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We’re not in Kansasville anymore~ October 13, 2012

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in Historic Wisconsin.
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I was heading out to meet up with DD’s MIL, and we agreed upon Kansasville, WI as a halfway point. I had a bag of material to give her and some Good Hair Days hair toys I wanted to make sure she got it before heading back to KY. It will likely be a while before we get together again, and I wanted to see her one more time, before the long winter sets in.
We had a nice breakfast, and talked a while, just chatting about the kids, home and stuff. The biscuits and gravy were excellent!
On the way back, I spotted a V.F.W wayside park and some military equipment, and decided to stop and take some pics. Despite the gloom and light mist, it seemed like the perfect day to stop and pay my respects. I paused in reflection of my father in uniform, and how he met my mother, after WWII.

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Lés Formidablés
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The proud old tree that stands tall and strong, its wind-buffeted branches reaching outward, a stark silhouette against a cloudy sky, reminds me of the strength of a nation that stands tall against adversity.

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Eagle, Wisconsin Tornado Aftermath July 5, 2010

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in About Town.
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Our neighbor and good friend Linda, came over and we took a ride over to Eagle, WI, to survey the damage from last week’s tornado.

We were not prepared for what lay ahead. Literally.

The photos will tell the story.

Leave no stone unturned
toothpicks
Fallen Giant
for size perspective…
Iron fortress in ruin
The cemetery association did not have insurance. Families are relying on help from various town disaster relief groups, so they can begin the process of repairing the damage to individual plots and stones. So many have volunteered to help with cleanup, the town had to reluctantly turn people away.
I was moved by the whole experience, the loss of such magnificent mature hemlocks and spruce, the likes of which won’t be seen again for decades. I have a picture in my mind of how it looked at one time, the many times we drove by and admired the beauty of the park. We would say, “what a beautiful final resting place….”
Rest in pieces…

Kettles in the Mist March 22, 2010

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in Wander Wisconsin.
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The snow is all but gone, not much left anywhere, except in low spots we call “Kettles”. These spots are left-over remnants of the Ice Age, and are both awe-inspiring and mysterious.  You get the feeling that you’ve just stepped back in  time, the feeling is almost pre-historic, and your senses are brought to a different plane.

fog rising from a Kettle

As Spring approaches and the temperatures begin to rise, these kettles breathe a life of their own. At times, you can actually see them undulate, or “exhale” as the mists rise from their depths. It’s a beautiful, magical and fearful place, full of secrets.

The Kettle Moraine State Park is located in Southern Wisconsin, and is a must-see if you’re ever in our neck’o the woods. At a glance, you’d never know they were there. You’re driving down one of the many country roads, the terrain is pretty much farmland, then you turn a bend, and you’re in a forest. The hills undulate in a gentle roller-coaster ride that goes on for miles.

If you listen closely, you can hear the Wood People; they whisper as they move about in the shadows. What secrets lie in those deep, dark woods? The trees know, but they do not tell. They stand in mute silence, a testament to how wonderful, yet fragile our world is.

Tree People

Winterfest 2010 in Wisconsin February 4, 2010

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in A Stitch in Time | Projects, Wander Wisconsin.
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Lake Geneva, WI is where it’s happening right now!

They’re bringing snow in for the annual Winterfest Snow Sculpture and we were there to see them kick off the event! Teams are already in place and beginning to map out their grids.

snow carving at Lake Geneva, WI 2010

Chunks of packed snow are marked “reserved” in black spray paint. Some have a flag stuck in their tops, like a star on top of an undecorated Christmas tree. You can feel the excitement in the air. And the chill.  At a bit above 10°F, the wind off the lake was tolerable.

We had dinner with the neighbors at Popeye’s on Lake Geneva, with a window seat to watch the festivities. The food was excellent, I had a couple chocolate martinis,  just the ticket after a hectic holiday season. We got there just as the sun was setting, and the sky turned a brilliant lavender pink over the trees.  Lake Geneva is truly a wonderland, and it captures your heart.

All is good in one small part of the world tonight.

We came back to a very warm welcome from our buddy, Igor.  We settled in for a quiet evening of reflection, and promised to do it again soon.

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I started another Mary Jane’s Hat for Hayley-her birthday is fast-approaching, and I hope to get it done by tomorrow night so I can get the Hunter/Hayley Birthday Box in the mail by Monday.

Hayley’s Wisconsin Sunsets Hat

This one promises to be more colorful than the first and now that I have the pattern memorized, it is going a lot faster.

It should look great against her red hair~I’ll have to bug her mom for a model shot 🙂

Gotta get to me knitt’n,  we have a deadline here, people~

11th Annual Kettle Moraine Studio Tour Oct 10-11, 2009 September 25, 2009

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in Art and Photography, Books and Authors, Wander Wisconsin, Weirdness in Wisconsin.
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Mark your calendars~ there will be Studio and Guest Artists with lots of beautiful art  to see and the surrounding Kettle Moraine area is one destination you won’t want to miss. There will be something for everyone and hopping with fall activities!

Guest Artist Linda Godfrey will be there, so will we!

http://www.kettlemorainestudiotour.com/

Wild Blue Wander Wisconsin April 29, 2009

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in Flora and Fauna, Wander Wisconsin.
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I was letting Igor out for his morning romp, and these caught my eye from the front deck where I was sipping my morning tea. I could see them in the woods behind the shed, standing tall in the early morning sunlight.

I ran and grabbed my camera and took this picture, and they were so lovely, I had to post them.

This flower has been identified: mertensia virginica (L.) Named after German botanist Franz K. Mertens.

Contributing website for ID:  Robert W. Freckman Herbarium, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Wild Blue Yonder

Virginia Bluebells

I took this shot in early morning light, with my Canon Powershot A1000 IS, no flash.

Igor wandered off on a deer hunt, and didn’t return for 20 minutes. I was livid.

In my search, I found Bo Mackison’s photography and was captured by the beauty of nature which was captured.