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It’s no secret that winter in Alaska can be tough. While there are lots of things we can do to keep ourselves busy and entertained, it can get you down for sure. Here are a few of our winter confessions that may make you chuckle.
We LOVE winter!
We work very hard all summer long just to get ready for the long winter months, but we always look forward to the first snowfall. It means we can finally relax some and not have to push ourselves so hard.
We play in the snow.
From snowmachines to snowshoes, the snow is a lot of fun! We very much enjoy taking a long ride on the snowmachines. Sure, we get stuck sometimes and spend half a day getting ourselves unstuck, but that’s all part of the adventure. If it were easy, everyone would do it, right?
There are different kinds of snow.
From fat, lazy flakes, to the itty bitty wet ones, snow comes in many different forms. We’ve learned how to tell the changing of seasons based on the kind of snow we’re getting.
Darkness doesn’t bother us.
At least not until it’s light out again. Let me explain, Alaskan winters are long and mostly dark. We average about 5 hours of daylight in the darkest parts of winter. This lack of daylight doesn’t really affect us and is often a welcome change after such a hard-working summer. However, once the days start getting longer we get antsy to get outside and start working again. Right now, we’re up to 11 hours of daylight, but we can’t do anything yet.
We loathe the end of winter!
With nearly 11 hours of daylight filling our days, we’re anxious to get outside and start working. We have lots of projects that need to be done this spring, summer, and fall. But with 6 feet of snow on the ground, we can’t do any of them! This is the time of year when we feel funky. Some call it cabin fever, some call it SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) but we call it a funk. We just want to do, but we’re stuck inside for at least another 6 weeks.
There’s plenty a person can do to overcome the winter blues. We watch a lot of TV in the winter (though if it were up to me we wouldn’t own one!) With the advances in technology, living in the bush doesn’t have to mean you have nothing. We have excellent internet reception and subscribe to Amazon Prime because it allows us to watch movies and television shows.
We also have a monthly subscription to PureFlix, a Christian entertainment company much like NetFlix or Hulu. We love PureFlix because it is entertainment we can trust with moral building, character shaping, and values in every program.
There are board games and card games we can play. Currently, the boys are enjoying a game of Risk that has been ongoing for nearly a week. We do a lot of reading because, with our prime account, we also have access to lots of books.
As I write this, we are currently in that funk part of winter. We have about 5′ 6″ of snow on the ground now. The temperatures are in the low 30’s and it’s snowing for the 4th day in a row. We have almost 12 hours of daylight and we just want to start our projects instead of sitting inside.
Perhaps the most amusing thing is that near the end of summer, we will be talking about how we are just so ready for winter so we can relax again!
Here are some of our winter images for this season. We do hope you enjoy!