A Day in the Life

Some days my life consists of eat, sleep, work. Other days, I have a bit more fun. This day was one of those fun days. It started at church in the morning for our annual worship celebration. The service consisted of music, dance, flags and banners. My daughter is one of the dancers.

After church, I went to my first tractor pull. One of our friends from church was pulling in it. I can’t say I was totally entertained by the activity, but it was fun to visit with friends while watching.

After the tractor pull, it was time to take Nala for a walk. We chose a new trail, one with a tunnel. We didn’t walk as far as normal because the mosquitoes were so bad. Afterward, we stopped at A&W for ice cream.

The day ended with watching the Packers play the Bears in the season opener.

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Project 365, Days 271-280

Day 271: After work, we went to hear the Kids From Wisconsin concert in the park. The theme this year was Broadway musicals. It was so much fun.

Day 272: Somebody goofed. Green Bay Raiders? I think not

Day 273: Another evening spent doing someone else’s job–pushing carts again

Day 274: Summer is over for Greg. He’s loading up his car and heading back to Chicago for another semester at Moody Bible Institute.

Day 275: This weekend we went to a water ski show in Beaver Dam, We’ve thought about going in the past, but this was the first time we actually  went.

Day 276: It’s tomato season

Day 277: All the tomatoes were turned into sauce today. It smells so good in the house right now

Day 278: She loves having this window open so she can bark at all the squirrels running through our backyard.

Day 279: The carts are supposed to be in nice, neat rows. Evidently, somebody didn’t get that message. This is how they looked when I got to work today.

Day 280: Please, may I have some of your food?

Project 365, Days 210-220

 

Day 210: Vacation finally started. Our first night was spent in Kentucky, at Moutardier Campground, just north of Mammoth Cave. Our campsite was right on Nolin Lake.

Day 211: Our first official site-seeing stop on this vacation was Mammoth Cave National Park. We did the Frozen Niagara Tour and really enjoyed the interesting formations in the cave.

Day 212: Nashville was our destination today. We went to Cheekwood Botanical gardens and then to downtown Nashville. I had to get a photo of the “Batman” building.

Day 213: Today brought us to Stones River National Battlefield, a memorial from the Civil War.

Day 214: We drove from Nashville to the Smoky Mountains today. On the way, we stopped at one of the many state parks, Cummins Falls State Park, and hiked to the waterfall.

Day 215: Not the most scenic photo from today, but it’s a great reminder of one of the highlights. We were doing the Cades Cove drive today and stopped at one of the historic buildings along the way, the Primitive Baptist Church. We expected a quick stop, a photo or two and then drive on. We were blessed instead with a service. Old fashioned hymns being sung, followed by a short message. We loved it.

Day 216: Day 2 in the Smokies was the Newfound Gap Road. So many gorgeous mountain views all day long. I could have soaked in the views for hours.

Day 217: Last day in the Smokies and we went on the Roaring Forks motor trail. One of the things I was looking forward to on this drive was a waterfall called Place of a Thousand Drips, for no other reason than I liked the name. It turned out to be a really nice little waterfall.

Day 218: Time to start heading for home. We stopped in Kentucky, at Cumberland Falls State Park. I love waterfalls.

Day 219: We spent most of the day driving today. One quick stop at Fair Oaks Farms, but we didn’t pay to do any of the “adventures”. Everything was farm themed, including this milk bottle rock climbing wall.

Day 220: This sweet little girl was so happy to have me home again. She hasn’t left my side at all.

Project 365, Days 191-200

Day 191: The last day of camping at Green Lake always features a Talent Show. Eric did a juggling act with the help of Greg.

Day 192: We got home after camping and went to A&W for some ice cream.

Day 193: I actually cleaned out my refrigerator. It had been way too long

Day 194: This is one of the ways I know Greg is home. John Calvin bobblehead on the mantel

Day 195: When my husband isn’t in bed, Nala makes use of his pillow to keep me company

Day 196: Break time at work. I don’t like peanuts

Day 197: A couple of my co-workers brought me a donut, Happy day. 🙂

Day 198: New dress code at work today. No more blue and khaki

Day 199: Sunset view from work

Day 200: On my way to work, once again not wearing blue and khaki. I’m loving the new dress code

Camping–a new adventure

OK.  I admit it. I used to be in the “I hate camping” group of people. For most of my life, I said I would never go camping. Then, 2 years ago, totally out of the blue, we decided to go camping for our anniversary. We bought a tent and a screened-in canopy, in case it was needed for rain, etc. I searched Pinterest for ideas on what was needed and bought a few basics. We didn’t want to buy a lot of stuff in case this was a one-time thing. Our first camping trip took us to Yellowstone Lake State Park and we had a great time. Who knew camping could be enjoyable? Two months later, we bought another tent for our daughter and her friend and took off again for a long weekend at Wyalusing State Park. The next summer we expanded again to include tents for our sons. Our current equipment includes 4 tents plus our screen tent, which is our “kitchen”. I don’t pretend to be an expert in the area of camping, but I will share in the future what we have done, what works and what doesn’t, and tips that I have for others just starting out.

Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing State Park in Bagley, WI Visited on September 16-20, 2016

This park is located on the Mississippi River, right where the Wisconsin River flows into it. It has some of the best views I have seen in Wisconsin and is one of my favorite parks ever. There are campsites that are right on a bluff, overlooking the river. We didn’t plan our trip early enough to get one of these spots, but we will be back. One of the many hiking trails took us down a rather steep path and was then supposed to take us along the river. However, due to high water, the lower part of the trail was closed, so we had to go back up again. Another trail took us to a small cave with bats (not a fan of those, I didn’t go in). Sunsets over the river are amazing. I can’t wait to go back, get a campsite overlooking the bluff and watch the sunset from my campsite.