Under the Sunset

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!”  ~C. Joybell C.~ Exactly. This particular evening, I was in my car, facing west while stopped at a light on Wisconsin Avenue. I’ve witnessed many beautiful sunsets on this avenue before dusk, but there are few chances to snap a photo during busy traffic times. One has to be at the correct intersection, at the right time, waiting forRead more

Midwestern Frame

Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame From Wikipedia: Uff da is often used in the Upper Midwest as a term for sensory overload. It can be used as an expression of surprise, astonishment, exhaustion, relief and sometimes dismay. For many, Uff da is an all-purpose expression with a variety of nuances, and covering a variety of situations. The expression has lost its original connotation, and it is increasingly difficult to specify in exact terms what it means in any given usage. Within Scandinavian-AmericanRead more

Thursday Doors: Flight of the Lion’s Tail

No, not that kind of flight. I did not get on a plane to take photos for Thursday doors. Instead, an SUV took me, my brother and his girlfriend to a couple of new breweries and a flight of their finest adult craft, as did a stairway. I’m not sure if that was appropriate. I expected a free sample of beer or box of dark chocolates at the top, but was left with a window that peered into Weiss beerRead more

Katzenworld: A Very Furry Thank You!

Today is a very special Monday as I have been honored by Marc Andre, Iain, and the rest of the crew at Katzenworld with the opportunity of a guest post. Marc Andre asked several weeks ago if I would write a few words about the two felines that own me, and I enthusiastically said “Yes!” Click HERE to check out a day in the life of Gibbs and Ziva through narrative and song and to leave comments.  I would like to thank everyoneRead more

Rare Artistic Opportunity

Weekly Photo Challenge: For this week’s challenge, show us something that stands out from the everyday. It’s a rare opportunity when parents are able to send their children to a week-long arts camp without shelling out even one penny. Yet, they were afforded that possibility this week through Mission Church, a Christian community in Appleton, WI. Since 2013, children in the area are able to come to the church during one week in August to dance, work with wood and clay,Read more

Gray Paw Yoga

This week, Gibbs and Ziva are helping with a post by presenting Gray Paw Yoga poses. You may not have heard of this yoga as it’s fairly new and limited to the confines of the apartment. Nevertheless, these two felines have been working hard at their yoga practice and they hope you enjoy each and every one of the poses. Take a deep breathe (in through the nose), let it go (out through the nose), relax, and let’s begin. CatatonicRead more

Fun With Smoke

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun! Something that makes visiting a craft brewery fun is the name they assign to each and every beer. This porter at New Glarus Brewing Company is no exception. Deep Purple would feel honored.Read more

Summer Afternoon

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  ~Henry James~ “Summertime is always the best of what might be.”  ~Charles Bowden~   “I love how summer just wraps it’s arms around you like a warm blanket.”  ~Kellie Elmore~  Read more

Morning Fog

Weekly Photo Challenge: What does your morning look like? This was a morning drive to work, in March, when the weather was trying to decide if it should be winter or spring. Spring eventually won out, only to give its life to summer.Read more

One-Liner Wednesday: From Mom’s Lips

“You’re full of crap!” I’m not a regular here at Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share a very special comment from my mother. Mom turns 97 this Saturday, August 6th. It will be a birthday different from prior years because mom insists that she’s not that old. Her dementia has her living in the past, often as a younger adult who simply wants to “go home.” This past Sunday, the conversation wentRead more

Form of Thought: #CBF16

Ch “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ~G.K. Chesterton~ As a co-host of the 2016 Cherished Blogfest, I wanted to thank all of the bloggers who participated in this year’s event. Everyone had a fabulous story to tell and an awesome, cherished item to share. If I did not make it to your post, I apologize for my absence and will stop by during the week toRead more

The Cherish of a Family Bible

One of the many cherished items given to me by my parents is dad’s family bible. This is a Catholic Bible, printed circa 1884, leather bound, measuring 14”x11”x4.” It’s a hefty Bible, weighing 13 pounds or 5.9 kg. Dad gave this Bible to me many years ago and for many years, it has been tucked away in the bottom section of a china cabinet. The Bible is not in the worst of conditions, nor is it in the best. IRead more