Wednesday, November 25, 2009


I took Koda - our new puppy for a quick walk before school yesterday. We went by this dock that is rarely used and there were at least 7 otters running around on it. Of course I didn't have a camera on me, so after watching for a while I went home and got the camera. When I got back to the dock most of them were out swimming far enough from the dock that I couldn't get good pictures but these two hadn't quite joined them yet. There really is an abundance of wild life around us. I'm glad I get to stop and enjoy it every once in a while.

Monday, November 23, 2009

My big win!

Ok, I don't even have a picture to go with this one, but I have to brag for a moment. On Saturday we attended the annual Coffman Cove turkey shoot. I signed up to compete, not because I'm a good shot, but because there were very few women competing for some nice prizes. So I took my shots and we left long before the event was over. Later I found out that I had taken 1st place in the Women's 100 yard scope contest. My prize was a round trip flight to Ketchikan. I'm very proud of it even if it was a very lucky shot!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Deer Hunt - Caleb's first deer

Ok, first I have to say that I got my first deer recently also (on halloween actually) but it was a doe so we didn't get any pictures. I'm still quite proud of myself though. I spotted it and shot it all by myself, and gutted it with a little help from Stewart.
Caleb shot his first deer a week after me. He got this little spike. It was a good shot- buzzed the liver and hit the lungs. He also did most of the gutting himself with some help from Stewart. As you can see from this picture, he was VERY excited.
A day or two later Stewart came home with another spike, so I had to get pictures of them with their matching spikes.

Here they have a little different terminology than back in Utah. When we would say two-point in Utah they say forked horns here, because they fork. So Stewart brought this little buck home the other day and we were calling it a spike with eye guards, but I talked to a local that told me it's called sporked horns. I love that term. So here's a picture of Stew's Sporked horns.

This last week we got our first overnight guests at our new place. Travis (Paula's brother that lives in Ketchikan) brought his son over to hunt for the week. They managed to get a nice forked horn buck early in the week and added a spike to it later in the week. For a while our mudroom looked a bit like a butcher shop.

For those that are saying to themselves "now how many deer can you get?" Stewart and I can each get 6. 1 has to be off the main island and so we probably won't get that one for either of us. 4 of the others have to be bucks. And the fifth can be a buck or doe. At this point we've got 7 deer (2-forked horns, 1- sporked horn, 1- spike by 2, 2-spikes, and a doe. And I am ready for this year's hunt to be over, but it lasts till the end of December. Next year Caleb can get his own tags and we will be allowed 18 deer for our family. That ought to be fun!!!

Halloween and hanging out at home

I was a little worried about Halloween this year. In the past few years the kids have gone to a big school carnival and then had our teacher housing neighborhood to trick or treat in. Our new school is only 15 students and I only know where a small handful of people live to allow my kids to go trick or treating at houses that I'm OK with. But it turned out great! The city put on a carnival with extreme amounts of goodies and prizes for very low cost and with only a few kids in town there were never long lines for any of the games. Sammie loved the cake walk and was very good at it. She won at least 6 cakes - and the other kids each won at least one. We were able to give most of them away to other families there but we still came home with plenty, not to mention the big bags of goodies and toys the kids had all won at the other games. Then when we went trick or treating, to the 5 or 6 houses that I knew the people, everyone either gave huge handfuls of candy or full size candy bars. To say the least the kids didn't feel deprived at all!! Two weeks later they are still working on the candy even though I have it all in a big bowl on the kitchen table so they can eat all they want.

The kids are loving their new puppy. Koda (the puppy) is getting bigger everyday, but she's also getting better behaved and slightly closer to being house trained. Although lately she's been barking to wake me up at 3am to let her out to potty. If she doesn't grow out of that before the weather gets warmer she's going to end up sleeping out side - but I really hope it doesn't last that long.

Sammie is still getting used to our new home. She'd like to know exactly how long we are going to live here. But she gets to spend a few hours everyday at the school with me. And she really loves to be read to. Stewart's much better about taking a break and reading a few books to her than I am.