Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Say Cheese! Dogtoberfest

There was lots of fur, humidity and excitement at Dogtoberfest Sunday. The  goodie bags were bountiful and the pooches were palaverous.

Has a drinking problem

And you thought, "Crocks would be the cherry on this sundae."

Has both Drew Brees and Big Ben on his fantasy team

Dude, wait, wait, we've got this pee on Bears gear contest going on


Are those Chuck Taylors? 
                                                             I only know I get chicken if I pee on them.


 Oliver with his Mikes Hard Lemonade swag. Mike's, it looks the same going in as it does coming out.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Even Though I Know Someone Will Have A Problem With This

A pup passed out on a biergarten table during a Packer Game wearing a dirndl is:

1. Objectionable on so many levels
2. A waste of beer
3. Bad luck (not to be confused with a baby on the table). Good thing the Packers won or that dog would be in so much trouble.
4. Hilarious





P.S. Say Cheese! will go up a little later this week because so many dog photos so little time.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Say Cheese! Gloomy Day

One of my favorite things about dogs is that they love weather, all weather. You can be facing wind, rain, gloom, or the Polar Vortex, they're up for it.

I'm getting a Toto vibe here (or is he Dorothy)

It was a good weekend to spend some quality time with this guy.

Not all that amazing up close

I was trying to get access to these amazing lily pads you can see from the road. So we made our way down a rickety set of stairs armed with spiky attack burrs. The stairs were armed with burrs, not us. Actually we were armed with burrs by the time we made it down the stairs.

Oliver had a big ol' burr under his chin which he did not appreciate me yanking out later.

I didn't take any burr photos because why would I.

I'm guessing hawk, but could it be a peregrine falcon?

 My good lens only goes up to 70mm so I was creeping up closer to this let's say hawk when some old coot (not that there's anything wrong with that) tottered up, looked at the bird and said in his outdoor voice, "Is that a hawk?"

I have no idea what kind of birds these were, you'll have to click to enlarge. I know the place is lousy with herons, so maybe?

Of course the probably a hawk flew away then later kept flying past us. I'm pretty sure it was laughing. 


Can we call an Uber?

Both Little Rat and I were flat out knackered long before it was time to go home.


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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Happy Happy Joy Joy The Week Is Almost Over

Dealing with a landlord who wants you to "take a vacation" while they rip out the stairs to your loft (where the bedroom and bathroom are) is no cause for joy (or sleep) but it is at the top of a  list called: Cause For Concern.
Do you suspect your neighbor is stuffing dead bodies into the wall and if so why does it smell like cheese?
Is your newly healthy lifestyle actually killing you?
Is this dog your best friend?

Please say, "yes." Please say, "yes."

Oliver seems to be happy, maybe he knows something I don't (he definitely does).
There comes a time when you have to throw up your hands and say "f*$# it!" then put on some Ren & Stimpy.



That time is now. 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Say Windy Cheese! Link Up

We've had a few windy days around here but of course nothing like Dorian. Stay safe down there my south eastern peeps.




Meanwhile, back at the new walkies park.





Thursday, August 29, 2019

Snow Peaks Dragonfly

I thought these hydrangeas looked like mountain peaks iced with snow. That flying critter is either tiny or far away but probably too small to be a dragonfly (although it made a fun title).


Monday, August 26, 2019

Say Cheese! Corn

Cheese Corn, mmmmm. I've got all sorts of stuff going on due to an increased walking and exercise program.


The good news is that I'm still on my two pound a week weight loss track despite the criminal amounts of sweet corn I've eaten this summer, so that small drop in a very fat bucket is getting bigger.  


The bad news, I'll be spending a substantial amount of time in a Frankenstein walking boot with possible surgery as a result of all this healthy activity. 


And until I'm confident I can carry around a camera with a ridiculously expensive lens without falling over I'm passing off these week old photos from the Corn Festival as new.  Shouldn't have said that.



Must. Eat. Corn.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Being Cool At The Union...

...is a song on an lp by the same name from 1980, a decade in which I spent a nonsensical amount of time trying to do just that. It features at least two well known locals (we lost Clyde Stubblefield in 2017).

The Little Rat Boy Being Cool At The Union this week got me thinking about the song

Oh, are we having brats for lunch?

I found very little about it online but I'm guessing one of the DJs at our coolest radio station has a copy.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Say Cheese! Last Gasps of Summer

I'm more of an autumn or spring person but it is sad to see summer's last hurrah.

The Tree Farm had grape tomatoes to die for as well as all of this last Thursday

Calculating if he's "This Tall" before another crushing blow

Yesterday at the Sun Prairie Corn Fest (who doesn't love a ginger)

A Hammock Boat made from instructions on the Internet

Maureen (her brother John built the boat) and Camilla (from Norge)

A color shot of the Matz Farmstead not included in the last post

My cousin Jackie in a classic, "Don't you dare take my picture" shot

Friday, August 16, 2019

Matz Farmstead Ruins

This property is a nice bit of local history. Homesteaded by a German immigrant named Matz in 1852, this farmhouse was built with stone locally sourced after the owner, Friedrich Matz, returned from the Civil War.
Here's a photo of the farmhouse from 1907.


Matz spent time at Camp Randall—go Badgers—before going off to war as a private in the 11th infantry.


The house burned down in 1949 and I haven't seen much more information about the ruins than what's on the Historical Marker Database.
It's part of the Dane County Halfway Prairie Wildlife Area and although often photographed, I thought this building would look good in black and white.
There are more remains out of shot to the left shown in this post from last fall.  

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Say Cheese! Mosquitos

Cloudy weather plus humidity make me a walking human pest strip.








A beautiful place but what I remember most are the mosquitos.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Dog and Butterfly

A week of dogs and butterflies.

Must you, always, with the camera?



Dog Visit!

And then she flew away into the garden

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Marilyn

This was a throw away snapshot of my mother in front of a diner in the Dells taken with my pocket camera (I could buy 13-and-a-half of them with what I paid for my new lens). It got some good feedback on a Facebook group called Wandering Through Wisconsin, so here you go, happy Thursday.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Say Goat Cheese!

It won't turn me into Diane Arbus, but the lens I rented finessed these mediocre snapshots into photos so...

Give us a kiss

Got into the funny weeds growing out back

Circulating on Facebook, origin unknown
...I bought the lens.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Say Cheese! Big Cats

I stopped by the Big Cat Rescue in Rock Springs last week and had a nice visit in the hot sun. I know this is stupid but they remind me so much of house cats and dumber yet I was talking to them as if they were. I got pretty much the same reaction as I do with house cats.

Vixie, a female Bengal Tiger

Memphis, a male White Bengal Tiger

Either Snowball or Avalanche, a White Bengal Tiger

Bam-Bam, a male African Lion who inspired the Big Cat Rescue

Dozer, a male Black Leopard rescued from a FIB zoo that no longer had room for him

Lives downwind of the Big Cat Rescue and quite chill