Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year



I know I'm violating my own standards for this one, but frankly, it's a holiday, and I'm willing to relax the rules for myself on occasion.

This glass of Cuvee Louise '98 was bottled, aged, and consumed in Reims, France, the home of Pommery Champagne, and a number of other champagne houses as well. I took this photo while on honeymoon this past May.

A happy and healthy 2009 to everyone... I hope that the coming year is better than the past.

Karl

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Harley Museum



Probably the biggest attraction to open this year in the city was the Harley-Davidson Museum, which opened its doors back on July 12th. This statue of a hill climber sits in the courtyard between the museum and the Milwaukee River.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Well...



...at least someone found the bird feeders. I'm not really happy about it, though.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

One More Time



Ok, I promise... this is the last Christmas lights picture for 2008. These lights are on the Miller Inn, and was part of the tour of lights in the Valley.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Rain, Rain...



The weather has certainly changed for the better (?) the last couple days... it's been warm and rainy, washing away much of the snow. This has, however, left a puddle on the front walk about 4 inches deep. I'm happy it's been warm, but it's supposed to get cold soon, and that could turn the front walk into a sheet of ice.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Hockey at the Bradley Center



There were three hockey games at the Bradley Center today. In addition to the Admirals game this evening, there were two high school hockey games as part of the annual holiday tournament. The final two games in the tournament are on Monday, and can be seen for free. In addition, attendees receive a coupon for buy one, get one ticket free for Monday night's Admirals game.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas



This angel ornament hangs on our Christmas tree at home, and was a gift from me to my wife. We spent the day on the road visiting family and friends, and find ourselves at home at the end of a very special Christmas Day.

Happy First Christmas, dear. XO

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Chilly Nest



Like the rest of the homes on our block, this bird's nest is covered with a liberal coating of fresh, wet snow. At least the temperature is warm (4o degrees, according to the thermometer on the back of the house), and going out to clean up is somewhat tolerable, if not enjoyable.

From our house to yours, have a Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Beer Exchange



If you haven't figured out by now that I enjoy beer, then you haven't been paying attention. Today was our office party at work, and as part of that, a beer exchange was held. There were 24 participants, and we each brought a case of a different beverage. We all took one of each home, and now have a large selection to choose from.

Monday, December 22, 2008

King Gambrinus



King Gambrinus is the legendary king of Flanders, and an unofficial patron saint of brewers and beer lovers the world over. This statue of Gambrinus is in the Miller caves, and can be seen on the brewery tour.

If you're out enjoying a cold one this week, remember to do so responsibly.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Cookies



We spent the morning getting ready to go to a family Christmas gathering. Part of the preparations were frosting the sugar cookies we made yesterday. The crushed peppermint sticks turned the icing pink, and made for a great combination.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

More Snow



We got down to see the holiday lights in Miller Valley this evening, and the show was quite entertaining. As we left the visitor's center to walk to the show, the snow was falling, and got heavier as time passed. On the walk back to the center, I stopped to try and get a picture of the snowflake lights that were strung across State Street between the buildings. I didn't anticipate the effect the real snow would have when I used my flash, and it made for an interesting photo.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Ghost Door



I made my way out to the garage this morning to get the shovel and snowblower out to start clearing the 12 inches of snow left by last night's storm. After getting inside, I noticed that the snow had compacted into the face of the door and left an image of the panels. The light shining through the top layers of snow adds to the interest of this photo.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Presents Under the Tree



A little late today... we spent the evening at the grocery stores, and running a few last-minute holiday shopping errands. Today's picture is from the lights at Cathedral Square... we'll see if these presents are still above the top of the snow once the storm is over tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Salvation Army - Charity of the Week



Each Wednesday between now and Christmas, I'll be posting a photo related to a charity that needs your help.

The Salvation Army is always in need of donations... as the apron says, "Need Knows No Season".

Yes times are hard for many of us. For some, it's not nearly as bad as it is for others.

Drop a coin or a bill in the little red bucket, and help someone out. It's just that easy.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Just Another Day...



Sunday: 47 degrees.
Monday: Below zero windchills.
Tuesday: Snow forecast all night.

