Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

Meanwhile, I am rather prolific on twitter. Find me: @KeethaB
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Monday, July 6, 2009

People, Places, and Bovines Along the Way - - -


During our wanderings around Wisconsin last week, Dad and I had some "close encounters" of our own kind.

This is Norma and her hubby Dwight. Some of you may remember Norma from my dandelion dish post. So many of you LOVED her from the note I posted then that I begged her to let this picture to be taken so I could show her off to you. She and Dwight are very dear to my heart.

(Hey - - - that's a pretty good picture of moi, n'est pas? I say this only because I am about the most unphotogenic person in the universe and often look ridiculous in photos.)

This is my cousin Shirley, who is Doug's sister, and her hubby Dave. I KNOW you remember Doug, the one who can do it all.

Shirley and Dave took us to breakfast at a place where the food was yummy beyond belief. Sorry - - - I forgot to get out my camera, so you'll just have to take my word for it with nary a picture over which to drool.

This is the mall in Wisconsin Rapids, which is the town where I graduated from High School. We didn't even HAVE a mall back in those prehistoric days. I just HAD to take this picture so my Marion friends would believe me when I tell them there IS a mall SMALLER than ours!!!!

Nancy's House on Lake Wazeecha
Isn't it the cutest little bungalow EVER?

Nancy was my sister's BF in HS.
She is also now a bloggy buddy of mine so
I took these pictures especially as a surprise for her.
Nancy - - - the place looks GREAT!!!

This picture is for Ollie Hopnoodle fans everywhere.
It wasn't "Granny's" but it was close enough to
Make me slam on the brakes and grab the camera.
They even had little windmills,
Though they aren't visible in this photo.

THIS is a truly green bovine.
She doesn't consume any natural resources.
She is 100% committed to recycling.
She doesn't produce any pollution.
AND she doesn't release methane gas.
(That's "passing gas" for those of you non science geeks)

She's also dry.
To the question, "Got milk?"
She just says nooooooooo.



Diane said...

What a lovely place! I've never even been there and I'm homesick!!!! Plus, I absolutely LOVE your sense of humor! I smile the whole time I'm reading and even LOL at some points!

That little lake bungalow is absolutely gorgeous! Oh, and the pic of you is just beautiful; but then how could it be're a lovely lady!

Many hugs...........


brokeintrovert said...

Hello! I love that cow. Thanks for the pics of the friends and relatives. What fun to see your friends and family!

Joy Tilton said...

I love going on a roadtrip with you! Learning new Wisconsonese vocab too...Ollie Hoopnoodle!?!

Lori R. said...

So did your dad go home with a case of whiplash? Screeching brake syndrome? I love driving through Wisconsin. Ya never know what you might find around the next bend. thanks for all the great pics... I bet your camera had to take a nap when you got home :)

Dixie said...

I think I'm falling in love with Wisconsin! Love Nancy's little cottage... and the bovine... well... reminds me of a story about traveling through Oklahoma and getting directions to "turn right at the brown cow"... but I'll save that story for a later time...

have a wonderful rest of the week... sending hugs from Texas!

Trish said...

Enjoying your travels as always!
What a blessing to go home and to see loved ones and spend precious time with them.
The bungalow is adorable and Ollie's place is moost adorable! LOL

Tonja said...

Love these pics! What a darling little bungalow! Bet it is cute inside, too!
And, the cow is a hoot! Love it!

And, I think that is a wonderful pic of you!

kyooty said...

I love seeing the world through your pictures! and the peoples and cows too

Sherry said...

How fun! I've travelled a lot, but the Ollie Hopnoodle vacations can be so fun!

Norma is beautiful and so is the dandelion dish! That is an adorable bungalow on Lake Wazeecha (love the Wisconsin names) :)

Enjoy your summer travels!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Keetha, I just love the pictures.
I want to live in that bungalow, how peaceful it looks!

Lori E said...

How immaculate they keep their bungalow and property. I bet I am less photogenic than you are...really I am. People actually flinch when the pictures come up.

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J.J. said...

LOVE THAT COW!!!!!!! and the bungalow!!!

Lynn said...

She has a gigantic udder, though!
You'd better check my post for info that you might need on this trip!

Tricia said...

Hi Keetha.
Great photos, and yes Nancy's house is absolutely adorable. Even the yard has perfectly mowed lines. Sheesh! I'm happy if mine gets mowed maybe once a week.

Nancy said...

Keetha, Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the surprise! This is the first time in 54 years that I will not be in Wisconsin at all. My dad & grandpa built that wonderful house, and the people who bought it from Mother love it ALMOST as much as we did. Except for the playsets, different mailbox, and new plants around the front, it looks the same as when Dad was lovingly caring for the home -- even the garage doors are still painted just as Dad painted them. Looking at the pictures, I almost expected to see Dad dressed in his overalls walking down the brick driveway.

I have been away from blogging as we have had lots of company plus I totally dug up all the planting beds (in WA) including tree stumps and 8 overgrown rhododendrons,(oh my aching hands)then planted everything new. I hope to get back into reading & writing soon.

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

That little bungalow is DARLING! What a fun trip you are having.

Dullbert said...

Is the body of the Bovine made from an old "heating oil tank" ? Looks like the one that used to be in the back of our house when I lived up your way years ago.