Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Yellow Pig!! Medley

Photo from Monday, taken on the way home from Chetek. 
New Scandinavia Lutheran Church, just up the road from our home.

"Everyone worships something. It's 'worth-ship' - 
what's of highest worth to you? 
The biblical idea is if it's other than God, 
you will disintegrate on the inside 
and society will disintegrate around you."
- Bishop Robert Barron 

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Grab your ice cream maker and invite your friends and neighbors over for an old-fashioned ice cream social! Give this homemade peach ice cream recipe a try. If you need tips for picking fresh peaches visit Frog Hollow for an easy guide to the best peaches. 
First of all, I can't tell you how good that fresh peach ice cream looks to me. Peach is my absolute favorite!!! But it can't be vanilla ice cream with hunks of peaches. It must be peaches blended thoroughly throughout and then maybe extra hunks of peaches besides. It's just amazing.
We actually did make old-fashioned peach ice cream for friends, and after the woman ate her ice cream, her tongue and throat started to swell up and they had to rush to the hospital. She had no idea we were using fresh peaches and we had no idea that she had an allergy to them. It was very scary, so it kinda wrecked a fun time, needless to say.  Anyway, fortunately she survived the homemade peach ice cream incident. And this subject makes me wonder if I could dig out my old ice cream maker...
1.  Do you enjoy fresh peaches?  What is your favorite way to use them in a recipe?
Yes, I do love fresh peaches, especially the freestone type, so you're not fighting with that pit. My favorite recipe would be peach pie.
An Amish farm in our neighborhood on a warm and muggy day




National Wrong Way Corrigan Day on July 17th commemorates the transatlantic flight of an Irish-American stunt pilot from Galveston, Texas. Douglas Corrigan gained notoriety for an unplanned transatlantic flight to Ireland on July 17, 1938. 
Growing up as a boy, Douglas Corrigan’s (January 22, 1907- December 9, 1995) fascination with flight was not uncommon. Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight may have been the most impressionable moment in his young life. In 1938, the young stunt pilot flew from his home in California to New York. Upon arrival, he requested permission to duplicate his hero’s historic flight. They quickly denied his request due to the age of Corrigan’s 1929 Curtiss Robin.  
With only a magnetic compass, Corrigan advised officials he was returning to California.  According to the story, after takeoff, cloud cover prevented Corrigan from accurate navigation. When Corrigan dropped below the clouds hours later, he saw he was surrounded by water. It was then that Corrigan realized his navigation was off. He continued, and 28 hours later, he landed in Ireland. 
That was the story as Corrigan told it. Reporters suggested Corrigan made secret plans to repeat his hero’s flight anyway. However, years later, Corrigan held fast to his original explanation.
National Wrong Way Corrigan Day originates with the date Corrigan left New York in 1938.  In 1987, Long Island commemorated the 49th anniversary of the 80-year-old Corrigan’s flight with a parade and called the day “Wrong Way Corrigan Day.”  The city of Galveston, Texas proclaimed Wrong Way Corrigan Day in 1992 to be celebrated on January 22nd, the date of their hometown hero’s birth. 
2.  Have you ever gone the wrong way on a one-way street?  What do you think about Mr. Corrigan's story?   True or False?
No, never ever. And I sure hope I never do. I think Corrigan got his wish, tried out the cloud cover story, and it's one of those 'That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!' things.




National Yellow Pig Day on July 17 honors the unique attributes of the number 17 and its significance to mathematics. 
If you don’t think the number 17 plays any role in our lives, consider these facts:
  • The number 17 is a premium number in the arena of prime numbers. Add the first four prime numbers together, and 17 is their sum.
  • The average loaded school bus weighs 17 tons
  • Each of the following words has 17 letters:
    • interdisciplinary
    • telecommunication
    • misinterpretation
    • commercialization
    • electrophotometer
  • The atomic number of chlorine is 17.
  • Pebble Beach named a road 17 Mile Drive along the Monterey Peninsula in California. However, the exact length of the road is 16.78 miles.
  • The 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gave the citizens of the United States the right to elect their senators by popular vote. Before the states ratified the amendment on April 8, 1913, each states’ legislatures elected the senators to Congress.
Look for the not so random occurrence of the number 17.  Look!  Yellow pig!
Brush up on your calculus and round up your yellow pigs. Look for the number 17. It’s everywhere! Post on social media using #NationalYellowPigDay.

