Monday, February 18, 2019

Wisconsin's State Capitol Building


 That, ladies and gentlemen, is [the unofficially nicknamed] Miss Forward, atop the Capitol building in Madison, WI. I'm not sure how she got that reputation, (but of course you know I'm kidding. It's to promote the idea that Wisconsin is progressive, I think, and marching ever forward. (But if they were really smart and progressive, they'd find a way to make shorter winters, right?!) And actually, the statue atop the Capitol is officially named 'Wisconsin', but that doesn't seem very creative to me.


 I had the privilege of meeting a couple great Instagrammers this week, one of whom took me to the Capitol to tour that beautiful place (I hadn't done so in several years) while poor Mr. C. was busy taking continuing education courses (and tests) to renew his many licenses connected with asbestos remediation. He's done this kind of work for over 35 years and of course gets 100% on his tests every time. But still I felt a little guilty (not) in going off with and having a fun day with a new IG acquaintance (Bob @bob_b111) and later in the day, being joined by another Instagrammer, Jackie (@amfmgirl) who was also a delight.

 A little lending library, outside a pretty Episcopal church (whose doors, unfortunately, were locked so we didn't get a chance to see the interior.)

 Okay, back to the Capitol.
If you ever get there, ask Tate to give you a tour. She is one amiable, talented, and knowledgeable young woman who knows her Capitol history!

 From a distance, Bucky the Badger, the UW mascot, looked remarkably like a bear to me. Okay, give me a hard time, but he's huge. I've not seen a badger that big.

 Photo taken in the Assembly Chamber
See the eagle?
Do you know the story of Old Abe, our famous feathered friend?

"The eaglet that would later be known as Old Abe was captured from his nest by Ahgamahwegezhig (Chief Big Sky) [*you will not be tested on the spelling or pronunciation of these names] of the Flambeau Band of the Ojibwe Indians. Ahgamahwegezhig traded the bird to the McCann family of Chippewa County, Wisconsin, in the spring or summer of 1861. When President Lincoln called for troops to fight in the Civil War, the McCanns sold it to the Eau Claire militia for $2.50. The militia carried him to Madison where he became part of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry. Captain John E. Perkins named him Old Abe after President Lincoln."

Old Abe was carried on a special perch throughout the War. You can read the entire article at Wisconsin History. 


*inserted by me, of course.


Gorgeous Corinthian capitals on Greek verde antique marble columns

and bronze lamp posts.

 You wouldn't look happy either if you had to stand in that position all day.


 "Justice," in mosaic
(beautiful in person!)

Did you know that Wisconsin also has a Liberty Bell?
The one in Philadelphia is cracked, if you'll remember.

"The Capitol holds a replica of the Liberty Bell, given to Wisconsin by France in 1950 as part of a savings bond drive, and quite a bit of controversy." Read the rest of the article HERE.



 I had no idea that Jackie, another Instagrammer (and great photographer!), was taking this photo. It was fun to meet two Instagrammers this week!
Yes, I know I need a haircut. Hopefully, by the time you read this, it is underway.

Have a great Monday, everyone.
And if you have the opportunity to visit the Capitol building in Madison, WI, take it! It's an incredibly beautiful building. We're proud of it!

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

A Tree Planted by Water


"Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit." - From Jeremiah 17.

For an excellent homily on this passage in Jeremiah, listen to this podcast.
Have a blessed Lord's Day, friends.

Judy

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wednesday Medley in the Snow


If you squint really hard, you can pretend it's a phone box in England.
But in reality, it's a trash can in Madison, Wisconsin, where we got a lot of snow in the past day! One nice thing about a city, however, is that as soon as it stops snowing, the roads are plowed and clear, quite amazing, really, unlike rural Barron County where they become snow-packed and slippery.

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Okay, okay. I'm going off calendar a bit.  The National Days for Wednesday the 13th are National Cheddar Day and National Tortellini Day.  We did food last week and I can't let Valentine's Day go by without some attention.

VALENTINE’S DAY – February 14

Valentine's Day - February 14

VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day began as St. Valentine’s Day, a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus.  February 14th, Valentine’s, Day first became associated with romantic love during the High Middle Ages as the tradition of courtly love was then flourishing.  During 18th century England, this day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending Valentine cards.    
HOW TO OBSERVE
Get something special for your Valentine and use #ValentinesDay to post on social media.
HISTORY
Credit is traditionally given to Pope Gelasius for declaring February 14 as Saint Valentine’s Day around the year 496 to separate the church from the Roman celebration of Lupercalia, an ancient pagan fertility festival which occurred on February 15th.  
I love the way the Church supplanted pagan 'authority' wherever they went. Some of my favorite cathedrals are built on earlier pagan worship sites, basically saying that no, that false god that kept you in the chains of addiction and fear and despair, does not reign. Jesus Christ, Creator, Redeemer, Son of Almighty God, HE reigns! In Christ we celebrate LIFE and LOVE and HOPE, not fear and death.

