Thursday, May 26, 2016

Wisconsin Barns and Good Fences

...and a sweet photo I can label 'Throwback Thursday.'
(when grandsons were staying with us and we visited Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls)

 Cattle on a farm east of Westby, WI

 Same farm, but I wanted to get that weathered barn and windmill

 I think that white panel is supposed to be some sort of fence too.
Maybe there's a pig pen behind it. Just guessing.
Or maybe they didn't have anyplace else to store it.
I'm speaking from experience. Don't judge.

 Jake's Scottish Blackface sheep
My favorite

Linking to Theresa's Good Fences 


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hodgepodging Through Cobblestone Alleyways

This post probably contains the last of this year's lilacs. While the lighter-purple ones are already done, the deeper purple lilacs are still clinging tight.

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1. How should success be measured? Using that as your standard, who is the most successful person you know? (Or one of the most successful?) 

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27). That would pretty much sum it up.  There are many throughout history who have done just that, who quietly and faithfully go about their business unnoticed, not looking for reward. Watching or reading the news, you'd think that's a pretty foreign concept in today's society, but it's just that the most successful people are not going to make the headlines. 

Alleyway in London

2. Have you ever been to a hot air balloon launch/fest/party? Ever taken a ride in a hot air balloon? Is that on your bucket list? According to Frommers the ten best hot air balloon adventures in the world are-

Loire Valley (France), the Serengeti (Tanzania), Napa Valley (California), Lake Champlain (Vermont), Cappadocia (Turkey), Istria (Croatia), Gstaad (Switzerland), Yarra Valley (Australia), Muelle (Costa Rica), and Albuquerque (New Mexico). 

Which one on the list would you most like to experience?

I've never been to a hot air balloon fest. It's not on my bucket list, and although I'd like to visit France and wouldn't mind visiting Turkey and Croatia, I'd prefer to stay on the ground and wander through cobblestone alleyways, looking for good coffee, an irresistible pastry or lunch, and good photo opportunities.

 Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Basil Pesto
You can find the recipe for TWO great grilled cheese sandwiches

3. May 25th is National Brown-Bag It Day. Did you/will you pack a lunch today? When did you last pack a lunch for someone and what are your go-to ingredients for a brown bag lunch?

I won't be packing a lunch, but if I were to do so, there would be a chicken sandwich (with onion and lots of celery) on gluten-free bread, an orange, and one of my gluten-free chocolate chip cookies that I made yesterday and hid in the freezer because somehow, believe it or not, that seems to be a bit of a deterrent. Usually.

4. What's one of your favorite dance scenes from a movie or television show? 

This is easy, for there are only two. From the movie White Christmas, Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen And that's probably because it's Lucy's favorite. I love watching her little two-year-old self, in pink tutu and wings, dancing to 'The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing' :-) My all-time favorite movie dance scene (besides watching Lucy) is Anne Reinking from Annie, 'We've Got Annie.' She is fabulous!  The links will take you to YouTube clips.

 Vera Ellen in her younger years.

5. John F. Kennedy made famous the line, '...Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." So what can you do for your country?

Pray, Vote, and See answer to #1. Imagine how different our country (and world) would be if we all did that, huh.

 Beautiful Rice Lake, WI

6. Weekends are made for __________________________________.

Rest, worship, and getting Mr. C. away from work.

 St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church
Wausau, WI

7. On this last Wednesday of the month, bid farewell to the month of May in seven words or less.

'You make Wisconsin worth the winters...almost.'

 During the rain
8. Insert your own random thought here.

There are so many who are struggling - personally, financially, health-wise, on my radar screen right now. We need to be faithful pray-ers who will uphold these people before God. We are all on this fallen planet together, and we need to pray for each other, especially when others, for whatever reason, just can't.

 Those would be maple seeds. They're everywhere!


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