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!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summer blooms

Last year we weren't home for the blooming of the roses and the peonies. This year we get to enjoy them! The roses don't have much of a perfume, but this peony smells lovely.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


The irises are blooming on the south side of the house.

Irises always remind me of the the Japanese story in the Tales of Ise where a group of travelers sit next to the Yatsuhashi (Eight Bridges) in a marsh full of irises.

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Round 1 on the second day of Beach Nationals is a little quiet, as the championship brackets start in round 2. But I hear that in addition to the kite festival that started yesterday, there's going to be a big party this afternoon on the boardwalk. Lots of exposure for ultimate!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Virginia Beach

We're observing USA Ultimate's first ever Beach Championships. I'm pretty sure it's warmer in Wisconsin right now, but we'll manage.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Strawberry fields

The strawberries survived the long Wisconsin winter and are already flowering. We're not quite ready for it, but  spring is here and we're not complaining!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Three weeks

It has been three weeks since my eye surgery, and my eyes seem to have settled down pretty well. I can see to drive, play Ultimate, and pretty much everything else.

The only annoying bit is clearly seeing my computer screen. My next appointment isn't for another couple of weeks, but I'm going to guess that my eyes didn't settle to the same place, and computer-screen distance is the distance at which they have the most trouble working together. I can still do work, it's just noticeably tiring to get my eyes to focus together for long periods of time.

Millie doesn't mind taking extra walk breaks, though, and I'm more inclined to do some spring workouts in anticipation of the forthcoming Ultimate season. Now if only the weather would cooperate.