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Published on August 22 2007

I've linked to this page before, but it's fun to see where I'm headed bright and early tomorrow morning. Precious is going to get a workout, assuming I don't wake up to the usual pouring rain! I'll be dragging the camera along of course, but I can only hope to someday be able to take photos like these. Too bad it's not polite to steal images for your blog--I'd love to be able to post some of these. Anyway, go check out Northern Images Photography.

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Published on July 5 2007

"....My house Out of the ordinary Thats right Don't want to hurt nobody Some things sure can sweep me off my feet Burning down the house..."
Yeah, yeah, I know... What's really bad is that I was *singing* it while scrubbing soot this afternoon. Me. Singing. Not a picture any of you want in your heads, trust me. A note I wrote to a friend this afternoon:
It's a helluva way to get a new kitchen. I've been so damn careful with the sawdust, the stain cans, the brushes, etc. from doing the living room floor. I *know* the stuff self-ignites, I know this--- I've trained on it in fireschool! I know the chemical reaction, the oxidation, involved. I've put out this type of fire at work in fire brigade. I KNOW this stuff backwards and forwards. So what did I do? I threw a couple used rags from mopping stain in the garbage last night, and then was so tired from working on the floor all day that I forgot to haul the garbage out. End result was what would have been an extremely cool explosion if it hadn't been in my house. And one helluva lot of smoke damage throughout the whole downstairs-- the kitchen is absolutely black with layers of greasy soot. A damaged wall in the kitchen, as well. All of the painting, etc. I've done over the last few months will have to be redone. And if you can imagine what firemen and hoses, etc. can do to a freshly stained (but not sealed) maple floor.....well, I'm not the happiest camper right now. I'm just sick at my stupidity and my luck. About the only thing I did right was get the hell out as soon as my fire extinguisher went empty, but thankfully I managed to knock it down to basically smoke before I bailed out of here--only the wall was smoldering when the FD arrived, but the smoke was incredible. I've never seen a cloud so thick... I'm just covered in soot and CO2 dust. I need a shower (bad) and a nap. God, I'm tired, and it's only 3 in the afternoon.
And there you have it. I heard a loud snap and a strange whoosh from the kitchen as I was lying in bed this morning, and figured I'd better go see. As soon as I opened my bedroom door, I heard the flames, ran for the fire extinguisher next to the fireplace, and headed for the kitchen. I had the sense enough to not race in; but pulled the pin, flung it across the room, and stuck my arm around the corner to let 'er fly. I only had a few seconds of pressure before the extinguisher was empty-- the next one I buy will be much larger! I dropped the extinguisher, peeked around the door to see flames once again crawling up the wall, and decided it was time to get out. Back to the bedroom to throw on a pair of shorts and a tank top (I know, I know, but I doubt the neighborhood was ready for the sight of my unmentionables after they'd partied all night on the 4th!), grabbed the cellphone and the cat and ran... It's funny. We always talk about the "things we'll save in case of a fire", but as I ran barefoot through the cloud of greasy black smoke towards the door, only one word went through my head. "Out". Miraculously, I stayed calm while making the phone calls, even though I had seen the flames against the wall. I knew once they flashed to the freshly-stained living room floor, it would be all over. I believed in my heart that my house was gone. When I left, I thought I would never walk back up those steps. And I still stayed calm. I don't know how. Even more miraculously, during the short (but eternally long) five minutes or so that it took for the Fire Department (Hi Mike! Hi Glenn! How's the family?) to arrive, the fire died on its own. They gave it one small shot with the big hose to make sure, then opened all the windows and set up the big fan to clear the smoke. Standing outside, I could not believe it was over so fast, and that there was so little damage given the incredible cloud of smoke. A few pics of the aftermath..... { gallery [fire] } The first insurance agent took her pictures, told me I could do whatever immrdiate cleaning I needed, and told me that an adjuster would contact me. Still waiting on that, and I hope it doesn't portend a claim battle. I haven't a clue how this works--in all my years, I've never had to make a claim on house insurance, lol. All of my furniture was piled in the dining room about three feet from the fire, so I may be dealing with that smoke damage as well as the damage in the kitchen. Wish me luck. And join me in my little prayer of thanks that this was so much less than it could have been.

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Published on July 5 2007

My house caught fire this morning. What a fun vacation this is turning out to be. Sitting on the hood of a pickup truck down the street, watching firetrucks and firemen in SCBA, dragging hoses into my house, all I could think was "I am so blogging this"!! Am I hooked, or what? Story at Eleven.....oh yuck, I bet this makes the local news. Pics will follow, but Rudy and I are okay. I'm just not in a very good mood right now, lol.

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Published on June 26 2007

.... you stink. Even though I can't see you, I know you're there.