Don't bother to count them. :-)
Our research found that National Pig Day originated sometime during the early 1960s. Two mathematicians named Michael Spivak and David Kelly analyzed the random properties of the number 17 and a mysterious yellow pig. It seems the process became excessive and professional. Kelly lectured and developed classes around it. Spivak published several mathematics texts, while not based upon it, he does subtly reference the number 17 and Yellow Pig.
I think the Prime Number thing about 17 is about the only unique thing listed. I could say, I saw a cluster of 17 daisies in the ditch or I found 17 wood ticks on me or there were 17 pieces of Swedish fish in the box (before I found it). I mean really. Then again, I'm going to turn 71 in a couple weeks and if you reverse those digits, Voila! (or Bob's your uncle!) YELLOW PIG!! (I might not have used 'Bob's your uncle' correctly. It's one of those mysterious British idioms.)
 Homemade Pizza last Friday night.
I seem to only make it on Friday nights. Friday night pizza and an old movie are a good combination. We re-watched 'The Jury' with Derek Jacobi, Antony Sher, Gerard Butler, etc. etc. 
3.  Tell us about your life when you were 17.
Tending the dinosaurs 24/7.

Breakfast in the screen porch



In 2014, Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge created World Emoji Day.  The date of July 17 has been intrinsic to the iconic red and black Apple calendar emoji since its launch in 2002.

4.  Do you use emojis when you text, email, or FB message? Do you have a favorite?
I do use emojis when I text or Instagram. Hearts, smiley face, grins, laughter, kitties (although they are desperately short of cute kitty emojis these days and there's not even one German Shepherd emoji out there). I also use praying hands and the Cross. Not all at once, mind you.


National Tattoo Day - July 17

National Tattoo Day has been observed since 2016. The founder or source of the day has not been identified.
5.  It has been asked many times, but do you have a tattoo?  Do you want to get a tattoo? 
No tatttoo. Doesn't appeal to me.
 Across the road

6.  Last, but not least, please tell us something about your week!
 After a torrential downpour last evening
From the porch
The two exciting things about the week thus far are:
I was bitten by a deer tick (they're about the size of a poppy seed) who managed to keep his teeny weeny head under my skin for a few days even after the rest of him had been dislodged - which meant a trip to the doctor and 21 days of Doxycyclene and avoiding the sun. The medication is phototoxic and can cause severe skin burns if you're out in the sunshine. SO, we wait for summer all miserable long and cold winter and now when it's gorgeous and 85 degrees and sunny, well. But actually, I'm not truly complaining. There are far worse things than having to avoid the sun. One would be getting Lyme disease. It is a horrible and difficult disease, so many different manifestations, and debilitating in many cases. I thank God that the tick was where I even noticed him, on the inside of my elbow. But if you're outdoors in the North, check for those little rascals. They're so much smaller than a normal wood tick and easy to overlook.
The fun thing about this week is looking forward to an Instagrammer friend and his wife who will be joining us for lunch in the screen porch on Thursday. He's seen my photos from the porch and is merely asking for lemonade on the porch and a rainbow. The lemonade I can do. The rainbow? Hmmm. LOL 
P.S. Bob is not my uncle.

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 One of my neighbor girls


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Fourth of July Wednesday Medley

 From Westby, Wisconsin

Delicious cherry jam from Door County
I wish I still had some of that.

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Independence Day July 4


Each year on July 4th, the United States celebrates Independence Day. This federal holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. 
Did we really think that was a good idea???
For nearly 250 years, the country has been celebrating a day in history that inspires us still today. On July 4th, speeches and ceremonies are held across the nation. Across the country, people crowd cities for parades and festivals. Streets are decked out in red, white and blue bunting and flags.
While families and friends gather for some of the most mouthwatering food – large picnics and barbecues, local fairs provide a taste of culture and mom’s home cooking, too. With so many converging on their hometowns, family and school reunions take place.
Fire Works
Before the day is over, many communities hold spectacular fireworks displays re-enact moments of victory. Patriotic music accompanies the performance while spectators view the show from blankets strewn along capital lawns or from boats floating in bays. Whether out National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” or “God Bless America,” many will sing along.  In some locations, music will be played by a live orchestra or band, while in other areas it’s pre-recorded. Some of the most popular on the playlist are “America the Beautiful,” “My Country, Tis of Thee,” “This Land Is Your Land,”  “Stars and Stripes Forever,”  “God Bless the U.S.A.,” “Yankee Doodle” and “Dixie.”
In some parts of the country, people will shoot their own fireworks. Children delight in the bright colors and sparklers. They roast marshmallows and make s’mores.
Questions are from Terri. My responses are in blue.

