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AmookIslandCreations

AmookIslandCreations
Date Joined: March 23, 2012
Last Online: August 16, 2018
Birthday: May 18
Country: United States

About Me

08052018 My DH just saw 2 dozen orca in Uyak Bay, out in front of our house! Amazing! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

07252018 Yay!!! Hit the 2000 swaps completed mark today! They were all so much fun! I've learned a lot and met the best people! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

07182018 Fox and deer play frequently on the beach in front of our house. Yesterday, as we were leaving Amook to come to LB, the fox was way down in a corner of the beach with first one deer and then 2 chasing him. The fox climbed a pretty sheer cliff to escape, and when the deer rose up on their hind legs to sniff him, he jumped over the top of them and came racing down the beach with the 2 deer in hot pursuit! About 100 feet from the corner, he turned and raced up into the long grass, leaving the deer on the beach. They looked around for him for a bit and then started walking towards me. They came to within 50 yards of me, when David came in with the boat, to pick me up. I have had them pass within arm's length of me. Just another day in a National Geographic life. Hugs from Alaska.

060518 Spent the week out on Amook Island. Saw whales, deer, foxes, sea otters, seals and lots of eagles and other sea birds. We come into town once a week to gather our mail, do laundry, take showers, attend community meetings (we are both on the city council), mow the lawn and send David to Kodiak for weekly PT treatments. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

03302018 My DH went out to Amook to open the house up so we can move back there soon. He had 20,000 pictures on the trail cameras, but only saved 175 of them. It sure is fun to watch the foxes and deer hang out, while we are not there. The storms of the winter, took out the first 4 feet of the stairs, we build of rocks, cooling racks and chain-link fencing. Every year we build it, and every year we have to repair it. The ocean is so strong, it lifts 100# rocks, and carries them 100s of feet down the beach. Sometimes we never find the rocks that we used. He saw whales, deer and foxes while he was there. Soon!!!

02132018 NO Purple Please!!!

01222018 Earthquake!!! It was an 8 pointer. I was reading, in my hotel room in Kodiak, at 12:30 am (We were in town for the Leadership Forum) when the earth started shaking. I wasn't concerned, at first, because it just sounded and felt like a big truck going by, and we have big earthmovers on the island. But...then it kept shaking on and on and on, and the Tsunami Alarms started claxtonning. so I woke up my DH, who had slept through the whole thing, and we accessed the net, found where the epicenter was and listened to updates. There was a report of a 32 foot wave, on its way to Kodiak, that would hit at 0145. We were evacuated to our car, after being told to pack everything up, and directed to drive above 100 feet to the Library parking lot. We stayed there, in the rental car, listening to the radio, until 0400, when the Tsunami Warning was decreased to an Advisory. We were also in contact with our village, thru cell phone, with a friend, ready to go get Dusty and Blue Fish, if needed.

This turned out to be a non-event, but was a great exercise and training to get ready for the next big one, which may not be. Kodiak had been completely devastated by the '64 Earthquake and there were lots of people who still remembered that one, at the Forum. Almost all of our first morning, was spent debriefing and discussing alternative ways of communicating and getting information. We were lucky, in that there was no cell phone disruption and we could use the internet, though many of the internet sites were quickly over whelmed. Most people have become so dependent on cell phones that they have put away their marine and ham radios, which do work, in case of emergencies. Something for you, in the Lower 48, to think about. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

12212017 Today was the shortest day of the year, with 6 hours and 20 minutes of daylight. Winter Solstice means more to Alaskan's than those in the Lower 48, because from now on, the days will get longer, first by seconds, then by minutes, until the longest day of Summer Solstice. No snow for us, except on the high mountains. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

10312017 What we thought was 1 bear breaking into places turned into 5. One has been destroyed, caught in the act of breaking into a house. The others have been caught on film. Most people in the village are leaving all their lights on at night, using Critter Getter sensors, that make a high pitched modulated squeal, and putting nailed boards in front of their doors. The door, that the bear broke out of our boat house will cost $1,000 by the time we purchase the door, get it shipped here and get it installed. We were "lucky" in that we only lost one door and not all of our food out of our freezers. Some places have had multiple "visits" with entire kitchens and pantries destroyed, living room and bedroom furniture destroyed, entire walls taken out, greenhouses destroyed. Any replacement items have to come by plane or boat, and shipping is 73 cents per pound. That's if you can find the items to get them here. All of this because of the irresponsibility of a few people wanting to get pictures of the bears. Now they have to be destroyed as they cannot unlearn these bad habits. A fed bear is a dead bear.

