sad chuckles...

CNN is one of the participants in the war. I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected president but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.


Saturday Catchup...

Looks like I'll be headed back to the Blogger Forum again at some point this weekend looking for tips. It seems that there are some who are unable to comment here. Or even get to the comments. Or they can get there once but not back to them again after that unless they get all of the way out of the internet and then back in. Or they can get to them once and then never again it would seem. Crazy stuff. So I'm going out to see if anyone out at the forum has any ideas. They can see the link to my comments and when they mouse over it, the mouse changes like there is a link there, but when they click on it nothing happens. Or if in one case, they do a right click and select "open in another window" they get an error message when it tries to open.

But before I do that, I have a ton of other stuff to take care of. Grocery shopping and putting food in the crock pot so we'll have a decent dinner. Getting moving on a project here at the house that I'm busy with... Life beyond the computer. I do actually have one sometimes. It surprises me a bit. :)

Forward. (Did you know that's Wisconsin's motto? I didn't. Well, I did. I mean, what child going through the school district in this state doesn't? But I actually thought it was Onward for a minute there. Then I looked it up before I published. Heh. Dumba$$.)

Today's miles: 3.26
Total so far: 454.18
Still to go for goal: 45.82

Playing in my head: Lovely Ladies from Les Mis...


Editing as I go...

It's never too late - in fiction or in life - to revise.

Nancy Thayer, b. 1943
American Writer

Playing in my head: Elton John's Tiny Dancer


On Ducks and Spurs and Screams in the Night...

Today's miles: 2.1
Total so far: 450.92 Oh Yeah!
Still to go for goal: 49.08

Kel and I watched The Forgotten tonight. I screamed out loud twice, I think. I didn't keep track for her. She wasn't amused. She really doesn't like those movies. But she stayed there until the end. I didn't make her watch it. (Of course, that could have something to do with hottie Dominic West.) I even covered my head with a blanket and closed my eyes during one of my own screams. How wimpy could I be??? I've obviously been away from my old habits of late-night fright books and movies for too long!

Heading out to write with Ms. Marge in the morning. And sending Ms. Jen some candy bars to benefit Relay For Life. That's right, I'm in the candy biz now. You know you all want some.

But now? I'm heading down to the wall to watch the alternative ending to The Forgotten. I hope I don't scream. I don't want to keep Keli awake.

Playing in my head: Jingle Jangle Jingle (Thanks, Kathy. Thanks a lot!)

In Answer to Dana's Question...

Dana asked me a question the other day.

I wrote this really long e-mail in response, but in case anyone else was wondering about the answer to her question (because I know some of you were on the edge of your seats...)

My folks keep their house on the cooler, more economical side all winter... saving on the heating bill don'tcha know... And I can be frequently found going sockless. *checks feet* Yep. No socks at the moment. I have wooden floors in 85% of my house. I go shoeless and if I wear socks, I'm slipping and sliding all the time. So when I go places (always in a rush), I slide into my shoes (boots in the winter), usually sans socks.

This means I arrive at my folks' house, drop the shoes at the door and am always from that point on, barefoot. Well, you can imagine how this drives said mother nuts in the winter. "WHO goes BAREFOOT in the winter in Wisconsin?" *raises hand* But before too long, my feet are blue (slight exaggeration) and mother dashes off to her room for a pair of socks, which I inevitably wear home and never return. (yes, I am a sock thief).

So for every gift-giving occasion, I receive socks. My husband receives socks. My child receives socks. My siblings receive socks. My nieces and nephews receive socks. They aren't ALL sock thieves, but some of them are.

On the occasion of my last birthday (in photos) I DID receive socks, of course. I must laugh to think of them, though. After everyone left the room but Dad and I, I lifted the socks to my foot to check them out... kind of oatmeal in color, typical for her to choose because they will "go with everything." But I have pretty small feet (as I'm sure do you my petite young friend), and socks are always too big, so I was checking to see how much too big these socks were.

I sort of gasped at their too-bigness and mouthed the word "Wow." I looked for a size and when I found it, I set them back in the gift bag and put the bag with the rest of my stuff and left the room. Later, mom came by with my socks in hand and said, "Where on earth do you suppose I found Big and Tall Woman socks?"

So in answer to your question, I did get socks for my birthday, Dana. But I didn't get to keep them! :-)

motivationally speaking....

We will either find a way, or make one.


We will either find a way, or eat one.

Hannibal Lechter

(I couldn't help myself. Really I couldn't.)

A Book Meme...

Stolen from Shelly's Book Shelf.

Copy this list of ten authors, then replace any authors not in your bookcases with authors who are. Replacements in bold.
1. Jane Austen
2. Isaac Asimov
3. Arthur C. Clarke
4. John Steinbeck
5. Ian Flemming
6. Annie Proulx
7. Charles Dickens
8. Albert Camus
9. George Eliot
10. William Shakespeare

From her list, I had to swap out half of what she had to something that I had. I tried to stay with the spirit of the thing and choose authors whose (as she put it in her own blog) books are considered classics in their own genre. I don't know if I succeeded... It was a tough job because we have such a huge selection of books! (but I'd have never had the five I did without Keith's great library added in with my own - he really has a great number of classics. I need to read more of them.)

For future reference - another book meme.


Mileage update...

Today's miles: 3.0
Total so far: 448.82
Still to go for goal: 51.18

Should have another duck tomorrow and enter the home stretch.

Oh no. Here we go again...

If you see this snowman, please contact the sad new owner immediately. Reward offered to the ACS...

Question of the Day... (AKA Q4H - Revived!)

What are you reading?

I always love new ideas for reading materials (as anyone can see by our library of books). I'm personally working on the following books:

I find when I have multiple books going, I don't get bored. So what are you reading???

Pushing Myself...

Other people and things can stop you temporarily. You're the only one who can do it permanently.

Zig Ziglar


January Birthday Girls...

We had the January birthday party tonight. There are three of us who have birthdays this month, so we got together to celebrate. First there was dinner at Wendy's in the old home town. Then we went over to the folks' house for cake and ice cream and the opening of gifts. Keli got behind the camera and took some photos of the event...

See the January Birthday Girls all in a row...

"Oh Erin, I'm sorry you feel left out because it isn't your birthday!" says Aunt Keri.

Erin, just because you aren't a birthday girl and feel left out and don't get a gift, doesn't mean you can't sit with us! Come back!

Some day we'll get to open our presents. And it will be great. I wonder if we'll get any socks? :-)

I got a Starbuck's cup for my charm bracelet! Can you believe it??? It's awesome!

True beauty! *what can I wear tomorrow that will go with those cool new socks?* she wonders while Aunt Keri puts her new birthstone charm sandal on her bracelet...

*I wonder if I'll a really great pair of socks in my gift bag like Aunt Keri and my sister did?* "Hey you guys! I got my Spongebob charm on my bracelet by myself! I'm good... That's right."

*shakes head and sighs* (Isn't my dad just the cutest thing???)

It's a snowman. Do not ask me what my daughter said that made me look like that. Perhaps it had something to do with my brother telling me that it was a snowman complete with turds. I don't know...

Aha! That's why you left us... sneaking out to the kitchen to be the first after the goodies! Oh, wait. That's right. We ate before we opened the gifts. Never mind... At least she looks happy. Then again, Erin always looks happy.

Speaking of Telly Savalas hair...

For Jen who was wondering...

Keli had heard about Locks of Love, and decided that she wanted to cut it all off to donate to them and shave herself bald (which is further by far than is needed when donating to this wonderful organization - such a drastic step is not a requirement!). She asked our permission, which we gave, because we couldn't think of a real good reason why she shouldn't be allowed to and it wasn't a dangerous step of independence and individuality. Then she gave it a few weeks of thought and one Sunday night as part of our Family Night activity, we cut it all off and then shaved it.

Keli before... Posted by Hello

Keli after... Posted by Hello

Keli was/is painfully shy. But she has always been willing to be who she is. Whereas I've always been painfully shy and totally scared to be me and worried about what everyone else thinks of me.

So she has always been my hero. :)

The Run...

Today's miles: 4.58
Total so far: 445.82
Still to go for goal: 54.18

Feeling a Little Ragged...

And after all of the partying, can you blame me???


Obstacles are the things we see when we take our eyes off our goals.

-Zig Ziglar

Tuesday is Chooseday...

tuesday is chooseday

either leave your answers or a link to your webpage with your responses.

    Would you rather:

  1. wear your hair like liberace OR telly savalas?
  2. My daughter looks totally bitchin' with a Telly Savalas doo... Maybe I would too? heh. Wish I could find her photo on this computer *grumble grumble*

  3. be a world famous for your black velvet paintings OR for your grilled cheese sandwiches?
  4. Hey! I can finally cook! :)

  5. smell like a water buffalo OR old cheese?
  6. Um, yuck?

  7. eat monkey brain OR kitten?
  8. Um, double yuck?

How about you??? Play along!!


Coffee Woes...

And now for my tale of woe about coffee makers.

World's Best Cup of Coffee maker... Posted by Hello

This coffee maker makes the "World's Best Cup of Coffee." No, it doesn't claim that anywhere that I've seen or read. It just does. Okay? Trust me. I've had it. This coffee maker was delivered to my door last Thursday. That day sound familiar? It arrived there at the same time as this. Yep. Same time. Oh.Happy.Day! Because of how crazy things were with having to cut off the stems, soak them to perk them back up because they didn't look very happy, get them into a vase (or two) and get ready to pick up the kid for a movie, (am I confusing my days? Perhaps.) there wasn't time to make the world's best cup of coffee at that time, but that evening, when we got home, I did indeed make the world's best cup of coffee after getting the next delivery van unstuck from our driveway.

When the coffee was finished, we (Keli and I) got our cups out of the cabinet and looked at the carafe - highfangled and new-aged and all that. The magical carafe... Posted by Hello

We knew that we were to keep the carafe off the coffee maker from that point on because it stays hotter off the maker than on. This maker doesn't continue to cook the coffee on a hot-plate type of setup. Instead, the coffee is in a stainless steel carafe with a lid that if you leave it on the maker, will only stay open partially and allow the coffee to cool faster. So you can take the coffee anywhere around the house with you while you wander around to start your day. But you wouldn't want to. Because pouring from the carafe is a beast. You want to stay close to the kitchen. And the sink. And a sponge. Because you'll inevitably have to clean up after yourself every time you pour yourself a cup. That's what the last photo is showing you. After I've poured myself a cup today. Very carefully. Dribbles all around the cup on my counter.

That's why we're giving it up (Silent Auction time - somebody might like it and might be able to figure out how to pour without dumping! There really are people who rate the thing highly; they must not have problems pouring) and have another on its way to the house already. *sigh* We've been swearing and cursing at this one for the past four days.