1.  Please share a favorite July 4th memory with us.
Nothing especially stands out, but thinking of childhood, sometimes we were at Silver Lake or Shell Lake here in Wisconsin, a couple of Wisconsin's 15,000 lakes! And as I was trying to dredge up some memory of a big Fourth of July celebration, it occurred to me that the reason I couldn't remember anything too specific was that we were farmers. It was haying season, and I'm sure that my dad and brothers were in the field baling hay and putting it up for the winter. It would have been after that, late evening, that we would head to the lake. And I remember my brothers shooting off firecrackers now and then.

When our kids were young, we would go to the fireworks display at Barron next to the high school, or to Rice Lake. We would put chairs in the back of the pickup and meet friends up there for a fun time of fireworks, Twizzlers, and popcorn.
 Grandkids playing in the pond garden stream
 This was July 7th, the closest I could find. The kids are pulling algae out of the stream. They know that to move the rocks would be to cause the water to overflow at places and then the pond level would lower. And they know that it would not make Grandma happy to have all the water gone from the pond.

2.  How do you plan to spend tomorrow?  If you are working, will you celebrate later?
We'll be in Wausau visiting our daughter and grandkids. Our other daughter is going to drive up from Madison to join us!  and later we'll be watching fireworks along the Wisconsin River. 
3.  Is there a favorite food always reserved for your 4th of July celebration?
 Strawberry shortcake, if made with GF flour, sounds good to me. My problem with anything like this is that nowadays (Is that a word?) I will end up eating it alone. Mr. C. will have a tiny piece and then go for the chips or popcorn. So if anything, I would make a tiny one-or-two serving shortcake. Most likely, this year it will be Air Head Bites for a treat.
Monday evening, 8:30 PM, from the porch

4.  In Florida, you can buy all kinds of fireworks, including some that fly high and burst into pretty cascades.  Are fireworks legal in your state/community and does anyone you know put on a display for your neighborhood?
In Wisconsin, every Walmart parking lot and other fireworks sales tents go up the end of June, so there are always fireworks being shot off in the neighborhood, usually starting July 3 or even earlier. The photos below are from 2015. The 'boys' would often shoot fireworks from the top of our hill. They have to stop by 10 PM, but that's because their mother makes them stop because it seems rude to the neighbors to be shooting off fireworks after that. The neighbors, on the other hand, seem to go on for all hours. That's because their mother isn't a killjoy. LOL

Doesn't this look like it's from a TV show?
the kind I don't watch? LOL
 From a few years ago. Evidently something more exciting than fireworks caught Lucy's eye.

5.  Do you have a favorite movie that you always watch sometime during the 4th of July?
No, but one of my favorites of all time is Enemy of the State with Gene Hackman and Will Smith, so if I were to watch any movie on the Fourth, that might be it. Again. It's just a great movie!
And when Mr. C. puts on his readers, he looks just like Gene Hackman. I tease him about it. LOL
6.  Share something from your week, please.
I shared this photo, taken Tuesday, on Instagram. It was a beautiful July day, typically warm and muggy, but bright blue skies (after the rain that seemed to go on forever). I hung the polyester double knit quilt my mom made from scraps leftover from outfits she made for me and for herself when I was in Junior High. That stuff was beastly hot, didn't breathe, but it also didn't have to be ironed, so Mom used it a lot in her sewing projects. It's nearly indestructible, so it makes a great picnic blanket (or blanket from which to watch the fireworks). I hated that quilt when Mom made it and pretty much right up until the time she died. After that, it kinda worked its way into my tiny heart of appreciation. And now, I love that I have that quilt that she made. It will live forever - and not just in my heart. I mean, that stuff lives FOREVER.
After 40 years in the contracting business, Mr. C. is actually going to officially retire the end of this month.  It's been coming slowly. It was going to be January, then it was going to be April, then it was going to be June.....
But retirement does not mean mornings at the coffee shop for this man. It means the start of work on the Wausau house and after that, work on the farmhouse to get it ready to sell. So he doesn't dare hang up his work clothes just yet.
 More of this kind of thing
with one of our sons
Maybe I'll let him have coffee and a donut now and then. ;-)

