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Title: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 03, 2019, 04:36:21 pm
December 03, 2019 

I am considering my new thread as my personal journal of my life and times as a full time woman in a small town in Alaska.

I am 39 years old and I started my transition in March of 2015 and was able to go Full-Time in December of 2016.
I then immediately quit my executive job in a medium sizecompany heading up the accounting department and
relocated here to a very small Alaskan town to take over a retired man's accounting firm.

As a CPA and Certified Financial Planner I started my own woman-owned business.  I was able to build my business
fairly quickly with both personal and business clients.

Thank you for coming to my new thread, I will post more a little later today......


HUGS,
Danielle



For my new readers and potential followers: The following information and LINKS will guide you to my previous and informative threads that I had started writing back in February 2018.   Numerous threads, comments and over 18,500 posts later here I am starting all over once again, please bear with me and feel free to ask me any questions and/or make any comments that are on your mind.

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 39


***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250548.0.html)
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html)
Trouble Posting a VIDEO??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243185.0.html)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 03, 2019, 04:39:29 pm
Thank you for sharing what I imagine will be a compelling read that will give hope to many members here as they search for their own path.

Hugs and smiles, Jess 🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Laura1951 on December 03, 2019, 04:42:28 pm
@Danielle

OK, now I'm confused. Are you experiencing multiple personalities? LOL

I've loved following all your posts from the start and have greatly appreciated your advice here (as well as being amazed about how you found the time to balance, love, business, life and Susan's.

How was Thanksgiving?

Laura
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 03, 2019, 04:51:12 pm
Here is more......

I came to my small "off-the -beaten path" town knowing no one.   
I had talked to a few town officials about starting my new business here and they helped me to find an office space I could rent right in the center of town.  I made a point of getting involved in local civic events and activities and was warmly welcomed for my participation.
For my business it is fortunate to have a good visible location but also it happens to be right next door to the local coffee shop which turns out to be the local morning meet and greet center.

Just about every morning I find myself in the coffee shop to socialize and to have coffee and/or a light breakfast.  I quickly became acquainted with just about everyone in my small town and I have found wonderful acceptance.
I have a fond and exciting story regarding how I came out to the town and revealed my past life but I will save that for anther time.

.... more to come, patience please.
Danielle

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 03, 2019, 05:18:51 pm
@Danielle

OK, now I'm confused. Are you experiencing multiple personalities? LOL

I've loved following all your posts from the start and have greatly appreciated your advice here (as well as being amazed about how you found the time to balance, love, business, life and Susan's.

How was Thanksgiving?

Laura

@Laura1951     
Dear Laura:
Thank you for coming to my new thread....
No multiple personalities that I am aware of, perhaps my friends may identify a few!  LOL   ::)

I appreciate that you took the time to read my previous threads from the start so now you have a pretty good idea of who I am and what has already been happening in my life.

Thank you also for your kind words regarding my past advice....   

Thanksgiving holiday celebrations are still going on.   I am still near Billiings, Montana at my ToothFairy sweetie's parents ranch-home for several more days before my ToothFairy and I take a road trips back west through Montana, Idaho and Washington states.  We have more friends to stop over and visit before we fly back home to Alaska in a few more days.

We were have been busy getting things set up for Christmas, outside and inside lights and decorations and of course planning for a tree.   Yesterday a group of us went out on the property and found a Christmas tree to cut down and we brought it into the house and have since been busy decorating it with lights and ornaments.  Since I am one of the shorter individuals here, I have been relegated to decorating the lower branches of the tree.

Again, thank you for writing and hopefully you will be one of my threads first followers along with @Jessica

Stay tuned for more soon....
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 03, 2019, 05:50:01 pm
Thank you for sharing what I imagine will be a compelling read that will give hope to many members here as they search for their own path.

Hugs and smiles, Jess 🌸🌸🌸

@Jessica
Dear Jess:
Thank you for coming to my new thread.  It was by your prompting and concern for me and my friends and followers of my previous threads that I was able to have the emotional energy to sign up again on the Forums and continue my the story of my life.
Me saying THANK YOU to you is not enough.  You are so very much appreciated.

HUGS, and more HUGS,
Danielle


For my new readers and potential followers: The following information and LINKS will guide you to my previous and informative threads that I had started writing back in February 2018.   Numerous threads, comments and over 18,500 posts later here I am starting all over once again, please bear with me and feel free to ask me any questions and/or make any comments that are on your mind.

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 39


***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250548.0.html)
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html)
Trouble Posting a VIDEO??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243185.0.html)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on December 03, 2019, 06:21:28 pm
Welcome back!   :)

Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: AllieSF on December 03, 2019, 06:29:53 pm
Dear Danielle,

Welcome back???  I just thought that you were very busy in Montana on the ranch, shoveling snow and enjoying the Holiday with your dear girlfriend and her family.  Did you actually close your account and leave?  Please fill in the details, if you can, for us anxious followers.  We all love following your story from the middle of Alaska and Montana.  I hope all is well with you in particular and all your friends and family.

Hugs,

Allie
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: GordonG on December 03, 2019, 07:21:18 pm
Dear Danielle,

Welcome back???  I just thought that you were very busy in Montana on the ranch, shoveling snow and enjoying the Holiday with your dear girlfriend and her family.  Did you actually close your account and leave?  Please fill in the details, if you can, for us anxious followers.  We all love following your story from the middle of Alaska and Montana.  I hope all is well with you in particular and all your friends and family.

Hugs,

Allie

Yes indeed, we want to know why the new account, and new name!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Linde on December 03, 2019, 11:04:19 pm
Hi, willkommen zurück auch von mir!  And like the others I wonder, what happened?
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 03, 2019, 11:48:58 pm
@AllieSF  @GordonG  @Colleen_definitely  @Linde  @ChrissyRyan
My dear followers: 
Thank you for your comments and thoughts.... and your "welcome back" messages.
Regarding me coming back with a new name and a new profile, let me just say that it was my fault and my error.
The good news is that I am back now ready to enjoy exchanging comments with all of my friends and followers.
HUGS,
Danielle

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***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250548.0.html)
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html)
Trouble Posting a VIDEO??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243185.0.html)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Lexxi on December 04, 2019, 12:03:10 am
Hi Danielle,

I'm so glad that you're back!! The site was a lesser place without your smiling face popping up in the threads. You are a very trusted member here, and the site just isn't the same without you!! I like your new avatar name by the way.

Hope you're having fun in Montana...if that's where you still are. I look forward to reading your new thread.

xoxo
Lexxi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 04, 2019, 12:40:31 am
@Lexxi
Dear Lexxi:
Thank you so much for your kind and much appreciated words.
When I came back to the Forums I thought that my new  Northern Star Girl  name would be quite appropriate considering where I live.

Yes, I am still in Montana for several more days before me and my ToothFairy get back on the road to head back home.
We had a great time at her parents home-ranch for the Thanksgiving holiday and the last couple days we have been decorating the place for Christmas.

Regarding my smiling face, as I have done previously I will be posting a picture of myself from time to time showing my smile and my blue eyes.

Thank you for coming to my new thread, you are always welcome here... as always.

HUGS,
Danielle


Hi Danielle,

I'm so glad that you're back!! The site was a lesser place without your smiling face popping up in the threads. You are a very trusted member here, and the site just isn't the same without you!! I like your new avatar name by the way.

Hope you're having fun in Montana...if that's where you still are. I look forward to reading your new thread.

xoxo
Lexxi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on December 04, 2019, 02:47:05 am
Well I did say HI yesterday but looks like you changed the thread?? anyways HI again its good you are back. Have fun on your break XXXXX D
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 04, 2019, 08:56:33 am
Well I did say HI yesterday but looks like you changed the thread?? anyways HI again its good you are back. Have fun on your break XXXXX

@Davina61
Dear Davina:
Thank you for saying hello upon my return. 

I am so sorry that I changed my thread, or rather, added a new thread.
I have been going through some turmoil lately and have been a busy girl during my visit to my sweetie ToothFairy's parents home at their Montana ranch.
I guess that I threw a monkey-wrench in your plans to follow my thread....
..... (or would that be a monkey-spannner in UK parlance?)

My previous thread is still quite active so if you are so inclined please feel free to CONTINUE to post your thoughts there also:
    A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
 .
I trust that you are doing well with the Christmas holiday coming up soon. 
I suppose that you may be making lots of your famous clocks out of spare automobile parts to use as gifts.
I will be visiting your thread soon to read and see what you have been up to.

Again, I appreciate your "hi" and thank you for following my threads, you are always welcome

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle

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For my new readers and potential followers: The following information and LINKS will guide you to my previous and informative threads that I had started writing back in February 2018.   Numerous threads, comments and over 18,500 posts later here I am starting all over once again, please bear with me and feel free to ask me any questions and/or make any comments that are on your mind[/size].

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 39


***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250548.0.html)
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html)
Trouble Posting a VIDEO??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243185.0.html)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Dorit on December 04, 2019, 09:22:26 am
Hi Girl!  I want to post and say hello so I can follow your new thread.   I hope you have recovered from your latest turmoil.  I understand, it seems to come with the territory. :(

We have some things in common; I too am self employed in a very small town.  I transitioned here and also found the people amazingly accepting.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 04, 2019, 10:47:00 am
@Dorit
Dear Dorit:
Thank you for finding my newest thread here.   I am so glad that you posted here and will be following my life adventures.   As I had told others, my previous thread that you were following is still active and also please feel free to post your thoughts there too...
      A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)

Yes indeed, instead of us getting "lost" among the crowds in a large city, we both chose to live in a very small town where we can make friends and acquaintances quickly.  Shortly after I arrived here and started fitting in I knew many people by their name and they knew my name....  I was quickly accepted as my previous thread detailed...
      I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
If you have not read read my "Hunted Prey" thread, start at the beginning and read for a while and you will find out more about my first days in my small town.

Thank you for following and reading this thread and my other threads.
As with all that come to my threads, you are always welcome here to comment, vent, or to talk about anything that you like.

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle


Hi Girl!  I want to post and say hello so I can follow your new thread.   I hope you have recovered from your latest turmoil.  I understand, it seems to come with the territory. :(

We have some things in common; I too am self employed in a very small town.  I transitioned here and also found the people amazingly accepting.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Donica on December 04, 2019, 01:56:05 pm
Ya you can't fool me. I know you're our Northern Star sister. There have been lots of changes going on everywhere. Hopefully all are happy changes.

Hugs!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on December 04, 2019, 03:13:49 pm
When I saw the title of this thread, I was thinking that maybe there's someone Danielle knows or is close to her?

Then I found out, of course, it was no other than Danielle herself!

I got through maybe a quarter of your hunted quarry thread, or whatever it was called? Unfortunately, as it was longer than Lord of the Rings, I didn't have time to finish it :)

Maybe I'll be able to keep up with this one... we'll have to see!

Ellie
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 04, 2019, 03:30:55 pm
Ya you can't fool me. I know you're our Northern Star sister. There have been lots of changes going on everywhere. Hopefully all are happy changes.

Hugs!

@
Dear Donica:
Yes indeed, I am the same Northern Star sister and the same Alaskan Danielle
I have been experiencing changes in my life and my relationships, check out my thread...
...Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)

Certainly not all are happy changes, but overall they are changes that I have to deal with and with my positive attitude I will move forward and make lemonade out of the lemons that life throws at me.

I trust that you are doing well.  I read on your thread that your debridement is now all healed up now.  Wow, that is wonderful to read.  That post surgery difficulty was certainly a difficult thing for you to physically and mentally overcome....  kudos to you for being a very strong woman.

Thank you for finding my new thread and sharing your thoughts and comments.
Of course you are always welcome here any time!

HUGS, and best wishes....
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 04, 2019, 03:44:50 pm
When I saw the title of this thread, I was thinking that maybe there's someone Danielle knows or is close to her?

Then I found out, of course, it was no other than Danielle herself!

I got through maybe a quarter of your hunted quarry thread, or whatever it was called? Unfortunately, as it was longer than Lord of the Rings, I didn't have time to finish it :)

Maybe I'll be able to keep up with this one... we'll have to see!

Ellie

@Ellie_Arroway
Dear Ellie:

As others have also wondered...  there is not doubt now,
I am the very same Danielle  aka: Alaskan Danielle   aka: Northern Star Girl  in the cold up-north in Alaska.

I am flattered that you took a stab at reading my original "Hunted Prey" thread.  It is indeed long, 100 pages and almost 2,000 reply comments.   My other readers and followers have found my early experiences in my full-time life endeavors in a very small Alaskan town to be encouraging, informative, and even educations..... along with so unexpected things happening in my life....  I even re-read it from time to time.  It is my personal journal that I voluntarily share with my reades and followers here on the forums.

Below I have listed all of my other forums threads that may be of interest to you.

Thank you again for coming to my newest thread and sharing your thoughts.  Please know that you are always welcome here to post whatever you like.

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

For my new readers and potential followers: The following information and LINKS will guide you to my previous and informative threads that I had started writing back in February 2018.   Numerous threads, comments and over 18,500 posts later here I am starting all over once again, please bear with me and feel free to ask me any questions and/or make any comments that are on your mind[/size].

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 39


***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250548.0.html)
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html)
Trouble Posting a VIDEO??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243185.0.html)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 05, 2019, 10:23:52 am
I am so glad you returned!  Your positive attitude brings smiles and joy to many here that find smiles and joy hard to find.  When you show us that life is how you make and deal with the hardships that come on this rough road we have chosen, it makes us realize it can be done.

Thank you so much for being that guiding light in the north!

Hugs and smiles, Jess 🌸🌸🌸




@Northern Star Girl
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 05, 2019, 03:30:13 pm
UPDATE:  December 05, 2019     
2:05PM Montana Time at my Sweetie's parent's home    12:05PM Alaskan Time back home


TRAVEL PLANS

Well, my wonderful Thanksgiving holiday visit with my Sweetie TootFairy and her parents and family in Montana near Billings will so becoming to a close.

This weekend, most likely early Saturday morning we will be heading west through Montana, Northern Idaho and then Washington State.  We will make some stops to visit friends on the way back before we finally end up at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SeaTac to those that know these things) to fly back home to Alaska.

We will be stopping in Bozeman, MT, then Coeur d'Alene, Idaho,   Spokane, WA,   Moses Lake, WA,   then further Northwest to the little town on Sequim, WA before heading back toward the airport......  these will generally be very brief stops with a likely overnight stops in Spokane WA and another overnight stay in Federal Way, near the airport.

It has been a fun, enjoyable, and personally rewarding trip, especially for me for gaining acceptance from my new "family" in Montana.   
Both my ToothFairy and I need to get back to our jobs, we both have more vacation plans in the future but we need the income as well.... bills have to be paid.   
Work is the yeast that raises the dough as my father always told me when I was growing up.

I will try to post some more pictures soon.
Thank you for following my thread, I will all of my readers and followers well and good health.

HUGS,
Danielle


cc: @Jessica
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on December 05, 2019, 03:37:32 pm
Safe trip home , breaks are never long enough are they.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 05, 2019, 03:50:52 pm
Drive safely, as I know the route you are taking and it can be spectacular!
If you get a chance to visit Sequim on the other side of the Sound, you could possibly experience the weather I enjoy in California.  It’s in the rain shadow of Mount Olympus.

Hugs and smiles from a California girl

ps: I will be heading on my vacation to Mexico on Saturday as well.  I may have no internet at all for a week.


@Northern Star Girl
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 05, 2019, 04:15:21 pm
Drive safely, as I know the route you are taking and it can be spectacular!
If you get a chance to visit Sequim on the other side of the Sound, you could possibly experience the weather I enjoy in California.  It’s in the rain shadow of Mount Olympus.

Hugs and smiles from a California girl


@Northern Star Girl
@Jessica
Dear Jess:
I definitely agree with what you stated., I was in the Sequim and Port Angeles area last year to attend a wedding.... very lovely area, small towns, mountains, water, and as you stated Sequim has a dryer and sunnier climate that is similar to Northern California...... and, however,  not as many earthquakes....  ::)

*I do have a very important specific stop to make in that area so I will be there for sure.

As you and others may know from my description of the route that my ToothFairy and I will be driving, we will be on Interstate-90 all the way from Billings, MT to Seattle, WA.   We will be going over many mountain passes on the way back and may be experiencing so difficult winter driving in the snow and cold.   We have a properly equipped vehicle and we are both Alaska Girls so we have a handle on how to drive in that kind of weather.

There are several mountain passes on the way back but the most significant ones are:
*** HomeStake Pass right before Butte, MT...  it goes over the Continental Divide in the Rockies at 6923 feet elevation at the summit.
***Lookout Pass between Montana and Idaho, at an elevation at the summit of 4710 feet.
***Snoqualmie Pass at the end of the drive through Eastern Washington, drops into Seattle.  Elevation at the summit is 2726 feet.  It is quite a bit lower in elevation than the other passes but the Pacific Northwest part of Washington State is very rainy and that means lots of snow and ice in the winter.

All three of the passes can bring on difficult travel in the winter time... travel delays especially on Snoqualmie Pass are common, I am told because it is so busy being close to the major city of Seattle and the route is the major east/west road from Seattle to the east.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: GordonG on December 05, 2019, 04:15:45 pm
I've traveled the same route as you many times, as we have a daughter who lives in Helena MT and used to live in Bozeman.  I live in Arlington WA which is about 40 miles NE of Edmonds WA where you'll probably catch the Edmonds-Kingston ferry to go to Sequim.

I wish you a pleasant journey.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 05, 2019, 04:26:50 pm
@Jessica
Dear Jess:
I definitely agree with what you stated., I was in the Sequim and Port Angeles area last year to attend a wedding.... very lovely area, small towns, mountains, water, and as you stated Sequim has a dryer and sunnier climate that is similar to Northern California...... and, however,  not as many earthquakes....  ::)

*I do have a very important specific stop to make in that area so I will be there for sure.

As you and others may know from my description of the route that my ToothFairy and I will be driving, we will be on Interstate-90 all the way from Billings, MT to Seattle, WA.   We will be going over many mountain passes on the way back and may be experiencing so difficult winter driving in the snow and cold.   We have a properly equipped vehicle and we are both Alaska Girls so we have a handle on how to drive in that kind of weather.

There are several mountain passes on the way back but the most significant ones are:
*** HomeStake Pass right before Butte, MT...  it goes over the Continental Divide in the Rockies at 6923 feet elevation at the summit.
***Lookout Pass between Montana and Idaho, at an elevation at the summit of 4710 feet.
***Snoqualmie Pass at the end of the drive through Eastern Washington, drops into Seattle.  Elevation at the summit is 2726 feet.  It is quite a bit lower in elevation than the other passes but the Pacific Northwest part of Washington State is very rainy and that means lots of snow and ice in the winter.

All three of the passes can bring on difficult travel in the winter time... travel delays especially on Snoqualmie Pass are common, I am told because it is so busy being close to the major city of Seattle and the route is the major east/west road from Seattle to the east.

HUGS,
Danielle

I lived in the shadow of Mount Rainier for years and I’m quite aware of its volcanic potential.
I would rather street surf than mess with a volcanic lahar!

Oh and by the way, stop at Snoqualmie Falls if you have the time and post your smiling face in front of it.

Hugs and smiles 🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 05, 2019, 04:45:01 pm
I lived in the shadow of Mount Rainier for years and I’m quite aware of its volcanic potential.
I would rather street surf than mess with a volcanic lahar!

Oh and by the way, stop at Snoqualmie Falls if you have the time and post your smiling face in front of it.

Hugs and smiles 🌸🌸🌸

@Jessica
Dear Jess:
I tend to agree with you about volcanoes versus earthquakes, however I don't wish to be in either scenario.
My friends in Bozeman, MT are less than 70 miles from Yellowstone, and of course that area is know for the Yellowstone Super Volcano that can take out most of the Western States if that goes off.   Like my friends told me, it is better to be at ground-zero and have it over in a flash than to suffer the long term consequences of such a large nearby disaster.

We are going to make a few stops in the Seattle area, one of them will hopefully be at the famous Pike Place Market in Seattle,  I am not sure about Snoqualmie Falls however, it may be dark by the time we get there.  We will play it by ear, it will be a long, long drive.

When I get time I am planning to post a few photos from my visit in Montana.... one hopefully of the family "cousins" lunch out went very well... I felt so included in all the activities.
I do not want to ignore my hosts too much by being online all of the time.  Since I was there last August the cell phone coverage is much better now... a new tower in that area perhaps? 
I am already being sternly looked at by my Toothfairy-sweetie when I get stuck behind my laptop for too long.

HUGS,
Danielle

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A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html)
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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on December 05, 2019, 04:54:59 pm
a dryer and sunnier climate that is similar to Northern California...... and, however,  not as many earthquakes....  ::)

It only takes one: the Big One, which is due any year now.   :o

Still, I hope you and your Sweetie have a pleasant drive, free of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic lahars, not to mention snow closures.  And I hope you have a pleasant flight home.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on December 05, 2019, 07:46:05 pm
Danielle, please drive safely (I know you will).  And heed the TF and enjoy time with your hosts.  You can post later.  We'll all be here!
Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Emma1017 on December 06, 2019, 08:56:55 am
Danielle it is always a pleasure to read your threads.  The absolutely positive nature has made me smile during some really tough days.  Your smile cuts through the blues every time.

Have a wonderful trip with your sweetie.  It all sounds soooo cool!  Enjoy!!!

Hugs,

Emma
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 08, 2019, 08:46:51 am
UPDATE:   Sunday morning 6:30AM  December 08, 2019.

On the way home.   My sweetie and I left her parents home (near Billings, MT) yesterday morning. 
The roads (Interstate 90) were icy and filled with snow but as we kept heading west toward the Idaho line
it cleared up and warmed up substantially.

We stayed the night last night with friends in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho not too far from the Washington State line.  We are getting ready to go to early church service with our friends and then will get back on the road heading west through Washington toward Seattle.   We will be stopping along the way in Moses Lake, WA to briefly visit other friends that we know there.

We have another couple days of travel, sight seeing and visiting before our flight leaves for back home in Alaska on Wednesday.

When I am not driving and if I have enough good cell service I will try to attach some photos of my life and times with my sweetie and her very accepting parents.

QUESTIONS for my followers:
What have you been doing this week and the week of the Thanksgiving holiday ???
Please feel free to share your recent adventures here on my thread.


HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle

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Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 39


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A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html)
Trouble Posting a VIDEO??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243185.0.html)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 09, 2019, 06:30:55 pm
UPDATE:  MONDAY,  December 09, 2019

Our travel update... we made it last night to Federal Way, Washington, about 20 miles south of Seattle.  The roads were basically clear once we got into Idaho on Interstate 90.

In Federal Way, we are staying with friends of my ToothFairy sweetie... they were both working today so we have their house to ourselves.... which is just fine, we are relaxing and just doing nothing today trying to recover from our road trip.  Both of us have been catching up with our online chores and activites... paying bills, contacting friends and of course I am spending time on the Susan's Place Forums.

We are on our way Tuesday, tomorrow morning further west to the Olympic Peninsula to the small towns of
Sequim and Port  Angeles to see friends there, that evening we will drive back to our hotel near the Seattle airport to spend Tuesday night and be able to be at the airport very early Wednesday morning for our flight back home.

@Emma1017  @JudiBlueEyes  @KathyLauren  @Jessica  @GordonG  @Davina61 @Ellie_Arroway  @Donica
@Lexxi  @Dorit  @Linde  @AllieSF  @ChrissyRyan  @Laura1951
Thank you friends mentioned above and all other of my followers and readers for your well wishes and taking the time to comment on my thread.


HUGS and more HUGS 
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 09, 2019, 06:43:57 pm
UPDATE:  MONDAY,  December 09, 2019

Our travel update... we made it last night to Federal Way, Washington, about 20 miles south of Seattle.  The roads were basically clear once we got into Idaho on Interstate 90.

In Federal Way, we are staying with friends of my ToothFairy sweetie... they were both working today so we have their house to ourselves.... which is just fine, we are relaxing and just doing nothing today trying to recover from our road trip.  Both of us have been catching up with our online chores and activites... paying bills, contacting friends and of course I am spending time on the Susan's Place Forums.

We are on our way Tuesday, tomorrow morning further west to the Olympic Peninsula to the small towns of
Sequim and Port  Angeles to see friends there, that evening we will drive back to our hotel near the Seattle airport to spend Tuesday night and be able to be at the airport very early Wednesday morning for our flight back home.

@Emma1017  @JudiBlueEyes  @KathyLauren  @Jessica  @GordonG  @Davina61 @Ellie_Arroway  @Donica
@Lexxi  @Dorit  @Linde  @AllieSF  @ChrissyRyan  @Laura1951
Thank you friends mentioned above and all other of my followers and readers for your well wishes and taking the time to comment on my thread.


HUGS and more HUGS 
Danielle


❄️🌸💕🌸❄️
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 09, 2019, 09:56:00 pm
A break from reality with all its drama is necessary to help keep a balanced reality.
Ian so happy that you’ve been able to take this break into an alternate way of thinking and being, even for just awhile.
You certainly have broken the day to day humdrum by spending it with loved ones that love you
❄️🌸💕🌸❄️
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 10, 2019, 12:35:36 am
Dear Readers and Followers:
It's getting late, about 10:30PM here in Federal Way, Washiington....  heading west to the Olympic Peninsula tomorrow morning.

I want to take a moment to sincerely thank my readers and followers that have come to my
new thread here and have posted comments.... "The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl"


@Jessica         @Laura1951         @ChrissyRyan     
@AllieSF           @GordonG          @Linde       
@Lexxi         @Davina61          @Dorit       
@Donica          @Ellie_ArrowWay          @Emma1017         
@KathyLauren         @JudiBlueEyes


My previous member name was  Alaskan Danielle  and I am aware that many of my  Alaskan Danielle  followers were not aware of my new member name  Northern Star Girl  and had difficulty finding me on the Forums.  Thank you to all for finding me here.

HUGS and best wishes to you all.
Danielle
  (formerly Alaskan Danielle)
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Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 39


***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250548.0.html)
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html)
Trouble Posting a VIDEO??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243185.0.html)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on December 10, 2019, 03:44:43 am
Well seeing we have been dumped in the blog section its not surprising no one can find us. Last day of my holiday today so back to the grind tomorrow. Safe trip back home and stoke the fire up!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on December 10, 2019, 12:50:04 pm
I like your current avatar; most appropriate!

I'm sure it will change, so for the benefit of readers who are just coming to this thread, it depicts Ursa Major (the Plough, the Great Bear, the Big Dipper, the Saucepan; I'm sure it has many other names) pointing towards Polaris, otherwise known of course as the Northern Star.

That brings back some beautiful childhood memories for me! I was fascinated by astronomy and sometimes I remember just lying down outside on a clear, starry night, and marvelling at the stars. It made me feel at peace with the world, somehow!

Thank you so much Danielle for triggering those wonderful memories!

I own an 8" reflector but I haven't used it for years. I'm too lazy to get it out anymore.

Ellie
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 10, 2019, 01:04:28 pm
Well seeing we have been dumped in the blog section its not surprising no one can find us. Last day of my holiday today so back to the grind tomorrow. Safe trip back home and stoke the fire up!!
@Davina61
Dear Davina:
Thank you for finding me... I am confusing my long time members, they tell me that they can't find me !!!
I guess it is my fault, I changed my long-time member name
from Alaskan Danielle  to  Northern Star Girl ...
... and also all 3 of my personal threads have been moved to the BLOG section of the Forums. 
The good news is that our threads with recent activity show up on the Recent Topics section.

We are driving now to continue our trip and next stops before we head back to the Seattle airport area tonight.
  Tonight we have an airport hotel, so it will be easy to get on our early Wednesday morning flight back home to Alaska.

Thank you for writing and sharing your good thoughts.

HUGS and more HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 10, 2019, 01:20:10 pm
I like your current avatar; most appropriate!

I'm sure it will change, so for the benefit of readers who are just coming to this thread, it depicts Ursa Major (the Plough, the Great Bear, the Big Dipper, the Saucepan; I'm sure it has many other names) pointing towards Polaris, otherwise known of course as the Northern Star.

That brings back some beautiful childhood memories for me! I was fascinated by astronomy and sometimes I remember just lying down outside on a clear, starry night, and marvelling at the stars. It made me feel at peace with the world, somehow!

Thank you so much Danielle for triggering those wonderful memories!

I own an 8" reflector but I haven't used it for years. I'm too lazy to get it out anymore.

Ellie
@Ellie_Arroway
Dear Ellie:
Thank you for your way-too-kind word in your comment reply today.
Yes, as you do, I think that my current Avatar showing the Alaska State Flag with my past and current member name will hopefully assist new members in figuring out who I am and where to look for my posts and comments.
                    (https://i.imgur.com/a7P0Uc6.jpg)

I appreciate your description of the stars on the Alaskan State Flag ...  I am interested in star-gazing but I do not own any telescopes... the very good news is that where I live in my very small Alaska town, there is absolutely no light pollution, and in the winter we have very long 20+ hour nights. 

The sky is very bright on a clear night and with my very good binoculars I can see quite a bit of various features in the night sky.    I have a couple star-gazing apps on my phone which help a lot to find the various features in the sky above. 
My favorite iPhone App for night sky gazing is "Sky Guide"

Thank you so much for finding my threads and for your kind comments.
As with all of my readers and followers YOU are always welcome here to comment about anything that you wish.

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Perry on December 10, 2019, 01:47:46 pm
Safe flight & commute home Danielle!

Perry
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 10, 2019, 02:15:34 pm
Safe flight & commute home Danielle!

Perry

@Perry
Dear Perry:
Thank you for your well wishes.

I will now add you to my list of followers that have posted comment replies here on my new thread.

Please know that your comment replies are always welcome.


HUG and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Julie H on December 10, 2019, 02:40:55 pm
Have a safe flight and hope you had a great time.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on December 10, 2019, 04:13:11 pm
Safe travels and lucky stars to you
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: HappyMoni on December 10, 2019, 04:42:18 pm
@Davina61
Dear Davina:
Thank you for finding me... I am confusing my long time members, they tell me that they can't find me !!!
I guess it is my fault, I changed my long-time member name
from Alaskan Danielle  to  Northern Star Girl ...
... and also all 3 of my personal threads have been moved to the BLOG section of the Forums. 
The good news is that our threads with recent activity show up on the Recent Topics section.

We are driving now to continue our trip and next stops before we head back to the Seattle airport area tonight.
  Tonight we have an airport hotel, so it will be easy to get on our early Wednesday morning flight back home to Alaska.

Thank you for writing and sharing your good thoughts.

HUGS and more HUGS,
Danielle


Danielle, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet!"



I know little poetry, The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe was my other choice. Haha! Figured the above was more appropriate here. Don't worry people will find ya!  "Forever more!"
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KimOct on December 10, 2019, 06:02:11 pm
Moni when I saw you posted poetry I thought it might be....

There was a man from Nantucket..... ;D

Be well Danielle and travel safe.  :)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 11, 2019, 12:14:14 pm
UPDATE:  December 11, 2019  Wednesday morning.

I will be boarding my flight home very soon.  I have had an absolutely wonderful road trip/vacation and spending time with my sweetie Toothfairy and enjoying the Thanksgiving Holiday times with her parents in Montana.  On our road trip on sometimes snowy roads we made some stops to visit our various friends in different towns on the way to Montana and the way back to the Seattle area and finally at the airport this morning.


      ***Thank you for your well wishes for my safe flight home.

@Jessica  @KimOct   @HappyMoni  @Maddie 
@Julie H  @Perry  @Ellie_Arroway  @Davina61


I will be posting some pictures on or before this weekend.


HUGS, and thank you for following my thread and life endeavors.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 11, 2019, 04:16:32 pm
UPDATE:  December 11, 2019  Wednesday morning.

I will be boarding my flight home very soon.  I have had an absolutely wonderful road trip/vacation and spending time with my sweetie Toothfairy and enjoying the Thanksgiving Holiday times with her parents in Montana.  On our road trip on sometimes snowy roads we made some stops to visit our various friends in different towns on the way to Montana and the way back to the Seattle area and finally at the airport this morning.


      ***Thank you for your well wishes for my safe flight home.

@Jessica  @KimOct   @HappyMoni  @Maddie 
@Julie H  @Perry  @Ellie_Arroway  @Davina61


I will be posting some pictures on or before this weekend.


HUGS, and thank you for following my thread and life endeavors.
Danielle


Safe travels my dear friend ❄️🌸💕🌸❄️
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 11, 2019, 04:24:30 pm
Going HOME update:  December 11, 2019   Wednesday

The flight from Seattle arrived in Anchorage and we got on our flight to Fairbanks just in time.. 
We are here in Fairbanks now...  it is now 1:00PM in the afternoon (Alaskan time)

We are getting our bags now and will get to the long term parking lot to get my sweeties SUV and head home... if we are lucky we will be home by dinner time... we are going to stop for a quick lunch however, the airplane cookies, pretzels and juice did little to curb our appetite.

It's 23 degrees(f) here and snowing lightly and there are about 8 to 12 inches of snow on the ground at the airport so the road conditions hopefully are not going to be a problem unless it gets worse on the 3 to 4 hour drive home...
...but we are prepared for that... we are Alaskan girl drivers... no problem.

More later....

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on December 11, 2019, 05:37:07 pm
I'm glad to read the bulk of your travel home has been good.  Please drive carefully and rest well after the long day of traveling.
Hugs, Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Dorit on December 12, 2019, 12:22:09 am
Thank you so much Danielle (דניאלה) :) for sharing your "other" journey!    Would you mind telling us the name of the town you live in so I can see it on Google Maps?
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarah1972 on December 12, 2019, 11:28:47 am
Welcome Home Danielle!

Glad you had such a pleasurable time in the last few weeks. I hope you have recovered and you enjoy sleeping in your own bed again. I am sure you will have to catch up on a lot of work tasks, so the rest you have gotten in the previous weeks should be a good start into the usual year end craziness.

Hugs,

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 12, 2019, 02:26:49 pm
Thank you so much Danielle (דניאלה) :) for sharing your "other" journey!    Would you mind telling us the name of the town you live in so I can see it on Google Maps?

@Dorit
Dear Dorit:
I appreciate your comments and that you are following my thread.

Regarding my exact location and small town that I live in, I do not share exact details of my location on the Forums but for your Google Map purposes, the "big city" town anywhere near me is Fairbanks, Alaska (population about 31,000) 
My town where I live is to the EAST of Fairbanks "heading toward" the Canadian border.

When I need more than simple medical care it means a several hour drive to Fairbanks or a 6 or 7 hour drive to Anchorage, the biggest city in Alaska (population about 294,000)  My endo is in Anchorage.

To help satisfy our shopping needs, every few months a several of my gal-friends and I make plans to travel to Fairbanks for a one-day shopping trip....
.... then if we want the big city shopping experience we will plan to do a 2 night shopping trip to Anchorage.   Some of those details for one of my first big-city shopping trips is detailed in the comments on my:               
                               "Hunted Prey" thread
   https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.msg2127007.html#msg2127007

Again, thank you for your thoughts and comments.
HUGS,
Danielle
         ;) cc:  @Jessica   @Sarah1972 ;)



 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on December 13, 2019, 07:57:03 am
Just catching up reading on the forums Danielle, and glad to read you made it home safely. Sounds like you have a great trip !

Hugs

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 13, 2019, 06:56:28 pm
UPDATE:  Friday, December 13, 2019
7 deg(f)  lots of snow on the ground.


I finally got back home Wednesday night, not too late.  We arrived at my house, I found that my driveway, sidewalk and deck were cleared of snow.... I have a hunch who is responsible... last year there were two guys that frequent the coffee shop that did that for me last year.  I better make them some cookies, a cake, or a pie for them before the weekend.

I will be posting a few pictures from my trip soon....

I am back in the saddle now .... catching up with work in my office, lots to do.
.
My tooth-fairy sweetie and I had a wonderful time at her parents home in Montana, and the road trip from Seattle to Montana and back to the Seattle, Washington area was terrific.  We made stops to visit our various friends along the way.

Finally back in Alaska on Wednesday afternoon, when I arrived at the Fairbanks, Alaska airport, I waited and waited and waited for my bags... I finally had to go to the baggage service counter... the good news is that they found my bags on the wrong baggage carousel. 
I can thank the barcode stickers that they put on each bag when it is checked in at the airport departure counter.
           Where, oh where is my lost bag? ???  :(                       
       (https://i.imgur.com/8R0RWqz.jpg)
Thank you for visiting my thread...
.... your comments and replies are always welcome.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 13, 2019, 07:12:55 pm
@Northern Star Girl
UPDATE:  Friday, December 13, 2019
7 deg(f)  lots of snow on the ground.


I finally got back home Wednesday night, not too late.  We arrived at my house, I found that my driveway, sidewalk and deck were cleared of snow.... I have a hunch who is responsible... last year there were two guys that frequent the coffee shop that did that for me last year.  I better make them some cookies, a cake, or a pie for them before the weekend.

I will be posting a few pictures from my trip soon....

I am back in the saddle now .... catching up with work in my office, lots to do.
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My tooth-fairy sweetie and I had a wonderful time at her parents home in Montana, and the road trip from Seattle to Montana and back to the Seattle, Washington area was terrific.  We made stops to visit our various friends along the way.

Finally back in Alaska on Wednesday afternoon, when I arrived at the Fairbanks, Alaska airport, I waited and waited and waited for my bags... I finally had to go to the baggage service counter... the good news is that they found my bags on the wrong baggage carousel.  I can thank the barcode stickers that they put on each bag when it is checked in at the airport departure counter
           Where, oh where is my lost bag? ???  :(                       
       (https://i.imgur.com/8R0RWqz.jpg)
Thank you for visiting my thread...

HUGS,
Danielle


Happy and sad news from you!  Happy that you had such a wonderful time with your sweeties family!  They certainly have taken a shine to you and obviously love you and your trademark smile.
Sad that your latest exploits with the baggage carousel took that smile off your face, if only for a short while.  I’m sure the pearly whites that brings satisfaction to your tooth fairy returned after your baggage was found.

Your question earlier to me offline I can answer in the affirmation of you sharing our personal exchange received in Sequim and my sweetie thinks your gift to me is very sweet.   

Hugs and smiles from a California girl
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 14, 2019, 01:06:09 am
Aweee, look what I got in the mail....
Thank you very much Jessica....
....your beautiful card and your nice words warmed my heart in the cold Alaskan winter.
Thank you for sending it to me and for your thoughtfulness.

HUGS and more HUGS
Danielle
       cc:  @Jessica
     (left click photos to enlarge)
 (https://i.imgur.com/CJcqavf.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/CbUOFfS.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on December 14, 2019, 12:47:47 pm
Neat card!

Glad your misplaced bag was returned. I missed an airport bus at San Francisco in Sept, because my bag was padlocked in some kind of impound for lost & naughty luggage

I'm smiling, but that is one distressed photo, you cute northern star girl you

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Lexxi on December 14, 2019, 08:26:28 pm


Finally back in Alaska on Wednesday afternoon, when I arrived at the Fairbanks, Alaska airport, I waited and waited and waited for my bags... I finally had to go to the baggage service counter... the good news is that they found my bags on the wrong baggage carousel. 
I can thank the barcode stickers that they put on each bag when it is checked in at the airport departure counter.
           Where, oh where is my lost bag? ???  :(                       
       (https://i.imgur.com/8R0RWqz.jpg)
Thank you for visiting my thread...
.... your comments and replies are always welcome.

HUGS,
Danielle

[/quote]

Why Danielle I don't believe I've ever seen you frown before. Every other picture I've seen you have that great big beautiful smile that you've become famous for. I hope you've been able to turn that frown upside down since this pic was taken.  :)

xoxo
Lexxi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 16, 2019, 04:25:24 pm
UPDATE: December 16, 2019  Monday
I am finally getting caught up with my work and with my baking since I returned to my home in Alaska from my almost 3 week road trip, visit to my Tooth-Fairy's parents in Montana, road trip back to Seattle and flight home....

There is a group of my friends from church that will be visiting some older folks and shut-ins this week to do some Christmas Caroling and giving out treat plates to brighten up their Christmas time.

On each of the plates that I have home made and home baked and this last weekend include:
    Caramel Popcorn,
    Cutout Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles,
    Chocolate Chip Cookies, Almond Roca,
    and Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti. 

All of them are my tried and true delicious recipes.  Other members of our group will be bringing their own versions of treat plates and treat baskets as we go around spreading our Caroling cheer.
     (left click to enlarge image)   
         (https://i.imgur.com/hSohWWI.jpg)

QUESTIONS for my Readers and Followers:
What special things for others do you do around this time of year?

HUGS and Merry Christmas to all of you.
Danielle


         PS:  @Jessica
     Dear Jess,
         I know that you like my cutout sugar cookies with sprinkles !!!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: GordonG on December 16, 2019, 05:33:34 pm
QUESTIONS for my Readers and Followers:
What special things for others do you do around this time of year?

My wife makes blackberry jam, and we hand it out to neighbors.
Merry Christmas to you!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on December 16, 2019, 07:20:54 pm
I've been blessed and enjoyed singing with amazing shut-in seniors for several holiday seasons. This year wanting to stay more shut-in (gratefully)myself...just doing a couple cards and small gifts.

Those are adorable wrapped treat plates.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: christinej78 on December 16, 2019, 10:41:52 pm
UPDATE: December 16, 2019  Monday
I am finally getting caught up with my work and with my baking since I returned to my home in Alaska from my almost 3 week road trip, visit to my Tooth-Fairy's parents in Montana, road trip back to Seattle and flight home....

There is a group of my friends from church that will be visiting some older folks and shut-ins this week to do some Christmas Caroling and giving out treat plates to brighten up their Christmas time.
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QUESTIONS for my Readers and Followers:
What special things for others do you do around this time of year?[/color]

HUGS and Merry Christmas to all of you.
Danielle

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Hi Danielle,                     16 December 2019

"We sit by the front door waiting for someone to bring us a plate with a couple cookies for Christmas. Every year turns out the same; no one shows. We learned it doesn't pay to give up, so we'll be there again.... waiting.... and waiting.... and hoping."

Actually, We are very lucky; We have caring friends and family that invite us to share Christmas with them and their friends and families.

The reason we wrote what we wrote was because we were thinking of all the poor souls that have no one to bring them anything; they will spend Christmas alone... hungry... while most of us will be with loving family and friends, enjoying a plentiful bounty of food and drink that is far out of reach of those poor souls. Something to think about.

Wishing Everyone Here A Very Blessed, Healthy Christmas and New Year!!

God Bless Always, Love

Dena and Christine
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 17, 2019, 04:26:42 pm
@Aspiringperson
UPDATE: December 16, 2019  Monday
I am finally getting caught up with my work and with my baking since I returned to my home in Alaska from my almost 3 week road trip, visit to my Tooth-Fairy's parents in Montana, road trip back to Seattle and flight home....

There is a group of my friends from church that will be visiting some older folks and shut-ins this week to do some Christmas Caroling and giving out treat plates to brighten up their Christmas time.

On each of the plates that I have home made and home baked and this last weekend include:
    Caramel Popcorn,
    Cutout Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles,
    Chocolate Chip Cookies, Almond Roca,
    and Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti. 

All of them are my tried and true delicious recipes.  Other members of our group will be bringing their own versions of treat plates and treat baskets as we go around spreading our Caroling cheer.
     (left click to enlarge image)   
         (https://i.imgur.com/hSohWWI.jpg)

QUESTIONS for my Readers and Followers:
What special things for others do you do around this time of year?

HUGS and Merry Christmas to all of you.
Danielle


         PS:  @Jessica
     Dear Jess,
         I know that you like my cutout sugar cookies with sprinkles !!!!


Thank you for remembering Danielle 🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 17, 2019, 06:43:24 pm
Pics of my trip to Montana with my ToothFairy, visiting her parents for Thanksgiving.
          (left click each photo to enlarge)
(https://i.imgur.com/DlzRE17.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/yDr9UFA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/AWaFVAj.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/jzIJiEE.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/o7ZF1BX.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/nE6Llqw.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/vpLIq0o.jpg?1)
      Lost  Bag
(https://i.imgur.com/sjyJdPy.jpg)
      Getting my Toothfairy's car at the airport for the ride home
(https://i.imgur.com/iwkToag.jpg)

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on December 17, 2019, 06:48:55 pm
Nice pics of Montana. How people can handle the cold is beyond me. I get so cold here and it gets only to single digits F.

That is so nice of you and you r friends to visit the shut ins and provide treats.

Rachel
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 17, 2019, 06:52:12 pm
@Aspiringperson

Thank you Danielle for sharing the visions of cold weather and adventure with us!

Hugs and smiles from a California girl
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on December 17, 2019, 07:57:38 pm
Nice pics!  Thanks for sharing them.

Snotty roads, though.  I am glad you and your Tooth Fairy sweetie are safely home.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on December 17, 2019, 10:12:32 pm
When one driving in the north country during the winter, there is always the possibility of snowy and/or icey roads to be concerned about.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 17, 2019, 10:24:20 pm
When one driving in the north country during the winter, there is always the possibility of snowy and/or icey roads to be concerned about.
@mm
Dear mm:
What you said above is an understatement.   It is a certainty that in Alaska, the northern US States and Canada that there will indeed be snowy and icy roads to deal with.   I am always prepared with good winter tires, well maintained vehicle, full tank of gas, tire chains, jumper cables, first aid kit, warm clothing and blankets, water, and some snacks and food.

Thanks for sharing and posting, you are always welcome on my threads.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 17, 2019, 10:25:54 pm
Yesterday and today I managed to get my Christmas tree put up at my OFFICE...... 
... I even managed to gather a few gifts under the tree from my friends at my coffee shop.
Danielle

        (https://i.imgur.com/ifap1O8.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on December 17, 2019, 10:30:35 pm
Danielle, looks like Christmas at your office with the tree and presents. Best in winter to bepared as you listed the items one should carry in your car.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 18, 2019, 09:05:06 am
Our Aspiring Alaskan Danielle Northern Star Girl is ready for just about anything!

Hugs and smiles from a California girl

@Aspiring Alaskan Danielle Northern Star Girl
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on December 18, 2019, 09:56:32 am
What a pretty tree Danielle, and nice photos from MT trip, some of the scenes are quite familiar from I - 90  :)

Hugs

Cyndi -
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: DawnOday on December 18, 2019, 11:18:36 am
Thanks love for, giving us a view of your environment. Even those of us who live in snowy areas, it's usually gone in a couple of days. I'm so happy you have found such a warm niche to settle down. While it may be cold outside it appears the community is warm and understanding. I used to love going caroling until my voice changed and I could no longer carry a note. Not quite the same in So Cal as palms are not Christmas trees and 70-degree weather does not fairly represent the ideal Christmas pictures. The one time I went to the Rosebowl I sat next to Linda Evans from Dynasty I didn't spend much time watching the game as I was looking at her and wondering how I could look like that. She was very nice and did not call the cops for ogling, 
Like I said. I wish I knew you were so close and could have met. You might consider that week in May that I suggested.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on December 18, 2019, 11:52:14 am
Lovely pictures, Danielle...

except for the lost bag one...

Sorry! I love your smile. Not your frown!

Ellie
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Lexxi on December 18, 2019, 03:59:39 pm
Hey Danielle,

Thank you for posting more snowy pictures. I've been on that highway you were on before, but it was summer time. There were road crews installing these super tall orange flags along the highway when I was there. I stopped to ask them what they were doing and one of the workers informed me they were installing the flags so people would know where the road was once the snows really hit. Those flags were at least 12 feet tall, so I had no idea just how much snow they usually got...but I bet it was a lot. It didn't look like you all had worry about that on this trip.

I kinda felt sorry for those cows in the top picture. They couldn't have been very comfortable standing out in all that snowy weather. I think if I were one of them I'd be asking to be put in the barn or just go ahead and take me to the slaughter house. Those poor things looked miserable.

Glad you had a good trip with your Tooth Fairy!!

xoxo
Lexxi
@Northern Star Girl
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 19, 2019, 04:02:03 pm
Are the them there chocolate cows?
@Maddie
Dear Maddie:
Them chocolate cows are Black Angus, the best beef in the world....
 
HUGS and wishing you well,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on December 19, 2019, 04:06:51 pm
Sounds yummy. 
I felt guilty from reading the post before it, so I deleted mine. Oops
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 19, 2019, 04:11:02 pm
Hey Danielle,
     - - - - - -
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I kinda felt sorry for those cows in the top picture. They couldn't have been very comfortable standing out in all that snowy weather. I think if I were one of them I'd be asking to be put in the barn or just go ahead and take me to the slaughter house. Those poor things looked miserable.

Glad you had a good trip with your Tooth Fairy!!

xoxo
Lexxi
@Northern Star Girl
@Lexxi
Dear Lexxi:
Thank you for your comments and thoughts and for always following my threads.

No worries about the Cattle in the cold and snowy weather, they can handle the cold down to ZERO or even -10 to -20 deg  (f) without any issues.... they will even calve outside in the field in that kind of weather.....   with just a few head of cattle, the barn is a nice reprieve for them but at my Sweetie's parent's home/ranch they have several hundred head so a barn is not always a very viable option.   Many times in the cold country the ranchers build a lean-to or other less expensive shelter to help keep them out of the chilling wind and snow somewhat.

HUGS, and best wishes, you are always a welcome site on my threads.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 19, 2019, 04:14:26 pm
Sounds yummy. 
I felt guilty from reading the post before it, so I deleted mine. Oops

Are the them there chocolate cows?
@Maddie
Dear Maddie:
"Them" chocolate cows are Black Angus, the best beef in the world....
 
HUGS and wishing you well,

Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Lexxi on December 19, 2019, 07:36:26 pm
That's amazing that they're that hardy. I wonder if they do the same thing as penguins do and stay all herded together for warmth. Although it would still be pretty cold even with the little warmth they could build up. But it would be better than nothing I guess.

Thank you for the info!! I don't really know that much about farm animals...but now I know a little more.  :)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on December 20, 2019, 08:27:37 am
In the winter cattle can stand temperatures below zero as long as they can get out of the wind.  As there longer hair will keep them warm as long as the wind doesn't below on them continually and remove there body heat. So as Danielle said with even a lean-to shelter they will do fine.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 20, 2019, 03:01:33 pm
UPDATE:  Friday  December 20, 2019
      BURR !!! it is very cold outside   -31 degrees (f) ... 
          i.e. 31 degrees BELOW ZERO
...fortunately it is clear outside with no or little precipitation.

This frigid cold weather will continue well past the new year!!!   Welcome to Alaska.

In this kind of weather, on our vehicles we have engine block heaters that we can plug in to AC outlets, not only in my garage but also at parking areas at most businesses in town.   
Makes starting the engine easier and it is easier on the engine ....  and heats up more quickly.

In my next post I will comment about the Christmas holiday gatherings that are on my calendar...
...obviously food is involved...   

Stay tuned.

HUGS and more HUGS,
Danielle

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on December 20, 2019, 04:12:49 pm
I will be cooking Christmas lunch for 3, salmon en cruet starter , roast beef with all the veg and extras (you can never have to many pigs in blankets!!!) and Christmas  pudding or trifle for afters if there's room
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on December 20, 2019, 06:57:36 pm
"...that we can plug in to AC outlets, not only in my garage but also at parking areas at most businesses in town."

Kind of like an electric car!  Plugged in so they can start!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 20, 2019, 09:13:54 pm
It is so very bone chilling cold outside.  It got just a "little" colder tonight...


...now the temp when I arrived home from work a few minutes ago is down to -36 degrees (f)
          MINUS  36 deg(f)   Well  BELOW ZERO !!!    BURRR!


Tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, I am throwing a Christmas dinner party for my Gym Gals group at my home... 5 or 6 ladies.
Tonight I will be baking a Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting covered broken up Peanut Butter Cups.

Before dessert, and for Dinner there will be french onion soup and I am baking a ham, scalloped potatoes, asparagus, and fresh baked dinner rolls.

First, I am going to warm up and toasting my toes in front of my fire place and writing in my paper journal.

QUESTION:  What are your Holiday Gathering plans??  Food?  Family? ...
....and what is the weather like where you are? ???


HUGS, and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.
Danielle

  (https://i.imgur.com/6XPwbHw.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/nSCmTHq.jpg)

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 21, 2019, 12:21:08 am
Thank you Danielle, I needed to see your smile today!

Hugs and smiles 🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on December 21, 2019, 09:41:27 am
Wow, with a dinner like that you and your friends New Years resolution will have to include more time at the gym! 

I make a simple dinner and our son comes over with his family.  This year it will be Ham.   

Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 21, 2019, 09:45:43 am
December 21, 2019   Saturday Morning   Winter Solstice

It is now the time here for very long nights and very short days.... 
    SUNRISE today about  11:00AM      SUNSET today about 2:30PM

Daylight is nothing more than twilight here during this time of year.  The sun barely stays above the horizon.
The long nighttime skies are beautiful and brilliant when it is a clear sky outside.   Of course, no clouds means colder temperatures.

Because of the LONG and clear nights the temperatures can plummet....
   Right now the thermometer outside indicates -44 degrees (f)   (Minus 44 deg).... now that is very, very cold.

The interesting thing regarding temperatures that are this low is that Diesel fuel can gel without special additives and regular vehicle tires will not hold up as they will get hard and brittle.   Engine Block heaters and car battery heaters are required in the vehicles when parked to facilitate starting.

Electric vehicles such as the Tesla and GM Volt are not going to work here.... and very low sub-zero temperatures battery performance dwindles substantially, much more than a 50 - 70% reduction, and then with the very short daylight hours here the lights and heaters, and wipers zap even more battery power and affects range drastically.
 
There was a sign on one of the businesses in town yesterday "Waiting impatiently for Global Warming"
The frigid bitter cold winter is forested to last well into the New Year.


Stay warm my friends and enjoy the days as we get closer to Christmas.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Donica on December 21, 2019, 10:12:39 am
I'm afraid I wouldn't function well in those temperatures either. Stay warm Danielle.

Sending warm hugs.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on December 21, 2019, 12:35:25 pm
I am in Maryland currently at positive 36 degrees Fahrenheit.

