Sunday, April 24, 2011


I turned 29 on Saturday. I haven't decided yet if I am going to freak out at 30 about my age or wait till 40. Or never. I guess I have a year to determine that. After having a nice lunch out and getting haircuts, we stopped at our favorite chocolate store for a treat. Not taking in consideration it was the day before Easter, it was quite swamped with customers. Didn't matter, those chocolate peanut butter squares are well worth the wait. See Previous

Later, Zachary and I went to the Mosquito Hill Nature Center for a spring hike.

Even though it was about 50 degrees out, we did see a grass snake attempting to sun itself. Both it and us were too startled for a picture.

Hilltop pic.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


April weather in Wisconsin for you. Flood Warnings and Winter Storm Warnings at the same time... Slushees anyone?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Something smells rotten

Zachary and I had some people come over to our house last night. They wanted
to talk to both of us, but vague about what exactly, promising not to take
up too much of our time. Being nice and just curious what it would be about,
we agreed to sit down with them. We figured it would either be A: pushing
some sort of religious message, or B: try to sell us something. As soon as a
worksheet came out on the table, we knew it was B, an elaborate pyramid
scam, I mean an exciting business opportunity...

We politely listened and were amused how scams like these play on the hopes
and dreams of people, ignoring the products and commitments they try to
saddle you with. The whole meeting was positive, keeping the focus on what
our dreams and desires of life and how we can have that by just going to a
couple meetings. They kept reminding us we can travel the world, have that
luxury car, own that dream house by a few hours of work a week. Funny thing
is they never told us what exactly we would be doing and selling. Those
details aren't important at this time. (things like personal investment and
responsibility, you know, minor things) That would be discussed later...
Before leaving, they wanted us to go to a special meeting to learn more the
next night with fellow teammates. I thought we were off the hook, as Z had
to work that night, but they tried talking me into coming with them without
Z to it. Uh, no. They left us with audio CDs and a book to listen to and
read. Soon as they left the yard, a simple Google search confirmed our
suspicions. Classic pyramid. This one in particular involves health juice. I
can see how easy people can get swept up into these deals, sinking time and
money into these plans and getting into debt and never reaching a higher
place on the pyramid. Even if you did move up on the pyramid, the pressure
and manipulation of people under you in the pyramid raises some
uncomfortable ethics.

Needless to say, it was an entertaining 45 minutes. It was fun to see these
tactics in play, but not being wrapped up in them. One thing they did, that
we read about online later, is excessive eye contact with the wife when a
couple is hearing the sales pitch. I noticed right away that the guy looked
at me most of the time while explaining how nice it would be to be rich.
Because us silly females are more gullible and fall into the plan faster
than males, so after they leave, the convinced wife talks the husband into

Plus Diogenes was an unruly host, as he kept jumping on the table we were
sitting at and startling our guests. He is a rather large cat and knows it.
Apparently he smelled the BS too. :-)

Good kitty.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spring: Take 2

Spring has arrived here again. Most of the snow has melted from the last snowstorm. We have been getting a lot of rain lately, to our wet basement's chagrin, but we are just happy is not snow falling. Zachary recently reconfigured our basement sump pump and its been working out much better than before, keeping ahead of the excess water seeping in.

While outside today, I noticed a few signs of spring peeping out from their winter cover. Bold little crocuses.
Our strawberry bed is coming to life.

Daylily shoots.

Buds from the lilac trees.

Lots of groggy insects sunning themselves, including hornets.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Early Morning Visitor

Where we live, there is a lot of deer. It is not uncommon to be dodging deer on the roadways and seeing several dozen in the fields eating. What is uncommon is having a deer appear so close to our house. I spotted this doe, snacking on the lawn under our crab apple tree, about 30 feet from our house. Deer generally stay away from our house and the surrounding out buildings, since there is generally a lot of activity. Since there isn't an active dairy operation here now, I suppose they have gotten more bold. Even when I let Maggie out for her morning business, the doe just nonchalantly trotted off to a near by field. I guess we aren't so scary anymore.