I was off early this morning to get the new tires on the toad. I only had to wait about an hour or so, and I was back in business.
One of the forecasts I read said it would be bright and sunny today. So much for the weather guessers. This is Balsam Lake that is a pretty good size, and you can normally see the treed far shore. I took care of several other chores in town, and then headed back home.
By the time I got back, it was noon and those sunny skies surely hadn’t shown up yet. Believe it or not, there are five trumpeter swans and a couple of ducks on this pond. They’re hard to see, but they’re there just right of center.
Can you see the visitors center and headquarters through the fog where I was watering the sod last weekend? I kind of enjoyed this softer view of the refuge.
About a week ago, while I was out checking signs for painting, I came upon some trash at one of the boat launches. It seems some boaters left a six pack of glass bottles of Miller Lite Beer behind. Three were empty, one was half full, and two were unopened. It made me think of Sam Weibel when I saw it. I don’t drink beer, but I do use it occasionally for beer battered shrimp. I don’t know of any place where you can just buy one can/bottle of beer, so I put those unopened bottles in my fridge.
Yesterday, I decided to fix some shrimp, but wasn’t interested in having them in batter. I just wanted cold cooked shrimp to be dipped in my homemade cocktail sauce that leans heavily on Hellman’s Mayo, a squirt of ketchup, and a scoop of horseradish. A cookbook I have from the Mississippi Gulf Coast suggests boiling the shrimp briefly in beer for added zest, so I used up one of those bottles of beer. The shrimp were delicious, but I sure didn’t taste any difference over using boiling water.
I got an email today from my son, Dan, telling me I hadn’t made my picks yet for this week’s football games. He’s the one that talked me into joining a fantasy football pool. I’m not doing very well, but that’s to be expected since I don’t follow football. It does give us something to chat about weekly though, so it’s worth it to me. Anyway, that email surprised me since I made my picks yesterday while chatting on the phone with him. I needed some clarification of the statistics that were showing up on my pick list. He didn’t know where I was getting these statistics from, since they didn’t show up on his pick list.
After his email warning, I decided to check it out. It seems I was making picks on the CBS network as opposed to our football pool, and was competing against four of the top football announcers and analysts. Ha! What a hoot! I hadn’t made any picks in that pool the first two weeks, so I am in 71,400th place. I don’t know how I ended up in that guessing game. I finally got back to the right fantasy pool, after writing down my picks from all the ‘analyzing’ I had done. I’ll see how that goes. I’d just like to beat him one week, but I doubt that will happen.
Tomorrow, I’m slated to be the ‘Laminating Queen’ on the refuge after cutting out pictures of birds with a scissors. Now there’s something to look forward to!
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy