No Drama at the Lingonberry Llama in Belleville


We finally made it to the famous Lingonberry Llama! For a long time, this building in Belleville was vacant, waiting for the right business to make it a favorite gathering place in Belleville.

Here it is now, very inviting even from the outside! Some comments from Jon Cleveland, the owner.

The LL opened in November of 2018. It is now in contention for being the “Nicest Place in America” in a Reader’s Digest poll.  See more about it in a July 29 story on Channel 3000/News 3 Now.

The story is HERE if you want to make a comment of your own.

10-12-19 Update-They won, read the story here!

Upon entering the building, the smell of coffee and fresh-baked pastries on an early fall morning sets your stomach growling even if you had breakfast already 🙂

Barista Heidi was taking a batch of Cinnamon Rolls out of the oven at the time, yum! She gave us one with a thick layer of frosting, it was as good as it looked!

We also enjoyed cheesecake for our 2nd breakfast.

After we ate we looked around, the llama decor is EVERYWHERE, so cute! On the walls is llama art by local artists as well.  This beautiful painting is by Landis Heitz.

In the back by the Children’s playroom is this piece by Marion Rose.

Let’s take a look at the playroom, looks like fun!

This is especially cute! The play table on the right, the llama appears to be sitting there with the kids. You see a stack of construction paper and crayons at the table too!

I thought they had the coolest light fixtures there in the main dining area. An industrial/steampunk design. They also made use of the popular Edison Style bulbs.

They even have knit Llama hats for sale for $25. So adorable!

If you notice on the right wall of the dining room, there is a guitar hanging up, generously on loan from Rick Francois. It’s there for patrons to use. You play a tune and receive $1 off of your order! I wish I knew how to play one!

Well, we had a great first visit here and plan on coming back soon for Open Mike or Pizza night. Be sure to pick up one or several gift cards. We did!

Come to the nicest and friendliest coffee shop in America!

 

 

It’s a Dogs World-Summer 2019 with the KC-K9 Academy


When this summer began, I never expected our activities would bring us closer to the world of dog training.  It also brought me a new friend, Kate Bucci. She is the owner of the KC-K9 Academy. She specializes in training, nutrition and more. One of her top programs is her Board and Train.  It’s immersion training for your dog to learn discipline in a matter of days. Contact her on her website or call 608-206-6396.


Let’s start at the beginning, with the Madison Mallards Baseball games. We went to the opening season game on May 28.  Kate brought both of her Border Collies, Colt, and his younger one-year-old brother. Kovu. They are three litters apart. Colt is four years old. It was our first time seeing Kovu at the game. We didn’t see him last year but he actually did his first bat retrieve at only 7 months old!

We are seated in Section 101 in the front row with a perfect view of the dugout and home plate, just beyond the net. Here is Kovu waiting for the signal to retrieve the bat.

Colt was just as excited, he did a little flip when getting the bat.

We were at three games where at least one of the dogs retrieved the bat.  See the video here of their work!

This is from the summer of 2018.

They made the games extra special, and the bat boy didn’t mind sharing the duty with a couple of cute pups!


July 21

Midsummer brought us to the Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona for Sunday Funday. This event was a fundraiser for the Capital K9s of Madison to get protective goggles for all of the police dogs.

 

Kate could not make it but Al and I could. It was a lot of fun to see so many dogs out on the patio.

The best part was the K9 demo, showcasing their skills.

There were not quite enough funds to get the Rex Specs. Kate then teamed up with Focused Dog Training and covered the remaining cost. The dogs were presented with their protective goggles on Sept 4th. Good job!

Photo by Madison Police


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Pier Pups Dock Jumping

The Mallard games being over, we went to to see Kovu do his favorite sport, dock jumping into a pool.  The company running this event is Pier Pups, and it was held in the parking lot of Petlicious Dog Bakery and Pet Spa. It was our first time going to one of these competitions and it was really fun!

Kovu won a 3rd place ribbon for his efforts. Such a good boy!

Photo by Kate Bucci

See the video of his 5 jumps at this event.

During the “Grab It” competition, Kovu must catch a toy in mid-air during the jump. Here is a shot I got of that.