10162017 A bear broke into our boat shop last night, while we were still on Amook. It broke the back door frame, twisted the steel door, opened our freezers and took about $500 worth of food: taco wraps, hamburger patties, salmon, cheese, hot dogs, and all our Halloween candy. It ate half of it in the shop and took half into the neighbor's back yard to eat. (we found more wrappers) This same bear also broke into a bunch of other places, so far. That's what happens when the cannery and lodges feed the bears. They get habituated to human food and start breaking into places to get it when the lodges and cannery close down for the season.

09252017 32 degrees F today. Winter is on it's way. Whales are still here.

09022017 We are back in Larsen Bay for a few days due to a coming storm. It's better to have our boat in our slip, in the harbor, rather than on a running line in 50K+ winds. We haven't really had a summer here; temps have been around 50 degrees F, with only a couple of sunny days. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

0652017My DH had a successful cataract surgery. Looking forward to returning home, after his last appointment tomorrow. 2 flights and a boat ride.

No Purple Please.

04012017 Put the landing craft back in the water and into the harbor. It was 48 degrees F today so spring is here. Soon we will be back out on Amook Island for the Spring, Summer and Fall. We have had 50 deer, we have counted here in the village, over the winter, and about that many eagles. With the warmer temps, came rain and fog. Badly needed here as we have had no precipitation for a month and temps hovering around 18 degrees F for the same amount of time. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

120516 YAY!!! 2000 Five ratings reached today!

102616 We are officially back in our winter house, in Larsen Bay, after closing the house on Amook Island, until next spring. The whales, sea otters, deer and foxes as well as the eagles and sea birds have been so entertaining, this year! Winter storms are here! Already 5-10 inches of snow, high winds and seas, dark clouds and fog. Great times to stay inside and create! Also volunteering, at the school, having the kids read aloud to me. Hugs from Alaska!

080316 Taking the oxygen concentrators back to Kodiak City tomorrow! Yay! Never take any breath for granted. Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes! I know they made a difference!

052216 Thank you for all the well wishes! I am still on oxygen at night, (my oxygen goes down to 80%) but am gaining more energy every day. Had a Sleep Study done. More results in 2 weeks. Hugs from Alaska.

042416 Home after a week in the hospital with pneumonia. Had to come home on oxygen. Trying to wean myself off the oxygen. No energy, but swapping takes my mind off that. Hugs from Alaska.

012416 We just had 2 earthquakes, one almost on top of the other, a 6.5 and a 7.1. I live about 216 miles south and west of the epicenter, and they shook the house and made my lamps and mobiles swing. Nothing fell off the walls. Up in Kasilof, there are huge cracks in the road, with parts of it raised high enough to be able to slide down. They lost at least three houses to gas line fires. My Dusty kitty hid out for an hour, and my DH slept right through it.

011616 All of our snow has gone away, though we are getting winds of 40k and seas that are 18 feet high. Hope everyone is having a safe and creative new year!

120915 We were visited by Santa and his elves today, via 2 US Coast Guard helicopters. They brought gifts and holiday foods. Our children, then, put on a Christmas Program for them, the pilots and engineers. It was a beautiful, glorious, severe clear day!

102515We are officially in LB for the winter now. We have to go out and pull the running line and see what damage this last storm did (if any), but we will be mostly in LB. We have been monitoring scrap metal removal, (almost 3 million pounds so far), watching out for teenage bratty bears, (there are twins, breaking into buildings, in the village) and getting ready for winter.