When Keith came home this weekend I immediately brewed him a pot of the World's Best Coffee. Keli came running and whispered, "Make him pour his own cup..." which I was planning on doing, of course. We wanted him to have the whole experience. He's not the swearing and cursing type. So he didn't do that. First he asked how to pour it because it isn't obvious. He started to open the lid and I told him that while there were no instructions telling you what to do, I didn't think you were supposed to unscrew the lid for pouring, but depress the top instead. He did and began to pour, dumping coffee pretty much everywhere on the counter. You cannot pour from this carafe without spilling is my deduction. There is no spout and the way the lip of the carafe is built, it disperses the coffee all across it so that no cup is big enough to catch it all as it pours. I've never seen anything so ridiculous in my life.

I realize it is very hard to see the drips to the left of the cup, but there is a small puddle there and when I lifted the cup, a whole ring of a puddle underneath. Silly setup. We have tried every conceivable way to pour... with lid, without lid, depressing lid, unscrewing lid partially. Trust me. It always disperses coffee across the entire lip of carafe and dumps it around the cup. And causes cursing, wailing and gnashing of teeth. Dogdamn thing. Posted by Hello

I'll just be glad when the new one arrives and I can stop cursing at this one. I'm so sick of wiping up coffee and making sure the outside of my cup is clean and dry every time I pour another mug!

And the Party is Oooooover.....

A photo journal of some of my birthday so far...

A few more photos of the birthday flowers to capture them forever. Posted by Hello

Keli took these photos for an artist friend of mine to use in her paintings. Posted by Hello

Pink have always been my favorite. I'm really liking those variegated ones mixed with them now, though! Posted by Hello

Aren't they gorgeous? I use them for my desktop on my computer now. I'd like to utilize them in my blog template somehow. *sigh* If only I were that talented... Posted by Hello

I got snow on my birthday. And lots of it. Neighbor Don hadn't plowed yet, so the flower delivery gal got stuck. Right about where you see the terra cotta bird feeder? The front of her van sat because she didn't quite make it up the hill. Then she tried backing down and turned her wheels so she started dropping off into the woods. Poor dear. She was quite embarrassed. Posted by Hello

The view out the front. A veritable winter wonderland. I think winter is here to stay. At least until spring. :) Posted by Hello

Here are my K*E*R*I gifts! Can you tell what they are? I was right on the Kiss for "K", but he fooled me by putting two in the box so they were heavy and rattled around... "E" is for earrings, and could have also been used for Ice, (see it sparkle???) but then he came up with the iPod ~ 40 gig (yeah, I'm spoiled. That's right. You heard me.)... "R" is for Rainbow maker which is at this moment, hanging in my sunporch on a very sunny morning, making a kabillion rainbows which are spilling all over the place. Beautiful! Posted by Hello

I think someone had a little too much birthday cake and kisses... Posted by Hello

Don't these nasty-looking rubber teeth make you want to hork? The taste of them made me want to!

Sorry for the slow load with all the photos... Found birthday greetings of myself in the old hometown newspaper over the weekend, too. Myself in a Halloween costume from when I was a young teen. Another upcoming celebration this Tuesday night with my nieces...

Today's miles: 4.09
Total so far: 441.24
Still to go for goal: 58.76


It's Still my Birthday!

Around here, January is called my birthday month. So we're celebrating at my house today. Even though the actual date was last Thursday. So far I've spent my birthdayagain by sleeping until 8:30, lying in bed writing morning pages, getting up and making coffee in our new coffee maker that makes the "World's Best Cup of Coffee" (we have determined - all three of us - that although it does indeed make the world's best cup of coffee, it will make a great contribution to the Silent Auction at the Relay for Life this summer... more on that later). At that point I fed the dog, helped Keith give Bear his medicines, poured myself a cup of hot water, realizing that I had forgotten a step in the making of the "World's Best Cup of Coffee" and having to start that all over again. Then I got dressed in running gear and headed down to the treadmill.

That's when I realized that my daughter slept on the couch in the living room last night. I woke her up and said I was about to do my run and if she wanted to continue sleeping, she might want to move into her bedroom. I popped a video into the machine and got things set up with the treadmill. When I realized she wasn't leaving, I just got started and decided to finish watching a movie we started together a couple of days ago, one of my favorites: Moonstruck, with Cher and a young Nicholas Cage. There are so many great characters in this movie. I love Olympia Dukakis as Cher's mother and Feodor Chaliapin, who plays her grandfather. I'm a fan of John Mahoney, too. He also has a small part. This is one of my favorite movies (must own). I rent it once every year or so. I'll have to buy it some day. When I finished running, I had my coffee and as I came up the steps I saw that Keith had been busy. He decorated the dining room with birthday stuff! It's so festive... streamers, a sign, a bright yellow table cloth topped with my tulips, there's a crown at my seat with a 40 on it... We're going to party!!! :) He's busy making dinner now after having made a cake already.

There are packages strewn across the table - each one lettered one for each letter of my name - because it is a special birthday, I get a gift starting with each letter. I was trying to guess what each was. Here's what I've come up with so far. "K" is for Kiss - that one is a big Hersh*y Kiss - but the box is too big, so there is also a box of kleen*x in it. :) "E" is for Eyeore - I think that one has a stuffed Eyeore inside... "R" is for Rentals - a box full of movie ideas for the year. Or Running - some running clothes or socks or maybe even shoes. The box is the right size. "I" is for ??? Haven't figured that one out yet. All the rest of them are pretty much the same size and shape boxes. This one is different. I have no ideas for I. Ice cream is about all I've been able to come up with and he wouldn't set ice cream on the table all day.

I'll have to come back later and post the results of this mystery.

