Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Johnny Mathis

When I was young, all my friends were crazy about one rock star or another but my heart belonged to the one and only Johnny Mathis. Call me uncool, but my first love is pure class; a legend who’s still around and still at the top of his game.  Mr. Velvet Voice is timeless and  a national treasure.  Happy Birthday, Johnny, and  may you enjoy many, many more.  You are Wonderful, Wonderful!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday Blessings

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Ode to Autumn

Warm Weekend Wishes

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bon Bon Pond Forest Update

Many thanks to our friends at Asplundh Tree Expert Company and Xcel Energy for yesterday’s trimming project. Several of the big oaks were lying on the power wires creating a potential fire hazard. Due to concern for oak wilt, these majestic behemoths were unable to be cut in June when the guys had originally come thru so a return visit was scheduled for the safe season. 

We are most appreciative of the care in which they serviced my priceless and irreplaceable forest sentinels.Additionally, the technicians took time to walk thru the woods with me and explain techniques to prevent root rot and other diseases that strike aging oaks.

It’s been great fun to have the Asplundh guys in the area this summer.  I’ve gotten to talk with most of the teams and in the process have learned much about identifying trees and performing proper maintenance.   They are consummate professionals and always eager to share their knowledge.



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Here Come the Colors

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I Heart Firewood

(The model must be from Sleepy Hollow)
The 2014 winter fuel arrived bright and early Monday morning—all six cords of it—delivered in two super duper loads. Special thanks to Bill Stock, the firewood man of western Wisconsin, for the outstanding service. Delivery was literally to the doorstep which will make splitting, stacking and  transporting logs to the firewood room that much easier. 

Enough of the warm weather (eighty degrees on Thursday and Friday?!) we’re ready for cool autumn days and fireplace nights.  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Crapper Chronicles: The Conclusion

We thought for sure the brightly-colored outhouse would be picked up “johnny” on the spot Monday morning but by noon no one had arrived.  I soon realized it was up to me to reunite this lost loo with its rightful owner.  I called the company and the customer service representative kept insisting it was not their throne.  A check of her records did not reveal any potty placements in May Township. ???

Finally, after my pun-filled pleadings, she promised to  look further into their records.  Around 4:00 p.m. a truck with a flatbed trailer chock-full of portable powder rooms came rolling by and loaded up the wayward water closet. 

The mystery of the magically appearing Little Outhouse on the Prairie remains and the story will surely become part of May Township lore.  Never a dull moment in the country.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Thoughts for the Work Week Ahead

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Country Crapper Update

Good news!  Our Little (out) House on the Prairie is still standing.  It was a “wee” bit windy last night but she didn’t “poop” out on us by blowing over.  Bless her little “pee” pickin’ heart! 

If you happen to stop by to use the facilities, remember to flush twice as it’s a loooooooooooong way to the big house.  And also, please obey all May Township ordinances.