06152014 My DH and I spend most of our summer and fall out on Amook Island and come into the village about once a week to check messages, get our mail, do laundry, etc,, weather permitting. I check SB and rate all the mail, I receive, on those days, as well. Please do not think that I am ignoring any messages/swaps/rating. I treasure each one I receive. Hugs from Alaska.

04092014 Home from Anchorage!!! Yay!!! Denali Vena Cava Filter removed. Hugs from Alaska.

Please...if you have any unexplained swelling on one side, any type of heavy (like a period) clear discharge from your vagina, or something doesn't "feel" right, get it checked further than a PAP smear. PAP smears do not find ovarian or uterine cancers! I was "lucky" that I had a blood clot, that after further tests, lead them to diagnose before it was too late. Don't wait. You are important!

09122013 My son is safely home from Afghanistan! Thank you Lord!

06292013 I'm home from my Lower 48 trip: Tomorrow,(4-1-13) I am beginning a long journey around the Lower 48 States. I am taking the ferry, down through the Inside Passage, to WA, (Here on 4-12-13) going from there to Idaho (4-14-13), down thru UT (4-16-13) to AZ and the Grand Canyon (4-20-13). Then I am heading east thru TX (4-23-13), into LA, thru AL to FL (4-25-13) to see my sister, After that, I will be driving up the East Coast, thru the New England States, to ME to see my uncle (5-5-13), Then, I will be heading west, and driving around the Great Lakes (with a side trip to MO to see my Nephew 5-11-13) to WI,(5-13-13) to see my other brother, Then it's thru MN to South Dakota (5-18-13) to see my Pa and his wife, north to Canada (MB 5-22-13, BC 5-24-13, YT 5-28-13) and back to Alaska (Tok, AK 5-31-13) over the ALCAN. Will get home on the 29th of Jun, weather permitting. 36 USA states, 5 Canadian Provinces and 17,000 miles, and my trip is completed! Happy Swapping!!!

NO purple please!!! Think of this as a severe allergy! It's weird, I know, but that's how it is.

I am a retired Occupational Therapist, living with my husband, David, on a remote Kodiak island, called Amook Island. The nearest village, Larsen Bay, is 4 miles across Uyak Bay. That is where we pick up our mail, fuel and have our winter house. We generate our own electricity, and use a composting toilet, but all our other appliances are the same electric and gas types as elsewhere. Our lives are ruled by the weather and the tides. We have whales, orcas, sea lions, seals, otters, sea birds, eagles, ravens, magpies and song birds, as well as fox, deer, Kodiak bear, ermine and all the sea life to watch. It is absolutely beautiful here!

Favorite Crafts

I do almost everything, craftwise except make baskets. As an Occupational Therapist, I used crafts and art to help people who had been injured or had some other life changing event, regain function and become as independent as possible. I used the modalities of leather craft, stained glass, weaving, paper arts, painting, woodworking, ceramics, metals and jewelry making, polyclays, etc. I continue to keep those skills up now for my enjoyment and to share with others. I love to learn new skills. I love mini-zine swaps!. I also learned how to do Ravenstail Weaving (deceptively looks simple to do). I love mail art!

Likes and Dislikes

I LOVE Yellow and Blue to Blue Green (teal blue) as my favorite colors.

Vintage and antiqued items.

Small printed papers, rather than large ones

Doilies, crocheted and paper

Art nouveau and art deco, think of Alphonse Mucha and Maxfield Parrish. . Birds, the ocean (and all the creatures that live in it) and dragonflies are favorite subjects.

I love lemon anything, and yellow/white daffodils.

Mail art that is thought provoking and intriging to look at with textures.

Interested in all kinds of lands, peoples and cultures.

Natural Sciences: Biology, Botany, Geology, Herbology, Meteorology etc.

POSTCARDS: I love all of the above subjects. I have an album going of ALL kinds of birds, (ravens and birds of prey are favorites). I love foxes, muskox, wolves, old decrepit buildings and outhouses too. I appreciate every single PC that I receive!

