It has been a couple of months now since I last wrote, and I thank you for the readers who let me know that I have not written for a while.
Since the last time I wrote, as you can guess, much has happened.
In Barrow, the weather has changed. Since the end of September, we have had snow. The average temperature has not really dropped that much, it has been around 25 degrees above Zero for the last couple of weeks. The ice has finally returned to the Barrow shoreline. Most years the ice flow comes in and out of Barrow all year long, but this summer we had not seen the ice since it left in early July. The missing ice flow has caused problems the nature here above the Arctic Circle, walruses, seals and polar bears do not have the ice flows to live off of or give birth off of. In Greenland they are growing vegetables they have never been able to grow before. Whether it is Global Warming or the cycle of time, I do not know, but what ever it is, it is not good for up here.
I have been fighting a cough and bronchitis for the last couple of months, which is part of the reason I have just not felt like writing. My wife got sick just after we returned from Wisconsin for her mother's memorial service. The flights back left me with plugged ears for about a week, which meant more pain and a loss of hearing. Since returning from Wisconsin, both my wife and son have tested positive for strep. All three of us are recovering slowly. (I thank my daughter for catching a spelling error,strep, but she missed the other one
Now is the time to get something to eat to keep up my strength. I find that I tend to not eat, then get too tired to work or do anything...eating on a regular basis just might be a good thing.
Peace and blessings to all.