This is Alaska and being prepared is still an important part of living here. The weather is getting crisp, fall is here and winter is near. Getting ready for winter will be happening in earnest.
For some people this is a sad time that marks the end of summer. But, others will celebrate the change in season with a flurry of activities. Harvesting is now in full swing. Wild berries are almost done for the season with lots of jams, jellies and syrups in the cupboards. Fish are being brined, smoked, dried, canned or frozen. Vegetables are being picked, pickled, chopped, cut, blanched and prepped for storage. And, depending on your location, hunting for the meat that will sustain you through the winter has started or soon to start.
The main goal, and what makes a lot of these efforts worthwhile, is being able to eat good food and stay warm, but cutting the cost down as much as possible is an added benefit and staying healthy is another. And, getting things done just plain makes you feel good.
Next – wax those skis, tune up those snow machines, get out the ice auger and break out the winter gear!
--- Sandy Shacklett