Archive for January, 2013

Did you know…

that although we don’t have an official website right now, you can still see and purchase our handcrafted ulu knives and wooden cutting/serving bowls? It’s true! πŸ˜‰ We have a business Facebook page which you can visit here:

Alaska Ulus, Knives and other Fine Products!

We recently put up a handful of bowls for purchase. Retail at wholesale prices can’t be beat! Come check them out. We look forward to hearing from you there!

Business Moment

“By the time the ranks of employees had swelled to five people – with the temporary hiring of Nicholas Lovejoy, a high school math teacher in his early twenties – the lone circuit breaker in the converted garage wasn’t up to the task of powering all the hardware. So the quintet got creative. They ran long orange extension cords that curled Medusa-like into the garage form all the other rooms in the house, which were on separate circuit breakers. But even that power was not enough. By siphoning the entire house’s power into the garage, it got to the point where Mackenzie couldn’t turn on a hair dryer and Jeff couldn’t vacuum the living room without blowing a circuit breaker.” ~ Get Big Fast, pg. 64

Uh, yeah. Been there. Done that. Still sorta doing that. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, enjoying this book although it’s slightly dated (published in 2000 – just think about the changes in the last 13yrs!) Thought I’d share this passage I found amusing because it’s so relevant! The “best” of us have the humblest beginnings sometimes… πŸ˜‰

5th Scrapghan Finished!

In about as many years! I can’t believe how time has flown since I made the first one and lots of changes have transpired in our lives. One day (maybe) I’ll catch all that up here… In the mean time, I’ll keep it simple.

The 1rst finished 12/07:

Given to second son.

The 2nd finished 3/09:

Given to first son.

The 3rd finished 2/11:

Given to first daughter. She actually asked if I could make it all pink and I indeed had enough skeins of various pink shades to do so. It wasn’t until after I had it finished and the picture taken that I realized that dark one looked out of place. Oh well. She was delighted with it and that’s what counts!

The 4th finished 10/12:

Given to second daughter.

The 5th finished 1/07/13!

Given to third daughter. (Excuse the wall and blanket on the right. I was in the middle of painting my room and we don’t have window coverings for this house yet. Actually, we don’t really need them with all the privacy we have now. πŸ˜€ Mostly, the blanket was there to block drafts during our “deep freezes” of -50°F or more!)

On to saving/collecting/scrounging more yarn. Only four more to go! πŸ˜€

Books Finished 2012

Ok, my first post back isn’t going to be all that exciting but it’s the easiest. I used to post what books we’d finished reading in school each month on my homeschool blog eons ago and then on my main blog when it was too hard time-wise to maintain seperate blogs. I also occasionally posted about books I finished during my personal reading time and liked/recommended. So, here’s a list of books we read last year. I always keep track on a piece of paper in my home management binder whether I’m blogging or not. These are not all of the books for school. Just the read-alouds we all enjoyed together. The olders and middles had ones they finished on their own and it’s usually too much for me to keep up with. πŸ˜‰ The list of books for me are all the ones I read during my personal reading. Also, since the list is so long and would be graphic overload, I’ve only text linked my list. Hope you find something interesting if you are looking for a new “read”!









Self published by an older gentleman in our congregation. Very good for teaching the basics of the Reformed Faith. (Written as letters to his youngest daughter Geneva.)




– All Creatures Great and Small (Jan.)
– All Things Bright and Beautiful (Feb.)
– Mormonism, Mama & Me (Feb.)
– All Things Wise and Wonderful (March)
– Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (March)
– The Lord God Made Them All (March)
– Every Living Thing (March)
– Hattie Big Sky (April)
– Angel on the Square (April)
– The Impossible Journey (April)
– Whole grain cookery (April)
– What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause (TM): The Breakthrough Book on Natural Hormone Balance (again) (April)
– Joyful Momma’s Guide to Quiet Times in Loud Households: embracing a devotional life…and passing it on(April)
– A Decade of Cooking the Costco Way (cooking the Costco Way, 10) (May)
– The Iron Lance (The Celtic Crusades #1) (May)
– The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern) (May)
– Enna Burning (Books of Bayern) (May)
– Princess Academy (May)
– The Help Deluxe Edition (May)
– River Secrets (The Books of Bayern) (June)
– Forest Born (Books of Bayern) (June)
– The Good Earth (June)
– In the Company of Others: A Father Tim Novel (June)
– Secrets of the Soul (June) Another self-published book. Don’t have a link and don’t remember the author. Sorry.
– How to Grow More Vegetables: And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine (June)
– How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times (July)
– Book of a Thousand Days (July)
– Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis (Aug.)
– Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats (Aug.)
– What is a Family? (Sep.)
– Holding On to the Air: An Autobiography (Oct.)
– Holding On To The Air (Nov.)
– Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (Dec.)
– Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist’s Wife (Dec.)
– I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage (Dec.)
– Daily Guideposts 2012 (Dec.)
– Into the Wild (Dec.)

Blogging Again?

I don’t know…

I’m thinking about it.

I miss it for some odd reason.

Perhaps I miss the connections I had at one time through here.

The last couple of years have been rough and taken their toll though. I’m a pretty private person…I’m not sure how much of that I’d share.

Perhaps I’ll keep it simple and just start where I am now.

Mulling it over…

So what do you think?

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