Today's miles: 4.27
Total so far: 437.15
Still to go for goal: 62.85

Yesterday's miles: 4.0
Total so far: 432.88
Still to go for goal: 67.12


Friday Flakes!

It snowed today in Wisconsin. Boy did it snow! I've been complaining of a lack of the white stuff. Don't think I'll be complaining any more this winter. It is white now. Don't know what the official fall is here so far, but it is still coming down. And I bet when the sun comes up tomorrow it will truly look like a winter wonderland. Can't wait to get some pictures. May have to get the snowshoes out and take the camera out for some shots of the pines. Or just stay inside all day and look out the windows. Yeah. That sounds pretty good.

Wrote lots of words today at the old post office with Marge. It was loverly. Then I dashed home to the pooch. Then I picked up the kiddo at school and stopped at the post office and then the movie place for some rentals in case we are stranded inside all weekend from the blizzard.

Thank you all so much for the kind words for my birthday yesterday! And the flower mystery was solved. Both of the bunches that came in the evening were from my Gray Street pal - the pink tulips AND the huge bunch of spring flowers.

Kel and I just finished watching Identity. She was not entertained. At. All. I won't pull that stunt again. I just figured with handsome Mr. Cusack in it, she'd put up with a thriller. I was wrong. I'm in trouble. She doesn't like thrillers. And for the record? I'm just not an Amanda Peet fan. Still. And Rebecca De Mornay was unrecognizable to me. How many of you who have seen this film knew her? She was certainly not her Risky Business self! Okay, so some of us have changed in the past 22 years, but still... I'm agog...

Heading down to watch another movie with her to help get her mind of of that one. Hope you are all enjoying your Friday evening!

Today's miles: 4.09
Total so far: 428.88
Still to go for goal: 71.12

My Girls...

When I posted the goofy photos of Keli and Grandma a few weeks back, I also said that I would post a good picture of them - this was a promise made to my mom, who never wanted the goofy ones posted in the first place (she said half-heartedly and laughing, so I took it as a good-natured joke from someone who really didn't care one way or the other...) Well, Dad sent me the great photo they took together at Thanksgiving (I believe was the event - it may have just been the day Keli got her perm and we stopped back there for the "after" photo). So here you go, Mom!

A really great shot of the two of you, to counter your goofy girls photos (which I still really love)...

Okay. That's a wrap for me. I'm heading to bed so I can have some brain power in the morning when I meet Miz Marvelous Marge in the morning for some magical writing time. Think I'll set another book free, too!



Just wait til I get home tonight and show you what just arrived for me on my doorstep... I'll post a picture! Some people are so romantic!

40 of my favorite flowers for my 40 years on this planet... isn't that cool? In the middle of a freakin' blizzard!!! Shipped all the way from Florida, for crying out loud!

Okay - so here they are... and surprise of surprises... I got all set to put this on my blog,

and another delivery showed up (two)! I'm practically drowning in gorgeous flowers! It appears there were two deliveries at that time, but only one card, however. I hope that gets straightened out. Guess I'll have to call the flower shop in the morning. Aren't they beautiful???

Of course, I then had to call in the Calvary to help get the poor delivery gal out of the driveway... but that was almost fun.

Today's miles: 4.0
Total so far: 424.79
Still to go for goal: 75.21

What I do know: the 40 tulips that came first were from Keith... thank you Keith!!! Then one of the arrangements that came later in the day because I had to leave before they could deliver them was from my Gray Street buddy. I don't know who the other arrangement was from. Unless both of them were from her, just wrapped in two separate parcels, which would be kind of weird, but who knows???

The new profile shot came tonight in an e-mail from eldest bro... It was taken at his house while I sat staring dazedly at the screen while watching Elf. "I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite." :) You haven't watched Elf until you've watched it with the girls in my family. Truly.

10 Grand??? Who's it gonna be?

I just realized that I'm probably going to hit 10,000 visitors to my blog today. That's kinda cool. Since it's my birthday and all. Well, unless nobody visits today. That would be sad. Damn. Why'd I think of that? Shite. I'm going to bed now. Depressed. That sucks. ;) G'night all. All three and a half of you... heh.

It's Not One Damn Dime Day...

And I'm participating! Are any of you? I'd love to know if you are and to what extent...

Kel and I are doing a couple of things for my birthday today, but I took care of paying for them in advance so we wouldn't have to pay for any of it today. If we have forgotten anything, we will go without.

Enjoy your day!


Girls' Night and a New Template...

I'm close to the end and it's practically a clone of the old one anyway, and I've been having so much trouble trying to get it to work (I've been trying for the past three weeks or so). Since I finally got some fabulous help from someone (thanks to redryder52) out at the Blogger Forum to get it all squared away (crossing fingers that it will actually work when I go to publish this post), I thought I'd better get it on here before my luck runs out. Besides, it took me so long to get moving again, I deserved a reward for it. :)

One further note on this template - it looks far better on firefox than it does on Internet Explorer... I'm just sayin'.

Tonight is girls' night so we're heading to my folks' house for tacos and a movie after I get Keli picked up from philosophy club. First I'll be taking the car in for an oil change and going to the post office to mail out Jen's scarf and drop a david m. bailey cd in the mail for Pat.

But first! A photo of Jen's scarf. Glad I remembered to do this before I sealed up the box. I hate when I make something unique and then don't get a photo.

So here it is... Jen's scarf (I hope she likes it):

Now I've gotta bug out because I've got a lot to do before we get started on our evening. Please send some good, healthy thoughts of FIBER to my pooch will ya? And that's all ya need to know! :-)

Today's miles: 4.18
Total so far: 420.79
Still to go for goal: 79.21


Playing Catch-up on a Tuesday...

