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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Haul on Yer Gran-Mudder's Boots

Before I forget I want to thank Barbara Rogers for her comment on "mother-in-law tongue", I've never heard of it and will look into it!  I too suffer from dust/mold allergies so I tend to be in and out of antique shops quickly but it's always fun to have a look around.

Panoramic shot of the Ambrose Shea bridge from Placentia as the snow starts to fall

But let's get to the promised wintry Newfoundland photos, shall we?


On the way out from St. John's yesterday I stopped in the middle of the road to take a picture of all the Christmas trees that will greet you if you to decide to visit this time of year.

Breaking a path through the snow

After their large snowfall a few days ago a few more centimeters came down last night so this morning I couldn't wait to get out for a walk in the woods in Argentia.  There is only so much one can fit into their suitcase so I hauled on my Nan's boots and off I went.  The locals are smarter than I am and take their walks along the road, but I knew the paths up through Argentia would provide solitude and shield me from some wind.


It's not often I spy something and say "Oh that looks like______", so when I saw this sawed off tree with some snow covered branches I had to stop for a photograph.  I swung my boot back and forth through the snow until I hit the gravel beneath and dug out a few rocks for the eyes and nose!  The spirit of one of Santa's reindeer perhaps?


Here's my footprint going up the hill a half hour or so earlier on the right next to my returning imprint on the way down.  The wind was filling them in fairly quickly.

One of the many bunkers in Argentia

 I decided to have a look-see at a bunker I passed, finally lucky enough to come upon an open door when bright light was spilling inside.

Concrete like new, never know it was 80 years old

Forty five minutes of plunging through the soft snow ranging from 6 inches to a foot in some spots and I was ready to get back to a warm kitchen and a nice cuppa tea with my Nan.


But first I had to stop and admire the view of Red Island. Look at the wind making whitecaps out on the bay. Thanks to that wind the air temperature felt like 9F instead of 24F according to the Weather Channel.  No wonder I wanted to hide out in the woods.


No trips out across the bay at this time of the year, thank you very much.  But that's okay, lot's to see and do right here, even if I have to do it in a borrowed pair of boots!


Friday, December 7, 2018

Last Fall Photos

The last of the photos from the fall make their debut today, these were taken in Ironwood, Michigan.


I've been trying to search out those little hidden spots I may never have the chance to see again once we move to Canada.  These were taken at what I believe is Interstate Falls on the outskirts of Ironwood.


The light was fading fast and all I had was my iphone, but the shots turned out pretty good.


It was only a five minute walk from the parking area through the woods.


The next photos were taken near Gile Falls between Ironwood and the small town of Gile.


I only spent a few minutes hanging about, there was only a few small paths to explore.


Fall color is long gone everywhere, and yesterday they had more than 6 inches of snow on the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland!


At this moment I'm sitting in the Toronto airport waiting to board a flight to Halifax, so expect some wintry Newfoundland photos within a few days!


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Art Deco Dreamin'

I had a free day last week so I had my mother meet me to visit some antique malls in Milwaukee that neither one of us had been to before.


She is always on the lookout for dishes and linens, but I am trying to solidify what direction I want our new home in Canada to take.  Our first stop was the Riverview Antique Market where I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of their offerings..but my mother was a little appalled by the pricing.


Our current home leans toward Mission style and Arts and Crafts movement, simple and nature inspired like the vases in the pictures above and below. The vase above was so tempting, especially for the price!


And of course there's nothing wrong with being eclectic, so why not throw in some Art Deco pieces?  How amazing are these glass pheasants that were on display next to a lamp?  Talk about delicious!


Upstairs there was a whole booth devoted to Art Deco, which might be the first one I've seen.


How great would this coal box be to set by one of our new fireplaces?  Love the ship design since we will be living on the ocean.


But these clocks really stole my heart, I just might be back for one of them in the spring.


Seriously, I don't even care which one!


And this Ibex was neat, but the fact that it is a planter had me a little wary.  I'd want to see it with a plant in it before I'd decide.


We also visited a great architectural salvage place called Razed and Found which boasted a ceiling from one of the exhibitor pavillions at the 1893 Worlds Fair.  Um, hello!!


While I couldn't afford to take that home with me, how cool would it be to imitate the design for a project?  I was also in love with the golden treasure in the bathtub, but Curly is the mascot is not for sale unfortunately.


A set of heat register grates caught my eye, but they are too heavy to use as decorative pieces. And a bit expensive.


A place like this is heaven to geeks like me.  Don't forget to look up!


Speaking of looking up, antique tin ceiling squares were available, and I've seen a few DIY projects where these are framed and displayed that I may attempt.  But likely I will buy new and distress them myself because you have to worry what type of paint may have been used on the old ones.


Just down the road we stopped into the Ambassador Inn to see if it would be a good spot to have lunch but the lobby had an overpowering scent that was leaking into the restaurant so I had to pass.


So just a quick last look around their lobby as I'll likely never stop by again.


