Happy Labor Day


This was taken a few weeks ago. My crab apply tree (I think) was blooming again.  I hope you all are enjoying a long and relaxing Labor Day weekend.  I am fortunate this year, I have a relatively new job that I don’t have to work this weekend.  Let’s all remember this weekend all the people that worked hard in the labor movement and those that are continuing to work hard for us in the labor movement so that we may continue to enjoy the social and economic achievements that have been hard fought.  I also want to remind everyone, while you’re enjoying your long 3 day weekend, most people are not and to be kind and courteous to those working in the service industry.  As a worker in the retail industry, I’ve had my share of rude and inconsiderate people.  Be kind, people, no matter what day of the year it is.

Enjoy the flower and I hope it reminds you to be kind and courteous.  We’re all fighting battles that we cannot see.


You looking at me?

Last Saturday a friend asked me to go hiking with her.  We met at the Prairie Moraine Park in Verona and caught part of the Ice Age Trail.  Round trip for the section that we did was about 5 miles.  The weather was beautiful, cool, sunny and a bit breezy.  Perfect for working up a sweat.  We didn’t run into too many people while walking so we basically had the trail to ourselves which was nice.  Along the trail we ran into some goats and chickens, just hanging out in this enclosure.  There wasn’t a home or a barn in sight and we thought it odd that they were just there in the middle of this hiking trail.  They weren’t that friendly, but they were curious about us.

If you ever get a chance, I suggest taking a few hours and hike along the Ice Age Trail. It was nice getting out in nature and it was good getting some exercise.


Wednesday Word of the Week

A girlfriend of mine recently invited me over for a fabulous dinner to help celebrate my graduating from college.  She had a delicious hors d’oeuvres or horse de overs (depending on what part of Wisconsin you’re from!)  of cheese, crackers, grapes, apples and wine.  What I really loved was the cheese.  I am from Wisconsin after all 🙂  It was a brie and it was the most delicious, creamy cheese I have ever had.

I thought it would be good to use Brie as my word of the week this week.

Brie – is a soft cow’s-milk cheese named after Brie, the French region from which it originated (roughly corresponding to the modern département of Seine-et-Marne). It is pale in color with a slight grayish tinge under a rind of white mold. The rind is typically eaten, with its flavor depending largely upon the ingredients used and its manufacturing environment. 

And while I don’t usually endorse any product here (and I am not getting paid for this), the picture below is the Brie cheese we had that night.  OMG, it was yummy in my tummy!  If you’ve never had Brie before I urge you to give this one a try – you won’t be disappointed. Oh and be sure you have some high quality crackers with it.


Time Flies

WOW!  2013 was the last time I posted anything here.  Not only does time fly, but life gets in the way of fun things, like writing my blog.  There is SO much I have to tell you, I don’t even know where to begin.

So…I’ll begin with…I AM A COLLEGE GRADUATE!!!!!!!!!  After 10 long years, I FINALLY have a college degree.  For anyone that has gone through the college experience, you know what a relief and a sense of accomplishment walking across the stage is.

April 24th, I submitted my final, final paper.  After I clicked on the submit button, I just sat on my couch (it was an on line class) and I just sat there for about 10 minutes.  Then I walked to my fridge, grabbed a beer and started binge watching Grey’s Anatomy *laughing*  Have to say that I felt kind of lost without having homework to do, but I’m replacing that with reconnecting with friends that I’ve put on the back burner for the past few years.  I can’t believe that I am finally having a social life!  It’s the little things in life 🙂

To the rest of the college graduates out there…CONGRATULATIONS!  I am proud of you and I salute you!



My family


Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

I love this weeks photo challenge!  I immediately thought of this great picture of my daughter sharing a kiss with one of her aunties at Tortilla Flats in New York City.  Enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

When I read the weekly photo challenge this week is home, I immediately thought of my mom.  My mom passed away about 12 years ago and I miss her terribly.  She was funny, creative, earthy; genuine.  She will always be “home” to me.  Enjoy.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

My sister Stacy is an artist.  When my daughter was born, she gave this to her.  It’s called “Genie Bottle”.  This is a one of a kind – unique.  Enjoy.

Genie Bottle