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Published on May 13 2007

Wis. festival sells deep-fried testicles
Around here, it may be tough to pass up anything deep-fried. Wisconsinites have deep-fried cheese curds, candy bars and Twinkies. They now have deep-fried livestock testicles, too. More than 300 people paid $5 for all-you-can-eat goat, lamb and bull testicles Saturday at the ninth annual Testicle Festival at Mama's Place Bar and Grill in Elderon in central Wisconsin.
#1 daughter told me about this. I thought she was joking. I really thought she was joking.
Butch Joubert, 58, likes the parts sandwiched between bread with tartar sauce. They're not so different from regular meatballs also served at the festival, he said. "After a few beers, you can't really tell the difference," Joubert said.
It's going to take more than a "few" of these.

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Published on May 13 2007

Bleary-eyed and shuffling about in my jammies, I opened my 'fridge this morning in a desperate hunt for half 'n half for my coffee, the elixir of life, the bringer of all good things before 8 am. To find my Mothers' Day gift:
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Oooooh yeah.
 
No, I did not drink one for breakfast. I'm not quite *that* far back into single mode yet. They also brought other gifts: Vanilla-Lime scented candles. Brazilian nut body butter. Chocolate. And a BALLOON!!! I love my children. They know exactly what makes Ma's heart go pitter-patter, lol. Beer, body butter and balloons!

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Published on May 11 2007

Wis. farmer finds new calf has two noses
MERRILL, Wis. - Mark Krombholz had to look twice at his new calf, Lucy — one time for each nose. "I didn't notice anything too different about her until I got her in the barn," Krombholz said, "and all of a sudden I went to feed her a bottle of milk, and I thought maybe she'd been kicked in the nose and there were two noses there."

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Published on May 9 2007

Yeah, yeah... I know I promised an update on the thing that nobody could figure out. So I'm a little slow. But first..... the eagles are nesting!! Isn't this a cool pic?! eagles.JPG Beautiful birds, aren't they? Looks like one of them caught a fish. Although I've been watching ospreys fishing, I haven't seen any eagles fishing yet this spring. Ever watch an osprey fish? I always used to wonder how a bird could fly 70 feet above the water and spot a fish, dive down and catch the thing all in the space of a few seconds. How on earth does the bird see the fish? It's simple-- the bird doesn't actually fly-- he hovers in one spot for up to thirty seconds, flapping his wings just enough to keep from falling. If you're close enough you can see his head whipping back and forth, scanning the surface of the water for movement. If he spots something, it's a short fast dive to the water. At the last second, the bird pulls up with talons down, and basically bellyflops into the water. I've watched ospreys completely disappear beneath the surface and come up spitting and sputtering. 'Course, right now the water temp is probably about 40 degrees. I'd probably be spitting and sputtering after a dive into that, too. But I digress. I think we need a wider shot of these birds.
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bear-and-bees.JPGPretty neat, isn't it? The thing nobody could figure out is becoming a totem pole, completely carved by chainsaw. There's even a bear cub about to raid a bee's nest. I don't think the bees were done with the chainsaw, but they are very lifelike. Note to self: Just because it hits 75 degrees does not mean one needs to try a 15 mile trailride when one has only done a couple of little 4 or 5 mile jaunts. One finds that one cannot walk this evening.

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Published on May 5 2007

Although I'm betting it isn't Jameson's. Guinness. Chocolate. Ice cream. Whiskey. This may just be the perfect drink. Sacrilegious or not, this looks goooooooood. Breakfast booze
Wisconsin Cow Bomb 1 pint Guinness 1 scoop vanilla ice cream 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup 1 shot Jameson Irish Whiskey Directions Pour Guinness in a pint glass. Add ice cream, then syrup, then top it off with Jameson.
H/T to Wigderson Library & Pub

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Published on May 3 2007

Setting the Stage: The Republicans First Debate - The Fix
Tommy Thompson: Like Huckabee, Thompson remains virtually unknown in national politics but has a compelling story to tell. During his time as governor of Wisconsin -- 1987 to 2001 -- Thompson was widely seen as one of the most innovative chief executives in the country. The question is whether he gets to tell that story tonight. Thompson remains an asterisk in most state and national polling and the bulk of the questions typically go to the frontrunning candidates. And, when Thompson does get his chances can he show some foreign policy chops despite focusing almost exclusively on domestic policy during his time in office?
Um.... personally, I was unimpressed with Thompson. Very unimpressed. McCain? Not much better. Giuliani did pretty well, imho. (Now if I could just learn to spell his name) I must have made a pit stop during a couple of the candidates' questions, because I'm not sure I even heard them speak. Hmmmmm..... Romney? maaaaaybe? Where's Newt when you need him??? Or the "other" Thompson; the one who hasn't even declared yet?

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