Monday, July 15, 2019

The Say Cheese! Birthday Link Up

Both my mother and Oliver recently had birthdays which helped a little with the loss of Bob. Nothing like cake and candles to make eating at our favorite restaurant a special occasion.
Of course I'm still a diabetic and still on a major diet so no cake for you!

Torture, I mean cupcakes fresh from the Milwaukee Metro Market

Ninety-four and wondering, "Where is the other half of this cupcake?"

A pile of birthday lottery tickets

Seven and wondering why his niece Bella, a lab pup who doesn't stop moving long enough for a photo, always shows up at treat time

Frosty Paws Goatee

And now it's time to link a post with photos or a lovely cheese recipe.  Really, all you need is a photo or recipe and as much as I love comments, why not link your post too?
Say Cheese! cake and ice cream.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Especially Sad Say Cheese! Linky

It doesn't seem possible but we lost Bob on Saturday. Bob and I had a lot in common, mostly that we didn't like many people but we did like each other.

Bobby Boy made me think of the Moe Szyslak quote, "I'm a well-wisher in that I don't wish you any specific harm." He could be a real demon seed but that made it all the more special when he let you into his world, one that I picture looking like the Upside Down.

The photo-ready Teddy was originally called, "Bob" because his black and white head could be seen bobbing in the field on nature walks. That soon gave way to "Bob No" (his Facebook name) for obvious reasons.

His one-man roll call included Bob Barker, Handsome Bob, Mr. French, Roberto Clementi (his actual last name), Rat Boy #1, Big Rat and Crabby Pants (his park name). He was the elder of the two Rat Boy Brothers.

A daddy's boy, dandy and only child until he-who-shall-not-be-named came along, Bob knew what he liked and liked what he knew, another thing we had in common.

How he put up with me I'll never know, but the postseason will be all the poorer without him.

I love you, boy and I'll think of you every time I start singing songs from the seventies and pass the Walkies Park (which is pretty much every day). 

The car still smells like you and it feels as if you're right there beside me (which you shouldn't be, get back in your seat, Stank Breath).

It meant a lot to me that you let me into your funny, fuzzy, fractured, frazzled world.
Thank you for letting me in, boy, shhh, now everything's okay.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Say Cheese! Walkies Park

We had a deluge yesterday followed by heat that dialed up to sweltering before we circled the walkies park.

♪ "I am the beautiful reflection of my love's affection." 🎵

The scene at the Walkies Park after the storm

Oliver sporting his new doo

Saturday, June 29, 2019

I'll Take The Lemonade

If it's 90˚ and it feels like 94˚ why not just say the temperature is too hot if you're Irish and Norwegian˚?

Monday, June 24, 2019

Say Cheese! Not So Silent Bob

The Rat Boys and I have been spending quality time together as they get used to their new digs and Bob here has a lot to say about it.

I'm pretty sure he thinks my car is a direct conduit to the park

Not So Silent Bob


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Talking Blarney

One of my favorite stories was how our great or possibly great-great aunts and uncles used to listen to ball games and such while making their way through buckets of beer (a tradition I happily followed at UW-Lax).

Cousins Danny and Ricky talking blarney at a ball game

The thing I found most fascinating is that my dad as a kid would fetch beer in a buttered bucket for the elders. I think to prevent spillage, unless it was to cut down on foam, anyway, has anyone ever heard of this or is it just the Madison Dempseys?

Monday, June 17, 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Will It Go Round In Circles?

I must have circled the city three times doing errands and whatnot yesterday and continued the pace today with the Rat Boys.


A Weiner Mobile Spotting on the far east side

Can I have a whistle can I have a whistle?


Back around to Lake Mendota heading west

Technically Waunakee

Employees of this Mexican restaurant in Middleton leaving the Asian restaurant next door 

These guys again, I saw them last week in the UW Sports Medicine parking lot

Last week

Oliver is the Gallant to Bob's Goofus 

Currently pawing the keyboard and whining for more walkies

Monday, June 10, 2019

Say Cheese! Wrigley

It's still there.

And it's still windy

And Cubs fans are still talking about the 2016 World Series (of course they are)

And it's still fun to root for the Brewers there

Yet the attitude seems new, and unnervingly friendly

A few of the Irish cousins standing around the inimitable Ron Santo 

These girls wanted us to share their Moscow Mule (Nanci did but it's the last thing I needed)

Moscow Mule
1.5 oz vodka
4 oz ginger beer
Fresh lime
Pour over plenty of ice in a clean copper mug

Even though I was alcohol-free I was getting Harry Carey vibes from this dog

Another unforgettable voice of the enemy I mean Cubs

Stand up and sing, then smile like it's 2016 because it's time to SAY CHEESE!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Warm Weather Walkies

I've started my warm weather walking routine at the Old Farts park in Middleton again and the Rat Boys couldn't be happier. Lots to see, smell and try to eat (you're watching both ends with these two).

Handsome Bob pretends he's a sea captain on the pier behind the gazebo

Treat treats in your pocket there are treats, pocket treats, my treats, treats treats treats

It was fun to use the Toy Effect Filter on these new flowers 

Bobby Boy looking for a nice patch of mud

The Rat Boys watched the progress of these two with interest and Handsome Bob was over the moon when they stopped to say, "Hi."