After a long weekend I get to play catch-up with my posts tonight. I did keep on running for the most part. I took yesterday off but the mileage was decent on the days I ran. I still have 26 days left to run the 83.39 miles which averages out to just over 3.21 miles a day to finish up by Valentine's Day and get the $40 pledge Hutch promised me. :) Provided I did my calculations correctly. I should be able to complete it if I don't get sick and unable to run for several days in a row or something.

Not much else exciting to report in my world. By not posting over the weekend I did miss the opportunity to give out a piece of birthday cake on the blog...

That was for my beautiful niece who had a birthday on Sunday. Several of us share a short span in January for our birthdays. We might celebrate together soon, too. We'll have to see.

I'm going to get a little organizational stuff done now if I can. Then I have to head to town to pick up Keli. She is at a study group now. This is finals week for the end of second term. I can't believe the school year is half over already.

Saturday's miles: 4.25
Total so far: 408.45
Still to go for goal: 91.55

Sunday's miles: 4.0
Total so far: 412.45
Still to go for goal: 87.55

Today's miles: 4.16
Total so far: 416.61
Still to go for goal: 83.39

I finally started watching season 2 of Starsky and Hutch with my running! How cool is that! And Jen, your scarf will be in the mail tomorrow! Thank you so much for supporting my Relay for Life efforts! Wish I knew how to make one of those cool scrolling things - I'd make a banner that scrolled on which I could thank every one of you bloggers who have donated or purchased a scarf. You all are the bestest and most generous people anywhere!!!


Closer to an answer every day?

Father Erickson's actions, statements make him suspect
Wednesday, January 12, 2005

By Meg Heaton, Hudson Star-Observer reporter

The Hudson Police Department appears to have had good reason to investigate the late Father Ryan Erickson as a suspect in the February 2002 murders of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison as well as other crimes.

From information obtained at the Hudson Police Department, the Star-Observer has learned that Erickson was interviewed twice last year -- Nov. 11 and Dec. 7 -- prior to the early December search of his residence in Hurley.

Hudson Police Chief Dick Trende confirmed Tuesday that Erickson was the subject of an investigation into possible improper and criminal activity with minors before he was ever considered a "person of interest" in the O'Connell/Ellison murder investigation. It was through facts gathered in that investigation that police began to look at him in connection with the murders.

Trende said inconsistencies in Erickson's statements to police during their interviews with him raised suspicions that ultimately led them to seek the search warrant. St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham sealed the search warrant shortly after Erickson's death to protect the ongoing investigation.

In interviews, Erickson revealed details of the crime scene that were never released to the public. According to investigators, when asked about how he knew these details, Erickson said he was informed of them by an individual who was at the funeral home following the discovery of the murders.

When police interviewed that individual, he denied having spoken about any details at the crime scene to Erickson. Erickson then gave police another source for his information but that person also denied discussing any crime scene details with Erickson.

Investigators also noted that Erickson could not remember where he was on the day of the murders and that in subsequent interviews his statement had changed about his whereabouts and other details.

Police also noted that Erickson was driving a car that matched the description of one seen parked at the O'Connell Funeral Home on the day of the murders and that he matched the general description of a man seen driving away in the vehicle.

The Star-Observer has requested that documents found on Erickson's desk the day of his death, including a letter he wrote and his last will and testament, be released.

Trende again appealed to anyone with information about Erickson or the murders to come forward and talk with investigators. "This is not about pinning something on Father Erickson but at getting at the truth, which is what everybody wants."

More on this story in this week's print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer.

Those of you new to my blog may not know that I went to school with Dan. We are fast approaching the three year anniversary of his death and our entire community mourns his and James's deaths every day.


Can someone please tell me something? Long long ago, there was a photo in my blog that had a name on it that apparently creepy people find when looking for things they like to look at. I know because when I went to my stats, that photo would show up in the search engines on a fairly regular basis and it was just about the only thing from my archives that did. SO, I changed the name of the photo and the link to it in the archive so that it wouldn't be popping up in their searches anymore.

BUT, because of the wonderful world of historical backups or whatever, it still shows up, even though it really doesn't have that name anymore. The searcher doesn't actually get to it anymore - there is just a hit from google or yahoo or whatever, but I'd like to get rid of that hit, if at all possible. Is there a way to clean that out somehow? Can anybody tell me that? Who knows what I am babbling about and who knows the answer to the question?

Duck Day! Under a hundred!

Wanted to say that I'm in the home stretch, but since I still have the under 50 miles duck to earn, I'll save that for that beautiful day.

Watched Little Black Book today while I ran. Discovered the glory of running to Carly Simon music. Will have to make sure I remember that when I get back out on the road next spring so I can put that disk into the cd player/headphones. Favorite tune from the movie (and Carly's Reflections CD) - Let the River Run.

Today's miles: 5.25
Total so far: 404.2
Still to go for goal: 95.8

Today's run was for Jen's friend Priscilla, who is now cancer free after battling thyroid cancer with surgery and chemo.

I'm off to the showers now and then many layers of clothing and my notebook. No reading or surfing until the pen has hit the page. Many pages in fact. I'm under strict orders because I didn't get to meet Mystical Marge today for writing practice. I get to have a massage this afternoon, though! A preface to what proves to be a Happy Birthday Week! Yes, I'm celebrating all week. You get to do that when you become middle aged, right? RIGHT???

Hope ya'll have a great Friday.


