Friday, August 28, 2015

Treats, please?

Millie and friends

For roughly 24 hours, we have three extra dogs staying at our house - Fitz, Koda, and Axel.  Millie is alternating between excited for the playmates and frustrated that her space is invaded.

I enjoy that my little office space has a dog carpet that  rearranges every few hours, but there are so many walks with so many trees to pee on!

Monday, August 10, 2015


Last year I planted sunflowers along my garage, but the bunnies chewed them up before they were a foot tall. This year I put up a fence, and now I have sunflowers that are seven feet tall and blooming. I quite like them.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Last sunset

I'm back in Wisconsin now, but this is a photo of my last sunset at 11,000 feet. Pretty nice, yes?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Up in elevation

Leslie and Jonathan's cabin is up at 11,000 feet. The trek to and from the outhouse, and up and down from my loft bed are not easy for me. I'd like to say I've gotten used to it over the last three days, but I might be lying. We'll see how today's real hike goes.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


The morning view from the outhouse window.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Arena Curling Nationals

Sam and I both competed with our respective men's and women's teams at Arena Curling Nationals last weekend.

Curling in the summer? Yes, curling in the summer when it is so hot outside that the compressors break down, its so foggy on the ice that you can't see the other end, and someone goes up to the roof to spray down the mechanicals.

There was only a two hour delay, however, and we got back on the ice. Sam's team finished seventh and mine finished second. It was a pretty successful weekend for the La Crosse Curling Club representatives.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

First bounty

We came home from Indiana to find that our garden had started producing fun things. We have snow peas, green peas, dragon beans, currents, raspberries, and  daikon all ready to eat; the tomatoes and peppers are all fruited up promisingly. Of course, we also have weeds.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Alpine in the summer

Last fall, Britt gave me about 15 alpine strawberry plants of different varieties and ages. I overwintered them as best as I good, and I guess I did something right, because they are producing quite a few tiny white alpine strawberries!

These berries are smaller, whiter, and sweeter than regular strawberries. Sometimes I think they taste like strawberry candy. I also have two red-berry-producing varieties for some contrast, but they aren't as prolific.

Once the berries are finished for the season, I'll start experimenting with the leaves for tea.

Monday, June 8, 2015


Apparently, you're supposed to know exactly when to pick the broccoli so that it is big enough to be worth it but before it goes to seed. We did not. Broccoli bouquets for the table!