Let me just say...it is not a good thing for you when your temperature is more degrees negative than my temperature is degrees positive.  :P Stay warm!

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on December 21, 2019, 02:46:25 pm
It's been a long time since I experienced sub -40 temperatures.  Yikes!  I am glad you are coping well: I wouldn't be! 

I remember one time, on the prairies, It was -43 when I woke up.  I had had the car plugged in of course, so it started fine.  But the transmission oil was so cold and stiff that I was actually able to drive the car in neutral!  On the other hand, the aircraft liked the cold (after all the hydraulic seals had been replaced during the first cold snap).  The fastest I ever flew one of them (408 kts, about 470 mph) was on a -42 degree morning.  Lots of thrust in cold, dense air.

I'd be having a hard time with the short twilight days, too.  I probably have mild SAD: seasonal affective disorder.  I miss the light.

The solstice happens at 00:19 tomorrow morning here.  Yay!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on December 21, 2019, 04:27:56 pm
Brrrrr

On Christmas Eve I intend to bake cookies.  I want to make chocolate chip, except with butterscotch & pecans instead of chocolate.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: GordonG on December 21, 2019, 07:21:09 pm
I certainly wouldn't be happy at those minus degree temperature days. I suppose that if a person grew up with it that would help. I was born in Los Angeles and my family moved to the Seattle area just as I was going into high school. I hated all the rain immensely. I still do, 52 years later. But I've learned to cope with it.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on December 22, 2019, 03:49:56 am
"...that we can plug in to AC outlets, not only in my garage but also at parking areas at most businesses in town."

Kind of like an electric car!  Plugged in so they can start!

I own an electric car... I love it! But you wouldn't see much range out of it in Alaska, given the amount of heating that would be required.

I'd estimate a range of 110 miles in the current South Wales climate, which is varying between about 3 and 10 degrees Celsius. That's about 37 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit for those who do not use SI and SI-derived units. It's more like 150 miles in the summer.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on December 22, 2019, 07:33:36 am
That's really extreme Danielle, the cold makes it hard, but the lack of daylight would get to me. I notice it here at only 47N on our gray days, it's been dark here lately, but not that dark !

If we don't exchange any new messages by then, I want to wish you and your loved one the very best this Christmas Danielle.

Cheers

Cyndi -
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on December 22, 2019, 08:46:44 am
That's really extreme Danielle, the cold makes it hard, but the lack of daylight would get to me. I notice it here at only 47N on our gray days, it's been dark here lately, but not that dark !

I'm at 51.5 degrees North. It is the winter solstice today where I live (22 December this year) and sunrise is at 08:16, sunset at 16:06, and the amount of daytime is 7:49:58, one second shorter than yesterday's daytime.

Dark times are indeed gloomy!

If we don't exchange any new messages by then, I want to wish you and your loved one the very best this Christmas Danielle.

I'd like to wish Danielle and all others on this thread the same.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 22, 2019, 04:28:37 pm
As I had mentioned in a recent post, I was making dinner for my gym galsl group that I had to my home yesterday....  here is just HALF of the CAKE I made....  plenty more left over for another small gathering !!!   Very Yummy.

      (https://i.imgur.com/6wFa2yL.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Em2 on December 22, 2019, 04:49:51 pm
I'm at 51.5 degrees North. It is the winter solstice today where I live (22 December this year) and sunrise is at 08:16, sunset at 16:06, and the amount of daytime is 7:49:58, one second shorter than yesterday's daytime.

Dark times are indeed gloomy!

I'd like to wish Danielle and all others on this thread the same.

at least now the days will start to get longer again.

Have a Merry Christmas...
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on December 22, 2019, 05:19:34 pm
As I had mentioned in a recent post, I was making dinner for my gym galsl group that I had to my home yesterday....  here is just HALF of the CAKE I made....  plenty more left over for another small gathering !!!   Very Yummy.

      (https://i.imgur.com/6wFa2yL.jpg)

Anything with a bunch of chocolate-y goop on top looks good to me. :)  Looks so yummy!

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 22, 2019, 08:35:13 pm
I finally was able to get my home Christmas tree decorated on Friday night so it would ready for my gym gals Saturday afternoon dinner at my home.

With no real daylight to speak of this month I end up leaving the lights so that I can enjoy them whenever I am home.

Danielle


                     (https://i.imgur.com/jXPMguh.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 22, 2019, 09:37:22 pm
Delicious looking cake and the tree is oh so festive! 🎄

Hugs🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Lexxi on December 23, 2019, 12:34:33 am
Hi Danielle,

I was just reading your latest update...WOW!!! -44 degrees I cannot even begin to fathom being in weather that cold. One question that came to mind while reading your update was about the northern lights. Do yall see the northern lights every night, and if you do, are they shining constantly now or do they come and go?

I've only seen them twice in my life down here, but they were absolutely gorgeous. Sadly they didn't last very long, and they weren't especially bright, but I still really liked them. They were kinda magical in my opinion.

Hope you're staying warm up there. I hope you and your Tooth Fairly have a great Christmas and a happy New Year too!!

xoxo
Lexxi
@Northern Star Girl
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on December 23, 2019, 03:04:58 am
I saw a great youtube video recently of the aurora borealis filmed in Alaska. Definitely worth looking up; it was gorgeous!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on December 26, 2019, 01:47:32 pm
Danielle, that is one purty tree
And a tempting cake!
Happy holidays
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on December 26, 2019, 04:34:42 pm


                     (https://i.imgur.com/jXPMguh.jpg)

What a pretty tree Danielle, enjoy the cheer and lights in that part of the house this season.

Cyndi -

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on December 28, 2019, 10:38:20 am
Danielle

Love the tree especially with the angel on top!

We do the same thing!

Don’t know why but the angel always had more meaning for me than a star.

Kate


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 29, 2019, 07:15:55 am
UPDATE:  December 29, 2019  Sunday morning early....  4:00am

Good morning to my forums peeps:
I have been tossing and turning all night... lots on my mind so it was difficult for me to get to sleep and stay asleep for very long.

Here in the land of the midnight sun it is minus -26 deg (f) and cloudy so the day (only a couple hours of twilight) will be quite dark.  Sunrise at 11:00AM   Sunset at 2:30PM   I will be trying to go back to bed to try to get some sleep.... plus it is COLD out there, and in my house, I did turn up my heat and lit my fireplace so when I do get up it should be much more agreeable to my body.

Today is Sunday so I will be eventually getting up to go to church as I normally do every Sunday.

I found it difficult to get back into the swing of things at work after Christmas...  as usual, the days between Christmas and New Years are predictably very SLOW for my business... then when the NEW YEAR starts the impending tax filing time will make my a very busy girl.

****QUESTION:   What are my peeps, readers and followers doing lately as the New Year of 2020 gets nearer?

HUGS and as always, best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on December 29, 2019, 07:31:26 am
Have a nice Sunday Danielle and now I rejoice in the fact the days are getting longer, albeit slowly  :) I always renew my hopes and map out the new year's aspirations during this time. I will most likely spend the new years evening with my sweetie jamming on bass guitars next to the fireplace. We will be making 16 bean soup and ham New Years day in the kettle. Something to that effect.

Joy to you, joy to the world

Cyndi -

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 29, 2019, 07:38:20 am
@CynthiaAnn
Dear Cyndi:
Nothing better than a hot and hearty soup for lunch or dinner on a cold night.... plus the smells of the kettle brewing fills the house with such wonderful aroma.
Thanks for you reply, I trust that your day is a good one for you and your sweetie.
HUGS,
Danielle


Have a nice Sunday Danielle and now I rejoice in the fact the days are getting longer, albeit slowly  :) I always renew my hopes and map out the new year's aspirations during this time. I will most likely spend the new years evening with my sweetie jamming on bass guitars next to the fireplace. We will be making 16 bean soup and ham New Years day in the kettle. Something to that effect.

Joy to you, joy to the world

Cyndi -
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on December 29, 2019, 09:12:56 am
New Years eve hopefully going to see my eldest lads band play , mum has invited me round for lunch New Years day.Stay warm dear ,that is chilly 2 thermals and ski gear worth I think!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on December 29, 2019, 09:48:35 am
Brrr Danielle!  Stay warm.  My spouse and I will be going to a live midnight performance of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" on New Years in a nearby city.  I hope the weather cooperates!

Peace, Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on December 29, 2019, 02:16:44 pm
UPDATE:  December 29, 2019  Sunday morning early....  4:00am

****QUESTION:   What are my peeps, readers and followers doing lately as the New Year of 2020 gets nearer?

HUGS and as always, best wishes,
Danielle
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Nothing slow here: After months of not doing much, I am now actually quite busy with business affairs, as I’m business planning and drafting regulatory filings in preparation of opening my financial planning business in the spring. Between opening my business and two planned surgeries, I have a VERY BUSY 2020 ahead. My to-do list is bursting.

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 29, 2019, 02:44:45 pm
My plans for the new year??
Travel more.... the world is out there
Eat less..... but try anything new
Love more...... you can always love more
Keep sacred my vows.... an easy thing
Make new friends..... more is better, right?
Hug the friends I have...... win win there

Hugs and smiles 🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on December 29, 2019, 03:13:19 pm
I can not imagine -40 degrees F or -24 for that matter. I know the snows are coming; spring is my hope.

Next year
I want to start dating and find a nice person to share with and love. I think everything else I can think about pales in comparison.

Rachel

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Dorit on December 30, 2019, 12:50:33 am
In Israel January 1 is not a holiday, just another work-school day.    We have our own New Years Holiday around September, changes from year to year as the Hebrew calendar is lunar.

However, for economic and tax reasons January 1 does start the business year.  So next month I will be going to my local tax office and declaring that I am closing my business after 40 years of being self-employed!   
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on December 30, 2019, 11:23:26 pm
Danielle

This peep is slowly getting organized for taxes.   I like working and earning money.  I just hate keeping track of it.  So the books seem like they’re usually a couple of weeks behind.  Gotta get them caught up so I know what kind of checks I have to write by 1/15/20. (And to keep my accountant happy!). Year 1, 2018, was a loser. 2019 is shaping up to be break even to a small profit.  Hopefully 2020 will finally be consistently profitable.

New Year’s Eve will be quiet.  No kids or grand kids at all this year.  So it will be a homemade chicken fettuccine Alfredo and Caesar salad dinner, and watching festivities on TV.  We’re making all the sauces from scratch.  Should be fun (and messy).

I have several transition related runs to Kansas City (roughly a 3 hour run) right after the first of the year.    I’m working on getting my medical necessity letters for surgery.  Hope to do FFS in 2020 and GCS in 2021. 

Finally I hope to be fully full-time very early in 2020 and file for my name change.  I really am full time now.  Just depending where I will be, I’ll tone it down to a more androgynous look.  It’s a bit of a safety thing.  I don’t want to do that anymore.  So hopefully that will get worked out.

I feel for your twilight days.   Right now we’ve had one storm after another move through and I think the last sun I saw was 12/24.  This is the time of year I think I didn’t move far enough south!

Kate


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 31, 2019, 03:30:14 pm
Today, December 31, 2019,  12:00 NOON Alaska Time

This is it, the last day of the year !  2020 is just around the corner, just 12 hours from now.

Today is dark, dank, and continued SUB-ZERO (f) temperatures and more snow in the forecast which are all normal for this time of year.
Today, Sunrise was after 11:00AM and Sunset will be around 2:45PM   
Below is a picture peering out from the deck at my home just a short time ago at NOON.  

The short daylight here in late December is nothing more than twilight with the sun just skirting the horizon and really never rising.   It is beautiful in it's own way.... the good news is that if is a clear night, the sky is brilliant and spectacular and earlier in the winter we do have very frequent displays of the Aurora Borealis which is also spectacular because at the 60+ deg north latitudes the Aurora is almost directly overhead.

      Note the deer staring at me while I was taking the picture.
         (http://i.imgur.com/nXXo2U6.jpg) (https://imgur.com/nXXo2U6)

Wishing all of my readers, followers and forums friends a very, very, very....
   H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R

Hugs and best wishes as always,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on December 31, 2019, 03:55:23 pm
Why dear, that’s a deer!

Happy New Year!

Today, December 31, 2019,  12:00 NOON Alaska Time

This is it, the last day of the year !  2020 is just around the corner, just 12 hours from now.

Today is dark, dank, and continued SUB-ZERO (f) temperatures and more snow in the forecast which are all normal for this time of year.
Today, Sunrise was after 11:00AM and Sunset will be around 2:45PM   
Below is a picture peering out from the deck at my home just a short time ago at NOON.  

The short daylight here in late December is nothing more than twilight with the sun just skirting the horizon and really never rising.   It is beautiful in it's own way.... the good news is that if is a clear night, the sky is brilliant and spectacular and earlier in the winter we do have very frequent displays of the Aurora Borealis which is also spectacular because at the 60+ deg north latitudes the Aurora is almost directly overhead.

      Note the deer staring at me while I was taking the picture.
         (http://i.imgur.com/nXXo2U6.jpg) (https://imgur.com/nXXo2U6)

Wishing all of my readers, followers and forums friends a very, very, very....
   H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R

Hugs and best wishes as always,
Danielle

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KatieP on December 31, 2019, 03:55:31 pm
As 2019 ends, and 2020 begins, I would like to say THANK YOU, Danielle!

I always enjoy reading your posts. They are always well-written. They convey your transparency. They convey at times the just plain normal life of an extraordinary person. I have said about you before, that I think you live the life SO many of us aspire for. Well, except for the cold, dark Winter part of it!  ;D

Anyway, THANK YOU again for your 19 thousand posts. You mean so much to me, which is weird considering we have never met. And that too says lots about you...

Happy, Really Happy New Year to you!

Katie
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on December 31, 2019, 04:04:39 pm
Happy new year, Danielle!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on December 31, 2019, 04:05:41 pm

         (http://i.imgur.com/nXXo2U6.jpg) (https://imgur.com/nXXo2U6)


Thanks for sharing an image and a glimpse into daylight hours there Danielle  :)

Happy new year to you and your sweet heart

C -
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on January 01, 2020, 04:44:44 am
Happy New Year , wishing you the best XXXXX
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on January 01, 2020, 06:28:26 am
From Wales:

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: steph2.0 on January 01, 2020, 09:34:43 am
From Wales:

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

From Florida: Haypa Nuyer!


- Stephanie
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 01, 2020, 10:28:09 am
January 01, 2020

It's a new day and a NEW YEAR.   
We need to move forward, nothing can be changed in the past but we can change our future actions and contemplate how to change our thoughts.     
Be positive, stay positive.  ....     Blessings to  you all in 2020. .....   

Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)

HUGS and blessings to all that come to my threads.

Danielle   
   

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on January 01, 2020, 10:37:47 am
January 01, 2020

It's a new day and a NEW YEAR.   
We need to move forward, nothing can be changed in the past but we can change our future actions and contemplate how to change our thoughts.     
Be positive, stay positive.  ....     Blessings to  you all in 2020. .....   

Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)

HUGS and blessings to all that come to my threads.

Danielle   
   

So very true Danielle!  I’m so happy to hear this from you!
Thank you for sharing.

Hugs and smiles, Jess 🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on January 01, 2020, 10:53:15 am
I hope you have a wonderful 2020 Danielle, filled with love and adventure!  I appreciate your posts and bright outlook. 
Hugs, Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 04, 2020, 08:13:27 pm
UPDATE:  Saturday January 04, 2020
Cloudy (minus) -26 deg(f) Below ZERO .... it is C-O-L-D outside.

Last week I made dinner for several gals from my Gym-Gals group.   
My favorite and quick One Pot meal for a cold night is shown below....   

Cabbage, Carrots, Onions, Potatoes and a Polish Sausage ring.   

After it is put together and put in my Dutch Kettle (with a steaming tray at the bottom) and with some water, slowly steam until the veggies are tender....
and only 40 minutes later... a complete comfort food dinner.

Q:  What is your favorite comfort food meal? ???

HUGS,
Danielle

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(https://i.imgur.com/QLY35M2.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/UjkNo1E.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/7Laiy9M.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/DclPcnl.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: GordonG on January 04, 2020, 09:13:01 pm
Q:  What is your favorite comfort food meal?
HUGS, Danielle


Pizza   :icon_joy:
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: SadieBlake on January 05, 2020, 06:58:49 am
An MLT sandwich, the only thing better than true love.

When the mutton is lean and the tomato is ripe
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on January 05, 2020, 07:14:09 am
Cheesy taco casserole

Have a nice Sunday Danielle and all

Cyndi -
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on January 05, 2020, 09:03:32 am
Apart from any curry its got to be toad in the hole with mash, peas and rich gravy .
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on January 05, 2020, 09:40:15 am
Meatloaf, mashed taters/gravy, green beans all mushed together
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on January 05, 2020, 10:03:24 am
Kielbasa can be good, as can chili, hamburgers, lasagna, and spaghetti.

Been liking fruits and veggies too.  Been dropping off on the eating of pizza.

Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Donica on January 05, 2020, 10:30:26 am
Todays comfort food is a plate full of spaghetti with Prego Italian sausage sauce with Tapatio hot sauce, parmesan and Jack cheese, melted, topped with cheesy/buttered mashed potatoes. Mass quantities pepper in the taters.

Comfort foods varies daily. Tomorrows comfort food may be a 3 egg, bacon, cheese, pico de gallo and avocado omelette with pepper pepper pepper and more pepper. 3 slices of bacon and 2 slices of sourdough buttered toast on the side.  I have been on a cheesy/buttery mashed potatoes kick for the past month.

It all depends on how mush comfort I need.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Perry on January 05, 2020, 11:36:35 am
Chicken & Dumplings, learned the recipe from my Mom, that's my favorite!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on January 06, 2020, 08:11:08 pm
Chicken & Dumplings, learned the recipe from my Mom, that's my favorite!

Now I want Chicken and Dumplings!
Oof...


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 08, 2020, 12:14:24 pm
UPDATE:  Wednesday  January 08, 2020 
Outside is cloudy, minus -37 degrees (F) and getting colder tonight .... B U R R R R !

At my next door to my office Coffee Shop early this morning having breakfast and visiting with every one that I know there, which is just about everyone.... they all know my name.... small towns are nice unless one wants to get lost.

Western Omelet, Salsa, Sliced Tomatoes (instead of hashbrowns) and Toasted English Muffin and Jelly, and of course many cups of coffee.
          (left click image to enlarge)
    (https://i.imgur.com/emZ47WH.jpg)

Hey, my thread is turning into a comfort food thread....   I like it .... yum yum yum !!!!
***Please feel free to post your favorite food pictures and/or discuss anything you wish at my Coffee Shop Table here on my thread.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Donica on January 08, 2020, 01:58:00 pm
I need more comfort! I think I'll stop and pick up a pizza on my way home from group tonight.

Mama's getting fat.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on January 08, 2020, 02:14:41 pm
Danielle wrote "...and of course many cups of coffee."  I know you see the TF regularly but with all the coffee you have I wonder at how white you keep your teeth. 

I don't eat eggs, so breakfast is some combination of English muffin, fruit, yogurt, or cereal, with coffee or juice. 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 08, 2020, 03:40:53 pm
Danielle wrote "...and of course many cups of coffee."  I know you see the TF regularly but with all the coffee you have I wonder at how white you keep your teeth. 

I don't eat eggs, so breakfast is some combination of English muffin, fruit, yogurt, or cereal, with coffee or juice.

@JudiBlueEyes
Dear Judi:
I have never had a problem with stained teeth by drinking coffee....   I think that smokers have more of an issue with that. 
Plus, I brush and floss 3 times a day...  morning, noon, and night.  Look at my avatar/profile photo when I sometimes have my picture on it... I have always taken good care of my teeth, a good habit from early childhood.
When I have my regular cleanings I don't want any bad comments from my Tooth-Fairy dental hygienist.

Thanks for reading and for sharing.
HUGS,
Danielle
 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on January 08, 2020, 03:58:52 pm
No pics but made a slow cooker chicken stew and then as they needed using an aubergine curry dish , recipe said serve with a buttered chapati and that works.
 Your breakfast looks a lot nicer than my bowl of plain porridge , with your low temps you need a good start to the day.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on January 08, 2020, 07:24:54 pm
Hello,

I make a few things. One of which is swerve/egg white/pecan treats. I take a package of pecans (1 pound) and wip 7 egg whites. Then I mix in the egg whites into the pecans. Then I mix in a cup of granular swerve. Next I put them on parchment then on three cookie sheets then into the oven at 225 for 25 minutes.

I let them cool and package them in baggies for a week of treats. I used the dehydrator last time and that was good too. I may add in some cinnamon next time.

Rachel

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on January 08, 2020, 07:34:32 pm
Danielle wrote "I have never had a problem with stained teeth by drinking coffee..."  Mine look good but not sparkly white any longer.  I agree that smoking adds another element to it.  Age and genetics may also have a lot to do with it.  I've never smoked and I also brush 3+ times a day.  My parents paid big money for orthodontia when I was younger so I have always worked to protect their investment.  I hear you about not wanting negative comments from my Dentist! 
Title: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on January 09, 2020, 04:20:52 am
This rib roast was cut into prime rib

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200109/b8ebdadcf2b8ec54df84f4ed9d0fb58c.jpg)

It was sooooooooooooo good!


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 12, 2020, 10:36:22 am
UPDATE SUNDAY MORNING  January 12, 2020   7:15AM   

Sunrise today 10:32 AM, and it is very C O L D outside.  Minus -43 deg (f)

It has been a very busy New Year at my office, and this is just the beginning of my busy time of year with the impending USA Federal Income Tax time coming up on April 15, 2020.     

Plus I am having some health issues again... I am having trouble sleeping through the night, many nights like last night I was tossing and turning at 2:00AM, finally got up for an hour to get some hot tea and then tried to get back to sleep.....
... my severe headaches have been coming back, my tooth-fairy sweetie is very concerned and I am trying to get an appointment with my headache doctor ASAP ... that means another long road-trip for us in terrible weather.   

The temperatures here have been sub zero for about a month now....  the last half of December through now.  There have been times that it has been  minus -35 deg(f)  through  -40(f) this last few weeks .... and it has been even colder yesterday and today ...  this morning it is -43 (F)  and will stay in those kinds bitter cold temps all day and the rest of the week... 
It is windy too, so the Windchill factor is -63 deg(f)BURRRRRRRR

In this kind of weather I try to leave my vehicle in my garage and the engine block heater and battery are plugged into the AC power otherwise it can be very difficult to get it started to go anywhere....   
... of course in these kinds of temperatures I personally have a difficult time "getting started and going anywhere!!! ;) :o

My home is nice and toasty... well constructed and very well insulated, propane tanks are full, furnace and propane fireplace all working well.   It will be a good day to do some baking ... the oven adds some nice warmth and great smells to my home.

So, that sums up things for this morning, as always I will be writing more as time goes on.

HUGS and best wishes to my readers and followers,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on January 12, 2020, 10:44:59 am
UPDATE SUNDAY MORNING  January 12, 2020   7:15AM   

Sunrise today 10:32 AM, and it is very C O L D outside.  minus -43 deg (f)

It has been a very busy New Year at my office, and this is just the beginning of my busy time of year with the impending USA Federal Income Tax time coming up on April 15, 2020.     

Plus am having some health issues... I am having trouble sleeping through the night, many nights like last night I was tossing and turning at 2:00AM, finally got up for an hour to get some hot tea and then tried to get back to sleep.....
... my severe headaches have been coming back, my tooth-fairy sweetie is very concerned and I am trying to get an appointment with my headache doctor ASAP ... that means another long road-trip for us in terrible weather.   

The temperatures here have been sub zero for about a month now....  the last half of December through now.  There have been times that it has been  minus -35 deg(f)  through  -40(f) this last few weeks .... and it has been even colder yesterday and today ...  this morning it is -43 (F)  and will stay in those kinds bitter cold temps all day and the rest of the week... 
It is windy too, so the Windchill factor is -63 deg(f)BURRRRRRRR

In this kind of weather I try to leave my vehicle in my garage and the engine block heater and battery are plugged into the AC power otherwise it can be very difficult to get it started to go anywhere....   
... of course in these kinds of temperatures I personally have a difficult time "getting started and going anywhere!!!

My home is nice an toasty... well constructed and very well insulated, propane tanks are full, furnace and propane fireplace all working well.   It will be a good day to do some baking ... the oven adds some nice warmth and great smells to my home.

So, that sums up things for this morning, as always I will be writing more as time goes on.

HUGS and best wishes to my readers and followers,
Danielle

I’m sad to hear of your headaches returning.  That trip to the doctors will be well worth it if they can find a solution.
Stay warm Danielle, hug your sweetie and remember to smile...

Big hugs, Jess
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on January 12, 2020, 01:24:12 pm
I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well Danielle, but be weary of tea at night as the caffeine will work against you when trying to fall asleep.  Try herbal tea if what you are looking for is a little warmth and flavor.  Thats what i do.
Judi 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on January 12, 2020, 05:08:28 pm
Sorry to hear about your headaches, Danielle.  Hopefully, the doctor will be able to find a cause and fix it.  "Sleepytime" tea tastes good (at least I think so) and will help you to fall asleep.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 12, 2020, 09:31:42 pm
To ALL of my followers...
... and my cookie lover forums friends @Jessica and @ChrissyRyan


It has been so bitter cold today that I just decided to stay in and in my sweats with my propane fireplace turned on.
I also decided to to bake some cookies tonight, the oven warms my kitchen nicely and the smell of fresh baked cookies makes my house smell very nice too.

I had some sugar cookie dough in my refrigerator that needed to be used,
so I experimented and made some mini-cutout cookies with some colorful decorations baked in. 
They didn't quite look as pretty as I had planned but they sure taste good still warm from the oven.
    (left click images to enlarge)
(https://i.imgur.com/3ZF5ejA.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/OZI0zTV.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/AIl5qGe.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on January 12, 2020, 11:50:26 pm
To ALL of my followers...
... and my cookie lover forums friends @Jessica and @ChrissyRyan


It has been so bitter cold today that I just decided to stay in and in my sweats with my propane fireplace turned on.
I also decided to to bake some cookies tonight, the oven warms my kitchen nicely and the smell of fresh baked cookies makes my house smell very nice too.

I had some sugar cookie dough in my refrigerator that needed to be used,
so I experimented and made some mini-cutout cookies with some colorful decorations baked in. 
They didn't quite look as pretty as I had planned but they sure taste good still warm from the oven.
    (left click images to enlarge)
(https://i.imgur.com/3ZF5ejA.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/OZI0zTV.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/AIl5qGe.jpg)


It’s always nice to have some spare cookie dough. 
Love the hearts!

Hugs and smiles 🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 13, 2020, 02:28:33 am
It is late night for me ...   
11:15PM Alaska Time.... Sunday night  01/12/2020


It is wicked cold outside tonight, MINUS -48 deg (F) 
clear sky and a long night this time of winter....

My house is nice and warm, I have my propane fireplace that I will leave on all night.  My car is in the garage and the engine bock heater and the battery heater are plugged in.....
... and I have my sweats on, and my electric blanket is on, and I will be going to bed very soon!!!!

B U R R R !


HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on January 13, 2020, 07:48:41 am
You are well equipped Danielle, brrr that is cold. We have our season's first snow on the ground here this morning, and the school district robo caller just informed school is delayed this morning here. Had a nice fire going last night in our wood burner, and baked bread yesterday. Your cookies look delightful.

Have a wonderful day

Cyndi -
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 13, 2020, 02:07:03 pm
It is MONDAY, I hate MONDAYS !!!
After the weekend, Mondays are usually quite busy with work in my office
and this Monday is no exception.

I found this "oldies" song and it is me up today.  I have been playing it
over and over and over.....   I'm feeling better the more I hear it!

HUGS,
Danielle


               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h81Ojd3d2rY
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on January 13, 2020, 02:43:05 pm
It is MONDAY, I hate MONDAYS !!!
After the weekend, Mondays are usually quite busy with work in my office
and this Monday is no exception.

I found this "oldies" song and it is me up today.  I have been playing it
over and over and over.....   I'm feeling better the more I hear it!

HUGS,
Danielle


               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h81Ojd3d2rY

There’s no guarantee on any day......
Live life as if this day is the last!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on January 13, 2020, 03:18:47 pm
I had trouble sleeping last night, serves me right for eating cheese on toast 1 hr before bedtime!!! Head ache returned , is that after your heater has been used???? Have you got a carbon monoxide detector , just a thought as you said your place is well insulated you still need a fresh air supply . Cookies look delish , I made cheese straws the other day . Its VERY wet and windy here from a deep Atlantic storm sweeping across the UK, 60mph winds and up to 80 mph in some parts of north Scotland. Temps warm at 10dec C
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: gemma49 on January 13, 2020, 03:26:01 pm
re. Monday Monday.
You were just a twinkle when this was made, thinking about it you still are a twinkle, a twinkling northern star that brightens up the world on these cold winter nights.

thanks for the memories of the best times in pop music.

gemma

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on January 13, 2020, 08:20:33 pm
Thanks for the song. I think I need to play it every Monday

Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Dorit on January 14, 2020, 01:52:23 am
Come live in Israel, Monday is already the second day of the week here! :) 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rakel on January 14, 2020, 06:51:46 am
Come live in Florida. We don't care if it is Monday. Endless summer and 5 o'clock
usually starts sometime just after lunch!  ;)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPCjC543llU


Should become the Florida State anthem.



Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on January 14, 2020, 09:50:43 am
When you retire, there are no Monday's.  Every day is Saturday, or whatever day you wish!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on January 14, 2020, 10:22:54 am
Make mine a Friday please :)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on January 14, 2020, 11:54:36 am
When you retire, there are no Monday's.  Every day is Saturday, or whatever day you wish!!

it's Friday night here 11:58 pm  ;D
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: GordonG on January 14, 2020, 12:18:20 pm
When you retire, there are no Monday's.  Every day is Saturday, or whatever day you wish!!

Isn't that the truth. Since I retired the first of Dec, I can't keep track of the days. And..... I don't mind!    :angel:
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on January 14, 2020, 03:04:28 pm
Damn have to wait just over a year to lose track of the days---------
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on January 14, 2020, 07:11:50 pm
It will happen soon enough Davina! 

Congratulations GordonG!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 16, 2020, 06:22:20 pm
Reading all the replies from you retired members that responded on my thread made me yearn for those days of endless Saturdays but I need to work to pay my office and home expenses...

Based on my envy of you that are retired, and because I own my own business and am self-employed, I did however decide to take the entire day off to go to the gym with my Gym-Gals group this morning and then lunch with several gals from my group.

I came home early and found one of the energetic young men clearing the snow from my driveway... he is from a group of young guys that frequent my next door coffee shop near my office.  In the past some of them, without me asking, came to my home to do some snow shoveling and snow plowing... they know that they will get rewarded not only with a plate of my cookies but also money to pay for their gas and their time. 

I am not a dummy, I know that a few of them are getting flirty with me and are trying to get on my sweet side, but I am too old for them plus I already have my tooth-fairy sweetie.

Here are two pics of my place earlier this morning, then it got sunny and clear.... 
...around minus -34 degrees (f) below Zero most of today and the long range forecast says continued below zero cold for the next several weeks through the end of the month. 

This afternoon when I got home I managed to two pics of my young "friend" finishing up plowing my driveway.  In the recent past when the snow was higher and heavier they bring their big truck snow plow.  This time the little 4 wheeler that he used had some troubles but did a decent job.

HUGS and best wishes to my readers and followers.
Danielle

(https://i.imgur.com/7liheag.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/8J19D70.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/kc2l9yn.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/ftY5T25.jpg)

I am aware that much of the USA and Canada are getting severe storms and other serious weather anomalies.   I trust that you will stay safe, warm and dry.

HUGS,
Danielle




Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on January 16, 2020, 09:58:54 pm
Thank you Danielle for sharing these pics.  Your smile is one of the reasons that those young men flirt with you.  Okay, yes there are those cookies.
You life portrays that transitioning is quite doable for many of us.
Even after being exposed as transgender, you are accepted as the woman you are.

It could also be that all the women that live in your clime have moxie that deserves respect.

Hugs and smiles from a California girl




@Aspiringperson Alaskan Danielle Northern Star Girl
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on January 16, 2020, 10:11:42 pm
I seriously don’t understand how Alaskans get by when it is -30 degrees or worse day after day. Unlike Danielle’s cookies, you Alaskans are tough cookies!

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 18, 2020, 09:38:34 am
I seriously don’t understand how Alaskans get by when it is -30 degrees or worse day after day. Unlike Danielle’s cookies, you Alaskans are tough cookies!

Sarah

Saturday morning  6:30AM  January 18, 2019

@sarahc
Dear Sarah:
At the bitter cold sub-zero temperatures we get here for a few months in the winter, one has to be very prepared.
Warm clothing, hats, gloves, boots, etc..... well maintained vehicles with full tanks of fuel,  well insulated home and full tank of propane for the furnace, and an emergency generator with extra gasoline. ... and a full pantry.

I actually enjoy the cold, crisp mornings....  much like today will be, it is supposed to be sunny and clear today.  This early morning it is continuing with the C-O-L-D ... it is now minus -38 deg (f) and in a few hours it is supposed to get even colder, down to minus -42 deg (f)    ..... this is all quite normal for this time of year and when it is not overcast and cloudy it can get colder like this.... the cloud-cover acts as an insulator and it can be a "little" warmer when it is not a clear day or night.   
I am not sure we are all "tough cookies" up here but the "strong, determined and prepared"  do survive more happily.
HUGS,
Danielle


Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on January 18, 2020, 11:15:28 am
Danielle

Maybe not all Alasken's are tough cookies but you sure are. Moving a long way and starting you own business requires toughness that I know I do not have.

On top of that being a Southern Cal beach girl I think anything under 60F as way to cold.

Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 18, 2020, 02:46:26 pm
I’m sad to hear of your headaches returning.  That trip to the doctors will be well worth it if they can find a solution.
Stay warm Danielle, hug your sweetie and remember to smile...

Big hugs, Jess


I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well Danielle, but be weary of tea at night as the caffeine will work against you when trying to fall asleep. Try herbal tea if what you are looking for is a little warmth and flavor.  Thats what i do.
Judi


Sorry to hear about your headaches, Danielle.  Hopefully, the doctor will be able to find a cause and fix it.  "Sleepytime" tea tastes good (at least I think so) and will help you to fall asleep.

I had trouble sleeping last night, serves me right for eating cheese on toast 1 hr before bedtime!!! Head ache returned , is that after your heater has been used???? Have you got a carbon monoxide detector , just a thought as you said your place is well insulated you still need a fresh air supply . Cookies look delish , I made cheese straws the other day . Its VERY wet and windy here from a deep Atlantic storm sweeping across the UK, 60mph winds and up to 80 mph in some parts of north Scotland. Temps warm at 10deg C

@Jessica  @JudiBlueEyes  @KathyLauren  @davina61
... and many PM's that I have received from my concerned friends here on the Forums 

Thank you for thinking of me regarding my returning headaches and lack of sleep problems....   the headaches come and go, right now they are not too bad but yesterday they were very debilitating, made me grumpy and irritable which surprises my friends because without headaches that is never my demeanor.

I have an appointment later this month to go see my headache doctor that I saw last fall.... at that time they did a CatScan and found nothing wrong.   The headaches all but disappeared for a month or two around Thanksgiving when I went to Montana with my Tooth-Fairy to meet her parents.

I have a Carbon Monoxide detector in my home and it never sounds an alarm... so I don't think that is the issue.  As my doctor told me my coffee habits, chocolate, and my stressful job may be the root cause.... and the stress is just beginning with the impending tax season and the long hours I will be working through the USA tax deadline of April 15th.

So, another all day road trip there and back on icy an snowy roads to go to my doctor's appointment.   If the weather is too bad we will stay overnight, driving in bad weather at night is not a good plan....  slippery roads and critters on the roads can make it somewhat dangerous.   
My tooth-fairy made it clear that she is going with me..... or rather I am going with her. 
It is nice to have someone that cares for me like that.

I very much appreciate your kind and caring comments,
HUGS and more HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: AllieSF on January 18, 2020, 06:45:37 pm
Thanks for the update, and I also send my best wishes for a good diagnosis and hopeful cure for your headaches.  This topic has been a recent one with one of the members of my daily coffee group.  John has been getting a lot of migraines lately with no true control in sight.  Good luck and enjoy the could as much as you can enjoy -40 F!!!!!

Allie
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on January 18, 2020, 08:45:24 pm
Good luck and enjoy the could as much as you can enjoy -40 F!!!!!

Allie

Hey Danielle:

Are your temperatures to the point where it doesn't matter whether it's C(elsius), or F(ahrenheit)?

Kate




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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 18, 2020, 09:14:05 pm
Hey Danielle:

Are your temperatures to the point where it doesn't matter whether it's C(elsius), or F(ahrenheit)?

Kate

@KateR

YES, the "crossover point" is    -40F    =   -40C

Danielle




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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on January 18, 2020, 09:36:20 pm
@KateR

YES, the "crossover point" is    -40F    =   -40C


Well I guess if you get tired of the negative temperature numbers you measure it in Kelvin.  If I remember correctly you’ll be about +234....





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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on January 19, 2020, 03:51:32 am
233.15 K

:)

273.15 K is 0 degrees C.

I believe there is yet another scale like Kelvin but divided in Fahrenheit increments (so the difference between boiling and freezing water amsl is 180 rather than 100, but 0 is still absolute zero and there is no negative temperature).
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on January 19, 2020, 03:52:45 am
@Northern Star Girl I wish you well with your doctor's appointment. I hope they can do something for you.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on January 19, 2020, 09:41:42 am
well it felt like absolute 0 here today (-2 C last night) ,balmy for you!!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on January 19, 2020, 11:30:51 am
@Northern Star Girl
Danielle I wish you well on your upcoming medical appointment.  While you cannot eliminate the stress from your job as it seems to go with the work you can try to minimize it as I know you do with mindfulness and the presence of your assistant.  Cutting back on the caffeine sources is probably a good idea for the time being.  Understand that doing so will bring on Caffeine Headaches (withdrawal) until your body readjusts.  I'm down to one cup a day and just a nibble of chocolate as it does raise my spirits.  It was hard at first but I'm better for it.  Please continue to look after your health.  You're young and have so much to look forward to, in a pain free manner. 
Hugs, Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on January 21, 2020, 08:45:57 am
Why do they have to blame chocolate?
Hope that by addressing your headaches, you will be able to alleviate them and function better further into  thistax season.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: randim on January 21, 2020, 08:58:56 am
So sorry to hear of your headaches Danielle.  I should follow your thread more closely.  You are so deserving of pain-free living. Good luck with your upcoming appointment.  Try to stay warm up there.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 21, 2020, 01:16:15 pm
@randim @Maddie @JudiBlueEyes @davina61
@Ellie_Arroway @AllieSF @Jessica @KathyLauren


Thank you for your very kind comments and well wishes as I try to get my migrane headaches under control...
I started having these severe headaches last summer... so I know that it is not caused by being in my closed up home with the heat on ... thus Carbon Monoxide poisoning.   After @davina61 recently mentioned in one of her reply comments about Carbon Monoxide I purchased and installed a 2nd Carbon Monoxide detector in my home... thankfully there have been no alarms going off.

I am thinking that it is all stress related, heavy and concentrated computer work at the office as always and with the tax season just starting it will get much worse.  Plus I do spend a lot of time on the Forums visiting various threads, and I use the computer for most of my NEWS and Weather information. 

Add to that, I am a coffee and chocolate lover and consumption of those things that I love
to drink and to eat according to my doctor need to be reduced.   NO FUN in that !!!

Again, thank you to my regular followers, readers and those members here that have sent me me personal messages of concern and well wishes.

HUGS and more HUGS to all of you mentioned and not mentioned in my reply comment here.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on January 22, 2020, 09:20:25 am
Danielle, I'm glad you took Davina's recommendation and installed a second detector.  That's a good idea that I should heed as well as my home is well sealed. 

As to changing your lifestyle, it's not always easy or pleasant but you need to come to a resolution.  You certainly cannot go on like this.  Look at it this way, as you close one door you open another.  Reducing coffee and chocolate is not fun but  you will enjoy it moreso when you do have some.  All my best to you!
Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 22, 2020, 01:43:21 pm
@JudiBlueEyes
Dear Judi:
Thank you for your very kind and most caring words.. 

I am now trying to confirm my doctors appointment, hopefully before the end of this month or perhaps in the beginning of February.

Thank you for sharing and posting.

HUGS,
Danielle


Danielle, I'm glad you took Davina's recommendation and installed a second detector.  That's a good idea that I should heed as well as my home is well sealed. 

As to changing your lifestyle, it's not always easy or pleasant but you need to come to a resolution.  You certainly cannot go on like this.  Look at it this way, as you close one door you open another.  Reducing coffee and chocolate is not fun but  you will enjoy it moreso when you do have some.  All my best to you!
Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 22, 2020, 02:04:21 pm
Wednesday January 22, 2019  10:30AM

It's been very cold here and it snowed yesterday and more snow coming later today....
.... it is a good thing that I like the winter climate here in the area where I live!!!


Special Weather ALERT for Upper Tanana Valley and the Fortymile Country, Alaska
Until 3:00pm AKST, Wed Jan 22
Action Recommended: Avoid the subject event as per the instructions
Issued by: Fairbanks - AK, US, National Weather Service,

...Another Round of Very Cold Temperatures Coming... Temperatures around the Interior will fall into the -30's (f) to -50's (below zero) this weekend.
Cold air will push southeast across the state Thursday and Friday, then settle over the area through the weekend as the atmosphere continues to cool. The coldest temperatures will be southeast of a line from Fort Yukon to Livengood to Lake Minchumina. Temperatures along the AlCan Border are expected to fall to around -50 below zero, while temperatures in the Middle Tanana Valley will fall into the -30's below zero Sunday and Monday before starting to warm.
High temperatures will only be 5 to 10 degrees warmer than the lows. Residents should prepare for the cold, especially if traveling, by keeping cold weather gear available at all times. For the latest forecasts go to www.weather.gov/fairbanks.


Well, wouldn't you know it, and I kinda predicted it, this is when I may have to take the long road trip to go to my doctor's appointment....  no big deal, I have done it before.   I am well prepared with a properly maintained vehicle, good winter tires, tire chains, tow ropes, blankets, food an snacks, always a full tank of gasoline, and my Tooth-Fairy is planning to go with me. 
More than likely we will spend the night so that we won't have to drive on the snow and ice covered roads at night... and of course there are always critters on the road that we don't want to come in contact with as we are traveling down the road.

I will keep you all posted as events unfold.
HUGS (and warm HUGS too)

Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on January 22, 2020, 05:41:12 pm
Wednesday January 22, 2019  10:30AM

It's been very cold here and it snowed yesterday and more snow coming later today....
.... it is a good thing that I like the winter climate here in the area where I live!!!


Special Weather ALERT for Upper Tanana Valley and the Fortymile Country, Alaska
Until 3:00pm AKST, Wed Jan 22
Action Recommended: Avoid the subject event as per the instructions
Issued by: Fairbanks - AK, US, National Weather Service,

...Another Round of Very Cold Temperatures Coming... Temperatures around the Interior will fall into the -30's (f) to -50's (below zero) this weekend.
Cold air will push southeast across the state Thursday and Friday, then settle over the area through the weekend as the atmosphere continues to cool. The coldest temperatures will be southeast of a line from Fort Yukon to Livengood to Lake Minchumina. Temperatures along the AlCan Border are expected to fall to around -50 below zero, while temperatures in the Middle Tanana Valley will fall into the -30's below zero Sunday and Monday before starting to warm.
High temperatures will only be 5 to 10 degrees warmer than the lows. Residents should prepare for the cold, especially if traveling, by keeping cold weather gear available at all times. For the latest forecasts go to www.weather.gov/fairbanks.


Well, wouldn't you know it, and I kinda predicted it, this is when I may have to take the long road trip to go to my doctor's appointment....  no big deal, I have done it before.   I am well prepared with a properly maintained vehicle, good winter tires, tire chains, tow ropes, blankets, food an snacks, always a full tank of gasoline, and my Tooth-Fairy is planning to go with me. 
More than likely we will spend the night so that we won't have to drive on the snow and ice covered roads at night... and of course there are always critters on the road that we don't want to come in contact with as we are traveling down the road.

I will keep you all posted as events unfold.
HUGS (and warm HUGS too)

Danielle

Danielle,

I wish you the best results with everything, I hope that you will feel better.

Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Emma1017 on January 23, 2020, 06:33:35 am
Hey Danielle it must be tough getting a hot pizza delivered...wow that is some cold.  I thought the subways were rough :D.

I hope the doctors appointment goes well and that your travels are warm and safe. 

Please take care of yourself and, of course, your Tooth-Fairy!

Hugs,

Emma
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 23, 2020, 09:23:39 am
For my new readers and potential followers:

The following information and LINKS will guide you to my previous and informative threads that I had started writing back in February 2018.   
Numerous threads, comments and almost 20,000 posts later here I am..., please bear with me and feel free to ask me any questions and/or make any comments that are on your mind.


Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 39


***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250548.0.html)
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html)
Trouble Posting a VIDEO??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243185.0.html)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 23, 2020, 12:43:50 pm
Danielle,

I wish you the best results with everything, I hope that you will feel better.
Chrissy

Hey Danielle it must be tough getting a hot pizza delivered...wow that is some cold.  I thought the subways were rough :D.

I hope the doctors appointment goes well and that your travels are warm and safe. 
Please take care of yourself and, of course, your Tooth-Fairy!
Hugs,
Emma


@ChrissyRyan  @Emma1017
Dear Chrissy and Emma:
Thank you so very much for following my thread and for your kind words of concern for me.
I appreciate the support from you and my other followers... 

.....that is what makes the
Susan's Place Forums feel like my family home.
I trust that you feel the same way.

Thank you again ladies,

HUGS, 
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on January 23, 2020, 05:42:42 pm
I've been reading here in the background Danielle (work demanding this week) and want to wish you a safe trip and return from the Dr. Nice you have some company for the trip, and stretching out the drive in 2 days  :)

Be well and stay warm

Hugs

Cyndi -
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on January 23, 2020, 08:05:13 pm
Luv your latest avatar photo Northern Star  :)
Whatever you're doing looks like fun
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: RandyL on January 24, 2020, 02:16:48 am
Danielle, good luck with the long drive, and I hope you can get some satisfactory resolution to your headaches.

Have you considered the ergonomics of your desk and computer setup? Does massage help, or energy work like Reiki? Just shots in the dark. My remnant male mode wants to fix it!
Hugs, Randy

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Katie Jade on January 25, 2020, 08:18:48 pm
Sorry lost your thread, not like you to be quiet xx
KJXX
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 25, 2020, 09:48:41 pm
Sorry lost your thread, not like you to be quiet xx
KJXX
@Katie Jade
Dear Katie:
I have been reading your posts and comments regarding the recent UK Meetup Part 1.... thank you for sharing with all of us across the pond.

What? You lost my thread???   
.... and you are correct, it is not like me at all to be quiet!!!

Thank you for finding my thread once again and for your post here.
I did of course change my display name in mid-December from  Alaskan Danielle  to  Northern Star Girl so perhaps that is why you "lost" my thread.

HUGS and best wishes to you.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on January 29, 2020, 07:58:20 am
Hi Danielle:

I’ve Been wondering about you for the last couple of days.   I’m hoping you are feeling better.

Take care dear.
Kate


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on January 29, 2020, 01:40:10 pm
UPDATE:  Wednesday  January 29, 2020  10:15AM

Cold again today, as is usually the case for this time of year....   minus -26 deg (f) earlier this morning and will be "warming up" to minus -18 deg (f) later today, and snow coming this afternoon and evening.

Regarding my migraine headache issues... 
I finally have my long awaited doctor appointment scheduled for next Tuesday, February 4th.  It will be an overnight trip because of the long distance and I will be returning home on February 5th, next Wednesday.   
Interesting timing... February 5th will be my 40th Birthday...   what a way to celebrate !!!   LOL

My sweetie tooth-fairy is taking 2 days off her work to go with me.   
On a long drive in cold, snowy weather it is best to drive in the daylight hours, and also to not drive alone, as short as the daylight hours this time of year, it is best that we don't try to get there and back on the same day.
The weather forecast for snow showers and is not calling for a lot of snow like last time when I went to the big city for my doctor appointment last fall... so we should not have any problems with our travel.

I got a message this morning from my doctor's nurse to confirm the appointment and that they want to try a new (injection) medication treatment to minimize my headaches.  I am crossing my fingers and my toes that this will help solve the problem.

Tax season is just getting of to a roaring start, but getting my headaches under control is much more important for me.   It is early enough in the year that there is plenty of time to catch up with my work when I return.

I trust that all of my readers and followers are doing well... please write back when you can.
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on January 29, 2020, 01:44:50 pm
May the weather cooperate for your journey Danielle and good luck with the new injection.

All is well here, being productive at work as I type this, been raining (all day) here and 47 currently in the shadows of Big Tahoma.

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on January 29, 2020, 05:16:10 pm
Danielle,

I hope your new treatment will work out well for you. 

Would flying part of the way be of any benefit, or is driving the best way to get back and forth?   

Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on January 29, 2020, 05:21:01 pm
UPDATE:  Wednesday  January 29, 2020  10:15AM

Cold again today, as is usually the case for this time of year....   minus -26 deg (f) earlier this morning and will be "warming up" to minus -18 deg (f) later today, and snow coming this afternoon and evening.

Regarding my migraine headache issues... 
I finally have my long awaited doctor appointment scheduled for next Tuesday, February 4th.  It will be an overnight trip because of the long distance and I will be returning home on February 5th, next Wednesday.   
Interesting timing... February 5th will be my 40th Birthday...   what a way to celebrate !!!   LOL

My sweetie tooth-fairy is taking 2 days off her work to go with me.   
On a long drive in cold, snowy weather it is best to drive in the daylight hours, and also to not drive alone, as short as the daylight hours this time of year, it is best that we don't try to get there and back on the same day.
The weather forecast for snow showers and is not calling for a lot of snow like last time when I went to the big city for my doctor appointment last fall... so we should not have any problems with our travel.

I got a message this morning from my doctor's nurse to confirm the appointment and that they want to try a new (injection) medication treatment to minimize my headaches.  I am crossing my fingers and my toes that this will help solve the problem.

Tax season is just getting of to a roaring start, but getting my headaches under control is much more important for me.   It is early enough in the year that there is plenty of time to catch up with my work when I return.

I trust that all of my readers and followers are doing well... please write back when you can.
HUGS,
Danielle


I pray that the new treatments will bring you relief from your headaches.
When you get home you will have something to open from your good friend south of you.

Hugs and smiles from a California girl
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on January 29, 2020, 05:53:52 pm
Wishing you safe travels, and a successful outcome for your medical issues, Danielle.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica_Rose on January 29, 2020, 06:30:59 pm
I wish you the best of luck Danielle, on your travel and your treatment. Although the winters up there are long and cold, I bet you see some beautiful auroras from time to time!

Love always -- Jessica Rose
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Katie Jade on January 29, 2020, 06:40:31 pm
Simple message from me;

I hope to heaven that you get this sorted and get back to your 200% life

I send your loved one(s) the best as well,

I hope to meet you some day, don't delay,

You are a lovely soul and If I can ever help you I will..


Take care

Luv N Hugz

Katie

 :-*  :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel: :-* :angel: :-* :angel: :angel: ;D :D ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on January 29, 2020, 09:49:45 pm
Safe roads for your drive Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Lexxi on January 30, 2020, 03:15:22 am

I got a message this morning from my doctor's nurse to confirm the appointment and that they want to try a new (injection) medication treatment to minimize my headaches.  I am crossing my fingers and my toes that this will help solve the problem.

HUGS,
Danielle


Hey Danielle,

Do you happen to know if the injected medicine will be Imitrex? Way back when I used to have debilitating migraine headaches and I'd take Imitrex injections. They worked wonders for my migraines. They didn't completely stop every single effect from the headache, but they cut the pain down so much I could keep on working without too many problems. If it's not Imitrex they give you, I hope whatever it is helps you out a lot. Migraines are horrible.

Gee I step away for a while and when I get back I see that you're firmly in winter's grasp. Those are for sure some super cold temps. I hope you're doing well handling them. I'm getting ready to read your back posts and see what you've been up to.

Oh and Happy early Birthday!! My brother's birthday is on the 5th too. Mine is on the 16th. If I don't hear from you before your trip be very careful driving and try to have as much fun as you can.

Talk to ya later,

xoxo
Lexxi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on January 30, 2020, 07:49:28 am
Danielle:

I always get nervous when you talk about the dangers of Alaska in the winter (or any of the other Alaskan dangers for that matter!). For instance, you say, “There are a lot of things that can go wrong if you run into a critter in -20 degree weather.”

But then you say, “But don’t worry, we’re well-prepared for such dangers.”

Notwithstanding the safety measures, I’d still be a little freaked out by the critters and the freezing temperatures.  :o

Best of luck with the procedure...hope it helps. You defInitely want to get rid of this headache now, as you’ll have enough other client headaches to work through coming up in April!

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on January 30, 2020, 09:01:18 am
Danielle I am glad to hear you are getting attention paid to this headache situation.  In addition to hopefully getting relief  the doctor may find a reason which will assist in future management.  I wish you both safe travels!!!!
Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Donica on January 30, 2020, 11:24:48 am
Safe travels Danielle. I'm sorry to hear you are having these nasty headaches. I am just learning of this. Hopefully the new injections will help.

Warm hugs for you and Tooth Fairy!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on January 30, 2020, 01:44:26 pm
Same from me dear, take it steady and hope the trip is worth it.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: RandyL on January 30, 2020, 05:19:23 pm
Good luck with both the trip and with the medical. Love Randy

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 01, 2020, 06:22:46 pm
February 01, 2020    VERY Cold.... going down to minus -34 degrees (f) below zero tonight....  it has been snowing on and off.   Still very cold here and snow from time to time and it won't warm up much until March or later.

