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Walmart Layaway

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  It’s that time of year again. Walmart layaway! Just when you thought it was safe to shop on every other day of the year EXCEPT that Friday after you have gorged yourself on bird, the worlds largest retailer has brought back memories of Christmas past when you could load up a cart and take it to the back of ... Read More »

Fortos Fort: 3 Years in the Making

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Three years ago today, on a rainy Fourth of July, my daughter and I arrived in Alaska to take a look at a house in the small town of Willow. I am sure you know the story by now, I have talked about it many times before. Long story short, Nicole was given the choice to move here or to ... Read More »

Recipe Rants: Blueberry Jelly

It has been a busy summer here at the Fort. We filled our freezer the smoked red salmon, we built a greenhouse and picked over a gallon and a half of blueberries to make jelly, BBQ sauce, muffins and more. Today I want to share a recipe that we found online and modified for our use. It took all of ... Read More »

The greenhouse project at the Fort

We are building an 8×8 greenhouse at our home in Alaska with the help of our friend, Lev. In the coming weeks it will be framed up and finished with a gravel floor and plastic panels. This is a project that was two years in the planning stages Read More »

Houston High School softball opening night

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It was a blustery, but absolutely beautiful May Day. It was the start of the softball season for my daughter, Nicole. Nicole is a freshman at Houston High School in Alaska. A small school of just about 400 kids and home of the Hawks. A big change from where she was just last semester in Littleton, Colorado at Dakota Ridge, a ... Read More »

No Flare Jeans Allowed!

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Yesterday I got an education in teen fashion. I thought I would be nice and head to the local Kohl’s–only 150 miles round trip–to buy my 14 year old daughter, Nicole, a couple pairs of jeans. Paying little attention to anything but size I picked up a couple pair for less than 40 bucks. I thought it was a heck ... Read More »

Enter Sandman: Silky Soul

Last night’s music experience at the Fort was channel 843: Silky Soul. Okay, okay, I am a total METRO! I turned it from Full Metal Jacket hard core rock to something that’s–let’s just say a little silky… We are trying to sleep for goodness sake! Save the head bangin’ for the weekend. I’ll be 41 next Friday. You don’t want ... Read More »

Enter Sandman: Honky Tonk Tavern

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Last night’s music experience at the Fort was channel 811: Honky Tonk Tavern. It’s hard to believe that both Michele and I actually enjoyed this. It started off with a gospel tune from the great Johnny Cash and ended somewhere with a rocking, twangy tune by Dwight Yoakam. He was excellent in Slingblade as Dale but did you know that ... Read More »

Enter Sandman: Malt Shop Oldies

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Last night’s music experience here at the Fort was channel 802: Malt Shop Favorites. This was the music I most remember growing up and taking road trip vacations in the Family Truckster. I have such fond memories of those summers with my step-dad, Mike singing North to Alaska by Johnny Horton. This song even played tonight and it immediately brought ... Read More »