we get to eat on some before we go to sleep! Oh, around 5 we got a plane in and my mom finally made it home! Yay! We also got these 5 Japanese tourists, who are going to kayak back to Dutch Harbor, who came in and are staying at the hotel for the night. They plan on making the trip back sometime tomorrow in their collapsible kayaks (they were able to compact them and bring them over on the Goose! Then they plan on putting them back together and probably taking off tomorrow) Oh and on another good note, the café is finally going to be open tomorrow for the summer season!! Yay, I don’t have to cook lunch tomorrow, I’ve been craving a French Dip for a while now!! LOL!!! Hoping the Red salmon start to run good here soon so I can start drying some fish! Best to do it when it’s not that foggy and when it’s sunny so that it can dry faster instead of going sour or growing this nasty white mold! I can’t wait to get started!! Just need fish!!
Well until tomorrow, TTFN!
My father-in-law Demetri behind my hubby and I
(all bundled up ready for any ocean spray!!)
Lost Harbor on Akun Island
This is a picture of what we call Akun Head -
"Flat rock" on the right, the "big rock" in the back on the left.
Coming up on the "big" rock that
we've always gone to since I can remember!
Getting close to it so we can climb on...
Sea gull nests on the rock
(the 2 little piles of grass on the rock)
Sea gull eggs in a nest
Starting a layer of eggs in the bucket,
by the time we were done the buckets were full!
We use a little nesting grass from each nest
as use for padding so the eggs don't break...
Me picking eggs and putting them in the bucket
Looking down at another part of the rock
(a couple visible nests)
Me up on the rock picking eggs,
my hubby was picking from the lower part
Contemplating how to get down
so I can get back to the skiff,
with a full bucket of eggs
My father-in-law Demetri Sr
waiting in the skiff for us