Upcoming doctor's appointment.... I will be going to the same big city place I went last fall for my breast surgery, back injections and my initial headache doctor visits.   
My appointment is for February 4th Tuesday.... As I mentioned in my previous comments on my thread that I will make an overnight trip out of it and driving back the next day on Wednesday the 5th...  my tooth-fairy insists of taking 2 days off to come with me.

....    . and then my 40th birthday is on the next day February 5th Wednesday.   
It seems that I am just falling apart with health issues as I approach 40 years old.

I am really looking forward to the doctor visit for my headache issues.... the doctor's nurse called me to confirm the appointment and she told me that they will be trying a new drug, a monthly injection that I can do at home or at my local small town clinic. 
 I can hardly wait to get rid of these headaches.

To my readers and followers:   Please write back and let me know what you are up to....

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on February 01, 2020, 07:49:38 pm
Please be careful of early morning ice.  Leaving early has its ups and downs, let’s stay on the upside.
I’m counting on your doctor to relieve you of your headaches.
Nothing could make me happier than to hear you had a headache free birthday.
I can see your smile already on that morning.

Hugs and smiles ❄️🌸💕🌸❄️
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on February 01, 2020, 07:52:08 pm
Please be careful of early morning ice.  Leaving early has its ups and downs, let’s stay on the upside.
I’m counting on your doctor to relieve you of your headaches.
Nothing could make me happier than to hear you had a headache free birthday.
I can see your smile already on that morning.

Hugs and smiles ❄️🌸💕🌸❄️


Jessica,

These are some very nice thoughts and I certainly second them wholeheartedly!
We wish Danielle the very best results with safe passage to and from medical staff too.

Plus I hope all is well with you too!   :)

Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 01, 2020, 08:10:06 pm
Please be careful of early morning ice.  Leaving early has its ups and downs, let’s stay on the upside.
I’m counting on your doctor to relieve you of your headaches.
Nothing could make me happier than to hear you had a headache free birthday.
I can see your smile already on that morning.

Hugs and smiles ❄️🌸💕🌸❄️
@Jessica
Dear Jessica:
I have used all of my willpower to not open the card that you sent to me last month along with a Christmas Card that you sent to me.......

    (https://i.imgur.com/makC3je.jpg)

I have been carrying the (Do NOT open) birthday card in my purse all this time ....
...I can hardly wait to open it when my tooth-fairy and I are having coffee and breakfast on Wednesday morning on February 5th before the long road trip heading back home.


HUGS and HUGS.... thank you so very much for thinking of me with your card.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on February 01, 2020, 09:10:21 pm


and then my 40th birthday is on the next day February 5th Wednesday.   


Please write back and let me know what you are up to....


Hi Danielle, it seems decade birthdays are more significant, as we pass through these decade time markers. My hope for you is the injection(s) makes a difference in the head aches and you can enjoy your 40th "on the mend", and relatively pain free. The 40's are some of the most productive years, laying the ground work for success, based on what I know about you, I have no doubt your 40's will be successful and gratifying. You've solved the issues we post about here in the previous decade, and living full time now, this gives you many years free of those discomforts. Think of the time and resources that can be allocated elsewhere moving forward. I hope the weather is cooperative for your 2 day journey to the "big city". I will be watching for your updates here.

Since you asked, today was very productive here around the property and home, the weather cooperated here today, although we may have snow tomorrow and early next week. Just finished dinner with my sweetie and reading some posts here on the board with coffee.

Hugs and well wishes

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on February 01, 2020, 10:46:07 pm
@Jessica
Dear Jessica:
I have used all of my willpower to not open the card that you sent to me last month along with a Christmas Card that you sent to me.......

    (https://i.imgur.com/makC3je.jpg)

I have been carrying the (Do NOT open) birthday card in my purse all this time ....
...I can hardly wait to open it when my tooth-fairy and I are having coffee and breakfast on Wednesday morning on February 5th before the long road trip heading back home.


HUGS and HUGS.... thank you so very much for thinking of me with your card.
Danielle


💕💕💕
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on February 02, 2020, 12:11:21 am
Hi Daniella,

I can not imagine -30 degrees F let alone -50 F. Then add in travel on icy roads, you are a really brave woman.

I hope you trip goes well and you can enjoy the time you have with the tooth fairy.

I hope the doctor provides a treatment that corrects the headache issue.

Good luck and happy birthday,
Rachel
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on February 02, 2020, 06:53:13 am
....    . and then my 40th birthday is on the next day February 5th Wednesday.   
It seems that I am just falling apart with health issues as I approach 40 years old.

I am really looking forward to the doctor visit for my headache issues.... the doctor's nurse called me to confirm the appointment and she told me that they will be trying a new drug, a monthly injection that I can do at home or at my local small town clinic. 
 I can hardly wait to get rid of these headaches.

To my readers and followers:   Please write back and let me know what you are up to....

Danielle, I really hope they can help you with your headaches.

I hope you have an amazing celebration of your 40th birthday!

Since you asked, I have been a member of a trans choir for a while now; it contains MTFs, FTMs and non-binaries. I performed in public for the first time yesterday! I also got to pretty myself up as the theme was fabulous. I got lots of compliments on the way I was dressed and I loved that! That never really used to happen with the old me, even though I sometimes dressed in posh black tie attire (dinner jackets, dress shirt, bow tie, etc). I really loved that!

I enjoy life SO much more as a woman!

I also met members of a gay women's choir (we performed three songs but the event was mainly for the other choir which was much larger and they did eleven songs I think). It was lovely to meet these people and hear them perform.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on February 02, 2020, 11:24:00 pm
Hi Danielle:

Since your traveling Tuesday & Wednesday, and I’m traveling tomorrow, even though it’s early I’m going to say it anyway.

Happy Birthday!

Hopefully the doctor can help with your pain and you get some time on Wednesday to celebrate.

Kate


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on February 04, 2020, 12:17:25 am
Sweet you're carrying Jessica's card with you.

The road hugs all your wheels
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 04, 2020, 08:41:06 am
UPDATE:   February 04, 2020 ....   5:30AM

Thank you my dear friends, readers and followers for your recent replies, kind words and your good wishes:
@Maddie  @KateR  @Ellie_Arroway  @Rachel  @Jessica  @CynthiaAnn  @Randy@davina61  @JudiBlueEyes  @Donica   @sarahc   @Lexxi   @Jessica_Rose   @KathyLauren  @Katie Jade @ChrissyRyan  @Emma1017  @randim  @AllieSF  @EllenW .... and hopefully I didn't miss anyone.....   

Just getting on the road to head to my headache doctor.... it is a long drive from my town to the big city, the appointment is early this afternoon so my tooth-fairy and I decided to stay the night and head back home on Wednesday and thus being able to drive the long road home in daylight.

As I have internet or cell phone coverage during my overnight trip I will do my best to keep my thread updated.

HUGS and more HUGS to you all...
Danielle

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on February 04, 2020, 08:50:44 am
Good luck today Danielle, and safe travels home  :)

Hugs

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: randim on February 04, 2020, 08:52:41 am
Safe travels Danielle.  Hoping for the best for you.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on February 04, 2020, 09:20:12 am
Big hugs and luck being sent to you!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 04, 2020, 02:09:36 pm
My Trip UPDATE:   10:45AM    Sunrise a little over an hour ago.   Snowing and Cold

We arrived at a restaurant to have late breakfast ... near the medical clinic.
Here are some pictures I took during our road-trip this morning, we left very early and it was dark most of the way so my pictures are not so bright.

The first picture was taken shortly after we got going on our trip not too far from my home... then the rest of the photos were taken during our drive. 
Whenever the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights) are visible it is always a stunning sight to see.
HUGS, Danielle

          (left Click Images to Enlarge)
(https://i.imgur.com/XGEYMsx.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/FegM9QI.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/BgvD5Sq.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/gMn4yP2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on February 04, 2020, 02:27:30 pm
The Aurora is just soooo cool  :)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Perry on February 04, 2020, 03:04:02 pm
Beautiful pictures Danielle!

Wishing you a good outcome at your medical appointment today, an enjoyable evening with your sweetie and a safe trip home tomorrow.

Perry
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on February 04, 2020, 06:05:19 pm
Your pictures are just “wow”
Thanks for sharing them.
I’m sending warm fuzzies!

Hugs and smiles, Jess 🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Katie Jade on February 04, 2020, 06:24:56 pm
Dear friend
Lovely pics, and you met another natural wonder just like yourself according you your pics!! Well you know what I mean, best of luck with the trip - keep taking pics and hope you get your issue sorted soon,
Lots Of Love

Take care
Luv n Hugz

Katie

 :-*  :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel: :icon_rockon:
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on February 04, 2020, 06:25:59 pm
Beautiful pics, especially of the Aurora.  Kind of ugly looking road conditions, though.  I am glad you and your sweetie are being careful.  I hope your medical appointment is successful.

Happy birthday tomorrow!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 04, 2020, 07:10:48 pm
Success at my doctor's appointment. 
My doctor gave me my first of my monthly injections that should help to minimize and curb the way-too-often migraine headaches.   I can give myself the injections or my tooth-fairy has volunteered to assist me if needed.  My doctor gave me a 6 injection prescription for a 6 month supply.  If it works as hoped for, I can easily renew the prescription locally in my town.

Done with the doctor's visit, it is snowing now, and getting dark, sunset in about a half-hour.   
We are going to do a little shopping, or perhaps a lot of shopping since in our small town we don't have the big stores and the variety that we find here.

We will be staying overnight and heading back home in the morning so we can navigate the long drive in the daylight hours.  The roads are getting worse but we are well prepared Alaskan girls.

Thank you all for your comments, I very much appreciate your words of support, concern and well wishes.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on February 04, 2020, 09:34:53 pm
Success at my doctor's appointment. 
My doctor gave me my first of my monthly injections that should help to minimize and curb the way-too-often migraine headaches.   I can give myself the injections or my tooth-fairy has volunteered to assist me if needed.  My doctor gave me a 6 injection prescription for a 6 month supply.  If it works as hoped for, I can easily renew the prescription locally in my town.

Done with the doctor's visit, it is snowing now, and getting dark, sunset in about a half-hour.   
We are going to do a little shopping, or perhaps a lot of shopping since in our small town we don't have the big stores and the variety that we find here.

We will be staying overnight and heading back home in the morning so we can navigate the long drive in the daylight hours.  The roads are getting worse but we are well prepared Alaskan girls.

Thank you all for your comments, I very much appreciate your words of support, concern and well wishes.

HUGS,
Danielle


I hope this does the trick. You are a lucky one to have someone to help with the injections!
Please drive safely on your special day tomorrow.  And have a piece of cake when you get home.

 :icon_birthday: H a p p y B i r t h d a y Danielle! :icon_birthday: 

My love to ya ❄️🌸💕🌸❄️
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 04, 2020, 09:43:50 pm
I hope this does the trick. You are a lucky one to have someone to help with the injections!
Please drive safely on your special day tomorrow.  And have a piece of cake when you get home.

 :icon_birthday: H a p p y B i r t h d a y Danielle! :icon_birthday: 

My love to ya ❄️🌸💕🌸❄️

@Jessica
Dear Jess:
At breakfast tomorrow morning before my tooth-fairy and I start driving back home I will be opening the Birthday Card that you so very thoughtfully sent to me more than a month ago.

Thank you for giving me Happy Birthday greetings and the card that you sent to me.
It has taken all of my willpower to not open it sooner.

HUGS and HUGS,
Danielle
 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on February 04, 2020, 10:02:41 pm
❄️🌸💕🌸❄️
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on February 04, 2020, 11:15:51 pm
Happy birthday Northern Star :)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on February 05, 2020, 05:57:37 am
Success at my doctor's appointment. 

YAAAY! <3
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Perry on February 05, 2020, 06:03:24 am
Happy Birthday Danielle!

I hope you have a wonderful day and an even better year!

Safe travels home.

Perry
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on February 05, 2020, 06:53:23 am
Happy Birthday Danielle  :)  :icon_flower: :icon_flower:

Safe travels back to your hamlet from the big city today

C
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Laura1951 on February 05, 2020, 06:57:18 am
Happy Birthday Danielle and thank you for sharing your adventures. I do hope your new medication helps rid you of the crippling pain. I continued to be amazed how you balance all your activities and still find quite a bit of time to be a leader on Susan's.

We're thankful that you do though.

Have a safe drive back home.

Laura
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on February 05, 2020, 07:50:10 am
Danielle, when do you expect that you will get some relief from your migraines?
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: randim on February 05, 2020, 08:07:25 am
Happiest of birthdays Danielle!  :icon_birthday:

Indulge yourself, and I hope your new treatments relive your migraines. Safe travels home.

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on February 05, 2020, 09:14:01 am
Happy Birthday and great you have a good way to control your headaches. Roads look similarly to what I remember having  in the northern states in the winter.  Take is slower and watch for all the animals along the road; they like the roadway as there is less snow and many times there is salt from the road treatment in the snow along the road. Safe trip back.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on February 05, 2020, 09:32:25 am
Danielle those are wonderful photos.  Thanks for posting them.  I'm happy to read your doctor was able to prescribe something for your headaches.  I hope it works well for you. 

Have fun shopping.  Its always a good day to slow down and smell the roses (even if they are snow covered!)

Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: MikaelaA on February 05, 2020, 11:42:29 am
Happy Birthday Danielle !!!  I hope you have a wonderful day.  May you have a safe journey home.


Hugs,

Michelle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: RandyL on February 05, 2020, 12:02:16 pm
I'll add my own Happy Birthday wishes to you, Danielle! You are such a treasure to all of us here on Susan's and to your friends there in Alaska. Thanks for the wonderful pictures and the good news about your new medicine. Have a good and safe trip back home.
Love, Randy

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 05, 2020, 12:38:38 pm
February 05, 2020 - Wednesday morning... 9:00AM 

Went to breakfast earlier this morning, the coffee shop was all decorated with hearts and flowers for Valentine's Day next week. 

My tooth-fairy and I started on our morning coffee and we ordered breakfast. 
I ordered Oatmeal and an English Muffin.

Oh my.... I am 40 years old, how did that happen? ???

Here are the pictures of our table setting and of the beautiful Birthday Card from @Jessica that she sent to me back in December...   I was so tempted to open it early but with the help from my tooth-fairy, I resisted the temptation and used up all of my willpower....   so I opened it for the first time this morning during breakfast... here are the pictures.
        (left click each photo to enlarge)
(https://i.imgur.com/v2UiLmL.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/uKIqM3H.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/5HeHwgQ.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/loaPXRQ.jpg)

THANK YOU Jess for your kind and thoughtful birthday card....
... and to all of my readers, followers and forums friends, I very so much appreciate your comments and kind thoughts that you share with me on my threads and other various threads around the forums.

The sun is just coming up now so the road is calling us to get going to head back home.  It stopped snowing last night but late this afternoon snow is expected so we are getting going now... daylight and clear.

According to my doctor, the prognosis is very good regarding reducing and limiting my headaches.   For those that are interested here is the medicine description of what my Doctor prescribed....  I hope it works as advertised
   Headache Medication (https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/news/20180928/fda-approves-third-of-new-migraine-drugs)

Again, thank you all for your well wishes and thinking of me.... 
I still can't get my head around that I am now 4 DECADES OLD... 40 years OLD!!! :o

HUGS and more HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on February 05, 2020, 01:19:19 pm
It was my pleasure to jump through the hoops I did to get that card to you.  You really are in the boonies!  Lucky that the musher of the dog sled postal delivery knew where you lived!

Travel safe and have a Happy Birthday!

🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: randim on February 05, 2020, 04:15:07 pm
Oh, to be 40 again.  Youngsters. :)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 05, 2020, 06:46:11 pm
My tooth-fairy and I just arrived home about 15 minutes ago.  
It was a safe drive, good roads, just starting to sprinkle some snow here now... so we got home just in time.

Good news, no headaches today but of course it is way too soon to make any judgements regarding the effectiveness of the injection and the medication.   I have my fingers and toes crossed.

We are unpacking the truck now and we will be thinking about fixing dinner in about an hour.   Something like comfort  food I am thinking....   mac and cheese .... and a hot veggie perhaps.  My tooth-fairy is a great cook so we get along well.   

I started up my propane fireplace and my house is getting warmed up.

I called my office and things are going well there... my full-time guy is doing a good job keeping things in order but there will be a lot of work for me tomorrow when I go in...  tax season is in full swing for sure.   A lot of filers want to get their refunds sooner than later so I will file some of the taxes by mid-February, then of course there are the procrastinators that will wait till the last day, and they won't have their records in order....  it is like this every year with the same people.

Thank you all for your supportive thoughts.... 
HUGS and best wishes to you all.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on February 05, 2020, 07:04:38 pm
I am glad you and the tooth fairy are home safe and sound.

Mac and cheese, I wish I could eat that; it sounds so good.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on February 05, 2020, 09:41:48 pm
So glad you’re home safe and sound! Best of luck with the injections...

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on February 06, 2020, 04:45:37 am
Belated Happy Birthday, glad you got back safe and fingers crossed the meds work. Remember age is just a number not how you act and feel. They were talking to a lady on radio this morning and she will be 100 on Sat, still helps out at Table Tennis club and still plays. She had a wicked laugh and sense of humour.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Emma1017 on February 06, 2020, 07:30:31 am
Hey Danielle:

A Very Happy Belated Birthday!!! 

I hope it was great.

Warm hugs,

Emma

PS good luck with tax season!  They are always fun.

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on February 06, 2020, 09:02:47 am
Danielle

Please do not think of yourself as 4 decades old. Think of all the decades to come. I admire what you have ben able to do in those 4 decades. I wish I had been able to become the woman I am when I was in my thirties. It would have made my forth and fifth decade so much better.

Hopefully you new medication will be very helpful in keeping your headaches at bay. Especially at this tax time. My father-in-law was a CPA so I understand all the stress and extra work at this time of year

Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Donica on February 07, 2020, 12:19:09 pm
Wow! I was gone for just a minute and I missed great pictures and a birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANIELLE. Wishing you success with your new headache injections.

Hugs!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on February 12, 2020, 08:22:43 am
@Northern Star Girl - Good Morning Danielle, you've reached post warning level 1 threshold (> 1 week) on your thread  ;D

I hope you are still feeling better since the new medicine was given to you, back on the 5th. I would imagine your business is brisk right now, so we will give you leeway in your thread  ;)

Hugs and have a great day !

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 12, 2020, 08:47:54 am
@Northern Star Girl - Good Morning Danielle, you've reached post warning level 1 threshold (> 1 week) on your thread  ;

I hope you are still feeling better since the new medicine was given to you, back on the 5th. I would imagine your business is brisk right now, so we will give you leeway in your thread  ;)

Hugs and have a great day !

Cyndi

@CynthiaAnn
Dear Cyndi:
Thanks for the "warning"  .... I needed that.   I have indeed been very busy at work, tax time in full swing.

I saw that you and I were up early this morning, I see that you were online about the same time as I was.....
..... you, before 6:00AM (your time) and I was online at 5:00AM (Alaska Time)
>>>>>The early bird gets the worm!!!

Thank you for you recent sharing on my Positivity thread, lots of good encouraging and helpful posts from you and the other contributors.

Weather here has continued to be C-O-L-D ...  minus -24 deg (f) last night and will be below ZERO the rest of today and it is SNOWING now and will be snowing ALL DAY.   Fresh snowfall is so very beautiful.
Up here, winter weather usually hangs on well into the month of March.

So, anyway, your "warning level #1" has now been satisfied.... thank you for thinking of me.

OH, and good news.... my headaches are all but gone, it appears that the medication is doing what it is supposed to do.... I am very thankful.

Thank you for coming to my thread and posting and sharing,
HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on February 12, 2020, 09:00:00 am
BRRRRR - yes I could imagine snow hangs on long time there, look at the gains in daily sunlight now !! It's noticeable here at 47n  :)

Glad to hear your headaches are gone, awesome  :)

A musical entry for your thread, 'tis the season......

"There's one for you, nineteen for me"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0zaebtU-CA

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on February 12, 2020, 07:34:29 pm

OH, and good news.... my headaches are all but gone, it appears that the medication is doing what it is supposed to do.... I am very thankful.

Thank you for coming to my thread and posting and sharing,
HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle


YAY!!!!! Such great news...I can't imagine having to deal with headaches and taxes at the same time.

Stay warm...

Sarah
Title: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on February 13, 2020, 02:03:29 am
YAY!!!!! Such great news...I can't imagine having to deal with headaches and taxes at the same time.

Stay warm...

Sarah

Aren’t the words taxes and headache synonyms?



I’m glad your feeling better Danielle!


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Emma1017 on February 13, 2020, 07:56:24 pm
Hey Danielle really glad you are feeling better.  Tax season brings enough misery like a rash of restated 1099s without starting the season in pain.

Stay warm and well,

Emma
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 13, 2020, 09:33:54 pm
@Emma1017  @KateR   @sarahc   @CynthiaAnn  @Donica   @AllieSF
@EllenW  @davina61  @Rachel  @randim  @Jessica  @RandyL  @MichelleA
@JudiBlueEyes  @mm  @Laura1951  @Perry  @Ellie_Arroway  @Maddie
@KathyLauren  @Katie Jade  @KateR  @ChrissyRyan  @Lexxi  @Jessica_Rose
                      (https://i.imgur.com/qe77fe8.jpg)

HUGS and HUGS and best wishes.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: stephaniec on February 13, 2020, 10:27:13 pm
congrats on the headaches
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Lexxi on February 14, 2020, 11:39:22 am
Hi Danielle,

That is simply fantastic news about your migraines!! Congrats!! I've suffered from migraines since I was 18 years old. My doctor has been amazed that I've only had 3 migraines since the day I started on hormones. He was really scared that the estrogen would make me have even more of them.

I'm just an all around medical oddity. ;D

Normally when I have some sort of physical ailment I'll have the exact opposite results of someone else who has the exact same thing. For instance in 1997 I was in a bad car wreck and injured my back. My doctor told me early on that with the damage that I have I will find it hard to sit, and probably the only relief I'll find is standing or walking. NOPE...not me. Sitting is the only way I can find even a tiny bit of relief. I can't stand for more than 2 or 3 minutes and then it becomes excruciating...and walking is out of the question.

Sorry for blathering on there for a minute. Again I'm really glad that you're finding relief from those hellish migraines. Good luck with the upcoming tax season. I hope you make it through without so much as a twinge of pain in your head.  :)

xoxo
Lexxi

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 14, 2020, 03:08:07 pm
UPDATE, Friday February 14, 2020 ... Valentine's Day...

It was very cold here this morning.  When I got in my car to go to work early this morning the temperature was minus -42 degrees (f) - the wind chill factor which made it feel much colder - like minus -56 deg (f)

.... B-U-R-R-R  but it was beautiful outside, crisp, cold, and beautiful new snowfall last night.

To all of my readers and followers....
Many thank-you's to all of you that have recently replied with your ever so kind and thoughtful replies on my thread. -
- As I mentioned in an earlier post here on my thread, my migraine headaches are all but gone, the new medication is seemingly doing what it is supposed to.   
Now I can think more clearly, get a better night's sleep, and according to my tooth-fairy sweetie, I am not so irritable and hard to get along with now.   
Constant and chronic pain can be very hard to deal with not only for me but for those that have to deal with me.

Thank you again for your kind reply comments.

I trust that you all are having a wonderful Valentine's Day with family, friends, loved ones, and perhaps romantic interests as well.

Have a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY 

HUGS,
Danielle


cc:  @Emma1017  @KateR   @sarahc  @CynthiaAnn  @Donica  @AllieSF  @mm
@EllenW  @davina61  @Rachel  @randim  @Jessica  @RandyL  @MichelleA
@JudiBlueEyes  @Laura1951  @Perry  @Ellie_Arroway  @stephaniec  @Maddie
@KathyLauren  @Katie Jade  @KateR  @ChrissyRyan  @Lexxi  @Jessica_Rose
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Julie H on February 14, 2020, 03:55:55 pm
As from someone else who suffers chronic headaches (though not migraines) I am glad to hear that you manages to get meds to stop them.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on February 14, 2020, 04:03:33 pm
Danielle,


      Happy Valentine’s Day.   :)


Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on February 14, 2020, 04:20:55 pm
Brrr is right, it's a dry cold, I'm sure you have plenty moisturizers.

Happy St Valentines day to you Danielle and all.

"Love is all"  :)

Hugs 

Cyndi -
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on February 14, 2020, 07:17:19 pm
Oh my goodness that is cold.  Yikes I'd be afraid of any non-cloth material in your car cracking and breaking as you touch it!  I hope you have seat heaters!

I hope your Valentine's Day has been a good one.  Don't work too late!

Hugs,
Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on February 14, 2020, 07:25:51 pm
Happy Valentines day.

I think it will be 14 degrees tonight. I can not imagine -42 degrees.

I am glad you are getting headache relief.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on February 15, 2020, 04:54:26 am
To all of my readers and followers....
Many thank-you's to all of you that have recently replied with your ever so kind and thoughtful replies on my thread. -
- As I mentioned in an earlier post here on my thread, my migraine headaches are all but gone, the new medication is seemingly doing what it is supposed to.   
Now I can think more clearly, get a better night's sleep, and according to my tooth-fairy sweetie, I am not so irritable and hard to get along with now.   
Constant and chronic pain can be very hard to deal with not only for me but for those that have to deal with me.

Splendid!

And may I take the opportunity to say that if you can be irritable and hard to get along with, it certainly doesn't come across in your posts.

I'm really pleased that those headaches have been treated effectively for you!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on February 18, 2020, 11:17:51 pm
Hello Danielle, Happy belated birthday.

I just read about your migraines and that they're under control. That's great news!!

When does the temperature usually break up there?

Good luck with your tax business.


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 19, 2020, 02:24:45 pm
@Wendi   @Ellie_Arroway   @Rachel  @JudiBlueEyes   
@CynthiaAnn      @ChrissyRyan      @Julie H


Thank you Ladies for your recent reply comments on my thread.

Wendi - the temperatures here start getting somewhat warmer in mid-March through mid-April,
although the month of May can bring below freezing temperatures and some snow storms.

Ellie_Arroway - Thanks for your good wishes regarding my headaches and your way-too-kind words, very much appreciated.

Rachel - Thank you for you kind words....   regarding the bitter cold temperature, if one is well prepared for it and after living here for a while, the human body acclimates to it quite well ... for example, I have a very difficult time with temperatures beginning in the high-70's and into the 80's and 90's or higher.... coupled with high humidity like is found in the Eastern States, I just about die !!!!!

 JudiBlueEyes
- Yes indeed, when the temps get much below minus -40 (f) things do crack... plastics, rubber, etc. 
.... unprotected water and sewer lines....and yes my vehicles have seat and steering wheel heaters, a block heater to keep the engine oil somewhat warm for easier starts, and a car battery Battery Heater Blanket Wrap...  NOTE:  At 0°F, a car's battery loses about 60 percent of its strength and at 32°F it loses 35 percent and during  bitter cold nights and days temperatures starting an engine can take up to twice as much current as needed under normal conditions  well maintained vehicles, home, etc.   Usually many business have AC power outlets in the parking spaces to plug in these heating accessories.
  Winter tires here are a must... not just "snow tires" or "all season tires" ... but winter tires that are made with a specially formulated rubber that stays pliable and flexible in really cold sub-zero temperatures.... much improved traction with aggressive tread and siping.

CynthiaAnn, ChrissyRyan, Julie H...and the rest of my cherished readers and followers:
I had a wonderful Valentine's Day last week.... with my tooth-fairy sweetie, candy, cuddling, toasty toes in front of my fireplace, good food, etc.   Plus I had a parade of visitors come to my office at work and also at the next door coffee shop that brought me candy and cards, ... and lots of hugs....

.... and the continuing good news is that my Migraine headaches are all but gone.   The monthly injections are quite expensive but how can I put a price on getting rid of my debilitating headaches...???

Tax time is very busy now so as I keep saying in many of my comments around the various threads....
..."Busy People are Happy People"   ....
     .....so I am VERY, VERY HAPPY. for sure.

To everyone, thank you for following and reading my thread. 
I very much enjoy reading your comments and replies... keep them coming!!!

HUGS and many, many more HUGS, 
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on February 19, 2020, 02:35:53 pm
Nice update Danielle, busy with work on my others screens, yet still reading over here  :)

You sound positively bubbly today :D

Cheers

C

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on February 20, 2020, 08:56:45 am
Thank you for the update Danielle, I know you are busy.  I'm happy to read your headaches are mostly a thing of the past. 

Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on February 20, 2020, 09:08:55 am
Danielle,

I'm glad to hear your headaches are gone. Were your migraines associated with your transition in any way?

I can't imagine being in weather that cold. In regards to things breaking at such lower temps, is vinyl siding used up there? If so, is it affected by the extreme low temps?

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 23, 2020, 08:59:14 am
Sunday Morning, February 23, 2020

Good morning to all of my readers and followers....  it is early, 5:50AM Alaska Time
I am always an early riser.... the early bird gets the worm as the old saying goes.
 
It snowed last night and will be snowing more all day, temperature is minus -8 deg (f)
Fresh snow makes everything so very beautiful!!!.... 

I will be getting ready to go to church this morning BUT FIRST copious amounts of coffee and then my morning shower routine.

After church I will probably have lunch with a few church gal friends and then probably end up in my office this afternoon to clear off my tax work desk so it won't overwhelm me on Monday morning....   the tax season always brings 6 and 7 day work weeks and evening hours....    .
 ..... "Work is the yeast that raises the dough"

I trust that your morning and your day are going to be good for each of you. !!!
Write back when you get a chance and let me know what each of you are up to today.
HUGS,,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on February 23, 2020, 09:08:25 am
Sunday Morning, February 23, 2020

It snowed last night and will be snowing more all day, temperature is minus -8 deg (f)
Fresh snow makes everything so very beautiful!!!.... 

-8 F? Sounds like a heat wave compared to recent temperatures!  ;)

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on February 23, 2020, 09:25:23 am
Danielle I envy your stamina!  Have a good day and don't work too late.

Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on February 23, 2020, 09:33:08 am
Wow that's still frigid. I think we're going to get up to the mid thirties today but it's really sunny.

We're going to be baking banana bread shortly then probably making a pan of lasagna. I'm going to use homegrown tomatoes. It's going to be delicious.

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Title: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on February 23, 2020, 10:52:53 am
Hi Danielle:

So I you don’t feel alone, I also have tax work to do today - and this week.  The difference is, I promised my CPA that I would have everything to her by the end of February.  Not that it matters too much.  We always do the automatic extension and actually file sometime in the summer.

Dang, transition is expensive (working through Medical Expenses.)

OK I have a question for you.  Since my electrolysis is part of my treatment for my gender dysphoria, wouldn’t it would be a deductable medical expense? ;-)

We will attend church this evening, after having Pizza Hut deliver some wings and a supreme pizza, thin crust of course.  The other crusts are just too bready.

I won’t t depress you with the temperature here in Oklahoma.  I’ll just say it’s above 0.




Celsius.

Take care.  Hope your headaches stay under control.
Kate


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on February 23, 2020, 11:40:06 am
A little after noon and 55 degrees in Philadelphia. Spring is coming.

I hope you have fun today, even though you will spend some time in the office.

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on February 23, 2020, 03:16:38 pm
Sunday Morning, February 23, 2020

Good morning to all of my readers and followers....  it is early, 5:50AM Alaska Time
I am always an early riser.... the early bird gets the worm as the old saying goes.
 

I did not know that worms come out in that cold weather 😆

Ellen

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on February 23, 2020, 04:14:25 pm
-8 F? Sounds like a heat wave compared to recent temperatures!  ;)

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Sarah

The equinox is just around corner now Danielle, feel the heat wave  :)

I'm also baking bread (sourdough), after cleaning off my roof from the squalls this morning

Have a great Sunday

C
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on February 23, 2020, 07:16:22 pm
Weather here is warmer like 30F and sunny. 
No squalls yet.  Just wearing a hoodie out.  Alaskan beach volleyball weather.

Today I took a drive and saw a couple guys I know from last year.  They set up and run a "starship simulator" room at a big event at a hotel.  Lots of computers, and a couple big projector screen.  Different group of people sign up every hour and pretend to be star trek   
I had no idea what to do, but they made me "science officer" anyway :) 
Then I helped them take everything down and load out.
It was fun and we got it done fast. 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on February 24, 2020, 07:25:31 am
Good Morning Danielle, smell the coffee, early risers we are  :D

Hope your day is a good one, and that your clients are happy and cooperative in this most busy of times...

Hugs

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 24, 2020, 12:41:49 pm
@CynthiaAnn
Dear Cyndi:
Yes, I was up shortly after 5:00AM (Alaska Time)...   I woke up to a cold minus -22 degree (f) morning and today it will be clear, no more snow and even a little sunshine today.
... and that first cup of coffee this morning not only smelled good but tasted terrific too....  cleaned up, showered, did a few house chores, laundry etc, and went to work early to get started on what I expected my busy Monday to be. 

I am at work now and I am indeed very busy today....  my full-time guy is keeping my office in order and I called the part time young woman that I had working part time for me last year and she has agreed to work part time again for me this year.   She will be coming into my office to discuss the details later this morning.

Thanks for following and commenting!!!
HUGS,
Danielle


Good Morning Danielle, smell the coffee, early risers we are  :D

Hope your day is a good one, and that your clients are happy and cooperative in this most busy of times...

Hugs

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 24, 2020, 12:50:58 pm
@Maddie
Dear Maddie:
Thank you for coming to my thread with your comments and thoughts.
Not quite Alaskan beach volleyball weather here yet...  it got colder again last night down to minus -22 deg (f) but it is a clear day today, no more snow coming down today, clouds right now and maybe even sunny later.

Your "Star-ship Simulator" event sounds like fun.....   WOW you were made the Science Officer, did you have any simulated official duties to perform?

What?  No pictures?   I will refresh your memory regarding the rule here on the Forums?
    "Pictures or it didn't happen"

Again Maddie, thanks for your post and comment reply, you are always a welcome follower here on my thread.
HUGS,
Danielle

- - - - - - -
Weather here is warmer like 30F and sunny. 
No squalls yet.  Just wearing a hoodie out.  Alaskan beach volleyball weather.
Today I took a drive and saw a couple guys I know from last year.  They set up and run a "starship simulator" room at a big event at a hotel.  Lots of computers, and a couple big projector screen.  Different group of people sign up every hour and pretend to be star trek   
I had no idea what to do, but they made me "science officer" anyway :) 
Then I helped them take everything down and load out.
It was fun and we got it done fast.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on February 24, 2020, 01:11:55 pm
Your business must be going well to be able to hire a part time person for tax season.  Glad your are doing well, business wise and with your health.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on February 24, 2020, 01:25:13 pm
Glad to see your business doing so well and that the sun might peak through the clouds on you today. 
It’s warm here in the oasis with the babbling brook nearby.  But there was a windstorm a week ago that picked up our neighbors cabana and flew it into the palm trees and damaging the greenhouse.

Hugs and smiles from a California girl
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on February 24, 2020, 03:10:49 pm
Frost tomorrow morning, very wet today and more to come this week. Flood barriers going up again, river Severn has reached an all time high in Shrewsbury and its heading this way down stream. Looks like road closures again.
Busy on as they say around here, don't forget to stop for a coffee !!!! 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on February 24, 2020, 06:09:26 pm
@Maddie
Dear Maddie:
Thank you for coming to my thread with your comments and thoughts.
Not quite Alaskan beach volleyball weather here yet...  it got colder again last night down to minus -22 deg (f) but it is a clear day today, no more snow coming down today, clouds right now and maybe even sunny later.

Your "Star-ship Simulator" event sounds like fun.....   WOW you were made the Science Officer, did you have any simulated official duties to perform?

What?  No pictures?   I will refresh your memory regarding the rule here on the Forums?
    "Pictures or it didn't happen"

Again Maddie, thanks for your post and comment reply, you are always a welcome follower here on my thread.
HUGS,
Danielle

- - - - - - -


Brrrrrrrr....

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on February 24, 2020, 07:52:38 pm
Your "Star-ship Simulator" event sounds like fun.....   WOW you were made the Science Officer, did you have any simulated official duties to perform?

Yes!
My job was to scan and report nearby space stations and vessels.  My computer station also launched the shuttlecraft. 
Not a video game or computer gamer, so this was enough for me.
And I sat up straight :)  Posture improving in public.  Observing other people.

What?  No pictures?   I will refresh your memory regarding the rule here on the Forums?
    "Pictures or it didn't happen"[/b][/size]
Thank you for the reminder Danielle!   I didn't remember reading that one when I registered in the forum :o   
...Its just that I'm so busy avoiding the paparazzi that I've been neglecting pointing my camera at people, places, and things ;)
HUGS
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on February 24, 2020, 08:11:34 pm
Dear Maddie:

What?  No pictures?   I will refresh your memory regarding the rule here on the Forums?
    "Pictures or it didn't happen"

@Maddie
Unfortunately this is something thats in the fine print you get after signing up!  I missed it too! 

I don't know, maybe it never happened and its all a dream.  Just beam me up!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on February 28, 2020, 11:00:04 am
Danielle,

You look so pretty in your new avatar.

Hugs
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on February 29, 2020, 08:33:06 am
Danielle,

You look so pretty in your new avatar.

Hugs
Agreed.  She does that :)

Waiting on my Alaskan weather report:
3 feet of snow, 4 feet of deductible expense receipts
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 29, 2020, 12:11:23 pm
Agreed.  She does that :)

Waiting on my Alaskan weather report:
3 feet of snow, 4 feet of deductible expense receipts
@Maddie
Dear Maddie:
     You are correct, 4 feet and more of tax filings to do for my clients....  yesterday a client brought in a big box of mixed-up and incomplete receipts and records... an absolute mess.   it took my part time office help (young lady) most of the day to straighten it out so we could work on it.... very frustrating.
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You requested it, so here it is, the Alaskan Weather Report for Saturday, February 29, 2020
This morning   minus  -34 degrees (f) ... wind chill  minus -46 degrees [f)
Lots of snow coming late afternoon and will continue into Sunday.
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To my recent thread's Followers:
@Maddie  @Wendi  @JudiBlueEyes  @sarahc
@ChrissyRyan @davina61  @Jessica 
@mm  @CynthiaAnn  @Rachel  @KateR

     Thank your for your kind and thoughtful recent comment replies this last week. 
I always much enjoy seeing you and other members pop up on my thread with your Avatars and Comments.
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HUGS and best wishes to all of my readers and followers, you are always welcome here.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on February 29, 2020, 12:39:42 pm
💕💕💕
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on February 29, 2020, 01:26:20 pm
More than a month and a half of this chaos still to come.
.....April 15th can not come soon enough!

             
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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on February 29, 2020, 02:08:25 pm
You need to do book keeping classes for your clients!!!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Donica on February 29, 2020, 03:07:37 pm
More than a month and a half of this chaos still to come.
.....April 15th can not come soon enough!

             
        (https://i.imgur.com/I8W1aPj.jpg)

Another year has passed. Hopefully they have organized their records instead of the tossing them in the proverbial cardboard box mess. April will get here soon  but, as you have said, it doesn't end there.

Hugs Danielle!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on February 29, 2020, 05:43:31 pm
Glad you have helpers (2) now this year. Your temperatures make me shiver to read, but I know you are well equipped. The sun has peaked out here after rain this morning, we have ~48f currently. Ran the generator today, end of the month, I try and do it monthly here to keep it functional and at the ready (QRV). Stay warm Danielle and do have a relaxing weekend  :)

Hugs

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on February 29, 2020, 10:31:24 pm
More than a month and a half of this chaos still to come.
.....April 15th can not come soon enough!

             
        (https://i.imgur.com/I8W1aPj.jpg)

My sweetie and I just did ours today!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on March 01, 2020, 05:39:35 pm
Danielle,         @Northern Star Girl


I hope that your afternoon has been great so far!
I look forward to reading your updates.

You have a great week ahead!   :)

Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Oldandcreaky on March 01, 2020, 07:20:12 pm
Danielle, this website is lucky to have you. You are as upbeat as Tigger and Tiggers are wunnerful!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Emma1017 on March 02, 2020, 07:00:45 am
Danielle, God made wine specifically for people who prepare taxes for themselves and others.  She wants us to be happy!

Think April 16!!!!


Hugs,

Emma
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on March 02, 2020, 07:25:02 pm
Danielle, You're looking better and better day by day! Your tooth fairy has you glowing.

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on March 03, 2020, 09:29:06 am
Had all that from when I ran my garage , the amount of book keeping is crazy. Glad I now do PAYE (pay as you earn) so no tax return to do.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 03, 2020, 11:56:32 am
UPDATE:  March 04, 2020   Tuesday

*Weather report:
   Got good and cold late last night into early morning...   minus -18 degrees (f)
It is "warming up"  a little here at 8:30AM (Alaska time)   cloudy and windy today, mid-day temps going up to maybe minus -8 degrees (f)    BURRRR!

*Tomorrow on Wednesday I am leaving town very early in the morning to go to my doctor regarding a quick wellness checkup, refilling some of my meds, etc. 
I will make a ONE DAY over and back trip so if I am missing in action tomorrow you will know why. 
When I do have cell service I will login for a brief time.
My tooth-fairy sweetie wanted to come along to be with me and do some of the driving on this long road trip BUT she can not get the day off from her Dental Hygienist work tomorrow.   :(

*My office work:  It goes without saying in this time of the year that I am crazy-busy with my clients.
The tax preparation works is mounting up.   Plus on the Financial Advisor part of my business I have been very busy fielding phone calls from my concerned client/investors.... trying to calm them down and advising them to not do anything rash.

*Thank you to my RECENT followers and readers for your thoughts and comments:
@davina61  YES indeed, the paperwork in any business can be overwhelming.
@Wendi    Thank you for your kind comment and compliments.
@Emma1017   Yes, April 16th can not come soon enough, but the work continues after that
@Oldandcreaky   Wow, thank you for your very kind words.
@ChrissyRyan   Thank you for your continued presence and comments on my thread.
@Jessica   Congratulations on getting your tax filing done.  Have you filed yet?
@CynthiaAnn  Yes, it is cold here and winter will hang on for at least another month or more.
@Donica    Most of my tax clients have been fairly organized... some, not so good.

*To every one of my readers and followers,
I trust that your day will be a good one for you.
With the Coronavirus scare going on... keep your hands washed frequently, avoid touching your face, don't shake everyone's hands, if you do, please wash your hands immediately.

Stay safe, stay healthy and again, thank you for visiting my thread.
HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle

 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on March 03, 2020, 12:12:02 pm
Safe travels to your Dr Danielle  :) Yeah, you are warming up there, spring just around the corner  :) More sunlight = brighter moods (at least for me).

I see the Fed just lowered short term interest rates by .5% today, to try and inject some "feel good" as I call it into the economy. But as I write this the Dow is down 1.5% and not reacting very well, fear is winning at this moment, subject to the whims of the traders. I'll take a long view myself ( I have to).

Hugs and health

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on March 03, 2020, 12:29:01 pm
We filed our taxes as soon as we finished.
All automatic......

Please drive carefully on your trip to the doctor!

🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 03, 2020, 12:32:48 pm
@CynthiaAnn
Dear Cyndi:
Thank you for expressing your well wishes for my trip tomorrow to my medical appointment.

YES... in my opinion.... you are doing the same thing as I suggest to my financial clients.
  you stated: "I'll take a long view myself"

HUGS, and thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Danielle


Safe travels to your Dr Danielle  :) Yeah, you are warming up there, spring just around the corner  :) More sunlight = brighter moods (at least for me).

I see the Fed just lowered short term interest rates by .5% today, to try and inject some "feel good" as I call it into the economy. But as I write this the Dow is down 1.5% and not reacting very well, fear is winning at this moment, subject to the whims of the traders. I'll take a long view myself ( I have to).

Hugs and health

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 03, 2020, 12:43:05 pm
We filed our taxes as soon as we finished.
All automatic......

Please drive carefully on your trip to the doctor!

🌸🌸🌸

@Jessica
Dear Jess:
I am glad that you were able to file your annual taxes early, I am guessing that you e-filed ?  ???    It is good to be able to do that yourself, but some folks have complicated issues that are difficult for them to discern the IRS tax codes and rules.

For my clients that bring in cardboard boxes with mixed up and a big mess of papers....
... they are in no position to e-file.
That is one of the big the reason for my tax business.

YES INDEED, I plan to drive safely... leaving home in the early hours around 4:00AM.  In the dark morning, evening and twilight hours that is when the critters can be on the roads, so I will be very observant and careful as I drive.

Thanks for sharing your comments and for posting.
HUGS,
Danielle 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 03, 2020, 12:43:52 pm
Ahhhhh.... Daylight Savings Time is coming to Alaska and most but not all of the other states.

In many areas of the country there has been frequent but unscuccesful moves to eliminate Daylight Savings Time.
Here in Alaska, depending on the season of the year,  with the big swing in short daylight hours, short nights, etc many residents do not think that Daylight Savings Time is very applicable here.

Alaska is such a large state, and one time in the past Alaska was broken up into 4 time zones.... 
...now it is all just ONE Time Zone.... One hour earlier than Pacific Time on the West Coast, and 4 hours earlier than  East Coast time.....  the unified time zone makes business, commerce and daily communication much more palatable all around the state.

Here is a very good NEWS article that was published by one of the major television stations in Anchorage (KTVA-TV)
                Why do we observe daylight saving time in Alaska?
   https://www.ktva.com/story/40073008/why-do-we-observe-daylight-saving-in-alaska

HUGS to all of my readers and followers, and don't forget to set your clocks ahead next Sunday.
     here is a good rule to know:    Spring AHEAD     Fall BACK

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Julie H on March 03, 2020, 01:11:44 pm
Safe trip tomorrow Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on March 03, 2020, 01:22:21 pm
@Jessica
Dear Jess:
I am glad that you were able to file your annual taxes early, I am guessing that you e-filed ?  ???    It is good to be able to do that yourself, but some folks have complicated issues that are difficult for them to discern the IRS tax codes and rules.

For my clients that bring in cardboard boxes with mixed up and a big mess of papers....
... they are in no position to e-file.
That is one of the big the reason for my tax business.

YES INDEED, I plan to drive safely... leaving home in the early hours around 4:00AM.  In the dark morning, evening and twilight hours that is when the critters can be on the roads, so I will be very observant and careful as I drive.

Thanks for sharing your comments and for posting.
HUGS,
Danielle 


For my wife and I, we keep all documents that are pertinent to taxes each year in a folder.  Grab and go!  After we said “let’s do ‘em” it took maybe a half hour (while watching movie) to have them on their way!

🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on March 03, 2020, 02:32:25 pm
For my wife and I, we keep all documents that are pertinent to taxes each year in a folder.  Grab and go! 
🌸🌸🌸

We do the same thing and it's simplified getting our taxes completed.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 03, 2020, 05:22:50 pm
For some of my more recent readers and followers, here is an abridged listing of a few of my more important threads.
Please feel free to look them over, and as always, you are very welcome to comment and post your thoughts here or on any thread that I have authored.
Danielle


***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250548.0.html)
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html)
Trouble Posting a VIDEO??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243185.0.html)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on March 03, 2020, 09:43:58 pm
Ahhhhh.... Daylight Savings Time is coming to Alaska and most but not all of the other states.

In many areas of the country there has been frequent but unscuccesful moves to eliminate Daylight Savings Time.


Could not agree more. We should just stick to one set.  FYI, some states do not observe DST, like Arizona they feel they have to much sun as it is

Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 04, 2020, 06:01:25 pm
UPDATE...  Wednesday afternoon  March 04, 2020
I am back from my early morning-all day road trip.... dark, cold and a long drive.   This morning when I was on the road around 4:00AM the temperature was minus -31 degrees (f) ... the good news is that there was no new snow... and now it has "warmed up" to minus -13 degrees (f) and will soon be going back down overnight to around minus -30 degrees again.

I have returned safely from my long road trip today to see my doctor regarding a wellness check, medication refills, and my continuing migraine headaches in spite of the new medication/injection (it did help somewhat) that I was prescribed at my last visit to the doctor.   

I am back at my office ... it is about 2:45PM in the afternoon so I will spend a few hours here before going to my home.

Some of my meds were adjusted and my doctor gave me some suggestions that may reduce my migraine headache issues.

My migraine headaches have been less severe but even at reduced amount they still can be debilitating when performing my very detailed oriented tax and financial work.

It was suggested that I reduce coffee, chocolate and computer screen time...  it will be difficult enough to reduce my coffee and chocolate  :o :(  ... BUT how do I reduce my computer screen time in my line of work??
.... this all sounds like NO FUN ;)  especially concerning chocolate.!!!

Thank you to everyone that wrote to me to wish me well on my doctor's visit today, very much appreciated.

Please know that as readers and followers that you are always welcome here to post your comment replies.

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on March 04, 2020, 06:36:53 pm
Glad you had a safe trip to the big city Danielle. You had time to post quick words in the word games  :) I noticed before you hit the road this morning. Then the site went down due to tornadoes in TN, but glad to see it back online  :)

Coffee and chocolate are essentials (in my mind), and hard to give up, hope you can reduce the discomfort however.

Hugs

Cyndi 

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on March 04, 2020, 07:00:09 pm
Glad you had a safe trip to the big city Danielle. You had time to post quick words in the word games  :) I noticed before you hit the road this morning. Then the site went down due to tornadoes in TN, but glad to see it back online  :)

Coffee and chocolate are essentials (in my mind), and hard to give up, hope you can reduce the discomfort however.

Hugs

Cyndi


Doctor’s orders also include lots of toasty toes time with Tooth Fairy, right?  :)

Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on March 04, 2020, 09:05:25 pm
Hi Danielle

I’m glad your trip was uneventful.

Coffee, chocolate, or screen time?   That’s a tough one.  You need the stimulant in the coffee & chocolate in order to make sense of the sea of numbers on the screen.

Maybe you can alternate the coffee, chocolate and screen time with some wine and fireplace time!


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Megan. on March 04, 2020, 09:42:50 pm
Hmmm, no chocolate or coffee...them's fightin' words! You have my sympathies. X

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Devlyn on March 04, 2020, 09:56:55 pm
No coffee? No chocolate?

For the love of all that's good and holy in the world, put a trigger warning on this thread!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on March 06, 2020, 11:49:17 am
No coffee for you has to be really tough. Is it the caffeine that they want you to steer clear of?

Do you drink coffee for the taste or because of the awakening effects? I've tried some good decaf's. Tim Horton's has a good decaf coffee for the Keurig.

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on March 06, 2020, 12:11:43 pm
Now I think I remember you can get a filter for you monitor but maybe that's for the old style and not LED that reduces flickering . Another obvious one is are your glasses  OK ? cant remember if you have any as bad eye sight can trigger . Stating the obvious again , shame about choc and coffee but if you want to get rid of some----------
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on March 07, 2020, 01:25:47 pm
Sorry to hear you're still not doing well.  It is amazing what we can give up to be well.  I'm at a half cup of coffee every few days and no chocolate after noontime.  I'm surviving. 

Take care of yourself.  Hugs!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarah1972 on March 07, 2020, 06:14:35 pm
Oh no, I am so sorry to ready you are still not better.

As someone who spends many hours per day I. Front of the screen and also often in very detail oriented work, I can second the need for a good work environment. I can certainly tell the loss of productivity as soon as I am off my home office set up.

Here are a few key factors which helped me:

A good chair. I invested over $700 into a special ergonomic chair and it has paid off over the years.

A good and decent sized monitor. Monitors have made a lot of progress over the years. I am already considering another upgrade , potentially to one of the curved monitors.

I have also raised my monitor by several inches above my desk. This avoids strain on my back and reduces tension headache.

The last item (which I have to get) is good glasses. Right now I am often using cheap reading glasses but I need to get some real ones for computer work. Even the cheap ones allow me to focus much longer and be less tired.

And of course: reduce stress as much as possible.

Hope you will soon feel better. It always pains me seeing my friends suffer.

Hugs,

Sarah




UPDATE...  Wednesday afternoon  March 04, 2020
I am back from my early morning-all day road trip.... dark, cold and a long drive.   This morning when I was on the road around 4:00AM the temperature was minus -31 degrees (f) ... the good news is that there was no new snow... and now it has "warmed up" to minus -13 degrees (f) and will soon be going back down overnight to around minus -30 degrees again.

I have returned safely from my long road trip today to see my doctor regarding a wellness check, medication refills, and my continuing migraine headaches in spite of the new medication/injection (it did help somewhat) that I was prescribed at my last visit to the doctor.   

I am back at my office ... it is about 2:45PM in the afternoon so I will spend a few hours here before going to my home.

Some of my meds were adjusted and my doctor gave me some suggestions that may reduce my migraine headache issues.

My migraine headaches have been less severe but even at reduced amount they still can be debilitating when performing my very detailed oriented tax and financial work.

It was suggested that I reduce coffee, chocolate and computer screen time...  it will be difficult enough to reduce my coffee and chocolate  :o :(  ... BUT how do I reduce my computer screen time in my line of work??
.... this all sounds like NO FUN ;)  especially concerning chocolate.!!!

Thank you to everyone that wrote to me to wish me well on my doctor's visit today, very much appreciated.

Please know that as readers and followers that you are always welcome here to post your comment replies.

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Lexxi on March 07, 2020, 07:25:54 pm
Hi @sarah1972

I have a lot of trouble with reading glasses too since my eyes need two different strength corrections. The last time I went to the eye doctor I took some detailed measurements for her to take into account. I have to wear trifocals so I needed a couple of different measurements. For the first one I sat at my desk at the normal, comfortable distance I sit from my computer monitor when I'm typing or reading, and I measured the exact distance from my eyes to the monitor.

Then I did a second measurement from my eyes to a book I was reading. I don't know exactly how the eye doctor used those measurements, but I got the best dang pair of glasses I've ever had in my life.

I can always tell when my glasses aren't doing their job as well when I start getting more migraines. Chocolate, and caffeine don't seem to hurt me, but if I start getting a little bit of eye strain I know that I'll end up with a migraine sooner rather than later.

