Month: September 2016

So how many times have we gotten a forecast with hail in it and actually gotten hail? (That was a rhetorical question, but I’ll answer it: hardly ever.) Last Monday night, man oh man did we get hail! I was on the west side on Old Sauk Road when the big stuff came down. Almost […]

We are sooo lucky to have the biggest locally sourced Farmer’s Market in the country. I only got to go once last year, so I have been making up for lost time this year. Yes, it’s fun to hear street musicians, take great pictures (Ebert’s Flowers, pictured at the top of this page, always wow […]

Growing up, I lived about seven minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan. We have a lighthouse in my hometown. It’s one of the prettiest in Michigan. (It’s in the picture above.) My friends and I would go walking out on it Friday and Saturday nights and let our legs hang off the side of […]

If you missed me at All Through The House earlier this month but are still interested in getting my new 2017 “Every Day Light” (scenes of Stoughton) wall and desk calendar, you can contact me at my web site,, or stop by the SPROUT Gallery in Cambridge. Linda just refilled her stock with both! […]

Because the end of summer and the beginning of school marks such a crazy time in a mom’s life, I thought I’d let you in on just how crazy the Hansen household has been.  Follow along with me now. . . . Last week, my very first nephew, the guy who stole my auntie heart […]

It’s something most everyone will go through in their lifetime: having to deal with aging parents. I have now entered that realm with my father, who has been dealing with cognitive issues for a few years now. Recently he had some major health issues which required surgery. Unfortunately, the anesthesia from that surgery caused an […]

In 1968, author and historian Robert Gard published The Romance of Wisconsin Place Names, the result of several years of research. He went back to old records and old-timers to find the reasons why places in Wisconsin, large and small, famous and forgotten, have the names they do. The book has been reissued with a […]

In an earlier blog post, I wrote about Robert E. Gard’s book The Romance of Wisconsin Place Names, originally published in 1968 but now available in a new edition. Here are some more origin stories about the places where we live and work. William McFarland was a railroad man who mapped out the village in […]

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