Winter Words for Wednesday

Lesson 5:

At 30 below the cold hurts your face, so when outside for long periods of time, you need a face cover.  However, keep it on until you go inside!  If you take it off, the moisture from your breath that has collected on your face will freeze.  Also, do not try to rub off the icicles that have formed on your eyelashes, unless you want to pull them out.  Just let them thaw for a few seconds.


Winter Words for Wednesday

Lesson 3:

Sunglasses are a must as the sun squeaks across the sky at just above tree top level in the winter making it very hard to see.  The sun sits at just the right placement that the sunvisors will not always block the blinding light.  Please keep sunglasses with you in a heated building and not in the car so they don’t fog up and become worthless the minute you put them on.   They will also be very cold if left in the car, and you won’t want them touching your face.

Winter Words for Wednesday

Lesson 2:  Do prepare a winter kit for the car.  Extra blankets, flashlight, flares, jumper cables, kitty litter or sand bags, tow cable, food and water.  All is needed if you get stuck and have to wait for help; especially if you are quite a ways out of town.

In regards to the water, remember that as water freezes it expands, so the lids can be pushed off of the water bottles.  Not a big deal you may think, but if you put the bottles in your trunk, where your spare tire probably is, the ice sticking out of the bottles will melt when you have the heat running in the car and then the water fills the gaps around the spare tire only to refreeze when your car is parked and not running for awhile.  When arriving back to the parked car, you discover you have a flat and need the spare tire.  The spare will be rendered useless as you can’t get it out because it is now frozen to the trunk of your car.  I do not advise standing in the cold to chip away at the ice ring around your spare, even if you have the time and patience to do that, because not all the ice will be removed from the tire, and it will have no traction on the road.  Fun times!

Winter Words for Wednesday


My name is Whitney Robinson.  I moved to Fairbanks over three years ago.  I am a Realtor and team member of  Jaquie Turner & Team at RE/MAX Associates of Fairbanks.  I moved here from Columbus, Georgia because of my husband’s job with the military.  We like it here so much that upon his retirement we are staying!  I wanted to share with everyone a few things I have learned or people I know have learned since PCSing here.  I will be posting them on Wednesdays.

Lesson 1:  Decorations in the winter.  A friend of mine decorated for Halloween, then Thanksgiving and then Christmas and had all three outside at the same time.  Why?  The items that had metal poles placed in the ground froze there.  Who would of thought of that happening.  So, they ended up having what they called a “HappyMerryHallogivingChristmas” holiday that year until spring when things started to thaw.


Help Septic Systems Do Their Job

As the snow and cold are upon us, I wanted to remind everyone about a few things on a septic system… as back ups in your tub are NEVER a fun thing.  So in hopes of preventing that, here are a few reminders of the Do’s and Dont’s.

  • Do use liquid soaps.  Never powders that can clog the system.
  • Do use your garbage disposal very sparingly (if you even have one).  Most foods are better off in your trash can than down your septic.
  • Don’t do 5 loads of laundry in a few hours.  Some of our systems are older and this can back it up accidentally.
  • Don’t put anything, absolutely anything, but toilet paper down the system.  Flushable wipes are not septic friendly.  Diapers, feminine hygiene, etc. are all big No Nos.  Many systems are on a lift station and you can really over work the system if you’re trying to pump solids up.  It WILL back up and fail.  Leaving you without use of your bathroom.  So please don’t do it.

Alaska is always a fun place to live in the winter, full of extreme temperatures, so let’s help those poor systems out by taking really good care of them.