I've also discovered that having estrogen running in my system has helped me avoid migraines too. In fact I started my HRT in July and have only had 3 migraines in all that time, and they all happened in December (which was really stressful for me this year).

The next time you go for some prescription reading glasses try to measurement method...it really helped me. Oh one more thing...my doctor said she wished every one of her patients did the same thing.

xoxo
Lexxi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on March 07, 2020, 07:36:08 pm
Danielle:

I’m so sorry that the migraines haven’t gone away completely. My mom has had acute migraines her entire life and when the headaches come on, she is completely debilitated, so I know what you are going through. Absolutely do try to get a good rest every night if you can, even though I know you’re probably going to have to put in some long hours in the coming weeks.

Hope you feel better... :icon_flower:

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 07, 2020, 07:46:37 pm
UPDATE:  March 07, 2020   Saturday afternoon  4:30PM (Alaska Time)

   It's has been a warmer day today....  the temperatures have been hovering around ZERO degrees (f) all day...  this morning it was around minus -11 degrees{f} and right now  at +1 degree (f) ... overcast, no new snow today.

  My headaches have been somewhat less today which is good news, very busy at work, not just with the tax time rush but also many nervous financial clients that I work with....  my advice to my clients is to not do anything rash, let this stock market thing play out a little longer.

  Good news on my romantic relationship area of my life,....
My tooth-fairy sweetie and I have been thinking about taking a trip to Montana to see her parents and family for the Easter holiday.   The first visit to meet her parents last August went very well and they are looking forward to us coming to see them.

  My gym-gals group (5 ladies and myself)  that I belong to is planning another 2 day shopping trip to Anchorage.  It is a very long drive so we plan to stay 2 nights so we can do our mega-shopping for things that we can't find in our small town.  We did our first trip like this 2 years ago in March 2018....   
   i fondly recall how nervous I was to share a room with my new dental hygienist suitor #4 ...
...now 2 years later my tooth-fairy sweetie.  
   Wow, that long ago?... time has gone by very fast!!!

   Well, I have another hour or two of work to do before I head home.... 
.... dinner tonight is a beef stew I put in my slow-cooker this morning.

   Talking about mornings, tomorrow morning will come ONE HOUR EARLIER....   Daylight Savings Time starts.


Thanks for following my thread and for all of your very kind comment replies.
Wishing all of you well.
HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on March 07, 2020, 08:28:14 pm
"my advice to my clients is to not do anything rash, let this stock market thing play out a little longer."

Oh yeah!  I don't even look at my account in time like this.  Just let it ride.  It will come back.

All that planning for trips sounds fun Danielle! 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on March 07, 2020, 09:55:33 pm
I’m glad to see that you’ve gained a bit of relief, some is better than none.
Maybe consider Sarah’s advice, it’s worth a try!
Everyone is hoping the best for you.

Enjoy your shopping trip!
And wash your hands!

Hugs and smiles 🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Julie H on March 07, 2020, 11:05:22 pm
Hugs I hope you find a fix for your migraines soon I have to talk to my doctor on the 12th for my headaches
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on March 08, 2020, 05:25:54 am
I'm glad your headaches are getting better. I wish I could help in some way, but alas, I cannot.

I hope they go away completely for you!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on March 08, 2020, 09:55:51 am
Good Morning Danielle, I hope you are feeling better. Sounds like a great time upcoming with friends in the "big city" shopping and dining  :) We have a cool clear morning here, just above freezing as I type this. I happened to notice a news story that blipped across the radar so fast if you'd blink you'd miss it, a story about a transwoman librarian in AK that won her case to have gender affirming surgery covered by the state health workers insurance plan last Friday. Apparently a judge decided that the previous exclusions were considered "sex discrimination". Anyway you may already know this, but this story caught my eye from your state  :) I am grateful my insurance plan has covered all of my transition related expenses to date. Hope you have a lovely Sunday, stay warm and healthy.

Hugs

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Stevi on March 08, 2020, 08:11:31 pm
Come, come, Danielle.  What is this- "5 ladies and myself."  I cannot believe you are not a proper lady, too.  Travel safely and have fun shopping.

Stevi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 08, 2020, 09:08:21 pm
Come, come, Danielle.  What is this- "5 ladies and myself."  I cannot believe you are not a proper lady, too.  Travel safely and have fun shopping.

Stevi

@Stevi
Dear Stevi:
I stated the incorrect phrase, I should have said "6 ladies including myself"
Thanks for your correction and for your kind words.
HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on March 12, 2020, 04:24:41 pm
How are you feeling Danielle?

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 12, 2020, 04:43:19 pm
How are you feeling Danielle?

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@Wendi ... and my followers and readers...
I am back from my shopping trip and back to work at my office.... 
... it was a fun trip... shopping therapy with my gal-friends.  We filled the big SUV with purchases, clothing, food, etc. 
We stayed 2 nights as planned.   Fortunately there was only 4 of us that went on the trip so we had room for all of our shopping purchases... barely !!!!

This morning was good and cold,  minus -27 degrees (f).... this afternoon it has warmed up substantially but it is hovering just below ZERO (f) soon to get colder again later in the evening and night.   

Wendi:  Regarding your question about how I am feeling, I am doing OK, tired from the trip and my headaches are not quite as bad since I am off of chocolate and coffee per my doctor's orders...   I will admit that I did cheat a little, but you probably figured that already.

Thanks everyone for following my adventures, trials and tribulations and I really appreciate your supportive comment replies on both my thread and by PM.

HUGS, HUGS, HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Emma1017 on March 12, 2020, 05:30:41 pm
Danielle one of my favorite things about your thread is that you are dealing with normal stuff.  I am truly sorry about the migraines and I can't imagine the debilitating pain but life had to be worse when you had to combine that with gender dysphoria.

I am truly tired of gender dysphoria.  I love to look at the natural photos of you and your smile.  It gives me hope that one day my pain will be normal stuff and my gender makes sense to my soul.

Thank you for showing the way.


Big hugs,

Emma
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: madeleine on March 12, 2020, 06:20:24 pm
Hi Danielle, I've read that migraines can be triggered by eyestrain.  Since you cannot reduce your time looking at a screen at work ( I spend about 90% of my work day looking at screens),  maybe you can make other adjustments? Like checking your vision prescription (if you have one), making sure you are not sitting too close to or leaning into the monitor, "blue light" glasses, glare protectors on your screen. 

Maybe you've tried these things, but changing the angle and height of my monitors definitely helped me.  Hope you feel better!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on March 12, 2020, 11:05:19 pm
Yeah headaches no good.

Danielle Northern Star Girl its awesome is that your  group of women are able to interact and share space on a trip..  Is it easy overall, or are there alot of dramas?  Not because of any gender thing,  rather just because it's humans in a group?  Sounds challenging and requiring good measures of social self control. 

My social has been around guys lately, and look forward to maybe making some female friends again.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on March 13, 2020, 06:46:03 pm
My social has been around guys lately, and look forward to maybe making some female friends again.

Do you know, it just occurred to me that my closest friends are now trans people, particularly trans women like myself. There are some non-binary and trans-men thrown into the mix.

What do they share with me? We are all musical. We are all members of a trans choir.

I consider them to be normal people with a small problem, just like me.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on March 13, 2020, 08:16:46 pm
Hello Danielle,

I am very happy you have love in your life. :)

I still can not get over how cold it is in your neck of the woods. We have flowers sprouting. Spring flowers do not pay attention to economic or virus issues.

My work has been crushing and I have found that I had bad head aches, light sensitivity and stomach issues this week. Today I went to employee health to have my temperature taken (a work thing) and left to go home. I slept when I got home and it helped. I will be doing meditation next week at work to reduce stress.

I do not know if sleep and or meditation will help but it may be something to consider.

Rachel
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 16, 2020, 10:30:08 am
Monday Morning   March 16, 2020  7:00AM

The only good news is that the temperatures are starting to warm up, finally temperatures somewhat ABOVE ZERO (f) for a change ...

The bad news is that as I am on my way to my office, I received several calls from my clients about the DOW JONES stock market drop this morning, down over 2000 points, for a while the index this morning was below 21,000, down 8 to 9% just this morning.... overall, down about 30% from the last month's high of over 29,500.   
Personally, in my business and financial advising experience, the stock market will indeed recover and be better than ever, but patience is needed... I tell my clients to not do anything rash, no panic selling that will only "fix" their losses.

On top of the stock market issues, my tax prep business is very busy...  I am awaiting an announcement from the IRS that the traditional April 15th tax filing deadline may be delayed for up to 3 months. 
For my readers and followers here on my thread, so far here is the official preliminary information click link below if you are interested to find out more.......

    When is the New IRS Tax Filing Deadline for 2020? - Coronavirus Delay
As America and the world continue to combat the coronavirus, and most major sporting, business and social events have been postponed or canceled, the IRS and Treasury are expected to announce on Monday (March 16) the new tax deadline.
 
LINK> https://www.cpapracticeadvisor.com/tax-compliance/news/21129714/when-is-the-new-irs-tax-filing-deadline-for-2020-coronavirus-delay

Well, I am at my office now and my phone is ringing off of the hook and I have several clients waiting in my office to talk to me... so I will be on a little later...

HUGS and best wishes to all...
Danielle

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on March 16, 2020, 11:31:15 am
Monday Morning   March 16, 2020  7:00AM

The only good news is that the temperatures are starting to warm up, finally temperatures somewhat ABOVE ZERO (f) for a change ...

The bad news is that as I am on my way to my office, I received several calls from my clients about the DOW JONES stock market drop this morning, down over 2000 points, for a while the index this morning was below 21,000, down 8 to 9% just this morning.... overall, down about 30% from the last month's high of over 29,500.   
Personally, in my business and financial advising experience, the stock market will indeed recover and be better than ever, but patience is needed... I tell my clients to not do anything rash, no panic selling that will only "fix" their losses.

On top of the stock market issues, my tax prep business is very busy...  I am awaiting an announcement from the IRS that the traditional April 15th tax filing deadline may be delayed for up to 3 months. 
For my readers and followers here on my thread, so far here is the official preliminary information click link below if you are interested to find out more.......

    When is the New IRS Tax Filing Deadline for 2020? - Coronavirus Delay
As America and the world continue to combat the coronavirus, and most major sporting, business and social events have been postponed or canceled, the IRS and Treasury are expected to announce on Monday (March 16) the new tax deadline.
 
LINK> https://www.cpapracticeadvisor.com/tax-compliance/news/21129714/when-is-the-new-irs-tax-filing-deadline-for-2020-coronavirus-delay

Well, I am at my office now and my phone is ringing off of the hook and I have several clients waiting in my office to talk to me... so I will be on a little later...

HUGS and best wishes to all...
Danielle


I’m glad I own no stocks, have filed my taxes and with my tax return in the bank already.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on March 16, 2020, 11:36:05 am
Thanks for the link.

Doesn't seem like a good business for people who panic
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on March 16, 2020, 01:45:24 pm
Thanks for the heads up on IRS filing being delayed announcement  :)

Nice on your moderating temperatures there, it's a nice sunny morning (38f), with a chilly NE wind, just back from 5 miles out, lot's of happy people out walking and running seen today (different crowd), waving from a distance....

I know you will calm your clients Danielle with market jitters.

Ok back to work now

bye
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on March 16, 2020, 02:01:51 pm
Woo hoo your temperature is rising!!!

I'm sorry you have to go through all those panic calls about the market. My 401k is down substantially but I'm not concerned. I wasn't going to take anything out now and I have faith it'll rebound.

Hopefully the stress won't invoke any headaches.

Praying for you Danielle.

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: madeleine on March 16, 2020, 07:08:03 pm
Your clients need to remember that trading in securities is inherently risky.  Personally, I'm not even looking at my my accounts now.

Your avatar pic is a stunner, you look so happy!

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on March 16, 2020, 07:14:24 pm
Danielle, here is a philosophical question:

Would the IRS backing up the deadline by three months be a CPA’s dream or do CPAs prefer just getting through the painful period of the year as fast as possible so the rest of the year is normal?

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on March 16, 2020, 07:31:44 pm
Your clients need to remember that trading in securities is inherently risky.  Personally, I'm not even looking at my my accounts now.

Yes and good advise.  I'm not checking mine now as I don't need the anxiety.  It will come back. 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 16, 2020, 09:20:02 pm
I’m glad I own no stocks, have filed my taxes and with my tax return in the bank already.

@Jessica
Dear Jess:
In good times, stocks can give fatalistic return on investment and grow at an amazing rate, and in bad times the reverse is true. 
Certainly now is a difficult time for stock holders but a well balance financial portfolio should have a mix of stocks, bonds and mutual funds among other financial instruments.   Diversity is the key to protect the investor from all the wild swings in financial situations in the investment market.

Thank you for always following my thread and posting your comments and thoughts.   I am always quite happy to see and read your thoughtful comments on my thread.

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 16, 2020, 09:25:08 pm
Thanks for the link.

Doesn't seem like a good business for people who panic

@Maddie
Dear Maddie:
Panic is destructive.  The panic regarding the Coronavirus is not a good thing, it raises havoc with our daily lives, supply and demand of food, medicine and general commerce and business.
 
I advise my client to take a deep breath, slow down, and don't do anything rash with their investing strategies.

Thanks for posting your comment.  I trust that you are not one of those that are panicking....   patience and a cool head are required.
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 16, 2020, 09:30:51 pm
@CynthiaAnn
Dear Cyndi:
The tax filing delay needs to be confirmed... until it is be sure to abide by the April 15th due date for filing returns and quarterly estimated tax per-payments.

I have been able to calm down most of my clients.   It is certainly upsetting for most investors and those with 401K's and other retirement holdings.

I am hoping that we will see a calming in the finance world in the next couple months well before summer.
Time will tell.

Hugs and best wishes to you and thank you for following my thread and posting your thoughts and comments.

Danielle


Thanks for the heads up on IRS filing being delayed announcement  :)

Nice on your moderating temperatures there, it's a nice sunny morning (38f), with a chilly NE wind, just back from 5 miles out, lot's of happy people out walking and running seen today (different crowd), waving from a distance....

I know you will calm your clients Danielle with market jitters.

Ok back to work now

bye
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 16, 2020, 09:35:39 pm
Woo hoo your temperature is rising!!!

I'm sorry you have to go through all those panic calls about the market. My 401k is down substantially but I'm not concerned. I wasn't going to take anything out now and I have faith it'll rebound.

Hopefully the stress won't invoke any headaches.

Praying for you Danielle.

Hugs

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@Wendi
Dear Wendi:
Thank you for your thoughts, comments, and especially for your prayers during this turbulent time.
Continue to hold the course and do not do anything rash.

Even though I have cheated (just a little bit) with my intake of coffee and chocolate my migraine headache situation is much improved...  thank you for thinking of me and praying.

HUGS and wishing you well
, and thank you for following and commenting on my thread.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 16, 2020, 09:43:18 pm
Your clients need to remember that trading in securities is inherently risky.  Personally, I'm not even looking at my my accounts now.

Your avatar pic is a stunner, you look so happy!
@madeleine
Dear Madeleine:
Yes indeed, as you stated "trading in securities is inherently risky"  ....   however, usually higher risk, intelligently strategized can bring bigger rewards and return on investment.   

    "No risk, very little reward" as the old saying goes.

You are wise right now not to follow your portfolio and investment accounts too closely during these turbulent times.
Let things settle out as they seem to always do.   Doing rash things like "selling short" is usually a bad idea, all you end up doing is "fixing" your losses and not giving your stocks a chance to rebound.

Also, thank you for your kind compliment regarding my Avatar Profile photo.   A smart girl always accepts a compliment....  THANK YOU.

Thank you for following my thread and posting your thoughts and commetns.
HUGS and best wishes.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 16, 2020, 09:51:57 pm
Danielle, here is a philosophical question:

Would the IRS backing up the deadline by three months be a CPA’s dream or do CPAs prefer just getting through the painful period of the year as fast as possible so the rest of the year is normal?

Sarah

@sarahc
Dear Sarah:
Thank you for following my thread and posting your thoughts and comments.

To answer your question regarding the proposed 3 month delay of the IRS April 15th tax filing deadline....   
Personally, for my business it is a nightmare of another 3 months of chaos with filing tax returns for those of my procrastinating clients.   More work for me......
.....Plus it would not be doing any favors for most tax filers because eventually the deadline will revert back to their normal dates and then those that took advantage of the delayed filings will have to make up for the delay and have more tax filings more often later in the year to catch up.   
I personally am not in favor of it.  I hope that makes some sense to you and others that are reading my response to your very good question.

Again Sarah, thank you for writing and posing your good question about my CPA business nightmare.

HUGS, and wishing you well.
Danielle

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 16, 2020, 09:55:36 pm
Yes and good advise.  I'm not checking mine now as I don't need the anxiety.  It will come back.

@JudiBlueEyes
Dear Judi:
Hang in there, stay calm, and don't expose yourself to stress that you can not fix...  let your accounts settle down before you do anything extraordinary.
Yes, as it always does, the investment market will recover and be better than ever... hopefully in a few months or so.

Thanks for following my thread and for posting your comments and thoughts.

HUGS, and wishing you well.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on March 16, 2020, 10:16:58 pm
@sarahc
Dear Sarah:
Thank you for following my thread and posting your thoughts and comments.

To answer your question regarding the proposed 3 month delay of the IRS April 15th tax filing deadline....   
Personally, for my business it is a nightmare of another 3 months of chaos with filing tax returns for those of my procrastinating clients.   More work for me......
.....Plus it would not be doing any favors for most tax filers because eventually the deadline will revert back to their normal dates and then those that took advantage of the delayed filings will have to make up for the delay and have more tax filings more often later in the year to catch up.   
I personally am not in favor of it.  I hope that makes some sense to you and others that are reading my response to your very good question.

Again Sarah, thank you for writing and posing your good question about my CPA business nightmare.

HUGS, and wishing you well.
Danielle

Danielle:

So you know I won’t be one to procrastinate (any more than normal).  I’ll file for an automatic extension, and make a final estimated payment about 4/12, and file in the August / September time frame like we always do.

Kate


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on March 17, 2020, 04:40:17 pm
Hi Danielle:

Just saw this:

Treasury and IRS to delay tax payment deadline by 90 days

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/17/treasury-and-irs-to-delay-tax-deadline-by-90-days.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.CopyToPasteboard

Hopefully this will be helpful to you and your clients

Kate


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 17, 2020, 04:55:34 pm
@KateR
Dear Kate:

Yes indeed, I got an automatic update notice from my CPA Practice Advisor Site earlier today (march 17th)  While this is good news for many tax payers, as I stated in an earlier comment reply yesterday to member @sarahc and her question about it.

"To answer your question regarding the proposed 3 month delay of the IRS April 15th tax filing deadline....   
Personally, for my business it is a nightmare of another 3 months of chaos with filing tax returns for those of my procrastinating clients.   More work for me......
.....Plus it would not be doing any favors for most tax filers because eventually the deadline will revert back to their normal dates and then those that took advantage of the delayed filings will have to make up for the delay and have more tax filings more often later in the year to catch up.   
I personally am not in favor of it.  I hope that makes some sense to you and others that are reading my response to your very good question."


While it is helpful to many of my clients... it is a nightmare and extended work schedules into the summer for me and other tax preparing businesses.

Thanks for posting and sharing.
HUGS,
Danielle


Hi Danielle:

Just saw this:

Treasury and IRS to delay tax payment deadline by 90 days

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/17/treasury-and-irs-to-delay-tax-deadline-by-90-days.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.CopyToPasteboard

Hopefully this will be helpful to you and your clients

Kate


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on March 18, 2020, 08:48:22 am
Danielle, here is a philosophical question:

Would the IRS backing up the deadline by three months be a CPA’s dream or do CPAs prefer just getting through the painful period of the year as fast as possible so the rest of the year is normal?

Sarah

I would assume that an extended deadline would just give the procrastinators more time to procrastinate.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: steph2.0 on March 18, 2020, 10:45:43 am
I would assume that an extended deadline would just give the procrastinators more time to procrastinate.
I resemble that remark. I put the “pro” in procrastinate.


- Stephanie
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 18, 2020, 12:34:34 pm
@steph2.0   @KathyLauren
You are correct that the procrastinators, with this news, will now procrastinate even more. :o
That is what procrastinators do !!

....BUT, for those that pay quarterly estimated taxes,  the IRS deadlines for Form 1040ES quarterly estimated tax pre-payments is NOT extended and the April 15th 1st quarter submission due date still stands.
I am betting that many will be confused about that.

Thank you for not procrastinating and for posting your thoughts...  ;)
HUGS,
Danielle


I resemble that remark. I put the “pro” in procrastinate.

- Stephanie

I would assume that an extended deadline would just give the procrastinators more time to procrastinate.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on March 19, 2020, 02:03:10 pm
Procrastinating is an emotional problem...

And in most cases quite a minor one compared to what's going down now. :(
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on March 19, 2020, 02:46:44 pm
I was going to post but cant be bothered.Might get round to it some time.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 19, 2020, 02:53:02 pm
I was going to post but cant be bothered.Might get round to it some time.

@davina61
Dear Davina:
WHAT ???    Saying hello is easier that writing saying that you can't post !!!!
I trust that you are feeling better...
...Please don't let that reported cough of yours get any worse, if it does please get to a clinic ASAP.
I take it that you are staying home "sick" today? ???

Get well soon.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on March 19, 2020, 02:58:03 pm
I was going to post but cant be bothered.Might get round to it some time.

I was thinking of joining Procrastinators Anonymous, but I never got around to it.  Just as well, because they haven't had their meeting yet. :D
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on March 19, 2020, 06:09:55 pm
I was thinking of joining Procrastinators Anonymous, but I never got around to it.  Just as well, because they haven't had their meeting yet. :D

I've heard they have put off their meeting, date TBD!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on March 20, 2020, 10:24:06 am
Been talking to my accountant.

We’re filing the extensions today.  Will do taxes in the summer like we always do.

The main thing this allows is for her to work me in when it convenient for HER.  I in turn send the paper in when it's convenient for ME.

We’ve done it this way for years now.

Works for me, works for her.


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 20, 2020, 11:02:46 pm
Dear readers and followers:  

I neglected to recognize and announce the First Day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

First Day of Spring 2020: Celebrate an Early Spring Equinox ...
      https://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-spring-vernal-equinox

 
In 2020, the spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox)
 occurs on Thursday, March 19, which is earlier than it's been in over a century!

Equal hours of night and day.
 
Things will start warming up hopefully soon here in Alaska.  Still below freezing temperatures many days and nights, but fewer below ZERO (f) temperatures soon.

It was a long, cold and hard winter and I am glad it is soon coming to an end...
.

    Also click the LINK for the fall autumnal equinox.     
          https://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-fall-autumnal-equinox


HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on March 21, 2020, 04:00:29 am
Its bright but breezy here, cold start (about freezing for next 2 mornings) with predicted highs of 11C . That's swimsuit weather for you!!!! Have a fun weekend , all bars, pubs, restaurants (apart from take aways) , cinemas and gyms have been shut down along with all sport . We cant even riot as that's a gathering!!!!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on March 21, 2020, 05:45:00 am
    Also click the LINK for the fall autumnal equinox.     
          https://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-fall-autumnal-equinox


NO, NO, NO!!  I don't want to hear about Fall.  (*Sticks fingers in ears*) La-la-la-la!!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on March 21, 2020, 10:18:45 am
Dear readers and followers:  

I neglected to recognize and announce the First Day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

First Day of Spring 2020: Celebrate an Early Spring Equinox ...
      https://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-spring-vernal-equinox

 
In 2020, the spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox)
 occurs on Thursday, March 19, which is earlier than it's been in over a century!



Happy Springtime to you Danielle and all ! Indeed the season brings new life and renewal. Many Robins can be heard in mornings here  :) We touched 60 this week with many sunny afternoons, although it overcast now and 42f as I type this.

Enjoy your weekend  :)

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Donica on March 22, 2020, 03:36:29 pm
It's been below average in the southlands for the past month, even getting down into the low 30's on occasion. It's our usual May Gray period right now and next up will be our June Gloom period. The warm weather around here is hit and miss. Temperature swings range from low 30's, and an occasional high 20's, to 85 degrees during this time of year. It has been a very wet month thus far. It is raining here as I write this.

Hugs!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 22, 2020, 09:01:04 pm
It's been below average in the southlands for the past month, even getting down into the low 30's on occasion. It's our usual May Gray period right now and next up will be our June Gloom period. The warm weather around here is hit and miss. Temperature swings range from low 30's, and an occasional high 20's, to 85 degrees during this time of year. It has been a very wet month thus far. It is raining here as I write this.

Hugs!
@Donica
Dear Donica"
Rain is good down there just as long as it doesn't come all at once!!!!

I love your monthly descriptors....   "May Gray"   "June Gloom"   !!! LOL ;)

Thank you for checking in on my thread.... wishing you well.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 23, 2020, 01:22:34 pm
UPDATE March 23, 2020   ...   10:00AM

19 Degrees (f) and SNOWING heavily... snow forecast through Thursday.
The Spring Season seems to be delayed for a while longer...  Here, Spring has not Sprung yet.

>Well, not-so-good news... it appears that my tooth-fairy sweetie and I have now officially cancelled our Easter Holiday travel trip to visit her parents and family in Montana...  a result of the Covid-19 issues.

>>ALSO:  The Dental office where my tooth-fairy works as a Dental Hygienist is closed except for emergency dental procedures, so she is indefinitely out of work until the Corvid-19 events start to cease.

>>>This is not a good time for my business either... with the IRS tax deadline being extended for 3 months and most of my clients are concerned about their jobs and are strapped for money .... tax preparation and financial planning are not on the forefront of their important issues right now.

>No worries, both my sweetie and I have been and are always frugal with our money, plus in our homes we both have full pantries, full gas tanks, and are well prepared to hang on for however long it takes for this all to get heading back to normal... and it will take a while, but as long as no one panics we will all make it.

>>So, if we have to close our businesses here for whatever reasons, we will have snowball fights and make snowmen.
Lots of snow here for the next several days.

HUGS and best wishes, and stay healthy to all my readers and followers.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on March 23, 2020, 01:50:49 pm
UPDATE March 23, 2020   ...   10:00AM

19 Degrees (f) and SNOWING heavily... snow forecast through Thursday.
The Spring Season seems to be delayed for a while longer...  Here, Spring has not Sprung yet.

>Well, not-so-good news... it appears that my tooth-fairy sweetie and I have now officially cancelled our Easter Holiday travel trip to visit her parents and family in Montana...  a result of the Covid-19 issues.

>>ALSO:  The Dental office where my tooth-fairy works as a Dental Hygienist is closed except for emergency dental procedures, so she is indefinitely out of work until the Corvid-19 events start to cease.

>>>This is not a good time for my business either... with the IRS tax deadline being extended for 3 months and most of my clients are concerned about their jobs and are strapped for money .... tax preparation and financial planning are not on the forefront of their important issues right now.

>No worries, both my sweetie and I have been and are always frugal with our money, plus in our homes we both have full pantries, full gas tanks, and are well prepared to hang on for however long it takes for this all to get heading back to normal... and it will take a while, but as long as no one panics we will all make it.

>>So, if we have to close our businesses here for whatever reasons, we will have snowball fights and make snowmen.
Lots of snow here for the next several days.

HUGS and best wishes, and stay healthy to all my readers and followers.
Danielle
So sorry to hear that Danielle.

Maybe you and your tooth fairy should combine residences to reduce costs. :wink :wink

Best wishes that things will turn around for you quickly.

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on March 23, 2020, 03:28:49 pm
No worries, both my sweetie and I have been and are always frugal with our money, plus in our homes we both have full pantries, full gas tanks, and are well prepared to hang on for however long it takes for this all to get heading back to normal... and it will take a while, but as long as no one panics we will all make it.

Oh, god. We're all doomed...
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 23, 2020, 03:32:44 pm
Oh, god. We're all doomed...

@Ellie_Arroway
Dear Ellie:
NOPE... we are not all doomed.   We will all get past this and it will end up as a memory along with other past viruses and maladies.
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on March 24, 2020, 04:28:03 am
@Northern Star Girl I was just referring to "as long as nobody panics."

Here in the UK, enough people have ignored government advice that a semi-lockdown is now in force. I don't know what it is, but some people just don't seem to get what's going on.

We've had panic buying. We've had people going out on nice, sunny days and putting themselves and other people at risk. We've had people like Mike Ashley, boss of Sports Direct, say that he will keep his shops open despite being told to shut down because they are "uniquely well placed to help keep the UK as fit and healthy as possible during this crisis." He's just interested in profiteering. It would not even be legal for customers to visit a Sports Direct shop right now.

What I would say is that your approach, staying optimistic, is definitely the way to go, so I do agree from that point of view.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on March 24, 2020, 04:48:23 pm
So, like how do you get all the procrastinators to get all their paper work turned in for tax filings Danielle ? I can only imagine the reasons why some of your clients are not ready yet to file, how complicated it must be.....

It took us months to get all our paper work in order, and now there is only like 3 weeks left  :o

extensions, extensions, extensions.....

Keep smilin' and may your day be a good one :)
 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 24, 2020, 09:29:46 pm
I love the snow but mother nature can overdo it sometimes.   It has been snowing since Monday and every day it builds up more and more....  and now, another 12+ inches coming to my area!!!

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 24, 2020, 09:31:37 pm
Tuesday Night, March 24, 2020  6:15PM
Lots more snow today and lots more coming tonight and all day tomorrow on Wednesday.
I love the fresh snowfall... so beautiful and clean.


Before I closed up my office and went home this evening I submitted the  CENSUS 2020  online per the mailing that I received this week.

I got online to answer the questions... some of which requested my answers that
I felt bordered on  "None Of Their Business" ...   

One question that seemed very out of place with the modern world of sexual identity was when they asked who would be living at my home on April 1st.   
I answered just me... and then the next blank space asked for my SEX,  I answered Female....   but it was interesting that only TWO OPTIONS were offered, Male or Female...   I would have thought that there would be the other possible options offered....

    Well, that is the Government for you.....   behind the curve of the latest happenings of sexual identity.

HUGS and best wishes to my followers.... stay safe, stay healthy.

Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on March 24, 2020, 09:36:31 pm
Tuesday Night, March 24, 2020  6:15PM
Lots more snow today and lots more coming tonight and all day tomorrow on Wednesday.
I love the fresh snowfall... so beautiful and clean.


Before I closed up my office and went home this evening I submitted the  CENSUS 2020  online per the mailing that I received this week.

I got online to answer the questions... some of which requested my answers that
I felt bordered on  "None Of Their Business" ...   

One question that seemed very out of place with the modern world of sexual identity was when they asked who would be living at my home on April 1st.   
I answered just me... and then the next blank space asked for my SEX,  I answered Female....   but it was interesting that only TWO OPTIONS were offered, Male or Female...   I would have thought that there would be the other possible options offered....

    Well, that is the Government for you.....   behind the curve of the latest happenings of sexual identity.

HUGS and best wishes to my followers.... stay safe, stay healthy.

Danielle

Winter's grip is slow to release this year, stay warm....

Did my census questions already, and agreed the questions were quite different from 10 years ago, and leaves one wondering where is this information taking us ?
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on March 24, 2020, 11:13:00 pm
Danielle, How much snow do you have in the ground?

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on March 25, 2020, 09:55:29 am
Tuesday Night, March 24, 2020  6:15PM
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Before I closed up my office and went home this evening I submitted the  CENSUS 2020  online per the mailing that I received this week.

I got online to answer the questions... some of which requested my answers that
I felt bordered on  "None Of Their Business" ...   

One question that seemed very out of place with the modern world of sexual identity was when they asked who would be living at my home on April 1st.   
I answered just me... and then the next blank space asked for my SEX,  I answered Female....   but it was interesting that only TWO OPTIONS were offered, Male or Female...   I would have thought that there would be the other possible options offered....

    Well, that is the Government for you.....   behind the curve of the latest happenings of sexual identity.

HUGS and best wishes to my followers.... stay safe, stay healthy.

Danielle

Yeah, I answered ’female’ for myself, and of course my wife answered female - so going forward we are ’wife & wife’.

The other question was ethnicity.  We’ll going back into history there is English, Irish, Scottish, Dutch and probably a few other things that I don't remember.

So I answered that one ’Heinz 57 variety American’

(my father coined that term.)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on March 25, 2020, 12:08:44 pm
Hi Danielle. 
I am glad for your sake that preparedness against crisis and isolation is situation normal for where you live.

Looking over my census stuff now..will answer the best I can, considering my in-between state.
My legalities say female, so I will be censused as such.

Normally my taxes are a little more complicated and done by early Feb.  This past year I stopped working my business, so my taxes should be real simple.  So... I put it off.  Not worrying about it, and using the extended deadline i will file them myself as I usually do.

Stay healthy and lucky.
Or get there if you're not!
Have a good day
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 26, 2020, 12:34:30 am
UPDATE:  Wednesday night, March 25, 2020

More snow here this afternoon into the evening... we have been dumped on for 3 days now with lots of snow... more than a foot, sometimes 2 feet of snow every day and still snowing this evening.... but according to the weather forecast the snow is over and  it will be just partly sunny and overcast for Thursday and several more days .... daytime temps around 3 to 12 deg(f) and night time temps minus -10 to -28 deg (f) Below ZERO.
.... definitely  Spring has NOT Sprung here yet !!!!

I trust that all my readers and followers are doing OK and staying safe and healthy in these difficult times.
HUGS and HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on March 26, 2020, 12:36:37 am
UPDATE:  Wednesday night, March 25, 2020

More snow here this afternoon into the evening... we have been dumped on for 3 days now with lots of snow... more than a foot, sometimes 2 feet of snow every day and still snowing this evening.... but according to the weather forecast the snow is over and  it will be just partly sunny and overcast for Thursday and several more days .... daytime temps around 3 to 12 deg(f) and night time temps minus -10 to -28 deg (f) Below ZERO.
.... definitely  Spring has NOT Sprung here yet !!!!

I trust that all my readers and followers are doing OK and staying safe and healthy in these difficult times.
HUGS and HUGS,
Danielle


Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
Stay warm my friend 🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on March 26, 2020, 02:13:45 am
It's currently quite warm in the daytime and cold at night here in Cardiff...

It's ridiculous. Since the lockdown started, every day has been lovely and sunny. Every single day.

"What a lovely day to stay indoors" is what I keep telling people!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Julie H on March 26, 2020, 09:34:09 am
Uggh I am glad that the worst of the snow is done here in northern Ontario
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on March 26, 2020, 09:35:53 am
Wow, that was a beautiful sunrise this morning and I hope yours will be too.

Have a wonderful day!


Chrissy

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 27, 2020, 02:55:49 pm
It is awfully quiet in and around my office today.   The businesses that are next door are closed, and the coffee shop is closed except for takeout.  Unfortunately the owner had to lay off most of her staff, leaving just a cook, a food server, and my favorite  Barista #5  ... so there is always good coffee!

Usually with the bustling business of the next door coffee shop and other nearby businesses before this Lock-Down stuff, I have always had a steady stream of people walking past my office front door, many times they will pop in to say hello....  but not anymore until this lock-down is over.

My business is so slow but at least I am getting some work to do... I was forced to drastically cut the hours of my office help...that tax deadline delay has made it difficult to keep them busy with anything productive.   I feel badly for them but I will hire them back when the crisis is over.

... my Sweetie Tooth-Fairy spent a few hours here this morning for a long visit, she does not know what to do with herself since she is not working at the closed Dentist office ....   she has invited me to dinner at her home tonight after work ... and we will probably watch a movie or just toast our toes in front of her fireplace and sip some wine and have time together.  ....   perhaps a movie ...

I trust that all of my followers are safe and sound...

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on March 27, 2020, 03:17:33 pm
It is awfully quiet in and around my office today.   The businesses that are next door are closed, and the coffee shop is closed except for takeout.  Unfortunately the owner had to lay off most of her staff, leaving just a cook, a food server, and my favorite  Barista #5  ... so there is always good coffee!

Usually with the bustling business of the next door coffee shop and other nearby businesses before this Lock-Down stuff, I have always had a steady stream of people walking past my office front door, many times they will pop in to say hello....  but not anymore until this lock-down is over.

My business is so slow but at least I am getting some work to do... I was forced to drastically cut the hours of my office help...that tax deadline delay has made it difficult to keep them busy with anything productive.   I feel badly for them but I will hire them back when the crisis is over.

... my Sweetie Tooth-Fairy spent a few hours here this morning for a long visit, she does not know what to do with herself since she is not working at the closed Dentist office ....   she has invited me to dinner at her home tonight after work ... and we will probably watch a movie or just toast our toes in front of her fireplace and sip some wine and have time together.  ....   perhaps a movie ...

I trust that all of my followers are safe and sound...

HUGS,
Danielle



Enjoy your time together.

Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on March 27, 2020, 03:53:31 pm
Make the most of your down time , enjoy your toasty toes .XXX
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on March 27, 2020, 03:57:18 pm
Enjoy a nice dinner over at your sweet heart's Danielle  :)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on March 27, 2020, 04:09:19 pm
I’m so sorry that the shutdown has come to your corner of the world, Danielle. I had hoped that remote areas would be spared, but I guess no town of any size anywhere is immune from risk of catching this dreaded disease. Stay warm and stay healthy.

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on March 27, 2020, 04:16:07 pm
I’m so sorry that the shutdown has come to your corner of the world, Danielle. I had hoped that remote areas would be spared, but I guess no town of any size anywhere is immune from risk of catching this dreaded disease. Stay warm and stay healthy.

Sarah
@sarahc
Dear Sarah:

It was a statewide decree from the Alaskan Governor....  regardless of very small remote towns like mine that are not presently threatened.   
I suppose it is the safe thing to do. 

 It makes me wonder about it however... because in the winter time there are very few out of town and out of state visitors here.

Safe is better than sorry.
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Liina on March 27, 2020, 09:12:45 pm
Hi Danielle,
Hope you gals up there are now seeing blue sky! The storms that left much snow with you is now heading our way and will be leaving a large amount in our mountains in next couple of days. We will not see the colds temps you have had but certainly winter is still happening where I am.
We too, as most of Canada and the US are, in a stay at home with non-essential movement because Covid-19 virus.
It is a test of patience and positive thoughts will get through this.
I hear you about being far away from any travellers at this time of year to think that you could be exposed. We have seen several cases from skiing tourists coming in Canada to ski, and our small towns are experiencing the bug.
We can stay home keep the toes toasty!
Spring will come....sometime!
Liina
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on March 28, 2020, 07:09:53 pm
Danielle I'm sorry to read you've been affected by this shutdown despite being far up north.  It's certainly crazy down here!  Stay safe and try to enjoy the downtime as much as you can, knowing you aren't the only ones.

Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on April 01, 2020, 02:23:46 pm
UPDATE:   April 01, 2020   

It is so very sad for me to see that much of my small town is shut down and many businesses shuttered for who knows how long.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) my business is considered an "essential" business so I have tried to keep my office open in spite of the fact that I have very little business.   Not only has the Covid-19 lock-down severely limited any business that I was hoping for but also the delayed IRS tax filing deadline has just about made my tax business come to a stand-still.
   
Because business is very slow, I was going to lay off my part time college gal that I had recently hired but it had come back to me about her recent comments she made to friends around town stating how much she appreciated working at my business and how she desperately needed the income...  so I changed my mind about laying her off and just cut her hours a little more.... down to 3 half-days a week.
Also my full time guy that I hired last year is in the same boat, I had to cut his full time hours down to half days 5 days a week.    As old adige goes,  "a half-loaf is better than no loaf" 

My little office building strip that I have my business in is completely closed except for my business.  The next door coffee shop is now closed till at least the end of April... the barber shop and hair styling business is also closed.... the coffee shop owner tried to do take-out only but I was about their only customer and because there is no nearby business or enough people nearby out and about around town,  the owner decided to close it up. She had to lay off all of her 7 employees including my favorite Barista #5.... very sad for sure.

I have been walking to and from work from my home lately, it is just a couple miles each way and it keeps me in shape and provides some good exercise in spite of the fact that the local gym is closed so my gym-gals group is idle for at least a month longer.   Also as I mentioned in earlier posts, my Dental Hygienist tooth-fairy sweetie is out of work because the Dental Office she works at is shut down.

We will all get through this, for those that are well prepared with food in their panty, full gas tanks, and have been thrifty with their money they will make it.... but for those that are living from paycheck to paycheck with more debt that they can handle it will be a tough road for them.   My gym-gals group and I are staying aware of who may need help and we have already delivered meals to needy seniors and families.   Another group of concerned citizens in town are doing the same thing so we are coordinating our efforts.

It may be the month of April now but winter has not let go
...  still lots of snow on the ground from the snow storms last week and the temperatures have remained below freezing with many nights below ZERO (f)
Today has changed from clouds this morning to what will be a bright and sunny day...
Last night till early this morning the temperature was minus -13 digress(f) below ZERO.  Now at 11:10 AM this late morning it has "warmed up" to +14 degrees (f).

The early morning and late afternoon walks to and from home are quite invigorating at those temperatures.  Because of the snow on the ground I have to walk on the road... but there is very little traffic.

I pray, trust and hope that all of you here on the forums are doing well in spite of the obvious difficulties.  Try to stay positive and if you can show love and offer help to those that are less fortunate.

HUGS to all......
Danielle


Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on April 01, 2020, 02:43:06 pm
Danielle:

I’m so sorry that you are being affected personally and professionally by the shutdown.

You’re probably doing this already, but one suggestion to keep you and your small business clients busy is to help them with the recently announced small business programs announced by the Treasury Department and the SBA. The terms are VERY generous, and I think all small businesses, including potentially your own, should strongly consider applying for these programs. It’s a great way to keep engaged with your small business clients even when nothing is going on, and even if you do this on a pro bono basis for clients in a tough situation, it will earn goodwill in the community.

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on April 01, 2020, 02:54:12 pm
@sarahc
Dear Sarah:
You are exactly correct.   Since my computers at work are not churning out the usual income tax filings and other financial work, I have kept them somewhat busy by helping those (at no charge) that are less computer savvy to make the necessary online applications for state and federal assistance.

Many times those websites can even be somewhat confusing for the computer literate users. 
Then of course the government websites are overloaded and delays are inevitable and reaching someone on the phone for assistance is just about a lost cause.

Thank you for reading my thread and for sharing and posting.
HUGS,
Danielle


Danielle:

I’m so sorry that you are being affected personally and professionally by the shutdown.

You’re probably doing this already, but one suggestion to keep you and your small business clients busy is to help them with the recently announced small business programs announced by the Treasury Department and the SBA. The terms are VERY generous, and I think all small businesses, including potentially your own, should strongly consider applying for these programs. It’s a great way to keep engaged with your small business clients even when nothing is going on, and even if you do this on a pro bono basis for clients in a tough situation, it will earn goodwill in the community.

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on April 01, 2020, 04:31:08 pm
Wouldn’t this be a wonderful time for you and your Tooth Fairy to take a hike in the nearby mountains?
But alas it’s still snowbound there.  Unless you have a nice pair of snowshoes or x-country skis.

Hugs and smiles from a California girl
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on April 01, 2020, 04:40:07 pm
Maybe you two can use a snow machine!  :)

Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on April 01, 2020, 06:21:54 pm
@Jessica   @ChrissyRyan
You both proposed great ideas of how to use all the extra time most of us have available now...
.... but the temperatures are going to have to start staying above Zero(f) and perhaps above freezing to make a hike in the hills and mountains a comfortable reality.
HUGS,
Danielle



Wouldn’t this be a wonderful time for you and your Tooth Fairy to take a hike in the nearby mountains?
But alas it’s still snowbound there.  Unless you have a nice pair of snowshoes or x-country skis.

Hugs and smiles from a California girl


Maybe you two can use a snow machine!  :)

Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: madeleine on April 01, 2020, 06:27:43 pm
Oh my goodness. 

Shutdown and sub zero temperatures.  Your bright and sunny disposition is going to come in handy, Danielle.  Good luck!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on April 01, 2020, 06:29:13 pm
The Canadian movie “A Frosty Affair” has some snowmobile scenes.

A fun movie it is.  Something for you two to watch in front of a fire, indoors, perhaps?


Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on April 04, 2020, 11:32:20 pm
Hi Danielle:

After a month of staying at home because my wife and I are older, and then being told to shelter-in-place, a girlfriend & I setup a Discord server so we could group chat and group talk.  We've also decided to try virtual support group meetings. 

Would something like that work for you and your friends?

Just a thought.

I get the looking for warmer weather.  I had been getting out in the yard almost every day, then this cold snap moved in.  Not much of a cold snap by your standards - low 40s.  Enough for me, though, to light the fireplace again.

There has been a question running around our little town. 

People have been asking how long toilet paper will keep if you freeze it?

The only answer I know of is:

Longer if you forget you froze it!   ;-)
Kate


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on April 05, 2020, 03:48:50 am
People have been asking how long toilet paper will keep if you freeze it?

Toilet paper is not perishable!?!?!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on April 05, 2020, 06:56:40 am
Omg funny thanks for the laugh
Toilet paper is not perishable!?!?!
.
It's sad too
I cannot believe people
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on April 05, 2020, 02:02:43 pm
UPDATE:  Sunday morning, April 5th, 2020  10:45AM
Snowing heavily right now and that will continue through the afternoon according to the weather forecast.

I am seeing some pictures that our members are posting showing spring weather where they live.... 
...my very good friend  @Jessica    posted some beautiful pictures on her thread  Jess's Mess (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,233042.msg2359013.html#msg2359013)  showing ducks in her backyard oasis swimming pool and also spring garden preparations with planter boxes and sprouting green plants....     
.....none of that here yet where I live... still lots of below freezing weather and snow on the ground but I imagine that by the end of April, spring will finally come to my area.

As many of my followers know, I am usually at church on Sunday mornings... but with the "Stay at home" policy, my local church has not been holding meetings, so the last couple Sundays my tooth-fairy sweetie and I have been having "home-church" together.  Songs and some bible reading by my fireplace.... and then we have lunch together.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and next week is Easter Sunday... two very special days on the Christian Church calendar.... plus this Sunday (the first Sunday of the Month) is also Communion Sunday...   we will do our best to privately celebrate these very special days here at home. 

HUGS and best wishes
to all of my readers and followers.
Please stay safe and stay healthy.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on April 05, 2020, 04:07:48 pm
UPDATE:  Sunday morning, April 5th, 2020  10:45AM
Snowing heavily right now and that will continue through the afternoon according to the weather forecast.

I am seeing some pictures that our members are posting showing spring weather where they live.... 
...my very good friend  @Jessica    posted some beautiful pictures on her thread  Jess's Mess (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,233042.msg2359013.html#msg2359013)  showing ducks in her backyard oasis swimming pool and also spring garden preparations with planter boxes and sprouting green plants....     
.....none of that here yet where I live... still lots of below freezing weather and snow on the ground but I imagine that by the end of April, spring will finally come to my area.

As many of my followers know, I am usually at church on Sunday mornings... but with the "Stay at home" policy, my local church has not been holding meetings, so the last couple Sundays my tooth-fairy sweetie and I have been having "home-church" together.  Songs and some bible reading by my fireplace.... and then we have lunch together.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and next week is Easter Sunday... two very special days on the Christian Church calendar.... plus this Sunday (the first Sunday of the Month) is also Communion Sunday...   we will do our best to privately celebrate these very special days here at home. 

HUGS and best wishes
to all of my readers and followers.
Please stay safe and stay healthy.
Danielle

Although I know that prohibiting congregations is the right thing to do, I very much regret not being able to attend Palm Sunday and Easter services. And really the whole Holy Week. My church is posting online videos on Facebook of the priests going through the services, but it's obviously not the same. The videos do at least provide some shared communion but it also reminds me of not being able to have true communion with other parishioners. 

:(

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on April 08, 2020, 03:23:46 pm
UPDATE:  April 8th, 2020  12:00pm  NOON

While many of you are enjoying warmer weather...  winter has not yet let go of it's grip here.
.... 17 deg (f) and snowing and will be snowing all day.

No blooming flowers here yet... I love the fresh snow but it is about time for Springtime to "start" arriving.

It is so very lonely here at work.... all the nearby and next door businesses are closed up... the parking lot is empty except for my car and the car owned by the Coffee shop owner next door.

The next door coffee shop has been closed leaving just the owner there to handle the occasional take-out order and she is not getting a lot of those. 
She had to lay off all of her employees.  The other business in the building that my office is located have been closed so it is desolate here where I work.   It goes without me saying that my business is very slow.
The owner of the coffee shop was in my office this morning for a visit and to bring me some fresh coffee...  and she was lamenting about the difficult financial times she is having.  She is trying to hang on so that she can open up again once the Covid-19 situation improves.   Her laid off employees are getting unemployment financial help but as a  self-employed/owner/sole proprietor  she is trying to jump through the government hoops to try to get some financial help of her own.

After work tonight I am meeting my sweetie tooth-fairy for a hardy walk in the snow together before we have dinner at her house.

I trust, hope and pray that all of my readers and followers are doing OK and staying healthy and safe.
I love seeing and reading your thoughts that you post on my thread.  Please always feel free to post whatever you wish here... I like seeing conversation among all of you here on my "Ramblings: thread.

HUGS,
Danielle 


Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on April 08, 2020, 03:35:52 pm
Hi Danielle, yeah small businesses are hurting for sure, your post tells the tale of what's happening just about everywhere, let's hope for a gradual return to normal activities soon. It's another day on the job for me, and between tasks I have had a few moments to add to the word games today (the Colonel resurfaced, thanks Chrissy  :) ) Already had my exercise out today, it's sunny and mid 60's here today. Do have a nice dinner and visit with your sweetie this evening.

Hugs

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on April 08, 2020, 04:12:25 pm
Very warm here today 19C !!! down to my polo shirt, its that time of year when you need a coat on in the morning and heater in car then down to single layer and aircon on to come home . Going cold again for weekend of course----------
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: RandyL on April 08, 2020, 05:33:35 pm
Here in Colorado it's very warm today, nearly 70. But we are in for a big change in a few days when some cooold weather arrives (from Alaska???!!!) and we will plunge to 18F. A friend's apricot tree has flowers today. Alas, no apricots this year as I'm sure they will freeze. Which is actually fairly normal here. Fruit trees did not evolve in our climate!

Stay warm for a little longer, Danielle!

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on April 08, 2020, 05:37:47 pm
Danielle, You've got to be one tough woman. I like the cold and snow but not to the extent that you get.

Almost 50 here today. They're calling for snow this weekend but I'm not worried because it's not going to get real cold.

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on April 09, 2020, 10:59:51 pm
UPDATE:  April 8th, 2020  12:00pm  NOON

While many of you are enjoying warmer weather...  winter has not yet let go of it's grip here.
.... 17 deg (f) and snowing and will be snowing all day.

No blooming flowers here yet... I love the fresh snow but it is about time for Springtime to "start" arriving.

It is so very lonely here at work.... all the nearby and next door businesses are closed up... the parking lot is empty except for my car and the car owned by the Coffee shop owner next door.

The next door coffee shop has been closed leaving just the owner there to handle the occasional take-out order and she is not getting a lot of those. 
She had to lay off all of her employees.  The other business in the building that my office is located have been closed so it is desolate here where I work.   It goes without me saying that my business is very slow.
The owner of the coffee shop was in my office this morning for a visit and to bring me some fresh coffee...  and she was lamenting about the difficult financial times she is having.  She is trying to hang on so that she can open up again once the Covid-19 situation improves.   Her laid off employees are getting unemployment financial help but as a  self-employed/owner/sole proprietor  she is trying to jump through the government hoops to try to get some financial help of her own.

After work tonight I am meeting my sweetie tooth-fairy for a hardy walk in the snow together before we have dinner at her house.

I trust, hope and pray that all of my readers and followers are doing OK and staying healthy and safe.
I love seeing and reading your thoughts that you post on my thread.  Please always feel free to post whatever you wish here... I like seeing conversation among all of you here on my "Ramblings: thread.

HUGS,
Danielle 


Danielle, how was the hardy walk with your sweetie?

🌸🌸🌸
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on April 10, 2020, 02:22:37 am
It was 73 F , 24C yesterday and supposed to be same today . Summer skirt and top to go shopping for food today, good excuse to dress up!!! Stay snug and look out for ice . XXXX
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on April 10, 2020, 07:32:25 am
I'm dressing up tonight just for a Zoom conference with my trans choir friends! :)

It's one of the things I love about being trans female.

Makeup too... :)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Liina on April 11, 2020, 09:50:40 am
I think with the slow down in life that the CV-19 virus has given all us, we now see the change in weather or what weather we are experiencing presently more so. Yes in some ways spring can not get here fast enough....dang it! But I have to remind myself that for my area, and I assume Danielle's in Alaska, it is still winter time. Snow overnight here after having a spell of nice days to tease about the warmer days to come! The flowers will bloom again!
Yes the shut down and closure of businesses is having big impact on all of us for sure, I have had to do the same thing. Not sure what the future holds for many of us with small businesses, time will tell. 
I love the Danish term "Hygge" (Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment), as the times seem lay heavy on us, this can certainly help us to look forward to cozy times.  Yes like a walk in the snow or on a trail/path.. Have an awesome day!  Liina
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on April 12, 2020, 01:08:56 pm
EASTER SUNDAY MORNING:  April 12, 2020

        H A P P Y  E A S T E R
Happy Easter and a blessed Resurrection Celebration Morning to all of my forums friends.

I was up early this morning to watch the Easter Morning Sunrise to celebrate the real  "Son Rise"
My sweetie invited me to her home this morning for breakfast, hot-cross-buns, coffee, toast, eggs.

Before we ate breakfast drove to the edge of town to watch the beautiful sky and sunrise. 

         (https://i.imgur.com/pmOiG9C.jpg)

Since public church meetings are cancelled we watched an online Easter Sunday Morning Service.

Snow still on the ground here with some snow showers coming tonight....


HUGS and best wishes and a blessed Easter Day to all of my readers and followers.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on April 12, 2020, 01:48:30 pm
Happy Easter to you and yours, sun just setting here .
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on April 12, 2020, 02:36:29 pm
That's a beautiful sunrise Danielle, wishing you and your sweat heart a blessed and happy Easter.

