Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday Specials From The Heartland

The word, "Special" always catches my eye and all the extras on this menu intrigued me.

A baked half chicken with a vegetable, how bad can that be.

That's one big hunk o' warm homemade dinner roll. The chicken and dumpling soup was tasty and not loaded with salt so I was sure the chicken would be a healthier choice than my mother's French toast, sausage, and "eggs looking at you." That's how she ordered them, "Looking at you," I was impressed with the lingo.

Doh. At least there are carrots. Even the carrots have a little gravy on them.

Of course it comes with a dish of ice cream.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Equal Time For Eclairs

I think *my current obsession with eclairs from the Pine Cone Restuarant started with a Twitter comment to Deb's Random Writings. Is that called a twomment or a cweet? Figure that one out, Grammarly. (Grammarly corrected me when I typed in, "Grammerly.")

*my current obsession started six hours ago

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mosquito Expletive Sunset

The many pools of hopefully receding water have made this a top destination for mosquitos and too much time on my hands has made the University of Wisconsin's Department of Entomology pages a top destination for me.

Why did the sunset split in two again and didonejustflyinmymouth, didonejustflyinmymouth

Who needs a tripod—is that a mosquito or a bat?

This is better but where is my tripod, how many beach towels do I need in this car and why is this entire duffle bag full of beach towels? At least I didn't get any branches in the shot

Okay, wide depth of field, focus manually, all sunset, no bokeh and no mosquitos.
The next day all they found was a camera and a pile of hair

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Boy Scouts, Pony, Pup and Pancakes

I can't for the life of me remember the name of this straw dog and pony show but have sent queries. What I haven't done is sort through dozens of flash and hard drives to find any notes I made about it, although I see I made a lame Godfather joke instead of writing the title in the caption two years ago.

How about Straw DogHey, Horse! or Anyone For Tennis?

This week I'm struggling with finding something good to eat while welcoming the fall.

The tantalizing Norske Nook's Norwegian Pancakes with lingonberries was, surprise, very sweet
This tasted better for breakfast after I found it too sweet for dinner. The pancakes, I mean the pancakes.

scoutwithneckerchief pointed out that these guys were missing something

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Art DTour

The Farm/Art DTour is one of my favorite things but they didn't have it last year and the year before my car plotzed en route.

The Red Piano I was talking about, Sallie
Sauk County was hit hard by flooding they haven't seen since 2008 and the Great Flood of 1993.

Two years is a long time to go without visiting farmland art installations and I'm knocking on swollen wood that Cha Cha (yes I named my car) and I will be getting lost in the enchanting fall air again this October.

These photos are from 2016 when I persuaded my cousin to drive me while Cha Cha was being shuttled from one incapable (keeping it clean) mechanic to another.

 We found this Red Piano at Ableman's Gorge in Rock Springs (still in the major flooding category).

Warning:  I got a virus after linking to the creators of the Red Piano at the Reedsburg ArtsLink. It happened when I tried to update Flash. It looks like Virus Scanner Plus fixed it and the Reedsburg ArtsLink home page is fine.

The Farm/Art DTour GoFundMe Page

Thursday, September 6, 2018


I've been sick since the end of August with a cough and cold that's left me with two floors of tissues littering the carpet like roses.

I think the off-brand Dayquil I'm taking is responsible for the path of balled up tissues looking like white roses.

And it's still raining. I think it's been raining for three weeks but I'm not really sure because I've been too busy not sleeping and blowing my nose.

I've also been binge-watching My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It's times like this I wish I still had a pet that sleeps 16 hours a day.

I like the symmetry of getting obsessed with a show about obsession.

I had too many things that needed doing today so I punched my way out of my snot bubble and ran, rather schlepped some errands.

I was surprised to see how much the east side has been affected by the flooding. I don't know why I'm surprised because the only other thing I'm watching besides My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the news and the news here is all about the weather.

Apparently, the near and east side proper are mostly orange barrels and detours. 

A Few Things I've Retained Besides Water

💧The only lake level management tool currently available is cleaning debris and aquatic plants from the water
💧The streets were deliberately flooded to manage Lake Mendota 
💧Working for the Land & Water Resources Department might be the worst job of 2018
💧The Iron Man participants—aren't there women competing too, Iron People, Persons, Maiden, they're still touring? I need sleep—will have to swim in the always questionable waters of Lake Monona made more ambiguous by rain and flooding
💧Snakes in flooded areas are supposed to be common which makes me think I don't like snakes as much as I thought
💧Please stop sending in photos of snakes swimming down Main St. people of Sauk County

💦Added fun flood fact for Susie Mac, Lake Monona set a record this morning for being 10 inches higher than the 100 Year Flood level

Eehh, I can't even eat gummy worms now. Hopefully, I'll be able to sit up straight and drop by all my favorite blogs soon, meanwhile, binge-watching and Cheese Nips it is. Well, not cheese nips, but maybe I should take a bath. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Night Swim

I took my waterproof Lumix for a test run in the pool on Saturday night. One of my more aquatic cousins was happy to help.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bubble Gum Cotton Candy

Our family reunion didn't have a home after the parks flooded.

