Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Here Come Da Sun

There is no such thing as too much light during an Alaskan summer. Granted, we are not at summer yet, at least temperature-wise, but about a month ago the curtain of darkness that descended upon the state began to lift. And the people rejoiced.

Currently, the sun rises in Anchorage at 6:12 a.m., and sets again at 9:44 p.m., a gain today of 5 minutes and 39 seconds. Doesn't sound like much? Add those five minutes up over seven days, and wow, you get a whole half-hour (or more) of extra daylight, which is a lot.

When the sun comes out, so do the garden implements and lawn mowers, even though the ground remains frozen in most places. I have heard the rumble of mowers during this sunny week as neighbors who just couldn't stand it anymore got them out to at least check the oil and maybe suck up the rotten leaves that were hidden under the snow for almost five months.

I cleared out my flowerbeds and found actual green things starting to poke up through the dirt. Bear helped me plant some seed starts in an apple container from Costco, hoping perhaps our vegetables will look like some of the State Fair winners; the ones that make Alaska famous for their size and stature. (Pictures above are from last year's Fair).

The forecast calls for rain and snow this weekend, so we're spending as much time as possible outdoors, soaking up the Vitamin D.

Bear wants a picnic outside, even though by the standards of many, the temperatures are a bit cool, in the 50's. These little Alaskans are tough buggers, aren't they? Meatballs and baked beans coming up!

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