30 October 2008

jeep shot

jeep shot

Taken through the window of Joel's jeep. I potato-chopped the sky to match the landscape. Artistic license.

28 October 2008

so very...

so very...

I loaded the last of the kitties photos. See the whole set here.

27 October 2008

all he surveys

all he surveys

These cats are amazing up close. Saying they're beautiful is simply an understatement. If you find yourself in Rock Springs, Wisconsin, as we did last week, be sure to look them up. A staff member walks you around talking about each animal and how they acquired it. Some have sad histories, but now they all have space to exercise and big tires to sharpen their claws on. I should have it so good.

26 October 2008

clinging to life

clinging to life

It's getting cold out and I'm sorely lacking in winter clothing. Guess I should've put my name in for Republican V.P. when I had the chance.

25 October 2008

between a rock and a hard wood

between a rock and a hard wood

Honestly, I couldn't tell you if a birch is a hard wood or not. It was probably covered at some point in my Wisconsin upbringing. As was dowsing. Only that requires willow branches. Don't let someone bullshit you into thinking Grandpa's wooden leg with do the trick. Unless it's made of willow, of course.

No, I'm not stoned.

24 October 2008

american the...

american the...

I was all irate today prepared to come home and blog for twenty minutes about this and ask just why the hell I'm expected to be proud of my country. But I've settled down a bit and moved on. Maybe this soothing nature scene is just want I needed. Or I'm picturing the white trash from this article hurling themselves from this cliff.

Plus, we're headed to a concert soon so I only have about three minutes to kill.

21 October 2008

rock boy

rock boy

Joel is smart.

He has a degree in geology. Here he is describing now anyone can make a rock simply by applying pressure. You may need a friend to help you because it takes LOTS of pressure! Pick your heaviest friend just to be safe. It also takes quite a bit of time, so don't expect to make yourself a pile of rocks in one afternoon! Rock making requires serious dedication.

If you are lacking in both time and effort, I would recommend omnipotence. In addition to rock making, I hear it's got quite a bit going for it.

20 October 2008

first stop, gooey goodness

first stop, gooey goodness

Did I mention we also hit Ski-Hi apple orchard yesterday? My god, what didn't we do, huh? Tomorrow's photo*, nude scuba diving! Woohoo!!

*Photo may vary.

19 October 2008

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Another jam-packed weekend. Friday evening we attended the opening reception for Mami Wata: A Carnival of Water Creatures at the Chazen Museum of Art. The performances were wonderful and the exhibition a stunning collection of art all honoring "Mother Water". It continues through January 11, 2009. This photo is part of the Atimevu Drum and Dance Ensemble.

Saturday, Lynda Barry, along with several other topical (and vocal) graphic illustrators presented a discussion on communicating politically and socially through their art. Not a right-winger in the house. Although, we didn't go for the Bush-bashing (that was just a perk), we went because Lynda Barry a damn funny speaker.

We rounded out the weekend, taking in art and autumn with Joel and Terri! We only got in about a quarter of the studios on the list, as it was a rather lackadaisical tour with stops every time we saw a vibrant tree or shear cliff to take a photo of. Plus the big cats! We'd been on the art tour several times over the years but had no idea this organization was in this small town. It was pretty disheartening to know these beautiful animals will now live out their lives in cages, but they were all rescued from abuse and neglect, so a 30 x 40' space (I'm guessing here) with plenty of food, toys, and people who care about them, isn't such a horrible outcome.

I have quite a few photos to go through naturally, as I'm sure does Terri, although she already has a few posted. She's so on the ball.

16 October 2008

red, white and blew

red, white and blew

I take the country route home on occasion, frequently on Fridays, to avoid the northbound traffic of Ill"annoy"ians clogging our highways. You'd think that there would be something to do in Illinois on the weekend, but the amount of people leaving the state proves otherwise. Oh, I kid. I love the state beneath us.

I have quite a few relatives there so I shouldn't speak ill of flat landers. They're equally abusive with their cheesehead insults. Well, guess what Illinois, Lincoln was born and raised in Kentucky. Your serve.

Just looked up "cheesehead" in the urban dictionary, and Wisconsinites must be running the site because they've claimed the title as an affectionate term. "FIB" on the other hand...

Boy, this sure took a negative tone after posting such a serene photo, huh? Hopefully none of you can read.

13 October 2008

meme of sorts: music shuffle

luke & tria did this. so i'm jumping on that....i'm posting this on facebook too. (also, i passed on Malajube, 'cuz i couldn't find their wacky french lyrics anywhere.)