But Aunt Em, the Irish aunt who still doesn't have her car due to getting stuck in last Monday's flood, got us a last minute banquet hall.

His hat bugs Cubs fans too so I like it
The reunion started in the hot muggy air on the side of the building and everyone spilled back out there when we closed the place down. 

Big bro is quite skilled in the blowing of bubbles while the little guy just likes a mess
The Dempseys close places down a lot.

Doesn't let the bubble on his head stop him from coloring EVERYTHING blue violet
The kids had bubbles and chalk which provided some entertaining photos.

My cousin, Cotton Candy Bubble Gum 
When I asked lil' cuz if he liked his full name or the short version he said he wants to be called, "Bubble Gum" or "Cotton Candy."

Cotton Candy Bubble Gum, The Little Mermaid, Crook and Bubble Gum's mom
A family of brindled German Shepherds unleashed themselves in the parking lot in front of us and we found out they were training to be police dogs. 

Copper and Crook, police dogs in training and major goofballs

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Relocation Bubbles

We had our family reunion yesterday but as my cousin (aka Cousin 2) tells it, the spot for our family picnic was "underwater" so we moved it inside (and out near the parking lot) of our local Eagles.

This is a table by our reserved shelter on Thursday. I told everyone to bring wellies and orange sauce
It's worth noting that a group of the Irish cousins was meeting at an east side bar the night of the deluge and I decided not to join them because I'm not insane. Well, one of the Irish aunts got stuck after leaving the bar. 

She had to hitchhike home where AAA told her she had to go back to wait with her partially submerged vehicle.

Living inside a disaster-free bubble until last Monday
The actual garage told her differently saying she could wait at home for them to call back.

She waited until 4 am, about 5 hours.

This bubble has a face with eyes and a nose and is in a stare down with lil cuz
It's also worth noting that it's rumbling and raining right now, streets are still closed, city buses are still free and it's supposed to rain through Wednesday.

Cousin 2, out of the bar and into the pool after a sweaty and humid family reunion
So far 160,000 sandbags have been filled and now we're afraid of trees. The older ones are in danger of being uprooted in high water areas and newscasters are asking the meteorologist what people on the east side should be looking out for. (The answer is rain.)

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Day Before The Rain Came

We had Sunday brunch at the Norske Nook which is very much above water and serving Fresh Peach as their Pie of the Month.

Contemplating dessert (she doesn't like peach and they were out of everything we asked for). My fav pie, seen in this post, is similar to what she got

Thursday, August 23, 2018

You Can't Get There From Here

I swung by a few places on the other side of town this afternoon. We had a lot of rain here on Monday and I wanted to see how the west side was doing.

I wonder what my nephews would have done if their Tot Lot had flooded
Andy would have been all, "Well then we go swimming."

Nothing says soccer like ducks and a kayak.

I think the game can only be improved by aquatic birds and outdoor nerds
Maybe I shouldn't have given away my raft

Auto repair shops looked crowded, probably from all the stranded and towed cars, and there were carpet cleaning vans driving from place to place. A road that has been a pain in my arse all summer was flooded.

Gammon turns into Park St. and a giant pain in everyone's arse
Will an inner tube get me to my hairdresser on Gammon Rd. any faster?

Can't say what the shovel and pickax were for but there's a lake in their backyard now

Three of my favorite day trip routes are still closed and since one leads to the best bratwurst on the planet and the other to the best shoe store, I'm a little panicked. Don't follow this link if you love shoes.

Metal doesn't rust, does it?
How will I survive without bratwurst and shoes?

Some joke in poor taste about a water park

The Shoe Box flooded and this article from WKOW talks about the owner not being able to cross the street because of the current.

I knew I wasn't on my side of town because this kid didn't pull out a gun. He said he was feeding a worm to a green heron
He was right, there was a green heron on the soccer field

The current! Steve (everyone knows Steve, he's given me great deals and free license plate frames) couldn't get to the store because of the street's current.

A preview of our family picnic in Middleton this weekend?

Holy shite my dad stayed in skilled nursing across the street from there and now a bridge is gone and they're talking about collapsing roads and hundreds of shoes floating around in waist deep water. Why do I find that image so disturbing?