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Monday, July 6th 2009

3:12 AM

convert Frontpage to Dreamweaver - Web site and Blog birthdays !

Does anyone have any advice on switching a Frontpage web site to Dreamweaver? 
 My desktop Gateway crashed (will eventually get a new hard drive), my Toshiba lap top overheats unless I hold it between my knees with plenty of air flow under it – SO it’s time to convert my website to my Apple and Apple does not support FrontPage.  Don’t really care to put an XP sandbox on my Apple either – even though I do love Frontpage.   My 17 “ Mac Book Pro Leopard is the latest and greatest as of this year – just right for my professional studio photography when connected to my Canon 40D, photo editing, as well as web site development.  Love my iPod!  An iPhone is next as a business number.    

 Blog posting has been in facebook since Jan.  Had to join where all my classmates are.  I still like this blog better though.
 I plan to copy a few major updates of the last 6 months here – including the André Rieu concert.
 Email or post here if you’d like to become a facebook friend, as facebook access is only to friends.
 If you’d like access to my photography assignments for Studio Portrait Emulation, nudes, or the Professional Nature and Conservation Photography interim class, email or post here.  Web sites in order of creation are: 
      a photography related site
      my professional photography site,
of which I own the url, but will be created in an Electronic Imaging class next fall.  Other classes will be Commercial Photography 1, Color Photography 2, and Portrait Photography.  Mon - Thur evenings + 2 afternoons.  Saved vacation for 2 years to make this work.  

On Friday, July 10 my web site is 7 years old and this blog is 5 years old !
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Friday, February 13th 2009

4:10 PM

Happy Valentine's Day !


The temps have been above freezing parts of the last week or so and that is wonderful! 
Spring can't be far away now.

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Saturday, January 17th 2009

2:09 PM

Surviving January

I made the Dean’s list fall semester !


This semester’s evening classes are Color Photography, Studio Photography 2 (both 3 credits) and Photojournalism (2 credits).  Our Photojournalism instructor works days for the city newspaper and the assignments sound like a stretch, but fun.  We are finally away from the film 4 x 5 view cameras and are going digital in the studio class, except for the nude assignment.  After these 3 classes I will have completed the first year of the 2 year program.


Last Sat. was Eagle Days in Prairie du Sac.  A nature photographer talked from 9 – 10.  At 10 we had a bus tour of 3 places to see Eagles on the Wisconsin River.  One of the overlooks had telescopes set up to view the Eagles sitting on an island.  The Bald Eagles are in the area Jan – Feb to catch fish.  11 -12 was an interesting presentation -  Birds of Prey -  by the Rapture Center from the College of Veterinary Science of St. Paul.  Laura had 2 hawks, a Great Horned Owl and a female Eagle.   The River Arts Center is part of the high school and it looks like a nice place to attend future events.  I missed the pancake breakfast and the wine tasting at a local vineyard.


Finishing reading several of the James Qwilleran and his Siamese cats  series.   I see the latest book, The Cat who Smelled Smoke, has been postponed from the April 2008 release.  The author, Lilian Jackson Braun, is 96 and I hope she is in good health.


I love shorthand – no wonder it is my obsolete skill.



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You know how important it is to do things efficiently and on time. You also value your privacy, and (unlike some people) you do not pretend to be friends with just everyone; that would be ridiculous. When you do make friends, you take them seriously, and faithfully keep what they confide in you to yourself. Unfortunately, the work which you do (which is very important, of course) sometimes keeps you away from social activities, and you are often lonely. Your problem is that Gregg shorthand has been obsolete for a long time.



Dee: I hope you are well and feeling fit these cold winter days. Wishing you a warm and wonderful week!
Dee: Dropping by to say Hello and wish you a fabulous week! I hope you don't mind, I'm going to put you on my friends list.
birdbits: Wow , seeing those Cranes must have been exciting! and with youngins too! I have been hearing them pass over the habitat in the early mornings lately. I am thinking they are foraging for food in nearby fields. I hope your New Year is off to a great start!
TomGu: Hello!
Sally Ferguson: Happy New Year!
Niina: Happy New Year!


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Tuesday, December 23rd 2008

4:31 PM

Happy Holidays !!!


from seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/blondie.asp?date=20071222  Sat. Dec 21, 2007

from Niina's blog

You Are a Snowman
Friendly and fun, you enjoy bringing holiday cheer to everyone you know!
You Are: 50% Dog, 50% Cat
You are a nice blend of cat and dog.
You're playful but not too needy. And you're friendly but careful.
And while you have your moody moments, you're too happy to stay upset for long.
Your Power Bird is a Cardinal
You believe that each day is precious, and you spend your times as best as you can.
You see the wonder in small things, and you are often content with what you have.
You life an interesting, colorful life - and you bring color to those around you.
Confident and expressive, you believe you know how to live a good life. You're living it!

Your Inner Retro Girl Is 1960s Hippie Chick
Or at least, that's what your heart is.

You are a Hippie
You are a total hippie. While you may not wear birks or smell of incense, you have the soul of a hippie.
You don't trust authority, and you do as you please. You're willing to take a stand, even when what you believe isn't popular.

You like to experiment with ideas, lifestyles, and different subcultures.
You always gravitate toward what's radical and subversive. Normal, mainstream culture doesn't really resonate with you.
Your Surfing Habits are 50% Male, 50% Female
There's no way we can tell whether you're a man or woman.
Of all the internet users, you are the most broad based in your habits.
You use the internet for research and your career.
But you also use the internet to keep in close touch with your loved ones.
Dee: Wishing you the Happiest New Year Ever!
Niina: Hope that all is fine with you! I have an award to you, just follow the link!
wildlifeadventurer: Thanks for coming by and the congrats! It was a real pleasant surprise on my journal being JOTW!
birdbits: Hiya Connie! Happy Holidays to you! I have enjoyed catching up on ya ,soundslike you are staying pretty busy like me Happy Hollidays!!!
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Tuesday, November 25th 2008

10:40 PM


Does anyone have advice on making bread or favorite bread recipes? 
I've decided to make homemade bread as often as I can instead of buying it. 

Nov 12 - bowling with Pete - my scores were  122  165  124. 
 6/   4/   90   X    70   06   72   08   15   XX7   122
 4/   X    62   8/   X    X    8/   61   X    72    165
6/   72   5/   71   42   71   3/   36   9/   X70   124

Attended Folk Fair last Friday night.  Danced with Jerry and especially liked the cha cha cha train medley (Chattanooga Choo Choo, I’ve Been Working on the Rail Road,...) featuring the drummer.  The band was especially good with banjo and accordion as well.

Watched Mama Mia! for the 2nd time in the budget theater this time and enjoyed it just as much as the first time.
  I'm making pistachio fluff for Thanksgiving dinner - pistachio pudding, whipped cream, crushed pineapple, maraschino cherries, small marshmallows
Last weekend finished The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel by Alexander McCall Smith. 
 Fall semester ends in 3 weeks and I'm looking forward to having 3 weeks to read books from the library, work on some crochet, knitting and quilting projects and hibernate in general.







The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway~
Thanksgiving comes again!





Blessings:   A Cornucopia of Blessings

Red is for beautiful dancing leaves,
Yellow, for harvest wheat bundled in sheaves.
Orange is for glossy pumpkins and gourds,
 the fruits of the fields, thanks to the Lord.
Purple is for all the love that surrounds us,
with those so dear to our heart close around us.
Green is for gratitude we are expressing ...
Brown, for our cornucopia of blessings!





A Thanksgiving Dinner

By Maude M. Grant

Take a turkey, stuff it fat,
Some of this and some of that.
Get some turnips, peel them well.
Cook a big squash in its shell.

Now potatoes, big and white,
Mash till they are soft and light.
Cranberries, so tart and sweet,
With the turkey we must eat.

Pickles-yes-and then, oh my!
For a dessert a pumpkin pie,
Golden brown and spicy sweet.
What a fine Thanksgiving treat!




Albquerque Turkey

(sung to CLEMENTINE)

Albuquerque is a turkey
And he’s feathered and he’s fine
And we wobbles and he gobbles
And he’s absolutely mine.

He’s the best pet that you can get
Better than a dog or cat.
He’s my Albuquerque turkey
And I’m awfully proud of that.

He once told me, very frankly,
He preferred to be my pet,
Not the main course at my dinner,
And I told him not to fret.

And my Albuquerque turkey
Is so happy in his bed,
‘Cause for our Thanksgiving dinner
we had egg foo yong instead.


Jonella: Hi Connie, How are you? Happy Thanksgiving, my dear! Cheers!
Niina: Happy weekend! And I hope that Halloween was nice!
Jonella: Hi Connie, How are you, sweetie? Happy Halloween!
moni: Hi Connie, I can imagine how pretty it is up your way. Very few colors here, too soon. This is to be a warmer week for us. The little Wilson Warblers have migrated down
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Thursday, October 16th 2008

9:35 PM


 Oct 2, 2004



Where has the time went?  4 classes are keeping me very busy.  We are shooting black and white 4 X 5 negatives on view cameras - large cameras on tripods with bellows where you put the cape over your head like in the old movies to take a photo.  Processing film and using old Omega enlargers.  Also getting started with composition by using our new DSLRs.  Whew!  Master Gardener class continues to be extremely interesting.  Nights are getting colder.  Many brilliant fall colors, the trees are peaking in color this last week.  I miss reading blogs and keeping this blog updated.  Thank you to all who leave comments and tags! 