Baby it's frigid out there.

Okay yeah, right now? It's Dogdamn cold. -10 with wind. Big wind. So there's a little thing called windchill. That's when it feels like it's even colder than the -10 it actually is. It really feels like -30 out there right now. Which to me? You might as well just call it -100 because it doesn't matter when it gets this cold what it is. Just cut my toes off, remove my fingers, apply the ice particles directly to my nose and pour water on my face as you blast the wind directly onto bare skin.

You want me to go where and do what? Turn up the heat on that electric mattress pad and give me another pair of socks. No, this one is for my hands. I'm not getting out of the bed for the next 24 hours. I can't even type after this post because my fingers are turning blue. Forget the septic system. I'm not getting out of bed to USE any of the water in the house. Water just sounds too cold. I need someone to find me an IV that will pump coffee directly into my veins.

This is me, signing off. See you in the spring. When I start to melt again. I really feel like I'm slowing down and going into hybernation mode tonight. The heater can't even keep up with the cold. But if you think I'm going to go out that patio door and get some wood to light a fire, or open the damper on the fireplace, you've got another thing coming, pal. Forget it. Heat later is not worth the frigidity now.

Hang onto your hats, Kath... I think this is coming your way!


Post Wednesday. I missed posting yesterday. Had a busy day. Did a bit of running around, plus it was girls' day and spent it with more than just the girls because my brother joined us and my dad helped out, so it was a family day, I guess you could say. No photos to share from it, I'm afraid. We worked at getting Relay packets ready for the meeting tonight. I had to pull some things that were inadvertently stuffed.

Was up rather late last night working on the Relay website. Kicked some butt on the website, actually. Got a lot of things accomplished on it after learning a lot about it from one of the other website coordinators from another town (thank you, Chris!). Well, actually, from MY town - the one I live in. I just happen to be working on the Relay from the old home town - where I grew up.

There are deer wandering through our woods right now - a whole herd. Good Dog I love deer. They are so beautiful. I don't know how they manage to stay warm enough in this cold, though. It is currently 1 degree and dropping quickly by a few degrees per hour. By the weekend we aren't supposed to get above zero. And the windchills are supposed to be well below that. We don't have a decent base of snow on the ground and while I know this is far TMI for most of you, yes, that means another winter with a freezing septic system is well within our potential. That will mean three years in a row. Time to move? And I'm talking away from the frozen wasteland that is the north.

Yesterday's run was for Jen's friend David. I'm also adding him to my list of inspirations for his current battle with cancer in the stomach and liver. Add him to your thoughts/prayers please.

Yesterday's miles: 4.2
Total so far: 394.95
Still to go for goal: 105.05

Today's run was for her friend Claire. You'll find her name in the inspiration list as well. She battled breast cancer and all signs are that she has beaten the beast through surgery and chemo.

Today's miles: 4.0
Total so far: 398.95
Still to go for goal: 101.05

Well, I have a busy evening still to come. I know there were scarf photos promised, but I know that those who wanted scarves already bought them, so nobody is out here holding their breath. They'll be coming.


Tuesday's notes...

Well, several things accomplished today. Fundraising phone call done over lunch. Bank run done after that. Looked at some yarn to see if I could find the really cool and funky stuff used on the beautiful scarf I saw at the party this weekend. I found at least one of them.

Heard from Hutch today and received a pledge of a donation from her if I get back from Nowhere by Valentine's Day. With only 34 days to go until then, I need to average 3.25 miles per day to complete the task. A bit more than the 20 miles a week I was aiming for, but certainly not out of reach. Thanks for the pledge, old friend! And the push!

And yesterday, I agreed to this ridiculousness! What was I thinking? It is still winter in Wisconsin that early in March! Ah well. We'll have fun, won't we, Kathy?

Tomorrow is Girls' Day! Last week we went to a movie. This week we're working on Relay stuff and who knows what else? I think we may need to plan a meeting for our team. And discuss fund raisers. We have the hot dog stand reserved again!

I didn't get any photos of the scarves today and I want to do that when the sun is up. I should photograph the ones Mom has left, too. I'll do that tomorrow.

I've got to get to bed and still need to get an e-mail out. I haven't even had time to surf around and visit my blog friends today. Or read! Kim, are things starting to happen for your Relay yet? Will You Gotta Have Faith be getting it's team together again this year?

Today's miles: 4.2
Total so far: 390.75
Still to go for goal: 109.25


Monday's Weekend Recap...

Warning: Do not take four Midol Complete in the evening (spread out over the course of a few hours), even if you think they are potentially helping your migraine dissipate because of the acetaminophen they contain when you cannot find the extra strength tylenol. They also contain caffeine and additional stimulant and diuretic and will potentially keep you awake, even though they say that use of the product may make you drowsy.

I was awake all night last night. Between having to go to the bathroom and having to take the dog out (I didn't give him any, I swear - but he insisted on going outside three times - the third time, which took place at 5 am, he walked out into the frigid Wisconsin air, stretched like a cat, turned around and came back inside), the remainder of the evening was spent tossing and turning with my eyes wide open staring at the ceiling wondering why I could not even approach a sleep state.

At 6 the alarm went off so I made sure Keli got up to get ready for school. At that time, I fell fast asleep. She woke me up at 6:45 to get her to school. I came home and went straight back to bed. Well, after I fed and medicated the dog. I slept off and on until 2:15, waking only when the dog told me it was time to get up and feed him or let him outside again.

