Oh boy, we are in for a long week! We are having 0 degree weather at the moment with high winds, supposed to be up to 85 mph gusts. It is pretty brutal out there. Our problem is that we don't have wind directional caps on either our furnace or our woodstove so......the woodstove can't be going because it blows the smoke back into the house, and the furnace blows cold air as much as it blows warm air because it can't prove itself. What a pain!! I will be layered up today and wearing my nice, warm, cozy slippers! This is supposed to last at least until next Tues., could last longer but the weather report only reports that far out.
The Iditarod starts this weekend and the kids are wanting to follow the mushers on the map, as to where they are at and when they are reporting into the different checkpoints along the trail. I am so not into the dog mushing scene but it is part of Alaskan culture. We were hoping to go up to the headquarters today and try to get a map of the trail so we can follow along. There is a museum up there too and we have never been there so I'm sure it will be interesting. I hate driving when the winds are so high though because it knocks you around a little. The joys of living in Wasilla, Alaska!!
On a VERY HAPPY note - Martin and I have decided, if finances allow this fall, that we are going to take the motorhome south again this fall. The kids and I will be on our own most of the time, with Martin flying down twice in the three months that we will be traveling. Our plan is to head to my sister, Ren's, first and attend the Live and Learn Unschooling Conference outside of Asheville and go to the Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough. Then we are planning on traveling down to San Antonio to visit my aunt and uncle, Martin's aunt and uncle, and possibly Martin's sister, as there is talk of their family moving to that area. Then we will head up the west coast towards home with several stops along the way. I am SO excited!! If we can manage this every fall/winter I can handle the Alaska thing for a while longer. The kids are really excited too, knowing that they are coming home, to their house and the things that are familiar, when it is done.