Julie Andrews - Jazz Hot


 Leslie Ann Warrens - Chicago , Illinois

Two songs from one of my favorites -  Victor/Victoria is a 1982 musical comedy film, which involves transvestism and sexual identity as central themes. It stars Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras and John Rhys-Davies. The screenplay was adapted by Blake Edwards (Andrews' husband) and Hans Hoemburg from the 1933 German film Viktor und Viktoria by Reinhold Schünzel.

I bought the movie on tape years back and always find this Blake Edwards film amusing.  Great cast including Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, James Garner, Leslie Ann Warren is the best I've ever seen her as the gangster's girl friend, Alex Karras and Graham Stark as the waiter.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor/Victoria       imdb.com/title/tt0084865

photo of Leslie Ann Warren as Norma Cassidy


The plan of opera singer Victoria Grant (Julie Andrews) and flamboyant cabaret singer Carroll "Toddy" Todd (Robert Preston) to pass Victoria off as "Count Victor Grezhinski" - a Polish drag queen (Victoria: "A woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman?"); Victoria's show-stopping production number "Le Jazz Hot" in a black gown with stringy bat-wing sleeves and a rhinestone headdress when she reveals herself as alter-ego Victor by ripping off her headdress; the character of wild, uncontrollable, coarse, sex-starved Norma Cassady (Leslie Ann Warren) with her irksome voice ("Kiiiiiiiiing! Pooooooooookie!") and her malaprop explanation for why her mob associate boyfriend King Marchand (James Garner) is unable to have sex with her anymore - "Before you know it, you are impudent"); and Norma's defiant reaction when cut loose by King, and forced onto a train by King's bodyguard Mr. Bernstein (Alex Karras) - she opens her robe to reveal her skimpy underwear, and yells: "You ain't seen the last of me yet!", causing a distracted porter to stumble off the platform; and Norma's aggressively sexy song-and-dance "Chicago, Illinois" with other showgirls in baby-doll underwear; the scene of King sneaking into Victoria's hotel room to hide in her bathroom to voyeuristically see her true gender -- and the moment that King says to Victoria: "I don't care if you ARE a man", and kisses her passionately; Victor's torch song "Crazy Life"; and Norma's hilarious one-liner when she thinks she is to be assaulted by clothes-stripping Victor: "Wait a minute...lock the door first" - and her screeching at King after she sees Victor's true sex: "You two-timing son-of-a-bitch! HE'S A WOMAN!"; also the hilarious miscast performance of "The Shady Dame of Seville" by Toddy ("Some hit show!"), in Blake Edwards' screwball sex farce.


Niina: Me here again! Hope that all is fine!
Unni: Hi and good night Connie
Amina: Hi, Hope things are going well with you.
Grandpa Chuck: Connie, Thanks for stopping by. So much to do, so little time!
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Sunday, July 27th 2008

4:33 PM

Mama Mia ! ... Edelweiss ... Free Slavko Avsenik CD from Fred Ziwich

Mama Mia!   A funny, entertaining musical with the music of Abba.  Went to the opening night 7 pm showing in Oshkosh on July 18 and the theater was full.  Also attended Monday eve at the Point theater in Madison after playing tennis.  It is rare to find a movie worth attending a theater for.  mammamiamovie.com  this site is not recommended if you have dial up.  Beautiful scenery on a Greek Island.

Attended German Fest Friday night.  Enjoyed Alpen Echoes from Minnesota and Johnny Hoffmann & Die Herzbuben from Milwaukee.  The bands from Germany that I saw were more rock oriented.  The fest is changing.  Not all polkas and Volksmusik anymore.  Many attending with walkers or wheelchairs.  Bought 2 Edelweiss plants at the Fest and planted them next to my raspberries and flowering oaks.  The Edelweiss are mountain flowers and need partial shade and good drainage.

Have picked 2 Yellow Boy tomatoes, lots of lettuce and green beans, peas, a little spinach, radishes and a few small carrots from my garden.  Flowers include many tall snap dragons, 2 geraniums, 2 flowering oaks,  2 double impatients and now the 2 Edelweiss.

247polkaheaven.com has IJs  (Internet Jockey as opposed to Disc Jockey) playing a variety of polka music including Slovenian, Volksmusik and Polish.  Fred Ziwich asked a few questions a few weeks back and if we answered them via email we received a CD.  This is a very nice CD of Slavko Avsenik songs with English lyrics and the music done Cleveland style.  Thank you, Fred!  And thanks for the good music on 24 7 Polka Heaven!  

Only 4 weeks until fall semester starts.  With 4 classes in the Photography program  and the Master Gardener class every other week, it's going to be very busy.  We will be starting with black and white prints.  The weather has been so nice and warm.  Have went an entire week with not having to wear a sweater or jacket.  

Niina: I have a tag for you, just follow the link!
moni: Hey girl, I see it is Fallish in your part of the world. Darn, summer must be all gone! Our nights are in the low to mid 50s now.
Niina: It is Friday, yippiee! Have a nice weekend!
moni: Thanks for the visit Connie. I agree with you 100%!
Niina: Me here, saying hello!
Jon: Mamamia was a surprise hit!!
Louisette: hi Connie, a best regard from Belgium to you.Louisette passion retriever, fotos countries
Niina: Just passing by to say hello! Have a great Tuesday!
birdbits: Happy Birthday to you on your Journal and Web Site! I have learned alot here, Keep up the Great Work!
birdbits: He He , kinda wish he was my baby instead of grandbaby, I have one 25 year old son.
moni: Hi Connie, thanks for the visit. Tax-free weekend here is the entire State. Three days, fri,sat,sun, no tax on anything. Primarily to assist parents with back-to-school purchases, but can be used by anyone at any store in the State of NM.
Niina: Happy birthday to your journal and web site! Time goes by fast when having fun! Have a great day!
Lovejoy: hi there, have a ncie day...
Joy Burlinson: hi tehre, just passing by to say hello
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Sunday, July 13th 2008

11:45 PM

Journal and Web Site Birthdays

Happy Birthday to my Journal  - 4  years old on July 10 and my web site is 6 years old on July 10 !  Can't imagine life without my internet friends.  

I have been thinking about getting the latest version of ICQ.  Does any one use ICQ any more?  Can anyone recommend other good sites for interactive conversions?  Either keyed or voice?

Only Robert Miller (vanrijngo)  played the 'play it forward' game and he will be getting something in the mail.  Julie will be getting something too.  Julie sent a cute tissue holder she sewed - dark blue with cats and dogs.  Thank you Julie!

Early this spring I participated in 4   5K (3.1 miles)  Fun Walk Runs.  Lots of fun and nice shirts from all of them as well as other freebies.
Sunday April 27  5K  Bun Run Walk -  StoneRidge in Wautoma   -  this one had the most generous gifts.
Saturday May 3 RMC 5K Fun Run Walk - Waupaca
Saturday May 17  5K Run Walk -  Berlin

Hadn't bowled for a long time because of the leagues keeping the lanes full and a spring semester class - now that summer is here the alleys have open lanes in the evenings  - bowled 126 and 138 on July 1 and 109, 101, 101 on July 9.  My friend bowled either a strike or spar for every frame of the 3rd game last Wed for a score of 205.

Attended a 4 day tennis camp first part of June at Ripon College.  Any future tennis camps will be over in Minnesota at Gustavus Adolphus College Tennis and Life camp   A 5 hour drive and higher priced, but a better quality camp without the competitions, a better focus, and with fun and games.  I remember the college student tennis camp teachers all came out for their introductions dressed as and acting like certain tennis pros. 

Found a fun tennis player on meetup.com and we've been playing Tuesday nights.

Took 2 quilting classes at the stitching store where I learned to knit.  The first from Basic Quilting ( 3 sessions)  is called 3 Rails and it's ready for the back, layering and front to be put together.  The second was a 2 session class and is made by putting each 7.5 square together with batting and back and then sewing the squares together.   So far I only have 2 squares together, but lots of pieces cut up and stitched in rows to be cut further.   I especially enjoy crochet and am so grateful to Rayne for introducing me to it.  And the beautiful afghan that she made for me is given extra special treatment.   

At the tennis camp I met a guy who is a Horticulturist - he told me about the Master Gardener program.  48  state University extensions offer this.  I start the Madison UW extension's Master Gardener program Wed night - every other Wed until Dec 19.  You have to put forth hours of community service related to the education  - such as answering questions from the general public, working in their office, manning their booth at garden shows, etc.  I have heard good things about the University extension programs and am looking forward to this.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_Gardener
For a map of the US go to  ahs.org/master_gardeners/index.htm  and click on your state to find your website for the Master Gardener program.  Some of the sites are quite pretty.

As of today we have broadband on the phone here in the wilderness.   How I have missed the good internet access I had with Road Runner.  It had been over 3 years with that pitiful Centurytel dial up.  Now I just need to figure out how to set my computer to wireless, as I had indicated no when I first set my new computer up in 2001.  Because of this there is not a wireless option when going through Connect to - Show all Connections.  Any ideas?

