An evening of a summer work day at the Last Frontier

Nicole of High Latitude Style sitting on a bench in a summer business casual with dress, jacket and pumps

Living under the midnight sun

The red Sun stands high in the West. You can’t see the disk’s edges as the smoke from the nearby wildfires is so strong that the Sun seems to go seaminglessly over into the pinkish orange sky. The sky looks bloody, almost like someone used the juice of blood oranges to paint it. The air smells like you put your head into a fire place. Yuck!

The air is stagnant. No the hint of a breeze. It’s 8pm and the air temperature is still above 80F (26.7oC) on our thermometer hanging in the shade. Our readings typically compare well with the records at the about 2 miles away airport. The air quality index is 75, which means moderate pollution. In other words, unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.

We are sitting on our north-facing deck in the shade of our house and the shade of 9 about 35 yards (32 m) high black spruce trees. We are sipping a glass of red wine. Yes, the smell of the air is not great, but that’s what Interior Alaska summers smell like! They smell like – well – wildfires. Wildfires are burning all around Fairbanks. Wildfires are a natural landscape evolution mechanism in the Interior. Many seeds wouldn’t even get active before having been in a fire! Odd, isn’t it?

After a dance training in the morning and a more than 8 hours work day (see LOTD photos), I have changed into my fav PJs. In case, you missed the post, see the link to see the PJs. When you are following the blog for a while you may remember that Alaskans have a weird relationship with their PJs, i.e. they are wearing them also outside of the bed and the house. Hubby is wearing his basket ball gear.

Alaska houses are built to hold the heat. Thus, it is cooler outside than inside. Keeping the windows open during the night is the only way to cool the house down. However, the downside is the smoke from the nearby fires. Jungchen (tom cat) is hanging out somewhere at the slough as it is cooler there, while Celestina (cat) hangs out on the carpet in the living room.

We are lucky. A robin couple had chosen our yard as their breeding place this spring. Thus, they and their kids as well as the dragon flies keep our yard and deck free of mosquitoes.

over 50 years old fashion blogger on a bench in shirt dress, pumps, quilted leather jacket

style book author in camouflage dress, snake printneckerchief, quilted jacket blush pink purple work look

style blogger Nicole in camouflage dress, statement belt and necklace, cropped jacket, pumps summer work style
Outfit details: GAP camouflage shirt dress, Coach bag, no brand silk neckerchief, Prada pumps, Judith Leiber belt, Judith Leiber necklace and Hinge quilted leather jacket (all own)

Herman, the squirl, trees steals the sunflower seeds from the birdfeeder for the finks, while a duck from the nearby slough munches the seeds thrown down by the squirl. The squirl only eats the sunflower seeds, while the duck prefers the rest. A raven is imitating a cell phone ring while sitting on one of the spruce on the elementray school yard. Otherwise there is nothing, but silence. It’s a calm romantic evening at the Last Frontier.

Can I really call it an evening? The Sun stands up high in the west of the sky now at 8:30. The Sun will not dip below the horizon before 12:46 am and come up again at 3:03 am. There will be no darkness. Twilight is more than 2 hours after sunset and prior to sunrise up here in the Interior. No night! No darkness for more than 84 days! Just  a white night with a pink sky due to the aerosols (ash, black carbon, particulate matter) from the wildfires burning nearby.

The light confuses and  energizes you. So you won’t feel like going to bed. The smell makes you want to vomit, but you can’t even eat as much as you want to throw up. But you stay up and outside. It’s a hot, pink summer night at the Last Frontier.

You just sit there. Apartic? Maybe! I don’t know! Yes, you know you should stay inside, filter the air 24/7! You suffered cabin fiver. But you had been captured in your four walls for how long? About nine months? That’s a pregnancy! You just want to be outside! The smell? That’s what Alaska summers smell like! Period! You take up with it! Why? You just chose to live life up here and it is tough this way.

After living here for almost 20 years, you don’t care anymore. So what? Yes, sometimes air pollution in summer is worse than in winter. But at least, it is not bikini weather at 40 below. Right?

What I wore at work

Since temperatures were forecasted to be in the 80s (>26.7oC) I opted for a cotton shirt dress and pumps. The cropped jacket? Way too hot and just for style!I just throw it over my shoulders.

details of mature women's summer work outfit in purple and pink hues
Zoom-in on LOTD. GAP camouflage shirt dress, Coach bag, no brand silk neckerchief, Prada pumps, Judith Leiber belt, Judith Leiber necklace and Hinge quilted leather jacket (all own)
outfit details camouflage dress with quilted cropped leather coat, pumps and snake print neckerchief
Zoom-in on dress, neckerchief and pumps

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I know that these temperatures seem not high for those of you in the Lower 48s. But it’s all about what you are used too, right?  😉

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13 thoughts on “An evening of a summer work day at the Last Frontier

  1. Hi, Nicole – This is fascinating! I love to see and hear about what life is like in Alaska. It’s amazing to see what good shape you are in. Dancing is so good for you! And it’s probably good for your husband, too. My mother loved dancing and was a dance teacher. My father didn’t dance, so she missed out on a lifetime of joy and better health. She did love her children, though; she was a mother at heart! Thanks for your insights – Angie, yourtrueselfblog.com

  2. Enjoying life means accepting where we are right. Nice that you are able to embrace all that is Alaska good and bad

  3. The lavender color is fabulous on you -its one of my favorites.
    Thank you for hosting each week-happy 4th!!

  4. Nicole, the fires are a terrible but necessary thing for the environment, aren’t they? It’s crazy that you guys in Alaska are in sweltering heat and here in Southern California, we are waiting to go over 70 degrees! But you look adorable in that dress and your lilac accessories are perfect!

    xx Darlene

  5. Your post is so interesting, I’ve never met anyone (not that I’ve met you) who lives in a place like this – I find it amazing. Have just looked on the map and you’re are the other side of the world nearly! Thanks for sharing my friend and I look forward to hearing more. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  6. You look so pretty in this cute dress! Love the look!

    Have a lovely weekend,
    xxxxx Nadine

  7. Wow, how interesting your summers are. I would like to experience no nighttime for a few days. That’s crazy about the wildfires, I didn’t know that. Very pretty outfit, I love the lavender accents.

  8. I can’t imagine having no darkness for 84 days! I love the print and colors of your dress! This is such a gorgeous look!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  9. Nicole, I absolutely adore this outfit! That shirt dress is amazing! And the jacket and the shoes. Head to toe…so, so good!

    Shelbee

  10. That dress is super cute!
    Your ‘evenings’ sound really strange but I guess it’s something you must be used to by now? As for PJs, I wear mine often too lol!
    Suzy xx

  11. I admire your attitude and your style in such conditions. Are you the best dressed person in Fairbanks. I reckon you must be. I do not know how you sleep. x

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