This is a scene from a visit to my mom’s house in exceptionally freezing Milwaukee over the holidays, where after I left, it became even more horrifyingly cold in the never-ending Polar Vortex of Doom. Do you know what I wore on the day this was taken? Jeans, a sweatshirt, and slippers, because there was […]

A few weekends ago, Shawnte and I were hiking through a canyon after our trout hatchery expedition (more on that soon), and  came upon a bunch of bubbling tar in the ground. It prompted me to start singing The Beverly Hillbillies Theme song. Then we moved onto Green Acres and Mr. Ed, later progressing into […]

I know you’ve all been on the edge of your seat wondering how my patient has been doing. Well, it’s been up and down. He got better after this last bout of sickness, made it through Christmas and New Years, and then got a NEW flu and sinus infection about a week ago, and has […]

“Happy cheese comes from happy cows, and happy cows come from California.” No doubt you’ve heard that slogan if you’re a Californian…and resent that slogan if you’re a Wisconsinite. Being an open-minded Milwaukee girl myself, I was excited to dig into the world of California dairy for our Foods Badge because all dairy dominance discussions aside, […]

I owe the oboe an apology. Not just one singular, specific oboe, but all of oboekind. You see, in pursuit of the first requirement for the Music Appreciation badge, I started a listening log two months ago, tracking my thoughts on symphonic music. In one recent entry about Tomaso Albinoni’s “Oboe Concerto in G Min” […]

Do you know how good it feels to jam your fists into some slightly warm, kinda moist, supremely dirty earth? Really, really good. That’s right: I like planting trees and I cannot lie. Baby. Got. Bark. I’ve always been a tree nerd. I grew up in Milwaukee, a lovely midwestern burg whose namesake County Parks system […]

My friends hosted a half-Swedish, half-Danish holiday party the other evening and after being invited to sing a Swedish drinking folksong with one of the hosts, I decided it would be a great idea to co-opt part of the evening to knock out a few requirements for the ever-fascinating Music Appreciation badge that I’m working […]

I wanted to start by giving a shout out to one of my favorite ladies, Jackée, before getting medicinal on y’all. I admit to not knowing much about Home Nursing. If I do think about it at all, which I can’t say I do, it’s more being curious about homeopathic medicine, but I’ve never done […]

One of the more memorable scenes in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful North By Northwest features a drunken Cary Grant set adrift in a moving vehicle by a nefarious band of spies. As he weaves down a winding cliffside road, perilously close to dumping over the edge into a roiling ocean, a chaotic soundtrack mirrors the on-screen […]

Ah, the glory of morning, filled with the sun’s first rays, sweet cat snuggles, steaming  mugs of coffee, bursts of optimism, and bowls of warm oatmeal laced with delightful things like niacinamide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, and thiamin mononitrate. YUM! (I kid, I kid – those are B vitamins, folks.) There used to be a time when […]