Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Sunday morning, we were having coffee and chatting when my cell phone rang. I had Lois answer since I had a call at the same time on the land line. It was my great niece Stella (she will be 3 in August). She had told her Mom, Heather, that she wanted to call her Aunt Wanda. It was a little confusing for Stella that her Grandma Lois answered the phone. But after she chatted with her grandma for a few minutes I got on the phone. Stella wanted to tell me that she wanted to come and visit me at my house. She chatted quite a bit before saying goodbye and "I love you".
This is a major turn around :-D, Stella has been slowly warming up to me since I moved here. Maybe last weekend made a difference as I spent a day with Lois and Stella & Ruby.
It rained nicely, off and on, most of today, but the birds have still been busy at the feeders. The gold finches are so brightly yellow now. What a treat.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This morning I had a flock of Cedar Waxwings in my maple tree outside the bedroom window. What a sight! They were too high in the tree for me to get a good photo, more ammo for me to think I need a digital camera with big time zoom lens! I found this photo on the net.
I also had the male cardinal flitting around. He's been spending some time back in the brush pile that Ryan and I made when we cut down the trees last week. In fact, that brush pile has been a busy intersection of birds coming and going, perfect way to encourage more activity in my yard, thanks Ryan!
Cedar Waxwings are social birds that you’re likely to see in flocks year-round. They sit in fruiting trees swallowing berries whole, or pluck them in mid-air with a brief fluttering hover. They also course over water for insects, flying like tubby, slightly clumsy swallows.
Black mask and chin
Brown head and chest
Yellow wash across belly
Yellow tail tip
Sunday, April 19, 2009
He's such a mellow little boy. But he didn't waste anytime getting serious about eating his cake!
All cleaned up again and wearing one of his presents, Jake is giving Aunt Michelle some of his time.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Now I have to start the fun of taking in the bird feeders everynight or face destruction every morning. At least this takes the heat off the cats, I am usually getting up in the morning to see what they have been into overnight, now they have been upstaged.
Image from http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/eek/critter/mammal/beardist.htm
Bear Distribution Now
Sunday, April 12, 2009
On the way back to Rice Lake from Luck, I stopped in at the Loyas's. Mark and Krista and family were there as well as the rest of the Loyas family. I got there in time for dessert. Now I am full! Is it too late for a nap?
Saturday, April 11, 2009
O No, not today!
Barley bolted right out the door and I was not quick enough to catch her on the step. So, after a short run around the back of the house, she darted under the front step/porch.
Finally I used the strap of my camera (which I had in my hand when she made the break) to tease her out. Good grief. She's back in the house now and her owner is MUCH smarter about coming and going out of the house.
Tell me about it!
Friday, April 10, 2009
- The gold finches have on their mating uniforms!
- And the Colorado Rockies have on their opening day uniforms.
The finches have mostly molted off those old drab colors and are ready to find a date!
The Rockies have started off strong with 3 out of 4 wins and I have a set up in the living room so that I can watch via the computer cabled into the TV. Life is Good.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Today I hung up birdhouses in the back yard. I got them from a local craft fair birdhouse maker. Nice cedar houses. Most have a larger hole for bluebirds and the like and one has a small hole for the wrens only. I got them on the trees and then about 10 minutes later went to take a picture for the blog. I was surprised to see that I already had tenants. While I stood in the yard I saw Chickadees go in and out of every one of the houses. They even fussed around by the wren house, but they are too big to fit in.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Today I signed up for MLB.TV on the internet. I can watch most of the MLB games live from my computer for about $10/month, how sweet is that! So, today I watched the Colorado Rockies opening game at Arizona, and by way of an 'S' cable, I hooked the feed up to my TV and enjoyed the game on the big screen.
I had been thinking I'd have to follow either the Brewers or the Twins, but now I throw the Rox in that mix. I'm ready for baseball! Too bad the Rox lost today, but lots of homers, that might be a good sign for the rest of the season.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Wikipedia says that Smelts are a family, Osmeridae, of small fish common in the North American Great Lakes, and run in large schools along the coastline during their spring migration to their spawning streams.
It is one of the few fish that sportsmen are allowed to net, using dip nets, either along the coastline or in the streams. Smelt are often fried and eaten whole.
Yep, french fried and eaten whole, bones and all. Yeah, the heads and guts are gone, but that's it. You get a plate of smelt, cole slaw, beans and a roll (I think that's in case you get the bones caught in your throat, but I'm not sure.) They sell tap beer (Miller Lite) of course and some other beverages. All of the picnic tables that filled the fire station were full of locals, enjoying this delicacy.
I found this picture on another blog on the internet, it's sort of weird to think that more than one of us are writing about smelt, isn't it?
After the meal, an auction of donated items is fun. I won 2 home made bird houses, 2 pints of home made salsa (and a bag of chips), and a sweatshirt from a local bar. I was bidding like crazy on a beautiful quilt, but once the bid was $250, I bailed out. It was a beauty and probably worth much more than $250, but my wallet was having a heart attack, so had to quit.
Sure was fun, oh, and I am not supposed to say that Lois and I stayed out until about 1:30 a.m. We ran into 2 of her classmates and their wives, visited until the fire hall was about empty and then decided to stop downtown at The Hog for a nightcap. I was glad to have a Coors Light to wash down all that other stuff.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
After lunch, on the way from Waumandee to Durand, I saw this farm scene and just thought it was classic Wisconsin. Holsteins on the hillside and all. WI Hwy 88 just before you get to Laehn Ridge Rd. and after Armor Balk’s and the farm in the picture is David Bauer just before you go up and over the hill towards Gilmanton. This part of Wisconsin is full of valleys and ridges, left behind my the glaciers I guess.
From nephew Kris, who knows stuff like this....Here is your Wisconsin geology lesson for the day. I read on your blog: "This part of Wisconsin is full of valleys and ridges, left behind my the glaciers I guess." This part of WI actually was not part of the last glacial advance/retreat. As such, the landscape was not flattened like the rest of the state. The SW part of WI is usually referred to as the "driftless area." So there you go, you learned something today.
Driving in reminds me of mountain driving.
Bremer’s dug way (Cty Rd U).
I also saw this sign. I got a kick out it, it really says all you need to know about voting doesn't it?