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." - John 10:10

1.  I think St. Valentine's Day is for everyone, whether you have a romantic love interest or not.  I received a Valentine card from my sister (thank you Patti!) - case in point.  It is all about LOVE, not just romantic love.  What are your traditions for celebrating Valentine's Day?
 
I usually remember last minute to get cards and money sent out to the grandkids, unless I send them Valentine cookies I've made. I suspect the lucky ones are the ones who get cards and money. LOL
 
 Personally, I think Valentine sugar cookies are addictive!
But they taste SO GOOD!  And yes, I had to test one.
 
2.  When you were in elementary school, did you decorate a shoe box and deliver those little valentines to all your classmates?   Perhaps in Sunday School?

Oh yes, we always did that. And Valentine cards were lots sturdier and of a far better quality than the ones available now. Of course, maybe that's because they were hand-carved from pine, long before super heroes, Disney characters, and the printing press came on the scene.
 
3.  Do you enjoy playing Cupid?  Have you ever introduced a couple who really clicked?
Oh I would love playing Cupid for someone I'm thinking of right now, but no one ever listens to me anyway, so... (All the sudden I heard Rodney Dangerfield in my head!) But no, I actually never have played Cupid. It's probably a good thing.
 Lots of snow and really big drifts west of Wausau, WI
4.  Which traditional Valentine's Day gift would you rather receive:  Chocolate, flowers, or a card with a personal message?
 I'm glad one of the choices was an 8 week old German Shepherd Puppy, because that's by far what I'd rather get for Valentine's Day, rather than chocolate, flowers, or a card. 
 I'd take the one on the right.
 
5.  What is the best movie to watch on Valentine's Day?

An oldie but goodie, has there been anything better made since You've Got Mail ??
photo from the internet, but I forget where.

6.  Tell us something random about your week!
With our son tending to Tommy & Smokey at home, of course, we're in Madison, Wisconsin just in time for their Really Big Snow. But that's okay. We get to see our daughter and son-in-law while Mr. C. gets his Wisconsin contractor/inspector, etc. licenses renewed.
 Home Sweet Home
All of Wisconsin is under a heavy blanket of snow.
 
 Tommy & Smokey
who are much too big for that box 
 
It's so handy that this motel has a great kitchen just a few feet away!
(Yum, my favorite!) 
 
Thanks for another great Wednesday Medley, Terri!

 
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

February at the Wednesday Medley

It's February, and it's not pretty.
And why is it that February, usually only 28 days,
seems like the longest month?? 

(Not pretty, except for my wonderful, trusty old '95 Jeep)


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NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY – February 6

NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY

National Frozen Yogurt Day is observed annually on February 6th.
Frozen yogurt sales are increasing every year as people want a healthier alternative to ice cream. The explosion of flavors and topping choices add to the popularity of frozen yogurt.
Frozen yogurt was first developed 1970 in the United States as a soft-serve treat produced by H.P Hood called Frogurt. Humphreys and Dannon soon followed with their own versions of the treat. Its popularity grew in the 80s, mostly due to frozen yogurts “health food” status. Ice cream manufacturers soon caught on, offering low-fat options.
Frozen yogurt is again making a comeback as consumers have begun to prefer the tart taste of yogurt.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Give the following recipes a try:
Use #NationalFrozenYogurtDay to post on social media.
HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Frozen Yogurt Day. 
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Frozen Yogurt Day was the most fun of the choices for today's first question.  I have no idea why the creator chose a winter day to celebrate a frozen dessert, but here we are!!  Let's talk about food today (one of my favorite subjects)!
1.  Today, Wednesday, February 6th, is Frozen Yogurt Day!  A cold dessert on what must be a very cold day for most of you reading this today!  Do you enjoy frozen yogurt?  Does it matter what the weather is?  Share with us your favorite flavor and/or topping, please!!