We have bright sunshine and perhaps 60 today. Just washed all the pollen off the cars outside.....

C


Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on April 12, 2020, 02:51:31 pm
Happy Easter, Danielle. I too watched a brief service from my priest, and then they posted a clip with all the singing from last year's Easter music. Hearing all the Easter hymns was very nice.

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on April 14, 2020, 01:39:10 pm
Tuesday morning April 14, 2020... 

I am lamenting the postponed Federal Income Tax deadline... good news for USA taxpayers but bad news for businesses like mine that count on the rush to file taxes by the regular annual April 15th deadline.

Tax day officially was moved to July 15 from April 15.

Last month in March,  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the president was extending the tax deadline by three months for all Americans and businesses as the country and its citizens focus their efforts on the coronavirus pandemic.

The revised deadline came after the White House said that taxpayers could defer any tax payments — up to $1 million per individual — for 90 days, interest free and penalty free.

So, unlike previous years that I have been crazy busy during the beginning of April, I am twiddling my thumbs at my office.   Needless to say, my business is very slow, which means that my bank account is not growing  :(  *sad face*   I may be 'working" but I am not making much money.
HUGS and best wishes to all of my readers and followers...
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on April 14, 2020, 01:52:10 pm
Good Morning Danielle, I guess you could look at these decisions as "flattening the curve" for tax processing, ultimately it's not going away. Hope your day is going well and the additional sunlight is starting to be felt up there.

Hugs and hang on  :)

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: RandyL on April 14, 2020, 03:29:38 pm
Danielle, I assume ultimately you'll have all the same business, just delayed. But I'm sorry you can't have it now while there's still snow on the ground, and instead you'll be working your tail off in June at the peak of summer daylight. Oh well, at least there should be more time in the day then for outdoor leisure too!

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on April 14, 2020, 03:45:19 pm
@RandyL  @CynthiaAnn
Yes, the business will be delayed but your are right about being so busy in the nice days of summer...
As I had mention in my previous postings, in previous years around the beginning of April I am usually working 12 to 15 hour days, 7 days a week and keep my helpers busy... it won't be fun working that much in the summer... but the bigger issue is that with the coronavirus shutdowns my business clients have less work for me and also I had to lay off the young lady I had working for me and drastically cut the hours of my once full-time guy.   
I am planning on hiring them back but unfortunately there are quite a few business that will not make it and they will go out of business leaving a big hole in the employment situation for their laid off employees.   

There is no doubt in my mind that as the coronavirus thing diminishes that business will spring back and we will all recover from our financial difficulties.
 
When all of this is over... in the future we will all have lots of memories to share with the younger generation that were too young to know what was going on.

Stay safe, stay healthy,
HUGS,
Danielle


Danielle, I assume ultimately you'll have all the same business, just delayed. But I'm sorry you can't have it now while there's still snow on the ground, and instead you'll be working your tail off in June at the peak of summer daylight. Oh well, at least there should be more time in the day then for outdoor leisure too!

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on April 16, 2020, 06:46:04 pm
Danielle I'm sorry to hear the position you and your employees are in  :(

Sunlight is such a precious, limited time thing, right?
When it comes time to be busy again, maybe you could strategically place mirrors to bring the sunlight into the office.  Then you and your employees can come back kicking grass and taking names, never missing the light.

Ms Maddie
Business Solutions
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on April 17, 2020, 04:10:40 am
Maddie has a great idea there, if it is practical.

It has been shown I believe that access to outside light in an office improves the wellbeing of people working in that office.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: madeleine on April 17, 2020, 10:34:04 am
I know natural light in the workplace make me feel better.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on April 17, 2020, 12:46:13 pm
Have a wonderful day Danielle!   :)



Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on April 17, 2020, 02:00:50 pm
I am seeing a lot of pain among retail business owners as well...all of them are facing really terrible options. I'm sure you're providing as much help as possible to your fellow business owners in town.

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on April 17, 2020, 02:43:38 pm
I am seeing a lot of pain among retail business owners as well...all of them are facing really terrible options. I'm sure you're providing as much help as possible to your fellow business owners in town.

Lindsey
@sarahc
Dear Lindsey:
All of us that are self-employed and run a small business are especially and dramatically affected... unless there are special provisions made for the self-employed there is no state unemployment insurance for us, just employees get the unemployment insurance benefit. (Which, by the way, the unprotected "rich" business owner pays for it for our employees but we are not eligible to receive it.)  The cost of having employees and the cost of doing business.

Sure, the SBA (Small Business Administration) wants to offer special loans for us, but who would want to take on a loan when the business is shut down or business activity is at an all-time low.   Many very small businesses will not survive and not reopen...  for those business owners that have invested their life savings and long work hours this is a travesty.

My type of business is allowed to stay open but there is not much happening for me, business people that I have always and reguarly done work for are either closed or barely making it, and the delayed IRS tax filing deadline has all but killed my tax business ....  I am still doing some financial advising and financial planning but that is very slow as well.
For me....   less business = less income.

I have some clients that are in panic mode and want to liquidate everything which is highly inadvisable at this juncture in time...  the DOW Jones a month ago was at it's all-time high, over 29,500 ... went down a couple weeks ago to around 19,000 and has now made it back to just over 24,000 today (represents a 18% drop from the high).... so that is a lot better than a couple weeks ago when it was around 19,000 representing about a 35% loss.

I am confident that the economy will bounce back and perhaps be stronger than ever...  I could be wrong but my gut-feel is good news in the long run.

Thanks for writing and sharing,
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Katie Jade on April 17, 2020, 07:37:27 pm
All,
look keep going and make sure you have food and love. At the moment those are core to getting though this. Money is a means by all ways but be frugal and take care with your spends and acquisitions as over the next year or so  the value chain will shift.
Not that I know anything of course
Take care
Luv n Hugz
Katie

 :-* 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on April 18, 2020, 08:23:44 am
All,
look keep going and make sure you have food and love. At the moment those are core to getting though this. Money is a means by all ways but be frugal and take care with your spends and acquisitions as over the next year or so  the value chain will shift.


I do like this above and words to live by, especially the love. I think I'll reach out to a sister today just to share  :)

C

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on April 18, 2020, 10:24:01 pm
Hi Danielle,

It was in the 40's today and rainy and I thought that was cold. Spring is just a few days away :)

There is a new normal. I was at Costco today. When leaving there was a single line 70 or so long. I was directed to a cashier after a 20 minute wait.  Not a single person did not have on a mask. No one talked and I sensed and felt the feeling of defeat from those I looked at. About half of the people there are first generation. I though to myself, what are they thinking? Where did they leave from and how is it there?

I purchased a white orchid at Costco. Something to go next to my purple orchid. 2 weeks ago I planted 100 iris bulbs and 2 trees (one yellow delicious and one apricot). This is something that will add beauty and I can do something to create it. Anyhow I feel a little better doing it.

I hope everyone can find something nice to do for themselves or others. It can be small or just a text but something. It is as much for the receiver as the sender. 

Rachel


Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on April 21, 2020, 12:56:15 pm
@Katie Jade  @Rachel  @CynthiaAnn 
@sarahc  @ChrissyRyan   @madeleine 
@Ellie_Arroway  @Maddie @RandyL
@KateR   @Wendi   @Liina  @davina61 
@Jessica  @JudiBlueEyes  @Julie H
@Donica  @KathyLauren  @steph2.0
@Rachel  @Emma1017 @Stevie  @EllenW 
@Megan.  @Devlyn  @sarah1972
@Lexxi  @Oldandcreaky  @mm


Dear Followers and Readers,
Thank you to those of you that have posted recent comments this last month on my blog/journal/thread.
I appreciate your sharing your thoughts, comment, and your encouragement with me.

These are difficult times for many of us and it is a real blessing to have friends here on the forums that will lend an ear and a shoulder to lean on.   This obviously goes for all of us here on the forums.

As I have mentioned in my previous comments, things are show up here as it is where you are.   If you are still gainfully employed in an essential business that is allowed to stay open for business, count your self very fortunate indeed.   A lot of my forums friends and friends here where I live are not in a good place while they are forced out of business and/or are laid-off.   If you are healthy and safe count your blessings as there are those that are suffering and having health issues from the Covid19 virus.

Even though my business is considered "essental" and my office is open, it is slow, and obviously social things are slow here as we;;, we are still finding ways to safely get together, very small gatherings, lots of fresh air outside, and of course Face-time, texting and email have been a godsend to those that are isolated.

Weather-wise... it appears that Spring has finally Sprung here.
   
Last night it got down to 32 deg(f) and right now it is 38 deg(f) and today it will be in the low to mid 40's with some rain.    There is still some snow on the ground but it is disappearing fast.   Now the plants and flowers will have a chance to sprout and bloom, I can hardly wait, I love the Springtime flowers and new life... Spring is my favorite season of the year.

I trust that all of you are safe and healthy.... stay positive, we will all get through this God Willing.
Please continue to share and post your thoughts....  I always am very happy to see your names and profiles pop up on my threads.

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle


Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on April 21, 2020, 02:02:03 pm
Nice to hear you have above freezing weather now and rain helping to melt what snow is around there. We are expecting a little rain tomorrow/Thursday and it's welcomed here as there is much pollen in the air now and quite irritating for those sensitive to it (my sweetie), and we've had a very dry April (2nd driest on record) here.

I am at work as I type this, and grateful to be employed in a business that is deemed necessary. There is much hardship out there I realize. Seeing all those cars lined up at food distribution centers is humbling.

Nice you getting together in small gatherings (human contact), we had our daughter over this past weekend, we are all doing well and staying healthy here, it was nice to see her  :)

Stay well Danielle and thanks for your update  :)

Hugs and happy spring

Cyndi -
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on April 21, 2020, 04:53:16 pm
Danielle, glad you got above freezing, spring is always great after a cold dark winter. I hope to stay well and your business can get going again.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: madeleine on April 21, 2020, 07:09:20 pm
Danielle, do you have a lot of wildflowers up there in Alaska?
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on April 21, 2020, 07:21:12 pm
Danielle, do you have a lot of wildflowers up there in Alaska?

@madeleine
YES, they will start popping up in a few weeks...
...lots of beautiful wildflowers!
I will try to post some pictures when they start showing themselves.
HUGS
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on April 21, 2020, 07:27:34 pm
Danielle, glad you got above freezing, spring is always great after a cold dark winter. I hope to stay well and your business can get going again.
@mm
Yes, I can hardly wait for warm and sunny SPRING weather.
Hopefully this virus lockdown will end soon and we all can get back to our routines.  I need my business to pick up dramatically and other businesses to finally reopen. 
Unfortunately there are some that will never reopen... some small mom and pop businesses are GONE!  Very sad.
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on April 22, 2020, 08:04:34 am
Danielle, yes, unfortunately some businesses big and small were not strong enough to handle any type of shut down. I hope you can much of your tax business done so you can enjoy your summer, and can go hiking with the tooth fairy.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on April 23, 2020, 04:19:36 pm
I'm so happy to hear you've gone above freezing. It must feel like summer after the bitter cold you get.

Thank you for being here for us Danielle. You're a breath of fresh air.

I'm praying your business will pick up soon.

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: madeleine on April 24, 2020, 06:33:29 pm
@madeleine
YES, they will start popping up in a few weeks...
...lots of beautiful wildflowers!
I will try to post some pictures when they start showing themselves.
HUGS
Danielle


Looking forward to it.  I can never get enough wildflowers.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on April 25, 2020, 08:10:59 am
I see Alaska's governor lifted the business restrictions yesterday. Hopefully the coffee shop next door and other small businesses in your hamlet can start to recover Danielle. 

Hugs and stay well.....

C
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on April 25, 2020, 08:39:25 am
I see Alaska's governor lifted the business restrictions yesterday. Hopefully the coffee shop next door and other small businesses in your hamlet can start to recover Danielle. 

Hugs and stay well.....

C
Woohoo!!! Good luck Danielle

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on April 26, 2020, 05:13:45 pm
I, too, await with great interest to hear how things start back up in your small Alaskan town, especially how "busy" the town feels relative to normal and how quickly you and the the other small businesses in the town recover. (I understand "busy" may not be the right word for a small Alaskan town, but you get my drift...)

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on April 27, 2020, 09:41:24 am
Good morning Danielle!  I hope your week starts well and gets better!!

Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 01, 2020, 03:12:54 pm
@JudiBlueEyes  @sarahc   @Wendi   
@CynthiaAnn  @madeleine  @mm

Thank you for your recent comment replies on my thread,
 
I very much appreciate everyone that visits and follows my
ramblings and if you feel so inclined, offers comments and thoughts.

UPDATE:  May 1st, 2020  Friday...

Sunny with a few clouds... last night got down to  21deg(f) and right now at 11:00AM here as I am writing this it is 38deg(f) and warming up later today maybe up to 46deg (f)   Perhaps a little rain later in the afternoon.
The snow on the ground and my yard is "almost" gone and it looks like Spring weather is just around the corner, I can hardly wait.

I am rejoicing... the Covid19 lockdown has ended for the most part, especially in my little town where we have had no cases reported.   Even before the lockdown was officially ended more and more people were out and about.

My sweetie Tooth-Fairy is back to work in her Dental Hygienist job at the local Dentist office that is now opening on Monday.... so that is very good news.

I have been at work ever since this crazy Corvid19 thing took over the planet earth.   Finally on Wednesday the next door coffee shop opened.   Some of the owners help have moved on to other jobs but so far the Owner and my friend Barrista #5 and one of the cooks were there this morning to greet me.  They just got their deliver of fresh foods and supplie so that they can be fully operational soon after being locked down and close for over a month.   It is so nice to see my town start opening up again.

I trust that all of you are doing OK, staying safe, staying healthy and  hopefully where you live you will be able to finally get back to you routines outside of your home.

HUGS and best wishes to all of my readers and followers.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Julie H on May 01, 2020, 04:29:53 pm
It's good to hear that things are starting to get back to normal for you
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on May 01, 2020, 04:49:11 pm
Yay! So great to hear that it's getting back to normal somewhere!

Now you just need to prevent the bug from entering the town! ;)

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on May 01, 2020, 04:50:17 pm
Nice update. I'm glad for you that your town didn't have any cases and that it's springing back to life.

Hopefully people won't be afraid to venture out and your business will be back to normal quickly.

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on May 01, 2020, 07:17:51 pm
I am so happy that your town and state are opening up. I cannot wait until that finally happens here in Southern California.

The people here are getting very restless and starting to push back. Each night someone tears down the police tape blocking the entrance to a large park and each day the police put it back up.

Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on May 03, 2020, 08:49:00 am
Hi Danielle, great to read about your town's "reawakening" in your last update  :)

We have rain here currently and 44f this morning, all the state parks here have been reopened now in Washington, but our economic state lockdown has been extended now to May 31st by our gov last Friday, I think it's a wise move. Gonna plan a hiking trip soon.

Have a lovely Sunday

Cyndi

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on May 03, 2020, 09:57:37 am
Good news Danielle that there were no cases in your community, unlike so many other places.  There are a dozen in my small town so I have been staying home.  It sounds like the weather is turning and you will have springtime soon.  I know its a good time when you can get out and enjoy nature in all its glory.  Have a good week!
Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 07, 2020, 11:27:46 am
@CynthiaAnn  @EllenW  @Wendi 
@sarahc  @Julie H  @JudiBlueEyes 

Thank you for your recent comment replies on my thread.

UPDATE:  Thursday morning - May 07, 2020
Another almost springlike day here.  28 deg(f) early this morning but according to the weather forecast it might get like an almost spring day here with temperartures in the high 50's(f)  Cloudy with some sun showing itself.
This weekend we might even see the temperatures approach 70 deg(f) Wow-Whee ! :)

Well, the very GOOD NEWS is that the next door coffee shop is fully open and it seems to be getting back some degree of "normal"   
Lots of towns people were there this morning as I was getting my coffee to take to my office.  Most of the previous employees are back including my favorite Barista (she at one time was my Suitor #5)   She is still sweet on me and always greets me warmly... before the Covid-19 thing, she would always give me a hug and sometimes a kiss on my cheek.

Good News: I am seeing my business pick up a little bit now that most businesses are open, many of which were and still are my clients.    I have even had some clients come in this week wanting me to do tax preparation work for them.
I was able to give my employee full time hours again and may soon be hiring back the part time gal that had worked for me...   so, all of that is good news.

Even though Dental offices here are now allowed to be open, my sweetie Tooth-Fairy (Dental Hygienist) is still not back to work.  :(

Quote
       Alaska dentists say mandating COVID-19 tests will be obstacle to appointments
https://www.ktoo.org/2020/05/01/alaska-dentists-say-mandating-covid-19-tests-will-be-obstacle-to-appointments/
           May 1, 2020 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO-TV and Alaska Public Media

When Gov. Mike Dunleavy and state health officials said elective health care procedures could restart in a phased approach, many of Alaska’s dentists were hoping to take non-emergency patients again.
But a state mandate largely prevents that from happening.

The mandate said patients must have a negative result of a test for the coronavirus within 48 hours of a procedure that generates aerosols. These tiny floating airborne particles can carry the virus. And they’re produced by many dental tools, from drills to the ultrasonic scalers used to remove plaque.

State officials said they want to work with the dentists, but point to federal guidelines that dentists are at very high risk of being exposed to the virus

The above rule and mandate make sense but there have been ZERO reported Covic-19 local cases anywhere near my town.   Hopefully soon we will be back to something that resembles "normal" and my Dental Hygienist sweetie can get back to her job.

This weekend if the weather cooperates my sweetie and I are planning a hike into the hills... our first hike this year.   It will be nice to get back to our exercise routines once again.   My gym-gals group will be going to the gym next week to resume our weekly workouts together.

The Covid-19 lock-down has created a problem... weight gain and other issues...
Unfortunately many people turned to bad habits like not exercising, eating too much and for some binge drinking.
So now they have a decision to make.... what do they sign up for first???  Weight Watchers or AA ?  :o ???

I am trusting that all of my readers and followers are doing OK and hopefully where you live the local restrictions will allow you to start resuming your life and your activities.

HUGS and well wishes to you all... stay safe, stay healthy.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on May 07, 2020, 12:26:47 pm
@Northern Star Girl

The most important thing about today is that your new profile picture is making me hungry...

:)

I guess you're not planning on turning off the heat any time soon given the temperatures you posted!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on May 07, 2020, 01:47:12 pm
That's great news Danielle. I'm glad to hear you are warning up and getting back to the old normal.

We're still under quarantine here. Grocery stores are open along with other essential businesses. Our restaurants are only take out. There is no eat in dining allowed.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Julie H on May 07, 2020, 01:48:24 pm
That's great to hear
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on May 07, 2020, 03:14:04 pm
Oh, that’s such wonderful news, Danielle. It gives me hope that at least some part of this world is returning to normal.

My only complaint is the weather here in the mid-Atlantic is about to feel downright Alaskan because of an incoming polar vortex. I have never heard of a polar vortex happening in May. High of 46 on Saturday. This is highly unusual! Don’t send your cold weather down here, Danielle!

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on May 08, 2020, 07:55:13 am
Good Morning Danielle, wow 60's 70's high temps your way for the foreseeable future  :) Rivers have to be rising with all the snow melt. Sounds like great hiking weather ! The state here is grappling with safely returning general dentistry services also. The head of the WA state dentistry association here was on the news highlighting the innovations in safety measures they will have to take to get back to "somewhat normal" activities. Have my scheduled hygienist appointment later this summer, will see if it actually happens. In AK case, the idea of testing is hard, because testing availability in many areas are just not there yet. No reported cases = no testing  :(

We have 70's and 80's high temps over the next few days here, and bright sunshine to pull me outside. Your photo yesterday with the sweet roll was adorable  :)

Have a great day

C
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on May 08, 2020, 10:34:37 am
Danielle I'm happy to read that things are returning to a semblance of normal in your world.  Things are still quite surreal here.  I had a dental appointment on Monday (every 6 months for me) but the office is still closed.  My hairdresser called yesterday to say she will be returning in early June.  I'm pleased as my hair is in dire need of a cut and color.  My "quarantine stripe" is ever present but since I haven't gone anywhere no one sees it anyway.  Its hardly a consolation prize but I can be thankful.  My weight hasn't wavered much as I know I'm eating less.  As I've not been doing my own shopping I have been able to avoid a number of "bad" choices, and eating out (which I love to do) is unavailable.  BooHoo!  I miss that so much! 

I'm glad to hear your business is picking back up and you have been able to reemploy your staff.  Pace yourself and enjoy life! 
Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on May 08, 2020, 09:06:32 pm
Hope you have a great hike this weekend!

Hugs and smiles from a California girl
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Lexxi on May 09, 2020, 01:08:52 am
Hi Danielle,

I hope you're doing well and having a good time up there in the far north. It's supposed to get down in the mid 30s in Indiana this weekend, so we're getting kinda close to your weather.  ;D ;D

It's been much hotter here lately though, so I'm sure this cold snap will be gone in no time.

Glad that business is picking back up for you and that you're not being exposed to Covid-19. Stay safe!!

Talk to ya later,

xoxo
Lexxi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 09, 2020, 12:50:05 pm
UPDATE:  Saturday morning  May 9th, 2020
A lot of my followers and readers are having summer weather now, so nice.... a great time to enjoy the fresh air and the outside scenery.   

Not quite summer weather here yet...  this morning it was below freezing at 28deg(f) and now it is 52deg(f) going up today to the mid 60degree(f) range.   It is definitely looking like Springtime.

I will be going on a short hike with my tooth-fairy sweetie soon so we can also enjoy the scenery and being outdoors together.   

We are definitely doing better than the Northeastern states with their Polar Vortex, freezing temps, snow and hail.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on May 09, 2020, 12:51:34 pm
UPDATE:  Saturday morning  May 9th, 2020
A lot of my followers and readers are having summer weather now, so nice.... a great time to enjoy the fresh air and the outside scenery.   

Not quite summer weather here yet...  this morning it was below freezing at 28deg(f) and now it is 52deg(f) going up today to the mid 60degree(f) range.   It is definitely looking like Springtime.

I will be going on a short hike with my tooth-fairy sweetie soon so we can also enjoy the scenery and being outdoors together.   

We are definitely doing better than the Northeastern states with their Polar Vortex, freezing temps, snow and hail.

HUGS,
Danielle



Have a wonderful time.  Enjoy nature.

Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on May 09, 2020, 12:57:52 pm
Well its 23C today and muggy , dropping to 3c tonight with rain and tomorrow is "only" 17C . Will have to wrap up tomorrow----------
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on May 09, 2020, 01:02:07 pm
Have fun hiking. We were in the upper 20's when I got up and it was snowing. Up around 32 now and snowing on and off.

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on May 09, 2020, 07:42:56 pm
It still blows my mind that it can be 15-20 degrees warmer in a cold part of Alaska than it is in Maryland. We had flurries this afternoon here!

Weather is weird.

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on May 10, 2020, 03:20:12 am
Yes its going colder during the day starting at 17C but by this afternoon down to 12C and very windy.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 10, 2020, 10:45:12 am
UPDATE:  Sunday  May 10, 2020

Finally today I am able to attend church services... and restaurants are open....   very happy.. 

Another nice spring day here....  the temps could get into the low 70's(f) today....
The rivers and streams are running very high with all of the snow melt....

As summer approaches, the days are getting much longer here.... 
     sunrise at 4:35AM    sunset at  11:00PM

Have a great day everyone....
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on May 10, 2020, 11:00:28 am
Enjoy your church services and warm weather Danielle  :)

Hugs

Cyndi -
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on May 10, 2020, 01:01:40 pm
I am so jealous that you had church services. We are a very long way from having that at my church, especially since we have several hundred members in the congregation. The parishioners are very sad - and there is so little hope of getting together in the near future.

Even worse news is that it looks like choirs are going to be indefinitely banned. Choirs have supposedly been a source of super-spreader events, and several industry bodies have recommended no choral singing until there is a vaccine(!). Very heartbreaking for me and my choir mates..we might go a couple of years without singing. And the music director at the church is completely distraught - he plays organ but choral directing is his passion.  :(

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on May 10, 2020, 01:16:08 pm
Enjoy the weather Danielle!
It was snowing here a few minutes ago.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on May 10, 2020, 08:59:41 pm
Danielle, how much snowpack do you still have on the ground?

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on May 11, 2020, 09:26:09 am
Danielle, I had to think about you having your spring snow melt and also such long daylight; doesn't seem like that fit.  With your cool temperatures it does take awhile for the snow to melt.  I hope you can get out hiking without hiking on the mud. Have to good week; you should openup nicely with no Covid-19 in your immediate area.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: rachel de Corvus on May 11, 2020, 09:33:45 pm
Hi Danielle,

I have not written in some time, but am still reading and appreciating your stories and this community. Thank you!

With travel taken out of my schedule, I've been able to succeed in dieting over the past couple months. I'm down to the lowest weight I've seen in ten+ years. I hope to lose a few more and be as low as I have been in twenty years :-)

So glad to see things moving back towards normal for you in tearms of hikes, the gym, work, and of course, your Tooth Fairy :-)

Best wishes,

rachel
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 11, 2020, 10:02:26 pm
Danielle, I had to think about you having your spring snow melt and also such long daylight; doesn't seem like that fit.  With your cool temperatures it does take awhile for the snow to melt.  I hope you can get out hiking without hiking on the mud. Have to good week; you should openup nicely with no Covid-19 in your immediate area.

@mm   cc: @madeleine  @rachel de Corvus   @Wendi  @EllenW
@Maddie  @sarahc  @CynthiaAnn  @davina61  @ChrissyRyan 
@Jessica   @Lexxi   @JudiBlueEyes  @Julie H  @Ellie_Arroway
Dear mm and all of my recent readers and followers 
With the springtime warmer temperatures this last 3 or so weeks during the day and the days are getting much longer now,  most of the snow is gone from town and the lower elevations.  We are still getting freezing temperatures some nights for a few hours but the flowers started blooming already... they are taking advantage of the longer days and warmer weather.   New life is springing up very quickly.

Over the weekend the sunrise was 4:30AM and Sunset at 11:00PM  ....
... that is 18.5 hours of Sunshine and Daylight.


No mud on our hike over the weekend, but the rivers and streams are running very high.   We did not have to hike very far to get up to the snow again.

Hugs,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 11, 2020, 10:09:28 pm
Danielle, do you have a lot of wildflowers up there in Alaska?

@madeleine

You had asked that question 3 weeks ago...  the weather has changed into springtime in just that short time and now with the longer daylight sunshine and warmer temperatures things are coming to life fairly quickly..
I posted pictures of Wild Flowers along my hike into the nearby hills... we didn't have to go very far to get to the snow.

***NOTE:  You can go to my new thread to read my post and view the photos:
                       Hiking and Enjoying Nature's Scenery and Wild Flowers
           https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,252855.msg2367602.html#msg2367602
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 12, 2020, 02:01:00 pm
@rachel de Corvus
Dear Rachel:
Thanks for sharing your good news in spite of the coronavirus lock-down.... 
... it turned out to be a cloud with a silver lining for you, congratulations on your weight loss results so far.

Thank you for following my thread and thank you for sharing and posting.

As always I am wishing you well and wishing you success and happiness.
Stay safe and stay healthy.
HUGS,
Danielle

 
Hi Danielle,

I have not written in some time, but am still reading and appreciating your stories and this community. Thank you!

With travel taken out of my schedule, I've been able to succeed in dieting over the past couple months. I'm down to the lowest weight I've seen in ten+ years. I hope to lose a few more and be as low as I have been in twenty years :-)

So glad to see things moving back towards normal for you in tearms of hikes, the gym, work, and of course, your Tooth Fairy :-)

Best wishes,

rachel
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: madeleine on May 12, 2020, 05:31:52 pm

@madeleine

You had asked that question 3 weeks ago...  the weather has changed into springtime in just that short time and now with the longer daylight sunshine and warmer temperatures things are coming to life fairly quickly..
I posted pictures of Wild Flowers along my hike into the nearby hills... we didn't have to go very far to get to the snow.

***NOTE:  You can go to my new thread to read my post and view the photos:
                       Hiking and Enjoying Nature's Scenery and Wild Flowers
           https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,252855.msg2367602.html#msg2367602

Thank you for remembering, they are lovely!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 13, 2020, 04:12:33 pm
Dear Readers and Followers:  Wednesday afternoon, May 13, 2020

I was going over some songs with @ChrissyRyan that we have been listening to.
... and we were talking about the music by the Carpenters...
songs like    Top of the World, We've Only Just Begun, and Rainy Days and Mondays are some terrific songs with great optimistic messages especially for us as transitioners. Click on the thread:
                   What are you listening to?
  https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,215094.msg2368168.html#msg2368168
      https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,215094.msg2368175.html#msg2368175

Here is another happy, feel good song sung by the Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (Iz)
        Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bFr2SWP1I

Have a great day and always think of the good and positive things in life...
click link>>  Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on May 13, 2020, 04:37:40 pm
"These Are Days" is my favorite happy song of all time. Natalie Merchant belting it out (I looooove Natalie's voice):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bidRxJq98lY

I also like the Duff cameo at the end of this video. She was my favorite VJ back in the classic MTV era.

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on May 13, 2020, 09:12:00 pm
Danielle,

I can not believe that there is another person still enjoy the Carpenters. I was lucky to see them at the Hollywod Bowl. I have every LP they made. And you are correct their songs tend to be very unbeat. Top of the World is one of their best. Of course I also enjoy the song "Men are smart, Women are smarter"   ;D

Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on May 13, 2020, 09:26:51 pm
I started playing the saxophone last year and I've been playing some Carpenter's songs and watching their YouTube videos. Karen had such a beautiful voice.

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on May 17, 2020, 11:01:06 am
Saxophone is one of my favorite sounds.  I kind of lean towards dirty gritty sax...

Thanks Danielle for always reminding the importance of positivity and the positive thread.
Over the Rainbow is both sad and uplifting to me.  That version is powerful!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on May 17, 2020, 01:30:38 pm
Karen Carpenter was one of my favourite singers. They've done some absolutely beautiful stuff.

Sweet Sweet Smile is one of my favourite songs of all time.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 17, 2020, 01:51:42 pm
Karen Carpenter was one of my favourite singers. They've done some absolutely beautiful stuff.

Sweet Sweet Smile is one of my favourite songs of all time.
@Ellie_Arroway
Dear Ellie:
Karen and her brother Richard blend their voices and music in such a beautiful and smooth way.
I found it for you..... enjoy!!!!

Oh, I hope that you are feeling better lately? ???
HUGS,
Danielle


             The Carpenters - Sweet Sweet Smile
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9CvY9b7vg0

Also the 2nd song I submitted below  "We've Only Just Begun" really exhibits Karen's smooth voice and tonal qualities.   This song also exemplifies our new journeys in our Transition.... truly We've Only Just Begun.
                  The Carpenters - We've Only Just Begun
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__VQX2Xn7tI

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on May 17, 2020, 02:02:49 pm
@Ellie_Arroway
Dear Ellie:
Karen and her brother Richard blend their voices and music in such a beautiful and smooth way.
I found it for you..... enjoy!!!!

Oh, I hope that you are feeling better lately? ???
HUGS,
Danielle


Thank you so much, Danielle!

I see We've Only Just Begun as more of a wedding song, but I do see what you mean.

One thing I like about her voice is that it's deep enough for me to reproduce.

The pitches, I mean. I couldn't hold a candle to her singing voice! I can sing OK, but not anywhere near that standard!

I'm pretty much better now, as well. Thanks for asking! - E
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Donica on May 18, 2020, 04:03:44 pm
Beautiful!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: AllieSF on May 18, 2020, 05:21:44 pm
Beautiful and gorgeous too!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 20, 2020, 09:16:15 pm
UPDATE:  Wednesday early afternoon 6:00PM, May 20, 2020

Hello friends and followers....
It has been a while since I have posted one of my regular updates..... so here goes!

Summer is coming F-A-S-T     Having very long daylight hours now...
Sunrise    4:03AM        Sunset   11:34PM

With the longer days the temperatures are going up quickly day by day.
Today the temperature an hour or so ago got up to 61 deg(f) partly sunny, or is it partly cloudy?  Always a question mark in my mind when I read a weather forecast with that nomenclature.  Nighttime temperatures around 38 deg(f)

I got some of my garden seeds and bulbs planted in my raised beds and already I am seeing sprouting green shoots coming up.  Garden vegetables and summer flowers are soon coming.  My fence is up around my garden to keep the critters out.   I will post pictures soon.

My work has really picked up now that the Alaska lock-down is just about over state-wide.  I have had a lot of clients come in with tax work and other financial work that has been piling up because they we stuck at home for weeks on end.   I was able to give my guy employee his full-time hours back and if business continues to pick up I will soon be able to put my part time gal back to work for me too.

I have been enjoying the next door coffee shop now that it is up and fully running again.  All the employees came back so I know everyone there including my favorite Barista (at one time she was my Suitor #5)
I am seeing the regulars coming in now as they once did.... great conversations over a cup of coffee and a meal.

My tooth-fairy sweetie
and I are getting along well and getting together often.  She has just started going back to her job as a Dental Hygienist now that the Dentist office is open for business again.   During the lock-down we were at each others home every other night to share dinner and to sit in front of the fireplace to warm our toes and to sit and read... and just enjoy being with each other.

I am missing some of my oldest and dearest forums friends and at the same time I am making new friends here.  Things change and at the same time things stay the same... that is called the cycle of friendships, relationships and also life.   
                  Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)

I will be looking forward to hearing from my readers and followers and I make a point to seek out and read many of the threads and comments every time I login to the Forums.
As has always been the case, any of you can bring your various discussions here to my thread if you wish.  Consider my thread a living room of sorts where we can all sit down, relax, and have a conversation, or several conversations.   Photo attachments are always welcome here.

Many HUGS and best wishes to all... stay safe, stay healthy.
Danielle

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jane.Shannon on May 21, 2020, 12:57:05 am
Danielle,
I think I have finally finished reading your threads.  I really enjoyed that they are about life, and not really about transition.  I have worked hard to make transition just a thing in my life instead of letting it become my whole life.  I really don't want to get to the "end" only to realize I lost myself in the process.  So thank you for being inspiring and for sharing your life.
Take care,
Jane
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on May 21, 2020, 07:55:55 am
I really enjoyed that they are about life, and not really about transition. 

Good Morning, I agree with Jane above, it's nice you post about "real life" and living beyond transition. I enjoy reading about other's lives that have gone through this.

Very nice update Danielle, you are no doubt enjoying the longer days, that helps your garden explode into life  :)

Hugs

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on May 21, 2020, 11:50:52 am
Hi Danielle.  No comments recently, sorry I've haven't been well so I've limited my online time.  I'm glad spring has arrived and know you do as well.
Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on May 21, 2020, 01:44:59 pm
Totally agree with this, and this is why I love Danielle’s threads as well.

Sarah

Danielle,
I think I have finally finished reading your threads.  I really enjoyed that they are about life, and not really about transition.  I have worked hard to make transition just a thing in my life instead of letting it become my whole life.  I really don't want to get to the "end" only to realize I lost myself in the process.  So thank you for being inspiring and for sharing your life.
Take care,
Jane
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on May 21, 2020, 04:37:17 pm
Danielle has a really interesting life story, and a good one!

Mine would not be nearly as interesting... unless you like to know about PC components, streaming on Twitch, software development, and stuff like that!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 21, 2020, 05:27:33 pm
Danielle,
I think I have finally finished reading your threads.  I really enjoyed that they are about life, and not really about transition.  I have worked hard to make transition just a thing in my life instead of letting it become my whole life.  I really don't want to get to the "end" only to realize I lost myself in the process.  So thank you for being inspiring and for sharing your life.
Take care,
Jane

@Jane.Shannon
Dear Jane:
Thank you for your kind words... and WOW, if you read all three of my Chronicles and Hunted prey threads you know a lot about my life's journey.   The Hunted Prey thread gives a good overview of the Life and Times of me, a Full-Time Woman that relocated far from home to start a woman owned business in a small Alaskan town.

It is filled with accounts of quitting my male-mode executive job... and moving to Alaska and starting my business as a woman, navigating the uncharted waters of Suitors (both male and female), Romantic entanglements, coming out and revealing my past life to my Dental Hygienist and most of the town back in the months of March and April 2018.  ... and the story continued with the Alaskan Danielle thread and this Northern*Star Girl thread. 

I am so glad that you were motivated to read what I have written and you were even inspired... I am humbled by that statement for sure.

Thank you for posting and sharing.

The following is my preamble as I started my life here in Alaska after becoming Full Time in December 2016... and  all of the most important threads that I have started.... if you have any questions please let me know.

               
For my new readers and potential followers: The following information and LINKS will guide you to my previous and informative threads that I had started writing back in February 2018.   Numerous threads, comments and over 26,000 posts later here I am, as always, writing more, please bear with me and feel free to ask me any questions and/or make any comments that are on your mind.

HUGS and best wishes to you and all of my readers and followers...
Danielle


Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 39


***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250548.0.html)
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html)
Trouble Posting a VIDEO??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243185.0.html)
   


Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 21, 2020, 05:36:54 pm
@JudiBlueEyes  @Ellie_Arroway 
@sarahc  @CynthiaAnn  @Jane.Shannon


Dear Judi, Ellie, Sarah, Cyndi, and Jane
Thank you so very much for being regular visitors to and followers of my writings and my threads... 
I always appreciate what you have to say and many times I am humbled by your way-too-kinds words that you write in your comments and messages.

HUGS and best wishes... stay safe, stay healthy.

Danielle

Hi Danielle.  No comments recently, sorry I've haven't been well so I've limited my online time.  I'm glad spring has arrived and know you do as well.
Judi
Danielle has a really interesting life story, and a good one!

Mine would not be nearly as interesting... unless you like to know about PC components, streaming on Twitch, software development, and stuff like that!
Totally agree with this, and this is why I love Danielle’s threads as well.

Sarah
Good Morning, I agree with Jane above, it's nice you post about "real life" and living beyond transition. I enjoy reading about other's lives that have gone through this.

Very nice update Danielle, you are no doubt enjoying the longer days, that helps your garden explode into life  :)

Hugs

Cyndi
Danielle,
I think I have finally finished reading your threads.  I really enjoyed that they are about life, and not really about transition.  I have worked hard to make transition just a thing in my life instead of letting it become my whole life.  I really don't want to get to the "end" only to realize I lost myself in the process.  So thank you for being inspiring and for sharing your life.
Take care,
Jane
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on May 21, 2020, 07:33:00 pm
I am so happy for you that your diner is open. All of our diners are still closed and when they do open we will not be able to mingle with other customers

Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on May 22, 2020, 03:01:54 am
Great that things are getting back to normal, makes you appreciate things more I think. Still in limbo here, small steps in relaxing rules but having to be very careful .
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 24, 2020, 01:50:09 pm
UPDATE:  Saturday morning 10:30AM  May 24th, 2020

Here it is the day before the Memorial Day holiday ...   my original plans were to go on a hike this afternoon after church but it has started raining so the hike is not going to happen.   

Here, things are pretty well wide open so a small group of us church gals are going to have lunch at one of the small restaurants in town.   I am not certain what my plans are later.... but it will probably involve my tooth-fairy sweetie.

As far as the Memorial Holiday on Monday, there is a 95% chance of rain so I am hosting a small gathering for me, my tooth-fairy, and a single-woman friend at my home... inside .... standard traditional summer holiday food....  Hot Dogs, Cheeseburgers, Potato Salad, chips & dip, etc.   I wanted to buy a watermelon for the holiday and they are so very expensive up here, so at $14.00 at this early time of the "summer" I decided to forego that luxury.

I know that this Covid-19 thing is altering the ways that most of us will celebrate the Memorial Day Holiday tomorrow... the unofficial first day of summer.   


***Question:   What are your plans for the Monday holiday?   What about where you live?... please share about your location's shutdown status?   Stores, Gyms, Movies, Churches, Parks,  Beaches, Lakes, Recreation, etc. ???

As always, I love to read your reply comments on my thread or around the various forum's threads.

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy, and try to have some fun this weekend.

HUGS and more HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on May 24, 2020, 02:49:19 pm
I will see my mom for lunch. Then I will probably go on a long walk / run. And I’ll make strawberry shortcake for myself.

There are some friends of mine hosting an outdoor, socially-distanced, bring-your-own-food Memorial Day party, but I just don’t want to take any chances with potentially infecting my mom (with whom I do not socially distance). Plus I have both dentist and orthodontist appointments coming up this week, and I don’t want to put my dental care team at risk either. The reality is that my part of Maryland is still not yet in great shape in terms of controlling the virus. Bummer.

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on May 24, 2020, 03:39:22 pm
We have a bank holiday here in the UK. In Wales, we are still not allowed to travel without a good reason. They opened up garden centres since the lockdown started but that's all. I think our R figure is pretty close to 1, so I expect it will stay that way for a while longer.

Regardless of it being a bank holiday, I expect to be working on a contract tomorrow. - E
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: RandyL on May 24, 2020, 08:59:55 pm
Colorado is starting to ease, but I think it's more about the politics than any epidemiological reasoning. We still have a steady drumbeat of cases. My electrologist is open although I'm not going yet. You can get a haircut but everybody has to wear a mask. Gatherings up to 10 people are Ok.

My wife and I did an outdoor socially distanced picnic with 2 of her best friends yesterday. Then we attended a concert (!) yesterday afternoon in a friend's back yard. She rents part of her house to a professional musician couple, so they performed for 6 of us and we pitched in some money. They are very good and it was fun to have live music.

Now it's raining and might snow tonight. The hummingbirds are aggressively stocking up at the feeder.

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jane.Shannon on May 25, 2020, 12:13:54 am
We are taking it easy at home.  The kids want to set up a tent in the living room to "camp out."  My wife uses the quieter days to "experiment" in  the kitchen.  Which normally works out well by dinner time.  I am building a wooden fruit basket, so I plan on finishing that project, and hopefully starting the next one.

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on May 25, 2020, 11:45:02 am
Danielle, that's great that things in your town are starting to open up.

It sounds like spring only lasts a couple of weeks there.  It's not that long ago, you were telling us about still having snow on the ground and sub-zero temperatures.  Now it's summer already.  ENjoy it while it lasts.

Our holiday was last week (Victoria Day).  We didn't really notice.

Our neighbours wanted to borrow one of my tools the other day.  All three of them (two adults and one toddler) came over to pick it up, even though it would have fit in one pocket.  I think that, like us, they just needed an outing and some human contact.  We had a nice socially-distanced chat out in the front yard.

Today, someone was dropping off some plants for us that we had ordered in a charity fundraiser.  The rendezvous was at a big truck stop in town.  We stood beside our respective cars and had a chat in the parking lot.

Things are pretty restricted here.  Restaurants are only allowed to open for drive-thru or take-out.  Only one member of a household is allowed in an establishment, and most places have restrictions on how many customers can be inside at a time.  Many businesses are just closed for the duration.

There are a few ignorant sods, but most people cooperate with the restrictions.  As a result, the infection rate in Nova Scotia has dropped significantly.  Our region has had no new cases for several weeks.  People are afraid of what will happen when they start relaxing restrictions.  The tourism industry will be clamouring to open back up, but if the government is smart, that will be the last thing to open.

Personally, I am fine with the restrictions.  I had my surgery just before everything closed down, so I have been using the time to recover.  By the time community gatherings are allowed, I'll be able to move and sit normally and no one will even know that I had it.  (It's not a secret, but I haven't advertised it at all.) 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on May 25, 2020, 12:50:30 pm
Much the same as any day in the last (lost count!) weeks, fixed BFFs electric hedge trimmer as she cut cable then worked on van till had enough. Made an Eves pudding as apples going wrinkly , chucked some blueberries in as well.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Emma1017 on May 25, 2020, 03:54:44 pm
Memorial Day in New York has been a pretty odd.  Our beaches are closed but everyone is finding a way.  We had hot dogs and cold beer today.  The weather is in the high 60s.  Every day at 7 pm the neighborhood goes out and whistles, claps and bangs pots to salute the medical heroes and first responders.   It is one way to thank them for their service.

One of our neighbors who is a mortician told me he has finally felt a slow down...Thank God.  We are all looking for things to open up a little.  Fortunately the neighborhood restaurants have been doing take out.

We are lucky, we have a wrap-around porch with a comfortable wicker set.  In the evenings we take our dog outside with a glass of wine.

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on May 27, 2020, 09:07:12 am
sorry I've haven't been well so I've limited my online time. 

@JudiBlueEyes - Thinking of you again this morning Judi, and sending some more positive thoughts your way here in Danielle's thread. I hope you getting some answers with the doc's as to what has been going on recently, your posting hiatus has been noticed. I've been busy with work, home and family these past several days myself and have also limited my online time.
hugs eastern sis

@Northern Star Girl - Good Morning Danielle, I hope your day is good one. Ok back to work now

C
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 28, 2020, 10:13:02 am
Good Morning to my readers and followers:  
 It is Thursday morning here  7:00AM  ... another long day today here up North.....
   
Sunrise 3:40AM   Sunset  11:58PM
 
Temperatures getting up to 59deg(f)  and lots of rain.    I trust that you will all have a good day today.   
HUGS, Danielle 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on May 30, 2020, 02:47:12 pm
Good Morning to my readers and followers:  
 It is Thursday morning here  7:00AM  ... another long day today here up North.....
   
Sunrise 3:40AM   Sunset  11:58PM
 
Temperatures getting up to 59deg(f)  and lots of rain.    I trust that you will all have a good day today.   
HUGS, Danielle 

Good afternoon girlfriend. It's cooled off here today and perfect weather for getting stuff done in the yard.

I just tilled my garden again and I'm going to plant my vegetables soon.

I hope you're having a good day up in the North Country.

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: SarahFromChitown on May 30, 2020, 09:50:07 pm
Hi Danielle - I’m here! I’m slowly wending my way through your new thread. You lead a lovely, even charmed life in so many ways! I’ve been through some changes, too. At least I’ve kept well. It looks like you have, too. More later, dear heart.

Big hugs,
Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on May 30, 2020, 10:16:28 pm
@SarahFromChitown
Dear Sarah:
Wow-Whee, what a wonderful thing to see you back posting again on the forums and posting on my thread !!!
Thank you for finding me and posting... 
....I am looking forward to renewing our past enjoyable conversations.

HUGS and more hugs,
Danielle


Hi Danielle - I’m here! I’m slowly wending my way through your new thread. You lead a lovely, even charmed life in so many ways! I’ve been through some changes, too. At least I’ve kept well. It looks like you have, too. More later, dear heart.

Big hugs,
Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on May 31, 2020, 02:23:50 am
Morning (8.20am here) , its clear with early morning chill but temps could get to 27c today. Have a nice Sunday, church and tooth fairy time ?
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 01, 2020, 12:45:30 pm
Morning (8.20am here) , its clear with early morning chill but temps could get to 27c today. Have a nice Sunday, church and tooth fairy time ?

@davina61
Dear Davina:
You are exactly correct...

My Sunday (yesterday) was indeed a very nice day...
I went to church, and then went out to lunch with some of my church gal friends
including my tooth-fairy sweetie (I spent the rest of the day with her)

It feels very much like things are getting very close to "back to normal" here. 
It feels good!!!

I trust that you are doing well in the UK and that your lock-downs and all of
the Covid19 issues are starting to ease up.

Thanks for reading and commenting on my thread... you are always welcome here and I enjoy seeing your profile avatar photo here when you reply with your comments.

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 01, 2020, 01:10:27 pm
UPDATE:  June 01, 2020, Monday morning, raining all day here.

Today...  rain, rain, rain and more rain.... mid 40's temps..... and days getting much longer, and nights are shorter as we are just 3 weeks away from the coming summer solstice.   

Because of the long daylight hours temperatures are quickly on the rise daily.   
Summer arrives here quite fast, and brief, and can get quite warm.
 
    today sunrise:   3:25AM
    today sunset:    12:12AM  (just after midnight)

My garden has already sprouted and things are greening up at a quick pace
and the famous Alaskan mosquitoes (the Alaska state bird, LOL) are buzzing around.

Now that my next door coffee shop has been open for business, I am getting my morning coffee and breakfast dine-in or take out at my office as I have done in the past.   

I came to work early this morning and I didn't have time to dine in, so had my take-out breakfast and coffee delivered to my office on a tray by my favorite Barista #5 from the next door coffee shop.
      (https://i.imgur.com/AtkUxvI.jpg)

HUGS and best wishes to all of my readers and followers.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on June 01, 2020, 03:01:39 pm
That looks tasty, lock up is being eased but I think its to soon . Waiting to see if I will still be on furlough next week.
Its my youngest grand daughters 1st birthday tomorrow , that years gone quick. Cant wait to see them all but I would rather they were safe.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on June 02, 2020, 02:53:20 am
I trust that you are doing well in the UK and that your lock-downs and all of
the Covid19 issues are starting to ease up.

England has gone farther than any of the other countries in terms of what is allowed, opening schools again and what-not.

Here in Wales, restrictions have eased slightly, but not much has changed.

Wales has an R of 0.8 as reported recently. I don't know about England. I hope they know what they're doing... but I don't have a lot of confidence given recent press. - E
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on June 05, 2020, 07:23:32 pm
Daniella, your breakfast looks incredible. It looks like you are well cared for.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: SarahFromChitown on June 09, 2020, 09:43:31 am
Danielle, I hope that your breakfast was as yummy as it looked! Illinois has entered phase four of a five phase reopening, but many odd us are afraid that it’s premature. Between that and all of the demonstrations we’ve had here, I’m afraid that the numbers will go back up again. I couldn’t get my HRT refills for a bit because i couldn’t go to my three month follow up due to the clinic being closed. DYSPHORIA IS NOT OUR FRIEND! That was eventually rectified and I’m back in the road to a total fem-life. I hope you’ll have s lovely day, darling - I’m off to begin the day. More soon!

Hugs and more hugs!
Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on June 09, 2020, 10:10:35 am
SarahFromChitown, sorry to hear you ran out of your meds, can you get out now to get them?
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 09, 2020, 12:18:10 pm
@SarahFromChitown
Dear Sarah:
Thank you for your posting and checking in with me.   As I have previously mentioned to you I am so very happy that you have returned to Susan's Place and the Forums.

If am looking forward to hearing more from you and I am hoping and trusting that you can get started again on your HRT regimen as soon as possible.

As you are aware, until you have have achieved 15 quality posts you will not be able to send me private messages on the Forums.   
Feel free to continue posting and if you do wish to send me a "message" you can always
email me at   northernstargirl@susans.org
 
HUGS and many more HUGS....   
Danielle
              (https://i.imgur.com/kFTwOf1.jpg)


Danielle, I hope that your breakfast was as yummy as it looked! Illinois has entered phase four of a five phase reopening, but many odd us are afraid that it’s premature. Between that and all of the demonstrations we’ve had here, I’m afraid that the numbers will go back up again. I couldn’t get my HRT refills for a bit because i couldn’t go to my three month follow up due to the clinic being closed. DYSPHORIA IS NOT OUR FRIEND! That was eventually rectified and I’m back in the road to a total fem-life. I hope you’ll have s lovely day, darling - I’m off to begin the day. More soon!

Hugs and more hugs!
Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KatieP on June 09, 2020, 02:35:14 pm


As you are aware, until you have have achieved 15 quality posts you will not be able to send me private messages on the Forums.   



It is fun Danielle, how much I enjoy coming to your threads. I LOVE reading about your day, seeing pictures of your day and life. It's like the serial books that were published in newspapers in the 1800s. I REALLY appreciate you, and I have this strange feeling of affection for you. It is strange because I have no idea who you are, and we will never meet. So, you are exactly like the heroine in a novel that I have grown attached to!

Mildly off topic, you mention "quality" posts. I think I know what a "quality" post is. (Not just +1, or "Yes" and such.) But how does the system know if your post is "quality?" Or is the 15 quality posts switch flipped manually by an admin? I was just curious. I have been able to PM, so I am thinking that some place in my 500 posts 15 of them were Quality enough...  ;D

Anyway, THANK YOU for continuing your ongoing description of your daily life!

Katie
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 09, 2020, 04:25:16 pm
@KatieP
Dear Katie:
Thank you so very much for your way-too-kind words.  I sometimes feel that I don't have a lot of exciting things to talk about, and certainly not as much excitement as my first personal thread that I started 2½ years ago ...
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html) that details when I started my woman owned small business, my coming out, all of my male and female suitors,  and relocation to my new small town here in Alaska... and my subsequent thread A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
Writing my thoughts and experiences in my personal threads were/are a good way for me to vent my frustrations and failures... and to be thankful for my successes and happiness. 
It always a blessing for me to see comments and replies from you and the rest of my followers on my threads.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
To answer your question/comment  regarding how members post on the forums, here is a LINK posted by Susan that will give you the details....
                             Post Ranks
          https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,114.0.html
The following are a list of the post ranks and staff titles you might see on the site and the number of posts required if any. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.

Visitor                                                         From 0-14 posts. Limited rights other than posting or responding to messages. Specific limitations include no ability to view or edit profiles, not being able to send out private messages, and not being able to upload pictures or link to external pictures.
Newbie      From 15-49 posts. Most restrictions removed
Neighbor      From 50-99 posts.
Friend      From 100-499 posts.
Family      From 500 posts up.

If I see someone I think is posting for the sole purpose of increasing their post count I may take action. My options include removing their post(s), reducing their post count total, and/or smiting the users reputation. There's no need to artificially inflate your post count it will come fast enough on it's own. :) Look at this as giving you things to look forward to over the years.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Obviously just about all members (including myself) here will appropriately post one-liner or even single word comments from time to time.... but when the staff members notice that a member is rapidly increasing their post count with those kinds of posts and not posting anything else of significance then we will possibly intervene.   
The moderation staff here on the forums spends lots of time reading every post and welcoming every new member... so there are lots of eyes watching.
- - - - - - - - - - - - -
Again Katie, thank you for your comments and for following my journey.