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly in the comments.
Step 4: For those who are guessing -- looking the lyrics up on a search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like the game post your own.
IF THE SONG HAS THE NAME IN IT, use "---" INSTEAD.

ok, i've grown weary of this game and included all the answers. glenn correctly guessed 1 and 22 on facebook, btw.

1. Well it's hot in the yard and it's cool in the bed ~Neko Case–Whip The Blankets
2. Lives are like retractable _______ ~Flight of the Conchords–Pencils in the Wind
3. Quando as coisas do coracao Nao consegue compreender ~Seu Jorge–Life On Mars?
4. I'm dressed all in blue and I'm remembering you ~Rhett Miller–Come Around
5. You're just like time except you can still feel the shame ~Black Keys–All You Ever Wanted
6. If you take me back, back to your place ~Ryan Adams–Two
7. When you try your best, but you don't succeed ~Coldplay–Fix You
8. The boys from ___ _____ they drink whisky for their fun ~Lyle Lovett–North Dakota
9. I once lived a life of ease and comfort ~The Junkers–Hollow Log
10. Now taste, all I ever needed ~Kings of Leon–Arizona
11. She says hello from Istanbul ~Red Elvises–I Want To See You Bellydance
12. In every story, every secret told ~New Pornographers–Unguided
13. If you think that a kiss is all in the lips ~White Stripes–The Denial Twist
14. He said, I wanna shine in the eye of Orion ~Bell X1–Rocky Took a Lover
15. This goose is cooked, these tongues are tied ~The Shins–Black Wave<
16. Blues not the word for the way that I feel ~Patsy Cline–Crazy Arms
17. Here I am back home again ~Okkervil River–Black Sheep Boy
18. When it's my _____ __ ___ ___ ~Clem Snide–Moment In The Sun
19. I'm gonna tend a bad fire until you come around ~Old 97's–Up The Devil's Pay
20. Here now don't make a sound ~Foo Fighters–Long Road To Ruin
21. Well I stood on the corner until my feet got wet ~Tom Waits–Baby Gonna Leave Me
22. ___ _____ __ ___, is what I'm now paying for ~Elvis Presley–One Night of Sin
23. ___ sits alone at his desk in the dark ~Ben Folds–Fred Jones, part 2
24. Well I met her in a bar, the men with big guitars were a playin' ~The Fratellis–Got My Nuts From a Hippie
25. If I get _____ __ ___ ____ don't go revenging in my name ~The Avett Brothers–Murder In The City

12 October 2008

monument to autumn

monument to autumn

We made almost every effort to get up to my parents' woods while the colors were at their peak, but according to Dad we missed it by four days, six hours and thirty-seven minutes. Or some such shit. Ok, so we should've tried harder to get up there last weekend. The woods were still beautiful even though a majority of it has turned to yellow and brown. Temperatures were still in the 80ยบ, so we slept in the camper. Dad warned us there was a bear down there, and proved it by showing us the photos he had taken of it's poop. Bear eat a lot of corn, were you aware? Anyway, we cannot confirm or deny Dad's photos. Hell, he may have taken them at the zoo.

Mom fed us too much (as always). We could have our choice of cookies, cake or pie for dessert. Then "do you want ice cream or cool whip on that?" Seriously. Plus, Mom can never make just a pork roast, or just a beef roast. They must be made together as a porkandbeefroast. At the Ule's, food is love.

Obviously, they're fond of bears too as they supplied all that corn.

06 October 2008

olbrich close up

olbrich close up

Katrina's senior pics. Taken in August. Check out that smile!

My regret of the day was there wasn't a cloud in the sky so we needed to search out shade where ever we went. Although, I've got a feeling sunshine follows this young woman where ever she goes.
:o)

03 October 2008

cammi, giver of kibble

cammi, giver of kibble

I am so not ready for this.

I made sure I came home before dark today because I wanted one final look at my yard as it was. Still is. Won't be come morning.

Weather reports for tonight threaten frost. Impatiens mortal enemy. Since our yard is 88% shade, impatiens are the only flower it will tolerate. All those bright little faces will be lying in wilted piles of potential compost come morning. Sad.

I tried getting Kensi to pose here, but she would have no part of it without a reward. Cammi obliged and seconds after this was snapped, the pug chewed off her arm up to the elbow! Smell of kibble, lose an arm. Kensi's motto.

02 October 2008

piranha face

piranha face

It's getting to be teeth-chattering weather. As Nigel demonstrates here.

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