Friday, January 29, 2010

This Is Not Your Mama's Lasagne!

I am participating in Six Word Saturday, hosted by Cate at Show My Face.

Even though it may be healthier,

It is still pretty darn good!

I was craving a plate of decadent, cheesy lasagne the other day. Just a few days after the doctor told Uncle Lynn that his cholesterol was high and he needed to lose a few. So, being a good wife, I made a few changes. Decided to take one for the team, as it were.

The promise of lasagne drew boys who hadn't had dinner with us on a Monday night in ages! No one knew but me that substitutions were made. I was the only one not necessarily looking forward to dinner!

The low fat, spinach-filled, egg beater, low glycemic index carb noodle lasagne was a big hit!

When the boys second helpings were gone, and plates were empty, Uncle Lynn asked "Should we tell them?"

The only response was "Cool. Tastes just like the regular stuff."

So now, I'm out to look for more ways to eat healthier. Guess I was the one who was the worst skeptic!

Monday, January 25, 2010

And Now The Dance Begins

Well, I've about recovered from the Viking's devastating loss against the Saints for the divisional championship, and a trip to Miami for the Superbowl.

About recovered. And it ended the way so many of Brett's Packer losses ended...with a chance to pull it off, but a last-minute "please, don't throw that pass" pass...and he throws it, and the season ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.

And everyone will forget that there were many opportunities to win that game. That fumbles also played a major role in the loss. There is plenty of blame to go around.

But everyone will remember the overtime, gut wrenching. could -see- that -coming pass.

And now, the inevitable dance begins. Will he sign? Will he retire? Will he do both? Again?

Look at the photo, and tell me...Is he taking the helmet off or putting it on?

So Viking fans, welcome to our world!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Winter Visitor

This little guy, a Downy Woodpecker, has been a regular at my feeder. He is darling! I love the way he hops around. Wish he'd bring his friends.

And where are the cardinals? They were in the yard all summer. The neighbor must have better seed!

These winter birds are nice, but I am anxiously awaiting the return of the Oriloes and hummingbirds to the feeders.

I've also noticed there are still robins in Wisconsin. Worms must be few and far between! The smart ones left a long time ago. We look forward to their return as a sign of spring. If they don't leave, how will they ever return? Hmmm....

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Favre Takes Vikes to the Superbowl!

(Well, since the Pack won't go...
And I love Brett, you know...
Sure I'm jumping the proverbial gun,
But watching Favre is tooo fun!)

I am participating in Six Word Saturday, hosted by Cate at Show My Face.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January Thaw

For the next week or so, temps are supposed to be 15-20 degrees above normal.

What a welcome relief, since wind chills have been reaching 15-20 degrees below 0!

Unless you are a snowman, the sentiment here in the frozen tundra is "Bring it On!"

Food for Thought

You're a 19 year old kid.

You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle
in the Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam.

November 11, 1965.
Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8-1 and
the enemy fire is so intense,
from 100-200 yards away,

that your own Infantry Commander has ordered
the Medi-Vac helicopters to stop coming in.
You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns
and you know you're not getting out.

Your family is half way around the world,
12,000 miles away,
and you'll never see them again.
As the world starts to fade in and out,
you know this is the day.

Then-over the machine gun noise-you faintly hear
the sound of a helicopter.

You look up and see an unarmed Huey. But...
it doesn't seem real because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.

Ed Freeman is coming to get you.

He's not Medi-Vac so it's not his job, but
he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway.

Even after the Medi-Vacs were ordered
not to come.

He's coming anyway.

He drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire,
as they load 2 or 3 of you on board.

Then he flies you up and out, through the gunfire
to the doctors and nurses.

And he kept coming back!
Thirteen or fourteen more times.

He took about 30 of you and your buddies out
who never would have gotten out.

Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Freeman
died in 2008, at the age of 80,
in Boise, Idaho.

I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but
we've sure seen a whole bunch about
Tiger Woods, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, etc. etc. etc.

Medal of Honor Winner

Ed Freeman

Monday, January 11, 2010

Arizona 51, Pack 45

In the highest scoring playoff game in NFL history, the Arizona Cardinals brought Green Bay's playoff hopes to an end.

We have been anticipating a Viking/Pack rematch. One where you-know-who returns to the Frozen Tundra.

Like they say, it's hard to beat a team three times. And the Packers have beaten the Cardinals twice this season. So the old saying holds. BUT...

The Vikings have beaten the Packers twice also. I wanted to see how true the adage is, with a rematch and Packer Victory over you-know-who! And now we won't get that chance.

Only one thing left to say...

Go Brett, Go!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Just Seventy-Six Days and Counting...

I am participating is Six Word Saturday, hosted by Cate at Show My Face.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Calico Buck? What Incredible Luck!

I got an e-mail the other day from a friend in Florida who asked if I had ever seen a deer like this one, allegedly shot in Wisconsin. It was so beautiful that I pursued the story and found the same photo on a website called

It's a cool site that is all about verifying or busting rumors. The page to see the deer story is

To make a long story short, the "piebald" deer was shot in Texas. And the hunter was not paid $13,000 by the sporting goods store, Cabelas, to sell it to them to display.

But it makes a good story. And the deer is still striking!

Check out this website sometime. But do it when you have lots of free time! There is some very entertaining stuff there...

Monday, January 4, 2010

Dogs in Snow**Remembering Trouble Elizabeth

I thought these photos were worth sharing. It was a balmy 30 degress, with a fresh snowfall. Nothing like the -20 out there today. We all had a great time that day!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Resolutions Already Broken, New Ones Considered

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