Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Sunset

One last picture:

From 10-31-08

Sunset, 6:10 p.m. Halloween 2008

Fall Colors, Halloween 2008

From 10-31-08

This picture is linked to a few more shots I took this afternoon.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Snow and changes

It snowed again today. Tonight is supposed to be the coldest yet of the fall season, with a hard freeze likely.

More news that makes me a little bit anxious: API Software, Inc. to be Acquired by Francisco Partners

Luis and Iris Garcia are ready to retire. There's a new CEO, interim CFO, and a lot of promises that things will only improve - with no layoffs. There was a lot more discussed during our company meeting this morning, but bottom line is there should be no pink slips being passed out.

I know API is a good, strong company so I don't know why this news makes me anxious. Maybe it's just change in general...

*sigh* Life goes on. Time will tell. I love my job, and have no desire to go elsewhere.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Snow - blah!

Well we got the first snow flakes of the season tonight. It's supposed to snow some more overnight. I REALLY hope there is no snow on my car when I leave for work tomorrow!!!

I made some really good food for dinner tonight. Here's a link to the recipe:

Chicken Florentine

It was sooooo good. I also made Susan's bread. She has a recipe for low-fat french bread with sesame seeds on the top. I'll have to post that recipe soon too.

Well it's almost bedtime for me. Gotta get up and go out early tomorrow... I have so much to do at work.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Boston Legal

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Chicago - Dialogue Parts 1 and 2

Part I

Are you optimistic 'bout the way things are going?

No, I never ever think of it at all.

Don't you ever worry when you see what's going down?

No, I try to mind my business, that is, no business at all.

When it's time to function as a feeling human being, will your Bachelor of Arts help you get by?

I hope to study further, a few more years or so. I also hope to keep a steady high.

Will you try to change things, use the power that you have, the power of a million new ideas?

What is this power you speak of and this need for things to change? I always thought that everything was fine.

Don't you feel repression just closing in around?

No, the campus here is very, very free.

Don't it make you angry the way war is dragging on?

Well, I hope the President knows what he's into, I don't know.

Don't you see starvation in the city where you live? All the needless hunger, all the needless pain?

I haven't been there lately, the country is so fine. My neighbors don't seem hungry 'cause they haven't got the time.

Thank you for the talk, you know you really eased my mind. I was troubled by the shapes of things to come.

Well, if you had my outlook your feelings would be numb, you'd always think that everything was fine.

Part II

We can make it happen
We can change the world now
We can save the children
We can make it better
We can make it happen
We can save the children
We can make it happen

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sunrise, a bun, and blaze orange

  Sunrise, 10/19/08. It's coming later and later and I'm seeing the beautiful colors when I venture out in the early morning hours.

  The bunny is back, and all grown up. Well, that's if it is the same rabbit I took pictures of earlier this year. Back when it was warmer, sunny, everything was green and growing... :)

  The neighbor took his boy out hunting yesterday. Mom must have said "Leave those stinky dirty coats outside!" There they were, hanging from the eaves and blowing in the wind.

Most of the trees have given up their leaves by now. I'm not going to venture out to Holy Hill today. It's a bit chilly outside, and very windy. I'm sure the wind will be a lot worse up there on the hill. It's a good day to stay inside and do laundry and maybe bake a cake. :)
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday dinner

   Salmon, rice and Brussels sprouts. Turned out really good!

There was something going on at Holy Hill today. When I drove by, there was a loooong line of traffic both into and out of the place. So I kept on driving. I didn't want to spend Sunday afternoon in gridlocked traffic. If there's still a lot of leaves and color out there next weekend, I'll try it again.
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A small snake, fall colors

Here's a couple pictures I took this morning:

From Piko, a snake, and fall colors

I saw the snake yesterday as it went back underneath an air conditioning unit next to the back door. Today it seemed to be sunning itself, well, that is until my camera got too close!

From Piko, a snake, and fall colors

I'm going to try to get out to Holy Hill today to get some more pretty fall colors pictures. We're almost at peak for the colors. Soon the leaves will be gone and the cold air will be upon us... *sigh*

Both pictures are linked to the Picasa gallery with a few more shots.

Have a nice Sunday!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Thanks, Brian

He has this song's lyrics posted on his Facebook page. Now it's stuck in my head!

Led Zepplin - Goin' to California

Spent my days with a woman unkind,
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.
Made up my mind to make a new start,
Going to california with an aching in my heart.
Someone told me theres a girl out there
With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.
Took my chances on a big jet plane,
Never let them tell you that theyre all the same.
The sea was red and the sky was grey,
Wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today.
The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake
As the children of the sun began to awake.
Seems that the wrath of the gods
Got a punch on the nose and it started to flow;
I think I might be sinking.
Throw me a line if I reach it in time
Ill meet you up there where the path
Runs straight and high.
To find a queen without a king;
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings.
La la la la
Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin to find a woman whos never, never, never been born.
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
Telling myself its not as hard, hard, hard as it seems.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Sunday pictures

 Here's a picture of Cirrus and Ella, doing what they do best - bicker!

The rest of the pictures are in this gallery:

Pine Cones, Berries and Keets
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They blew it

Sheeeesh! After having the BEST record in the league, you'd think the Cubs would at least show up for these division series games. *sigh* So the Chicago Cubs are swept in their NLDS and are out of the running. I'm disappointed to say the least. Sadly, not too surprised. So we go back to being ever-faithful Cubs fans for a team that still does what they have done for years. Lose.

The Brewers managed a win last night. They play again this morning. If they win today, then it's back to Philadelphia. Although I'm not much of a Brewers fan, the team is very popular at work. That's what happens when one lives in the Milwaukee area, I guess.

I think the White Sox are still going at it, too. However, baseball as I know it is over for the season.

Have a great Sunday. :)

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Fall is upon us...

It got down to 30 or lower last night! Brrrrrr!!! Yesterday morning I had to find the ice scraper in the trunk of my car, then scrape the ice off the windshield. blah. The lawn is all frosty this morning, even more so than yesterday. I'm just glad I don't have to go to work this morning. I think ice-scraping would have been a much bigger effort today than it was yesterday.

I guess this means we have officially entered the Fall season. Knowing Wisconsin's manic depressive weather though, this will last maybe a week or two before the temperatures turn to freezing and the snow starts to fall. It seems like we go right from winter to summer, then summer to winter with very little spring and fall weather. *sigh* I do like springtime the best. It seems entirely too short though. Maybe time is just flying by because I'm not a kid any more.

Last time I had my camera out, it was warm and sunny. I was taking in some down-time in Madison. Now my days are hectic as I work on this new system and try to keep up with all my other client tasks. And it's freezing outside!

I also got some cute shots of Piko the other day. I think this one's a good shot so I've posted it here.
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