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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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Cranes, Plains, and Puffy Eye Lids

Yesterday we set out, at 2 AM, for vacation.

By 2:02 AM we already had our first glitch - - - blown fuse, missing dash and tail lights.

Dinking around to solve that problem added more than an hour to our travel time, but hey - - - it's vacation - - - we're RELAXED and taking it all in stride,

Much of yesterday we spent in the flat, sandy soiled plains region of central Wisconsin.

One highlight of the plains is spotting these Sand Hill Cranes. Because of their size, I call then "the emus of Wisconsin." We love seeing them along the roadways.

This one is standing on the edge of a cranberry bog, where he/she is busy finding juicy bugs. Unfortunately, the cranberry growers don't ENJOY these cranes as much as Fisherhubby and I do. Seems they have big, flat, feet which mash down cranberry plants. (Not that the cranberry growers have big flat feet, the cranes do!!!)

For those of you who may not know it, this is how cranberries are grown. They are planted in large rectangular "bogs." In the fall when harvest time comes, these bogs are flooded with water and the berries float to the surface where special harvesters scoop them up.

So - - - that was the cranes and the plains part of this post. Now for the puffiness part.

For SOME unknown reason - - - my parsnip poisoned ankles caused my feet to swell up like blow fish yesterday. I hardly knew how to act - - - I've NEVER had swollen feet before, not even with four pregnancies.

This morning I got up and my eyelids were puffed nearly closed. Goodness - - - I think I'm falling apart!

But we shall press on today to the lake, cranes, plains, and puffiness not withstanding.

When next I post I will be sitting in "our" cabin at Gull Lake, right in the middle of the peninsula on the right side of this photo.

Gull Lake, here we come!!!


Unknown said...

My feet get puffy when we travel. Hope you have a nice relaxing time at Gull Lake.

Pam said...

If the puffiness is directly related to wild parsnip exposure, be thankful that the long lasting red discoloration is MIA!

Enjoy your Gull Lake weeks!

Ann in the UP said...

The fun never ends! I hope it's temporary and the time at the lake has a healing effect. Well, maybe Fisherhubby has some medical interventions to administer.

Check with Boris and Brunhilda too. They may have some good advice. Don't laugh, you've made them sound pretty smart...

Doris Sturm said...

How interesting, I have never heard nor seen Sand Hill Cranes...yeah, blame the crane's big, flat feet (he, he, he)... that lake looks so beautiful. It looks like there's a cool breeze coming of it and I want to be there - NOW!

Enjoy! (hope your eyelids will go down)

KBeau said...

No pictures of your puffy feet? I'm disappointed.

Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

I've never seen one of those huge birds nor a cranberry bog (except on Cranberry juice commercials).

Hope the rest of your trip is good and relaxing!

Deborah in NC

Vickie said...

Enjoy your time with fisherhubby and your beautiful Wisconsin land!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Vacation again, good for you.
Sorry about the ankles and eyes, also the car issues. Hope your trip get better with each passing day.

Keri said...

Take some Benydryl?!? (I think I spelled that wrong)

Angie said...

I myself am a martyr to swollen feet and ankles but the Hubster isn't so imagine his surprise to find SOMETHING had bit him on the shin and it (shin) looked like turning very nasty indeed. He dived for the Benadryl and the bite was improving but up came his foot. Then his leg got red horizontal kind of streaks on it. Baited breath time now to see which bit might drop off!

Kristin - The Goat said...

Oh Ann, you made me laugh! She has made B&B sound very intelligent. I'd ask them, too. LOL

I honestly don't think I've seen a sandhill crane and I also don't think I knew that cranberries were a Wisconsin crop. Goodness, so much learning in one post.

I'm sorry that your feet have swollen - mine do that now and it's just dreadful when I travel.

Kristin - The Goat

Kristin - The Goat said...

Oh and there's no way I could leave for vacation at 2am. 5am or 6am maybe but not 2am. This is only if I had to drive. If I didn't have to stay awake with the driver, then I could leave at 2am :)