Only 6 weeks left of free time this summer.  Fall semester starts the last week in August.  Had planned to bike after work on the rails to trails again, but between all the rain, wind and quilting classes, just haven't been able to bring the bike along.  4 classes starting in the fall as a full time Photography student.  Luckily all the gen eds transferred in.  One class in Friday morning and since I'm lucky enough to have a generous vacation schedule - vacation days will be taken on Fridays in order to get this class in.  Classes for 1st semester are:  Photo Composition (2 credits), Studio Photography 1 (3 credits), Lighting Technique ( 2 credits), Intro to Electronic Design (2 credits).  Looks like I'll need to be taking vacation on Thursday afternoons for the spring 2009 semester. Was on the wait list since January 2007 for the evening program which is every other year, but it appears to be not quite all evenings.  Greatly looking forward to this on Mon, Tues, Thur nights and Friday mornings.  And Friday afternoons are free to study, attend the quilt expo in Sept, Folk Fair in Nov.....  In 2 days the summer months will be half over.  Why does spring and summer just fly by and winter goes on and one forever?  Have been eating lettuce and radishes out of my garden.  Green beans will be ready to pick next weekend.  The snap dragons are loaded with tiny little blossoms - should be brilliant by next weekend.

Songs I like on You tube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0U5JfGYx4c    Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer
Back in the day, I liked this video so much I bought it on cassette video.
A few years later http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Rr-t-IOfRo&feature=related  Shanie Twain did a take off of it.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w3ku2QArT0   Mavericks  - Dance the Night Away.  Video is corny, but love the song.    
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OP22rETN-s&feature=related   Dreams.  I LOVE Roy Orbison.  Not the original recording - his voice is older here but still wonderful.  I saw Roy live 3 times.  Twice at the Carlton West in Green Bay and once at Summerfest, Milwaukee.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oZAfv3_LAY   photos of Roy in the video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6D24EPKDFQ    2 versions of FALLING
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkQFpmdYOM0   KD Lang - Miss Chatelaine LIVE
You'll Be Back Every Night In My Dreams    The Statler Brothers
 saw them twice at the arena in Green Bay
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQIh7-IgtKo   DREAM RIVER by   Raul Malo of the Maveriks  . Reminds of Roy Orbison...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js3SJfE9Voc   I should have been true   by Raul
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNmLzfiP0qU   Frank and Nancy  Something Stupid
Andrea Berg - Ein Schiff wird kommen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8vGyr9SY9Q&feature=related    Andrea Berg - Medley Ihre großen Hits 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkNaPeb8-a0   Beautiful Dreamer by Roy  so so beautiful
Words & Music By Stephen Foster
Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;
Sounds of the rude world, heard in the day,
Lull'd by the moonlight have all pass'd away!
Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,
List while I woo thee with soft melody;
Gone are the cares of life's busy throng,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea
Mermaids are chanting the wild lorelie;
Over the streamlet vapors are borne,
Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn.
Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart,
E'en as the morn on the streamlet and sea;
Then will all clouds of sorrow depart,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w_QnU58T1c  Melora Hardin Begin the Beguine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg8gIcfBcVM  Don Lipovac has great CDs.  But this is his only entry on  you tube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYGIKjNne7E   Tom Astor - Hallo, guten Morgen Deutschland 1984

What type of Mother Hen Are You?
by Montessorimom.com: Educational Resource

From Moni’s blog


Birgitta: Hi Connie, Popping in to wish you a beautiful day
Niina: Greetings from Sweden and a happy new week!
moni: Hope your 4th weekend was special! We enjoyed ours. No rain here for over 6 months.
vanrijngo: Hi Connie, this is really scary not hearing a thing. Please let your friends know you are alright. I pray this is the case.
Niina: Hope that all is fine! Wanted to send some midsommer greetings from a rainy Sweden!
Redline: u fish cute...hop
Niina: Just passing by to say hello!
moni: HI CONNIE, I have been watching the news of the terrible flooding in WI. Hope all is well with you and yours.
Angie: Hi! just visiting! Wondering if you'll like to exchange link. Just let me know. Thanks!
Niina: Me here, wishing you a great week!
Unni: psst....I have been feeding your fish
Unni: Hi Connie - long time no see. I have neglected my blog lately, but updated totay. But sorry - in Norwegian only. Nice to visit you again - have a nice day
Niina: Just passing by to wish you a great weekend! We have sunshine over here! Spring has sprung!
cleo: Hi connie! your greetings is highly appreciated,thanks a bunch! hey! we got fish tank here in our house but your fish tank is cool i already feed them so, don't feed anymore today, hehe! Btw, congrats also for being the JOTW,you got many interesting posts here, keep it up
moni: Hi Connie, love your fish tank. I see it is WARM in your neighborhood, YEA!!! Enjoy, I know you will.
Niina: Just want to tell you that I have changed my URL!! Visit me to find out! And LOVE the fish-thing!
birdbits: Hi Connie ! I am waiting on the whooping cranes to start arriving... they should be here within next 2 weeks , , happy wing flaps 2 u !
Dee: Just wanted to wish you a lovely day and a beautiful week!
moni: Hi Connie, I can see that Spring is headed your way very soon. I am wishing you a wonderful warm Spring and Summer season.
birdbits: Hi Connie! Happy Easter, I know I am late, sorry , I have been down with a flu bug but amm getting better now. I hope you have a good week end!
JOn: Hope your week is going well!!
Jonella: Hi Connie, Thanks for visiting me. Go back to my blog and click on the top, left-hand corner of the aquarium, where the word aBowman is, to get one of your own.
Jonella: Hi Connie, How are you? I am sorry that I didn't get to say Happy Easter to you earlier but I hope you had a wonderful weekend. My weekend was very busy with family visiting from Canada, etc. Wow, you have some beautiful Easter Eggs there! I hope to hear from you soon, take care.
Foxx: Happy Easter to you too!
Digital Polaroids: Diving in!
lisa: Hi Connie, thansk for the visit, ahve a happy easter and wonderful weekend to you.......
Steven: Happy Easter to you.
Realm: reading your blogs, enjoy your weekend
liza: happy easter!!!
A Simple Life: i hope you have a blessed easter. ^_^
Sally Ferguson: Happy Easter!
Fe: You too connie.. have a fun easter weekend.
Camera_chic: Happy Easter to you too!
Birgitta: Happy Easter to you too
Roselle: Hello! Just stopping by to greet you Happy Easter in advance!
Betty: Happy Easter. Care to xchange links? Willl add u.. Take care
mandi791: Hey, nice place, would u like to link up w/ me. Stop by my place and see if u are interested. Have a good day!
Dee: Wishing you a Happy St Patrick's Day!
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Sunday, April 13th 2008

9:01 PM

Fish from Jonella Beauty's Blog

FISH  from Jonella Beauty's Blog  and created here (abowman.com/google-modules/fish/#gadgetSWF )

Click several times in the blue water to feed them, if you like. 

Has anyone done Fun Run Walks ?  I'm training for my first 2 Fun Run Walks on April 27 and May 3 in small rural communities.  The 5K walks = 3.1 miles.  Today I walked 4 miles in 1 hour 3 min.  The first 3 miles were within 48 min.  My goal is to complete the 5K (3.1 miles) within 1 hour.  Will need to walk these.  Joined Weight Watchers at work and it is a good program.  When I get 30 - 35 pounds off and back to my normal weight of 30+ years I will try to run again.  My knees would not take it now.  The photo above was when I weighed my normal natural weight during the years that I could eat anything I wanted to and never gained.  The Weight Watchers group is very positive with an easy to understand point system that encourages fruits, vegetables, dairy, water, fiber, exercise and not sweets and fats.  I never wanted to join as I thought it was too expensive, but it is a good quality program.  The fun run walks are also a good motivator for exercise in preparing.

Recently read:
Rainbow's End - a Richard Jury mystery. 
Wish You Were Here  -  the 1st Mrs. Murphy and Tucker mystery.  (tiger cat and corgi)
Murder, She Meowed - listen to tapes of a Mrs. Murphy and Tucker mystery. 
A is for Alibi - Sue Grafton mystery recommended by  Moni some time back.  It was a fun read, Moni!

Currently reading:
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Brown.  About the prize winning reporter Jim Qwilleran and Koko, the brilliant Siamese cat with exceptional abilities for sniffing out clues.  This first book of the series involves the art world.

5 weeks and 10 classes left of the Audiovisual Techniques class.  We're  working with movies from photos using the Ken Burns technique, music and sound effects. 

Rita Mae Brown - Mrs Murphy series( with Sneaky Pie Brown)
1. Wish You Were Here (1990)
2. Rest In Pieces (1992)
3. Murder at Monticello (1994)
     aka Or, Old Sins
4. Pay Dirt, or Adventures at Ash Lawn (1995)
5. Murder, She Meowed (1996)        audio
6. Murder on the Prowl (1998)
7. . Cat on the Scent (1999)    
8. Pawing Through the Past (2000)
9. Claws and Effect (2001)
10. Catch As Cat Can (2002)
11. Tail of the Tip-Off (2003)
Three Mrs. Murphy Mysteries: Wish You Were Here / Rest in Pieces / Murder at Monticello (omnibus) (2003)
12. Whisker of Evil (2004)
13. Cat's Eyewitness (2005)
Three More Mrs. Murphy Mysteries in One Volume: Pay Dirt / Murder, She Meowed / Murder on the Prowl (omnibus) (2005)
14. Sour Puss (2006)
15. Puss 'n Cahoots (2007)
16. The Purrfect Murder (2008)
Martha Grimes series -   marthagrimes.com/html/catalog1.html
  1. The Man With A Load Of Mischief   1981
  2. The Old Fox Deceiv'd   1982
  3. The Anodyne Necklace   1983
  4. The Dirty Duck   1984
  5. Jerusalem Inn  1984
  6. Deer Leap   1985
  7. Help The Poor Struggler    1885
  8. I Am The Only Running Footman   1986
  9. The Five Bells and Bladebone   1987
  10. The Old Silent   1989                         one of my favorites
  11. The Old Contemptibles   1991
  12. The Case Has Altered   1993
  13. The Horse You Came In On   1996
  14. Rainbow's End   1995                 
  15. The Stargazey  1998 
  16. The Lamorna Wink   1999
  17. The Blue Last   2001                      Listened to on tape
  18. The Grave Maurice   2002
  19. The Winds of Change   2004 
  20. The Old Wine Shades   2006
  21. Dust   2007
Jim Qwilleran Feline Whodunnit 

1. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards  1966
The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern   1967
The Cat Who Turned on and Off    1968
The Cat Who Saw Red   1986
The Cat Who Played Brahms   1987
The Cat Who Played Post Office   1987
The Cat Who Had 14 Tales  1988
The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare   1988
The Cat Who Sniffed Glue   1988
The Cat Who Went Underground  1989
The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts  1990
The Cat Who Lived High  1990
The Cat Who Knew A Cardinal  1991
The Cat Who Moved A Mountain   1992
The Cat Who Wasn't There  1992
The Cat Who Went Into the Closet  1993
The Cat Who Came to Breakfast  1994
The Cat Who Blew the Whistle  1995
The Cat Who Said Cheese  1996
The Cat Who Tailed A Thief  1997
The Cat Who Sang for the Birds  1998
The Cat Who Put Four in a Box  1999
The Cat Who Saw Stars  1999
The Cat Who Robbed A Bank  2000
The Cat Who Smelled A Rat  2001
The Cat Who Went Up The Creek 2002
Quilleran's Short and Tall Tales  2002
The Cat Who Brought Down The House   2003
The Private Life of the Cat Who...: Tales of Koko and Yum Yum from the Journals of James MacKintosh Qwilleran  2003
The Cat Who Talked Turkey  2004
The Cat Who Went Bananas  2004
The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell   2006
Two Cats, Three Tales (omnibus)  2006
The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers   2007
The Cat Who Smelled Smoke  2008

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Wednesday, March 19th 2008

6:09 PM

Happy Easter !!!

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter weekend!  

March was in like a lion. Out like a lamb ? 



Finished reading 'Cat on the Scent' last night.  Mrs. Murphy (tiger cat), Pewter (gray cat) and Tucker (corgi) see a single engine plane land during the fog next to a barn,  a civil war reenactment and more adventures while Harry's pets and other animals watch, listen and help solve mysteries in Crozet, Virginia.   Cute story. 


8   What is creme brule?

The elegant dessert creme brulee has a thick pudding base of cream and eggs topped by a delicate layer of caramelized sugar. In French, "creme brulee" means "burnt cream," which refers to the process by which sprinkled sugar gets heated to a temperature that caramelizes it to a delicious brown. The traditional method of cooking this type of custard has evolved many flavored variations, but the simplest is often the best.

A basic recipe for creme brulee involves few fancy steps or specialized equipment. Boil cream in a saucepan over medium heat, then whisk in egg yolks. Over reduced heat, stir until thickened, such that it can coat the sides of the pan. Some people bake the mixture in a water bath, which protects the ingredients from uneven or harsh heat. Pour the batter into a set of ceramic ramekins until the middles are still loose but the border is firm. Chill them in the refrigerator for several days. When ready to serve, sprinkle them with a uniform layer of granulated white cane sugar. Quickly expose the tops to a hot flame, either a chef's torch or an oven broiler, so the sugar darkens to a rich brown but doesn't get charred.

Creme brulee combines minimalist flavors in a partly chilled yet partly heated dessert. Of course, there are many established variations on the flavor of cream and sugar that add spices, nuts, liqueurs, or toppings. For instance, some chefs mix in cinnamon, vanilla extract, coconut, pumpkin, melted chocolate, or concentrated espresso to make seasonal varieties. Others use rich, heavy liqueurs like creme de cassis, bourbon, or creme de menthe for a spicy flair. If decorative ramekins aren't fancy enough, you can add a sprig of mint, fresh berries, shaved chocolate, dried coconut, chopped hazelnuts, or an edible flower such as a nasturtium to entice guests to fully appreciate their first spoonful of decadent creme brulee.

172 Süddeutsche Zeitung     (German: “South German  Newspaper”), also called Sz,   daily newspaper published in Munich, considered one of the three most influential papers in Germany.   Süddeutsche Zeitung was the first paper to be licensed in Bavaria (1945) by the Allied occupation authorities following the end of World War II.       www.sueddeutsche.de


Rita Mae Brown - Mrs Murphy series( with Sneaky Pie Brown)
1. Wish You Were Here (1990)
2. Rest In Pieces (1992)
3. Murder at Monticello (1994)
     aka Or, Old Sins
4. Pay Dirt, or Adventures at Ash Lawn (1995)
5. Murder, She Meowed (1996)
6. Murder on the Prowl (1998)
7. Cat on the Scent (1999)     ***
8. Pawing Through the Past (2000)
9. Claws and Effect (2001)
10. Catch As Cat Can (2002)
11. Tail of the Tip-Off (2003)
Three Mrs. Murphy Mysteries: Wish You Were Here / Rest in Pieces / Murder at Monticello (omnibus) (2003)
12. Whisker of Evil (2004)
13. Cat's Eyewitness (2005)
Three More Mrs. Murphy Mysteries in One Volume: Pay Dirt / Murder, She Meowed / Murder on the Prowl (omnibus) (2005)
14. Sour Puss (2006)
15. Puss 'n Cahoots (2007)
16. The Purrfect Murder (2008)

You Are a Snapdragon
 "Mischief is your middle name, but your first is friend. You are quite the prankster that loves to make other people laugh."

What Flower
Are You?

This Garden is Illegal    thisgardenisillegal.com/flower-quiz

and  Steven's Web Journal

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Wednesday, March 12th 2008

9:29 PM

Happy St. Patrick's Day !



One of my Happy Shamrock plants - Sat. March 3, 2007
Ready for St. Patrick's Day.


Dee: I wanted to pop in and say hello and wish you a fabulous rest of the week!
Fe: Hi Connie. Wish you a fun weekend.
Roselle: Hi ! Blog hopping Have a Happy Friday
melody: Hi Connie.. just popped in to say hello. Hope you're having a good day.
moni: Hello Connie, hope you are all better and that the snow stops. I really hate cold weather, but that is part of old age I think. Take care dear.
Dee: Just stopping by to wish you a warm & wonderful Wednesday! I hope you're feeling better and are well on the road to recovery. Take good care of yourself, my friend!
birdbits: Wow I am sorry I missed your party but glad you had a good one! Happy belated BIRTHDAY to you Connie!!!
Dee: Well flitter... I meant rest of the week!lol I'm still not 100% well, but then again, my typing never was that great. lol I apologize for the typo.
Dee: Hi Connie. I wanted to come by and let you know I'm better now.I hope you have a fabulous rest of the rest!
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Tuesday, February 12th 2008

8:04 PM

Happy Valentines Day !

  • Weather: > 76 inches - highest snow fall for the recorded season in Madison


Vera: Hi! looks like you had a fun and filling birthday party! keep the food coming. hehe
Akoi: blog hopping..happy monday
Dee: Wishing you a warm & wonderful weekend!
Jonella Beauty: Hi Connie, Enjoy your weekend!
Niina: Happy Valentines Day and a very belated happy birthday!
TomGu: Hi Connie! I linked you up. You may do the same. Thanks and have a nice day.
vanrijngo: Happy Valentines Day! Isn't that a pretty little bow?
Dauphine: Hello how are you? Happy Valantines Day in advance!
Heart: happy valentines day
Jonella Beauty: Happy Valentines Day!
moni: Hi Connie, gosh it is cold up north. Lucky us, a week of 70s. And, yes I am a Hippie!
Jonella Beauty: Hi Connie, Have a wonderful weekend!
Pam: Hi, Connie! I was journal hopping and wanted to say "Hi!" I see that you have links to NOAA and NASA. Do you watch for ISS when it passes by? It really neat to watch the space station fly over ... Have a great week!
Weigh to Go: Hi Connie - thanks for the tag. Glad you enjoyed your visit; I hope you'll visit again, some time.
Kerri: I was asking what they are because I haven't seen them. I know he is against abortion I believe right? Please share where he stands on Israel, since this is an important issue to me. Thanks.
Connie: Thank you for all the congrats! Yes, I have read all of Ron Paul’s beliefs or I won’t have posted about him. I agree with his thoughts on Israel.
Kerri: Hi, Congrats on JotW. I see you are supporting Ron Paul. Do you know what he believes about America backing Israel?
Tymme: Grats on JotW from a fellow Wisconsinite.
moni: Hi Connie, congratulations on winning the JOTW Award, you deserve it. Hope you don't have too much snow up there.
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Monday, February 4th 2008

7:48 PM

Apple computers

  • Weather: rain, sleet, snow, fog, winter storm warning for tomorrow night
  • Music: Slovenian polkas
  • Exercised today?: need to start again
  • Current reading: Mac OS X for Dummies & Power Point for Dummies

Does anyone have experience with Apple computers?


What do you like about them or not like about them? 

Advantages or disadvantages?


I’m working on an Apple computer during my evening class and have a feeling I will really like it once I get used to it.


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Saturday, February 2nd 2008

1:07 PM

Welcome to my Birthday Party !

cake graphic from Beyond the Confines  2 years ago today




More snow.  Audiovisual Techniques 1 is interesting.  A recommended book was The Dam Book
by Peter Krogh.   Review  How to manage digital photos.  The class and lab use Apple computers - something new to get used to.  Last week we had Tuesday night off because of snow.  On Thur we learned Power Point and will have further projects with it.  We will be learning iPhoto, iMovie, Adobe Bridge, iDVD and DVD Studio Pro.   I borrowed numerous books from libraries on these subjects including many Dummies books.  I expect that eventually I will find the Apple computers easier to use.

