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October 29 Full Moon of “it’s snowing”

It has been snowing off and on for the last four days, light beautiful flakes and last night the moon was filtered in a sensual misty haze.  Makes one stop and take a deep breath and just feel.   I do believe the forecast is for forties by the end of the week but I think is it a harbinger of a good winter, in addition to the evening grosbeaks that have started coming to the bird feeders.   We are ready too.   We’ve been working on the trails, including building some new ones, training with the four wheeler, shoveling gravel around in the dog yard and putting up lots of good garden produce.

 

Many thanks to the hard working trail blazers:  Laura, Suzanne, Jeanne, Michelle, Kathleen and Karen who started the Raventrail.  There was some thick brush and they plowed right through it and helped me finish marking where the middle of the trail will go.  And Nils, Michele, Keith, Mietek, David, Carla, Kate, Chris and Jackie who continued work we started last year on the erratic (glacial boulder) Homestead trail to the old Tuominen homestead.  We got so far that I am confident we can finish this one for use this winter.  Both trails have wonderful features:  Raventrail goes through many maples and pines and the Homestead follows along and crosses Petrell Creek,  through a spruce bog, eskers and back up Toimi Creek.

 

The dogs have been doing very well with 4 wheeler training.   Even Emma T (for those who know her, she looked back as much as forward) is doing well. And the mushers are getting exercise too, walking the elder dogs that are not going on the wheeler any more.  The thirteen and older crowd: Chloe, Cinder, Eleanor, Kettle, Oskar, Ida and Wing, all still love going for walks.  When the snow trails are open, we will offer them some short, slow runs with the sled if they are interested.  Oh-too and Foxy were both neutered and Foxy had all 4 dew claws removed.  They both are doing well and really enjoyed their recovery time in the cabin and I like the closer bond that develops from that.  I usually take turns bringing dogs in to give them one on one time.  Right now Mayatuk is sleeping on the dog pillow by the wood stove.  And unfortunately the hope for puppies did not materialize.

 

Handler Barbara Budd is shortly on her way from Washington to join us for the winter.  She is an outdoorswoman and has worked on trails this past summer and will be a welcome help with the dogs and trails.

 

Plans continue for celebrating our 25th anniversary.  I am offering a free dogsled trip drawing for any woman who has not yet been to Wintermoon Summersun.  See the web site heading to sign on and tell your friends.  The drawing is December 21.   We will have neck gaiters to give everyone, Wintermoon long sleeve t’s will be $10.  And perfect timing,  the coffee table will host the Wintermoon Sled Dog Lineage compiled by last year’s handler Kathryn.  We spend a lot of time gathering parents, dates, pictures and more info on all the dogs that have ever been here, starting with the wonderful Cayenne.   The trip to the Start of the Iditarod is full, however I would be happy to take interested women on a wait list.  We will be helping at the Start and Restart, going to the Banquet, visiting with mushers and possibly flying to a checkpoint.  Please let me know if you have any questions about it.

 

And besides garlic, which I will say we had a very good crop this year, and I have 300 cloves already planted for next year, you can depend on having chocolate at Wintermoon.  It was nice to see this article from a wellness journal:

Several large-scale reviews offer the best evidence yet that chocolate is good for your heart.

In one, in the British journal BMJ, researchers analyzed data from seven observational studies, which included more than 100,000 people. Those who ate the most chocolate had a 37 percent lower risk of heart disease, compared to those eating the least. They were also 29 percent less likely to have a stroke.

In a second review, in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Harvard researchers looked at 10 clinical studies, with a total of 320 people. Consuming dark chocolate/cocoa products for 2 to 12 weeks modestly lowered cholesterol. And in a third review of clinical trials, also from Harvard, cocoa products had a small but significant blood-pressure-lowering effect.

Chocolate’s health benefits are largely attributed to polyphenol compounds, called flavonoids, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-clotting properties. In particular, flavonoids increase production of nitric oxide, which helps relax and dilate blood vessels, and this may help lower blood pressure and have other cardiovascular effects.

But even if chocolate is rich in flavonoids, think of it as a treat, not a health food. The chocolate confections that Americans love most are loaded with sugar, fat, and calories (about 235 in a 1.5-ounce bar). Choose the darkest chocolate you like (dark chocolate has more flavonoids and less sugar than milk chocolate) and eat it in place of other snacks or desserts that are high in calories and saturated fat.

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