Crazy, Long Night

I was so excited to get all that snow off of our roof that I never really thought about the repercussions of removing all that insulation from the ice and puddles of water.   As the water and partially melted ice refroze last night, it expanded creating these heart-stopping, jolt-you-awake sonic booms that shook the house and us to the core.  Needless to say, neither Pongo nor myself got much sleep last night as it wasn’t just once this happened but 5 or 6 times over the course of the night.  Pongo was the lucky one who could get in a catnap before heading to daycare this morning.

Weight Lifted

We’ve known for a couple of years the roof on our house needs to be replaced.  We kept hoping we could make it one more Winter before having to spend mega bucks on a new roof.  We knew this Fall we were taking a risk not getting it done but before we knew it, Winter was here.  And, oh boy what a Winter we are having!  Anchorage is just 3.3 inches shy of breaking the 60 year old snowfall record of 132.6 inches. Here’s a picture just to give you an idea of how much snow we’ve had (this picture was taken on January 14th and we’ve had a lot more snow since then!).

While breaking a record seems pretty cool, it means massive amounts of problems for Anchorage residents.  We’ve had numerous roofs cave in, ice dams, roofs leaking, and the list goes on.  On Monday, I lined up someone to come out and shovel the roof and hopefully, prevent any problems.  We only had 3 days to keep the status quo.  I really thought we were going to be able to sneak by without any problems this year but low and behold, on Tuesday I came home to a huge puddle of water in the gym.  I don’t know why these things always seem to happen when Steve is out of town?!?  I promised him I wouldn’t get on the roof, so it was a matter of trying to find someone to come out and look at the roof at 7:00 PM.  Thankfully, the contractor who built our fence was able to come out and work on the roof.  We had a huge ice dam and water was seeping in under the flashing of the skylight.  He was able to stop the leaking and created a large trough in the ice dam to allow the melting, puddling water to drain.

Today a girlfriend’s husband, who has a small handyman business came and shoveled thousands of pounds of snow off of our roof.  It took him a back-breaking 7 1/2 hours to shovel our entire roof.  The aftermath of his work is astounding!

View out of the kitchen and front room windows

Poor Pongo can’t even keep watch for “intruder” dogs on the street anymore!

Shortly after Nick got done shoveling, the doorbell rang.  I answered the door to two pre-teen boys begging me to let them build a fort in the “huge snow pile” in front of our house.  I had to be the grouchy neighbor lady and say “no” in fear the fort would collapse on them from the weight of the snow, and we would be held liable.  Sorry boys.

Now, I just hope all this snow melts in a neat and orderly manner…

Words of Encouragement

Pongo received a card from Grandma Bev while Mama and Papa were in Texas.  I’m sure he took Grandma Bev’s words of wisdom to heart and worked really hard at being a good boy while staying with Miss Kari.

Thank you, Grandma Bev for putting a smile on everyone’s face!

Taking On Texas: Part 2

After spending 4 days in Brownsville, we made the five hour drive up to San Antonio. I had never been to San Antonio but heard it was a great city to explore.  And, who ever I heard that from was not lying.  San Antonio kept us plenty busy for the two days we were there.  One of the best decisions we made was to stay at a hotel that was 8 blocks from the River Walk.  We walked everywhere enjoying the perfect weather.

Walking Through The King William Historic District 

Steve engaged in his favorite past time: finding survey monuments

The River Walk

Outside The Alamo (It was probably a 4 hour wait to actually go in!)

Japanese Tea Garden

We had a wonderful trip spending time with my parents; I know we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves because we knew Pongo and Reid were safe with Miss Kari and Miss Peg.  And while Pongo had a blast at Miss Kari’s, I do think he was relieved to be home with his family as he slept all day Saturday and all day Sunday!

Taking On Texas: Part 1

Spring break is here and Steve and I decided to take the plunge: take a trip without the dogs. We have only traveled once before without Pongo, and that time we were able to have a friend stay at the house with all of the pets. This time, Reid went to stay with Miss Peg and Pongo went to stay with Miss Kari. Reid is so easy going that we had no worries about leaving her, plus she’s been to doggie sleepovers before. Pongo, on the other hand has not. We were apprehensive about leaving him with someone but knew he would be in good hands with Miss Kari; she knows his idiosyncrasies. Miss Kari is also graciously stopping in a couple times a day to check in on Puna and give her some lovin’.

The trip down to visit with my parents in Brownsville, Texas was a 20 hour ordeal but we made it and have been enjoying the warm weather and spending time outdoors:

Boca Chica Beach




Golf Tournament: Team Alaska



Steve won the “longest drive” and sports the coveted green jacket.



And, we’ve received lots of updates on how the dogs are doing: Reid, fantastic as always.


Pongo has done really well for being away from Mama, Papa and the safety of his own home. He is behaving himself and being a respectful house guest.





Pongo showing off his obsession with water bottles.


The only issue he’s had was separating from Miss Kari at daycare yesterday. He was rather obnoxious barking at the wall and door of the classroom to get at her. She is getting to experience what cattle dog owners call the Velcro dog. Today at daycare though, he was a very good boy and appears totally smitten with his new girlfriend, Bella.


We are just so thankful and pleased that things are going so well. Tomorrow, we’re off to San Antonio.