Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Yes, more chicken pictures. :-) This time clearer.
One thing I have noticed with our new chickens is that 6 older ones are more friendly than our first flock. When we are in their yard, they like to follow closely. There even is one that sometimes tolerates petting.
She will probably end up with a name, as she is the only white chicken of the flock.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
This is one the Barred Plymouth Rocks and one of the Silver Laced Wyandottes. At this point, I can tell the difference between the older ones, but that may change as they grow all their adult feathers. We couldn't keep track of our old flock. I hope I can in the future, then maybe we can name some of them.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
When I got home from work, I stopped at the end of the driveway to pick up the mail. A car pulled in behind me. It was my aunt, Sister Michelle. What a surprise! She was on her way back to Green Bay to the convent from visiting relatives around here. We proceeded to visit under the apple trees. Its not everyday you get an impromptu visit from a Nun.
Later on Zachary and I went for a sunset bike ride. It has been while since the last ride. We had good intentions earlier this spring to go biking a few times a week. Maybe this time we’ll stick to it… I need to combat my growing muffin top. After the ride, we succumbed to our lay-about ways to fulfilling quests for our Human Paladin and Night Elf Druid. At least they are fit and active. :-P
Sunday, July 19, 2009
We took the trail up the hill. The smell of the woods was so refreshing. All along the trail, there were wild blackberries and raspberries ripe for picking. I foraged and feasted all the way. Once on top, we got to see a nice vista. We spied two garter snakes sunning themselves near the lookout. They slithered away too quickly for me to snap their picture.
After reaching the bottom of the hill and wandering on another trail loop, we came across the Butterfly House.
The nature center has a large greenhouse shaped building set up with screened walls and ceiling. Inside, there are flowers planted, hanging baskets, feeders, and other green plants all around for the enjoyment of several species of native butterflies. It is a neat way to get close to them.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I do know that they are delicious.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Back to the car show. We brought along our nephews Seth and Andy and one of their friends, Austin. Its usually a yearly tradition, I have been going since I was young. One the best things about the car show is deep fried cheese curds. Neither of us have had them that taste like these do. They are beer battered and lightly breaded... Delicious. Greasy as heck and probably awful for you, but if it is only once a year, why not. I think Mr. Bean drove a car like that green one.
This car had seats that swiveled towards the door for easy entry/exit. There was a lot of unique cars to see, as this year's theme was Independents and Imports- Alternatives to the Detroit Big Three. There was also a display of the cars used in the movie Public Enemies, as a lot of the movie was shot in Wisconsin.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Zachary is busy rebuilding a small antique sleigh for my Dad. He is replacing the old wood pieces with new wood.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Zachary wired up 3 outdoor lights for our house. Grilling will be so much easier without holding a flashlight at night.
Work was also done on the inside today. I installed insulation to the outer walls in the dining room, as Zachary added 4 recessed lights in the ceiling. It sure brightens up the room. Hopefully this week we will get the drywall hung in the dining room. Then we will be having a drywall guy come in soon to finish hanging the drywall in the high kitchen ceiling, and then mud and texturize the kitchen, dining room, and bathroom. We remodeled the bathroom 2 winters ago and we never were happy with how the drywall finish turned out. We did a flat smooth finish, and even after painting, the seams are still visible. Adding mud and texture to drywall is annoying and we both loathe the job. Sometimes is pays to have someone else do it.
After the paint was mostly dry, we brought up the arbor to the lake at my parents' house and relaxed the rest of the evening there. The Cloverleaf Lakes Association were putting on Fireworks that night. Some of our family were there as well to enjoy the beautiful evening.
Zachary did some fishing, and had a little luck with a top water lure, despite the heavy boat traffic and lake noise.
Zachary, Jordan, Andy and I played a couple rounds of shuffleboard in the garage. Andy landed an awesome shot where the puck seemed to be hanging off the edge by more than 50%. I had to photograph it, although the camera obscured the image of the impossible feat. It didn't last long, Jordan's next shot knocked it off. Jordan ended up being champion last night, going 6-0.
The annual Cloverleaf Lakes tradition: the pontoon parade. The "floats" are usually pretty tattered and tired by the time they pass our spot, as we are towards the end of the route. There is a theme every year, but I am not sure what was the theme this year. The one above had a Sponge Bob theme, but we couldn't figure out the pattern. Zachary asked me if I knew what the theme was, and I said it was Beer. Most of the floats have loud alcohol-fueled adults acting ridiculous on them. I believe beer is the unofficial theme every year.
Darkness falls and the fireworks shine.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Zachary is in the middle of making a water wheel for my parents. We'll be putting up pictures of that soon, as it is quite a contraption.