Friday, March 22, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019

The So Many Photos Say Cheese! Post St. Paddy's Day Pre Spring Link Up

Yesterday was the St. Paddy's Day Parade and tomorrow is the last full day of winter. Let us all put cheese to cracker and sing (but not with our mouths full).

Guess who did and who did not get parade candy

Life is a Cabaret ol' chum

At last, everyone is looking the same way—no, looking to the left, looking to the right, on your phone. Nanci

I have way too many St. Paddy's Day photos to post and haven't even gone through half of them. One way or another I'm starting this spring with plenty o' green (no, not that kind of green or that kind either). I'll be sneaking in photos from yesterday for the next few weeks.

Is it me or is that pillar crooked and one of these two pure evil?

But for now, Let's Say Cheese! like a kid expecting you to throw candy from the car (which we are no longer allowed to do). Sorry kids, it will rot your teeth anyway.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

Say Irish Beer Cheddar Cheese! Link Up

St. Paddy's is soon upon us and the Dempsey clan is getting ready for our yearly parade around the square. By getting ready I mean digging out one of the many scarves and t-shirts we've worn "as a group" over the years to see what fits. I'm lucky if one of the scarves fits me this year.

One of my many (many) cousins in orange brows, tat sleeve, suspenders and tux

This group is impossible to organize or get to agree on anything (a bit like Mother Ireland herself). We will never be looking in the same direction for a family photo and any attempt to get us to march in order with a "theme" is as hilariously futile as chasing a leprechaun.

*And don't forget, I'm also just a leprechaun, standing next to a girl, asking her for directions to the pub

It's supposed to be 38˚F and partly sunny this year which means I may not be looking for that family with the Jameson right away. I hope to have plenty o' photos come next Tuesday but for now, start bringing out the green (whatever that may mean or wherever it may be legal) and Say Cheese! because it's time for the:
Say Irish Beer Cheddar Cheese! Link Up.


*Not the quote from Notting Hill.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Unless It's Dollar Bills I Don't Really Care

"A little bit of everything falls out of the sky this weekend," says the jolly weatherman.

I sip my hot chocolate in anticipation

Monday, March 4, 2019

Say Cheese! Daddio Link Up

It was my dad's birthday yesterday, he would have been 94. I think my youngest nephew Andy and I inherited my dad's sense of humor or were at least encouraged by it.
His laugh filled whatever space he occupied and you could always find him by looking for the largest group of people drinking the most booze and having the most fun. A connection? Perhaps.

My Irish Aunts and uncles, the largest group of people drinking the most booze and having the most fun

The ol' man was a stereotypical Irish Catholic cop from the east side of Madison with a sibling for every day of the week. He belonged to more clubs and organizations than I knew existed (Eagles, Elks, American Legion, VFW, Gun Club, Grieg Club, Army Reserve, Bowling League, Irish Dancing, County Board). When I was a kid I assumed he belonged to everything.

Here holding the cherished wedge of honor

He was loving and lovable, neighborly, accommodating, ethical, hard-working, affable, fun, energetic and forever taking photos.


A late Happy Birthday and an early Fat Tuesday dad, I remember when you won that wedge of cheese in our Fantasy Football League. Always a winner, this week's Say Cheese! remembers my dad, Clarence Francis Olson, a total cheeseball.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Star Light

A piercing light beckoned to us through the blinds as we munched bar food and sipped caffeine. "Take that wing out your mouth and get back on the road," it seemed to say.

The Sunset Harbor Bar & Grill in Lodi. Stay away from the sampler platter

Monday, February 25, 2019

Say Cheese! Bucky Link Up

I was a rebellious, spazy nerd as a kid. When I ran away from home I ran away to the library.  So when I saw *"Well Red" Bucky's new scarf this month I was all verklempt because it was made by UW librarians. Here's a photo of Bucky I took last summer.

I'm not that studious, my butt is frozen to these books

I don't know how cheesy Well Red Bucky is but the company that made him has been on my cheesedar for some time. Let's raise a piece of cheese to keeping ceramic statues warm, to the creative talents of the FAST corporation and to librarians everywhere, this Tuesday's Say Cheese! salutes you.


The Rules: The only rule is that there is no Fight Club but please have at least one photo in your post and recipes with cheese, as always, are welcome. So much so that I'd like to re-link Mother of 3's irresistible Cheesy Chicken Chowder in a Bread Bowl entry from last week. Even if you aren't living inside an evil snow globe this is an anytime, go-to recipe.


And now it's time to Say Chowdah! I mean Cheese
A quick note, something weird happened with Google and Lavender Dreamer's blog, please stop by her new space and say, "Hey."

*A pun on Badger colors which are red and white

Thursday, February 21, 2019

On The Way Home I Saw A Snowman

It was 28˚ and sunny today so I was running around in a t-shirt without a coat.

Reaction to the Polar Vortex or has the good sense to wear a hat, scarf and gloves? (*"You can never have enough hats, gloves and shoes.")

Although I haven't seen much more than snow-covered ice lawns and ice-covered snow roads I brought along a camera to take a closer look. 



Most of the roads are well cleared but I found a "short cut" home that makes me glad I've got AWD and good tires.


A reminder that I need a neutral density filter



My only thought on navigating walk at your own risk thawed and refrozen sidewalks in tennis shoes is, "Save the camera first."


*Tell me about this quote and win a postcard

Monday, February 18, 2019

The John Waters Is More Fun Than A Hurricane Say Cheese! Link Up

Once upon a time in the late 70s/early 80s, I was in school at the University of Wisconsin and watched a merry band of pranksters run for student senate. They made it rain watermelon, togas and pink flamingos. The flamingos planted on Basom Hill were said to have blown in from a Florida hurricane although I thought they were a tribute to John Waters.

The sign might as well have said, "Let's see how many people we can fit on the ice in one spot on a warm day."

They also brought the Statue of Liberty to Lake Mendota. I was there when it first went up, for a resurrection in 2010 and again for a surprise addition to the Winter Carnival this February (held on a lake with warning signs not to walk on the lake).
"You maniacs, you blew it up!"

When the Statue of Liberty first rose from the frozen bosom of Lake Mendota I thought it was a tribute to the last scene of Planet of the Apes with less statue and more ice.

 "What does it take to make you look up from your phones, ice head here!"

The jesters behind it were members of the WSA (Wisconsin Student Association), most notably Leon Varjian (RIP) and the Mink Stole to his Divine, Jim Mallon (MST3K, Blood Hook).

Say Cheese! Statue of Liberty arm

Lady Liberty was part of a student campaign promise but Leon Varjian did a lot more than my feeble brain remembers. There's a pretty good obit for him here in the State Journal. The paper also found some great photos to remember him by.

I can't think of anything cheesier than Leon Varjian, Jim Mallon and the Statue of Liberty rising from Lake Mendota.

So Let's Say Cheese! It's time for this week's Link Up