Archive for July, 2010

A summer Sunday night in a small Wisconsin town

Monday, July 19th, 2010

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Well, tonight was a perfect example of small town Wisconsin on a Sunday night. Music in the park with friends and neighbors – folks dancing the polka and 2 step on the lawn and cement walkways.

It has been in the low  to mid 90s here for the last few days with about 95% humidity and today was no exception. When we walked out of church this morning just before 10 the humidity was a slap in the face. After getting home, I set the AC to a somewhat comfortable temp and did chores around the house. We had plans for friends to come to Brodhead and go out for  supper before going to the park for music. I had stepped out about 4pm and it was still pretty miserable.The local Brodhead Optimists were  having a pie/ice cream fundraiser tonight and I had the oven and AC running today as I had volunteered to bake 2 pies (pumpkin if anyone is wondering).And they sold 17 pies which means about 120-150 folks had pie and ice cream while they enjoyed the music.

For about 8 weeks in the summer the  BID Board in Brodhead sponsors a different band who play every Sunday night from 6:30 to 8pm.  The band scheduled for tonight’s concert was the Stateline Playboys. The Playboys are a local group who have been together in one form or another since 1965. They had some of the past musicians come up and play with them tonight. They play a great mix of waltzes, polkas including yodeling(a must in a Swiss settled county) and a range of music from Stray Cats to Ritchie Valens and more.The weather cooperated beautifully. While we were eating supper the temperature started to drop a bit. The wind that had been blowing all afternoon settled into a steady breeze keeping the mosquitoes at bay. Lots of old trees surround the park and bandshell where the musicians play. Plenty of lawn and sidewalk left for folks to dance among us folks who just tap our toes.  In case the pie and ice cream wasn’t enough, the local Dairy Queen circulated a cheese tray from our local cheesemaker. Talk about a perfect summer evening – tonight was it! An ideal evening that doesn’t come around often – even in a small town.

And just in case you’re wondering what the picture of the bracelet has to do with the story — it’s my mom’s birthday present and I wore it tonight to ‘stress test’ before I give it to her — even tho’ it will be a month late. Happy Birthday!!

Ask and ye shall recieve!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

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Apparently besides being a good vendor to bead artists, Szarka can read minds! Szarka of Turquoise Magpie has a monthly drawing for free beads for those of us who have signed up for her newsletter. I’ve been meaning to order some more tiger eye from her as she has a great supply of wonderful shapes and sizes. In my package of beads were a strand of tiger eye rounds, some blue/brown tiger eye nuggets, an assortment of pure copper findings and a beautiful pendant — which  I think is tiger iron. It has a wonderful shimmer and I’m thinking it’s going to be a great focal for the necklace I’m intending on making. Thanks so much!! I can hardly wait to see what I create with the great assortment of beads.