Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rainy Days and Bergman

The Bang Bang Bar music that lodged itself in my brain last weekend seems to have affected the cat who I found watching Bergman films and smoking filterless cigarettes.
Here he contemplates life, raindrops and that bird that keeps taunting him on the balcony.

"When shall the light find my eyes?"

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Diaphanous Music and Beer Jelly

There was a typically cheery vendor event last weekend in Paoli, my favorite place for smoked brisket. Yet the music—according to my cousin Nanci—was straight out of the Bang Bang Bar in Twin Peaks.

All is lost while we drink coffee and munch our cherry pie, la la la.

"Why so cheerful?"  "Forgive me, I was thinking about death."

And on the other side of the Park

This is one of the more upbeat tunes to come out of the Bang Bang Bar. I've got to say, I love Rebekah Del Rio and although she's dressed in Black Lodge couture, at least she's not singing backwards. Gracias for that.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Marginally Lost

I got to do some of my favorite things yesterday, discover a new park, lounge around Paoli, and eat brisket. We (another cousin and I) sat by the smoker for awhile so the celestial smell is still on my clothes which I may never wash again.
We also did one of my least favorite things, get lost. But not seriously and not for long.

Mounds of smoked brisket and brats were handed down from the gods to a smoker in Paoli, WI

Funny, I never noticed this rock formation before

Horses crossing the highway, where are we, Montana?

I asked if she lost the rider and she was not amused

This barn was not here last week

Getting a Planet of the Apes vibe

We were only marginally lost this time and I always find my way back to The Hop Garden

Friday, August 11, 2017

It's What's For Dinner

I've been eating a lot of corn and sunflower seeds lately, although right now I'm full of ice cream and angel food cake.
In case anyone in the area is out there—"Check, check, is this thing on?"—if you don't want to pay top dollar for sweet corn at Stoneman's, the corn stand on Main St. in Sun Prairie comes highly recommended (by the manager of the Sun Prairie Dollar General who swears by putting sugar in the boil. This seems to be a thing but honestly, the sweet corn pictured here was so good I can't imagine). 

Another long Sunday drive brought us to this sweet corn stand in Lake Mills

I'm looking for someone to carry me around the sunflower field

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Drones and Sunny Days

A visit to Pope Farm yesterday displayed a field of thriving sunflowers in varying degrees of growth. Peak bloom is anticipated on August 12, the first day of the nine-day Sunflower Days on Old Sauk Road.
The field was replanted this year and some of those flowers have been blooming despite being called failures (and asked what they were going to do with their lives do you have any idea what your father and I were doing at your age).

There was a drone there buzzing about looking for areas that needed to be sculpted and a friendly old dude more than willing to tell you all about it. I liked him and could see cracking open an ice cold sixer of Pabst with him under the only shady picnic bench there.

I thought it was kind of cool, especially since it wasn't hovering outside my apartment window. The drone, not the old guy...forget it.

A photographer named Cassius J. Callender took an intensely creative photo of the field four days ago. Not to be too technical, but he got four different space things in this dazzling shot.

Two bees for eyes and an open mouth

Monday, August 7, 2017


Hey, Hosehead. Take off.
A fundraiser for the New Glarus Fire Department.

And on the opposite side of the street, this.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Garbage Looks Better In Black & White

I remember my mother tsk tsking the sight of full trash bins from La Fete de Marquette shortly after her birthday. She said something like, "In my 93 years I've never seen such garbage." (She just turned 92.) These are the kind of photos you get when neither of you wants to get out of the car.

Parking was in a galaxy far, far away

And speaking of not getting out of the car, I took this photo leaning out of the window in a Culvers parking lot

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Unintentional Corn

If June is Dairy Month (it is) then August is Sweet Corn Month. Although I've gotten plenty of sweet corn in the last few weeks it isn't enough and the grocery store selection is picked over and pathetic. My last post was about my mother and I getting lost while looking for a corn stand. The best place for sweet corn was closed for "ripening" (although they had signs along the road) so we went wandering south in the hopes of finding fresh-that-day sweet corn. We didn't, we got meat and ice cream instead.

I don't have any photos of vegetable stands teeming with corn, but I noticed some corn fields in the background of other shots. And after whining about it for the last few days, my cousin got me a counter full of corn from Shelly's farm wagon in Evansville.
Let the sweet corn consumption commence with the quality of corn rising. The Quality of Corn Rising would make a great name for a band.



So many in the area have been affected by flooding

Stoneman's was closed for what now?