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Update on Tommy and Smokey, throwback Thursday

Hi everyone,
So many of you have asked if I've heard anything more about Tommy and Smokey and how they're settling into their new home in Madison, WI. As you may have read in yesterday's post, no, I'd not heard anything. Until this forenoon. Elizabeth sent me this photo and a few others that I think she will be posting on Instagram, so I didn't steal all of them. But I am so relieved. It looks like they're finally comfortable and doing their usual snuggle routine.
Thank you for asking about them.
And thank you for praying for them.
And thank you God for your patience with me and for your mercy and generosity.

Huge sigh of relief.

Hope you're having a great Thursday.

Here's what came through here earlier today:

Lots of rain, HUGE crash of thunder, amazing clouds!

And now,



And since I'm too old to have any sense of pride, I thought I'd show you this photo my sister dug up. Doesn't it just scream 1960's? (for those of you old enough to remember those ancient times). My hair was long, and the only way to tame it was with huge rollers and tape. And of course I was a goofball. So that kinda explains everything. My mom is in the background knitting. Knitting?? I don't recall ever seeing her knit in my life. Guess I wasn't paying attention. And my dad in shirt and tie, an insurance salesman after years of farming. We were living in the farmhouse in this photo, and my mom is watching TV. Perry Mason, presumably. I'm surprised we weren't eating Swanson's TV dinners off TV trays. Oh yeah, we did that too. And although my mom usually set a pretty table, I'm wondering if this was a Sunday afternoon. I might have needed to re-tame my wild hair for the Sunday evening service at the Baptist church.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Driftless Wisconsin, Visiting Grandkids and a Parchment Medley

Last week we had a visit from two of our grandchildren from New Ulm, Minnesota. Since they were going to be with us for the week, we spent a day in Wausau, leaving here at 7:30 in the morning for the 2 1/2 hour drive there, so they could see the Wausau house, spend a little time in Wausau, and of course have time with their cousins. It's always fun seeing the cousins enjoying each other's company. And it's always great to spend time with our daughter.

The river water level has been lowered deliberately, 
so that work can be done on the bridges.

More photos and text sprinkled throughout today's Medley, which is brought to you by Terri, our host, who blogs at Your Friend From Florida. She writes the questions, we write the answers. Plug them into your own blog and join up at her blog!

Terri's questions are in black, my responses are in blue.

Can you believe it?
National Parchment Day,
Last Wednesday in June
1.  Who knew there was a day to celebrate parchment paper?!  Do you ever use parchment when you bake or cook? Tell us about your favorite way to use it, please.
 I rarely use parchment in baking unless my recipe says I must. 
 Toe and ankle dipping in the Wisconsin River
Toe dipping in the Red Cedar River
2.  When Terri thinks of parchment paper, she usually thinks about special writing or artist papers. She loves using specialty papers for creating cards or other art projects. Tell us about a creative way you have used parchment paper other than to bake with!
I don't think I've ever used parchment in any creative way whatsoever. I'm sorry, Terri. My creativity extends only to soapmaking and journaling, I'm afraid.

On our walk along the Wisconsin River, we encountered a pipes and fiddle duo who serenaded us. Fortunately, our granddaughter had the presence of mind to record them (see video below). Thanks, Elisabeth.  I was so mesmerized by their sound and skill that I only managed to think to take a couple photos. They were incredible, and it was such a fun mini concert. 

 Uilleann Pipes

Video courtesy of @elysadans

3.  Terri used to be in the cake business and has piped many borders and roses and leaves and letters, etc., etc.  You can make a pastry bag from parchment paper!  Have you ever tried decorating a cake with a pastry bag and specialty tips?  Do you have a picture to share?  Don't be shy, now!
I'm afraid I'm batting zero here. But I would highly recommend reading Terri's blog, for I bet she's had lots of experience working with parchment.

