Friday, March 16, 2018

Wisconsin Countryside Friday

I've been thinking that I might try to alternate between 'Anglophile Friday' and 'Wisconsin Countryside Friday'. We'll see how it goes.

In Wednesday's Hodgepodge, I mentioned visiting Westby again, and this time, instead of driving out into the countryside east of Westby and Cashton, we drove south to Viroqua and explored the area west of Viroqua (see route below). It was just as beautiful, and fun to take a different route.

Traveling south from Westby, we took 27 (14, 61) to J. Turn right onto J, Turn right onto C, turn right onto B, turn right onto 27, turn left onto 82, turn right onto N, then there will be a jog onto Norwegian Hollow Road to N again, jog right onto 56 until you can turn north again onto O, turn onto K into Chaseburg, then 162 into Coon Valley, turn right onto 14/61 back to Westby. Besides Westby and Viroqua, some towns (or settlements) you'll go through are
Folsom, Towerville, Fargo, West Prairie, Purdy, and Newton. All of this is just in case you happen to be in SW Wisconsin and are looking for some beautiful scenery, including lots of barns and little country churches.The whole trek, with a break for lunch, took us about 3 1/2 hours because, as you can see, there were a few stops for photos. More coming in another post.

 I always thought it would be fun to have one of these in our backyard.

 If you happen to have attended Folsom School,
your reunion is coming up this summer.
Put it on your calendar.

And about two minutes down the road is
Franklin Lutheran Church,
which you most likely attended if you attended Folsom School.

 There are no Anglicans to be found in this neck of the woods.

 Why did the raccoon cross the road?
I don't know, but evidently at some point in the past
he had tried, and it didn't end well for him.

I mentioned in Wednesday's Hodgepodge that Tommy & Smokey had their annual wellness checkup scheduled for Thursday morning.

 Well here are Tommy & Smokey at the vet's office.
Yes, it worked fine to put them both in the same cat carrier.
The vet put them both on a diet. Oh the indignity of it all!

 'Never let them take me back there again, Tommy!'

They were so beautiful!
And curious.

Linking to Saturday's Critters


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hodgepodging a Bit o' Green

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1. Best place you've been lately?

Hmmm, that's not an easy one. Maybe I could answer, 'Most recent best place?' in which case it would be Westby and Viroqua Wisconsin, which I've mentioned before, and of which I've shown dozens of photos. Needless to says, I took dozens more photos this trip (last weekend), so I'm sharing some of them with you today. Most of the photos today are from the Viroqua area. What's 'best' about it is the topography.  I love that 'driftless' area of Wisconsin, such beautiful hills and valleys, even though it was pretty cold. I'm definitely not complaining, though. We're getting sunny days. I can imagine how sick to death our friends on the east coast are of this horrid month of March. No one likes it when March comes in like a lion and remains a lion for the entire month!  

2. What's something you should say yes to today? Or this week? Or even this year?

There are personal things I would like to say 'yes' to, but I'm not going to write about them. So I guess I'd have to say 'yes' to my nagging conscience regarding painting some of the rooms in our house. I hate painting. I like baking, cooking, and hopefully will like gardening again after about a five year hiatus, but painting? Yuck. Still, it needs to be done, so I should say 'yes' to it.

3. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form? If so tell us how. In Western cultures the color green is typically associated with jealousy, nature, good luck, and growth. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'green'?

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word 'green' is our green alfalfa field. Here is one of my favorite photos: Mr. C. and the grandsons and Bridger.

The alfalfa field and occupants,
August 2012

This year we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day by inviting friends in for a potluck dinner on Saturday evening. There should be a nice group here, good food, board games, hangman at the blackboards, and generally hanging out with all the usual suspects. I'm making a large pan of shepherd's pie and four loaves of homemade bread, and we'll see what the others contribute to our St. Patrick's Day stone soup. Also, before we eat, we're going to be dividing into five groups and reading the Benedicite, each group taking two stanzas.
It starts like this:.      
Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

4. What's a product or service you love so much you'd happily be their spokesperson? Tell us what makes you such a fan.

Moto Z Force (l)
with auxiliary battery pack (r)

I have always liked my smartphone, but right now I am a huge fan of my Moto Z Force phone with the snap on extra battery. It's an amazing phone, and I discovered, after hours of concern, that it can fall out of one's back pocket into the toilet and survive. It did take a second of shock to realize that my phone had actually fallen into the water, then it took another second to grab it out (yes, with my bare hands, but it's an expensive phone and the water wasn't yet polluted, TMI?) and another few seconds to get it buried in a bowl of white jasmine sticky rice (uncooked).

I left it there overnight and only tried the phone the next forenoon, after much prayer, and I am happy to report that it is just fine. What a scare that was!  I will no longer carry my phone in my back pocket. So often I don't carry a purse and if I don't have a jacket with deep pockets, it seemed the natural thing to put the phone in my back pocket. Anyway, I'll figure something out, but I can't tell you how grateful I am that my phone works!

5. March 14th is Pi Day. How are your math skills? What's the last thing you did that required math of any kind? And most importantly do you like pie? What's your favorite kind? With ice cream, whipped cream, or please hold the cream?

Maybe I'll make this: lemon meringue pie/cake

I'm not too bad at math, loved algebra, and probably the most recent thing that required math was figuring out sizing on a photo I wanted printed to fit a certain frame. So it was that same old basic algebraic formula that I've used hundreds of times over the years, whether sizing photos or changing ingredient amounts in a recipe.

I love pie and almost never eat it. My favorite would be a berry pie or lemon meringue without the meringue. No ice cream or whipped cream. And I'll probably bake a lemon meringue (with the meringue) for Easter Sunday, eat more of it than I should, (because I don't seem to have a shut-off valve regarding pie) and then not eat pie again for another year (or maybe a piece of fresh berry pie in the summertime - strawberry or blueberry). It works for me.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

This is now a 25 x 37 framed print (minus the watermark)
on the wall in front of my computer desk 
Canterbury Cathedral

Tommy & Smokey go in Thursday for their
'wellness checkups' and shots. 
I wonder if they'll be okay going into the same cat carrier.

Good luck with that, huh!



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