French fries and free checking.

Friday afternoon, Tara and I stopped by our local credit union to open a new account. The receptionist had us take a seat while waiting for an available account representative and asked if she could get us anything, like water or coffee. "I'd love some French fries," I replied. My dear wife didn't even bat … Continue reading French fries and free checking.

This place is for the birds.

When you buy a house from a guy whose business card reads The Birdman, you kind of expect the backyard to reflect his passion. Sure 'nuff... I don't know if our property is an official Bird Sanctuary, but it oughta be. And then, not more than half an hour after walking through the yard and … Continue reading This place is for the birds.

That Voodoo That We Do

"You guys have the best cosmic energy of anyone I've ever met."Ashley J. First off, I'm glad those Voodoo lessons paid off. Tara thought it was a waste of money at the time, but I convinced her it could be a sound investment. Certainly better than crypto, amirite? What my friend was referring to, in … Continue reading That Voodoo That We Do

Don’t ever take sunsets for granted.

When we were chatting with Dick and Carol at our closing appointment, I mentioned how excited I was about having ponds. The water features in the backyard were a big draw when we first saw the listing in December. "There are goldfish in there," Carol said. "Assuming they survived the winter." Well, guess what? After … Continue reading Don’t ever take sunsets for granted.

Deja U-

This morning felt uncannily like Sept. 1 all over again. There we were, parked in front of our apartment complex garage with a U-Haul truck, chatting up a forgetful octogenarian. The only difference? We were loading the truck instead of unloading it. Oh, and it was about 60 degrees colder. There's that David Byrne song … Continue reading Deja U-

Home, Sleet Home

I woke up this morning, rolled over, and tapped Tara on the shoulder. "Hey," I said. "Wanna buy a house today?" Turns out she was game. Two hours later, we were chatting with Justin the Realtor in our about-to-be-new-home for the final walk-through. Just one month and two days after our offer was accepted. It's … Continue reading Home, Sleet Home

If it’s Thursday, it must be snowing.

We've had a weird trend in southern Wisconsin this winter: it has snowed almost every Thursday. Thursday isn't the only day it has snowed — but it has been the most reliably snowy. This isn't just a subjective observation, either. The stats back it up. In 2023, it has snowed every Thursday but one. Add … Continue reading If it’s Thursday, it must be snowing.

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.

I was chatting with a friend yesterday but had to cut the conversation short because I had plans. "I'm off to see the Statue of Liberty," I told her. "Umm, okay," she responded. "Didn't know y'all moved to NYC." Well, we didn't (though with our continued eastward migration, it feels like that's only a matter … Continue reading Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.

There’s no business like snow business.

It's been a great weekend! Though at one point, I thought we'd made a big mistake and wished we could have cancelled our hotel booking. A couple of months ago, I came across an ad for the 28th annual Winterfest event in Lake Geneva and was immediately intrigued. In addition to the U.S. National Snow … Continue reading There’s no business like snow business.

I’d like a stamp, and make it a double!

There have been so many overhyped storms this winter, it was a shock when we ended up with more snow than predicted last weekend. How much? Close to 10" here in Fort Atkinson. A day or two earlier, they were predicting 1-2" tops. And this morning, the icing on the cake: -9°. The wind chill … Continue reading I’d like a stamp, and make it a double!