Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hodgepodging The Hundred Acre Woods

Sunset over a farm on Highway 29, Sunday

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1. ASAP typically stands for 'as soon as possible'. What else could it stand for in your life right now?

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 It's typical in central Wisconsin for silos to have concrete tops.
Around here, they're usually domed or conical steel.

The top of our silo in May

Amish silo, nr. Cashton, WI
although Amish silos in our neck of the woods are the same.

2. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea? Why do you suppose that is? Is it a good thing or no?

I always have ideas. I'm not saying they're good, but just that they always spring to mind, whether I want them to or not. I would rather discuss something and find that I'm wrong than not to talk about it at all. 

Hartland Town Hall
Where people of Hartland township go to vote, evidently

3. What do you remember best about being 12?

I remember riding my horse Shammar, playing football, building forts,camping at the creek with the neighbor kids, ice skating at the patch of ice in a low spot in the field down the road, and generally spending as much time as possible outdoors doing fun stuff. Otherwise, I'd be in the house dusting furniture or trying to find the floor in my bedroom or in the garden pulling weeds.

 This could be me.
Well, if I were a lot younger, really cute,
and had a darling little daughter who will turn 3 in March.

4. January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Which character do you relate to the most, and why? If you're stumped go here for inspiration.

I think I'm a combination of Winnie the Pooh and Rabbit. Which means what - that I want to manage the honey pot? So I'm not sure, but I can tell you that in all three Jane Austen quizzes I'm Elinor Dashwood. And I'm Mary Poppins in the Disney characters quiz. Just in case you were wondering.

Mural I painted on our youngest son's wall
when he was little.

5. What's an app you use that helps simplify or make life easier for you in some way?

I like My Fitness Pal, which easily scans and tallies calories and nutrition. It's also been a very neglected app since before Christmas. But the upside to that is that the jeans that were just swimming on me in early December are now nice and snug. :-)  :-((

Sunset, a few minutes later

6. San Francisco (CA), San Diego (CA), San Juan (PR) San Antonio (TX) Sanibel (FL) have an all expenses paid long weekend to one of these destinations. Which one do you choose and why?

I would definitely choose San Diego. I've been to San Francisco also, but San Diego is wonderful and I'd like that all-expenses trip there right now, to escape a weekend of snow and cold.

Transporting logs

7. Share with us a song that makes you feel nostalgic? For what?

Several classical music pieces remind me of homeschooling our kids to a background of classical music. OR many British mystery theme songs which remind me of the Thursday evenings we watched PBS Mystery and shared a Bounty bar (like Mounds but thicker dark chocolate).

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Just a pic of the kitties, because I know you are dying to see them! :-)

I lay down on the [single] bed for a few minutes to check my email (on my phone) and take a quick nap, and by the time I got ready to pull the blanket over myself, you-know-who(s) had appropriated it and I didn't have the heart to take it away. The photo makes it look like Tom K. is squishing Smokey, but they are actually snuggled up side by side, not leaving a lot of room for me.


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Friday, January 6, 2017

A Trip to the Vet Clinic


Today's the day: Tommy gets tutored. Collage above, in order of his age, starting at the lower right and going clockwise:

Shortly after the three kittens appeared on our deck.

Tommy balancing on the stack of baskets.

Tommy taking a snooze.

Tommy when I announced yesterday that he had an appointment with the vet.

Resignation: I found Tommy in the laundry basket, practicing for the time spent in the kitty carrier to and from the vet. 


Don't look too smug, Smokey. You're next. (although we're still waiting for her to reach three pounds.)

 (Gary Larson)

I set it in the sunshine, put a snuggly bed in it,
and ignored it. Good boy, Tommy!
And off we go!

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