We have a male pine grosbeak who has been hanging around. He isn’t scared of us one bit. Almost every morning he flies up to our window and hovers, looking in at us. He does it again and again…going on two years now. Sometimes Shon or I will stand at the window while he hovers. If it is me, I talk to him. When we are sitting in our chairs on the front porch, he flies up to the bird feeder like he owns the place, not bothered by us at all.

He has a female companion that we call Wilma. She’s a bit more skittish so I haven’t gotten a good picture of her. It looks to me like Fred has been trying to tell her that we won’t bother her. We were sitting in our chairs a few days ago, enjoying the Alaskan beauty, and here comes Fred. He eats a bit from the bird feeder. I laugh about him not being scared of us. All of a sudden, Fred flies right at me, makes a turn, and flies in front of Shon, missing us by only about a foot! We both pop our heads back, totally surprised!

Friendly Fred

In just a few minutes, here comes Fred again, this time with his lady friend, Wilma. He has convinced here, apparently, that we are no threat. I’m not sure what that conversation was like, but she is now making regular appearances at the feeder, even when we are present! I’m convinced I’m going to get a good picture of her soon!


  1. I loved your book. We have friends who moved from Oregon to Ketchikan and were buying them an anniversary present when I spotted the book. I read it on Kindle Unlimited and enjoyed it immensely. I recommend to anyone who loves advenure!

    1. Thank you so much, Kay! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I would be interested to know how you spotted the book. Ann

  2. Hi there!, It’s me, another Fred :D, just want to tell you that I loved your book. You transmit your adventure very well and make me feel like I was with you having fun next to the Cabin in Cub Lake…

  3. found your book during search for books on Alaska after most recent Iditarod. Loved it! It fleshes out what we see only briefly during race coverage.
    good for you both! you found your place in the world and are enjoying it. Not sure I could do what you did-I love running water and electricity too much-but vicariously living your dream is perfect.

  4. Enjoyed the book found it calling me to Alaska. My wife and I live in Maine and love the outdoors
    Look forward to following your adventures

  5. Amazon had your book as one I might enjoy going off my previous purcheses. I read a bit & purchased it immediately. That was 2 days ago. I’m seriously sad that I’m done already! I loved every single page. And with the scriptures tucked in, it was THE PERFECT book for me to call in love with. Thank you & God Bless.

    1. Thank you, Dawn. I am so glad you enjoyed it! Are you on Facebook? If you are, you might want to check out the page. I write stories and updates almost every day. Ann

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