Saturday, January 17, 2015

Chili Con Carnival

Big chili cook off tomorrow.. 
We have to have a name for the chili so, we have put out the word to friends and family to come with a good Alaskan name.. I've used Homer Brewings oatmeal stout, Kay Bay Coffee, and moose that was harvested this fall, by Kim's son Aaron.  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

50 degrees in January?

The weather is really taking some getting used to, I haven't seen 50 degrees in January that I can ever remember!  At least not here.. Or for that matter all my years down in Minnesota. My cross country ski plans this winter have been put on the wayside.. I hope not for good!  
The rest of the week looks pretty much the same...

Sunday, January 4, 2015


The beginning of a new year. At 9am this morning the Sun is still over an hour away from rising over the mountain peaks across the bay.  I never really make New Years resolutions, daily resolutions are far more reasonable to make a reality.  If I can get up in the morning with a positive outlook and stay on task, I can balance the day with what I need to do and what I'd like to do.  

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Oh yeah!!! The chili turned out really good.. A little more heat than I anticipated, but that just makes it go good with a pint of Homer Brewings finest Bitter. 
Gonna have to bring it down to Karachters this weekend and share!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Night

My sweetie is off working late tonight so what to do.... 

I guess I could go and join in the local nightlife, or, I could take some quiet time at home and busy myself with some reloading. Setting up to reload for the 30-06, and some 30-30. 
One can just make them fast, or you can take some time and maybe, just maybe, they will shoot as good or better than the factory made stuff. Years ago when I got into this as a hobby, the goal was to make ammo that was better than anything you could buy already made up.. Well the factory stuff has gotten pretty good over the years so now, well, at least I can make it a whole lot less expensive. And really, that's a pretty good reason to roll yer own. 

Start out with 20 fired cases..

Knock the old primers, resize the cases and look things over close.. 

Make some repairs...

Press in some new primers

Now we're ready to make some choices with powder and bullets. 

Looks like the bullet choices I have on hand are not really what I'm looking for. These are better choices for the 30-30. 

We'll pick up some better choices and continue another day with the 30-06. 

I know I have a bunch of 30-30 brass here somewhere...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Chili kind of a day

Taking the afternoon off to make some chili. Have some moose burger and a moose roast to cut up in little pieces, add some dark beer, coffee, and a bunch of chili fixins and will see what happens..

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ski Time

It's been hard to get excited about skiing so far this season.. Here we are in the first week of December, in Alaska, and no snow to ski on. 
Screen shots from the weather forecast aren't promising either... 

I'm thinking the ski trails in my old stomping grounds are busy and full of activity.  
The weather patterns seem to have done a switch and put the Midwest in a deep freeze and gave Alaska the tropics!