 It has been fun to have a little time to  read journals and getting comments and tags here.  Thank you!   

below from Steven's blog

You Are a Good Friend Because You're Honest

Like it or not, your friends are going to hear the truth from you.
You know that the truth hurts, but living a life of lies is much worse.

So while you're definitely kind and supportive, you don't pull any punches with your friends.
Everyone knows where they stand with you. And what you like and dislike about them.

While some may be initially turned off by your honesty, your friends have come to consider it a virtue.
After all, in world of white lies and deceptive politeness, you can be counted on for honesty and integrity.

Your friends need you most when: They need good advice or an intelligent opinion

You really can't be friends with: Needy, emotional people

Your friendship quote: "True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance."

You are a Hippie

You are a total hippie. While you may not wear birks or smell of incense, you have the soul of a hippie.

You don't trust authority, and you do as you please. You're willing to take a stand, even when what you believe isn't popular.

You like to experiment with ideas, lifestyles, and different subcultures.

You always gravitate toward what's radical and subversive. Normal, mainstream culture doesn't really resonate with you.

Are You a Hippie?   

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Monday, January 28th 2008

8:11 PM

Birdbits and I each won Journal of the Week !!!


Thank you to Bravenet for Journal of the Week!  
( This greatly lifts my spirits  )
Congratulations to Bird Bits
Birdbits stories, articles, and photos about nature and wildlife. -
 for also receiving this week's Journal of the Week Award

'Congratulations, Your journal has been Selected as Journal of the Week!

We are pleased to inform you that your Bravejournal has been selected as a Journal of the Week! Each week, we pick two journals to be listed as Journals of the Week based on good use of design and/or content and yours has been selected due to the outstanding job you did on your journal.'

Submit your journal to be considered for the award here:  bravejournal.com


toni: hello! dropping by to say hi
Steven: Glad you enjouyed the hippie quiz.
vanrijngo: Hi again Connie, I'm so proud, proud, proud,... you just keep on, keeping on making me prouder, of all your accomplishments.
birdbits: Thanks Connie, glad you enjoyed the videos. I sure hope you are keeping warm... brr
Dee: Just out sharing some Love this 1st day of February. Wishing you love & happy times everyday of the year.
lisa: Hello, visiting here and have a nice night with you..
Steven: Congrats on JOTW!
birdbits: Congratulations !!! and Thankyou !!
eric: Congrats on winning JOTW again
Dee: Congratulations on winning the JOTW award. You deserve it!
birdbits: Thankyou for submitting my site to journal of the week, Connie. And for all the comments.So glad you have more time for blogtging again!
Unni: Hi Connie - long time no see. Hoåe you are fine - have a nice day
john: Hi, Connie, thanks for the comments! Sounds like you run a tight ship here, hehehe. I had better behave myself!
Birgitta: Hi Connie, So nice to hear from you Thanks for congrats! Yes, I have stopped smoking for 16 days now and it have been hard days I must say. To get away with a difficult problem one must be very strong-headed. Hugz
cabukyemek: hi from turkey =) have a nice day =)
moni: Hi Connie, thanks for the emails. Hope you have a great weekend.
Razor Family Farms: Hi Connie! I just HAD to come over here and say hello. I did a silly thing: when I read your comment on my blog -- I thought you were our dear friend Connie who lives here in GA. I couldn't figure out what she meant when she said how cold it was (-9F). When I showed it to my husband he smiiled and clicked on your name. Goodness... I feel very silly. Chalk it up to a blonde moment or whatever but be sure you check out my comments to you on that post. Keep in mind that I thought you were wri
Jonella Beauty: Hi Connie,It is me again. I have added you to my Friend's List, ok. Take care!
Jonella Beauty: Hi Connie, How are you? Thanks for stopping by and giving me a weather forecast. And yes, it is very cold , LOL!
Lodi: Way too cold there !! I will stay over here on the rainy west coast, thank you Take care and try and stay warm !
john: Hi, TNX 4 the visit, minus 20 C here in Nova Scotia today! Have a good one.
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Saturday, January 19th 2008

4:28 PM

Sat. Jan 19, 2008


kmalone: Thanks for dropping by. Wow, how do you stay warm? It's 54 here now and I'm cold. I like snow but I don't know how I would do with it that cold. Be careful.
manilarose: Hello Connie. Must be freezing in Wisconsin. It's like an oven here in Australia. It's easy to remember anything about Australia, it's the reverse of USA. We drive the other side of the road, it's summer when it's your winter,it's daytime when it's night time for us Barbie for you is that most famous doll, our barbie is the grill we charcoal our meat. Yup, Australia has the only national edible coat of arms, it's the kangaroo.Cheers!!!
Missie: Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. We've been about to freeze too. We are watching the ballgame right now and it looks so incredibly cold up there! Do your best to stay warm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Blessings!
Foxx: It actually snowed here yesterday, the first significant snowfall since last year. We received less than half an inch though, and most of it has already melted today. The temperature is only 29F right now, with a low expected to be 13F tonight. We usually don't get that cold in this part of North Carolina. More wintry weather is possible here on Wednesday. Normally, snow is few and far between in central North Carolina.
Tess: TY for stopping by, keep warm, brrrrrrr! That's freezing cold!
Tami : Thanks again for the visit! Whoa, sounds a lot colder where you live than it is here! Take care and stay warm! )
moni: Hi Connie, thanks for the visits. It is cold here too, must be January! Hey, enjoy your weekend. Sorry, I don't know a thing about publishing.
Pheandy: I like your site...Good night!
Denise: Blog Hopping! Have a great day!
Vera: Hi Connie! thanks for swingin' by, and more importantly, thank you for the encouragement
TomGu: Hi Connie. Thanks for the visit. You have a nice blog here. Good day.
john: Hi,I appreciate the comment re Dell. Interesting blog you have here - loads of links, I'll be back to cruise around it. Have a great day.
byotipol: hi connie come by to my blog and add ur blog to my linker automatically..see u there ok?
Niina: Hello Connie! Hope that all is fine! Interesting post on the 7th January. I follow the different campaigns for the president candidates! It is very interesting. Last time I even taped the different news, shows and informations! Well, I have tagged you, just follow the link in my name. Have a lovely day!
Heidi: Hi connie! thanks for dropping by. You have an interesting journal!
vanrijngo: Hi Connie, Thank you very much for your wonderful comment, and I'm proud to have you as a friend, and me on your friends lists also. Happy New Year, and the very best all through the coming year.Cheers!
Razor Family Farms: Hi Connie! Thank you for visiting the blog and leaving such a lovely note. You made my day! We're still working on the guinea house. More pictures soon! Be sure to check back! Thank you again! Love your blog!
Jon: Happy New Year!!
Niina: Happy New Year! May it be the best ever!
Garf: happy new year...
birdbits: Merry Christmas to you ! And big congrats on completion and your certification on the Web developement course!!!
Jon: May the spirit of Christmas be with you always and forever!! Merry Christmas Connie
Jonella Beauty: Hi,I am just blog hopping. Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!
Melissa: Sweetness Check out mine! It's about ranting... LOL
Unni: Merry Christmas to you too Connie
Toni Rose: hi connie i'm starting to use my brave journal again. (exactly a year after) haha happy holidays (once again
Garf: Merry Christmas
Jon: Hope you had a good weekend!
Parisukat: Hi there Connie! You have a great blog! I added you to my list!
moni: Floyd thanks you for the good wishes. He received a few scratch-off lottery tickets and won $156.00, - I think he had 10 of them and the last three were winners. lol
moni: Hi Connie, best of luck with your classes. See you around.
Darlene: blog hopping. You have very interesting site. Have a blessed night~
Pablo Valle: Hi connie, let me put a new sign here in your tagboard...very nice site, beautiful and kind things inside...geetings and happy week!!
BIRDBITS: Happy Thanksgiving to you Connie!
Jon: hope you are enjoying your weekend!!
moni: Hi Connie, guess what? Next Saturday we will be colder than you with snow! It is 75F now. lol
Unni: Hi Connie - long time no see How are you? Just visiting my blogfriends - see you!
Andrew: A few weeks back you asked me what a yob is. A yob is a person who engages in antisocial behaviour. ("Chav" is simply a slang meaning the same thing)
moni: Happy Halloween Connie!
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Monday, January 7th 2008

10:21 PM

? on self publishing

Does anyone have any advice on self publishing?  I have an idea for a small book on which I've been accumulating notes on for self study the last few years.  I was encouraged to by a prof I chanced to meet a couple weekends ago in a library.  It never occurred to me to write the book, but I've looked for one and I know of others who have looked for one.  A guide of sorts on a genre that has not yet been written about. 