HUGS and best wishes to you.
Danielle

It is fun Danielle, how much I enjoy coming to your threads. I LOVE reading about your day, seeing pictures of your day and life. It's like the serial books that were published in newspapers in the 1800s. I REALLY appreciate you, and I have this strange feeling of affection for you. It is strange because I have no idea who you are, and we will never meet. So, you are exactly like the heroine in a novel that I have grown attached to!

Mildly off topic, you mention "quality" posts. I think I know what a "quality" post is. (Not just +1, or "Yes" and such.) But how does the system know if your post is "quality?" Or is the 15 quality posts switch flipped manually by an admin? I was just curious. I have been able to PM, so I am thinking that some place in my 500 posts 15 of them were Quality enough...  ;D

Anyway, THANK YOU for continuing your ongoing description of your daily life!

Katie
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 13, 2020, 03:57:15 pm
UPDATE:   June 13, 2020  1:00PM   Saturday afternoon
Bad weather is happening this weekend, right now it is raining hard and lightning and thunder here.
Temperature is right around 60 deg(f)     In the wee hours of the early mornings it is in the 40's.

The bad weather here has eliminated any outdoor fun activities today....

.... our days are getting very long here...  and warmer.
      2:55AM sunrise     
     12:45Am  sunset (just after midnight) 

The nights here are nothing more than dusk or twilight... the sun barely disappears over the horizon for a couple hours then comes up again.

My garden is spouting and the grass is green and growing.

Things are pretty well back to somewhat normal here.   Things are OPEN.

Question for my followers and readers:

How are you all doing where you live? ....
 ...are things still mostly closed, open, or half-way in-between?

I am looking forward to your replies and comments here on my thread....

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on June 13, 2020, 04:12:15 pm
Afternoon dear, things are still shut down but shops opening and we are allowed to visit ONE house and stay overnight. Forecast here was for showers possibly thundery but its been dry all day.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on June 13, 2020, 04:25:54 pm
Mostly closed here in Wales, Danielle. The children have not gone back to school yet and only essential shops are still allowed to open.

It has relaxed slightly. We are allowed to meet with one other household, outdoors, as long as we respect the 2m social distancing rule, and it has to be within five miles as a guideline. I have been able to spend a small amount of time with my wife in her garden. My daughter lives too far away for me to see her other than using Zoom calls.

I am so pleased that my job does not require me to visit my clients, at least, not regularly. I am lucky in that respect. Lately it's all been done through videoconferencing.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on June 13, 2020, 07:49:23 pm
Semi-open in central Maryland. Recently, dentists re-opened, restaurants can serve people on outside tables, farmers markets are starting up, many hair stylists opening up. But definitely not back to normal here. Indoor restaurants, indoor shopping malls, most church services still shut down and retirement facilities in total lockdown. Most office workers still working remotely. More stuff might open in the next 2-3 weeks if caseloads continue to drop.

I did go to a socially distanced picnic tonight - so good to see people again. First live social event in months.

Sarah

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on June 14, 2020, 08:04:33 am
Yikes, Danielle, that is a short night!  I'd need blackout drapes to sleep there.  I presume that heavy drapes are pretty much standard where you live.

Things are gradually opening up here.  People are walking around without masks, disrespecting personal space like there was no virus.  In my region of the province, they can probably get away with it, because there have been no cases in over a month.  But it just takes one tourist to bring it in and there will be a big outbreak, because few people are taking precautions.

Most stores are open.  Hair salons are open, and my electrologist is (I hope!!) going to open soon.  Restaurants just this week opened for indoor sit-down service, but at reduced capacity.  My doctor's office is restricting access.  No waiting room: you wait outside in your car until they phone you to come in.  Masks and hand sanitizer are mandatory.

I hope they are not opening up too fast.  The second wave, when it hits, is likely to be a doozy.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: RandyL on June 14, 2020, 11:48:28 am
Colorado is opening up, but my wife is immune compromised and we're both over 65, so we're not doing much differently. Most of our encounters with other people are on the trails. We always pull up our masks when we approach, but hardly anyone else wears one. But maybe it's because our area is politically conservative, because an acquaintance drove from Arizona through Utah and into Colorado, and felt like the first place where many people wore masks was Colorado.

Enjoy all that daylight! I read once that people in Iceland sleep much less in summer. Who needs to waste all that time in bed?!?!

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on June 14, 2020, 08:44:39 pm
Most of the people around us are being safe and wearing masks. I always do when I go out into a store.

We're in phase 3 of opening. Restaurants, nail salons, etc are opening but with limited capacity along with social distancing and masks.

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 16, 2020, 03:03:03 pm
UPDATE:  June 16, 2020  Tuesday

I baked cookies last night and as I usually do I bring a plate of them to m office to share with my clients and my drop-in friends that visit me.    Soft, chewy, Molasses Cookies....  yummy!!!   
You can't eat  just ONE.
            (left click image to enlarge)
                 (https://i.imgur.com/6sIA3eP.jpg)

HUGS,
Danielle

                   
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on June 16, 2020, 03:05:39 pm
UPDATE:  June 16, 2020  Tuesday

I baked cookies last night and as I usually do I bring a plate of them to m office to share with my clients and my drop-in friends that visit me.    Soft, chewy, Molasses Cookies....  yummy!!!   
You can't eat  just ONE.

I know, because you're in Alaska and I'm in Wales, UK.

Why torment me so much?!

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on June 16, 2020, 03:11:56 pm
They look delicious!!! I'll virtually have one. Lol

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 16, 2020, 04:16:42 pm
Tuesday, July 16, 2020

For those that have been following my thread... as I have been reporting, as we get closer to the Summer Solsice here the daylight hours are getting very long and the nights are very short.

Sunrise  2:48 AM
Sunset  12:34 AM (just after midnight)

The nights are not much more than dusk or twilight for a few hours with the sun just dipping slightly below the horizon then coming back up again, no real darkness.

Here is a photo last night just before Sunset at 12:30 AM...
                       (https://i.imgur.com/npNxDpu.jpg)
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Pammie on June 16, 2020, 04:20:29 pm
Tuesday, July 16, 2020

For those that have been following my thread... as I have been reporting, as we get closer to the Summer Solsice here the daylight hours are getting very long and the nights are very short.

Sunrise  2:48 AM
Sunset  12:34 AM (just after midnight)

The nights are not much more than dusk or twilight for a few hours with the sun just dipping slightly below the horizon then coming back up again, no real darkness.

Here is a photo last night just before Sunset at 12:30 AM...
                       (https://i.imgur.com/npNxDpu.jpg)
HUGS,
Danielle

Wow, that’s amazing !


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 17, 2020, 11:24:23 am
I haven't posted one of these pictures for a long time....
My favorite Barista at the next door coffee shop (previously my female suitor #5) brought me my favorite coffee (with the infamous Pink Lid) and a delicious Chocolate Brownie that the coffee shop owner makes...  I am very spoiled!!
     Breakfast of Champions....

  (https://i.imgur.com/nraf5V8.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on June 17, 2020, 11:30:47 am
I haven't posted one of these pictures for a long time....
My favorite Barista at the next door coffee shop (previously my female suitor #5) brought me my favorite coffee (with the infamous Pink Lid) and a delicious Chocolate Brownie that the coffee shop owner makes...  I am very spoiled!!
     Breakfast of Champions....

  (https://i.imgur.com/nraf5V8.jpg)
She really takes good care of you!

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on June 17, 2020, 11:30:55 am
You make me wish I didn't have a figure to maintain...  :D :D
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KatieP on June 18, 2020, 11:59:21 pm
I haven't posted one of these pictures for a long time....
My favorite Barista at the next door coffee shop (previously my female suitor #5) brought me my favorite coffee (with the infamous Pink Lid) and a delicious Chocolate Brownie that the coffee shop owner makes...  I am very spoiled!!
     Breakfast of Champions....

  (https://i.imgur.com/nraf5V8.jpg)

Breakfast of Champions, Indeed!

I don't know which is the happiest part of this story:

The former suitor providing tasty treats, or the treats themselves!

Either way, I think you deserve BOTH!

 ;D

Katie
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarah1972 on June 20, 2020, 01:01:02 pm
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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on June 20, 2020, 01:29:19 pm
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Ummmm!  Doughnuts!


Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on June 20, 2020, 01:42:51 pm
Yummy!!! Chocolate donuts are so good :angel: but also so bad >:-)!

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on June 20, 2020, 02:52:27 pm
I haven't posted one of these pictures for a long time....
My favorite Barista at the next door coffee shop (previously my female suitor #5) brought me my favorite coffee (with the infamous Pink Lid) and a delicious Chocolate Brownie that the coffee shop owner makes...  I am very spoiled!!
     Breakfast of Champions....

  (https://i.imgur.com/nraf5V8.jpg)

You are one lucky lady being so spoiled. Of course it helps that you spoil the people around you with your baking.

However, I do have to comment on that Gateway monitor. I think it has been a couple decades since I have seen one  ::)

Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on June 20, 2020, 03:03:13 pm
Tuesday, July 16, 2020

For those that have been following my thread... as I have been reporting, as we get closer to the Summer Solsice here the daylight hours are getting very long and the nights are very short.

Sunrise  2:48 AM
Sunset  12:34 AM (just after midnight)

The nights are not much more than dusk or twilight for a few hours with the sun just dipping slightly below the horizon then coming back up again, no real darkness.

Here is a photo last night just before Sunset at 12:30 AM...
                       (https://i.imgur.com/npNxDpu.jpg)
HUGS,
Danielle


gorgeous photo  :)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 20, 2020, 08:46:15 pm
Tomorrow Sunday, June 21st, 2020
is the Summer Solstice here in Alaska in the Northern Hemisphere.


Longest day ... and also the Shortest night... of the year.
 Here where I am in Central Alaska ....
    Sunrise   2:57AM
    Sunset   12:49AM (just after midnight)
approx 22 hours of sunlight and about 2 hours of dusk/twilight (never gets really dark)

Here, we have reached a major summer milepost, from the month before to the month after around the Summer Solstice it truely doesn't get dark for more than two months.
It's summertime here, 72 straight days of light.
I have "darkout curtains" in my bedroom.


I hope that where you live that your Summer Solstice was eventful... or if you live in the Southern Hemisphere it was your Winter Solstice.
****NOTE to my readers and followers:  Please share your experiences....

Hugs and best wishes... stay safe, stay healthy.
Danielle

     
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: RandyL on June 20, 2020, 11:30:05 pm
Here in Colorado we will have 14:53 hours of sunlight. Our home is 1,000 feet above the city on a hillside facing east. When we built it in the mid-80's we installed sliding mirrors as the closet doors. Unfortunately we discovered that they face east and at certain seasons they beam the rising sun directly into our bed! Not that this had been bad enough to get us to install curtains or anything, but this morning about 5:40am my wife sat up in bed to grab another blanket, and ZAP! right in the eyes. We will hang dresses over the mirror tonight.

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on June 21, 2020, 02:39:38 am
Best we get here is about 10pm sunset, dont know sunrise as still a kip !!! Saying that the dawn Corus was giving it some yesterday morning at about 4am.  Cloudy and rainy last night, very breezy this morning with (so far) patchy cloud .
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on June 21, 2020, 04:33:59 am
We're about 15.5 hours of daylight here now sunrise to sunset. The pre sunrise and post sunset light though gives us more hours of light though.

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on June 21, 2020, 07:37:46 am
04:56
Monday, 22 June 2020 (BST)
Sunrise in Cardiff, UK
21:34
Sunday, 21 June 2020 (BST)
Sunset in Cardiff, UK

I make that 16 hours 38 minutes during which the sun is in the sky, ignoring refractive effects of the atmosphere!

Seems to be a nice day here, too!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on June 23, 2020, 09:03:51 pm
Hi, I worked 16 night shifts in March and slept during the day. I used cardboard to block the bedroom windows and I have heavy curtains. In order to sleep I blocked all light from every source. When I did that I would fall asleep within a minute of putting my head down on the pillow.

I can not imaging 2 plus months of light. I guess you can adjust but it must be a little disorienting.

What is your July and August air and water temperatures?
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 23, 2020, 09:49:05 pm
Hi, I worked 16 night shifts in March and slept during the day. I used cardboard to block the bedroom windows and I have heavy curtains. In order to sleep I blocked all light from every source. When I did that I would fall asleep within a minute of putting my head down on the pillow.

I can not imaging 2 plus months of light. I guess you can adjust but it must be a little disorienting.

What is your July and August air and water temperatures?
@Rachel
Dear Rachel:
I have dark-black-out drapes in my bedroom....  you are right about having a dark bedroom, otherwise it would be very difficult to get to sleep and have a good night's rest.   

The long hours of outside light make it way too easy to stay up too late at "night" ....  I go on evening walks at midnight and the sun is still up ... and yard work can be done just about anytime. 

In late June, July and early August the temps can sometimes get up to perhaps 80 degrees and of course the river and lake temps can warm up fairly nicely as well with the very long sunlit days.... then, hang on, September can switch at times to winter-like weather quickly... with snow and hale!   During the 2 to 3 months of summer warm weather the bugs and mosquitoes propagate very quickly and can be a big problem.   They only have a few months to breed and swarm then they are gone as fast as they came.

Of course in the wintertime, everything is turned around.... December and January are almost total darkness with only an hour or so of twilight/dusk.... the sun just barely gets over the horizon and then goes back down quickly.


Thanks for posting and sharing.

HUGS and HUGS,
Danielle


Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Liina on June 24, 2020, 07:50:37 am
Awesome photo of the mid-night sun Danielle, you are blessed with the location in Alaska. The whole northern latitudes are so sweet at this time of year. I am light sensitive and without blackout curtains and eye blinkers I am sleepless in those latitudes. I spent several springs in Scandinavia and the views after mid-night are so gorgeous! 
Dang cookies, those looks delicious..jeepers, not mention your barista, she is so awesome to with treats and coffee. Your neighbors are fabulous and as you treat them well too! Have an awesome day!

Liina
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on June 24, 2020, 01:01:16 pm
Do you get large bird populations in summer Danielle?

The lots around me have many trees and get flooded.  This brings squitos and a good amount of birds that eat them.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 24, 2020, 01:17:35 pm
Do you get large bird populations in summer Danielle?

The lots around me have many trees and get flooded.  This brings squitos and a good amount of birds that eat them.

@Maddie
Dear Maddie:
Always lots of birds here in the summer however during the dead of winter many of the migratory birds fly south to warmer climates.   
The mosquitoes and biting bugs here are very bad in the northern latitudes the summer... in the 2 - 3 months of warm, sunny, and lots of daylight the mosquitoes know that they only have a couple months to breed and propagate so they can be quite thick in some areas away from town. 
I usually don't venture out on a hike without applying bug spray.

In Alaska some of us call the Mosquito our State Bird!!!  ;) :D :o

I am happy that you are reading my thread and thank you for sharing your replies and comments.


HUGS and HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 25, 2020, 01:28:40 pm
UPDATE:  Thursday morning, June 25, 2020

It's a beautiful sunny day (with a few clouds) here... presently 54deg(f) going up to 63deg(f) in the afternoon.   Sunset around midnight....
 
... and a few weeks before or a few weeks after the Summer Solstice, the length of daylight hours (Sun in the Sky) can change dramatically by about 5 minutes per day. 
Now, that the Summer Solstice has already happened, we are losing 5 minutes of sun every day.
- - - - - - - - - - - -

I got a nice surprise this morning, my tooth-fairy sweetie brought me a slice of her homemade Banana Bread, a Coffee from the next door Coffee Shop, and my favorite, later in the day treat, a Hershey Bar with Almonds.

                        (left click photo to enlarge)
         (https://i.imgur.com/iSe4NH3.jpg)

Oh, and by the way, you can see from the Forums Page that is showing in the attached photo that it is Susan's Birthday today.   If you left-click the photo to enlarge it, you can read my Birthday Greeting to her.  I think that we all can appreciate her dedication and help that she provides for all of our members here....    :icon_birthday: HAPPY BIRTHDAY @Susan !!!
NOTE:  I posted her Birthday Greeting in 
            "Announcements"   "***Susan*** A Special Day for YOU"
    https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,253307.msg2376064.html#msg2376064

I trust that all of my readers and followers are having a good day today....
Hugs and best wishes to all....
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Emma1017 on June 25, 2020, 07:36:25 pm
awww banana bread with coffee, one of my favorites.  I have developed with starting HRT, a huge sweet tooth for M&M Almonds...and red wine.

I have heard that the state bird of Alaska is the mosquito.  Is that a  lower 48 legend? 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 25, 2020, 08:21:12 pm
awww banana bread with coffee, one of my favorites.  I have developed with starting HRT, a huge sweet tooth for M&M Almonds...and red wine.

I have heard that the state bird of Alaska is the mosquito.  Is that a  lower 48 legend?

@Emma1017
Dear Emma:
I am a candy-holic ... I love chocolate, and any chocolate that has nuts in it is even better....  Hershey Kisses with Almonds,  Almond M&M's, Snicker bars,  Almond Joy.... etc, etc.

Regarding the Alaska State Bird being the summertime Mosquitoes, it is not just a lower 48 legend but the locals here use the term frequently as well.

Thanks for sharing and posting.

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on June 25, 2020, 09:17:28 pm
@Emma1017
Dear Emma:
I am a candy-holic ... I love chocolate, and any chocolate that has nuts in it is even better....  Hershey Kisses with Almonds,  Almond M&M's, Snicker bars,  Almond Joy.... etc, etc.

Regarding the Alaska State Bird being the summertime Mosquitoes, it is not just a lower 48 legend but the locals here use the term frequently as well.

Thanks for sharing and posting.

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle


How are you when it comes to Heath Bars?
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 25, 2020, 11:14:37 pm
How are you when it comes to Heath Bars?
@Jessica
Dear Jess:
Per previous conversations that we have had, you and I BOTH know that we both love Heath Bars.

Here is a conversation that we had on your Jess's Mess blog/thread last fall around Halloween time when varieties of candy bars are so easily available...
       https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,233042.msg2318301.html#msg2318301

            Danielle is my name, candy is my game!!!!!

Thank you for coming to my blog/thread and posting.... and sharing.

HUGS,
Danielle

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on June 27, 2020, 08:59:21 am
UPDATE:  Saturday morning  ...5:45AM ... here  June 27, 2020

Good Saturday morning to my readers and followers.....   
I trust that you are all doing well today.....   
Today I am taking the day off from work and going on a hike in the nearby hills.... cool today, 47deg (f) perhaps going up to  maybe 64 deg(f) later today....    LoooooNG day today....  3:10AM sunrise,  Midnight Sunset.   

I am packing a lunch to take with me.   I wish I had some of those Chocolate Donuts that @sarah1972 posted a picture of in a previous comment.
         (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200620/71dbd9ce725768781bb8d21af420e6cf.jpg)

Even though it is comparatively cool today, the Mosquitoes will be out and about... I will be bringing bug spray with me for sure.

HUGS to all, 
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on June 27, 2020, 12:15:02 pm
The mosquitoes will think your there doughnut , hope the spray works. Cooler here now 19C , muggy and very windy. With the help of my youngest have got engine back in bus , aching  now .
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: RandyL on June 27, 2020, 12:16:29 pm
Danielle, I hope you had a great day of hiking by the time you read this. I went for a longish run early this morning on several of my favorite trails. I can run right from home which I love.

Almost no mosquitoes here in Colorado, sorry! My wife and I went for a 4 day camping trip by a lake this week and forgot to bring any repellent. Only one bite! Not that we are always so lucky here.

I remember camping at Wonder Lake in Denali NP years ago with our kids. We wore headnets most of the time. It was comical eating dinner when we'd try to take a bite of food without lifting the net! The poor caribou were tortured by all the bugs. I guess they don't have any repellent.

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on June 27, 2020, 03:28:35 pm
That sounds like a fun day Danielle. Send over whatever you don't finish off the donuts. They look delicious!

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on June 28, 2020, 09:01:19 am
Danielle

I hope you had a wonderful hike.

I was thinking of you and your sweetie on Friday. After having the same the dentist for 40 years, he retired. So here I was in a dentist chair with a new dental higenist who only knows me as Ellen and all I could think about was you and you tooth fairy sweetie. It made the experience a lot more enjoyable 😊

Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on July 01, 2020, 02:26:27 pm
@EllenW  @Wendi  @RandyL  @davina61
Thank you for your well-wishes as I went on my Saturday hike last weekend.

It was originally just going to be me and my tooth-fairy sweetie, but a coffee shop friend overheard us talking about our hike and he asked if he could join us....   of course that was OK, more people are better to scare off the bears.

I just wish we could have scared off the Mosquitoes, but we all sprayed lots of bug repellent on ourselves before starting on the trail.

It was a 12 mile round trip adventure.

We made it above the snow line and had our lunch that we packed before heading back down.   
It was a beautiful day with beautiful views.

My Sweetie is on the Left, I am in the middle taking the picture.
      (Left click the photo to enlarge)
            (https://i.imgur.com/rRMhNz6.jpg)

Some my my additional hiking and scenery pictures can be seen on my thread:
       Hiking and Enjoying Nature's Scenery, Flowers and Gardening, Photos
          https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,252855.20.html

Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on July 01, 2020, 04:53:43 pm
Rugged beauty and companionship.
I'd go.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on July 01, 2020, 09:48:36 pm
Sounds like a great time Danielle  :)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on July 02, 2020, 06:58:48 am
That is beautiful. Do you have any idea what the temperature was way up there with the snow?

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on July 02, 2020, 12:11:00 pm
@Wendi  @CynthiaAnn  @Maddie

Thank you all for your comment replies regarding my recent hike into the hills and into the snow up there.

To answer your question Wendi,  the temperatures at my home were cool from about the low 40's(f) in the morning to the mid 60's(f)in the afternoon....  but up on top around the snow where we hiked it was quite chilly, certainly somewhere in the low 30's(f)or cooler perhaps, we did not have a thermometer handy.   

It felt C-O-L-D for sure, and the good thing about that is that the Mosquitoes and biting&stinging bugs are not around in those cooler temps in higher elevations.

Thank you for checking in on my thread, you are always welcome here to discuss anything that you wish...

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on July 02, 2020, 04:20:26 pm
My Business Update:
Finally my business is picking up now that the Covid19 closures here in my area have mostly come to an end.

For those of you that file USA income taxes to the IRS....  as you should be aware, the normal April 15th tax filing deadline was extended to July 15th.  This has been a good thing for my tax prep business and also with local businesses being open once again my business clients are back in my office with their payroll and business tax work that is a backbone of my business income.

I have my full-time guy working for me again, and I started having my previous part time college gal helping out.

Here are the details, because of the Corvid-19 pandemic there were date extensions announced:

     https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The annual filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible. For those who can't file by the July 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request an extension to file their return.

      https://www.irs.gov/faqs/estimated-tax/individuals/individuals-2
Estimated tax due dates:

Qtr 1: January 1 – March 31     –   normally due on Apr 15, Extended to July 15, 2020
Qtr 2: April 1 – May 31     -   normally June 15 - Extended to July 15, 2020
Qtr 3: June 1 – August 31    -   due September 15, 2020
Qtr 4: September 1 – December 31    -   due January 15, 2021

HUGS and best wishes to all of my readers and followers,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on July 03, 2020, 09:36:33 am
My Business Update:
Finally my business is picking up now that the Covid19 closures here in my area have mostly come to an end.

For those of you that file USA income taxes to the IRS....  as you should be aware, the normal April 15th tax filing deadline was extended to July 15th.  This has been a good thing for my tax prep business and also with local businesses being open once again my business clients are back in my office with their payroll and business tax work that is a backbone of my business income.

I have my full-time guy working for me again, and I started having my previous part time college gal helping out.

Here are the details, because of the Corvid-19 pandemic there were date extensions announced:

     https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The annual filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible. For those who can't file by the July 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request an extension to file their return.

      https://www.irs.gov/faqs/estimated-tax/individuals/individuals-2
Estimated tax due dates:

Qtr 1: January 1 – March 31     –   normally due on Apr 15, Extended to July 15, 2020
Qtr 2: April 1 – May 31     -   normally June 15 - Extended to July 15, 2020
Qtr 3: June 1 – August 31    -   due September 15, 2020
Qtr 4: September 1 – December 31    -   due January 15, 2021

HUGS and best wishes to all of my readers and followers,
Danielle

Great news Danielle. I'm glad to hear you were able to tough it out and are back up to speed. You're staff I'm sure is very grateful to be back working for you again.

I hope you have a great Independence day!!

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on July 03, 2020, 11:56:48 am
Nice, Danielle. Hope you have a productive tax season.

Also hoping you don’t get a resurgence in the virus like here in the lower 48.

Post more nature pictures when you can. They’re so beautiful!

Sarah

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on July 04, 2020, 09:07:17 am
To my friends and followers....
HAPPY JULY 4th, Independence Day

Here it is going to be quite cool (low 50 deg(f) temps) and cloudy all day with rain "maybe" later this afternoon.

...I didn't get a lot of sleep last night, fireworks being set off all around....  out here in the middle of nowhere there are few, if any, restrictions regarding fireworks.

Today, I am getting together with some of my best friends, many of the gals and their husbands from my Gym Gals group.... 
I am hosting an early afternoon BBQ/Grilling at my home on the deck if the rain holds off, otherwise we will be inside....  going to have standard July 4th Summer Food.... hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade chili, potato salad, watermelon and fruit, chips and dip, tasty desserts, etc.

QUESTION for my readers:
   What are your plans for this day???  Obviously if you are not living in the USA, it is just another day on the calendar for you....   summertime in the Northern Hemisphere and Wintertime "down under".

Have a great day, stay safe, stay healthy 

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on July 04, 2020, 10:13:03 am
Danielle

It is going to be a quite Independnce Day for me and my wife. We are at our mountain cabin to get away from the private fireworks. It scares the dogs to much. And just two days ago the large firework show over Big Bear Lake was cancelled under orders from the governor.  :(

On top of that my wife is having a rough time with her cancer treatment. So we will just enjoy our little slice of wilderness.

Have a wonderful day


Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: MxRileyQuinn on July 04, 2020, 11:51:12 am
To my friends and followers....
HAPPY JULY 4th, Independence Day

Here it is going to be quite cool (low 50 deg(f) temps) and cloudy all day with rain "maybe" later this afternoon.

...I didn't get a lot of sleep last night, fireworks being set off all around....  out here in the middle of nowhere there are few, if any, restrictions regarding fireworks.

Today, I am getting together with some of my best friends, many of the gals and their husbands from my Gym Gals group.... 
I am hosting an early afternoon BBQ/Grilling at my home on the deck if the rain holds off, otherwise we will be inside....  going to have standard July 4th Summer Food.... hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade chili, potato salad, watermelon and fruit, chips and dip, tasty desserts, etc.

QUESTION for my readers:
   What are your plans for this day???  Obviously if you are not living in the USA, it is just another day on the calendar for you....   summertime in the Northern Hemisphere and Wintertime "down under".

Have a great day, stay safe, stay healthy 

HUGS,
Danielle


My plans are to make a quick foray out to the grocery store to get a birthday cake for me to share with my partner and the other couple who lives on the ranch with us, and then avoid society like the plague.  Both because of the plague, but also because of the fireworks.  As a combat vet I cannot understand why so many want to celebrate by making their backyard sound like a war zone.  I'll probably spend time with the horses this evening, after it cools off.  It is already 91-degrees F with a predicted 100-degree high.  I'll let my babies enjoy the shade and not ask them to work till it cools off.  Of course, that's assuming I'm not having PTSD issues because the whole city is erupting in the sounds of "jubilant explosions"...
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on July 04, 2020, 01:16:59 pm
Happy 4th, Danielle!

I had a very nice lunch with my mother. We grilled some hamburgers.

Now...Back to work on the business...no rest for a startup founder.

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica_Rose on July 04, 2020, 02:32:28 pm
Some friends of ours invited us to a cookout this evening. There won't be as many folks as last year due to the current situation, but it will be nice to see them again. I still find it interesting that I have more friends now, many more, than I did before I started this journey. It's amazing how just being yourself opens up a new world of potential friends.

Love always -- Jessica Rose
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on July 04, 2020, 05:07:54 pm
I cooked up some peppers and onions and we went to the lake and had sausage and peppers with my sisters in law and their significant others.

We had a really good time. We just came back home to let the dogs out and feed them. We were going to head up to my brothers to watch people around the harbor shoot off their fireworks around a camp fire. My wife and I are both really tired right now so we'll see if that happens.

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: RandyL on July 04, 2020, 06:02:56 pm
My wife and I rode our tandem road bike down the mountain and back up to home. Got back just in time to beat the rain. Now it's been raining for several hours, but we aren't complaining. Anything to relieve our drought is welcome!

We live on an old railroad grade into the mountains. For years people have driven up into the National Forest to drink, light fires and set off fireworks. About 10 years ago the authorities finally got tired of the emergency responses and fire calls, and listened to our pleas for closures. So now the police set up a roadblock and only allow residents today only. We baked them brownies and will go down there to thank the officers.

There may not be much in the way of big fireworks displays. We shall see how things change over the next 4 hours...

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on July 05, 2020, 05:05:48 am
I saw Hamilton with some online friends yesterday. Definitely worth seeing!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on July 06, 2020, 01:35:15 pm
July 4th Holiday Weedend....

Lots of fun...   BBQ/Grilling on my deck with all the holiday picnic foods...
In addition to the good food, Hot Dogs, Cheeseburgers, Corn on the Cob, and other good things to eat we had a good time in conversation and laughter. 

I also made my "famous" Pasta Salad fort the July 4th potluck at my home.... and of course Watermelon.   Just a side note, Watermelon and other fruits can be quite expensive up North where I live.... average price around +/- $30.00 depending on the weight and availability....  if not priced with a "flat charge" they can be $2.99 a pound.... but it is worth it for our Summer outdoor meals.
          (left click image to enlarge)
(https://i.imgur.com/T21dTmF.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/yKU2Aqi.jpg) 
(https://i.imgur.com/4jQA1CF.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/g20wG8W.jpg)

HUGS,
Danielle




Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on July 06, 2020, 02:04:38 pm
Looks very tasty , you would have to leave out the spring onions for me though .
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on July 06, 2020, 02:08:49 pm
yummy Danielle  :) Watermelons are soooo good this time of year, I am glad you get to enjoy some too. Just food for thought  :D Alaskan permanent fund payment might offset the additional costs of getting the melon to your kitchen, you might still be ahead of the game there.

Enjoy

C
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on July 06, 2020, 02:42:40 pm
Danielle,

I have a deal for you: I will send you cheap watermelons from Maryland if you send me some delicious Alaskan smoked salmon.  ;)

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on July 15, 2020, 11:45:43 am
TAX DAY!!!!  July 15, 2020

Today is the day of reckoning for those USA Federal Income Tax payers that have been procrastinators.
The historical April 15th tax filing deadline was extended to July 15th because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This last few weeks have been very busy with my clients bringing in their tax records for me to handle for them.
I have my full-time guy working hard doing the preliminary tasks and my part time college gal doing the phone work and other office tasks....   
>>>>As I have always stated here on the Forums and in my personal life... "Busy People are Happy People"
We don't have time to be unhappy!!!  ;)

Summer has been quite enjoyable here with the long days and the warm weather... no heatwaves like in many parts of the USA and elsewhere but it has been nice... early this morning it was 47 deg(f) and later today it is forecasted to get into the mid-60's (f)  ... it is partially cloudy today and no rain.

I came in very early to work this morning to get started on what will be a very busy day ....
Here is my "breakfast of champions"   
    *Coffee from the next door coffee shop
    *Watermelon I brought from home (expensive up here @3.00 per pound)
    *Homemade Rice Crispy Squares that my sweetie ToothFairy brought to me this morning.
                           (Left click image to enlarge)
            (https://i.imgur.com/vIkZZGY.jpg)

I trust that all of my readers and followers are having a great day today and for those in the middle of a heat-wave where you live I hope that you can find a cool place to hang around in.
As is always the case here on my Blog Thread, I look forward to seeing your posted comments here... feel free to talk about anything that is on your mind....

HUGS and HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on July 15, 2020, 12:32:01 pm
That's right it's tax reckoning day for the procrastinators Danielle  ;D

No real heat wave here, it might get to the low 80's today where I am. I am going to be pitching a tent in our back yard soon to go outside to sleep on those warm clear nights. Have you seen the comet visible where you are ?

The rice crispy squares look yummy for sure. 

Have a lovely day

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on July 15, 2020, 12:37:04 pm
Here in the UK, tax year is 6th-5th April, and filing your tax return has to be done by 31st January of the next year.

I've always done my own. Quite often it has been within about a week of the last day, though not always; there were times when I was more organised than that.

I wasn't self employed for a while. Now I'm back, I'm using Freeagent; it's really good for keeping accounts in order here in the UK. I am mightily impressed! I wish it was around when I started self employment back in the 90s...
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on July 15, 2020, 12:44:13 pm
I didn't do mine.  At least I don't think the online form I completed in April got submitted right.
It doesn't matter because nothing matters.  It's all illusion in a machine.  All of this.

Howeva you believe and positive and fight so
Good luck clearing your desk Danielle!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on July 15, 2020, 02:13:27 pm
TAX DAY!!!!  July 15, 2020

Today is the day of reckoning for those USA Federal Income Tax payers that have been procrastinators.
The historical April 15th tax filing deadline was extended to July 15th because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This last few weeks have been very busy with my clients bringing in their tax records for me to handle for them.
I have my full-time guy working hard doing the preliminary tasks and my part time college gal doing the phone work and other office tasks....   
>>>>As I have always stated here on the Forums and in my personal life... "Busy People are Happy People"
We don't have time to be unhappy!!!  ;)

Summer has been quite enjoyable here with the long days and the warm weather... no heatwaves like in many parts of the USA and elsewhere but it has been nice... early this morning it was 47 deg(f) and later today it is forecasted to get into the mid-60's (f)  ... it is partially cloudy today and no rain.

I came in very early to work this morning to get started on what will be a very busy day ....
Here is my "breakfast of champions"   
    *Coffee from the next door coffee shop
    *Watermelon I brought from home (expensive up here @3.00 per pound)
    *Homemade Rice Crispy Squares that my sweetie ToothFairy brought to me this morning.
                           (Left click image to enlarge)
            (https://i.imgur.com/vIkZZGY.jpg)

I trust that all of my readers and followers are having a great day today and for those in the middle of a heat-wave where you live I hope that you can find a cool place to hang around in.
As is always the case here on my Blog Thread, I look forward to seeing your posted comments here... feel free to talk about anything that is on your mind....

HUGS and HUGS,
Danielle

You're certainly well cared for Danielle. Good luck cranking out what you can today.

It's been really nice here this summer. Fishing has been really good! Lots of salmon and trout.

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on July 15, 2020, 04:31:42 pm
Yay Danielle!

One more day of the grind and then hopefully you can take the foot off the accelerator and spend some time in the glorious outdoors this weekend! More pictures on the nature thread please!

Also I love that breakfast of champions for the final push: melon, Rice Krispie treats, coffee! (Or is it tea?) :D

Sarah

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on July 15, 2020, 10:23:30 pm
@sarahc  @Wendi  @Maddie   @Ellie_Arroway  @CynthiaAnn
and all of my other followers and readers:
- - - - - - - - - - - -


Today was not as bad as I thought it would be, not quite the rush of a "normal" April 15th tax deadline day as in previous years. 

The good news is that I have my small staff at my office all day long doing a lot of the "busy work" so I actually had time to have a decent lunch, visit with clients, and spend time here on the forums too!!  I planned for the worse and hoped for the best.... and I got the best!

My full time guy can handle many tasks that kept me very busy in past years and my part time college gal( that I have been having her work full-time this last month) takes care of my office and phone calls....   NICE!!!!

Business is good, and I am happy!  :)
HUGS,
Danielle


Yay Danielle!

One more day of the grind and then hopefully you can take the foot off the accelerator and spend some time in the glorious outdoors this weekend! More pictures on the nature thread please!

Also I love that breakfast of champions for the final push: melon, Rice Krispie treats, coffee! (Or is it tea?) :D

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on July 22, 2020, 02:18:34 pm
UPDATE:   July 22, 2020   Wednesday

Today it is cool 47 deg(f) early this morning, and by the afternoon it is only going up to 57 degrees and lots of rain.
Much better than the heat wave that I am reading about in the rest of the USA... 

Well, as I mentioned in my last post here on my thread I got through the tax time filing deadline without a lot of extra problems.   Much better that the historic annual April 15th IRS tax deadlines that involve many weeks of long hours, 6 and 7 days a week, hard work.

I wrote yesterday on the thread "What are you having for dinner? 4.0"
      https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249895.msg2380456.html#msg2380456
After work I am going to my sweetie tooth-fairies home...   we are making fresh homemade sub-sandwiches and having corn-on-the-cob on the side... finishing off with expensive Watermelon ($3.00 per pound here in Alaska)
Danielle


We decided in the afternoon yesterday that we were going to invite a few close friends from our Gym Gals group to have dinner with us... so we changed our menu and added more food.
We grilled hotdogs and hamburgers instead.   
    Bacon Cheeseburgers with everything on them,
    and Hotdogs on a bun with tomato and onion.
    We did have corn on the cob, potato salad ...
    and watermelon and cantaloupe for dessert.
      (left click images to enlarge... it will make you hungry for sure!!!)
               (https://i.imgur.com/FqeuDs9.jpg)
               (https://i.imgur.com/yYgDhUD.jpg)

*** Please feel free to post whatever you what to talk about here on my blog thread.... I consider my thread to be kind of a living room or sitting room full of friendly people with all kinds of conversions being enjoyed by all.

HUGS and best wishes to all of my readers and followers... 
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on July 22, 2020, 02:47:35 pm
Danielle, everything looks so good. Temperatures in the 50"s would feel so good; we have the 90's and humidity every day now.  Enjoy your summer.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Oldandcreaky on July 22, 2020, 03:03:46 pm
Danielle, you mentioned in another thread that your dental hygienist clocked you. Could you tell me how or direct me to the page where that episode is told?
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on July 22, 2020, 03:15:41 pm
Danielle, you mentioned in another thread that your dental hygienist clocked you. Could you tell me how or direct me to the page where that episode is told?
@Oldandcreaky
The answer to your question is in my original personal journal thead as follows:
        I am the HUNTED PREY : Danielle’s Chronicles (Reply #72 on: April 11, 2018)
  https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249895.msg2380456.html#msg2380456
Correction
  https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.msg2123977.html#msg2123977

I might suggest that you read several or many of the posts and comments preceeding the noted post and some of the subsequent post and comments....
... that will give you a better idea of my experiences in that situation.

If you have more questions please ask... 
... as with all of my readers and followers always feel free to post or comment on anything that you wish.

Hugs,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Pammie on July 22, 2020, 03:17:43 pm
July 4th Holiday Weedend....

Lots of fun...   BBQ/Grilling on my deck with all the holiday picnic foods...
In addition to the good food, Hot Dogs, Cheeseburgers, Corn on the Cob, and other good things to eat we had a good time in conversation and laughter. 

I also made my "famous" Pasta Salad fort the July 4th potluck at my home.... and of course Watermelon.   Just a side note, Watermelon and other fruits can be quite expensive up North where I live.... average price around +/- $30.00 depending on the weight and availability....  if not priced with a "flat charge" they can be $2.99 a pound.... but it is worth it for our Summer outdoor meals.
          (left click image to enlarge)
(https://i.imgur.com/T21dTmF.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/yKU2Aqi.jpg) 
(https://i.imgur.com/4jQA1CF.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/g20wG8W.jpg)

HUGS,
Danielle

Ooh that looks delicious!


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Oldandcreaky on July 22, 2020, 03:59:30 pm
Thank you, Danielle.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on July 22, 2020, 10:21:24 pm
The corn on the cob looks delicious. Our local farm stand opened a couple days ago and they always have really good corn. Can't wait to try it.

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on July 23, 2020, 05:39:13 am
There was some shaking of the earth up here yesterday on Tuesday NIght July 21st

 (7.8 magnitude)  Earthquake
Down on the coast in the Aleutian Islands and too far away from me to cause any damage but I did feel a shake or two....

Earthquakes are standard operating procedure here in Alaska... fortunately it was not a big one that was nearby.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on August 02, 2020, 05:44:42 pm
UPDATE:  Sunday, August 02, 2020

Yesterday.....  Saturday fishing trip results... 
 
....catching fish on the  Tanana River.  Caught 2.

Fish for dinner after church today.


Danielle

   (left click image to enlarge)
           (https://i.imgur.com/UToO2GB.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on August 02, 2020, 08:41:36 pm
That looks so fun! I’ve never gone river fishing but hope to do so one day.

Plus, I love cooking and eating trout and salmon - so delicious! It’s always best when freshly-caught. ;)

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Dorit on August 03, 2020, 02:01:05 am
That is such a beautiful picture!  I used to fly fish, I still have all the gear, I have been trying to give it away.  It would not work in your waters, I have  6wt and  8wt rods, you must be using a 10wt! 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on August 03, 2020, 09:01:45 am
UPDATE:  Sunday, August 02, 2020

Yesterday.....  Saturday fishing trip results... 
 
....catching fish on the  Tanana River.  Caught 2.

Fish for dinner after church today.


Danielle

   (left click image to enlarge)
           (https://i.imgur.com/UToO2GB.jpg)

Fabulous Danielle  :) you're making me envious seeing you on the river there enjoying yourself, I would so like to be there now...

Hugs

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on August 03, 2020, 01:48:31 pm
UPDATE:  Sunday, August 02, 2020

Yesterday.....  Saturday fishing trip results... 
 
....catching fish on the  Tanana River.  Caught 2.

Fish for dinner after church today.


What struck me were your amazing teeth!

I never had the chance. I am missing two teeth at the bottom that I didn't even have roots for. I have quite an overbite and that could have been corrected for free while I was a child; I understand it would cost thousands now. And not being able to visit a dentist isn't doing my teeth any favours...

It's no wonder you have amazing teeth; you have a tooth fairy after all!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on August 03, 2020, 02:14:25 pm
Dear Readers and Followers:

I have started THREE new threads in the  "Nature and Pastimes"  sub-forum that you may find interesting.   
They have very little to do with the trials and tribulations of transitioning, but rather, more to do with living our lives and enjoying what is around us.

You are very welcome to please feel free to visit and contribute to the threads as you are so inclined to do so...

HUGS,
Danielle

               
            Scenic Roads in Alaska
    https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,253782.0.html

            Fishing
    https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,253781.0.html
                
            Hiking and Enjoying Nature's Scenery, Flowers and Gardening, Photos
    https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,252855.0.html


Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on August 03, 2020, 02:15:25 pm
@Oldandcreaky   @Pammie   @Wendi   @sarahc   
@Dorit   @CynthiaAnn   @Ellie_Arroway  @mm 


Thank you everyone for your recent reply comments on my Blog/Journal/Thread. 
I always appreciate what my followers have to say. 

As has always been the case, please feel very free to post about anything that you wish here... we are all like-minded friends and can identify with many of the things that are going on in our lives.

Thank you again for your comments and your frequent visits to my thread.
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: michjenn on August 05, 2020, 07:28:36 am
Hi Danielle. I have enjoyed reading about your journey, it is like a book I just cant put down :)

Jenn
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on August 05, 2020, 07:47:38 pm
Hello Danielle, I liked the picks in the hiking thread. I have no idea what I would do if can across a bear. What do you do if you are fishing and a bear wonders by? What do you do if he comes at you?

I did notice it looked a bit cold when you were fishing. I bet the water is very cold.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on August 05, 2020, 08:15:19 pm
Hello Danielle!  I'm not a fisher-woman but that does look like fun!  And good eating too. 

Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Maddie on August 10, 2020, 07:47:59 pm
Hope a fish didn't snatch Northern Star Girl!

My friend lives with a bear close by and he carries big branches and acts tall and noisy. 
Also packing heat.  But I read that alaskan bears can eat bullets.  Scary!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KatieP on August 22, 2020, 01:09:10 pm
Hello Danielle,
I just wanted to comment on the current avatar picture. Every time you have a picture that includes your face, I am ALWWAYS impressed and amazed, again, how cute, in the super model sense of the word, you are. OMG wow...

And, as anyone who has ready any of your posts will attest, the inside is even cuter. (But that outside is really something...  ;D )

Katie
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on August 23, 2020, 10:30:57 pm
Hi Danielle. I have enjoyed reading about your journey, it is like a book I just cant put down :)

Jenn

@michjenn
Dear Jenn:
Thank you for your kind words...

I am touched that you have been reading about my journey .... as you know my journal/blog is covered by 3 personal journal threads  .... links at the bottom of every one of my posted comments.

If you have not done so already, be sure to read my very first thread, starting at the beginning. 
     I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
 
Pull up a chair, get a bag of popcorn and feel free to read what I have written... as always feel free to ask any questions that may pop up.

HUGS, and best wishes to you.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on August 23, 2020, 10:38:03 pm
Hello Danielle, I liked the picks in the hiking thread. I have no idea what I would do if can across a bear. What do you do if you are fishing and a bear wonders by? What do you do if he comes at you?

I did notice it looked a bit cold when you were fishing. I bet the water is very cold.
@Rachel
Dear Rachel
Thank you for reading my thread.

I love hiking up around where I live.... lots of nearby trails, streams, lakes, hills and mountains,.... all very scenic.
Regarding bears, wolves, cougars and other possibly threatening wildlife, most folks around here do not go into the woods and go fishing alone.  Always one or more of us have a handgun or a rifle with us.

Actually the weather was fairly warm during my recent fishing adventures.... but the water was ice cold.

Thank you for reading and commenting.
HUGS,
Danielle

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on August 23, 2020, 10:42:30 pm
Hello Danielle!  I'm not a fisher-woman but that does look like fun!  And good eating too. 

Judi
@JudiBlueEyes
Dear Judi:
Yes indeed, fishing is a lot of fun, and the great reward is the fresh caught fish....
...good eating for sure.

Thank you for following my writings in my thread....
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on August 23, 2020, 10:47:53 pm
Hope a fish didn't snatch Northern Star Girl!

My friend lives with a bear close by and he carries big branches and acts tall and noisy. 
Also packing heat.  But I read that alaskan bears can eat bullets.  Scary!!
@Maddie
Dear Maddie:
Regarding bears and other threatening wildlife, big branches and acting tall and nasty might help scare them off, but it is comforting to have a backup plan like a firearm.   Also, most of us do not go out on the trails and go fishing alone... safety in numbers.

Thank you for reading my postings....  I appreciate your reply comments.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on August 23, 2020, 10:56:08 pm
Hello Danielle,
I just wanted to comment on the current avatar picture. Every time you have a picture that includes your face, I am ALWWAYS impressed and amazed, again, how cute, in the super model sense of the word, you are. OMG wow...

And, as anyone who has ready any of your posts will attest, the inside is even cuter. (But that outside is really something...  ;D )

Katie

@KatieP
Dear Katie:
WOW .... thank you so very much for your nice words and compliments.   As you know I am always changing my Avatar/Profle picture and my other photos. 

Thanks again for your kind words and your reply comments. ... and thank you for following my journey.
HUGS, and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on August 25, 2020, 06:03:14 pm
UPDATE:  Tuesday, August 25, 2020

A rainy day today.... early this morning the temperature was 44 deg (f) and it has now warmed this afternoon up to 60 deg (f) and more rain tonight and tomorrow on Wednesday.

Sunrise    5:50 AM
Sunset     9:12 PM

Last week  I voted in-person for the Alaska Primary....  I got a little sticker to put on my sweatshirt to prove it !!!
HUGS,
Danielle

                      (https://i.imgur.com/C3QGR6T.jpg)       
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jane.Shannon on August 26, 2020, 01:43:48 am
I love your "I voted sticker!"  It is interesting when I was in the military voting seemed like a lot of extra trouble.  I spent most of my adult life protecting one of the most import rights we enjoy as Americans, but not practicing it.  Now I truly LOVE filling out and submitting my ballot.

Take Care,
Jane
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on August 26, 2020, 09:39:23 am
Danielle, I like your new Avatar/Profle picture.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on August 26, 2020, 03:12:02 pm
Danielle, I like your new Avatar/Profle picture.

@mm
Thank you for your kind words...
 
As you know by now, I am usually changing my Avatar randomly and sometimes frequently so I really do appreciate you looking, noticing and commenting.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 01, 2020, 10:04:24 am
UPDATE:  Tuesday morning, September 01, 2020

WOW... it is the month of September already. 

Good Tuesday morning to all of my readers and followers.   
It is cool up here....  43 deg(f) this morning, maybe going up to the mid-50's and overcast today.     

I can feel "winter" in the air.   The leaves on the trees are turning and falling and the Autumn Season is just around the corner.... it officially begins on September 22nd this year.
It is not unusual to have SNOW in mid to late September here.

The long summer days are getting much shorter now....
Sunrise:  6:24AM
Sunset:   8:37PM

I love living here with the dramatic changes of the 4 seasons....   no monotony of dealing with the same or similar weather.

Today is a busy day at my office, lots of catch up with all the tax filing delays and changes and the local businesses dealing with the Corona Virus employee layoff, unemployment, etc.

It is now just almost 7:00AM here, I went into my office already this morning and I am now at the next door coffee shop getting a small breakfast and my much coveted "coffee" this morning.  I have been visiting with frequent customers and friends here and all the employees that I know including my friendly Barista (ex-suitor #5)

QUESTiON:   What are your plans today.   How is your day going so far.   Weather report? ???

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle



Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on September 01, 2020, 11:37:10 am
To rain here for a couple of days and to get cooler only in the high 80's to 90's
Working from home today
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on September 01, 2020, 11:44:15 am
Was a chilly start, morning dew and mist but warmed up to 20+C . Having a bit of a messed around time, lots of things going wrong at same time. Broken spring on car, found its run out of test , cant get into my social security site as personal number mislaid and other stuff GRRRRRRRRR.
Never mind it will all get sorted.
Glad your having a good time, stay safe XXXX
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KatieP on September 01, 2020, 12:32:55 pm


WOW... it is the month of September already. 



I love living here with the dramatic changes of the 4 seasons....   no monotony of dealing with the same or similar weather.



I live in coastal San Diego, and those of you who think our weather is monotonous, are just unable to appreciate the differences between our summers and winters. Late summer, we have highs such as today at 71. In Late winter, we have highs about 67.

Come on! Those are NOT the same!

 ;D
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on September 01, 2020, 03:23:24 pm
QUESTiON:   What are your plans today.   How is your day going so far.   Weather report? ???

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle






Plans: Work, work...attending a couple of meetings virtually. Spending my day in spreadsheets building some new analytical tools.

So far: pretty normal workday for a pandemic.

Weather report: Cloudy, dreary day but not hot. Don't need to use air conditioning today. High of 80 degrees.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on September 01, 2020, 04:08:52 pm
I did work, washing, watched some twitch streams, and now I'm gonna chill in front of the Susan's Place fire for a bit!

I just realised how odd that sounds!

Weather here today has been up to around 20 deg C and is now just below 14 C outside. It has been fine and sunny with a few cumulus clouds and low winds.

I now have an air conditioner. I used it twice. Admittedly I got it towards the end of the summer. We don't usually have a lot of call for air conditioners but I figured that it would be useful to stop me getting tired during the working day.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Dorit on September 02, 2020, 12:43:11 am
Hi from the other side of the world!  In Tel Aviv the high is about 32C with 60% humidity.  Ugh!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on September 03, 2020, 08:59:17 pm
I live in coastal San Diego, and those of you who think our weather is monotonous, are just unable to appreciate the differences between our summers and winters. Late summer, we have highs such as today at 71. In Late winter, we have highs about 67.

Come on! Those are NOT the same!

 ;D

Could not agree more. I live just up the coast in Orange County and have wonderful seasons of low clouds in the morning or sunshine😎

Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Laura1951 on September 04, 2020, 09:36:00 am
Our weather could not be more different. Today the low is 65 and the high will be 95. the heat is cranking up for a late summer run, so it will be 110 on Sunday. Not so brrrrrrr. Can't wait for fall.

On the other hand, San Diego, which is much further south,  has wonderful weather and culture.

Beautiful profile pic today Danielle.

Laura
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KatieP on September 04, 2020, 09:59:23 am
Our weather could not be more different. Today the low is 65 and the high will be 95. the heat is cranking up for a late summer run, so it will be 110 on Sunday. Not so brrrrrrr. Can't wait for fall.

On the other hand, San Diego, which is much further south,  has wonderful weather and culture.

Beautiful profile pic today Danielle.

Laura

+1 on the Profile picture today.

It's clear what your Tooth Fairy might have seen in you from across the room...

 ;D
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 04, 2020, 01:10:16 pm
@KatieP      @EllenW    @Dorit
@Ellie_Arroway    @Laura1951
@davina61   @mm   @sarahc 


Thank you ladies for taking your time to read my postings and to post your replies.
... and I do indeed appreciate the nice words regarding my latest Avatar/Profile picture.
As all of you are aware I am always changing my Avatar, so please be aware that I will
be posting a new Avatar sooner than later.

HUGS and HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 04, 2020, 01:21:39 pm
UPDATE: September 04, 2020 - Friday morning 10:15AM Alaska Time
 
Weather Report..
Early this morning 26 deg(f)
The temperature later this afternoon is only expected to get to only 51 deg(f)

I can feel "winter" in the air.....   in past years we have had snow in mid to late September.
It is supposed to RAIN late tonight and if the temperature dips overnight
we could have snow on the ground in the morning? ???

Again, thank you to all my readers and followers for checking in on my blog thread.


HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on September 04, 2020, 04:24:19 pm
It was a bit colder today, brisk breeze but dry and the cloud cleared for a lovely sunset . Red sky at night Shepherds delight. Red sky in the morning Shepherds hut on fire!!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on September 04, 2020, 07:30:54 pm
Snow, oh no. I do not think I could take the winters. It is very beautiful country but difficult to live there.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on September 04, 2020, 08:40:35 pm
First extended break in summer weather this week in Maryland - low humidity rolling in. Weather-wise, it should be a perfect Labor Day weekend. I plan to do some nice long outdoor walks tomorrow and on Labor Day.