Yup, I love it here. :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

La Perla



It was a dark and stormy night... well, it sure seemed like it. After "The Show", we headed down to La Perla on 5th and National for some Mexican food (and a glimpse of the pepper ride in the front window). I'll be the first to admit I'm not a "purist" when it comes to Mexican, and most of what I enjoy is probably overly Americanized. However, the guacamole was fresh, the chips were warm, and the beer was cold, so I was happy.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Show



This afternoon, we attended Intandem Theatre's production of "The Show". This irreverent look at the holidays and all its traditions was a hilarious group of sketches. The Show runs through next Saturday, so get down to the 10th Street Theatre and see it if you can.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Holiday Lights



These trees are at the northwest corner of Broadway and Kilbourn. The bright white lights on the trees cast a warm glow on the sidewalks and surrounding area.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Rooftop



Driving home last night, the moon was unusually large in the horizon. By the time I had gotten home, it was not as big, but was certainly bright against the darkening sky.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sunset Tower



Sometimes, you're just in the right place at the right time. Yesterday, it happened to be the parking lot at work as we were getting in the car to go home. I'm really glad I had the SLR camera with me, and that all the pieces fell into place.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Blood Center of Wisconsin - Charity of the Week



Each Wednesday between now and Christmas, I'll be posting a photo related to a charity that needs your help. This week's charity does not want your money... just your time, and a little of something that most of us can spare.

The Blood Center of Wisconsin is always in need of donors. The Blood Center is the only supplier of blood and blood components to community hospitals in the state.

Your donation could literally help save someone's life. What could make a greater impact than that?

Even if you can't, or prefer not to, donate blood, you can always make a contribution of cash or volunteer your time.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Grumpy Bunny



This rabbit has been hanging around our house, waiting for the birds to find their feeder in our backyard. Once they do, he'll be there to pick up whatever seeds the birds drop or throw onto the snow. It's been the better part of two weeks now, and they still have not found the feeder. No wonder he looks so grumpy.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Plank-Road Brewery



If you're in town on a Friday or Saturday evening between now and December 20th, you might want to take a drive to Miller Valley and see the holiday lights show. This year's show is titled "Share the Lights in the Miller Valley". The display, surrounding the Plank-Road Brewery building, includes over 15 miles of light strands and 200,000 LED lights, and the lights are synchronized to the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Special 30-minute tours of the lights and the newly renovated caves are available at the Visitors Center on State Street from 5pm to 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays through the 20th. The light show dates back to the 1950's, and was discontinued in 1973 for the energy crisis. The show was brought back 4 years ago.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Warmer Time...



The weather's supposed to take a turn for the worse this week. Here's a reminder of a warmer time. I shot this picture down at Bradford Beach in late July.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Snow Cat



This cat sculpture sits on the wall of our garden year-round. This morning, he seemed to be begging me to let him inside for some reason...

Friday, December 5, 2008

Santa Sighting



As every kid knows, Santa is the last float in the Christmas Parade. The parade for Harley-Davidson's 105th anniversary this summer was no different. I was looking through my collection for something Christmas-themed for today, came across this, and couldn't resist.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Yup, It's Cold...



Brrrrrr....

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Shriner's Hospitals - Charity of the Week



Each Wednesday between now and Christmas, I'll be posting a photo related to a charity that needs your help.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is this week's charity. This statue stands outside the Shriners' Temple on Wisconsin Avenue.

Children up to the age of 18 with a variety of needs are eligible for admission and receive all care at no charge – regardless of financial need. This care is provided through the efforts of the Shriners and their fund raisers.

Yes, I know, the economy sucks. I'm not asking for a lot. Give what you can. Together, we can make a huge impact.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

When Seasons Collide




Despite our best efforts and those of our neighbors, the leaves that had been put out for pickup by the city were not removed prior to Sunday's snow. After I got home last night, I spent a half hour doing cleanup of the sidewalks and pad next to our garage, and was generally happy with the way things looked. Less than 15 minutes later, the plow came by, and delivered two 4 x 8 foot sheets of plywood and a pile of leaves big enough for a couple small children to play in. It made for quite an interesting mess.

Monday, December 1, 2008

December Theme Day - Circles




The December 2008 Theme Day is Circles

These Olympic Rings are on the Pettit National Ice Center in West Allis. As an official Olympic Training Facility, the Pettit hosts speedskaters in training for international competition. The building houses two Olympic-sized hockey rinks and a 400-meter speedskating oval. The Pettit hosts local, regional, and national competitions in both Short Track and long distance speed skating, and is home to local hockey and figure skating groups. Because the 2010 Olympics are in Vancouver, the Pettit will serve as a primary training site for our speedskating team, as both locations are close to sea level.

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