Dislike:

I DESPISE Purple!!!

If you want a heart, from me, please do not make anything, send it in, or enclose anything with that color within the packages or envies, or postcards that you send. That includes writing on PC with purple ink.

That being said, I am thrilled that there are other people who DO enjoy purple as I can pass purple papers and pens, etc., that come in sets, on to them :)

It has been brought to my attention that people are feeling "intimidated" by my request for no purple and are "afraid that you will mark them a 3 on a sender's choice swap." I have only rated one 3 and that was because that person sent a swap that was not within the parameters set by the swap, and did not reply to any messages, until after I rated a 3. I have only rated ones to those people who flake. As it states above, I will just not give a heart for swaps that have purple on them, they will be rated a 5 if they fufill the requirements of the swap.

vulgar language or gratuitious nudity.

political subjects or running down any country.

cutsie or childish, including stickers with childish themes

apes and monkeys

Favorite Music

Pretty eclectic in this area. It all depends on my mood. Only things I dislike are head banger/ violent music and rap.

Favorite Authors

Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell Series by Dana Stabenow, Iris Johansen, Kay Hooper, Marjorie Liu, Kathy Reichs, Patricia Briggs, Margaret Coel, Sue Grafton, Susan Henry, Mercedes Lackey...for fun. I have read all of John Sandford, and Toni Hillerman and am working on Kendra Elliot's Bone Secrets series. I like urban legend anthologies too. I read about ancient cultures from Egypt to Herculanium, to the Mayas and Incas, etc. I am book poor...all my money is spent on books. I have a Kindle Fire now, and Kindle unlimited on Amazon. I read a book every day or 2 so this saves me tons of money and storage!

Favorite Television

We do not have a TV. I catch these shows when we go into town. Project Runway and All Stars, Bones, CSI, Mystery on PBS, Crafting in America, Home and Garden TV, Discovery and Animal Planet

Flaking and other Stuff

If I sign up for a Swap, I will be sending out the item(s). If you do not receive something from me, please email me, and I will rectify that. That being said, also please be patient, as I do live in a remote place and sometimes we do not get mail for 2-3 weeks. I will also rate my partners, usually on the same day I receive the item(s). Thank you in advance for not flaking. Hugs from Alaska.

State Card Map PCs

I now have one of every State Map Card! Thank you so much for helping me reach this small goal!

I know Alaska has, at least, 4 state maps cards, so I would not mind getting more than one from each state. If you would be willing to, I would like you to PM me to make sure you are not sending me a duplicate. Thanks in Advance.

NOTE: I have found, through swapping, that I absolutely LOVE those PCs that have the terribly old and neglected buildings on them that say "Retirement Home, only needs a little work," or "This can be yours for $999,999.00" I would love to have one from each state! I currently have one from California, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Oregon, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Colorado, Tennessee, Montana, and Wyoming. Thanks!

Oh, Oh...now I have a new LOVE, thanks to Heather!!! Outhouse PC!!! She sent me a blue one with a smiley face on it. :) I have one from: Alaska, Texas, South Carolina, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky!!!. Thanks.

Angels: Thank you so much!

