The Sparse of a Farm

Daily Post Photo Challenge: This week, get inspired by the many connotations of the word “spare.” Earlier in May, when trees were still in “spring green” mode, I went for a walk on the Friendship Trail during lunch. This day, I drove to the gas station that’s a mile away, parked, and walked a different section of the trail in order to be surrounded  by different scenery. Along the way, I found a patch of sparse, courtesy of a localRead more

The Jubilance of a Bench

The word of the week is Jubilant. Rejoice! It’s the end of the week, and time for a celebratory photo challenge. Jubilance is on the other side of the photographs. I was smiling broadly and effusively. You see, the weather here turned sunny and warm this week. And I found a new spot for a lunch time break, a bench with a view, and the peaceful calm of blue sky and water. Photos were taken at Fritse Park, on the shoreRead more

Thursday Doors: Rest Stop

How do I top that, a trifecta for Thursday doors? How do I float your boat, and leave you wanting more?   Will the door people scowl, at this petty attempt? To engage in the challenge, with a twisted bent.   For there were two doors, that beckoned me close. Walk this way, they called, We’re not too morose!   We service the people in this little park. The ones who walk, run, bike and fish after dark.   WeRead more

Wonderfully Blessed Wednesday

“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day;Read more

Faces of Gray

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge asks us to show FACES. The first face I thought of was my mom. I recently published a post called Smiling Mom if you’d like to take a peek. I chose not to reblog the post or reuse the photo. The second and third faces that came to mind were my two furry kids, Gibbs and Ziva. The image of their adorable faces are forever solidified in my mind and in my heart. If youRead more

Thursday Doors, a Train Depot, and Beer

I’m pretty sure Dan has become excited merely by the title of this post, as he should. Today is Norm’s Thursday Door Day, a WordPress blogging sensation as far as I can tell. I’ve wanted to join in the excitement for some time now, but never had a proper subject. I pass many doors during the day, but they all seem so boring, without character or a story. It took a trip to Green Bay to find a door worthy ofRead more

TRAIN!!!

TRAIN!!! That’s what a co-worker and I text to each other when the railroad crossing nearest to the office has its gates down, the red lights are flashing and there is a multi-car train passing through. It’s happened several times to both of us, on occasion making us late for an appointment or when returning to work from lunch. Sadly, when I took this photo, I missed the TRAIN!!! by two minutes. I wanted you to get the true feelRead more

Botanical Beauty

The brother was here this weekend, a quick visit for Mother’s Day. When he’s here, there are always specific places he likes to go – restaurants, brew pubs, points of interest – that are unique to the area. On Saturday, we headed north to the Green Bay Botanical Garden, per brother’s request. I’ve been there several times, for every season (except winter), and never tire of the display. We weren’t sure what to expect, so it was extremely delightful thatRead more

Wednesday Word of Thanks

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187, creating “National Correctional Officers’ Week.” Each year, the first full week in May is recognized as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, commemorating the contributions of correctional employees who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country. I thanked my co-workers with a white-chocolate raspberry cake (no ice cream) this morning. If you know someone – a friend, family member, neighbor, acquaintance – who works in a correctional setting, pleaseRead more

Smiling Mom

Mom can be as grumpy as an alley cat and mad as a wet hen, because the food at assisted living still “SUCKS!” But when I ask her to smile for the camera, she does. This day, mom was a bit mad when I visited. The caregivers wouldn’t give her ice cream after lunch. She complained that lunch, the food, was awful. So, being the good spy daughter, I went to the kitchen area to investigate. When I asked caregiver “Sara” aboutRead more

Parental Admiration

Weekly Photo Challenge: Show us someone or something you admire (and tell us about them, too)! Hands down, I admire my parents the most. Evan and Pauline. They met and and began dating while both were working at the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P grocery store) in the early 1950’s. Evan was a manager and Pauline a bookkeeper. When my father was transferred to a store in the small burg of Waupaca, he decided that my mother should followRead more