Monday Marginala – We Visited The Kids

Here we are on the road and wondering if the little dark cloud up there near the Batman building in Nashville is following over someone.

Here we are on the road and wondering if the little dark cloud up there near the Batman building in Nashville is following over someone.

Well hello there!  I know, I know blog fade got me as RL intruded.  But yet again I’m back just like a bad penny.  So shall we carry on as if nothing happened.  Yes why don’t we…

Over the 4th of July weekend we went to North Chicago and stayed in the Navy Lodge at the Great Lakes Naval Base to visit our son Aaron and his fiancee Sara.  Aaron home at their apartment in Kenosha after a lay off at the civilian job and then injury during his Army National Guard drill weekend.  So he was free to hang with us and Sara was free Sunday for a tour and Monday for dinner. Continue reading

It’s The Old Days Again

You know that Mike hast to go some where on nice weekends. This time it was a reenactment over at Silver Lake in Kenosha County. Of course we got in the faithful old Mustang, put the top down and took off. When we got there we discovered a nice park not far from our house. A quaint reenactment set just before the Revolutionary War broke out. Here’s the photos from the day.

Silver Lake WI Reinactment June 2013 (2)

This was the first thing that caught my eye. This barefoot little girl ran past us and down the back of the tents. I loved her costume! She was adorable.

Silver Lake WI Reinactment June 2013 (3)

This was a pewter smith demonstrating how he made eating utensils. If you click and hop over to my Flickr account you can see some of the many trinkets he has made with his 100s of pewter molds.

Silver Lake WI Reinactment June 2013 (6)

Well I assume you know what lace is but a lucet is a tool used in making cords.

Silver Lake WI Reinactment June 2013 (8)

This tent had some beautiful handmade furniture for sale. Lovely stuff!

Silver Lake WI Reinactment June 2013 (14)

This gentleman explained how to fire the cannon, the different types of shot used and when they were used in battle, then took the scouts through a drill enacting the process of firing.

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The don’t tread on me flag was flying.

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The storekeep in the tent in the background there had a very floral ensemble whose hat only made me think that he looked like he had been sleeping. Also I loved the lady walking by in historic garb.

Silver Lake WI Reinactment June 2013 (1)

Red coats took off their red wool coats and slept outside their tents on the unusally hot day.

As always you can click on any photo to be taken over to my Flickr account. There you can see more images from the day. Until next time!

Just A Few Laps Around The Lake

Back on May 26th Mike and I were looking for something to do. You know he HAS to get out and DO something if it isn’t snowy on the weekend. So after seeing in the paper that there were boat races on Lake Andrea in Pleasant Prairie we were off to see what it was about.

It was about small boats that sound like lawn mowers doing laps on a very small lake not far from our house. Really there were heats, different levels, and such. Interesting but as the sun started to set the day was getting cool we headed home. Here’s a few shots of the day.

Boat Races Spring 2013

We weren’t the only ones out for the day. Here come three boats on the turn…

Boat Races Spring 2013

As you can see they didn’t leave their opponents in the dust but rather in the mist!

Boat Races Spring 2013

With the races on Froggy wasn’t renting any boats that day.

Boat Races Spring 2013

Here’s a shot of mechanics working on some of the middle class boats.

Boat Races Spring 2013

There where the green flag is in the photo was the starting line. They used flags like in car racing. If a boat broke down there would be a caution flag. Winner got the checkered flag.

Boat Races Spring 2013

Safety crew was out in wave runners. They’d tend boats that stalled or broke down. They’d also act like tow trucks of the water.

Boat Races Spring 2013

Sure it was a cool day. I had the hood up on my hoodie (take that Geraldo Rivera I rehabilitated the hoodie for middle-aged moms!) but this spectator was a bit excessive

Boat Races Spring 2013

As you can see Mike wore a polar fleece but bundling wasn’t necessary for us.

As always there’s more on my Flickr account – clicking on any of the images will take you there. Feel free to snoop around over there as much as you want.

Until next time!

Kenosha Gets In the Holiday Mood

This house is in our neighborhood. It’s just behind the bank and across the street from the grocery store. It is a sight to beho- ho-ho-hold!

One thing I noticed our first season here was the attention to yards. No really here and Michigan people on the whole tend their yards more than say in Tennessee, South Carolina, or Florida. Why I don’t know, but they do. I suspect it has something to do with the awful winters they generally have here and the Midwest ethos. I throw in the last part because there’s awful winters in upstate New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island (all place I’ve lived) but they don’t pay attention to lawns like Michigan and Wisconsin do.

This lawn attention carries on to holiday decorating. I showed you our neighborhood at Halloween, now let me introduce you to it during the Christmas season. There is a street here in Kenosha called Christmas Lane. It’s known for the over the top Christmas decorations. It all started as a friendly competition between two neighbors. They tried to out do each other every year. It got so competitive that tarps were put up so the other fella couldn’t see what was coming until the great reveal! Eventually the whole street joined in the spirit of lighting up the night.

What follows are highlights of our neighborhood and of Christmas Lane. You can click on any picture to be taken over to my Flickr account and there see even more photos.

