The View From Here
Fairbanks was still summery, but here in Anchorage it's definitely Fall. It's cool, overcast. Elderberries and devil's club are blooming, so there's that autumnal red pervading (of which I don't yet have a good photo!) This is about 100 miles north of Anchorage - you can see the fireweed blooming, and in the foreground the infamous invasive cow parsnip (pushki) that was notable absent from the Fairbanks flora.
It feels a little surreal to have catapulted straight from the intensity of the writing workshop to visiting with my dear friends David and Heather, whom I haven't seen for a year, and David's brother John, whom I'm meeting for the first time. David's just been undergoing chemo, and his attitude and inner strength, as well as his indomitable humor, are just inspirational. They're just here until Wednesday, so hopefully we can get a really good visit in.
And I'm still not reunited with Phil! That comes later today. Some time soon, it'll be essential to get some space to recombobulate, to get an overview-sense of what just happened with the writing workshop, although so far the pace of hanging out with these folks has been fairly spacious in itself.
Up For This Week
I don't know that we'll get home before Friday, but definitely Friday, becauseI have to go get a VitC IV to complete my second chelating cycle (another wrinkle in the current week), so I don't really know how things are going to go or how often I'll write in here, or read others' blogs.
Exciting to me, though, is that we're scheduled to get internet in our own tiny little low-tech cabin on Friday too! It'll be great for my work and for much else besides, although taking on a monthly payment wasn't done lightly, nor was taking on another piece of technology.