Happy kids hanging out at The Blue Goose

 Later in the week we drove to 'The Motherland,' as Mr. C. calls it, the Driftless area of Wisconsin in the SW part of the state. 

No fear of putting the cart before the horse here.

After stopping to visit an Amish friend we'd not seen since last summer, we went to '24 Valley Road' as he directed us, for ice cream and an interesting barn he knew we'd like.

Not this barn. This is The Blue Goose
with the most fabulous ice cream!

 Sunshine and shadows at The Blue Goose,
where all four of us got huge helpings of ice cream
for under $10 total. Mine was blueberry waffle cone.
I'm sure that I ordered a small dish, but no kidding, it was a veritable mountain.
So I ate only a few bites and threw the rest away.
(Yeah, right. LOLOLOLOL)
It's a good thing I don't have that kind of ice cream or any ice cream sitting in my freezer.
I know it wouldn't be there for long.

Here's that barn Sam said was a must-see.
Definitely close to the road!
4.  Tell us about something you baked or cooked in the past week or so that turned out great, parchment or no parchment.  Will you share the recipe?

 Blueberry scones. This one is cranberry, but the recipe made last week was made with fresh blueberries. Delicious!
The most recent thing which might have called for parchment paper, but which I baked on a sil-pat lined baking sheet was blueberry/lemon scones. They were delicious. I still have a few in the freezer which I'll pull out at some point in the near future and heat up in a 200 degree oven just to thaw and then crisp up the exterior.  I'm pretty sure the silicone sheets I have were ordered from Amazon. Click HERE to see them. I use them for scones and cookies.

HERE is the recipe for the blueberry scones in the blueberry/lavender version.

 I had to zoom in on this scene through the windshield as we were approaching one another, and have removed the heads (ouch!) to protect the privacy of the Amish. I know, it's not like they're going to be reading this blog or anything, but I've been told by a few Amish friends that they don't mind photos at all as long as their faces are not showing. So, there you are. But it was such a delightful scene! A team of beautiful horses and a wagonload of fresh hay topped by a young Amish boy, probably about 8-10 years old.

I think that meeting our friend Sam completely dispelled any preconceived notions our grandkids might have had (or that many people have) about the Amish. They are good businessmen and women, intelligent, skilled, and have a great sense of humor. They're hardworking and very community-minded people. By the way, our friend Sam is a skilled cabinet maker and makes cabinets for huge condos in Chicago and (multi-) million-dollar 'cabins' on lakes up north. When I asked Mr. C. about having Sam make book shelves for us for the Wausau house, he responded, 'We can't afford Sam.'  Oh.  Oh well. Sam does incredible work and is in high demand. And a really great guy. I would show you a picture of him, but...

5.  The last Wednesday in June!!  How can that be? Has your June flown by or have you been able to enjoy each day and make it slow down for you?
June has definitely flown by, and it's been a pretty chilly one, so I'm looking forward to July. 

 Two of the grandkids,
standing under the most famous street sign in Westby. :-)

 Visiting the ancestors

 Country Coon Prairie Lutheran Church

6.  Tell us something about your week so far, if you will.

So far this week, the weather seems to be trending toward warmish and I've been cleaning out and packing and donating (while listening to interesting YouTube interviews and lectures). Sound familiar? I also spent an afternoon working on my journal, although I have noticed that I'm not doing nearly as nice a job on journalling as I usually do. I think it comes from a sense of guilt - like that I should be cleaning out and packing and donating. Sigh.

I'm also missing Tommy & Smokey, and have heard nothing more about them. Poor little waif kitties. I pray that their new 'mommy' is treating them in the manner to which they had become accustomed. xo 

 One of the beautiful white and purple bearded iris
that originally came from my great grandmother's garden.
I will be moving some of these to the Wausau house.

I expect my HomemadeSoapnSuch shops
to be closed for the summer.
Lots of back-and-forth between
Dallas and Wausau.

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Thanks for the Medley, Terri, as poor as my responses were!
I'll try to do better next week. :-)

PS. Thank you, Lord, for letting me live in Wisconsin in the summertime and please forgive me for the complaining that I do all February and March.

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!
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