The Reindeer Farm

My sweet and I went out to the Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer, Alaska this last weekend. We had never been to visit before, it was a great experience. “October Fun” is geared towards families with small children but, we are both just big kids at heart! ❤

The drive was nice. We don’t drive outside of town to often (even though we’d like too.) The trees are bare, and there is still no snow on the ground. Our winter is projected to be mild again this year. Driving on the Old Glenn Highway was a first time experience for me. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a two lane highway!

The farm had a pen where reindeer could be hand-fed but, most were full and completely uninterested in accepting any more pellets from the hundreds of people visiting. It was wonderful to see them so close. There were some beautiful racks on those reindeer. Reminded me of trees.

There was also live music, a gift shop with snacks and Husky burgers for sale. Face painting, a Spooky Walk (haunted house for kids) a bunny holding area, hay maze and more. It was a windy day but, gosh I had a darn good time! I will most likely use more of our photos in future posts. And, if you are wondering.. yes, I’ve eaten reindeer. It’s good. It’s usually mixed with ground beef and made into hot dogs or sausages.

Hallelujah!

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Orange tree leaves, like fire on the branches of trees. Mid-October, 2015.

“October is a hallelujah!
reverberating in my body year-round…”
~John Nichols

Treasures

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An Alaskan rose, fading summer beauty amongst the fall leaves. October 8, 2015.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”~Thornton Wilder

Disappearing

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Edited photo of local “woods.” September, 2015.

“I dislike the feel of this woods. Creatures that live in a unicorn’s forest learn a little magic of their own in time. Mainly concerned with disappearing.”
– Hunter, The Last Unicorn

Wounded

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A walk in the woods. Autumn of 2015. September in Alaska.

“It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.” ~Horace

The Autumnal

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After the rain. First day of Autumn, 2015.

“No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face….”
~John Donne, “Elegy IX: The Autumnal”

The Rain is Gone

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A flower fallen in the grass. The city’s hanging baskets were removed from their posts along the street. September, 2015. Anchorage, Alaska

“I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.”
-Johnny Nash

I got my vision tested yesterday. I also got, my first pair of eyeglasses! My vision was tested in 2012, but I never filled my prescription. I always felt like, I could see you know? Words blurred at a distance, I couldn’t read menu boards or the cable guide but I managed.

I don’t know why I waited so long! Seeing is believing folks! The only thing that pushed me into getting glasses is that I need them to pass the eye test at the DMV, when I got in to get my drivers license.

I am nearsighted, and my vision in my right eye is worse than my left. My eyes were dilated and I’ve got to healthy peepers! My first pair of glasses are pretty basic. Family members recommended Eye Mart, and I got a great deal on a pair of plastic lenses in some cute black & pearl white frames.

Putting my glasses on and taking them off makes me dizzy at first. In fact, I’ve felt overwhelmed at times. Taking everything in, I’m seeing things I didn’t know I was missing. I haven’t stopped talking about it for the past two days. I see the world with brand new eyes. My whole outlook of the world has improved!

Today, we went to the woods for a hike and it was breathtaking. Seeing fall colors and the seasonal changes so vividly, was amazing. I can see all the leaves on the trees. Each leaf, each needle is defined. Words, I can read them all! Even the menu boards, I can read a sign across a large room.

I just want to finish with a line from a commercial that never failed to make me laugh, “my eyes – my special eyes!”

What do you see?

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Fireweed gone to seed. August 20th, 2015.

“Man is the only critter who feels the need to label things as flowers or weeds.”
~Author Unknown

Full Moon Blessings

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Another photo edited to make use of a slightly blurry & un-interesting photo of miscellaneous things in my cabinet.

“May you have warm words on a cool evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door.”  ~Irish Toast

This morning when leaving for work at just before 5 am, we saw the big beautiful golden full moon. It’s not the first time ever, mind you. It’s just been a season since we’ve been able to truly view the moon with a velvet black sky behind it, surrounded by smoky looking clouds and sparkling stars. Summer in Alaska is the season of the sun. It is “the land of the midnight sun.” We have reached the beginning of fall, and now sister moon returns to us (even tho she never really left.)

There is a peacefulness that I find at night, in the dark. Winter’s coldness feels right to me. If my living circumstances were different, I suppose I might feel differently. But right here, right now after working day 8 of 12.. it feels absolutely perfect. There is a chill in my bedroom. We are cuddled up, and J is already napping. The kitties, are napping and being surrounded by pillows & covers in the middle of the afternoon is beyond comforting. I feel peaceful, and at rest.

Full moon blessings to you, my friends . . * . * )0( * . *. .