I don't think I'll make that mistake again. I have tylenol on my shopping list. The good news is, the two day migraine is actually gone now. It wasn't until after the sleep today, though. It wasn't actually the Midol that did it. So Robert, don't go out and buy any. Trust me on this one. ;-)

I finished reading Wicked yesterday. I found myself rushing through it and now I mourn the characters and story as I always do when I've hurried through a book and come to the end without savouring it. Now I'm working on Reading Lolita in Tehran and am limiting myself to a certain amount per day so I can also get other things done.

As for the Packer/Viking game? Brett had a bad day. My Mom forgot to wear her Packer shirt. I didn't place a bet. Do they have to beat them EVERY time they face them in one season??? Isn't two out of three good enough? We are cheddar heads. All is forgiven.

Going to attempt to get to bed now and see if I can get my body back on a normal schedule. Oh but first...

Thank you to everyone who has purchased a scarf from me for Relay For Life! So far I have been able to put aside $450 to donate just from the sale of the scarves! I'm going to get the money transferred later this week or early next so I can send ACS a money order and get it all square on my online site so it shows up there. If anyone else is still interested, let me know! I still have some available, which I'm going to take a photo of tomorrow so I can get it posted - I'll do a whole scarf post at that time... And I'm going to stop at a new store later this week, too. I saw the most gorgeous scarf at a party this weekend and the yarn was purchased right here in my little home town. If I can duplicate it, I'd like to make one and maybe take bids on it...

Today's miles: 4.0
Total so far: 386.55
Still to go for goal: 113.45



I ran 741.16 miles in 2004.

I'm shooting for 1000 in 2005.

Mileage update... For Mary Jane...

Today's miles: 4
Total so far: 382.55
Still to go for goal: 117.45

These are for Mary Jane! She is an Original Brain Truster! She was on the very first Relay For Life team (Keith's Brain Trust is the name of our team - named in honor of my husband Keith, who had the brain tumor) we put together a few years ago and is a dear friend of the family and underwent surgery for colon cancer yesterday.

We wish you the very best MJ! Big hugs and smooches and hope you'll be on the mend very soon... She wasn't able to join us on the official team last year, but - Once a Brain Truster/always a Brain Truster!

please don't scream... it's my Year-End MEME!!!!

1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Ran 500 miles! Yeah, baby!

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
For the first year in many, I don't believe I actually MADE any for 2004.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Well, nobody has defined 'close to' here. I did have cousins (not first cousins) give birth in 2004, but I would not define that as 'close'.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
We attended no funerals, and by my definition there were no 'close' deaths. There were some losses in our BT Warrior group and among our family friends and extended family, however.

5. What countries did you visit?
I was strictly here in the old US the entire year. And of that, spent the whole year in my own state with tiny jaunts over the border to Minnesota on frequent occasions.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
super-human organizational skills...

7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 3... waking up to the news and swearing it was just a nightmare. America couldn't have made such a colossal mistake as that again!??? I know I'm going to wake up sooner or later.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Running 500 Miles to raise money ($2500) for Relay For Life.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not getting on the ball to fund-raise for the current 500 miles I'm running because I thought I'd have another 500 miles (a third one) underway by now. Luckily my generous friends are making offers of donations anyway! Because they are the coolest. Thanks to the most recent pledge maker, C.Rae. You totally rock, my friend!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
A minor running related stress injury that healed really quickly very early in the run. Aside from that just the normal colds and allergies are all I remember and those aren't even memorable. A few migraines.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Keith's espresso machine and burr grinder probably. Especially after he's mastered the perfect latte. :-)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
MINE! I ran 500 miles! :) Okay, I'll stop. NO I WON'T! :)

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Dubya's. All the time.

14. Where did most of your money go?
My guess would be movie rentals. :) (see 19)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Relay. I always get excited about The Relay. Ask my team members. They'll tell you I do silly stuff like dance around the track that night and blow off all sorts of crazy energy. It's the highlight of my year.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
The 500 Mile Song. (What IS the official name of that song?)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? I think about the same.
b) thinner or fatter? A bit thinner.
c) richer or poorer? After 195 movies (er, see 19) whaddya think? ;) Seriously, I don't pay a whole lot of attention to this topic. Keith would have to weigh in on this.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Reading and writing.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Movie watching I guess... LOL I kept a list - 195 that I actually wrote down (many of them repeats because if I see one and like it and think that Keli will like it, I'll watch it again with her before returning it and if I really like it, there's a good chance I may even rent it again or purchase it and see it another time; if it's one we own, you bet I'll watch it multiple times because I probably really like it). And I'm sure I forgot a few. Well, I do watch them when I'm on the treadmill, you know!

20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my familia?

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
Stayed in love.

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Gilmore Girls

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I'm not big on hate. But let's not talk politics, okay?

26. What was the best book you read?
*running to get reading list*
Fiction - I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse? by Suzy Becker
Nonfiction - Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

28. What did you want and get?
Ooooh - this!

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Movie overload... How can I possibly name a single film? Though, I did really have a lot of fun watching the final installment of LOTR and I'm having much MORE fun watching the extended play versions of the trilogy. And since movies are all about fun, in my opinion, that's what I'm going with. RETURN OF THE KING! Long live Aragorn! :-) Man, what a geek...

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went back and checked the old blog to find out! I spent it sleeping in, then running 4 miles on the treadmill while I finished watching Apocalypse Now. After that I showered, picked up the kid from school, went to my parents' for dinner and socializing, and came back home where I did a little reading of Steinbeck's The Wayward Bus before turning in. It was my 39th birthday.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having the hubby working close to home so he didn't have to live in an apartment and spend just weekends with us.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Levi's. T-shirts. Sandals. COMFORT...