We are simple folk who go for a few simple strands of color. T he big bulbs like I remember being on trees of my childhood.

We are simple folk who go for a few simple strands of color. T he big bulbs like I remember being on trees of my childhood.

The view down our street.

The view down our street.

Neighboring decorated houses

Neighboring decorated houses

This one was done in all white lights but I liked it!

This one was done in all white lights but I liked it!

Santa and his light reindeer!

Santa and his light reindeer!

This looks like the Griswald place!

This looks like the Griswald place!

This house on Christmas lane has a miniature scene in the window every year.

This house on Christmas lane has a miniature scene in the window every year.

Santa is on his way.  I really like how they lit the windows in the background.

Santa is on his way. I really like how they lit the windows in the background.

Some look better a bit out of focus.  Reminds me of watching the tree as I fell asleep on the couch as a kid.

Some look better a bit out of focus. Reminds me of watching the tree as I fell asleep on the couch as a kid.

Until next time!

Superstorm Sandy’s Wind Came to Wisconsin

Thankfully we weren’t slammed by Sandy like Cuba and the upper East Coast of the US were.  However she did get here going against the usually pattern of getting our weather from the West.  We got mostly winds from the storm.

One night when it was in the upper 20sF here we got a wonderful ice ring around the moon.  Bigger than my house- here’s a few photos of it.

ice ring around moon from Sandy moisture (2)

ice ring around moon from Sandy moisture (1)

ice ring around moon from Sandy moisture (6)

ice ring around moon from Sandy moisture (4)

The next day the wind rolled in and we got some great waves. Many people were out at the point and on the beach making pictures of it. I was one of them. Rappy went with me and enjoyed the crowd much more than the waves. The waves scared her. Our usually blue lake was brownish being churned up by the high winds.

Lake Michigan after Sandy 1

Lake Michigan after Sandy 16

Lake Michigan after Sandy 13

Lake Michigan after Sandy 20

Lake Michigan after Sandy 32

TAKE MY PICTURE BRO!

Lake Michigan after Sandy 27

Lake Michigan after Sandy 33

Lake Michigan after Sandy 25

Lake Michigan after Sandy 30

Looking back to town big waves

Kenosha Women Weren’t Wallflowers

Office of the Green Ridge Cemetery in Kenosha

Office of the Green Ridge Cemetery in Kenosha. The tent was set up to be a wind free waiting room for the history walk tours.

I want to thank my blog readers.  Because of you I’m learning more about the area in which I live.  Yes the feed the blog need has me going out to learn about my community.  Thank you for giving me the gentle push out the door and opening my world.

One of our historic cemeteries here in Kenosha city is the Green Ridge Cemetery.  It is the oldest one holding graves of two and a memorial for one Revolutionary Soldiers. Every October there is a history walk in the cemetery given by the Kenosha History Center.  It’s different from the other cemetery history walks in that the guide doesn’t tell you the history but instead takes you designated graves where reenactors portray the person and tell you their life story.

I’ve wanted to do this tour (which changes what historical figures it highlights  each year) for years.  It seems something always got in the way.  Last year I got there about 2pm and all the tickets were given out. Yes 350 tickets for the free tours were GONE!  There were crowds waiting for their tour time.

History Walk At Green Ridge Cemetery - Great Women of Kenosha

This year I made sure we got there EARLY!  We got tickets and were in the first tour.  It was the first fall day with a nip in the air.  Mike was freezing.  Still we enjoyed it very much as the sun was out and the colors (though dull this year compared to previous years) were out.

History Walk At Green Ridge Cemetery - Great Women of Kenosha

Naomi Waisman-Zabler portraying Dr. Helen Harbert

Our first stop was Dr. Helen Harbert (1859-1930) portrayed by Naomi Waisman-Zabler.  Helen was born Hanson and immigrated to the US from Denmark.  She went to medical school and was one of the first licensed female doctors.  She lost her first husband and her children in a tragic house fire while she was at her practice.  Needing a new start she moved to Kenosha and started the first woman doctor’s practice here.  She met and married Hans Harbert.  During her life here in Kenosha she was a highly respected member of the community.  She served on the Kenosha County Medical Association, active with the Grad Army of the Republic Women’s Relief Corps taking care of Army Vets free of charge, active in the Danish Lodge, was a major Red Cross organizer in the county, and during WWI she actively promoted Liberty Bonds to support the troops.  However she became ill.  Her diagnosis was terminal and she knew how slow the death was with her aliment.  She’d tended patients with the same affliction (I don’t remember what it was but a type of cancer) and knew how they wasted away painfully.  After receiving confirmation of her diagnosis while in the Kenosha Hospital for testing she jumped out the window killing herself to avoid the wasting away.   She died at the age of 71.

History Walk At Green Ridge Cemetery - Great Women of Kenosha

Kathy Cole portraying Gertrude Alford

Next was Kathy Cole who was portraying Gertrude Alford (1881-1964) at Mrs. Alford’s grave. Gertrude and her husband Walter moved to Kenosha from Detroit Michigan.  They became highly respected in Kenosha for their philanthropic generosity.  They sadly lost their only son when his car was hit by a train during a scavenger hunt.  He and his date were killed.  After that Gertrude turned her philanthropic tenancies toward helping young men and women.  After finding out about the Girls Scouts she founded one of the first troops in the nation here in Kenosha Wisconsin.  It is still active today and its original charter bears the signatures of Gertrude and Juliette Gordon Lowe (founder of the movement).  To support the new troop and the Boy Scouts Gertrude donated a large parcel of land for the scouts use.  Today it is Woodhaven Program Center and is still the hub of scouting  for the area today.  Gertrude was known for her love of golf.  She played well into her senior years and always had clubs in her car in case she could squeeze a few holes in between her appointments.

History Walk At Green Ridge Cemetery - Great Women of Kenosha

Julie Burton portraying Jane Pfenning Henkel (my apologies to Ms. Burton she was a WONDERFUL and expressive reenactor! However all my shots seemed to catch her in unflattering expressions. My apologies Ms. Burton)

The next woman on the tour  was Jane Pfenning Henkel (1914-2008) portrayed by Julie Burton.  Jane is the first native Kenoshian on the tour.  Her father was Mayor.  Her story intertwines with Gertrude Alford’s above.  You see Jane was the first girl Alford’s son had asked to the the scavenger hunt.  Jane excited to be asked by the posh Alford said YES!  Only there was one problem he wasn’t the first to ask her and she’d already said yes to another young man.  When her mother found out she made Jane tell Alford no she couldn’t go and stick to her word in accepting the first boy’s invitation.  If she’d gone with Alford she’d been in the car that struck by the train killing Alford, his date, and two more of their friends.  Jane lived a long happy life thanks to Mom’s intervention and making Jane hold to her word.

History Walk At Green Ridge Cemetery - Great Women of Kenosha

Jean Preston portraying Lauretta A. Dibble

We then moved on to the grave of Lauretta A. Dibble (1893-1952) portrayed by Jean Preston.  This was the second native Kenoshian.  She was born and died here but lived most of her life outside of Kenosha.  Lauretta was a missionary for the Congregational Church.  She spent years of her life teaching at a girls school in Africa.  She sent letters and journals home to her church here in Kenosha detailing her life in Africa.  The church here paid her salary and expenses to be at the school there.  She fell in love the people and culture learning many of the native crafts and cuisines   She sent back artwork and crafts to her church to show the beautiful work and to sell to raise money to support the school.  Unfortunately Lauretta developed cancer and had to come back to the United States for treatment.  She received letters regularly from the girls she taught and had taught.  These letters were dear to her and kept her spirits up while she was dying.  Lauretta died in 1952 here in Kenosha at her family home.

History Walk At Green Ridge Cemetery - Great Women of Kenosha

Viki Du Mez portraying the colorful Harriet H. Yule

The final stop was at the memorial for Harriet H. Yule (1861-1932) portrayed by Viki Du Mez. This was the most colorful character of those portrayed.  She was the great aunt of Orson Welles (yes he was born here in Kenosha).  Her family was very prominent featuring the owner of the first Kenosha newspaper, mayors, attorneys, and owning Bain Wagon Works. However her family wasn’t free from controversy nor was her life.  Her sister (Orson’s grandmother) may have been a polygamist.  It seems her first husband wandered off never to return so sis married again.  That was shocking to the community.  She and her new husband tried to gain acceptance back into society by throwing lavish parties, of which Harriet and her husband George were very fond.  But seems the rest of Kenosha didn’t like the free wheeling done there nor the cover charge to gain entry.  Then Harriett herself became vice-president in the family business with her husband.  This was Bain Wagon Works.  It was not seemly for a young married woman of her stature to engage in business much less go down to the wagon works and sit in an office working.  She even *gasp* conducted business negations with other men not of the community!  She had a head for financial matters and George had a head for transportation design together they built a nationwide business in noted wagons.  However George died and their son took over the business.  Harriet retired and followed her inclinations, which was to enjoy life.  It was well known that she and her cronies like to party and would often go out in her chauffeured car to various bars around the area.  She would be seen coming home in evening garb when others were starting their day. Finally tiring of being the social pariah in a small mid-west town she decided to follow her niece and great nephew to Hollywood.  On moving day when the movers came to pack up her things they found her in a state of undress in her own bedroom enjoying a chilled mixed drink to start her day.  It is said none of the muscular young men that had come to move her accepted her invitation to join her in a drink!

History Walk At Green Ridge Cemetery - Great Women of Kenosha

A tour heading off to the next reenactor.

I was left wanting more stories from more women of the past.  Sadly this year’s historic walk had come to a close.  I made some pictures of unique monuments and vowed to come back before next year just to photograph the other unique ones I saw in the distance.  Oh and I also vowed that next year we’d get there early again to be sure to meet more people from Kenosha’s past.

As always there are more photos of the day over at my Flickr account.  You can get there by clicking any image in the article (not the title image) then look around.  Also if you’d like to see an image larger, any image including the title image, then click on it! Until next time!