We went to Public Market for lunch and made another stop that I'll share next time.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Woodsy Days Gone By

I saw a bear in the woods back before the leaves and the snow both fell.  He just stood still and let me pass by.


I got one final night in at Potawatomi State Park in Door County before the end of October and slept on a carpet of gold. Now the trees are bare and the ground is carpeted in heavy wet snow so tent season is done for 2018.


On my walk in Potawatomi State Park I saw one of the largest bear tooth fungi I've seen, at least I think that's what it was - it was a little taller than me.


Fungi were everywhere thanks to all the damp this year.  After a surprising number of snow days here in Wisconsin for November we've been experiencing steady rain for the last 48 hours.  I'm sure that means ice will soon follow unfortunately.


As I drove through Sauk City I spotted a mural that was done for their sesquecentennial.  It is the oldest incorporated village in the state of Wisconsin and lies on the Wisconsin River.  That region saw a lot of flooding this this year, I believe both the Wisconsin River and the Baraboo River reached the major flooding stage.  I've never seen such widespread flooding in the state - from La Crosse in the west to Madison and Baraboo in the central part of Wisconsin to the far north border at Ashland everyone has been struggling to stay afloat this year.

Sauk City Sesquecentennial

Sorry to sound so gloomy, the weather must be affecting my normally cheery disposition!
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Annie Get Your Glue Gun?

The recent trip to the upcycling craft fair and getting the house decorated for Christmas got me in a glue gun kind of mood.


I was pondering a giant and very heavy roll of burlap that I bought last year to make bows for the tree, and did a Google search for Christmas and burlap for some ideas.  I found this tutorial that looked simple and used items I already had on hand to complete the above project in half an hour with my handy-dandy glue gun. Even the bow was glue gun friendly and easy to make after I watched this 1 minute video!


I made a few ornament wreaths last year, and had also bought a styrofoam cone to do a tree but ran out of energy before getting around to it.  So the cone and the leftover ornaments became a tree at last yesterday. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube to choose from, but I will add my opinion that gluing the balls to the styrofoam cone without using tinsel garland or some other filler leads to ugly white gapping.  For the star on top I stuck a toothpick in the styrofoam, added a drop of hot glue and then some more hot glue in the opening at the bottom of the star and held it in place for a minute while it set to make sure it came out level. Next up...ornament garland?


Spongebob and the Peanuts gang made it out to the yard before the snow fell the other day but we didn't get the lights or the the flood lamps out yet, hopefully the weather will hold and it will get done this weekend!  It takes more than a glue gun to make the yard decorations, if you missed the post last year and want to know how we make them click this link.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Wisconsin News

We've been lucky enough lately that there hasn't been much wind, so even with winter temperatures here in Wisconsin I've been able to get outside for a walk a few times a week.


I've heard some interesting stories on WPR while driving around.  There's been a lot of debate about the Foxconn deal that Governor Walker set up here to lure the Taiwanese company to Wisconsin.  The Democratic candidates in our state even mentioned the "bad deal" for Wisconsin taxpayers in their campaigning.


And it turns out that the $3 billion tax breaks and incentives offered to the company were as exorbitant as they sounded.  It's hard to say with numbers that large without something to compare it to.  How does a middle class citizen compare 1 million to 1 billion or even more?  It all sounds crazy to us, right?


Everyone has heard about the recent Amazon announcement, which will provide twice jobs than the Foxconn deal did for less money.  And better paying jobs to boot.

Vitamin D!

The argument is that it is an attempt to attract a specific kind of job development to the state, and I get that, but at what cost?  Will the additional jobs that are secured at businesses that supply Foxconn make up the difference as they claim? If certain conditions aren't met by the technology giant they don't get all of the incentives, so at least there is that safety net.  Only time will tell, but the taxpayers will be paying for it for decades.  I'd rather pay for better schools and better roads, but we all have our priorities.

Plows in use in southeast Wisconsin already

Weather changes quickly in Wisconsin, one day sun, next day snow.  We don't get as much sun here as I would like in winter, and I'm sure Newfoundland won't be much different in that regard.  I'll find out in a few weeks when I go up for a visit!

where did all the birds go?

Speaking of sun, I also found out there is a federal solar tax credit available for 2018 so if you're looking for a Christmas home improvement idea that might be a good one!  Just make sure you get enough sun where you live to make the investment worth it, I guess. The state of Wisconsin is offering a solar rebate, check to see what your state might be offering.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Which Do You Like Best?


I took these photos when Cory and I visited Reno back in 2014.  We saw A LOT of murals in Reno, and here is a link to a map of their Midtown Mural Tour.

Joe C. Rock

These panels were commissioned in 2013 by Nevada Fine Arts and are located on their building.  

Painted by Nanook

That's a lot to contemplate all at once.


Painted by Erik Burke

But I must say that the fox painted by Kelly Peyton is my favorite of the group.

Painted by Kelly Peyton



It's hard to choose though, look at the black and white work in this one.


Painted by Broken Crow

Which do you like best?

Painted by Bryce Chisholm


Linking up to Monday Mural.