34. What kept you sane?
Running. Writing. MOVIES! Coffee. and Mocha Cappuccino scones!

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
er, nobody special... Who fancies celebrities??? heh...

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The war that is supposedly over in Iraq...

37. Who did you miss?
Keith all week, every week and Keli during her Japan trip and during her month in Colorado visiting her baby sister.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
The bloggers! And every new Relay person I meet each time we go through another session of that is incredible.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:
I'm an incredibly lucky person with an incredibly blessed life.


Go wish this DIVA happy birthday! Even if you don't know her! GET to know her. She's cool... And she lives in Turkey! And LOOK at those eyes! Mesmerizing I tell you!


For Pat...

First of all, thank you for all of the commenters on yesterday's de-lurking post! If anymore of you want to add to that, I'm happy to up the contribution to the Tsunami Relief fund - the more the better, so go comment! Obviously, unless I get more comments, I'll have to up it from the dollar per of the original post!

I learned today that the husband of a friend of ours needs to be added to the BT Warrior listing. He had surgery early last month to have a brain tumor removed from his left frontal lobe. They've had a lot to deal with for a long time. Now this. So today, I'm running for Pat. Here I go. This one's for you, Pat.

Pat is the caregiver, the wife of said BT Warrior, Lonnie. I'm starting out giving the miles to her because I think she could use the extra strength and love and vibes and prayers. Have you got a prayer list? Or perhaps just a "good thoughts" list? If you do, put her name on it for me, would you please? Thanks. And add another BT Warrior to that list while you're at it. Because Lonnie just started radiation this week and has a long road ahead. Thanks.

Today's miles: 4.25
Total so far: 378.55
Still to go for goal: 121.45

Finished watching the extended edition of The Two Towers on today's run. And began The Return of the King. *sigh* They should come out with extended editions of all of my favorite movies for DVD now. I'd appreciate that.

Need to go shower and get on with other things. Much to do involving Relay website stuff, Relay packet stuff and Relay team stuff, and then there is writing, reading, picking up Keli, and other daily stuff I want to do and all of this takes place after I shower. No time for blog surfing today. :( Must get started earlier in the day. Must ask some people what time they get up in the morning so they accomplish so much. And I think more importantly, must drink more coffee. :)

Yesterday's Miles: 4.0
Total So Far: 374.3
Still To Go: 125.7


Today is De-Lurking Day

I loved this idea when I heard it and wished I'd known about it yesterday. Perhaps if I lurked in more places, I would have! :) Anyway, wish it had been posted early this morning, but I wasn't online early enough to get it out here. So afternoon lurkers, please please read up and comment away!!!

I've stolen this from Jen, who got it from Dawn, who got it from Liz, who got it from Paper Napkin.

I know you're out there. My stats tell me you're out there. And today you have a once in a lifetime chance to let your presence be known.

Well, okay, technically you have that chance everyday, but today is De-Lurking Day! A special day celebrating lurkers, and exhorting you to muster the strength and bravery to click on that comment button and end the deafening silence.

So say hi, or tell me your wish for 2005, or what you're having for lunch, or your diabolical plan for world domination-- whatever. I am one of the worst offenders, and may be popping by your site to say "Hello, I'm Sheryl, and I am a lurkaholic"

To give you a little more incentive (I'm starting to feel like a used car salesman), I will personally donate at least one dollar for every commenter to aid the tsunami victims.

So what on earth are you waiting for?! Come on down to Big Lou's Pre-owned Palace! If I can't get you the deal you want, I'll bite the head off a live chicken!

If you're a blogger who wants to know who your readers are, click here and you'll see a few more buttons for your right-clicking-and-saving pleasure. I'd like to see this meme spread far and wide. Happy commenting!

Yesterday's miles: 4
Total so far: 370.3
Still to go for goal: 129.7



tuesday is chooseday

either leave your answers or a link to your webpage with your responses.

    Would you rather:

  1. work at a company that regularly tests hair care products on animals OR regularly buries toxic waste illegally?
  2. It would have to be the toxic waste, but I wouldn't last long. Neither will the earth, obviously.

  3. for an entire month, eat everything through a straw OR deep fried?
  4. I go for the deep fried one day at the state fair in Minnesota. Okay, maybe two days if someone convinces me I need to be there more than once. It's all deep fried for those two days... cheese curds, egg rolls and anything else you can put on a stick. And that's as much as I can take. I would never survive for a month. I could do a month with a straw, though! I've seen a person do it. A woman I worked with had to have her jaw wired shut. Rather, she chose to have her jaw wired shut when she had some reconstructive surgery. And that was for a month at least. She lost a lot of weight.

  5. invent the next popular kids toy OR sex toy?
  6. kids' toy. Totally. I'm all over that. Keith and I always buy at least one cool thing for Christmas like a hover craft or a race car or an airplane that really flies... we love playing with kids' toys. The hover craft didn't last very long because it was styrofoam. Come to think of it, neither did the airplane for the very same reason. The race car is doing better so far.

  7. find out your neighbor is a spy for an enemy nation OR a black ops assassin for your government?
  8. I cannot answer this question because I may implicate myself...


Holidays are Over...

It's very hard to blog with a dog in your arms. There has been a relapse, I'm afraid.

Today's miles: 4.0
Total so far: 366.3
Still to go for goal: 133.7

And I'm still in search of an answer to why posts would layer up on top of one another rather than run down the page as they should. I must be missing some command or end command... Anyone want to peak at my practice blog? Katie for instance???