We usually have one last heatwave sometime in September, but it's definitely feeling like the end of summer.

And fall is the best season in Maryland...the trees are pretty and the weather is generally quite pleasant!

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on September 06, 2020, 03:06:34 pm
Hi Danielle:

I saw this and thought about the change in seasons your experiencing.

It looks like, at least for a few days, you’ll be warmer than Denver!


https://apple.news/AlT0AoPWmRH2ebC72m4hHCw


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: IamKatrina on September 07, 2020, 02:11:58 pm
Danielle, I have just briefly skimmed over some of your threads. Seems I am going to have a lot of reading to do! Thank You for being so open with who you are and your experiences. Just from the very little I have read I think I can safely say you are an inspiration.  I am definitely looking forward to reading your threads much more closely!
                                                                                                                                  Katrina
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on September 07, 2020, 02:18:58 pm
UPDATE: September 04, 2020 - Friday morning 10:15AM Alaska Time
 
Weather Report..
Early this morning 26 deg(f)
The temperature later this afternoon is only expected to get to only 51 deg(f)

I can feel "winter" in the air.....   in past years we have had snow in mid to late September.
It is supposed to RAIN late tonight and if the temperature dips overnight
we could have snow on the ground in the morning? ???

Again, thank you to all my readers and followers for checking in on my blog thread.


HUGS,
Danielle



Danielle,


Enjoy the rest of summer...  snow is coming...  for some of us, earlier than others.   :)


Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 09, 2020, 02:12:29 pm
@ChrissyRyan   @IamKatrina    @KateR   
@sarahc  @Rachel  @davina61   @SarahEL


Thank you to all of you above for your most recent reply comments on my thread. 
I am always happy to exchange comments with each of you above ...and all the rest
of my thread's followers and readers as you read and reply with your thoughts.

Here on my Blog/Journal/Thread you can feel free to talk about anything that you wish... well, almost anything ! ;)
Consider it here like a busy coffee shop where you know all of the others... lots of conversation about all kinds of subjects.......    ENJOY you time here and on all of the various threads here on Susan's Place Forums.

Hopefully some truths can be gotten by all of us and we can have pleasant and fun conversation as well.

****Here is a summary of some of my more conspicuous threads, some you are already aware of them and other members are just waiting to discover them:

***See some of my various threads and topics below:
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250548.0.html)
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html)
Trouble Posting a VIDEO??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243185.0.html)
MTF timeline for Hormone Replacement Therapy (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,251312.msg2337372.html#msg2337372)

HUGS and best wishes as always,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on September 13, 2020, 10:49:16 am
I hope that you are enjoying the start of a wonderful Sunday.   :)

Have a great day!

Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 13, 2020, 11:07:08 am
UPDATE: September 13, 2020. 7:45AM Sunday morning

It is so COLD this morning... 19 degrees (f) ... Burrrr - heavy frost outside and on my deck and driveway.
It is only forecasted to get up to 48 degrees (f) later today.
Summer is definitely over!!!! ... according to our calendars summer does not end until September 22nd next week!!!

I will get some coffee and a small breakfast and wait for my sweetie to pick me up and get going to church this morning.

I trust that all of my forums friends are happy and keeping safe and healthy in spite of the COVID issues, high heat waves, bad weather, hurricanes, forest fires, relationship problems.... the list could go on and on. 

The one perspective that I like to keep in my mind is that no matter what bad things that I am going through is that I don’t have to look to far to realize that there are those that would instantly trade places with me.  I trust that my forums friends can grab a piece of that concept and life-truth.

Many HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on September 13, 2020, 12:52:23 pm
It is a beautiful day here in the mid-Atlantic. Today, I had breakfast with my mom. I caught up with my aunt and cousins by Zoom. And I’m going to get my haircut for the first time in four months. Then I’ll go out for a nice sunset walk around the neighborhood. I may even sneak in a little jogging (I’m cleared in a couple of days to go running for the first time since FFS - so excited.)

UPDATE: September 13, 2020. 7:45AM Sunday morning

It is so COLD this morning... 19 degrees (f) ... Burrrr - heavy frost outside and on my deck and driveway.
It is only forecasted to get up to 48 degrees (f) later today.
Summer is definitely over!!!! ... according to our calendars summer does not end until September 22nd next week!!!

I will get some coffee and a small breakfast and wait for my sweetie to pick me up and get going to church this morning.

Many HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle


I am so jealous that you get to go to church. We’re still operating under the assumption that there will certainly be no in-person church until after Christmas. Everyone is hoping at this point that Easter services can be saved...that is how low expectations are at this point.

However, I have no envy of your lack of autumn in inland Alaska. Autumn is best season! If it falls into the teens, it ain’t autumn in my book..that’s winter!

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on September 13, 2020, 01:10:53 pm
Mini heat wave here for next week , mid 20s C . Will pay for it later I expect!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CaelaNotKayla on September 13, 2020, 10:34:42 pm
The one perspective that I like to keep in my mind is that no matter what bad things that I am going through is that I don’t have to look to far to realize that there are those that would instantly trade places with me.  I trust that my forums friends can grab a piece of that concept and life-truth.

Many HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle

@Northern Star Girl

Danielle-

2020 has definitely been one for the books.... Are you getting any effects from the fires up there?  We're safe but smoked in right now (i'd be happy trading smoke for cold if that meant I could breathe easier)!

Caela
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 13, 2020, 10:49:47 pm
@Northern Star Girl

Danielle-

2020 has definitely been one for the books.... Are you getting any effects from the fires up there?  We're safe but smoked in right now (i'd be happy trading smoke for cold if that meant I could breathe easier)!

Caela

@CaelaNotKayla
Dear Caela:
I am sorry to read that you are having to deal with the smoke, hopefully you are not in any danger of fire burning buildings where you live.

This summer was fairly cool up here with frequent rain so we are not having a lot of wildfires and no out of control big fires.

Our summer usually turns into late fall or early winter rather quickly in September... this year is no exception.
Thank you for your reply post...
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 14, 2020, 11:00:22 am
Monday Morning Update:  September 14, 2020   7:50AM

Good morning readers and followers:

Today is going to be a good day.   My tooth-fairy sweetie has some secret plans for me today after I close my office.... hmmm.... I am thinking it might be a special dinner or ? ???
I will keep you posted.


I am at the next door coffee shop next to my office having my early caffeine intake.... and a danish roll.... breakfast of champions!!!! ;)
The barista is giving me a take out cup of espresso with my "standard pink lid" to take to my office when I am done with breakfast.

Cold here today, again, 25 deg (f) this morning maybe going up to maybe 53 deg (f) later today....
...... in the last 2 weeks since the beginning of September it was an "instant "change from summer to late fall weather.  We have already had some light snow too.
I am not complaining at all, no extreme hot weather, no high humidity, no hurricanes, no tornadoes, no floods, .... and thankfully no raging out of control wild fires.

I will write more later today.  I promise.

HUGS
Danielle


Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Laura1951 on September 14, 2020, 03:28:47 pm
Oh, my goodness. I salute your hardiness. Here, our winters are the equivalent to your fall. I can't imagine surviving your six-month long winters.

Bundle up and have fun with your sweetie.

Laura
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: SarahEL on September 14, 2020, 05:39:09 pm
Your coffee and danish sounds great but your weather sounds horrid!...
It is telling here that the nights are drawing in now.. dark before 8pm but today (In North Wales) it has been sunny and warm.. I have even been driving around with the roof down on the car  (when I should of really been doing some work! - but, girls gotta shop!).. 
Wrap up warm Danielle.... and don't forget to keep us posted on what the secret plans are!!! I am intrigued..
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on September 15, 2020, 10:02:38 am
Danielle, sure does look like winter is coming for you, still in the mid-high 80's here yet. Time to get your propane tank filled.  I do like the fall here many nice days starting now.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 19, 2020, 11:20:38 am
Thank you for your recent comment replies:  @mm   @SarahEL 
@sarahc  @davina61  @CaelaNotKayla  @ChrissyRyan  @Laura1951


Dear mm, SarahEL and Laura:
Thank you so much for posting your very recent replies and sharing your thoughts here on my Blog thread.

In response your comment Laura, winter weather can last for 6 months as you mentioned...   our Summers are very brief and the in-between seasons of Autumn and Spring can be kind of a mix of mild winter weather with snow and ice, and also be a mix of sunshine and also rain.    In the summer, the daylight can be very long at the peak of summer in late June ... up to 22 hours of the sun in the sky and then just lightweight without any real darkness.
The opposite is true in the dead of winter in late December, with only 2 hours of the sun... very low in the sky barely above the horizon and the rest of the 22 hours is pitch-black darkness except when there are clear skies with a bright moon.

Yes indeed mm, winter is coming very soon here...most nights are below freezing temperatures and some mornings there is a dusting of snow on the groung....   at my home I have a large 250 gallon propane tank used primarily for my furnace, and once Summer is over I never ever let it get to less than half-full.

And now SarahEL, to respond to your comment regarding the "Secret Plans" than my tooth-fairy sweetie surprised me with...
.... she planned a special dinner at one of the nicer restaurants in town.... she told be to be sure to dress-up for the occasion...                           
   (https://i.imgur.com/oMT4Tkf.jpg)

Thank you everyone for following and commenting....
With all the wild weather and mother nature acting up I trust that you will stay warm, stay cool, stay dry, avoid the smoke and fires... and steer clear of any of the Covid-19 issues.... STAY SAFE and HEALTHY>
HUGS,
Danielle



For my new readers and potential followers: The following information and LINKS will guide you to my previous and informative threads that I had started writing back in February 2018.   Numerous threads, comments and over 18,500 posts later here I am starting all over once again, please bear with me and feel free to ask me any questions and/or make any comments that are on your mind.

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 39


***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250548.0.html)
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html)
Trouble Posting a VIDEO??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243185.0.html)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jane.Shannon on September 20, 2020, 02:11:31 pm
Beautiful picture!  Thank you so much for sharing.  What kind of food did you go out for?  And please post a picture of the fancy outfit.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 20, 2020, 04:27:15 pm
Beautiful picture!  Thank you so much for sharing.  What kind of food did you go out for?  And please post a picture of the fancy outfit.

@Jane.Shannon
Dear Jane:
Thank you for your comment reply,
To answer your questions,
...we went out for Italian Food, I had Fettuccine Alfredo .... so very good !!!
I wore my hair up, that is the style that my tooth-fairy likes me to wear.   
I wore a gray A-Line dress with 3/4 sleeves, moderate length just above the knees.

Not a special occasion other than she wanted to surprise me and take
me out to a nice dinner in our dressy clothes.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on September 20, 2020, 06:59:13 pm
Very happy to hear that you enjoyed the surprise from your sweetie. The fettuccine alfredo sounds like heaven. It is one of my favorite dinners.

Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Myranda on September 21, 2020, 03:36:01 pm
An MLT sandwich, the only thing better than true love.

When the mutton is lean and the tomato is ripe

@SadieBlake
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this reference!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on September 22, 2020, 10:08:27 am
Danielle, your little town, seems to have a couple of good places to eat. 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 22, 2020, 12:13:19 pm
Danielle, your little town, seems to have a couple of good places to eat.

@mm  @EllenW  @Myranda
Dear mm:
Other than several local Coffee Shops there are a "few" small nice restaurants here....   
...otherwise it is a rather long drive to a larger city with more choices.

My feeling is:  "It is not WHERE I go, but rather it is WHO I go with"


HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on September 22, 2020, 12:48:34 pm
Very true Danielle, good company is always nice and it doesn't need to be a big place to have great food.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on September 22, 2020, 02:03:43 pm
AS you plunge from summer straight into winter the Indian summer has ended here, trees starting to turn and temps gone from mid 20s to mid teens over night brrrr. Hope the snow stays away for a bit for you.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on September 22, 2020, 02:54:19 pm

My feeling is:  "It is not WHERE I go, but rather it is WHO I go with"[/size]

HUGS,
Danielle


Totally! Good company, mediocre food > bad company, great food!

(But I definitely prefer great company + great food!)

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CaelaNotKayla on September 22, 2020, 03:38:15 pm
Totally! Good company, mediocre food > bad company, great food!

(But I definitely prefer great company + great food!)

Sarah

I prefer the smaller places anyway because you generally get better service, and that always makes the food seem better.    So great company + great food + great service = a great evening!

Caela
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on September 24, 2020, 03:42:58 pm
I guess I was too late to see the picture... looks like it's gone.

Restaurants, pubs, etc... haven't been to one of those since March. Even with the "eat out to help out" 50% off deal the government put in place for a recent month here in the UK (I think it was August). I just didn't consider it safe...

They have just released the NHS Covid 19 proximity tracker app today. It needed to know my area (not my exact location). When I entered it, where I live has medium risk.

I'm also in a county that is completely surrounded by counties in local lockdown!

It's almost like groundhog day... "Sorry, people, it's going to be six months' more of restrictions at least." Ho hum...
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 25, 2020, 06:27:43 pm
September 25, 2020  ....Friday...   

I am at the Walk-in Clinic in town...

... I really did a number on myself...  I was walking with my sweetie tooth-fairy last night after work and I tripped over a curb on the sidewalk near my office.

     (https://i.imgur.com/mVY3auX.jpg)

According to the X-Rays my ankle is not broken, just a very bad sprain.... so I am on crutches for a week or two.   It  could have been much worse if I had broken it.

Praise God for small favors !!!!

HUGS, Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on September 25, 2020, 06:46:34 pm
Danielle,

So sorry.  :icon_bunch: :icon_bunch:

Ellen

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Myranda on September 25, 2020, 07:29:28 pm
September 25, 2020  ....Friday...   

I am at the Walk-in Clinic in town...

... I really did a number on myself...  I was walking with my sweetie tooth-fairy last night after work and I tripped over a curb on the sidewalk near my office.

      (https://i.imgur.com/mVY3auX.jpg)

According to the X-Rays my ankle is not broken, just a very bad sprain.... so I am on crutches for a week or two.   It  could have been much worse if I had broken it.

Praise God for small favors !!!!

HUGS, Danielle

Oh no!  I am so sorry to hear that.

Reminds me of a time in 2005, late January or early February, when I was walking to my car and as I reached me the door handle to open the driver's door, I slipped on some ice.    Hopefully, your injury is not nearly as bad.

my X-rays showed nothing wrong, but I was on crutches for like 4 weeks for what they diagnosed as a really bad twist.  Fast forward a year, and that same ankle starts to randomly give out while walking down the hall or aisle at the store, or even just standing up from my desk.  3 months of physical therapy while living overseas didn't help.  Fast forward to December 2006, I go back to the doctor once I'm back in the US, they recommend I get an MRI on it because they think I had suffered a compression fracture in my Talus bone. and might need surgery.  Went and got the MRI done, and even my untrained eyes could see the damage I had done.  Never had surgery as all the doctors thought it would just lead to more problems a lot fast in my ankle at that point, nearly 2 years after I fractured it.

Or the one time in the winter of 2008-2009, I was crossing a really minor side street on the way to work, and a car decided to come down the street and I had to get off the street quicker, so I got to the curb, and there was a frozen solid, blue ice puddle at the edge of the curb and the road and when I transferred my weight to step up onto the sidewalk, I went flying up into the air, completely horizontal.  The plastic shopping bag I was carring my office shoes in swung over my head and also went flying landing at lest a good 20 feet behind me as I landed flat on my back.  Fun time!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on September 25, 2020, 08:12:03 pm
Thank goodness! I have to imagine that going around in crutches for a long time when the snow and ice soon starting piling up would make your life very complicated.

Get well!

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on September 25, 2020, 08:43:35 pm
I hope you heal quickly. I hope it was not the same place injured last year.

Have you lost weight?? You look thinner in the pic.

It was so sweet of the tooth fairy that you had a nice night out at the fancy restaurant, just because.

I really do not think I could last in Alaska. I have a hard time with winters in Philly. I would love to move someplace warm year round. But they tend to get hurricanes, floods and lots of long green creatures with big teeth. Although I do swim in the ocean with long gray creatures with big teeth.

Covid is a concern for this winter. I really do not know what would happen if there is another lock down. There are so many unemployed now and so many businesses that are closing. One thing is for sure, I am very fortunate. From my job I am making about 30% less than last year but I cut back spending to compensate.

Rachel

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CaelaNotKayla on September 26, 2020, 01:48:52 am
September 25, 2020  ....Friday...   

I am at the Walk-in Clinic in town...

... I really did a number on myself...  I was walking with my sweetie tooth-fairy last night after work and I tripped over a curb on the sidewalk near my office.

     (https://i.imgur.com/mVY3auX.jpg)

According to the X-Rays my ankle is not broken, just a very bad sprain.... so I am on crutches for a week or two.   It  could have been much worse if I had broken it.

Praise God for small favors !!!!

HUGS, Danielle

Danielle-

Oh, dear! Praying for a speedy recovery!

Hugs!

Caela
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Dorit on September 26, 2020, 01:53:39 am
Sorry to see this.  I hope you do heal well before the Alaskan Ice Season which seems to be most of the year!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on September 26, 2020, 02:39:39 am
Look after it, sprained my right ankle in my 20s (I call it a Disco injury !!) and it never healed (ha ha) properly. Achilles tendon damaged , have to do exercise to free foot up as cant put weight on it some mornings. Standing and doing lift ups on toes sorts it. Swift recovery XXXXX
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on September 26, 2020, 06:57:04 am
Sorry to hear of your injury, Danielle. Get well soon!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on September 26, 2020, 07:13:33 am
Take care Danielle and heal well, glad it was not more serious.

Hugs

Cyndi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: ChrissyRyan on September 26, 2020, 07:27:16 am
You will feel better soon, I just know!   :)

Chrissy
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on September 26, 2020, 02:13:24 pm
Sorry to hear about your fall, Danielle.  Take it easy and don't push the ankle and let it heal.  Do they recommend you do any PT to strength your ankle?
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 26, 2020, 03:49:17 pm
Saturday September 26, 2020  .... UPDATE:

@ChrissyRyan  @CynthiaAnn  @Ellie_Arroway   
@Dorit  @CaelaNotKayla  @Rachel  @EllenW
@sarahc  @Myranda   @mm   @davina61


Thank you ALL for your recent posts and comments since I had my "accident"  ....
...I really do appreciate your good words of encouragement.

I will be going to Physical Therapy early next week so the healing can be a little faster and I will be able to return to full motion of my foot and ankle sooner.  Today is Saturday so nothing is open for the weekend,.

Weather here is definitely autumn with rain, cold temps and some dusting of snow overnight.
Tonight it is supposed to get down into the 20's(f)   ...and if there is precipitation it will be SNOW.... and ICE

I will be extra careful since I am on crutches for a while....   no more falling, no more twisting ankles,  no accidents!
My tooth fairy sweetie has been helping me a lot with driving to and from places that I have to go.... she will be picking me up in the morning for church.... or if the weather dumps snow we will just stay at my home on Sunday.

I will keep you all updated as events unfold.

I trust that you and the rest of my followers are doing OK and staying healthy and safe.

HUGS and lots more HUGS,
Danielle



Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Perry on September 26, 2020, 07:21:13 pm
Sorry to hear of your accident Danielle. Let your sweetie pamper & take care of you!
Speedy recovery.

Perry
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 26, 2020, 08:06:58 pm
Sorry to hear of your accident Danielle. Let your sweetie pamper & take care of you!
Speedy recovery.

Perry...

@Perry
Dear Perry:
Thank you for your kind reply comments.
Yes indeed, my sweetie tooth-fairy is indeed taking good care of me.  She has been very available to help me around my home and with some cooking... in fact she brought dinner to my home tonight....   and she has been driving me around where I need to go.... hard to drive a car with a sprained "right" ankle.

Again, thank you for checking in on me....

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on September 27, 2020, 04:00:34 am
Yes indeed, my sweetie tooth-fairy is indeed taking good care of me.  She has been very available to help me around my home and with some cooking... in fact she brought dinner to my home tonight....   and she has been driving me around where I need to go.... hard to drive a car with a sprained "right" ankle.

It's great that you have someone who can help you!

About four years ago, I was carrying my daughter down some stairs. I missed my footing near the bottom, fell, and my left ankle got bent right up towards my shin. That was a difficult time for me. I heamorrhaged so much that most of my foot went black.

However, I was driving an automatic car at the time (they are somewhat rare in this country; most cars are manual here in the UK) and since I didn't have to operate a clutch pedal, I could still drive.

I think it took about a year for my ankle to fully recover from that!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on September 27, 2020, 04:02:09 am
Oh... the most important thing for me was I somehow managed to keep my daughter from getting injured. I kept her head from hitting the floor with my hand. I made sure I didn't crush her with my bodyweight. I am so pleased that I took all of the pain from the fall and she took none of it.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Emma1017 on September 27, 2020, 08:15:08 am
So glad that you are feeling better and are being so well cared for.  It is so nice to be babied once in a while.

I have also been attacked by vicious curbs that materialize out of nowhere.  New York City is filled with them.  Honestly they seem to be laying in wait for when I have had a glass of wine (or two)  ;D

Feel better soon.

Hugs,

Emma

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on September 27, 2020, 09:20:24 am
Good morning Danielle I'm so sorry to hear about your accident. You must have really twisted it pretty good (or bad).

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on September 27, 2020, 09:53:19 am
I just read about your fall.  So sorry to hear that you sprained your ankle!  I am glad that you have your sweetie to help you get around.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CaelaNotKayla on September 27, 2020, 05:57:02 pm
(... snipped ...)
I will be extra careful since I am on crutches for a while....   no more falling, no more twisting ankles,  no accidents!
My tooth fairy sweetie has been helping me a lot with driving to and from places that I have to go.... she will be picking me up in the morning for church.... or if the weather dumps snow we will just stay at my home on Sunday.

I will keep you all updated as events unfold.

I trust that you and the rest of my followers are doing OK and staying healthy and safe.

HUGS and lots more HUGS,
Danielle

@Northern Star Girl

Danielle-

Really glad that it's not worse news!  Down here in wetter climes my friends who have broken or sprained their ankles get set up with a little wheeled cart to kneel on-  taking pressure off their ankle and it seems to be more stable than crutches (and a lot of fun to wheel around on it!).  Any chance that would work up north?

Hugs!

Caela
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on September 27, 2020, 08:37:36 pm
@CaelaNotKayla  @KathyLauren  @Wendi  @Emma1017

Thank you my dear friends for your kind words of encouragement and concern.

I will be going to Physical Therapy on Monday to get a first evaluation....  I am hoping that it will be mostly healed before we get the really bad snow and ice and cold weather..... 

It is torture not being able to drive my vehicle  ... my right foot and ankle are important for pressing the brake pedal.

.... and @CaelaNotKayla   .... thank you for your suggestion regarding the little wheeled cart to kneel on... however there are not a lot of paved sidewalks here and the the walkways are dirt and gravel so I think I will continue to use my crutches.... I am actually getting pretty good with then and can get around quite well.

Again, thank you all for your comment replies....

Tomorrow is MONDAY .....   ugh !!!

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jessica on September 28, 2020, 10:49:12 am
September 25, 2020  ....Friday...   

I am at the Walk-in Clinic in town...

... I really did a number on myself...  I was walking with my sweetie tooth-fairy last night after work and I tripped over a curb on the sidewalk near my office.

     (https://i.imgur.com/mVY3auX.jpg)

According to the X-Rays my ankle is not broken, just a very bad sprain.... so I am on crutches for a week or two.   It  could have been much worse if I had broken it.

Praise God for small favors !!!!

HUGS, Danielle

OMG! I just saw this!!  I hope you feel better.  Injuries while walking are not unknown to you....watch your step my friend!!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: SarahEL on September 28, 2020, 11:41:18 am
Sorry to hear of your injury Danielle, you are lucky it is not a break. I hope you heal quickly.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Laura1951 on October 02, 2020, 09:41:34 pm
Dear Danielle,

You've been so kind to respond to all my posts, not only on my blog, but also to my HRT and FFS updates, that I wanted to come over here to thank you.

You amaze me. I followed you from your first post and while your 5"4" height and wholesome beauty are wonderful, it's what's inside you that impresses me. You've finished your transition and are living your authentic life. You have a job and friends that keep you incredibly busy, and yet you always have time to give back, to cheer lead, and to offer advice.

thank you for being here.

Laura
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 04, 2020, 09:42:55 am
@Laura1951
Dear Laura:
Thank you so much for your kind words....
One of my joys in life is "meeting and greeting"
I almost never leave a room without introducing myself and exchanging names and conversation.

Again, thank you for posting and sharing.

HUGS,
Danielle


Dear Danielle,

You've been so kind to respond to all my posts, not only on my blog, but also to my HRT and FFS updates, that I wanted to come over here to thank you.

You amaze me. I followed you from your first post and while your 5"4" height and wholesome beauty are wonderful, it's what's inside you that impresses me. You've finished your transition and are living your authentic life. You have a job and friends that keep you incredibly busy, and yet you always have time to give back, to cheer lead, and to offer advice.

thank you for being here.

Laura
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 04, 2020, 09:46:01 am
Sorry to hear of your injury Danielle, you are lucky it is not a break. I hope you heal quickly.
@SarahEL
Dear Sarah:
Thanks for checking on me.   My ankle is getting much better.   The physical therapy sessions have helped a lot.

I am just about at the point that I can "ditch" my crutches.

Thank you for your well wishes...
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 04, 2020, 09:48:29 am
OMG! I just saw this!!  I hope you feel better.  Injuries while walking are not unknown to you....watch your step my friend!!!

@Jessica
Dear Jess:
Yes, you are correct....  my most dangerous activity is walking and running!!!!
I am starting to feel better now and I am about to stop using my crutches.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 04, 2020, 09:50:44 am
Sunday morning, October 04, 2020

It is C-O-L-D here this morning....   23 deg (f)

     BURRRRRR
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on October 04, 2020, 10:44:20 am
Sunday morning, October 04, 2020

It is C-O-L-D here this morning....   23 deg (f)

     BURRRRRR

I hope you're not in store for a really cold winter. It's too early for my bones to have that kind of cold.

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on October 04, 2020, 11:31:30 am
Just wet and windy here, good you getting better. Just don't over do that ankle before its ready. XX
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Ellie_Arroway on October 04, 2020, 12:05:12 pm
One of my joys in life is "meeting and greeting"
I almost never leave a room without introducing myself and exchanging names and conversation.

I wish I had that sort of personality! I find it very difficult to start a conversation, although I can usually sustain one when it starts.

Hugs, Ellie
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on October 04, 2020, 06:30:39 pm
Great here, mid 70's F, just the type of day for one to get out.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on October 05, 2020, 11:48:47 am
How are you feeling Danielle?

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 05, 2020, 12:07:26 pm
How are you feeling Danielle?

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@Wendi
Dear Wendi:
Thank you for your kind message.
The good news is that I can carefully put some weight on my right ankle so I am able to do some limited and careful walking around my home and around my office without the crutches....  I am thinking by the end of next week and with more physical therapy I will be able to go out and about without crutches...CAREFULLY  ....  I need to get back in shape and build up my leg muscles again.

It will be nice to be able to drive my vehicle again....  my right ankle and foot is needed for the gas pedal and the brake.

Thanks again for your message.

HUGS, and well wishes...
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on October 06, 2020, 09:51:48 am
It is always bad when you injury your right leg/ankle since that is what you need to drive.  Glad you are doing better.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 08, 2020, 11:46:15 pm
It is always bad when you injury your right leg/ankle since that is what you need to drive.  Glad you are doing better.
@mm
Dear mm:
For sure it has been difficult getting rides everywhere I need to go, but I have a very attentive Dental Hygienist tooth-fairy that is always willing to help out with that task.

I am just getting to the point of being able to drive, my ankle is still sore but somewhat functional, so soon I will be back walking normally again.

Thank you for checking up on me...
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 08, 2020, 11:54:05 pm
UPDATE October 08, 2020

Winter has been arriving and getting closer.
Tonight it is quite COLD ... 23 deg(f)

Next week will be colder with temperatures going down into the low teens ...
.. the forecast calls for 12 to 14 degrees(f)

My propane tank is full and my home and my office will both be war and cozy.

Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on October 09, 2020, 03:00:05 am
Well its sunny but chill here this morning, 13C at best predicted . Rain later .
I hope its cosy at your home and you keep the war for your office !!!!! (typos rule !!)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CaelaNotKayla on October 09, 2020, 03:07:39 am
UPDATE October 08, 2020

Winter has been arriving and getting closer.
Tonight it is quite COLD ... 23 deg(f)

Next week will be colder with temperatures going down into the low teens ...
.. the forecast calls for 12 to 14 degrees(f)

My propane tank is full and my home and my office will both be war and cozy.

Danielle
@Northern Star Girl

BRRRRRRRR!!!!

Danielle, I'm getting chills just reading your latest post.  I hope you're able to stay warm!  Great time to curl up in fluffy socks with a big mug of Hot Cocoa next to the fireplace!!

WARM HUGS!

Caela
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on October 09, 2020, 07:27:56 am
Good Morning Danielle, glad to read you are almost done with the crutch  :) Yes indeed you can feel the changes in the air. We've had a nice warm spell this week here, with our afternoons near 70f, and 40's at night (indian summer), but that is changing as I type this, a fall front is sweeping in off the N Pacific, for a wet and windy weekend here.

Stay warm and enjoy the changing season.

Hugs

Cyndi

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Laura1951 on October 09, 2020, 08:57:21 am
Brrrrr. It's a chilly 55F here this morning...I could never survive life in Alaska. LOL.

BTW, you rock the mask look.

Laura
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 11, 2020, 06:42:54 pm
@davina61  @CaelaNotKayla  @Ellie_Arroway @CynthiaAnn  @Laura1951
Thank you for your recent reply comments.
I trust that you all are preparing yourself for the change in season weather.

Just started to snow heavily about a half hour ago, and is forecast to snow through the night.
Temperatures in the low to mid 20 degree range (f)

That's not all:   in a few days the temperatures are supposed to get down really cold, perhaps as low as 6 - 10 degrees(f) during the week and next week too.... with more snow.


I love the snow and like most people here where i live we are prepared for it... so it can be a nice change of season.,


HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Dorit on October 12, 2020, 01:06:25 am
@davina61  @CaelaNotKayla  @Ellie_Arroway @CynthiaAnn  @Laura1951
Thank you for your recent reply comments.
I trust that you all are preparing yourself for the change in season weather.

I love the snow and like most people here where i live we are prepared for it... so it can be a nice change of season.,


HUGS,
Danielle


I have to laugh!  Change of season with snow?  That seems to be the only season you have, except for a brief, fleeting summer. ;D
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on October 13, 2020, 04:59:25 pm
I'm glad to read you are off the crutches Danielle.  I hope the therapy continues to improve your ability to walk safely.  Please be extremely careful this winter.  All my best to you!
Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 13, 2020, 08:58:28 pm
I have to laugh!  Change of season with snow?  That seems to be the only season you have, except for a brief, fleeting summer.
@Dorit
Dear Dorit:
You are quite correct.....   usually our spring season is fairly short as the Summer Solstice gets near the third week of June .... we go right into a short but sometimes warm summer because of the 22+hours of sunlight plus 2 hours of twilight.   
Then in the brief fall season, summer does end abruptly and we can get snow in September.
In the dead of winter around the Winter Solstice around the 3rd week of December we have only a couple hours at most of sunlight, and it is usually not much...  the sun barely breaks over the horizon during that time of year and it is just twilight for those couple hours so the temps can get very, very cold during that time of year.

But I love it here, I love the seasons and the changes.

Thank you for your reply, and I am trusting that you have a wonderful fall season.
HUGS, and wishing you well.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 13, 2020, 09:03:41 pm
I'm glad to read you are off the crutches Danielle.  I hope the therapy continues to improve your ability to walk safely.  Please be extremely careful this winter.  All my best to you!
Judi

@JudiBlueEyes
Dear Judi:
Yes indeed, it is wonderful to be off of the crutches, I can drive my vehicle again and mostly walk (carefully) without limping and without pain. 
In the recent past I have fallen and gotten hurt badly when mis-stepping on the ice and snow.   I ended up with a back injury ... twice in the last couple years.

I bought new boots for the coming winter... they have great traction, but on ice, everything slips easily, including me. 
I will do my best to be very careful.

Thank you for you words of encouragement.
HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on October 13, 2020, 10:09:09 pm
Where I work we have snow melt systems for side walks, small roofs, car up and down ramps and at entrances and exists (we also have overhangs over entrances and exits and the walk in our 5 acre healing garden and water scene garden) . I am responsible for all mechanical systems for the enterprise. 

Not my thing for work but they do make heated electric mats that you may put on a timer and with a thermostat device. This could help for a porch. I think I may get one at my house.

I really hope you have a fall free winter. The beginning of the end for my mom was a fall. I fell this week and was lucky (story there but for a later time). 

Best and happy winter for you,
Rachel
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on October 15, 2020, 10:39:01 am
@Northern Star Girl
Dear Danielle,
I'm glad to hear you got new boots but as you note traction can be limited.  I fell in my driveway several years ago and broke my wrist when I slid on a small patch of ice.  As you are aware, it just takes a second! 

Continue to heal and don't work too hard.  Your body knows best!

Hugs,
Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on October 16, 2020, 11:20:43 am
I'm glad to hear you're back on the mend without crutches.

I like snow and cold but only to a point and not long duration.

Does the lack of sunshine effect you?

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 16, 2020, 12:13:10 pm
@Rachel
Dear Rachel:
Thank you for your reply.   
I have tried using those heated outdoor mats and they seem to work well except when the temperature drops to (minus) -30(f) or lower.   In late December and the month of January it can get down to -30(f) and even -35deg(f) ... the coldest I have experienced here where I live was -38deg(f) two years ago.  BUURRRR !

Again, thanks so very much for coming to my thread and taking the time to comment!
HUGS,
Danielle


Where I work we have snow melt systems for side walks, small roofs, car up and down ramps and at entrances and exists (we also have overhangs over entrances and exits and the walk in our 5 acre healing garden and water scene garden) . I am responsible for all mechanical systems for the enterprise. 

Not my thing for work but they do make heated electric mats that you may put on a timer and with a thermostat device. This could help for a porch. I think I may get one at my house.

I really hope you have a fall free winter. The beginning of the end for my mom was a fall. I fell this week and was lucky (story there but for a later time). 

Best and happy winter for you,
Rachel

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 16, 2020, 12:58:07 pm
I'm glad to hear you're back on the mend without crutches.

I like snow and cold but only to a point and not long ,duration.

Does the lack of sunshine effect you?

@Wendi
Dear Wendi:
Thank you for writing....
In May, June, July and early August... the long days do not seem to bother me much.  I have black-out curtains in my bedroom and living rooms so that makes it much more tolerable.  I do like the long daylight early evenings...  i can go for walks after dinner an be outside working on my garden....  Summer times temperatures occasionally in July and August can be surprisingly warm reaching the mid to high 70's(f)... then of course at those times I have to deal with our Alaska "state bird"  lots and lots of Mosquitoes especially in the woods an around my rural neighborhood.

..... the wintertime in Nov, Dec, January and early February the cold days and long nights and only a couple hours of dim sunlight can get depressing but so far I am dealing with it.  It is dark when I wake up, dark until 10:30AM, then just twilight until about 2:00PM it is pitch dark again.     When it is clear and cloudless, the night time sky is a splendor to view.  No lights from big cities, I can look up at it for hours (until I start getting too cold)

Personally, I love the snow, of course up here we are all well prepared for it, good snow tires, chains in the back of my truck ready to use at any time ... usually from the beginning of October through the end of April.... however we have had snow as early as mid-September and as late as mid-May.
I keep my fuel tank full on my truck and my car....  I have "block-heaters" on the engines that I plug in to AC power cold days and nights, makes for easier starts and faster warm up
My home propane tank is always fully so I can have heat even if the roads are closed down for a time.  I do have a generator and plenty of extra gas in case the power goes out.
I keep my food pantry full....    Well prepared we have to be up here, and that makes it much more enjoyable to live here.  I have plenty of time in my comfy chair in front of my fireplace usually I am wearing warm sweats and wool socks as I am reading or spending time surfing the internet or sitting next to my sweetie after dinner.

... and of course I have lots of warm and cozy clothes, gloves, hats, boots, etc... so my outdoor experiences are good and warm except when it is windy, then i head indoors.

Again Wendi,  thank you for visiting and commenting on my thread and following along with my trials and tribulations.... and my good times too!

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 16, 2020, 01:07:54 pm
@Northern Star Girl
Dear Danielle,
I'm glad to hear you got new boots but as you note traction can be limited.  I fell in my driveway several years ago and broke my wrist when I slid on a small patch of ice.  As you are aware, it just takes a second! 

Continue to heal and don't work too hard.  Your body knows best!

Hugs,
Judi

@JudiBlueEyes
Dear Judi:
Thank you for checking up on me.
Yes, it is amazing how fast one can fall on the ice... a spit-second!!

When it gets icy I try to wear those those clip-on ice-grip things on my boots.... they work pretty well when I remember to bring them with me.

Again Judi, I appreciate your comments and coming to my thread.

Stay safe and stay healthy,
HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 19, 2020, 09:26:25 pm
October 20, 2020 Weather Alert

Snow in The Eastern Interior Through Tuesday Night...Snow is occuring across the Eastern Interior, and is expected to continue through Tuesday night. Between 3 and 4 inches of snow is expected over the Alaska Highway by Tuesday night. Snow will taper off late Tuesday night. Visibilities will be reduced at times. Plan on slippery road conditions. Motorists should use caution through Tuesday.
Temperatures in the low teens.


I am enjoying my early winter!
Hugs,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Laura1951 on October 19, 2020, 09:29:46 pm
October 20, 2020 Weather Alert

Snow in The Eastern Interior Through Tuesday Night...Snow is occuring across the Eastern Interior, and is expected to continue through Tuesday night. Between 3 and 4 inches of snow is expected over the Alaska Highway by Tuesday night. Snow will taper off late Tuesday night. Visibilities will be reduced at times. Plan on slippery road conditions. Motorists should use caution through Tuesday.
Temperatures in the low teens.


I am enjoying my early winter!

A girl from southern CA, where summer never ends, falls in love with a place where winter lasts eight months.

So glad you found a place and people to love.

Laura
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on October 19, 2020, 09:35:28 pm
October 20, 2020 Weather Alert

Snow in The Eastern Interior Through Tuesday Night...Snow is occuring across the Eastern Interior, and is expected to continue through Tuesday night. Between 3 and 4 inches of snow is expected over the Alaska Highway by Tuesday night. Snow will taper off late Tuesday night. Visibilities will be reduced at times. Plan on slippery road conditions. Motorists should use caution through Tuesday.
Temperatures in the low teens.


I am enjoying my early winter!
Hugs,
Danielle
God Bless you Danielle.

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 19, 2020, 09:38:08 pm
@Laura1951 @Wendi
Dear Laura and Wendi:
Thank you for reading and following my blog journal.

I just checked the longer range forecast and by This coming Wednesday through the weekend we are expecting lower temperatures in the single digits... down to 3 or 4 deg (f)
BURRRRR

Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on October 20, 2020, 03:24:12 am
brrrrr indeed , that's in with a vengeance !!! Just to make you feel worse its warmed up here again mid teens C for the rest of this week , windy with showers . Hope you have the snow chains ready XXXX
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CaelaNotKayla on October 20, 2020, 02:04:43 pm
@Northern Star Girl

Danielle-

Stay warm and cozy!  They're starting to talk down here with La Nina that we will be trading in our normal wet winter for more snow this year!

Hugs!

Caela
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 21, 2020, 01:28:21 pm
Hello my dear forums friends... thank you all for visiting my Blog/Journal.
Yes indeed  @davina61  and  @CaelaNotKayla I will be bundled up and stay warm.  Thank you for your posted comment replies.

ALASKA UPDATE:  October 21, 2020  10:15AM Alaska Time

Tsunami warning canceled following 7.6 magnitude EARTHQUAKE off of Alaska Peninsula 600 miles south of Anchorage
The earthquake was far enough away and it was not felt in the Alaskan interior where I live.
 
Weather News.... it got very cold last night, 3 deg(f) and this morning it is 9 deg(f) perhaps going up to 18 deg(f) in the afternoon.   A few SNOW showers but as the weekend approaches more snow is expected.

HUGS and wishing you all well.
Danielle

 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on October 21, 2020, 02:28:21 pm
When I heard about the earthquake I immediately thought of you.  I figured you were safe being far from the southern coastal areas.   Stay warm!

Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on October 24, 2020, 02:37:59 pm
Danielle,

Inquiring minds want to know how your leg is doing?

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 24, 2020, 02:46:19 pm
When I heard about the earthquake I immediately thought of you.  I figured you were safe being far from the southern coastal areas.   Stay warm!

Judi
@JudiBlueEyes
Dear Judi:
I never felt anything from the earthquake... it was too far away... Alaska is a big state.
... thank you for thinking of me  :)

Starting at the beginning of this month, staying warm is SOP  (Standard Operating Procedure)   .... something that all of us here where I live are quite prepared for. 
We have have several snow days and temperatures near ZERO deg (f).  I think that I agree with the long range weather forecasts that I am in for a cold, snowy and icy winter in spite of all the news about global warming.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Pammie on October 24, 2020, 02:51:39 pm
@JudiBlueEyes
Dear Judi:
I never felt anything from the earthquake... it was too far away... Alaska is a big state.
... thank you for thinking of me  :)

Starting early this month, staying warm is SOP  (Standard Operating Procedure)   .... something that all of us here where I live are quite prepared for.

HUGS,
Danielle

Hi Danielle, I know summer is a short season in Alaska but this year has flown by! Hope ur ok. Xx
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 24, 2020, 03:03:46 pm
Danielle,

Inquiring minds want to know how your leg is doing?

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@Wendi
Dear Wendi:
Thank you for being a follower of my thread/Blog.... and thank you for asking about my leg.

My doctor told me that it was a very bad ankle sprain and it would be sore and tender for a long time.

I finally got rid of the crutches and I am carefully walking around but it still gets sore so if I start limping too much I will back off of the exercise walking that I have been doing with my tooth-fairy sweetie.   As the snow and ice can make things quite dangerous I am extra careful now as winter weather is now here.


HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 24, 2020, 03:29:33 pm
Hi Danielle, I know summer is a short season in Alaska but this year has flown by! Hope ur ok. Xx
@Pammie
Dear Pammie:
Yes indeed this year is coming to an end and in some regards it has indeed flown by.... but the Covid-19 thing has been a drag and sometimes it seemed it made time come to a stop.
I can hardly wait for 2020 to be over and I am eager and ready to start a brand new year with great expectations.

I am in in for a colder than normal winter according to the long range weather forecasts...
Winter started here in mid-September with our first below freezing temps and snow showers,
The entire month of October has indeed been "winter"  .... more snow, icy conditions, and in the last few weeks the temps have been approaching ZERO deg (f)............   BURRRR

My big 250 gallon propane tank at home is full, gas tanks in my truck and SUV are full, snow tires installed, snow chains in both vehicles, a full food pantry .....   and lots of warm gloves, hats, coats, boots, etc.   
As long as one is prepared for it the winter can be an enjoyable season, ..... usually for the most part. ;) ;)

Thank you for following my thread/blog and your comment replies.

HUGS and hugs,
Danielle

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on October 24, 2020, 04:09:37 pm
And yet they are saying the ice sheet is later than normal to form!!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on October 26, 2020, 10:11:18 am
I've heard that weather in northern areas will be more severe.  It will be in the 50's and 40's here this week with light snow at end of week. 

I agree with Pammie that its been a short year that seems to have flown by.  I hope winter does so as well!  Stay safe Danielle.

Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on October 26, 2020, 12:00:08 pm
Snow and ice in Oklahoma today and tonight!

Thanks, Danielle, for sending it my way early this year. 


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on October 26, 2020, 01:22:42 pm
Snow and ice in Oklahoma today and tonight!

Thanks, Danielle, for sending it my way early this year. 


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I wouldn't be too quick to thank Danielle. She likes the cold.

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on October 27, 2020, 09:55:38 am
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From my daughter!   


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 27, 2020, 09:59:15 am
@KateR
Dear Kate:
My parents always taught me to SHARE!
Hugs,
Danielle
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From my daughter!   


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CynthiaAnn on October 28, 2020, 08:10:02 am
That's a funny quote above, liked  :)

46 and cloudy this morning here. We had a fresh cord of Douglas fir delivered yesterday, and had a nice work out with the wheelbarrow, still have to stack it. BTU, QRV

Stay warm Danielle

Hugs

C
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on October 28, 2020, 01:18:00 pm
CynthiaAnn, your wood must have come all split. I would expect that Douglas fir would split easily compared to our oak where I am.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on October 31, 2020, 12:56:12 pm
Saturday October 31, 2020

Cold last night (minus) -4 deg(f)  and more cold to come early next week perhaps down to (minus) -20 deg(f) with on and off snow showers.

Halloween night tonight ....  I am just staying home, keeping my fireplace going, and staying warm.  My toothfairy sweetie is coming to my home for dinner and some conversation time in front of my fireplace, also most likely sipping on a glass of wine.
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Tomorrow, Sunday, November 1st .... Alaskan daylight savings time ends making the mornings lighter and the evenings darker.
The days are already getting much shorter... only 8 hours of daylight and 16 hours of night.   As we approach the winter solstice on December 21 the sunlit days will become very short, only a couple hours that the sun is above the horizon.

HUGS, and enjoy your extra hour of sleep!!!
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on October 31, 2020, 01:14:41 pm
Saturday October 31, 2020

Cold last night (minus) -4 deg(f)  and more cold to come early next week perhaps down to (minus) -20 deg(f) with on and off snow showers.

Halloween night tonight ....  I am just staying home, keeping my fireplace going, and staying warm.  My toothfairy sweetie is coming to my home for dinner and some conversation time in front of my fireplace, also most likely sipping on a glass of wine.
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Tomorrow, Sunday, November 1st .... Alaskan daylight savings time ends making the mornings lighter and the evenings darker.
The days are already getting much shorter... only 8 hours of daylight and 16 hours of night.   As we approach the winter solstice on December 21 the sunlit days will become very short, only a couple hours that the sun is above the horizon.

HUGS, and enjoy your extra hour of sleep!!!
Danielle

Brrrr. Good idea to snuggle up by the fireplace with a glass of wine.

I wish they'd do away with daylight savings time. I prefer the light in the evening. Also with many suffering from seasonal affective disorder I believe staying on standard time is a better choice.

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 01, 2020, 01:26:36 am
      BURRRRRR

I am ready for bed, 10:15PM and it is cold outside (minus)  -15 deg (f)

I have my flannel sheets on my bed, and the electric blanket turned on....

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Megan. on November 01, 2020, 01:49:26 am
Nope, too cold, doesn't compute....

I prefer to be cool when I'm sleeping, but that's bonkers.

Stay safe. X



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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on November 01, 2020, 04:15:13 pm
Well. Hard freeze for us sorta southerners tonight.

- 3.    (Celsius)


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on November 01, 2020, 06:25:25 pm
-15 F on November 1!

I don't know how you all do it up there...we're having our first cold windy night, and I'm already feeling the winter blues.

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on November 02, 2020, 03:14:14 am
We are getting the tail end of an hurricane , very windy but its a Simpsons sky .Mid teens C temps .
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on November 02, 2020, 08:02:27 am
It definitely appears that the winter season has arrived for you Danielle.  Sounds like you have your bed outfitted for a snuggly warm sleep! 

Davina, I had to look up "Simpsons Sky" to see what it meant.  Sounds beautiful.

Have a great week all.

Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 07, 2020, 07:16:13 pm
@Megan.  @Wendi  @Pammie   @KateR 
@JudiBlueEyes  @davina61  @sarahc  @mm
@CaelaNotKayla  @Laura1951   @Rachel   @Dorit
@SarahEL   @Ellie_Arroway     @CynthiaAnn
@Jessica  @KathyLauren   @Emma1017  @Perry 
@ChrissyRyan  @Myranda  @EllenW  @Jane.Shannon 
@IamKatrina  @KatieP  @Maddie  @michjenn 
@Oldandcreaky  @RandyL  @Jessica_Rose  @MxRileyQuinn


Thank you for coming to my thread and for your recent comment replies.
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I spent my Saturday today indoors doing some baking and cooking.  I invited some of my Gym-Gals friends (includes my Tooth-fairy sweetie) over for dinner and games tonight.   I baked some Molasses Cookies for our snacking after dinner during our game time.
   (https://i.imgur.com/oKHa9zJ.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/r0oJLeT.jpg)

The last few days have been cold, near Zero deg (f) and below.  Tonight we will be getting more snow and cold... and a Winter Storm Warning for tomorrow on Sunday.

I am well prepared, warm and cozy, full propane tank for heating and my propane fireplace, full gas tanks on vehicles, warm clothing, lots of food in my pantry, etc.
HUGS and warmth to all my forums friends and followers,
Danielle


Winter Storm Warning from SUN 6:00 AM AKST until MON 3:00 PM AKST
Action Recommended
Make preparations per the instructions
Issued By
Fairbanks - AK, US, National Weather Service
Affected Area
Upper Tanana Valley and the Fortymile Country
Description
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SUNDAY TO 3 PM AKST MONDAY...

WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 9 to 13inches, with localized amounts up to 17 inches, are expected.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Look for significant reductions in visibility at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. This will make travel very difficult or impossible. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CaelaNotKayla on November 07, 2020, 07:33:31 pm
@Northern Star Girl

Danielle-

Those cookies look yummy!  Stay warm dear!

Hugs!

Caela
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jane.Shannon on November 07, 2020, 10:28:10 pm
Danielle,
Those cookies look wonderful.  I love how uniform you get them...they look like they were cooked by a pro.
Jane
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on November 08, 2020, 09:05:48 am
Yes your cookies look great.  I saw that scooper you used in a previous photo and I had to get one.  It makes a difference!  I hope you had a good evening with friends and the snow wasn't too bad for them traveling home.

Hugs, Judi
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Megan. on November 08, 2020, 09:07:04 am
Great looking cookies! Stay safe and warm. X

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Myranda on November 09, 2020, 03:17:51 pm
@Megan.  @Wendi  @Pammie   @KateR 
@JudiBlueEyes  @davina61  @sarahc  @mm
@CaelaNotKayla  @Laura1951   @Rachel   @Dorit
@SarahEL   @Ellie_Arroway     @CynthiaAnn
@Jessica  @KathyLauren   @Emma1017  @Perry 
@ChrissyRyan  @Myranda  @EllenW  @Jane.Shannon 
@IamKatrina  @KatieP  @Maddie  @michjenn 
@Oldandcreaky  @RandyL  @Jessica_Rose  @MxRileyQuinn



I spent my Saturday today indoors doing some baking and cooking.  I invited some of my Gym-Gals friends (includes my Tooth-fairy sweetie) over for dinner and games tonight.   I baked some Molasses Cookies for our snacking after dinner during our game time.
   (https://i.imgur.com/oKHa9zJ.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/r0oJLeT.jpg)

Yummm!  Those Cookies look so good!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on November 09, 2020, 10:27:33 pm
They do look delicious Danielle. I hope your party was full of fun. Did you get the snow they forecasted?

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 09, 2020, 10:37:30 pm
@Wendi   cc: @JudiBlueEyes  @Megan.  @Myranda  @Jane.Shannon  @CaelaNotKayla
Dear Wendi:
Yes indeed, the dinner and game party was wonderful and I gave each of my guests a baggy of my Molasses Cookies for them to take home.

YES, the snow forecast came to fruition.... 
        ... here is a picture of my vegetable garden plot and raised beds....

           (https://i.imgur.com/Sag03wA.jpg) 

Thank you for your reply comment... I hope and trust that you are doing well.
HUGS,
Danielle


They do look delicious Danielle. I hope your party was full of fun. Did you get the snow they forecasted?

Hugs

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on November 10, 2020, 08:58:21 am
Unfortunately it appears your vegetable garden is finished for the year.  Time to plan for next season!  We received snow a week ago but it was only a couple inches and it didn't last.  Temps will be in the low 70's today, as they were yesterday.  Certainly is a teaser!  Colder weather is approaching.  Leaves are still falling from the trees that give them up late.  It sort of looks like Nature's ticker tape parade!

Thank you for sharing your story with us @Northern Star Girl! :angel:
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Myranda on November 10, 2020, 11:27:22 am
@Wendi   cc: @JudiBlueEyes  @Megan.  @Myranda  @Jane.Shannon  @CaelaNotKayla
Dear Wendi:
Yes indeed, the dinner and game party was wonderful and I gave each of my guests a baggy of my Molasses Cookies for them to take home.

YES, the snow forecast came to fruition.... 
        ... here is a picture of my vegetable garden plot and raised beds....

           (https://i.imgur.com/Sag03wA.jpg) 

Thank you for your reply comment... I hope and trust that you are doing well.
HUGS,
Danielle


Yikes! While I love the snow, I'm never quite mentally prepared for the firs t snow fall.  And this year, even more so.   Summer really did not feel like summer for me, due to the complete lack of beach camping  at the water's edge all summer.  I love living in New England, and so close to the Ocean.  Thankfully, where I live it is usually a bit protected from the snow falls typical of the rest of the Region, especially early in the season.  On  the downside, cold rain is way worse, but at least I don't have to shovel that.  Oh wait, I usually do, because it is slush! LOL
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on November 10, 2020, 12:03:54 pm
I would expect that Douglas fir would split easily compared to our oak where I am.

I miss Douglas fir and western red cedar from when I lived on the west coast.  They would split beautifully.  I used to have to resist the urge to make matchsticks with the cedar because it split so well.  The wood they have here is all gnarly and cross-grained.  Only about one log in 10 is suitable for making kindling.

Danielle, that is way too much snow and cold for this early!  We are enjoying a high of 18 C today (about 64 F).  It is unseasonably warm, and I am sure we'll pay for it later.  I have the winter tires on the car, the snow shovels and roof rake near the doors, and marker wands along the driveway.  Today might be a good day to fire up the snowblower to make sure it is running well.  The more preparation you do, the less likely it is to snow!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 13, 2020, 03:30:19 pm
Dear Readers and Followers:

I "think" the weather forecast called for snow the last few days.....

