Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lunch Outing :: One Hundred Seventy Seven

Grandma Nancy and Geoff~

Before we wandered off to explore more of Wisconsin, we had another visit with Nancy. More time together to hear her tell of being in the assembly line, making anti-gun parts for battleships during WWII, how she postponed studies at the UW when her father described her country's need. She's a genuine Rosie the Rivetor! More time to admire the art of her quilted wall hangings, run an errand for her, talk about little things, and great happy things, to take her out to lunch. 

Our lunch outing was good. No, it was very good. I heard no less than three declarations about the best sandwich I've ever had, with take a picture requests, and making notes of the ingredients. I think if this trip were planned again it would mostly revolve around family, the Milwaukee Public Museum, and CamRock Cafe! Everything there was appreciated from game shelves to bicycles, from the paint on the walls to the pickle salad. 

Grandma Nancy, Great-Grandma too, talked about Mineral Point, about the Salvador Dali wall hanging waiting to be finished. We asked about cookie of the month club... Laura's brilliant gift of homemade cookies that she sends Nancy.  Nancy's friends from town come over for coffee and company when the cookies arrive. Grandma says her favorites are the ginger and spice ones with decorative icing. We remember those fondly, too from when Laura and Gary sent them at Christmas. 

With any visit with loved ones it's the same... We want to squeeze in all the stories, affection, and quality time possible, but there never is enough. We know that we will miss Nancy, the Main Street, the familiar sights, the trees, houses, shops, and their stories. The creek, the fireflies, ping pong in the basement. We'd love to be here for holidays, for any days, to fix things, to bake things, to sit together and pass more time with no particular plans at all. I value the gift of everyday kind of quality time... The kind you get if you can be neighbors or live near enough to make more regular visits. I'd like that, a lot, to have all of our family just a drive away, so we could meet on lunch outings, share more stories and affection.  

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Wonderland :: One Hundred Seventy Six

We came to see this reproduction of a chariot from King Tut's tomb... It's at the Milwaukee Public Museum, and worth the trip, but there's so much more! Within two seconds of walking into the galleries, seeing the introductory display from the museum's collections, I knew we were in trouble! Not two hours, not two weeks... We were not going to find enough time to see everything, and we really would have loved to see everything!

We stayed until closing. We'd be there, still, if it weren't for 'rules' and 'security.' The place has beautifully curated collections, everything is invitingly displayed. Thank you, Phil and Georgia for this marvelous outing!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Best Farmer's Market :: One Hundred Seventy Five

Madison's farmers market is Capitol! Laura and Gary suggested we meet there. A brilliant idea, because we found basil for Jane's bruschetta, discovered the bliss of warm, spicy, cheese bread, and absorbed the beauty of flowers, the colors of everything under a clear, blue sky, and the tantalizing pyramids of farm to market produce. We found a respite from the heat inside the state's Capitol building, gazing up at the dome. I tried to pace my shopping impulses, but succumbed to honey, and popcorn kernels. I'm sure there'll be plenty of room in my carry-on!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Feels Like Summer :: One Hundred Seventy Four

Maria, Paul, Alex, Max :: Fresh air and lovely views of Lake Monona~

First, game talk and guacamole at uncle Paul's, then an evening trek around the capitol building in Madison, stopping for sushi, people watching, and the King Street Concert. Making postcard memories of our summer. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Feeling At Home :: One Hundred Seventy Two

Over the river, through the woods, across cornfields, among fireflies... to Grandmother's house we've come~

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tintype Photo :: One Hundred Seventy

As much as we enjoy sharing our projects at Maker Faire, the Tractor Show, we find visiting the booths and attractions everyone else brings worthwhile, too. (As soon as we have a link for this photographer, I will share it, and the tintype image.)

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Kitty In The Window :: One Hundred Sixty Nine

Someone discovered his way to the window sill, and isn't he a pretty little good-morning sunshine?
Wishing everyone wide open windows, a beautiful wake-up, and pretty sights.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Friday, June 17, 2016

His Names Suit Him

Neo... Greek, new
Cairo... Arabic, meaning "the victorious"
Nepenthes... Greek, figuratively "that which chases away sorrow"

Happy weekending, friends. Wishing you peace, comforts, glad company, and time. Lots and lots of time~

Peace Feast :: One Hundred Sixty Eight

Grandpa Chango, Cairo Nepenthes, and Mister Foo... all peacefully gathered around their breakfast. They play nicely together, too. Mostly.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Apples For Days :: One Hundred Sixty Seven

From our little Dorsett Golden apple tree. She makes crisp, flavorful apples, and more every year. There's only one problem... how many pies can we bake, sauces can we make?? We look forward to sharing these golden treasures.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.