Grannie Annie

My snowy driveway one winter morning, near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Pioneer Potluck: Frigid days and a broken arm

North Kenai, now Nikiski 1967 to January 1969 Chapter One We moved from a cold, cold large trailer house in a trailer court behind M… Continue reading

 

Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg

Pioneer Potluck: About Birthday Presents

Happy Birthday to Grandson Arleigh Bacarella. Born Jan. 6, 1986. We cannot believe it was 33 years ago that he was born in Soldotna, after… Continue reading

 

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Pioneer Potluck: About today and 5 years ago

The following article was written five years ago!! It is nice to read what has happened and the improvements that were made to make our… Continue reading

 

Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg

Pioneer Potluck: About being curious and reminiscing

I came here in July 1967. Fifty years ago! I have a curiosity that always runs through my head. One is how I watched Kenai… Continue reading

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Pioneer Potluck: About Christmas Past — On the farm

NORTHERN COLORADO 1940s and 50s It was always Dad’s job to go get the tree. We lived on a farm with cottonwood trees so that… Continue reading

(Photo/Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald)

Pioneer Potluck: About an abducted Christmas tree

CHRISTMAS 1979 ANCHORAGE, ALASKA This story is a repeat story, but well worth the laughter. Reminiscence of Christmases Past Christmas 1979 was looking very bleak… Continue reading

(Photo/Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald)
Traffic moves west along I-70 near Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. I-70 is closed west of Junction City, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Pioneer Potluck: About blizzards in Northern Colorado

East and north of Fort Collins, Colorado 1940s and 1950s In Alaska, what someone called a blizzard does not hold a candle to the blizzard… Continue reading

Traffic moves west along I-70 near Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. I-70 is closed west of Junction City, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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Pioneer Potluck: About words we used and fun sayings!

I grew up with all kinds of fun sayings. Our Dad had some that I am sure he made up! Grandpa Cogswell had some that… Continue reading

Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg
A measuring cup full of bog cranberries (Vaccinium oxycoccos) is seen in the kitchen of Erin Anais Heist on Oct. 14, 2018. (Erin Anais Heist | For the Juneau Empire)

Pioneer Potluck: How times change

1937 TO 2018 I was born on a small farm at the end of the Depression in 1937. My first memories are sitting in a… Continue reading

A measuring cup full of bog cranberries (Vaccinium oxycoccos) is seen in the kitchen of Erin Anais Heist on Oct. 14, 2018. (Erin Anais Heist | For the Juneau Empire)
Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg

The Greatest Generation: Part II

1930s to 1960s I stated last week I was born in 1937. Families did not have much money and worked hard to put food on… Continue reading

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Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg

Pioneer Potluck: About the Greatest Generation

1930s AND EARLY 40s I was born in 1937. Families did not have much money or much to eat. But they were hardy and knew… Continue reading

Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg
A cow moose munches on some bushes Thursday, March 1, 2018 on Ohlson Mountain Road outside Homer, Alaska. She, another moose and a calf browsed just along the side of the road, where the snow was slightly less deep. With March bringing with it the whiplash of repeated snow falls and thawing, many moose are gravitating toward roads to give themselves an easier time navigating. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Pioneer Potluck: Moose Meat Meat Loaf, a truly Alaskan meal

NIKISKI, ALASKA (formally North Kenai) 1967 TO 2018 I arrived in Kenai, Alaska, with three kids in July 1967. I did not know anything about… Continue reading

A cow moose munches on some bushes Thursday, March 1, 2018 on Ohlson Mountain Road outside Homer, Alaska. She, another moose and a calf browsed just along the side of the road, where the snow was slightly less deep. With March bringing with it the whiplash of repeated snow falls and thawing, many moose are gravitating toward roads to give themselves an easier time navigating. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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Pioneer Potluck: About Halloween

In Colorado in the 50s and 60s In Alaska in the late 60s and 70s Halloween was cold in Colorado just like it is in… Continue reading

Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg
Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg

Pioneer Potluck: Ready for winter — Canning, freezing garden’s bounty

This is the time of year in Alaska that we put things away that we drug out of their winter hiding place. They go back… Continue reading

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Pioneer Potluck: Memories of Costco

The State Of Alaska sends residents who have lived here for one year a check that was at one time an overflow of money from… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: In celebration of my little brother Jim McClure’s 71st birthday

By Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 would have been my little brother Jim McClure’s 71 birthday. I remember the morning my Dad… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: Eggless, milkless, butterless cake

Eggless, milkless, butterless cake I have a wonderful recipe that Mom sent to me in 1967 when I first got to Alaska with very little… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: A reflection of the memories of the Hunger Hut Bar

Year — 1967 All the men I knew got their jobs going to Hunger Hut and all the bosses knew where to find hungry, anxious… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About memories of Grandpa and Grandma Cogswell

Grandma Freda Cogswell was my mother’s Mom. She was born in 1895 and died in 1976. Her birthday was the 15th of September, which brings… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About your very first day at school

I was five years old when I started school, no pre-kindergarten, no kindergarten, no preschool. (And that was really the name of the school!) My… Continue reading

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