Monday, December 31, 2007

My New Year's Eve

If they only knew...

Apparently, my relationship with the telephone began rather early in life. But that may actually have been a good thing. A well-developed dialing finger comes in handy when you live this far above the Arctic Circle and a firm grip on the receiver is an absolute must! Okay, I'm kidding, but only a little.

It's been a quiet New Year's Eve interspersed with happy phone calls from thoughtful friends. While it takes a bush plane to conquer the geographical isolation of this village, bridging the expanse between hearts can be accomplished via satellite. And what a blessing that is!

I began this blog with a little fear and trepidation, but it's turned out to be something of a joy. Thank you to all who have supported my little adventure. May 2008 far exceed your hopes and expectations and even be a year of unleashing dreams!

And, as it unfolds, let's keep in touch and remember...friendship is just a satellite signal away!


Dawn said...

Happy New Year Miss K! Your blog has been a joy for all of us who love to read your take on life in the Arctic. Your vivid descriptions are memories for some but images for others who will never get to enjoy your experience.

Have we been spoiled by the internet or what? Remember when we had to write letters and send photos through the mail? How old fashioned was that?!

Bryan said...

Happy New Year to you! After reading and enjoying for a while now, it sounds like you are already unleashing your dreams. I hope 2008 will be just a continuation for you.

Kimberlee said...

Hey, Dawn! Happy New Year to you! Yes...I have to admit to being completely spoiled by the internet. When I talked about friendship being just a satellite signal away...I should have added how THANKFUL I am for that! And thank YOU for staying in touch in spite of the miles between us. I am always excited to hear from you...whether via telephone, inbox, or blog comment! :)

Have a great New Year's Day! And best wishes with the B&B!

Kimberlee said...

Happy New Year to you, Bryan! You're here has definitely been the fulfillment of a dream. And there are plenty more where that dream came from! :) Okay, that sounded pretty corny, but I think you know what I mean. Thank you for taking the time to visit. It's great to hear from you!

I wish for you and Laurie...a 2008 full of winding roads to explore with amazing treasures to discover along the way. Maybe one will lead to Alaska?! :)

I am SO looking forward to following your adventures on your blog. I have thoroughly enjoyed your photographs and beautiful posts. Thanks for sharing that with me!

Kippi said...

Love the picture!! I enjoyed talking on the phone with you the other night. I have really enjoyed your blog. It is one of my favorite things to read. I love hearing about life in Alaska. You are a trooper and a true adventurer. Keep them coming. Love ya, Kippi

Happy Birthday. I gotta tell ya anytime I think of you and birthday I hear you singing "The old gray mare she ain't what she used to be!"

Kimberlee said...

Wow, Kippi! I can't believe you still remember that! The sad thing is that when we sang that song to your mom, she was about ten years younger than I am now!

I enjoyed our phone call too! Thanks for staying in touch.
Love to everybody!

Steve said...

That's really a cute picture.

So you've always been a proponent of cutting edge technology, I see.

Floridacracker said...

Happy belated birthday!
I'll join the chorus in saying how interesting it is to read about life so far North of here.
Take care and Happy New Year!

Kimberlee said...

Thanks, Steve. Absolutely...cutting edge further evidenced by my inclusion of the Duck-o-Meter! I do TRY to be a forward-thinking individual. :)

Kimberlee said...

Hey, thanks FC! I appreciate the birthday wish. With all the cold weather that you guys have been having...the differences between us seem to be diminishing! I continue to enjoy your blog...your bird photos were really nice. Thanks for stopping by!

Johnny said...

Loved the picture! You were already a prim and proper Southern lady with her ankles crossed. So to whom were you speaking??? Maybe, Santa????
I hope you smile like that when we talk!

Kimberlee said...

Prim and proper? LOL! Wouldn't it be nice to think so!? If the truth were feet were probably just cold. :)

In actuality, I'm not even sure that telephone was operational at the time. I'll have to ask my mom. I do know that by the time I was in first or second grade we were allowed to play with it when visiting our grandparents' house. (That's where the photo was taken). I used to pretend to be my grandfather's secretary. He gave me letterhead stationery from his office and taught me to answer, "ESCH and Associates, may I help you?" I took lots of messages and was thoroughly convinced that I would work in his office one day. That's a fun memory. :)

Laurie said...


I have seen that photo before (or am I crazy?) and it is so adorable.Happy New Year, a little late, and I love you!


Kimberlee said...

Hey, Laurie! Happy New Year to you, too. I can't imagine that you would ever have seen that photo before, but I guess anything is possible. I'm pretty sure it's always been stuck in a box underneath other old photos. It's probably the hand-holding-receiver part that seems familiar to you. You've definitely seen me do that plenty of times! :)

Love to you and all the chickens!