YEAH!! We made it through another year at the RICKS RANCH!! To recap a few things that we are thankful for the first on is our health. We are both in our 70’s and still doing the things that we enjoy doing out in the woods in our little house by the lake, sewing room and Bobs cave/shop.
We have had many improvements this year – one it new water well thanks to our neighbor Larry for sharing! Our neighbors pitched in and helped get the water ditch into the house. It was hooked up by the same wonderful neighbors! We also switched to an on demand propane water heater. Nice compared to the big monster electric water heater.
The other thing we are so thankful for is the gravel that Arleigh delivered that covered the mud that was created by digging up our yard to get the water pipes into the house. I hung up my mud boots and put my mouth out of gear for all the terrible thoughts about MUD!!
Then Susan and Porter came out and started doing the improvements on our yard. What a blessing that is! Susan with the help of “across the lake Ginny” sawed and hauled trees and big elderberry bushes, then cleaned up the side of the yard outside my sewing room. Susan spent hours and days planting flowers in flower boxes that Porter and Bob made.
The next project was a deck on the front of our house and leading up the sewing room. Bob and Porter spent long hours and days making a wonderful deck so we do not have to walk in the mud and dirt coming out of the house. It is the perfect improvement and such a blessing this winter. I am so lucky and blessed by all the improvements.
Great granddaughter Cecile visited for two weeks from Washington and then her Daddy Michael came and visited for a week. We had bon fires and a tea party with Aunt Alma. Cecile is a beautiful young lady at age 7. We look forward to her visits every year.
Another high light this year was my very best old friends I had not seen since the 70’s, Jo Anne Adams Walhstrom and her sister Sherry Mare came to visit in August. We had such fun with a picnic because I wanted them to meet all my good friends here in this corner of Nikiski, Alaska... Great food and lots of laughter. We went to Homer and stayed all night at my friend Kelly Cooper’s Glacier View Cabin and then we meandered home. We also went beach combing. The worst part about the whole visit was it was not long enough!!
My family is all well. Grandson Arleigh will be moving into his nice little house he built just a block from us. Grey has had stops and starts in his life, as all other teens do. We all push and shove him through the worst parts. I hope he never give up his wonderful values and nice outlook on life. Gail is doing well and has been busy with her life as usual. David spent the summer months in Bethel with a company that has tugs and barges. He was the heavy duty mechanic. He is home now and enjoying a new life in North Nikiski. Susan and Porter are closing the Fireweed Gift Shop and concentrating on the Fireweed Greenhouse business. It is a happy new turn of events in their life.
I try to visit Aunt Alma in Sterling, Alaska two to three times a month. In the winter it is harder. She is doing well but so very lonesome! Thank all or you who sent her birthday cards. She loves every one of them.
I am thankful for all the readers of my column and the comments about the “olden days.” They and you are appreciated!!
Bob and I are in good health and wish all our friends and readers a very Healthy New Year.