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    Eliguk Journal – April 12, 2020.

    Heirloom Squash & MelonsWatching plants grow,...literally. It's still the most rewarding thing I currently have in my life. Audio books are my second, and a 'new to me thing'. Don't get me wrong, the dogs are still the highlights in my day, but they can't read. I can simply press play, and someone else reads an entire book to me, without their eyes drying up, burning sore...or without their voice cracking. Sure I miss skimming over the words myself, but with my aging eyes that now need +2.50 cheater glasses to read anything within an arms length; this solves that problem completely. Besides Mountain Man isn't here to take his…

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    Eliguk Journal – April 2, 2021.

    I got the fur kids bellies full with left over pork, heated up with over easy eggs and then mixed it into their dry kibble. (On Mountain Mans last 'visit' home for 2 days (Tues & Wed) we had grilled pork tenderloin). The sun set and our solar panels stopped charging, so around the cabin I went to re-fuel the generator. The dogs rounded up the chickens and pushed them into the coop, I grabbed a scoop of layer pellets and scattered them about inside the pen, collected their eggs and closed the coop door. On the way back in, I grabbed a big 'story time' log for the wood…

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    Eliguk Journal – March 25, 2021.

    No sooner than I expected to spend another week alone, and Mountain Man had showed up once again. This time with another huge load including groceries, and a few items to create some special meals for his birthday on the first day of Spring. He was coming to spend the weekend at home, as he was having a frustrating time on his plane and needed to step back and give it a breather. It's a pretty hard job to do by yourself, and there's little to no one in BC with experience in covering a fuselage with Orotex. The shop has done wings - just not a fuselage! This information…

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    Eliguk Journal – March 18, 2021.

    A Happy CoupleWhen a man loves a woman, he usually tries to do everything in his power to keep her happy. That way a reciprocal relationship develops. (We've already established by now, I'm a giver). Reciprocity is a mutual exchange of actions, goods, energy, time, emotion, etc; between two people. There’s a rhythm or a flow of a back and forth exchange. When someone reciprocates our efforts, it can leave us feeling validated in our choices and friendship, energized to keep going in a relationship and give more, leaving us with an overall sense that we are valued and appreciated. Meaningful relationships require investment, and reciprocity can be the gauge…

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    Eliguk Journal – March 12, 2021.

    chain-sawing a gridWe had a hunch that the ice wouldn't set up, and we were right! We waited as long as we could monitoring the colder nights, while the warmer days undid all the work of ice setting up at night. We laid our chalk lines down and started cutting the grid lines for the ice harvest. Line after line, water rooster tailed up through the cut - into the air, and coming back down to land on us (we exchanged glances without speaking), knowing full well that the ice wouldn't be harvestable. After a few lines, we stopped, and tried to pop a block out. The first block crumbled…

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    Eliguk Journal – March 3, 2021.

    Stunning SunrisesMarch. Mother nature sheds her Winter coat, as we get some wild winds with shifting weather. This month will see Spring arrive along with the rest of you getting to spring ahead; finally catching up to Eliguk time zone! It's a great month for those of surviving out in the wilderness. Our cabin seedlings are stretching for the longer light in the day, and we are hitting above zero temps. The chickens are happily clucking away, laying more eggs everyday. The snow levels are shrinking and melting with the warmth spreading over the land. On our South slope, the snow is now compacting to about 2.5 feet with a…

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    Eliguk Journal – February 24, 2021.

    It was an intense couple of days after the rice incident. My chest felt heavy, I actually struggled to breathe normally and worried about being so far in the middle of no-where to deal with such a thing. If it was a viral pneumonia, I'd be okay with it, as I've had several of those and know what to expect. At my worst moment one evening, I jumped up from my chair as I patted my chest and my eyes got wide - Mountain Man could see the panic in my face. I was struggling to breathe! We decided that was it...I had to seek medical attention, and get this…

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    Eliguk Journal – February 15, 2021.

    Our expected Arctic flow came and went, it was uneventful and barely lasted a week. Not nearly as long as years passed. It's not likely to reach those temps for the remainder of the Winter. The coldest temperature we reached was -39C (-38.2F), which wasn't bad - so we thought. Better than last years -51C (-59.8F)! I couldn't get Mountain Man outside early enough to do our annual hot water toss (where the boiling water instantly turns into ice crystals), as he just wasn't as enthusiastic as I was - so I opted to go outside and play with my bubble wand; amusing myself as I watched the bubbles freeze…

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    Eliguk Journal – February 9, 2021.

    Blowing snow while packing down a runway.It's been an uneventful few weeks to say the least! Music to my soul, actually. No drama, no death defying incidents, mishaps, emergencies or heart stopping dilemma's! Other than the weather, which dumped another 16 inches or so of more snow, and finally hit some good ol' arctic temps. But that's February! When you're living off the grid in the Winter - if you aren't prepared for an arctic blast, you have no business being there. Every single year that I've been tracking the weather out here at Eliguk, February is the one to watch out for, (if you dread the plunging cold temperatures.)…

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    Eliguk Journal – February 1, 2021.

    Saying bye again...It's been forever, or at least that's how it feels - right? Mountain Man has come and gone once more. Home for a week of wilderness work & recluse, 7 short days of enjoying each others company. Eating every meal together, working together, and playing together. The time went way too fast, as it does when he's only home for a short while. He made sure to fill the deck with 2 rows of wood this time, as an arctic front would come while he was away. Before he left we got a message and an invite to go visit a friend at Laidman Lake Lodge. The couple…

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