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Thread: moving to Rural Alaska

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    Connecting Threads has Hobbs on sale thru this week. Spend 50 free shipping, not sure about Alaska though.

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    Oh! My DD had a contract job in Bethel for three months. She said it was like living in a third world country. The pumped water stained every piece of clothing she had. She used bottled water for cooking and hygiene and just wore the stained clothes. She said everyone had the same stained clothes so it didn't matter. I certainly wouldn't wash a quilt in it. Mildew started growing on the walls when the weather turned warmer and condensation started. She couldn't wait to get out of that place. I don't know why you are stuck going more primitive then Bethel but good luck.
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    Best of luck. We lived off the grid for 7 years in the foothills of the Rockies in Montana. It takes a very different mind-set to live that way. Your whole daily routine will be changed. Enjoy the experience.

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    How I envy you!!! My daughter and son-in-law lived in Alaska and we visited and did not want to come home. So beautiful! We had to fly in too. I remember Skagway having a great quilt shop and of course Juneau too. Don't know about ordering but I'm sure there are locals who can give you help. Please keep us informed on your adventure. Just a couple questions if you care to share...are you teaching or working with the national parks?

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    from the other comments, I would go to thrift shops and buy used blankets or quilts or bedspreads If everything is going to get stained from the water. I can see why your husband doesn't want you to take your nice things. Even used sleeping bags would provide cover and warmth.

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    I gave my LAQ wool batting (Hobbs Heirloom) and she liked it so much after quilting my quilt that she ordered a giant roll of it.
    You're not just moving to Alaska, you are moving to the boonies... in Alaska. Each thing on it's own is quite an adventure, combined is... wow. I imagine anything shipped, even if it was free on the first leg of the journey, is going to cost to get it out by boat or plane to you.
    One thing is for sure... take that cold very, very seriously. My brother lives in Fairbanks and is a police officer. The things he has told me.... brrrr! They do all sorts of things we've never even thought of to keep functioning in the freezing temperatures. The other day he wrote about how nice it was that things had warmed up finally to -20 below zero!
    Wishing you a good and safe experience!
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    Let's try to be more positive. She has to go no matter what, and by now she knows what the conditions are.

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    I just checked Connecting Threads web site and they DO ship to Alaska. There is a chart that shows the shipping costs. I have to say, you have a lot of guts. I hate the cold in Kansas. I can't imagine living in Alaska. (I just can't get warm enough) I wish you well like all the others and hope you wil let us hear about your adventures. I understand you wanting to be with your hubby up there. Let us know all the daily details about living in Alaska, you know, like a daily diary. It will be an adventure for all of us too.

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    Don't forget to check out the quilt shops in Alaska.
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    Alaska is a beautiful place, and don't freak out about the water. Some water systems have minerals in them, but you'll probably be on a well, and there is some gloriously clear clean water up here. If you do have a problem with your water, ask the locals what they do. Those of us who live here LOVE it for the most part, and there is a very large quilting community statewide. I'll bet you'll find quilters in your area, and they'll take you under their wing. Stay positive, you can turn this into two of the best years of your life. Keep us posted!!

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