This day sets a record for high temperature in Wisconsin.  Temps in the 50s here in Madison, 60s in Milwaukee.  40s 50 miles North in Fond du Lac.  Tornados went through S of Milwaukee and destroyed homes late afternoon.  A caller in to WTMJ said a snowmobile flew across the road in front of him.  Lots of fog the last few days because of the warm temps and snow cover.  I stayed off the interstate Sunday and it's a good thing as over 100 cars in 2 pileups.  Everyone drives like it's the Indy 500 regardless of snow, ice or fog.   I need to find a CB and amateur radio to keep aware of road problems.

from  http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/beetlebailey.asp

Rainbow sent a link to a Utube video soldier giving his view on Ron Paul.  Great video.  Too bad it's gone.  Was it censored?  Why didn't Fox let Ron Paul on the debates last night?  He is the candidate the military support the most.  The media doesn't like Ron Paul and the soldier explained why.  A qualification for US President should be active military duty on the resume.  Goebbel's propaganda machine is alive and well.  Love the way the GI explained the corporate greed that is keeping the war going and his take on the candidates.  Not saying I agree with everything about him -  don't know enough to say - but I do see censorship.

thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/05/new-hampshire-gop-backs-out-of-fox-forum/  --> see below

On Saturday the New Hampshire Republican party expressed its disappointment with the decision to exclude Mr. Paul and Representative Duncan Hunter of California by severing its partnership with Fox.

“We believe that it is inconsistent with the first in the nation primary tradition to be excluding candidates in a pre-primary setting,” said Fergus Cullen, chair of the state G.O.P. party. “All candidates regardless of how well known they are or how much money they’ve raised should be treated equally here.”

Jay Leno invited Ron Paul on his show tonight because of this.


Ron Paul 2008 - Hope for America

join a local group: meetup.com/search/?keywords=ron+paul&jsCountry=us 

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Wednesday, December 19th 2007

9:03 PM

Happy Holidays !

 Christmas on the Prairie

It was Christmas on the prairie
and no tannenbaums in sight.
The moon in a cloudless sky
lighted up the winter night.

Way back in the hills
a wee little soddy stood,
nestled by a creek,
in a growth of cottonwood.

Around that little shack
snow was drifted belly deep.
The cattle were all bedded down
and the cowboys were asleep.

Lamplight softly warmed the room
inside that old sod shack
and cowchips burned like tinder
holding the winter back.

The Christmas tree, a sagebrush,
slightly lighted by the lamp,
stood in the soddy's window
to brighten up their camp.

They were a long way from home
and they'd done the best they could
to celebrate that Christmas
just as their families would.

© 2003, Clark Crouch


from seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/blondie.asp?date=20071222  Sat. Dec 21, 2007
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Wednesday, December 19th 2007

9:01 PM

catching up

I have missed reading journals and posting here.

It took a lot of time and work but I have completed the Wed Development Certificate in 2007.  Anyone in the world can take these online courses from our local technical college.  Discussions are via a bulletin board.  There are 8 - 1 credit courses, plus I completed Advanced Photoshop.  4.0 so far at this school.  matcmadison.edu/matc/ASP/showcurriculum.asp?ID=4187

Next semester I have just 1 - 3 credit course which will be 2 hours on 2 evenings and I hope to use their fitness center before the class starts.  Looking forward to attending on campus this time.  


Finished 'Donnie Brasco'  by Joe Pistone and could not put it down.  Also watched the movie -  the acting was good.  

Finished 'Love Over Scotland'.  Angus and his dog Cyril remain favorites.  The reviews in the link are right on. 

 Newtown of Edinburgh
 2 lambent intelligence     Flickering lightly over or on a surface: lambent moonlight.   Effortlessly light or brilliant: lambent wit.  Having a gentle glow; luminous. See Synonyms at bright.
 4 Quattrocento  
The 15th-century period of Italian art and literature.
 9 brae 
Scotland hillside: a hill or slope ( often used in place names )
 13 poem
overly or tearfully sentimental, especially because affected by alcohol
  siccar   adj 
Scotland sure: free from doubt or uncertainty
 16 the look
 20 Other smells were like a palimpsest.  
A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible.   something having usually diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface <Canada…is a palimpsest, an overlay of classes and generations — Margaret Atwood>
Beginning to exist or appear
prosaically - in a matter-of-fact manner; "I applied my attention prosaically to my routine"- back cover  Consisting or characteristic of prose.  Matter-of-fact; straightforward.
 28 copious   
Yielding or containing plenty; affording ample supply: a copious harvest
 55 Ian Rankin  I should try reading one of the
Detective Inspector John Rebus, books someday.
 65 Vermeer
 78 Arnica cream
93 anagram   A word or phrase formed by reordering the letters of another word or phrase, such as satin to stain.   anagrams (used with a sing. verb) A game in which players form words from a group of randomly picked letters.
 104 He was beautiful.  He could step into a  Caravaggio and go unnoticed.
 110 discernment   
The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment
 120 euphonium 
A brass wind instrument similar to the tuba but having a somewhat higher pitch and a mellower sound
 121 bourgeois  
Of, relating to, or typical of the middle class.
disconcerting   To frustrate (plans, for example) by throwing into disorder; disarrange.
 140   Tagliatelle  
(from the Italian tagliare, meaning "to cut") is the classic pasta of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Individually, they are long, flat ribbons, similar in shape to fettuccine, but typically about 0.65cm to 1cm (0.25 to 0.375 inches) wide. They can be served with a variety of sauces, though the classic is a meat sauce or Bolognese sauce.
 Moscatelli's grated truffles
 152 Royal Stewart tartan rugs
 153 Grey Friars Bobby
 175  top paragraph  good paragraph partially typed here
 There are so many things that are just not being taught any more.  Poetry for example.  Children were no longer made to learn poetry by heart.  And so the deep rhythms of the language, its inner music, was lost to them, because they had never had it embedded in their minds.  And geography had been abandoned too - the basic knowledge of how the world looked, simply never instilled; all in the name of educational theory and of the goal of teaching children how to think.  ..  long division  ..  history...
Samuel Taylor Coleridge  Coleridge - KublaChan's Zanadu  In Xanadu did Kubla Khan   A stately pleasure-dome decree :   Where Alph, the sacred river, ran   Through caverns measureless to man  Down to a sunless sea.
 196 narcissism -
Excessive love or admiration of oneself. See Synonyms at conceit.
 197 Patrick O'Brian wrote about the sea
 198 Jack Aubrey  Mr. Maturin   
series is a sequence of 20 completed and one unfinished historical novels by Patrick O'Brian
  Grey Owl - Ojibwe  Archie Belaney
 204 In a far corner of the bar, a young man sitting quietly at a table with a friend, turned and said:  "You se that?  You see that?  That shows you - doesn't it? - how if you're looking for love in this life, you'd better buy yourself  a dog."  the other said: "That's rather mystical, isn't it?"  "Realistic, you mean," said the first.
 219 Kuala Lumpur
 272 insouciance -
Blithe lack of concern; nonchalance
 290 Hornel 
Edward Atkinson Hornel - 3 girls in flowers
 307 artists:  McCosh Hockney Bacon
 348 James Howie

Finished 'A Man of Honor Joseph Bonanno'.   This was an interesting read and the reviews in this link are right on.
'I have learned that true power comes from self control.  I have learned that true strength comes from a clear conscience.  I have learned that true wealth comes from a good family and good friends'.  I think he should include good health in that.  As indicated in the reviews - his book has a different slant than this
: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Bonanno  

199.  Teatro Massimo - opera house in Palermo guarded by 2 lions.  This looks very much like the Oshkosh library in architecture and with the 2 lions.   comune.palermo.it/cestino/English/massimo.htm    webshots.com/search?query=Teatro+Massimo

277  black astrakhan cap of curled camp wool    rusclothing.com/headwear/fur-hats/n--astrakhan_fur_cap
299  And as for Jean Harlow, she seemed a slatternly sort.  As movie stars, I enjoyed both Flynn and Harlow, but as human beings I disliked them.  They were just living it up, nothing else.     Slovenly; untidy. not neat and tidy;
331  David Hill - friend of his son whom the FBI asked to spy on Joe.  Later took up religion.
348  I have to assume that whomever I call from my house phone, law-enforcement agents will link that person, rightly or wrongly, with some sort of clandestine and nefarious activity.   clandestine: 
Kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose
nefarious: Infamous by way of being extremely wicked.  extremely wicked; "nefarious schemes"; "a villainous plot"; "a villainous band of thieves"
383  Out of these men's cooperation with the police came forth books:  The Valachi Papers, My Life in the Mafia, The Last Mafioso, to name a few.

WISEGUY Life in a Mafia Family by Nicholas Pileggi about Henry Hill.  Since the time this book was published in 1985, the FBI has expelled Henry and his wife from the witness protection program in the early 1990s.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Hill_(mobster)  Another book I could not put down.  The 1990 movie Goodfellas was based on this book and is on my list to view.    chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/goodfellas.php  interesting interview here from a radio station.   Do you hav
e any favorite mob movies? 

Looking forward to:
Miracle at Speedy Motors      coming March 2008
      The World According to Bertie      coming May 2008
       Isabel Dalhousie Book 5              coming Oct 2008

Currently reading :
several crochet books
Mob Girl
Organized Crime   - Joe Pistone really got my interest going on this stuff.

Have several more on reserve to pick up next weekend...

Honor thy father  Talese, Gay.  (a Bill Bonanno book)
Bound by honor : a mafioso's story  Bonanno, Bill. 
Mafia marriage : my story  Bonanno, Rosalie. 
The Valachi papers  Maas, Peter, 1929-2001 
Gangsters and goodfellas : the mob, witness protection, and life on the run  Hill, Henry, 1943-
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Tuesday, November 20th 2007

5:36 PM

Happy Thanksgiving !


Slight snow accumulation last Saturday.

Love the radio stations I can create in Pandora.com.

A few more details to be typed here....

