Category: Today’s Adventure

Connemara Cottage

      Empty windows facing back to view a new world, far away from grey walls still willing to shelter strangers huddled near the long-cold hearth.                   ...

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58 ‘Vette Goes Continental

58 vette 2

The sweet 1958 Snow Crest White Corvette with Inca Silver coves is headed for a new life in Brussels, Belgium. For being such a little lady, her departure left a big empty spot. My husband raised her from a ‘rusty pup’...

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Apple Pie Baking Time

Apple Pie time
Apple Pie time

One taste of the apples from Dad’s trees and Deb O’s kind delivery of freshly picked Fugi apples were inspiration enough to get out the pastry board and rolling pin. Pie baking time is here!...

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Stepping Back in Ripon

Ripon College 2

Ripon, Wisconsin, has always been on our radar. My sister nearly took a teaching position there, but as I recall the story, a blizzard intervened.  Also, we grew up hearing tales about our great-great grandfather’s role...

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Connemara Cooling

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True to form, the Midwest is bayou-sultry for the start of school. Students’ attention spans drop in relation to increases in the dew point, and teachers wish they had opted for circus performance as a career. Everyone is searching for...

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Sneaking One in Before School

Mississippi River at Clinton, Iowa
Mississippi River at Clinton, Iowa

School starts next week; duty calls. I was fortunate, however, to enjoy a last little get-away at Betsy M’s lovely home. After a restful afternoon in the back yard overlooking their peaceful pond, we moved...

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Half-Day Vacation

Perfect Day for Smooth Sailing
Perfect Day for Smooth Sailing

Not too long ago we received a Facebook post which listed ten great microbreweries in Iowa. Big Grove Brewery in Solon, Iowa, was on the list. Their menu, particularly the ”From the Garden” section, looked...

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Mint and Fruit Martinis

Raspberry Pineapple-Mango and Mandrian Orange Martinis

The three little mint slips of chocolate mint, orange mint and pineapple mint I potted in May are threatening to burst out of their pot. I’ve been enjoying fresh mint tea almost every afternoon and provided friends with fresh...

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Always Elegant Calla Lilies

Impatiens underplanting

We have experienced strange weather patterns this year. Some of my most reliable flowers just haven’t performed up to their usual standards. Others that were showing great promise became dinner for hungry deer and bunnies. The always elegant...

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So Many Peonies

If you visited the Cúpla Sisters post for April 23rd, you saw the amazing paper peonies created by my sister. Since that post, we have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of real peonies created by Mother Nature with assistance from...

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Scott Hill Strawberry Granita

Strawberry Granita

The strawberry beds were in need of refreshing this year. As I sorted and replanted the healthiest plants, I thought of Richard Dart’s memoirs of his youth in Green Lake, Wisconsin. His father brought Richard...

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Paying Homage to the Spirit of John Muir

Muir homestead across Fountain Lake
Muir homestead across Fountain Lake

  This week the Cúpla Sisters took a little Wisconsin road trip and walk-about. As we headed northwest from Portage, I mentioned that we were entering the area where John Muir, father of our National Park...

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