Friday, February 28, 2014

The Ice Age Commeth Again - And A Happy Ending

Hi Friends,

A new record was set in our city last night - 50 days of subzero temperatures this winter.   Sigh!  They are promising to give us temps around 27+ next Thursday!   This is getting very old.

I've talked before about our wonderful Mr. J who does our snow clearing for us.  Well, there is more to the job than just shoveling or using the snow blower.   About a week and a half ago - after another snowfall - Mr. J decided the mountains were getting too high along the driveway. Winter is far from over here and the piles would only get higher, making it difficult to shovel.   Even with the blower it was getting hard to blow the snow up and over.  So this wonderful man stayed on that day, after clearing the driveway and patio of snow, climbed the mountains and manually shoveled the snow farther out into the yard.   He knows we still have the month of March to get through and we can sometimes get a big snowfall of 12+ inches.  He said he is just trying to stay ahead of the game.

We just can't thank him enough for taking care of our snow.  He is our guardian angel of the snows, and we wouldn't be able to stay in our house if we didn't have his services.   We are so blessed to have him in the winter and our special yard crew (Harrison and Dad) in the summer for yard work.

We lost another wonder Twitter human to Lung Cancer last week - Ingrid, human of @nocrybabydogs.   I had known Ingrid for 5 years.  Mario did a nice blog tribute to her at
last week.  But then this morning I received this link that appeared in the newspaper of the lady (@DanaPixie) who adopted Ingrid's dog.   Thought you might find it interesting.   After the sadness of losing Ingrid, it was heartwarming to read this amazing story.

Daffy and TSK (Dana and Jim's kitty) are getting along fine.  Daffy arrived at her new home on Wednesday night and slept in the big bed with Dana, Jim, and TSK. I teasingly asked Dana if she had given Daffy and TSK catnip  before bed to have them both so peaceful and low key!  Pictures of Daffy's journey were posted at each "hand-off" stop so we could easily keep track of her journey.   There was a round of cheers on Twitter when Daffy was placed in the arms of her new mom, Dana.  All eyes were glued to #4Legs4Daffy for three days while she made her journey.  Three special Twitter friends had volunteered to each take a leg of that journey.   We are so thankful that they all made it to the destination and back home again.

The power of the social media never ceases to amaze me.   I have met so many wonderful people through it - including all of you blog readers, Twitter friends, the Blogosphere friends, and Face Book friends.  Plus we have a group of special local friends who are near and dear to us.   We are blessed!

Until next time - stay warm and dry.   Maybe by June we'll have some warmer days!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How Many Pieces?

Hi everyone,

These are the photos I wanted to post last week, but deleted them from the camera before downloading.

What is so special about this?  As quoted from a sign next to the replica: "It's a replica of Green Bay Packer's Stadium, designed and built by 15 Engineering Students from Milwaukee School of Engineering.  It was  completed August 5, 2013" and is exhibited in the lobby of Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

"It took 1500 hours designing and building the project.  The design is based on pictures and computer projections.   The replica is built on a 1" : 6' scale.  The replica measures 15' x 13" and is 27" tall."
"Over 130,000 pieces were used, equaling to approximately 500 pounds of plastic."  Most of those pieces, if not all, are Legos.

It is pretty awesome to see that in the huge lobby of the hospital and boggles my mind every time I look at it.   ha ha - I always wonder how many times the a chain reaction was started and it toppled.   I think now they have it permanently affixed together so there is no chance of that happening.  Mr. D says it was made out of a whole bunch of Legos!

Just had to share this with you because I find it fascinating.

Thoughts are with all our friends living in the southern states and Eastern seaboard.   The latest winter storm sure is raising havoc down there.   I can't complain about the 1 inch we received today.  It's peanuts compared to what others are receiving.

Take care everyone - stay safe, and I hope your power stays on.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Dumb, Dumb , And Dumber!

Original Oil Painting by Mr. D, who is a hobby artist.
Other Paintings by him can be found in Mario's blog


I had something totally different planned for today's post, but I pulled a "Mary."   