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Wednesday, October 24th 2007

8:16 PM


 Oct 2, 2004




Sunday Oct. 27 -
 finished :
 The Way of the Wise Guy  by Joe Pistone aka Donnie Brasco.  Enjoyed this book and have his first book 'Donnie Brasco ' on reserve at my favorite library.  Also have the movie '
Donnie Brasco ' made from his first book on reserve at Barnes and Noble where I will get 65% off with coupons. I hope he does a book signing in this area sometime.
 I like his thoughts about getting respect from people.  He was the most successful undercover agent with the mafia for 6 years.  Towards the end he talks about while making the movie, an older mafia member stops by and asks him to find a place in the movie for his son, which he does.  This is after he testified against many mafia and had has a huge price on his head. 
 Here is one of my favorite lines from the book, which I will surely use as I hate being interrupted when I'm talking - and certain people do that all the time. ( I left out the F words).
 'That's when I notice that this guy is interrupting me.
      I mean, everytime I say something, this guy interrupts with his own thought.  We're going on and on with discussions and I can't finish a sentence.  Finally, in the middle of something he's saying, I pull him up short.

 "Hey, let me ask you a question," I say.  "Why do all of your sentences start in the middle of mine"
   The two British undercovers drop their jaws to the floor.  No. 2 looks at me like he doesn't know what to say.  I go on.
      "Don't you have any respect?" I say.  "Don't you know who you're talking to!"  The guy still doesn't have an answer for me.  "In my world," I continue, "we have respect for one another and we let each other finish our sentence.  If you're going to continue starting your sentences in the middle of mine, I'm leaving.  And until you decide you're going to show me the respect you should be showing somebody of my status, I'm not coming back."
      I get up to leave.  The British cops don't know what to do.  This big shot from the Triads finally opens his  mouth.  What comes out is a total apology.
      "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I meant no disrespect," he says.  "Please for forgive me.  I'm sorry.  I'm sorry."  He starts calling me "mister."  The guy is just about groveling at this point.  I sit back down.
      As it turns out, we get that invitation to tour the Hong King factory.  The guy gives us the location of the factory and everything and Scotland Yard eventually shuts it down.  The boys in the next suite later tell me they practically had heart attacks when I pulled this No. 2 guy up short.  Certainly the guy could have just got up and left, killing the deal forever.  But just the opposite happened.  Once he discovered that I was his equal, that I was maybe even a notch or two above him we were able to converse on an even footing.  Once he learned how to respect  me, he agreed to invite me into his factory.  But it took my threatening demand for respect to make it happen.  I understood that this is how wiseguys get respect, that to wiseguys respect is everything.  Without it, you are not only at a disadvantage , but you might get yourself killed.  
Word clarifications:


 also finished :
 The Careful Use of Compliments

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Thursday, October 18th 2007

9:12 PM

Chickens ... ramblings on books ... MATC

July 10 - my journal was 3 years old and my web site was 5 years old.  I can't believe I missed noticing my anniversaries.

Maybe I'll eventually get 4 chickens.  One of the breeds that are friendly and lay eggs.   Does anyone have experience raising chickens?  Any favorite breeds?  Will it be too much of a mess?

Finished Candy Cane Murder tonight.  My library ordered it at my request and I have the first use of it.  They would have bought it anyway as they have all of Joanne Fluke's books.  This is a holiday special.  3 shorter novels by 3 authors - all having candy canes and a murder.  All same style as Joanne Fluke.  Always good to read about Hannah, Norm and Mike and relatives again.  Joanne's next book will be Carrot Cake Murder out next March.  Back to this book - the 2 other authors are Laura Levine (Jaine Austen series) and Leslie Meier (Lucy Stone series).  Both of these authors are new to me.   I enjoyed their candy cane stories and have This Pen for Hire and  Mistletoe Murder   on deck.   Also have the 5th Amelia Peabody book on deck - Deeds of the Disturber.

Reading the latest Isabel Dalhousie - The Careful Use of Compliments - author Alexander McCall Smith.  Starting off well.  Isabel has a baby now.  Oooh  - I just found something here: alexandermccallsmith.co.uk/Pages/ComingSoon.aspx

Oct of 2008 the next Dalhousie book.     
The World According to Bertie in the 44 Scotland Street Series -

May  2008   
AND  Hey Claire  -  March 2008  The Miracle of  Speedy Motors  !  Yah!  I hope Grace settles down.      

Reading Tijuana Bible by Ron Goulart, who wrote the 6 Groucho Marx mysteries I enjoyed so much.  This also moves along.

Finished a few Richard Jury books recently including a recorded book - The Blue Last.  Currently reading Rainbow's End.  The Old Silent was a favorite and  quite funny.

This is quarter end at MATC (Madison Area Technical College).  Finished 2 classes this week and will start 3 more next week and by end of year I'll have the Web Development Certificate.  8 - 1 credit classes.  Anyone in the world can take these courses as it's all online.  We communicate via a black board or bulletin board.  Seems the same core group is following through to end this semester.  Many are 40s, 50s and older.  Course list here:  matcmadison.edu/matc/ASP/showcurriculum.asp?ID=4187   and descriptions of the classes here: matcmadison.edu/matc/offerings/programs/pdfs/WebsiteDevCert.pdf   I highly recommend this program.  It will have taken me just 1 year to complete.  Also taking Advanced Photoshop starting in the quarter next week.  Photoshop is part of the Web Dev Cert, the Adv Photoshop is just something I'd like to learn more of - and same good teacher.  4.0 average so far.  These last 2 classes that ended this week are the only courses I've ever taken where I have the highest score possible throughout.  Yah !!!  One of the reasons my journal activity has slacked off.   

Jaine Austen
This Pen for Hire (2002)
2. Last Writes (2003)
3. Killer Blonde (2004)
4. Shoes to Die for (2005)
5. The PMS Murder (2006)
6. Death by Panty Hose (2007)


Lucy Stone
Mail Order Murder (1991)
     aka Mistletoe Murder
Tippy-Toe Murder (1994)
3. Trick or Treat Murder (1996)
4. Back to School Murder (1997)
5. Christmas Cookie Murder (1999)
6. Valentine Murder (1999)
7. Turkey Day Murder (2000)
8. Wedding Day Murder (2001)
9. Birthday Party Murder (2002)
10. Father's Day Murder (2003)
11. Star Spangled Murder (2004)
12. New Year's Eve Murder (2005)
13. Bake Sale Murder (2006)
14. St. Patrick's Day Murder (200

Martha Grimes series -   marthagrimes.com/html/catalog1.html

  1. The Man With A Load Of Mischief   1981
  2. The Old Fox Deceiv'd   1982
  3. The Anodyne Necklace   1983
  4. The Dirty Duck   1984
  5. Jerusalem Inn  1984
  6. Deer Leap   1985
  7. Help The Poor Struggler    1885
  8. I Am The Only Running Footman   1986
  9. The Five Bells and Bladebone   1987
  10. The Old Silent   1989                         one of my favorites
  11. The Old Contemptibles   1991
  12. The Case Has Altered   1993
  13. The Horse You Came In On   1996
  14. Rainbow's End   1995                      Currently reading
  15. The Stargazey  1998 
  16. The Lamorna Wink   1999
  17. The Blue Last   2001                      Listened to on tape
  18. The Grave Maurice   2002
  19. The Winds of Change   2004 
  20. The Old Wine Shades   2006
  21. Dust   2007

Amelia Peabody
Crocodile on the Sandbank (1975)
2. The Curse of the Pharaohs (1981)
3. The Mummy Case (1985)
4. Lion in the Valley (1986)
5. The Deeds of the Disturber (1988)
The Last Camel Died at Noon (1991)
The Snake, The Crocodile and the Dog (1992)
The Hippopotamus Pool (1996)
Seeing a Large Cat (1997)
The Ape Who Guards The Balance (1998)
The Falcon at the Portal (1999)
Thunder in the Sky (2000)
Lord of the Silent (2001)
The Golden One (2002)
Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compendium to Her Journals (2003) (with Kristen Whitbread)
Children of the Storm (2003)
Guardian of the Horizon (2003)
The Serpent on the Crown (2005)
Tomb of the Golden Bird (2006


Foxx: I hope you've been doing well. Enjoy your weekend!
moni: Wow Connie, it is COLD in your neighborhood today!
Andrew: A chav is a type of yob generally found in urban areas of England who engages in antisocial behaviour.
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Thursday, October 4th 2007

9:26 PM

World Dairy Expo

above photo and others on his site:  flickr.com/photos/zimmcomm/sets/72157602243087496/

Beautiful fall day and evening.  64 F at 9:30.  Went to the  World Dairy Expo at 3:15.   Visitors from Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, UK, many other countries.  Venders of dairy products, most from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa but also from Eastern states.  Many free samples of cheese, cheese spread and other dairy products.  Auctioning in a tent - during the time I was there Airshire calves and heifers.  Most were going $2,000 - $5,000 or more.  Also auctioning embryos and semen.  Judging going on in the arena was dry cows, heifers, and then kids 9 - 11 years for showmanship could bring in any breed or age - most kids had young, small cattle.  Breeds included Jersey, Ayrshire,  Brown Swiss, Red and White Holstein, Black and White Holstein, Guernsey and Short Horns.    Photographers working next to the pond with willow trees in the background had 4 - 5 guys to position the cattle properly with the front feet slightly elevated.  A Collie was on hand to get the cattle's interest.  If the Collie wasn't interesting enough they had other toys and as a last resort a feed basket to hold high and shake and drop the feed back into.  This is an annual huge event where hotels in Madison and near area are booked full a year in advance.  On leaving a vendor (breeder?) tent had free plastic glasses of beer.  The tent was packed with people and several cows were on one side.  Most of the cattle seemed quite contented and happy to put up with all the grooming and handling.  Some were tired of kids pulling them around and wanted to stand their ground.  Also, they don't take naturally to the posed photography positions - that was the only part where I saw confusion on the part of the animal.  Even their hooves were thoroughly cleaned.


