Category Archives: Odds and ends

Sissy’s store visit continued

Being in the country means my internet connection is DSL. That is why it takes me so long to upload or download files, especially videos. Even this thirty second video took all afternoon to find its place in my computer.

It is frustrating, but I’m still happy I have something that connects me to people outside this house. It would be like going back to the stoneage if I couldn’t meet up with friends and family daily. Mail would be my only option and I don’t want to go back to that.

Anyway, here is the very short video I shot at Sissy’s yesterday. If you need a gift and don’t want to face a huge monster store, stop in and look around, but don’t forget your mask.

And please remember to check out my books and paintings, too.

watercolor pins
painted tiles
Me at Sissy’s before the pandemic.

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A visit to Sissy’s in Seymour

You never know what you will find at Sissy’s.

You may find tiles made by me.

Or my books….

and books by other local authors.

Or daughter Rebecca’s copper trees.

Sissy’s is a special place.

I took a 30-second video at Sissy’s but it is taking forever to download. It looks like I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to post it.

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Status of my mail-in ballot

I mailed my ballot for the Wisconsin election soon after I received it. But how do I know that it arrived?

I checked (I requested my ballot on this same link after talking to my town clerk.)

Back to the reason for this blog:

When I put in my information (I’m registered) it listed when I requested my ballot, and that the request was approved on the same date.

The next block said they were preparing my ballot and that it was mailed to me the same day.

The next notification block told me that they had received my completed ballot.

I’m now sure that my ballot is set to be added to all the other votes, both mail-in and in-person ballots, for the August 11 election.

If you vote by mail, like I did, mail it back as soon as possible.

Get Out The Vote Clipart

In Wisconsin, you can request a mail-in ballot and check on its status on the internet. I think that’s progressive.

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Heat and humidity

This is not my favorite weather. I do not like extremes, neither hot or cold. But we have to live with what we get.

A lot of plants like hot and humid weather. This is especially true of corn. If you sit in the middle of a cornfield you can hear the corn grow. I’ve tried to listen to this but I’m never patient enough. Others have told me that they did hear the corn stretching toward the sun on a hot summer day.

Grass, also in the corn family, is growing like crazy. A person can’t just cut once a week. The time between cutting here has to be less than seven days or I’m left with a hayfield and not a lawn.

Today is just too hot for me to do outside work. I even left the chickens out of their coop early so they can get fresh air. Usually, they are not set free until after lunch. Keeping them locked up assures me that the eggs they lay will end up in a nest and not hidden somewhere in the yard.

So I’m back inside the house where I have a window AC unite. As I write, I’m also watching Car-E play.

I’m glad he’s attracted to his hanging toy. A few minutes ago he was by me, walking across the computer, typing all sort of cat gibberish. ;ajgd;lhpq Oh oh, Car-E is bbbbback.


Guess I’m done with this blog for today. Car-E wants my attention NOW!

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The straw and the strawberry

I heard that a straw could be used to push out the stem of a strawberry.

I finally tried this.

I poked the straw up from the bottom end of the strawberry, through the fruit. The stem is pushed out.

This what happens to the strawberry. A hole in the strawberry is left after the center and stem is removed.

Quite satisfying to do.

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