Yesterday Mr. D and I went to the hospital again as I had an appointment in their Wound  Center every Tuesday.  (I have a wound on my ankle area that has been stubborn at healing.  Somewhere around Thanksgiving I hit the ankle on the corner of something (can't even remember what), treated it myself at home with Peroxide.   After about 3 weeks of it not healing, I kicked the same area again, breaking it open and deepening the wound.   Meanwhile I continued to go to my water exercise class thinking the heavy Chlorine would really clean it out.   It did, but still didn't heal (No I'm not diabetic).

Finally just before Christmas Mr. D suggested I go see the doctor.   He prescribed a salve and suggested I go downtown to the hospital and visit the Wound Center because they have "all kinds of special things that can be used to heal a wound like yours."

Once a week since right after Christmas I faithfully go to the Wound Center where the doctor measures the area, digs around in it, cleaning it out some, treats it with a piece of Pomogram (which looks like felt) and then a layer of Medihoney Gel over the top of that.   Of course it is wrapped and protected.   I continue the treatment at home every 3 days.  This is not serious, so don't worry about me.  It is healing nicely but ever so slowly.  I should have paid more attention to treating it and protecting it when I first injured it.   It does not pay to let things go too long, and I should know that but just didn't want to give in on something that seemed so stupid at the time. 

Anyway, there is a very unique display set up in the lobby of that hospital.   Mr. D went with me and was assigned the job of taking pictures of the unique object so I could post it in my blog yesterday.   When we came home in the afternoon, I downloaded the pictures, thought I saw them downloading, so deleted the pictures from the camera (usually I wait a couple of days to do that).   Well, guess what - the pictures never downloaded and I have already deleted them from the camera!  Dumb, Dumb, and Dumber!

We'll take pictures again next week when we're downtown so I'll have something nice to talk about next week - but it was very frustrating.

i've been reminded of two lessons: 1. Seek medical attention if something doesn't start healing in a few days.   2.  Don't delete pictures from the camera without actually looking at them, cropping, etc and saving where you want them stored.  Then delete.   We should all know to do those two things anyway - it's just common sense - "dumb, dumb, and dumber!"


P.S.  My heart goes out to all the people in the path of this latest storm - two in a row is simply not fair and both bad ones.   Hope everyone is safe.  I always worry about the many friends I have scattered across the US that I've become close to on Twitter. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

North To Alaska

Hi Friends,

That's it - we're moving to Alaska (don't I wish).   The current temperature in Anchorage is 36 degrees F - tomorrow will be 40F with rain!  They basically have no State Income Tax because of the vast oil reserves and drilling.  It's gorgeous in the summer and the air seems so much cleaner up there.   Besides, I like bears and antelope - they are better than bugs and snakes, in my viewpoint anyway. ha ha

The temperature indicated in the picture is tomorrow morning's predicted temperatures (schools already closed in a lot of areas for today and tomorrow - again).   At least my house is nice  and warm - some people don't have that luxury and my heart goes out to them.  

There is a desperate shortage of Propane Gas in our state.   Some of the winterized cottages (turned into year round homes) up north and mobile homes that use propane gas to heat with can't get any propane.   Several restaurants up in the north woods have closed because they can't get the propane to cook with.  Our Governor is working on the issue.  The price of Propane Gas in our state has skyrocketed from $1+ per gallon to $7+ per gallon.

Tomorrow we have a couple of appointments to run to.  I'm not  looking forward to driving out in it.  I always worry about the car breaking down, but it never has in all these years of driving in this kind of weather.

I know most of the US is in a deep freeze, so I'm really not complaining - much!  ha ha   I do know we need to fire Mother Nature!

Stay warm!


Saturday, January 18, 2014


Hi Friends,

I apologize for the poor picture, but it was taken through the Patio Door and in a hurry so the bird wouldn't fly away.  I had been trying to get his picture for a good two weeks now.

I think Mr. Robin is confizzled (confused) - there is about 30 inches of snow on the ground (even tho the patio looks clear).   He's been coming to eat from one of the pans of bird seed I have on the patio for our feathered friends. 

