Spring is almost over with….

Spring is almost over with….

It’s the Spring of 100 years.  We set a high of 78 degrees – breaking the record set in 1911.  It’s been over 70 degrees each day for the past 10 days.  And that is really all it takes to bring all the plants into bloom. It’s March 21, and no one remembers the plants coming to life this early in the area.  The Magnolia (Tulip Tree) burst into bloom last night with the blossoms giving a great show this morning. The above winter-hardy sedum is producing chicks faster than you can spit.  I just love all the purple-tinged leaves.  Here’s what she looked like last summer. After nine years, I finally planted spring bulbs in the back garden.  I almost kinda forgot I did it but now I’m beautifully reminded with all the...

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Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung

With the Sandhill cranes honking in the back 40 and the daffs and crocus coming up in the front yard, it’s time to celebrate Spring’s early arrival in Wisconsin.  Can I get a Yay! and a happy dance from Carlton?

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A cold night

A cold night

Hope everyone in Wisconsin is staying warm tonight.  Can’t wait to head to the Florida Keys!

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On Wisconsin

On Wisconsin

Probably already have used this title before but “On Wisconsin” is so appropriate for today.  Wisconsin citizens turned in over 1 million recall signatures on our current governor.   Then there are the four senators and the lieutenant gov who were also recalled. This is what democracy looks like at my house tonight – dinner was left-overs served smorgasbord style on a Wisconsin-shaped wood board. If you are interested in watching the recall process, check out the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board’s live feed of the recall process of scanning 3 tons of recall petitions. Check...

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Another lap around the sun….

Another lap around the sun….

Tomorrow is my birthday.  I’m in a pretty good place.  It has helped tremendously that we’ve had an unseasonably warm winter.  Just two days ago it was 51 degrees here in Wisconsin.  But all things change… Tonight we are having our first snow of the winter.  And of course, it’s right at my birthday. But that’s okay. I live and love in Wisconsin.  I do need the winter to hibernate and fuel myself. The changing of the seasons is in my blood. Tomorrow we are having a big party at the house to send our daughter, Ryann, off to Tanzania and Kenya for two months. She leaves on Saturday. I’m so excited for her. What a great birthday present to see my child fulfill a dream. Bon Voyage my sweet girl and a...

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Maybe this will change your mind about bats

Living along a marsh since 2001, I’ve come to appreciate the beauty and amazing nature of bats.  But that wasn’t always the case…. When we first moved in – we didn’t realize that the house came with bats.  The first spring was quite a surprise, when the bats came “home” for the summer to give birth to the next generation.  And they were everywhere.  Under our decks, in the doorways, in the basement, under woodpiles.  OMG – I was scared sh*tless – because they were everywhere.  And I was sure they were rabies carriers to the first degree.  I wanted them gone. Here’s a post I wrote a few years ago about the Bat Education of Rylee. Over time, I’ve learned to...

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