I do LOVE frozen yogurt, and rarely eat it because of all the sugar involved, but even when driving past Culver's, which is actually frozen custard, I find myself checking out the marquee for 'Flavor of the Day.' I can't help myself. I don't know why almost all of them available in the wintertime involve chocolate and caramel, when I'd really like to see strawberry or Georgia peach, my favorites.
 Looking south from the porch
2.  What food do you know you shouldn't eat but can't help yourself?
Pasta or pizza. And usually I stay away from them, but once in a while I'll go for a chicken penne pasta or homemade pizza. No matter what I tell myself at the outset, I always eat more of it than I think I should, which is why I try to stay away from them.
 This one, or with kalamata olives and feta cheese. Either is delicious and gluten-free, which is probably why I tend to excuse myself for eating more than a couple squares. Yes, I cut it in squares, which always annoyed our youngest son. LOL
In case you're interested, I posted the recipe for my homemade pizza over eight years ago. You can find it HERE.  I was much younger then, but I still love it! :-)
 I had to show you this photo, taken of our outdoor thermometer on January 31, the day after the last Wednesday Medley posted. It was -35 degrees F. Fortunately, today is a balmy 3 degrees F. Much better!
3.  If your life was a meal, what kind of meal would it be?
 My life definitely feels like a salad these days. And I'm so ready to sink my teeth into a good beef steak, metaphorically speaking.
My favorite lunch, every noon:
Romaine, red cabbage, carrot, onion, peppers, green olives, broccoli slaw, avocado, tomatoes, snap peas, olive oil and fresh lime
4.  Do you like spicy food?  Why or why not?  What is the spiciest food you have ever eaten?
 Mr. C's fresh salsa. None better. It's probably the second-spiciest food I've eaten. The other was blackened chicken, which I did NOT like. But yes, I do like spicy food. I tend to add cayenne to a stirfry, soups, stews, etc.
5.  (Most of you know I have been sick with a cold.) What food do you eat or crave when you have a bad cold?

 I am sorry you've been under the weather, Terri! Mr. C. and I enjoyed about a month of cold/coughing that we thought would never go away. Hope you feel better soon!

If I have a sore throat, this smooth and delicious frozen custard is the best. And with all the sugar, it knocks me out, which might not be a bad thing at that point. But it has to be frozen solid, not anything like soft serve. Ew.
6.  Please tell us something random about your week (and maybe it will involve food).
 Tommy & Smokey, being their usual selves.
Actually, it doesn't involve food. But it does involve downsizing. I know, I know, I seem to bring that up all the time. I've tried to do the 'spark joy' thing, but it just doesn't work for me. All of my books spark joy, all of my England stuff sparks joy, and hardly a single item of clothing sparks joy. I can't go around in my packable down jacket, Levis, and Wolverine boots all day every day. So I'm trying something else: What feels good on me, feels like ME? I realize this might be pretty dangerous also, but we'll see how this tactic works. I'm going to try to get at it. I'll let you know if there's anything remaining in my closet when I've put everything to that test.
ONE MORE RANDOM, please:
I read an interesting, satirical article by David Brooks in the New York Times. Here's an excerpt from the article entitled "The Morality of Selfism, The Gospel of Saint You."
"First, you want to feel indignant all the time. Back in the old days morality was about loving and serving others. But now it’s about displaying indignation about things that other people are doing wrong.

"When you are indignant, or woke, you are showing that you have a superior moral awareness. You don’t have to actually do anything. Your indignation is itself a sign of your own goodness, and if you can be indignant quicker than the people around you, that just shows how much more good you are!" 
Click HERE for the entire article. Yes, the NYT has a lot of ads, but ignore them and enjoy the article which is such an apt commentary on today's American society.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Around Oxford - Anglophile Friday




I mentioned on Wednesday's Medley post that I hoped to get an Anglophile Friday post up this week.  This is not by any means a travelogue, and we did not start in Oxford, but I thought I'd post these few photos of shots here and there around Oxford for today's post. Later I'll have photos of Christ Church Cathedral (of which you probably think you've already seen far too many, if there is such a thing).


Just a little aside, but I realized that it's February 1, which means our winter is about a third over. That is very good news! We're a little sick of the -30 F air temps.

Some woman whose photo ended up on my blog
I hope she doesn't mind.

 Tuppence a bag
Did you know that in 'Mary Poppins', the woman feeding the birds was named 'Tuppence Sabag'? (Our daughter had a friend who thought that. Isn't that cute!)

We walked instead, but I think the buses are so cute.

 Christ Church Cathedral. No surprise that there's a glorious cloud hovering above it. :-))

 I think this gnarled old vine is a bit prettier in the summertime. If you look closely, you'll see that I was trying to get a picture of that pigeon.

 These last shots are of the Great Hall at Christ Church College, Oxford University. Evidently this was a main filming location for the Harry Potter movies.



Unfortunately, dinner was not being served.



That's all for now, but we'll get back to Oxford eventually, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Stay warm, all of you in the Upper Midwest!

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