The World Dairy Expo, or World Dairy Exposition, is a cattle show held annually at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. It is held the first week of every October and has been going on since 1967. Many consider it the largest and most important Dairy Cattle Show on North American soil.

One of the unusual aspects about the World Dairy Expo that makes it different from the many other Dairy Cattle shows is its themes. Ever since the late 1980's every Expo has had its own theme. Every year the showring is decorated with two backdrops that correspond to that years theme. Themes have ranged from the simple to the extravagant, like the "Excitement is Building" theme which had a huge construction like backdrop. The World Dairy Expo is known for having colored shavings in the showring. The shavings have been died many different colors including teal, bright red, and green. Last year's theme was "Dairy Central", which was a train station theme. The theme for 2007 is "Bright Lights, Big Show."

Cattle Show
Hundreds of dairy cattle from all over the United States come to the show. Breeders from Canada and Mexico would come to compete before the borders closed. All seven nationally recognized breeds (
Brown Swiss, Holstein, Red & Whites, Guernsey, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, and Ayrshire) have a show. After a grand champion from each breed is selected, a final show is held to determine the best two cows in the show. This is held on the last day of the World Dairy Expo (Saturday) and is often referred to as the main event. The show starts out with an introduction of each cow and leadsman (person at the end of the halter) listing both of their achievements. After this is done the cows are judged by all of the breed judges from the past week. After they decide on a cow, the Supreme Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion is announced.

Trade Show
The World Dairy expo is also home to an enormous trade show from companies that come from all over the world. The trade show is so large because the World Dairy Expo attracts over 65,000 attendees. Companies like Toyota,
John Deere, Case IH, Chevrolet, Bayer, Semex, American Breeders Service, and many more make the trip to Madison every year.

Another part of the trade show is the numerous educational seminars that are given. Some of these are given by successful farmers, who explain how they did things .

Youth Contests
The World Dairy Expo offers many different conferences for the youth in the dairy industry as well. There is a judging contest in which teams an individuals from high school FFA (
National FFA Organization) chapters and 4-H programs can compete in as well as a division for Collegiate level teams. There is also a separate cattle show for contestants who are college age or younger. This cattle show is separate from the main show but has all of the same stuff. Supreme and Reserve Supreme champions are named the same way as the older contestants. Winning the junior show is almost as prestigious as winning the main one.


They are the people who put the "World " in World Dairy Expo.

Each year, they travel thousands of miles to Wisconsin to see the latest the dairy industry has to offer.

When the event takes over the Alliant Energy Center today through Saturday, every continent except Antarctica will be represented. Some will come from familiar, nearby countries such as Canada and Mexico, while others will come from Serbia and Kenya, to name a few. According to event organizers, about 2,000 of this year 's attendees will be from 80 countries other than the United States.
For a German Holstein breeder, it is a sense of duty to travel once a life to the World Dairy Expo, " said Dieter Goldmann, who organizes agriculture trips and tours from Hanau, Germany. The group of 21 breeders will be led by Eiso Busemann, who said they will make the 4,000-mile trip to see bulls firsthand before buying semen.

Being able to show products to potential customers from around the world is a critical benefit of World Dairy Expo, said Janet Keller, spokeswoman for Accelerated Genetics in Baraboo.

"Dairy producers tend to be hands-on, " she said. "Literature is great, but the experience is a lot of the benefit (of Dairy Expo). "

The event has allowed Accelerated Genetics to build partnerships with international companies, such as SOP Group, an Italian company that makes bacteria-control and manure-management products. SOP showcased its products at Dairy Expo for the first time in 2006 and will be back with a larger presence this year, Keller said.

"This business has become more global than ever before, " she said. "It 's extremely important to meet new potential partners in the rest of the world. That 's probably the biggest power of this show, the networking that goes on. "

With attendance expected to be 65,000 to 70,000 over five days, expo visitors will spend about $13.5 million during their time in Madison, said Deb Archer, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Those thousands of people will take up most of the Alliant Energy Center, with nine barns housing about 2,000 head of cattle. Seminars and more than 1,500 exhibits will be held in Exhibition Hall while equipment will be displayed in an outdoor trade mall in an adjacent parking lot along with a food court. The Dane County Coliseum will be home to more exhibits and daily cattle shows.

But even with the show 's large footprint and attendance, Lisa Behnke, spokeswoman for World Dairy Expo, said it should be easy to pick out the international visitors, who will be wearing red ribbons.

"I think we can talk about a global dairy industry all we want and it truly is, " Behnke said. "But nothing drives it home that World Dairy Expo is a global dairy event more than when you see all of those red ribbons. "

Zoran Janjatovic, who runs Union Farms, a dairy consulting and supply company in Novi Sad, Serbia, will be one of those sporting the red ribbon. He said attending World Dairy Expo with eight of his countrymen will give him a chance to not only visit the world 's largest dairy show, but also see a dairy industry that is very similar to his.

"We 're looking at U.S. farms in Wisconsin that have similar technology (as those) in Serbia because that is more similar than looking into the rest of Europe, " he said. During the trip, the group will also visit several farms in southern Wisconsin and the Accelerated Genetics semen production facility in Westby.

Wisconsin 's climate, feed types and size of farms make it a good model for Serbian farmers, who are attempting to rebound after little or no innovation for 15 years due to conflict involved in the breakup of Yugoslavia, Janjatovic said.

"We want to catch up with production and technology and have our space in the dairy industry, " he said. And he expects his group will use the Dairy Expo to learn and make contacts to foster that growth.

"We need a lot of accurate information for the developing sector here because we really lost a lot of time, " Janjatovic said. "There is a lot of technology that is missing here. "

Prior to 9/11, there were about 3,500 international visitors each year at Dairy Expo. New travel rules cut that number severely, but the number of international visitors has steadily risen back to 2,000. Of the 675 companies exhibiting, 70 of them have their headquarters outside the U.S.

But this year, Mother Nature will keep some individuals from making the trip.

"I don 't anticipate seeing as many people from the Pacific Rim, particularly Australia, just given the horrific drought that country is experiencing, " Behnke said.

But there is value in having made that personal connection with dairy producers from across the world. It allows local people to truly understand the challenges all farmers face, she said.

"When you know people on a global basis, you can empathize with them, " she said. "It makes the industry seem a lot smaller. And in this day and age with e-mail and text messaging, you feel like they 're your next-door neighbors, not half a planet away.

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Wednesday, September 26th 2007

11:00 PM

It's Happiness: a polka documentary

Another beautiful night out - a full harvest moon  -  50 F.

Last week's hard copy of the Isthmus listed  "It's Happiness:  a polka documentary"    as showing for 1 night at the Orpheum in Madison.

From Upper Midwest Cultures     csumc.wisc.edu/news/index.htm


After premiering to a sold out audience at the Wisconsin Film Festival, “It’s Happiness: A Polka Documentary” is returning to Madison for one more night of screenings! Swing on by the Orpheum Theatre, Wednesday, September 26th 7pm & 9:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm with music by the Downhome Dairyland Band. Q & A with filmmakers to follow both screenings and an after party at the Essen Haus!

“It’s Happiness” approaches the genre of polka with a fresh eye, untainted by popular culture’s disdain for the music. With guides such as John Pinter, President of the WI Polka Boosters, and Art Altenburg, owner of the last polka bar in Milwaukee, the film crew- whose combined age sometimes rivaled the dancers’- were given a behind the scenes tour of this dwindling yet vibrant American subculture.

The film also manages to get an interview with Willie Nelson, who oddly enough started his career in his uncle’s polka band.

A must-see for any Wisconsin native!

Kelly Mellott of Venus Magazine says, “It is this unique and at many times, hilarious, angle that will draw you in and keep you there until the very end when you’ll undoubtedly sit back in complete disbelief that you just spent the last 90 minutes of your life learning about polka — and loving every oompah of it.”

View the trailer at http://www.polkamovie.com and prepare to be happy!

Monday I emailed local Wisconsinites on my email list about this event.  Rhode, a polka dancer from Madison joined me for the movie, even though he had already bought the movie - He loves polka music and is in the movie a couple of times.  Many of the places and faces were familiar.  But first - the Downhome Dairyland Band (4 piece - accordion, snare drum, banjo and tuba) played for 30 minutes in the front of the theater.  Rhode and I danced a few polkas and a waltz.  John * Pinter (main person in the movie)  and his girlfriend from Milwaukee also later danced.   Over half the audience in the smaller Back Stage Theater of the Orpheum were UW students.  And they were a polite crowd.  The movie was entertaining and funny!  I can't remember ever laughing through an entire movie.  Yes, the parts about drinking and forgetfulness were over exaggerated - but it was done tongue in check and played up a few stereotypes.  It also showed how polka dancing and music skipped a generation - my generation.  The younger people are taking it up where their grandparents enjoy it.   The DVD was for sale after the movie and I had to buy a copy - one of those movies I can watch numerous times.   Willie Nelson is also in the movie as he started with his uncle's polka band.  This is a light hearted, fun movie.  Afterward there was a question and answer session with the makers of the movie and John and a few others were introduced - I think most of the audience was surprised to know people in the movie were also in the audience.  What a fun night !!!   The movie also focused on Art's Concertina Bar in Milwaukee

The movie's site:  stun-productions.com/polkasite

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