Tuesday, July 26, 2011


These are my lovely raspberries. Believe it or not, raspberries are one thing I've always wanted in my garden. So, when a friend offered raspberry plants a couple of years ago I eagerly accepted.

This is what they looked like at the beginning of July.

This is the biggest harvest I've gotten so far.

But since then, disaster has stricken.  Struck?  Strucken?  Disaster has hit.

Disaster in the form of chickens. 

Our neighbors have chickens.  No, the girls did not get out and eat my raspberries.  Rather, they attract flies by the million who all decided that my juicy raspberries looked like a lovely treat. 

And they did look like a lovely treat.  For a while.  Until, well, you know.

Now, my beautiful raspberries are shriveled up and decaying on the vine.  Or stalk.  Or cane.  Whatever.

The point is they are too pathetic to even show here.  So.  Pathetic. 

So, tomorrow I'll go to Sam's Club and buy a plastic carton of giant raspberries that have been hepped up on steroids and sprayed with cancer-causing pesticides to make them more attractive to consumers. 

I'll bet those pesticides repel flies.  *sigh* 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Northwoods Getaway

 Monday through Wednesday of this week, we went up north and stayed in a cabin loaned to us by some friends. 
 Most of the time, it was too hot and/or humid and/or rainy to go outside so we stayed inside in the a/c or went to the pool.  It was no hardship to stay in such a lovely spot.
Most relaxing of all, we didn't have to spend a boatload of money to have a lovely, relaxing get-away.  Thank you, Swansons!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Biker Dude

Sam has been surprisingly reluctant to try biking, despite the best efforts of Pat and Katie in getting him outfitted and on his way. 

This week, though, he's been out a couple of times and seems to have decided that he likes riding his bike. 

He's still no daredevil, though.  He got up to something above a "crawl" and said, "I'm going pretty fast, huh, Mom?" 

He is quite adept at falling safely.  He turned a corner and one training wheel dipped into the grass.  The bike started to tip so Sam threw himself to safety, landing in the soft grass. 

Whew!  Close call! 

Eventually, we'll get everyone geared up for a family bike ride.  Hopefully, William won't be gone to college yet when that happens!

Saturday, July 9, 2011


This morning, the kids and I went to Lake Elmo to swim and hang out for a couple of hours.  The kids played in the water and sand and I got to sit under a tree and read my book.  Quite an enjoyable way to spend the morning. 

This afternoon, the kids - mostly Micah and Johanna - set up a lemonade stand down the street at the park.  They have been begging to do this so, finally, I said they could.  They did all of the planning and work and did it quite well.  After a while, Johanna came home with a blue mouth, grinned at me with blue teeth and said, "We got ice cream."  Seems they used the profit they earned from selling 5 cups of lemonade plus the original change and bought themselves ice cream from the ice cream truck. 

Obviously, the most logical way to use the money.  At least by 9 and 11 year old logic.

Sam came home holding an empty popsicle stick, covered in something sticky, and so very happy. 

This is summer. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

A Visit to Green Bay

A couple of weeks ago, we went to Kohler for the funeral of one of John's uncles. 
 The two older boys were busy elsewhere so we only had Johanna and Sam with us. 

On the way home, we had to stop at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers (Dad, that's football.). 
 The last time we were there, Johanna was 3 and Sam wasn't even born yet!  So, John had fun cultivating a couple more cheeseheads in the family.