@Lucine @Merimax @Thelittledreamcatcher @MichelleWillow @VLD

Ratings

isabellasnow rated for MFF: Bird Mail Art & Newsy Note on Aug 20, 2018
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Comment: Sherry, it's official . . . you're an 'artist!' I LOVE your bird! You are very talented, Mrs. Harmes. ;+) I follow David's pictures each week and have seen your eagles! They are simply magnificent. An octopus? Wow . . . I must tell you that hubby and I follow the adventures of the fox who has 'adopted' David. Those pictures always brighten our day. Thanks, also, for ALL the lovely enclosures and the beautiful Susan Winget card--what a lovely swap!
wittmert rated for WPS - Artsy Postcard #8 on Aug 17, 2018
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Comment: Thanks, Sherry!!
LucyToons rated for WIYM: Pick 1 PC (Aug 2018) on Aug 17, 2018
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Comment: thank you for the Alaska from Space postcard, I love it :)
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Comment: Thanks for the twinchie postcard! And also thanks for the minizine you've send me about a blue fish and a yellow snail Just love it how you've done that.
midteacher rated for HMPC: Put a "Book Page" on it on Aug 16, 2018
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Comment: Adoring the layered flowers you created!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
samsstuff rated for Etegami anyone? on Aug 15, 2018
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Comment: Thank you, I love them!
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard, you did a great job on it! :)
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Comment: Another swap from you. Yay! I have been getting a lot of "send them home" PCs lately. Can't wait to see one of mine come back. Thanks for the sketchy zine. What cool idea.
LizzyJo rated for TUT ~ It's a string thing 016 on Aug 11, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for not only one, but 2 string thing 016 tiles, and 2 ATCs, too! I love your tangles. And thanks for the letter. I hope you finally had enough sunshine to keep your fridge running.
LadyJo rated for Send 3 From the List! #7 on Aug 11, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the great letter and everything. I loved reading about life on your island. I even read it to my family! I liked the postcards and the one of your home! Many hearts to you!
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Comment: Thank you for this card It is so beautiful! I shall treasure it 🌷
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Comment: WOW!!!! What can I add to that???? Maybe some more clouds or a sun or moon in the sky??
thevmatt rated for USA: Here Comes the Sun-August on Aug 10, 2018
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Comment: Thanks so much!! ;)
thevmatt rated for Intl: Here Comes The Sun: August on Aug 10, 2018
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Comment: Thank you!
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Comment: Thanks for the great Brown bear postcard. I laughed when I read the information-it says brown bear sits on its rump! Lol! The conservation center sounds like an awesome place to see. Thanks for the smile!
mrsD rated for Tea and a Note 9 on Aug 8, 2018
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Comment: thank you for the three! lovely teas I can't wait to try them out. also really enjoyed your letter sharing your Alaskan life :)
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! It's a great life! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
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Comment: Thanks!
Response: Thanks for the rating and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
emilynhr rated for WPS - Summer Postcard on Aug 8, 2018
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Comment: Thanks!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
nc27614 rated for TUT ~ M Tangle on Aug 8, 2018
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Comment: Great M tangles! Love the pop of red! Thanks also for the sweet ATC. See ya at the mail box.
Response: Thanks for the heart and your kind words! You are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Sammoning rated for IS: Summertime postcard on Aug 7, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for this beautiful painted postcard! I did not expect to get something handmade, but it made me happy for sure, it's very pretty <3
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! I am so glad that you like it! I am still trying to find a style with using my watercolors. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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Comments

LizzyJo on Aug 11, 2018:

I've been enjoying the quotes you write on the back of swap envies. They will be added to my quote journal.

splendorpursuit on Jul 31, 2018:

Hi there,

I randomly found my way to your profile and became completely enthralled with your Alaska lifestyle updates. You should really consider a blog, truly. I for one would be an enthusiastic reader. :)

Take care, Mel

ktk8 on Jul 13, 2018:

thanks for working on my zen PC you always do the most beautiful work.....

DaisyNY on Jul 11, 2018:

karategirl46 on May 21, 2018:

Hi Sherry,

I just received the wonderful mini zine you sent. It's fantastic! Thank you so much! I have never made or received a zine before. What an awesome form of mail art. Thank you for introducing me to this method. The little wood cut pieces are so cute. Can't wait to find just the right project to include them in. You are a treasured swap partner.

Hugs, Heather

CurlyTea on May 18, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

PrairieKittin on May 17, 2018:

Tangle and Pass
Thank you for adding to my Tangle and Pass postcard!

Artstamper on May 11, 2018:

Thank you for finishing my TUT Tangle and Pass Pc. It looks awesome! since I haven't mastered pictures on profiles I will put it on my Flicker page.

Artstamper on May 11, 2018:
PrairieKittin on Apr 10, 2018:

Thank you for participating in the Tangle & Pass With a Twist Swap.
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