               (https://i.imgur.com/kSTvJOR.jpg)

A good time to sit in front of my fireplace and read.


HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Megan. on November 13, 2020, 03:34:39 pm
There's a mug of cocoa too right??? With the book... Cocoa.... Right???

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on November 13, 2020, 03:39:51 pm
So pretty - I love your big window looking out to the yard (as long as those windows are as Alaska weatherproof and windproof as they can be!).

Definitely a cozy hibernation den.

Sarah

Dear Readers and Followers:

I "think" the weather forecast called for snow the last few days.....

               (https://i.imgur.com/kSTvJOR.jpg)

A good time to sit in front of my fireplace and read.


HUGS,
Danielle

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 13, 2020, 03:41:18 pm
There's a mug of cocoa too right??? With the book... Cocoa.... Right???

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@Megan.
Dear Megan:
Yes indeed, there is a cup of Hot Chocolate....  but also when my toothfairy sweetie comes to visit me, she brings wine for us to sip on.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 13, 2020, 03:44:08 pm
So pretty - I love your big window looking out to the yard (as long as those windows are as Alaska weatherproof and windproof as they can be!).

Definitely a cozy hibernation den.

Sarah
@sarahc
Dear Sarah:
   Yes, triple pane windows, very well sealed.
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Megan. on November 13, 2020, 03:44:12 pm
@Megan.
Dear Megan:
Yes indeed, there is a cup of Hot Chocolate....  but also when my toothfairy sweetie comes to visit me, she brings wine for us to sip on.

HUGS,
Danielle[/
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Wine is a very acceptable substitute

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on November 13, 2020, 04:29:25 pm
It's very pretty too sit inside and look at.

Hugs

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Title: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KateR on November 13, 2020, 04:47:59 pm
Hi Danielle

I know I’ve been a bit MIA recently.

I look at your cooking and am undecided.

I either need to move up north where my body should burn off all those wonderful calories you make, or stay where I’m at and keep doing Noom.

Any suggestions?


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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 13, 2020, 05:33:05 pm
Hi Danielle

I know I’ve been a bit MIA recently.

I look at your cooking and am undecided.

I either need to move up north where my body should burn off all those wonderful calories you make, or stay where I’m at and keep doing Noom.

Any suggestions?


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@KateR
Dear Kate:
Exercise and portion control....  hard to keep up with exercising with the lock-downs but I kept on walking around town after I was able to heal from my ankle injury and ditch my crutches.... and we are finally getting back to my weekly gym visits with my Gym-Gals group.

Yep, one's body burns more calories tying to keep warm.....

Hmm, isn't Noom all about small bowls and portion control?

You can basically eat just about what you want but not as much....

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 13, 2020, 06:00:43 pm
One of the best ways to warm up my home on a cold winter day is to bake cookies.....
Chocolate Chip with nuts....   lots of chocolate chips!!!!

                      (left click image to enlarge)
               (https://i.imgur.com/K6HGCTX.jpg)

As I usually do, I will take some small baggies of cookies to my office to share with my visitors and clients.

HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on November 13, 2020, 06:30:12 pm
One of the best ways to warm up my home on a cold winter day is to bake cookies.....
Chocolate Chip with nuts....   lots of chocolate chips!!!!


As I usually do, I will take some small baggies of cookies to my office to share with my visitors and clients.


Danielle
With all your wonderful baking and cooking I wish I was one of your clients.

You would have trouble getting me out of your office 😀

Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on November 13, 2020, 07:02:14 pm
Danielle, They look delicious. I might have to break out the cookie sheets. :)

Hugs



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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: SoCal_Holly on November 13, 2020, 11:25:29 pm
Danielle:

Yummmmmmy, I can just smell the cookies, cocoa, and fire ! (And gorgeous pix BTW !)

Hugs,

Holly
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Dorit on November 14, 2020, 01:57:35 am
Dear Readers and Followers:

I "think" the weather forecast called for snow the last few days.....

               (https://i.imgur.com/kSTvJOR.jpg)

A good time to sit in front of my fireplace and read.


HUGS,
Danielle


This is such a beautiful photo! 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on November 14, 2020, 03:43:42 am
I like the cookies, dont like the snow brrrrrr!!! Nearly made some biscuits (cookies) yesterday but thought about my diet, made a loaf of brown seeded bread instead .
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on November 15, 2020, 10:52:48 am
The snow we received has melted in the warmer weather we got (70's) but it's getting more like normal days now as its cool, gray and windy quite often.  I have a small skid steer bucket loader for snow removal and a trusty snow blower as a back up.  Snow tires are on the cars!  The two seaters will get tucked away this week (boo hoo) until spring.   I've been doing a bit of baking too, mostly muffins for breakfast. 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Myranda on November 15, 2020, 03:44:26 pm
Wine is a very acceptable substitute

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A GREAT Port would be even better!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Myranda on November 15, 2020, 03:47:26 pm
One of the best ways to warm up my home on a cold winter day is to bake cookies.....
Chocolate Chip with nuts....   lots of chocolate chips!!!!

                      (left click image to enlarge)
               (https://i.imgur.com/K6HGCTX.jpg)

As I usually do, I will take some small baggies of cookies to my office to share with my visitors and clients.

HUGS,
Danielle


Have you tried that cookie recipe I sent?  I just made another two batches (about 10 dozen cookies in total) yesterday and today!  They don't last long here!  But I did freeze 2 dozen from yesterday's batch and then sealed them in vacuum sealed bags.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Megan. on November 15, 2020, 03:50:40 pm
A GREAT Port would be even better!
I fully concur. X

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 15, 2020, 03:59:44 pm
@Wendi  @Myranda  @Megan.  @CaelaNotKayla  @EllenW
@JudiBlueEyes  @KathyLauren  @sarahc  @KateR
@SoCal_Holly  @Dorit  @davina61  @Jane.Shannon


Thank you friends and followers for your recent reply posts and checking up on me.

Winter is definitely here to stay and the short days and long nights are only getting shorter and longer
as the Winter Solstice will be arriving on December 21st.   Soon there will be barely 2 hours of sunlight with the sun barely making it above the horizon and dipping back down...  daytime will basically be twilight.   The nighttime skies will be very dark and last for about 22 hours, with no big city lights to add their light pollution.  On a clear night, the long lasting scenery of the nighttime sky is spectacular and bright... and add to that an occasional Aurora Borealis which is just about overhead up here, nearto the Arctic Circle, with it's bright green and purple hues.   

If our Forums Astronomer  @KathyLauren   were here she would spend many long hours looking through her telescope and her camera no matter how cold it was outside.

Today it is snowing right now and temperature below and near ZERO (f) ... starting on Monday this coming week the temperatures are going down to minus  -20 degrees below ZERO or even colder.....   
Like I previously stated ... winter is definitely here.

This cold weather calls for me to get my toes toasty in front of my fireplace.
           (https://i.imgur.com/A6ClKnG.jpg)

I always love to hear from all of you and be able to read your post replies and your sharing of your thoughts.

HUGS,
Danielle

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For my new readers and potential followers: The following information and LINKS will guide you to my previous and informative threads that I had started writing back in February 2018.   Numerous threads, comments and over 31,750 posts later here I still am. 
Please bear with me and feel free to ask me any questions and/or make any comments that are on your mind.  You are always welcome to post whatever you wish on my blog/journal/threads.

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 40


***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on November 15, 2020, 04:13:49 pm
Looks like we are in for a cold snap later this week , nothing like yours though but there is a chance of snow . Stay warm.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 15, 2020, 04:23:59 pm
Have you tried that cookie recipe I sent?  I just made another two batches (about 10 dozen cookies in total) yesterday and today!  They don't last long here!  But I did freeze 2 dozen from yesterday's batch and then sealed them in vacuum sealed bags.

@Myranda
Dear Myranda:
Yes indeed, your  "Sea Salt Toffee Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies" are one of my favorite to make... expecially since I love Heath Bars so much. 

Since I love Heath Bar toffee and also chocolate chips.... when I use your recipe I can get carried away and sometimes I put in "almost" twice the amount of Heath Bar toffee pieces... and half again more dark chocolate chips.   
I love that you had included Oats in your recipe.... they add a nice texture to the finished cookies.

Thank you for sharing your cookie recipe with me a couple months ago.   
Your recipe definitely has a key spot in my recipe box.   
Since then I have made at least 3 batches... I bring them to my office to share with my clients but I end up eating more of them than my clients do.   ;) :o


HUGS and more HUGS,
Danielle


Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on November 15, 2020, 04:52:59 pm
Nothing like nice warm piggies sitting near the fireplace.

Any chance you or Miranda would mind sharing the receipe? They sound delicious!!

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Myranda on November 16, 2020, 06:43:48 am
@Myranda
Dear Myranda:
Yes indeed, your  "Sea Salt Toffee Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies" are one of my favorite to make... expecially since I love Heath Bars so much. 

Since I love Heath Bar toffee and also chocolate chips.... when I use your recipe I can get carried away and sometimes I put in "almost" twice the amount of Heath Bar toffee pieces... and half again more dark chocolate chips.   
I love that you had included Oats in your recipe.... they add a nice texture to the finished cookies.

Thank you for sharing your cookie recipe with me a couple months ago.   
Your recipe definitely has a key spot in my recipe box.   
Since then I have made at least 3 batches... I bring them to my office to share with my clients but I end up eating more of them than my clients do.   ;) :o


HUGS and more HUGS,
Danielle


Hearing this makes me so happy!  It might because I don't feel so bad about my love for these cookies!  I think you may be on to something with adding more chocolate chips as sometimes I feel like there are some cookies that don't end up with any, or at least "enough".  I've also experimented with making them Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Chip & Toffee, by adding some Hershey's specialty dark cocoa powder, but they were to dry and didn't drop as much.  I th ink I would need to cut the flour down to 2 cups and then add  cocoa powder.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Myranda on November 16, 2020, 07:03:55 am
Nothing like nice warm piggies sitting near the fireplace.

Any chance you or Miranda would mind sharing the receipe? They sound delicious!!

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You just gave me a great idea!

I present to you for all your taste bud enjoyment:  The 2020 Holiday Recipe Swap: https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,254741.0.html (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,254741.0.html)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on November 16, 2020, 09:32:55 am
Heavy rain a few times last night that woke me from sleep.  Partly sunny today and temperate.  Leaves are off the trees except for one that will hold on to them until spring!  Stay warm Danielle.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on November 16, 2020, 11:40:22 am
You just gave me a great idea!

I present to you for all your taste bud enjoyment:  The 2020 Holiday Recipe Swap: https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,254741.0.html (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,254741.0.html)
Awesome Miranda!! Thank you very much.

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on November 16, 2020, 07:45:25 pm
If our Forums Astronomer  @KathyLauren   were here she would spend many long hours looking through her telescope and her camera no matter how cold it was outside.

I am envious of your long, dark nights.  If I were there, I'd be looking at the stars out your window from the easy chair, munching cookies, sipping wine or hot chocolate, warming my toes by the fire, while my telescope takes pictures out in the cold by itself. 

I've done my time on the Canadian prairies.  I know all about cold, and I don't like it one bit.  I will admit, though, that the snow is pretty.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 17, 2020, 10:27:14 pm
November 17, 2020 ...   Tuesday evening 7:25PM  Alaska time.

I got home from work a little late tonight....   
I  looked at the outdoor temperature thermometer in my car driving home
and it showed (minus) -22 degrees (f) below Zero.   
The thermometer on my deck at my home is reading (minus) -24 degrees (f) below Zero.....     

Definitely a cold winter night tonight!!!
          BURRRRRR


Warm HUGS needed!!!
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on November 17, 2020, 10:41:55 pm
At least when you're baking all those delicious cookies the warmth from the stove will help keep you warm.

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on November 17, 2020, 11:10:46 pm
Danielle do dress warm if it is -20's now where you are.  Your days are getting short so not much warmup during the day this time of the year.  What temperature do you keep your home? We are having about 70 daytime and 40-50's at night now.  I like this weather here.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CaelaNotKayla on November 17, 2020, 11:33:59 pm
@Northern Star Girl

Danielle-

Shipping warm hugs your way as quick as Alaska Airlines can get them up to you! Keep warm in the meantime dear! That's seriously cold!!!

WARM Hugs!!

Caela
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 18, 2020, 09:11:42 am
@CaelaNotKayla  @mm  @Wendi  @KathyLauren  @JudiBlueEyes  @Myranda  @Jessica_Rose
@Megan.  @davina61   @Dorit   @SoCal_Holly   @EllenW  @KateR   @sarahc  @Jane.Shannon


Update:  November 18, 2020...    6:00AM

It's a new  and very
C-O-L-D day
This morning at 6:00AM the thermometer on my deck is displaying a temperature
of  (minus)
-31 degrees(f) BELOW ZERO.

My vehicles that I keep in my garage have "block" and "battery" heaters that are plugged in
which makes for easier starting and quicker warmup. 

I have a full propane tank at home so I can keep my home furnace and propane fireplace
running to keep my home warm and cozy.   

I will be dressing very warm today when I go to work....

HUGS and warm thoughts,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Wendi on November 18, 2020, 09:19:27 am
@CaelaNotKayla  @mm  @Wendi  @KathyLauren 
@JudiBlueEyes  @Myranda  @Megan.


Update:  November 18, 2020...    6:00AM

It's a new  and very
C-O-L-D day
This morning at 6:00AM the thermometer on my deck is displaying a temperature
of  (minus)
-31 degrees(f) BELOW ZERO.

My vehicles that I keep in my garage have "block" and "battery" heaters that are plugged in
which makes for easier starting and quicker warmup. 

I have a full propane tank at home so I can keep my home furnace and propane fireplace
running to keep my home warm and cozy.   

I will be dressing very warm today when I go to work....

HUGS and warm thoughts,
Danielle

Danielle, I know it gets very very cold up there and I'm wondering does the cold stop the foot traffic on the streets or are they use to it and go about their business as usual?

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 18, 2020, 11:30:11 am
Danielle, I know it gets very very cold up there and I'm wondering does the cold stop the foot traffic on the streets or are they use to it and go about their business as usual?

@Wendi

Dear Wendi:
While there is certainly less foot traffic and even vehicle traffic in extremely cold temperatures, life does go on and business is as usual for the most part except when we are blanketed with snow amounts exceeding 4 or 5 feet of snow,  then things do slow down while the snow is being cleared.

For most Alaskans in very cold temperatures, we are quite accustomed to bundling up with super-warm clothing, coats, hats, gloves, etc... so there are still people walking around town even in sub-zero temps.

Our businesses and stores are comfortably heated and some even provide outdoor electrical outlets in their longer term and night time parking areas so that customers and employees can plug-in their vehicle block heaters.

Thank you for posting your comments and thoughts on my thread.
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 18, 2020, 11:35:18 am
Danielle do dress warm if it is -20's now where you are.  Your days are getting short so not much warmup during the day this time of the year.  What temperature do you keep your home? We are having about 70 daytime and 40-50's at night now.  I like this weather here.
@mm
Dear mm:
I keep my home at around 68 degrees(f) and in the evenings when I get home from work I will light up my propane fireplace and that warms my home even more in my main living areas.   Of course when I am cooking and baking the kitchen area is noticeably warmer.
Flannel sheets and electric blanket on my bed keeps me nice and cozy when I go to bed.

Thank you for posting your comments and thoughts on my thread.
HUGS,
Danielle

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: mm on November 18, 2020, 12:30:51 pm
Thanks this is what I hear from friends lively in the northern 48, in the winter 65-68 during the day and much cooler at night some say as low as 50-55.  It does use less fuel and is cheaper.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on November 18, 2020, 02:14:01 pm
Brrrr -31 F is low, but I can image that after a certain point that it doesn't make much difference as to how it feels.  I'm sure a good stiff wind would not be enjoyable!
Stay safe and warm.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: KathyLauren on November 18, 2020, 05:13:34 pm
Brrrr -31 F is low, but I can image that after a certain point that it doesn't make much difference as to how it feels.  I'm sure a good stiff wind would not be enjoyable!
Stay safe and warm.

Having spent several years in Saskatchewan and Alberta, where -40 (same on both C and F scales) was not uncommon in winter, I can tell you that it makes a big difference.  After a week at -40, warming up to -30 feels like a heat wave.

We had to plug in our cars there, too.  The car seats were so frozen that they went "thunk" instead of "squish" when you sat in them.  And the block heater only warmed the engine block, not the transmission.  The transmission oil would be so thick that you could drive the car in neutral!

I used to walk a mile and a half to work each morning, regardless of the temperature.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 18, 2020, 05:42:04 pm
@KathyLauren
Dear Kathy:
Thank you for sharing your central Canadian cold temperature experiences.  Temperatures of minus -40 degrees can be quite a shock to persons not accustomed to it and that are not prepared for it.
   
Based on my experience here where I live, it just seems a little too early to have these kinds of super-cold temps in the -30 to  -40 range.   In recent years it has not gotten that cold until mid or late December and then January can be even colder. 
The coldest it has been in my town since I relocated here was minus  -58deg(f) Below Zero in mid-January several years ago...
...although some longer term residents in my town tell me that they recall minus -70 degrees(f) Below Zero temperatures, again, in the month of January.

At those very low temperatures, anything mechanical has a hard time working.  Diesel fuel will gel, tires on our cars can fail unless they are made of special winter low temperature rubber compounds ... and the list goes on.

Up here, living near the Arctic Circle latitudes, staying warm and keeping things from freezing can be a full time job during this time of year.... but if prepared for it, it can be quite beautiful in it's own way.
HUGS,
Danielle


Having spent several years in Saskatchewan and Alberta, where -40 (same on both C and F scales) was not uncommon in winter, I can tell you that it makes a big difference.  After a week at -40, warming up to -30 feels like a heat wave.

We had to plug in our cars there, too.  The car seats were so frozen that they went "thunk" instead of "squish" when you sat in them.  And the block heater only warmed the engine block, not the transmission.  The transmission oil would be so thick that you could drive the car in neutral!

I used to walk a mile and a half to work each morning, regardless of the temperature.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: SarahEL on November 18, 2020, 06:38:09 pm
Oh my - I just had to convert you F's into my C's... and are you serious Danielle?? Oh my.. My deep freezer is not even close to those temperatures?
Here in North Wales, a temperature below -4C (+25F!!) basically brings everything to a halt! It really is another world... Stay safe - sending hugs! just to keep you warm (haha!)...
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: barbie on November 19, 2020, 12:14:18 pm
Two days ago, the temperature here reached 27 degree Celsius (80F), the record highest for November. It was like summer, but after rain, it will be like winter soon.

The lowest temperature I have experienced was in Mongolia in April (less than -50 C, or -58 F), but the daytime temperature reached 27 degree Celsius (80F). But I could not feel the cold outside so much, because the air was extremely dry, and within the Ger, it was very warm.

I expect we will have snow soon in December.

Cheers,

barbie~~
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 23, 2020, 01:24:29 pm
November 23, 2020 ... Arghhhh .... it is MONDAY !!!!   
               Certainly not my favorite day of the week.


Got very cold last night  minus -22 degrees(f) ... snow is expected later this week although there is still plenty of snow on the ground, on the streets and on my roof of my home.

I got to work early this morning... lots of filing to do and my office cleaning.   
Because of the Corvid restrictions for many months now... my business is way off.
There have been several months that I have done less than half of my normal business.
Obviously this can be attributed to the fact that the businesses and personal clients
that I have are affected by the restrictions in their business and income.

I had a nice surprise....  my sweetie toothfairy came to visit me at work before she went to her work
and she brought me some of  her homemade shortbread cookies and my favorite espresso ...
...complete with the famous Pink Lid....    just for me!!!

I will post a picture shortly.
I trust that all of my friends and followers have a good day today, in spite of it being Monday.



HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Laura1951 on November 23, 2020, 02:04:34 pm
You are incredibly lucky to have your sweetheart.

I consider +31F to be as cold as I'd like...  -31F? You're certainly stronger than I am.

But then, I can still play tennis and fly in this weather.

Laura
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 23, 2020, 02:44:59 pm
You are incredibly lucky to have your sweetheart.

I consider +31F to be as cold as I'd like...  -31F? You're certainly stronger than I am.

But then, I can still play tennis and fly in this weather.

Laura
@Laura1951
Dear Laura:
Thank you for posting your thoughts.   
Yes indeed, the cold temperature extremes change the nature of activities that I do,
in the summer and in the winter... it is all very different.

As long as one is well prepared for it, the cold and snow has it's own beauty.


HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 23, 2020, 02:50:25 pm
This morning's bounty from my sweetie ToothFairy.

The Pink Lid was her idea when I first met her in early 2018.
My next door coffee shop did a special order for the PInk Lids.

    (left click image to enlarge)
      (https://i.imgur.com/UaUXbUR.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on November 23, 2020, 04:28:39 pm
Looks far more inviting than my stainless flask of green tea.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CaelaNotKayla on November 23, 2020, 07:09:56 pm
@Northern Star Girl

Brrrrrrrrr, Danielle!  I guess I'd rather be on a black sand beach in Hawaii drinking a "Lava Flow"... But I'll have to admit- those shortbread cookies look extremely dangerous, and you are very lucky to have someone bringing them to you!

Hugs!

Caela
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: RandyL on November 23, 2020, 08:20:12 pm
Perhaps Mondays aren't so bad after all??? ;D
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on November 24, 2020, 09:36:34 am
Those look like tasty cookies!!!  Stay warm dear!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 24, 2020, 10:06:37 am
@JudiBlueEyes  @RandyL  @CaelaNotKayla  @davina61
Thank you very much for reading and following my thread and for your reply comments.... Yes indeed the coffee, cookies and treats that my friends and my ToothFairy drop off at my office are not just tasty but also I am so thankful for thoughtful and caring people that are a part of m,y life.
My office is just 2 doors down from the Coffee Shop, it is the town center for me where I can meet and greet old friends, new friends, and others on almost a daily basis.

My very first Blog here on the Forums  I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)  describes the joy I had when I first relocated here as Full-Time .... at developing friends, acquaintances, and experiences of overwhelming acceptance.   Before I decided on my ToothFairy (dental hygienist, suitor #4) ... i had to run the gauntlet of several other male and female suitors that I was considering romantic relationships with.   All of  those things were a brand new experience for me as the newly arrived (and only) transgender woman in town.

I am truely blessed and most appreciative regarding all the kindness that I experience from the townspeople and from all of my Forums friends and followers.

HUGS and HUGS to all of you.
Danielle


Those look like tasty cookies!!!  Stay warm dear!

Perhaps Mondays aren't so bad after all??? ;D

@Northern Star Girl
Brrrrrrrrr, Danielle!  I guess I'd rather be on a black sand beach in Hawaii drinking a "Lava Flow"... But I'll have to admit- those shortbread cookies look extremely dangerous, and you are very lucky to have someone bringing them to you!
Hugs!
Caela


Looks far more inviting than my stainless flask of green tea.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel Montgomery on November 24, 2020, 01:35:46 pm
This morning's bounty from my sweetie ToothFairy.

The Pink Lid was her idea when I first met her in early 2018.
My next door coffee shop did a special order for the PInk Lids.

    (left click image to enlarge)
      (https://i.imgur.com/UaUXbUR.jpg)

You often post pictures of delicious looking food.  :)  I am on a diet, and need to be on it for quite some time.  I have a lot of weight to lose.  Envy?  At least a little.  Hungry?  You bet.  :)

I don't envy the cold weather.  It is 65F here now with a low tonight of 54F.  But, our Southeastern summers are jungle like heat, so we have our hard season too. 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 24, 2020, 03:19:52 pm
@Rachel Montgomery
Dear Rachel:
Thank you for coming to my Blog/Journal.
So sorry I am tempting you to veer from your diet plans.....   
WILLPOWER is needed for sure to be able to continue on and be successful in any kind of weight diet.   
I am quite active and I can seem to eat what I wish but I do practice portion control.  I can eat several Oreo cookies but NOT eat every cookie in the entire bag.....  etc.

I am wishing you well with your diet plans and I hope and trust that you can reach your weight goals soon.
Please update your weight loss progress, but only as you feel comfortable doing.

Again, thank you for posting your comments and thoughts.
You are always welcome on my Blog, and any other threads that I have, to share whatever is on your mind.

HUGS and HUGS   ....   
Danielle


You often post pictures of delicious looking food.  :)  I am on a diet, and need to be on it for quite some time.  I have a lot of weight to lose.  Envy?  At least a little.  Hungry?  You bet.  :)

I don't envy the cold weather.  It is 65F here now with a low tonight of 54F.  But, our Southeastern summers are jungle like heat, so we have our hard season too.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 24, 2020, 05:37:49 pm
UPDATE:  Tuesday, November 24, 2020

It looks like it going to be a snowy, windy and cold next couple days... 
Thanksgiving day on Thursday will be beautiful with fresh snow... I will enjoy the holiday in a warm and cozy house with Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings. 
I have invited my tooth-fairy sweetie to have Thanksgiving dinner at my home.


I will have my propane fireplace on so I can also enjoy some toasty toes time with my tooth-fairy sweetie.

HUGS and blessing to all my forums friends and followers.
Danielle

- - - -- - - - - - - - - -
Weather Alerts-Cental Interior ALASKA   Issued: Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Winter Weather Advisory from WED 11:00 AM AKST until THU 8:00 PM AKST
Temperatures at -12 below Zero or colder.
Action Recommended
Execute a pre-planned activity identified in the instructions
Issued By
Fairbanks - AK, US, National Weather Service
Affected Area
Central Interior
Description
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 11:00 AM WEDNESDAY TO 8:00 PM AKST THURSDAY...

WHAT...Cold below Zero temperatures, snow and blowing snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 19 to 28 inches are expected. East winds over the Elliot Highway Summits will reduce visibility to one half mile or less at times.

WHERE...Central Interior.

WHEN...11:00 AM Wednesday to 8:00 PM Thursday.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS...East winds 20 to 30 mph will produce blowing snow reducing visibility to one half mile or less at times over the Elliot Highway Summits.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
...end

Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CaelaNotKayla on November 24, 2020, 10:18:45 pm
@Northern Star Girl

Wow Danielle!!! Two feet of snow in 36 hours!!!  Enjoy your companionship by the fire and stay safe and warm dear!

Hugs!

Caela
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on November 25, 2020, 03:40:09 am
Warmish and wet this morning but turning colder as day goes on , freezing tomorrow morning and foggy and "only" getting up to +7C . Thats shorts and T shirt weather for you!!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: putaringonit on November 25, 2020, 03:36:30 pm
Hi @Danielle

I am relatively new to this forum, but I came across this thread. I have just read a bit of the firsts entries, and I must say, for what I have read so far, you are an inspiration of a woman!! Thank you for sharing of you with us.
I will surely make it a  point to, little by little, read this thread in its entirety, as well as your previous threads. I am sute I'll be able to find motivation within your journey!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on November 25, 2020, 05:12:20 pm
Danielle when you wrote "also I am so thankful for thoughtful and caring people that are a part of my life" I can see your priorities are in order.  It seems without caring people around us our lives are never as full as possible.  I'm happy for you!  I do wish you and the tooth fairy a warm and hearty Thanksgiving.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 26, 2020, 11:53:37 am
Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020
- - - - - - - - - -

Prep work for Thanksgiving Dinner

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            (https://i.imgur.com/GPPijty.jpg)

To all of my followers and readers, I hope that you have a blessed day.
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Megan. on November 26, 2020, 12:01:27 pm
Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020
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Prep work for Thanksgiving Dinner

    (left click image to enlarge)
            (https://i.imgur.com/GPPijty.jpg)

To all of my followers and readers, I hope that you have a blessed day.
HUGS,
Danielle

Ooo devilled eggs! But are they as good as Devlyn's??? This could be an important matchup!

Happy Thanksgiving hon. X

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Devlyn on November 26, 2020, 03:00:22 pm
Devylled eggs, and is that the cranberry sauce with the lines from the can? I approve!  :)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on November 26, 2020, 05:57:35 pm
I thought at first they might have been beets, but if its canned cranberry I approve too!  Yummy. 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 26, 2020, 08:13:38 pm
@JudiBlueEyes  @Devlyn  @Megan.
Thank you for reading my thread and for your comments.

YES, YES, YES .... it is the Canned Cranberry sauce carefully removed from the can and slliced....

Oh, and Megan, I am certain that Devlyn's Deviled Eggs are might fine, but mine are pretty good too!!!


HUGS,
Danielle


I thought at first they might have been beets, but if its canned cranberry I approve too!  Yummy. 
Devylled eggs, and is that the cranberry sauce with the lines from the can? I approve!  :)
Ooo devilled eggs! But are they as good as Devlyn's??? This could be an important matchup!

Happy Thanksgiving hon. X

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 26, 2020, 08:26:00 pm
Hi @Danielle
I am relatively new to this forum, but I came across this thread. I have just read a bit of the firsts entries, and I must say, for what I have read so far, you are an inspiration of a woman!! Thank you for sharing of you with us.
I will surely make it a  point to, little by little, read this thread in its entirety, as well as your previous threads. I am sute I'll be able to find motivation within your journey!
@putaringonit
Thank you for your way-too-kind comments....   I am appreciative that you find my Blog threads of interest.... 
Might I suggest that you start at my very first thread  I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)   and start reading the very first posting Reply #1 on: April 08, 2018

Again, thanks for coming to my thread and for your comment.

HUGS,
Danielle

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***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250548.0.html)
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.0.html)
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,236395.0.html)
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,249181.0.html)
Mammogram alert (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.0.html)
Positive Mindset... put away negativity (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,238255.0.html)
Susans Writers and Book Readers (https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,237827.0.html)
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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on November 30, 2020, 02:20:05 pm
Last night got very cold and right now at  11:00AM it is  (minus) -16 degrees below Zero(f)

Last night after dinner it seemed cold in my home so I lit up my fireplace... and I decided to do some baking.  Having the oven on to bake cookies warms my house and fills it with good smells.

This is the time of year I like to make Cutout Sugar Cookies... with colored sprinkles.

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(https://i.imgur.com/dtBj14c.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/NFtKTJO.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9cfbKE1.jpg)

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cc: @Jessica   
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on November 30, 2020, 02:35:32 pm
They look scrummy , not allowed (by me!) to make biscuits for myself.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CaelaNotKayla on November 30, 2020, 05:27:03 pm
@Northern Star Girl

Danielle-

You just seem to live in Christmasland!  Snow piling up, chilly weather, hot fireplace and cookies at the ready!  I hope you had some steaming Hot Cocoa to go with it (with a bit of Kahlua if that's your fancy)

Hugs!

Caela
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: SarahEL on November 30, 2020, 06:28:05 pm
<to the song 'Merry Christmas Everyone">

Snow is falling
All around me
Danielle baking
Christmas trees

It's the season
Sugar and sprinkles
Merry Christmas everyone
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel Montgomery on November 30, 2020, 10:39:31 pm
Danielle, you tend to mention weather, so is here the report from the other diagonal side of the country.  It actually snowed here tonight.  I mean, I am sure it won’t stick, but snow is very rare here.

I went to the gym after work and put in my cardio time.  Hopefully that (coupled with the diet) will help me lose a little weight.  Had a milestone on that front today.  Now down a total of 30 lbs since September.  I really want to get down by 35 before Christmas. 

I had planned to have a family Thanksgiving, but on Wednesday my wife (a Nurse) was told that she had been exposed to someone who tested positive.  They were close and not wearing masks for about 30 minutes.  So, she had to lock down for 7 days.  No family coming. 

Anyway, we cooked the 22 lb turkey and will be eating it until Christmas.  LOL.  I have had turkey every meal since Thanksgiving lunch.  Good thing I love turkey. 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Emma1017 on December 01, 2020, 06:35:06 am
Christmas cookies and hot tea...the best on a cold winter's day!!!  Truly excellent Danielle!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on December 01, 2020, 09:14:35 am
Your cookies look so yummy!  And I'm sure the house was warm and toasty, smelled so nice!
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 02, 2020, 04:28:14 pm
Danielle, you tend to mention weather, so is here the report from the other diagonal side of the country.  It actually snowed here tonight.  I mean, I am sure it won’t stick, but snow is very rare here.

I went to the gym after work and put in my cardio time.  Hopefully that (coupled with the diet) will help me lose a little weight.  Had a milestone on that front today.  Now down a total of 30 lbs since September.  I really want to get down by 35 before Christmas. 

I had planned to have a family Thanksgiving, but on Wednesday my wife (a Nurse) was told that she had been exposed to someone who tested positive.  They were close and not wearing masks for about 30 minutes.  So, she had to lock down for 7 days.  No family coming. 

Anyway, we cooked the 22 lb turkey and will be eating it until Christmas.  LOL.  I have had turkey every meal since Thanksgiving lunch.  Good thing I love turkey.

@Rachel Montgomery
Dear Rachel:

Having fresh snow is so beautiful, I guess that from what you stated that you don't get snow very often... so enjoy it while you have it... even it is for a short time.

Wow-whee.... your gym visits have helped you to lose 30 pounds.... that is not an insignificant weight loss.  I wish you well in your effort to lose another 5 pounds by Christmas... although holiday time is a difficult time to try to lose weight with all the special food and get-togethers.   I wish you well in reaching your goal.

I am so very sorry to read of your cancelled planned Thanksgiving dinner with family members...  wow... 22 pound turkey for just you and your wife.   I am still eating on the turkey I fixed for Thanksgiving.  With the bones and scraps I made 5 quarts of Turkey nooodle soup ...  in the freezer now for later consumption.   I still have quite a bit of nice slices that I make sandwiches with, in fact, I had a turkey sandwich for lunch today.   Tonight I think I will have a salad with turkey chunks.

Hopefully your wife and you have been able to avoid the Covid-19 virus... as a Nurse she is certainly at more risk than most.

Thank you Rachel for coming to my thread and sharing.   Your comments and replies are always welcome.

HUGS and best wishes, stay safe, stay healthy,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 02, 2020, 04:32:46 pm
    @davina61    @CaelaNotKayla   @SarahEL 
@Rachel Montgomery  @Emma1017   @JudiBlueEyes


Thank you for posting your recent comment replies.   
Yes indeed, I love this time of year with all of the holiday celebrations.

I love making the holiday cookies and other baked treats.   However this
year with the Covid-19 restrictions I probably won't be able to
bring my homemade cookie and treats plates to the local rest home
as I have done now for the past 3 years.   I will instead bring them to my office to
give out to visitors and clients plus I will make certain that my gal friends
in my weekly gym-gals group and also my book club meeting this month will
get a plate of cookies and treats.   

***Question ??? .... what special things do you do, make, or bake for the holidays?


Again, thank you for reading and commenting on my thread....

Wishing all of you well... stay healthy, stay safe.
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on December 02, 2020, 04:40:03 pm
I have made a Christmas (rich fruit) cake but this year have a shop small one (DIET) , after last years successes with salmon en cruet will be having that as a starter again. Will make some cinnamon biscuits though. 
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on December 02, 2020, 06:10:12 pm
I make quickbreads and send them to my friends around the country. This year, I think I have settled on making glazed cranberry bread with an orange glaze and some gingerbread bundt cakes (I'm going to use a large pan, so I'll cut the cakes into quarters for distribution). I usually set aside one day for baking and one day for boxing. I plan to make them this weekend, I think.

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 02, 2020, 08:39:36 pm
Thank you @davina61  and  @sarahc  for sharing your Holiday baking plans....  if you feel so inclined, please post some pictures in your reply comments here on my thread.

Sarah.... I love quickbreads and your Cranberry Bread with Orange Glaze sounds delicious 
.... and your Gingerbread Bundt Cake sounds very tasty.

Davina  I absolutely love Fruit Cake...   of course Cinnamon Biscuits are always good to eat.

Thank you for sharing and posting your comment replies.


HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 02, 2020, 08:42:31 pm
Cookie Alert:

Tonight after dinner I will be making Chocolate Lace cookies....  I will be using dark chocolate... "painted" on the bottoms of the cookies.

Tonight or maybe tomorrow morning I will post pictures my cookie baking results


Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Myranda on December 02, 2020, 09:52:07 pm

***Question ??? .... what special things do you do, make, or bake for the holidays?[/b][/color][/size]

HUGS,
Danielle[/b][/size]

@Danielle
English Muffin Bread!  I make it every year.  It is pretty easy.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CaelaNotKayla on December 03, 2020, 01:18:05 am

***Question ??? .... what special things do you do, make, or bake for the holidays?



Chocolate Snowflake cookies-  a chocolate refrigerator cookie with a powdered sugar coating!  I'm not making for probably another week and then I'll try to share pics!

Hugs!

Caela
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: SarahEL on December 03, 2020, 12:04:25 pm
I bake a lot... I love to do a nice Bara Brith for Xmas but I also do Xmas cakes for me and others (neighbours, friends..

(https://zoolu.co.uk/label/xmas_cake.jpg)
(https://zoolu.co.uk/label/XmasCake2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 03, 2020, 12:14:38 pm
@SarahEL
Dear Sarah:
Thank you for sharing pictures of your holiday baking endeavors,.
Not only do those cakes look beautiful but they also look quite tasty too... 

Thank you again for posting and replying.... and sharing your Christmas spirit with all of us.


HUGS and more HUGS,
Danielle


I bake a lot... I love to do a nice Bara Brith for Xmas but I also do Xmas cakes for me and others (neighbours, friends..

(https://zoolu.co.uk/label/xmas_cake.jpg)
(https://zoolu.co.uk/label/XmasCake2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 03, 2020, 12:34:42 pm
@Myranda
Thank you for posting your reply comment regarding your holiday baking efforts.
  Hmmm, English Muffin Bread....
I am not certain what that is...   please describe with a little more detail and
when you do make it, a picture would be good to see.

I looked in your  2020 Recipe Swap  thread
        https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,254741.0.html
and did not see any further information or recipes....

Thank you again for sharing.
HUGS,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 03, 2020, 12:38:23 pm
@CaelaNotKayla
Dear Caela:
Wow, your Chocolate Snowflake cookies sound delicious.   
I will certainly be eagerly looking for pictures and more details... next week?

HUGS, and thank you for sharing and posting your reply.

Danielle

Chocolate Snowflake cookies-  a chocolate refrigerator cookie with a powdered sugar coating!  I'm not making for probably another week and then I'll try to share pics!

Hugs!

Caela
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 03, 2020, 01:03:15 pm
Cookie Alert:

Tonight after dinner I will be making Chocolate Lace cookies....  I will be using dark chocolate... "painted" on the bottoms of the cookies.

Tonight or maybe tomorrow morning I will post pictures my cookie baking results


Danielle

Dear Readers and Followers:
As promised, here are the results of my Cookie Baking last night.
Chocolate Lace Cookies.... yummy!!!

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Megan. on December 03, 2020, 01:26:04 pm
Looks like a single portion to me... :-p

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: davina61 on December 03, 2020, 01:33:16 pm
And me, one if never enough
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 03, 2020, 02:05:13 pm
@Megan.  @davina61
I took a dozen of these Chocolate Lace cookies to my office this morning and with just 3 visitors and clients they are now all gone.   It is very difficult to not eat more than ONE.
HUGS,
Danielle


And me, one if never enough

Looks like a single portion to me... :-p

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on December 03, 2020, 02:25:28 pm
@SarahEL

Wow, seriously awesome cakes, Sarah!

Sarah

I bake a lot... I love to do a nice Bara Brith for Xmas but I also do Xmas cakes for me and others (neighbours, friends..

(https://zoolu.co.uk/label/xmas_cake.jpg)
(https://zoolu.co.uk/label/XmasCake2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Laura1951 on December 03, 2020, 02:43:10 pm
You're making me sooo hungry...I was a bad girl during Thanksgiving, and this isn't helping. LOL.

Laura
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on December 03, 2020, 05:43:24 pm
The cakes and cookies look so good. I am keto, do you make any keto baked goods??
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 03, 2020, 05:52:35 pm
The cakes and cookies look so good. I am keto, do you make any keto baked goods??
@Rachel
Dear Rachel:
Unfortunately I find it very difficult for me to make tasty things with chocolate, sugar,  oatmeal, flour,  raisins, etc to meet some diet needs.... without drastically altering the recipe... I have tried and failed trying to make sugar free, glucose free, low calorie, low fat, and low carb goodies. 
 
So sorry to temp you with my pictures of my baked goods.   
Perhaps there may be other members on my thread that can offer you some recipes that will be in sync with your diet requirements.

HUGS, and thank you for posting your comment on my thread.  You are always welcome here.
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Jane.Shannon on December 04, 2020, 12:56:11 pm
Wow all the cakes and cookies look amazing!
I can feel the pounds adding up just looking at them.
Thank you for sharing!
Jane
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel Montgomery on December 04, 2020, 03:11:19 pm
@Rachel Montgomery
Dear Rachel:

Having fresh snow is so beautiful, I guess that from what you stated that you don't get snow very often... so enjoy it while you have it... even it is for a short time.

No, it is exceptionally rare for the snow to stick here.  That probably happens on average once in three years, and then it is usually an inch or less, which usually disappears by afternoon.

Quote from: Northern Star Girl
Wow-whee.... your gym visits have helped you to lose 30 pounds.... that is not an insignificant weight loss.
 

Well, going to the gym coupled with the (seriously) restrictive diet my wife and I have been on.  One meal a day plus what I will call some expensive packaged diet snacks.  I was losing too much muscle and switched to 2 meals a day with one less "snack".  As of this morning I have three pounds to go until my interim goal is met. 

Quote from: Northern Star Girl
I am so very sorry to read of your cancelled planned Thanksgiving dinner with family members...  wow... 22 pound turkey for just you and your wife.

We are turkey-ed out.  We packaged it in 6 oz packages and froze the rest on Wednesday.  Tonight is date night for me and my wife, so we will go to Outback and get a small filet and some steamed veggies.  Then home to watch college basketball (she is a big fan).

Quote from: Northern Star Girl
Hopefully your wife and you have been able to avoid the Covid-19 virus.

Thanks for your concern.  As it turns out, she is fine.  They are asking her to spend more time with Covid patients, because they are running out of healthy staff.  So, her risk exposure may go up in the near future.
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel Montgomery on December 04, 2020, 03:14:20 pm
I am keto, do you make any keto baked goods??

I plan to shift to Keto after I lose another few pounds.  Do you have any good keto recipes for me?  Feel free to message me.  :)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel Montgomery on December 04, 2020, 03:17:13 pm

(https://zoolu.co.uk/label/xmas_cake.jpg)
(https://zoolu.co.uk/label/XmasCake2.jpg)

WOW!!!  Those look incredible!  You are an artist.  :D
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: CaelaNotKayla on December 05, 2020, 11:25:28 pm
@CaelaNotKayla
Dear Caela:
Wow, your Chocolate Snowflake cookies sound delicious.   
I will certainly be eagerly looking for pictures and more details... next week?

HUGS, and thank you for sharing and posting your reply.

Danielle
Danielle-

We didnt make it to next week!  Here are my Chocolate Snowflakes!

Hugs!

Caela
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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 08, 2020, 01:43:55 pm
@CaelaNotKayla
Dear Caela:
Definitely "snowflake" cookies... and of course if the cookie is chocolate it has to be good!!!
Thank you for sharing and posting your cookie photo.

HUGS and HUGS,
Danielle

 
Danielle-

We didnt make it to next week!  Here are my Chocolate Snowflakes!

Hugs!

Caela
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201206/3aef5f58a9645f45bff69c302bfd9fbe.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on December 09, 2020, 07:50:08 pm
@Northern Star Girl

If you can, post some pictures of the Northern Lights tomorrow. With the upcoming solar storm, it’s supposed to be quite a show. We may even get to see the Northern Lights down here in Maryland!

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 10, 2020, 12:37:13 pm
@sarahc
Dear Sarah:
Unfortunately it has been cold and very cloudy and no clear night skies for the last few days.

Here is a "Northern Lights" photo I took last February and posted here on this blog/thread of mine.
>>LINK>>>   https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250548.msg2342472.html#msg2342472
              (left Click Image to Enlarge)
    (https://i.imgur.com/XGEYMsx.jpg)

Undoubtedly there will be some opportunities this winter when the night skies are clear for me to take some more photos.

Thank you for following my thread and for posting your comments and thoughts.   
You are always welcome to post here.
HUGS,
Danielle


@Northern Star Girl

If you can, post some pictures of the Northern Lights tomorrow. With the upcoming solar storm, it’s supposed to be quite a show. We may even get to see the Northern Lights down here in Maryland!

Sarah
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 10, 2020, 06:25:34 pm
UPDATE:  Thursday afternoon, December 10, 2020, 3:20PM Alaska Time

It was a cold and cloudy night last night (minus) -18 degrees (f) and tonight is also going to be about the same...  cold and cloudy... but no new snow forecast for the next few days.

A long day work, but not as busy as I should be with calendar year end work for my clients.   My clients businesses are way off because of the Covid-19 thing... so therefore there is less work that they need me to do for them.... but I am hanging in there.   

I had to lay off my part time employee and I had to cut the hours of my full time person.  I feel so badly about that but what else can I do.   My money tree is outside and covered with ice.

I trust that my readers and followers are doing OK and holding up with all the pressures that are upon you.

Please feel free to write a comment here to let me know that you are OK.
I always enjoy reading what you have to say.

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Laura1951 on December 10, 2020, 06:31:15 pm
-18F today...

My sense of humor isn't great enough to tough out the winters you embrace. I'll settle for pictures and stories, thank you.

A frigid 35F tomorrow morning when I play tennis. Hot for you, but my fingers get numb for the first hour.

I'm sorry to hear about the decline in business. It's been a horrible year for far too many people. Just hearing the daily death counts, as they climb into the stratosphere, is depressing.

thank you for all that you do here. You're our inspiration.

Laura
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Megan. on December 11, 2020, 07:08:58 am


UPDATE:  Thursday afternoon, December 10, 2020, 3:20PM Alaska Time

It was a cold and cloudy night last night (minus) -18 degrees (f) and tonight is also going to be about the same...  cold and cloudy... but no new snow forecast for the next few days.

A long day work, but not as busy as I should be with calendar year end work for my clients.   My clients businesses are way off because of the Covid-19 thing... so therefore there is less work that they need me to do for them.... but I am hanging in there.   

I had to lay off my part time employee and I had to cut the hours of my full time person.  I feel so badly about that but what else can I do.   My money tree is outside and covered with ice.

I trust that my readers and followers are doing OK and holding up with all the pressures that are upon you.

Please feel free to write a comment here to let me know that you are OK.
I always enjoy reading what you have to say.

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle


Sorry to read about your commercial issues, I hope they resolve in '21 as COVID vaccinations roll out and the economy recovers.

I had to convert your funny temperature into English... Holy heck! That's cold!!!! I think I'd wither-up and die lol.

Keep safe and warm. X

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 11, 2020, 12:16:19 pm
@Laura1951
Dear Laura:
Thank you for posting and sharing.
Winter has arrived here ahead of the official start of the Winter Season on December 21st.  The really, really cold temperatures usually arrive in January....  temperatures in the range of minus -35 to -40 degrees (f) below zero are not uncommon at the start of the new year.

Yes indeed, having to cut the hours of my employees, especially before Christmas has saddened me greatly, but I had
no choice....  I am giving both of them a Christmas bonus gift but I am afraid that it won't enough. 

Again, thank you for reading my thread and for your comment replies.
Stay safe, stay healthy.
HUGS,
Danielle

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 
.
-18F today...

My sense of humor isn't great enough to tough out the winters you embrace. I'll settle for pictures and stories, thank you.

A frigid 35F tomorrow morning when I play tennis. Hot for you, but my fingers get numb for the first hour.

I'm sorry to hear about the decline in business. It's been a horrible year for far too many people. Just hearing the daily death counts, as they climb into the stratosphere, is depressing.

thank you for all that you do here. You're our inspiration.

Laura
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 11, 2020, 12:29:10 pm
@Megan.
Dear Megan:
Thank you for your reply comments....
I am afraid that any recovery of the economy will not happen fast enough to save many very small mom and pop business.  In many states and countries around the world, the on and off closure restrictions are repeated blows to the survival and ability to continue operating their businesses.  While the big stores and online businesses are going gangbusters, it is the little guy that is being hurt the most.... and being put out of business.... dreams smashed.

Yes, indeed the low temperatures that I report are seeming shocking to those that live in areas where the temperatures many times do not get much below Freezing.   32(f)   O(c)

As I have stated many times before.... if one is well prepared and properly equipped, it can be fairly pleasant and quite beautiful living here in sub-zero temperatures.

Thank you for posting and sharing...  you are always welcome on my threads.
I trust that you will continue healing and recovering from your recent surgery... I always look for your updates that you post on your threads.

HUGS,
Danielle

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Sorry to read about your commercial issues, I hope they resolve in '21 as COVID vaccinations roll out and the economy recovers

I had to convert your funny temperature into English... Holy heck! That's cold!!!! I think I'd wither-up and die lol.

Keep safe and warm. X

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Northern Star Girl on December 11, 2020, 01:24:30 pm
Friday, December 11, 2020
This last few days and last week I have been doing a lot my holiday baking getting ready to put together Christmas holiday season gift plates of my cookies and candies for my favorite people and my business clients in my life here in my town.   

Usually a small group of me and my friends will go to the assisted living homes to sing Christmas Carrols and to give out cookies.... but with the continuing Covid-19 issues we may not be able to do that sort of thing...
I made smaller gift plates for singles and larger gift plates for those with spouses and/or families.

   QUESTION: What kinds of baking and treat-making are you making for the Holidays? ???

HUGS,
Danielle


Choclolate Chip Cookies, Cut-out Sugar Cookies with colorful sprinkles, Shortbread Cookies, Chocolate covered Biscotti, Almond Roca, and a few other tasty treats.
                   (Left click image to enlarge)
     (https://i.imgur.com/CIrB0sK.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: barbie on December 11, 2020, 03:11:34 pm
The daily number of COVID-19 cases here in South Korea is exploding and will soon exceed 1,000 as the winter comes. Here in Jeju island where I live, the daily number of cases has been mostly zero or 1 from the tourists, but this week it once exceeded 5 as local transmission started. But virtually no regulation is imposed except wearing a mask in certain designated spaces.

Yesterday I went to a nearby small restaurant to dine with a visitor from the mainland together with my family, and to help a little bit the restaurant owner, one of my Facebook friends, in this difficult time. The restaurant has been mostly empty during the last several months, and we used to become only guests there. I suggested the owner to drink wine together with us, and he did.

barbie~~
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Megan. on December 11, 2020, 03:18:42 pm


QUESTION: What kinds of baking and treat-making are you making for the Holidays?

The main item is ofc my Xmas cake. I baked it back in October, and it's been 'fed' (with booze) regularly since. It's now rich, moist and smells amazing. Next week I'll marzipan and ice it.

I'm also planning a second cake for Devlyn, this is an alcohol-free, more American-style lighter fruit cake.

I've previously made biscotti, these make great gifts at Xmas, so I may do another batch of those.

I wanted to make my own mince-pie filling this year, but ran out of time, so it's shop-brought pies this year. X

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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: EllenW on December 11, 2020, 04:52:48 pm
UPDATE:  Thursday afternoon, December 10, 2020, 3:20PM Alaska Time

 My money tree is outside and covered with ice.

HUGS and best wishes,
Danielle


Danielle,

Send that money tree down here to So. Cal. I will take good care of it for you.  ;D And send the money back to you (minus a fee)

Ellen
Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: Rachel on December 11, 2020, 06:09:32 pm

I have to admit the baked goods look awesome. I have been watching youtube for keto baked good recipes. I usually eat the same things but I think the wonderful Chefs here have me considering making some keto cookies and brownies. Maybe I can find a keto lemon cake, yum.

I still think to live in Alaska you have to be very self sufficient and have good neighbors. Temperature, if I move, will be to a warmer climate than Philadelphia. 

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In Philadelphia there were 12,000 new covid cases today and 227 deaths. It is getting bad. Inside gatherings are prohibited with the exception of churches (supreme court of PA ruling, I do not understand). There are a lot of businesses closed. With the holidays I think there will be a lot of tough times ahead of us.

There is more traffic on I95 going to and from work. I hope everything is not shut down.

We will be administering 1700 doses of vaccine next week and every week after of the one med and when more are available we will administer more. There is hope but I think we will go through the most trying time in January.

We are all feeling the pain. I am down about 25% in wages. I have a job that I love
and I am very thankful.  We cut a lot out of the budget including staff. Staff through attrition and voluntary furlough.
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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: sarahc on December 11, 2020, 07:22:47 pm
@Rachel

<begin rant>

I am so sorry about what you are facing. Can I just say that it is insane that we as a country are furloughing hospital staff and cutting pay in the middle of the pandemic? I totally understand the economics of why that's happening to hospitals - revenue is down because of the pandemic. What I don't understand is why hospitals are not getting the financial support they need from the federal government in the middle of the pandemic( ??? ??? ???). I'm not going to dip my toes into partisan politics, but we as a country are complete morons for letting our healthcare workers get financially penalized during this crisis.

<end rant>

(Sorry for taking over Danielle's very pleasant thread, but I feel really bad for Rachel.)

Sarah


In Philadelphia there were 12,000 new covid cases today and 227 deaths. It is getting bad. Inside gatherings are prohibited with the exception of churches (supreme court of PA ruling, I do not understand). There are a lot of businesses closed. With the holidays I think there will be a lot of tough times ahead of us.

There is more traffic on I95 going to and from work. I hope everything is not shut down.

We will be administering 1700 doses of vaccine next week and every week after of the one med and when more are available we will administer more. There is hope but I think we will go through the most trying time in January.

We are all feeling the pain. I am down about 25% in wages. I have a job that I love
and I am very thankful.  We cut a lot out of the budget including staff. Staff through attrition and voluntary furlough.
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Title: Re: The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
Post by: JudiBlueEyes on December 11, 2020, 07:38:40 pm
Danielle I do hope your business soon returns to normalcy.  Actua