A robin in Wisconsin in January is NOT NORMAL.   It's not totally rare as every winter someone sees a Robin or two or three somewhere around here.   But as old as I am, I have never had one in my backyard at this time of the year -- March yes -- January no!   I think this manbird must have ignored Mrs. Robin when she said to take off and head South two months ago!  ha ha - they'll do it every time.   (Nothing personal Mario's Dad!)

We've had SNOW every day for the past week (except for today).   Mainly just enough to have to deal with it.    We are so thankful to have Mr. J taking care of our snow removal.   This past week he was here sometimes twice a day just trying to keep on top of it.   Now Monday we plunge into the deep freeze again.

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Old Mother Hens


We've gone from one extreme to another with weather; from -20F to +29F in two days! Welcome to Wisconsin!

Presently sleet is falling from the sky. There are all kinds of warnings on TV about slippery roads, urging people not to go out if they don't have to. The ice and/or rain stretches from the southern border of Wisconsin midway up the state and is expected to change over to all rain tomorrow. Crazy! Three days ago we were hibernating because the night time wind chill factor was -50 and daytime temperatures were -10 with a -30 wind  chill..

Which leads me to the Mother Hen thing. Our daughter and son-in-law are 40ish and certainly not young children. But they are still our chicks, and I do worry about them when the weather is bad.  They both take major 4-lane highways to and from work and I knew they would be slippery! So tonight I just had to call them. SIL happened to answer his cell and was very good natured about it tonight, but I know some times when I call to check in, they get a little irritated and really don't understand why I do it. Guess I'm just a mother hen because I like to know that the chicks are safe.  They are all we have left!

Are you this way? Or, was your mother like this? I automatically called my mother after we moved north 140 miles and would return home after visiting for a weekend down there. She appreciated it and said she was getting kind of worried about us and was hoping we would call. It was especially important during the winter months when quite often we'd be driving back north on slippery roads.  Oh well - I'll keep calling the chicks, and they will continue to get a little irritated now and then when I do.   Such is life I guess!

I freely admit it - I'm a Mother Hen!

Until next time,


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

This 'N That

Dear Friends,

I couldn't resist posting this picture of Mario trying to catch the squirrel that is hanging on to the white edge of the patio screen door.   If you look close, you can make out the bottom half of the squirrel.    Talk about up close and personal!    The squirrel likes to tease Mario,  and Mario likes to tease the squirrel. 

It's FREEZING cold here - the likes of which we have not seen in about 30 years.  But I know much of the US is saying the same thing.   Cabin Fever is setting in!  Oh, we're digging out the swim suits tomorrow - the temp will go up to 30+ for Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  Woohoo - a heat wave (but don't get too excited - snow and/or freezing rain is forecasted for each of the three days so we'll be trading one thing for another.   I think I'd rather have the bitter cold than freezing rain and ice.

Our schools have been closed for 3 days now and will close again tomorrow.  It is simply too cold for the school buses.   The oil in the engines tends to jell when it gets extremely cold.  Now that's cold!

UPDATE on the post I did last regarding our Twitter friend @JessieJaney.  Some of you may have already seen Mario's post   Basically Jessie, the kitty, is living on a farm with a family member, but might go to live with uncle Hugh because she's not adjusting very well to farm life. Poor baby!  At least we know she's being cared for.

One of Janey's friends has started an Emergency Contact Form for Twitter and bloggers if they wish to join.   A copy of that is located in Mario's blog.  Just click on the tab at the top of his blog to get to the link.   I know the Animal Blolgosphere also has an Emergency Contact List, but if you are on Twitter and wish to join the one in Mario's blog, please feel free to add your name.   

Oh, I do have some HOT NEWS!   We have a Robin hanging out at our house. He/She comes to eat the bird seed that is sitting on the Patio step.   Every time I try to get a picture, he/she quickly moves away.  But, I kid you not, it's an honest to goodness, real, live Robin. Very unusual for our area in January, but not totally unheard of.   He apparently figured that flying south was not going to be that much better this winter, so why waste the effort.   he he - it takes a lot of energy to flap those wings all the way to a southern state.

Stay warm friends!