Kovu did achieve winning his Dock Diving Title by September 15. Way to go!

Photo by Kate Bucci

We are so proud of Kovu’s achievement. I shared my video footage with her and she produced a video showcasing all of his jumps leading up to the title.

Kovu is not the only one with talent. See Colt do the Git Up Dance by Woody from Toy Story 4. So cute!

And this concludes our 2019 adventures with Colt and Kovu. We look forward to next summer!

Photo by Kate Bucci

Heritage Day at the Rollo Jamison Museum


7-4-19

We are always looking for a new way to celebrate our country’s birthday. This year, we went to The Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums to celebrate! This place has been on our bucket list for several years so we took this opportunity to go!

We arrived just before the museum opened. We did the mine tour first before it got more crowded. Join us on the tour, led by a young man named Garrison. It was sure fun! It was also much cooler inside the mine than outside and it felt good!

After the tour, we rode the mine train, join us!

There was just as much excitement going on inside of the museum building.   The Music and Schoolroom had many working music machines of the late 19th and early 20th Century.

We heard a Regina music box, cylinder music boxes, mini-organs and such. Even a player piano. Hear and see them below!

We enjoyed a delicious lunch served by the Platteville Music Boosters. The last thing was music by the Wundo Band. Enjoy some of their music here, mostly 50’s and 60’s hits.

It was a great day today, especially since one of our friends joined us. We highly recommend a visit to the museum, you will learn a lot!

New Life Lavender and Cherry Farm in Baraboo


6-8 and 7-3-2019

Open June 8-September 28

Tues-Sat. 10 am- 6 pm.
Farm tours are available Tues-Fridays, 11 am & 3 pm, Saturdays, 11 am  1 pm, & 3 pm.   You can book your venue here as well. Call 608-477-4023.

Summer is here and so is the lavender!  It wasn’t blooming yet on June 8, so we came back July 3rd when it was! The New Life Lavender and Cherry Farm in Baraboo is a peaceful refuge from the Wisconsin Dells and a chance to enjoy creating memories with your family.  When the plants mature, you are invited to buy one to bring home.

Inside the store, you can buy many products made with the lavender, including bakery items and ice cream. See offerings here.  You can also buy essential oils, soap, lotion, and many other items, even fudge!

Next to the farm store is an outbuilding with a beautiful lavender barn quilt on the side.  It was painted by artist Vicki Baumgarten. She also manages Narrows Creek Winery as well.

You can also take a tour behind a tractor to see all of the fields and get a running commentary as well.  It lasts for one hour.

There are many great opportunities to take a portrait of you and your family here. There is a selfie station to put your phone on under the canopy.

This is an example of what this photo would look like.

You can also bring a tripod to take one in other spots. We also at among the lavender and got this great shot. This one is our favorite.

Plan your visit now to the New Life Lavender and Cherry Farm in Baraboo before summer is over!

The Evolution Hoodie by Coalatree


http://kck.st/2TdeDzH

One thing we have noticed during long trips where we are gone for at least 3 or 4 days is that things get dirty and there isn’t time for a laundromat in many cases since you are often going from Point A to Point B on a tight schedule.  I remember having to put warm cotton hoodies in the laundry bag and not being able to wash them mid-trip, not good!

We have found a solution to this problem by investing in this Kickstarter by Coalatree, a company making easy-care eco-clothing.   You can wash this hoodie in a sink in the evening and it’s ready to wear in the morning.

The Kickstarter expires April 18 so you should back them now to get the early bird prices.  The color choices are maroon, green. black and oatmeal. More colors may be available after the campaign ends. We look forward to wearing these in the fall, they will be ready to ship in September 2019.

St. Patrick’s Day in Madison


After a long hard winter, the first thing Madisonians want is a parade, and they get the first one of the year on St. Patrick’s Day.  The parade promenades around the Capitol Square and usually lasts about an hour.  Here is the 2019 parade, many entries this year.

Our dear friend Vi was in the parade last year, this year it was too cold. She has the best costumes!

Madison Pipes and Drums are always a favorite!

Saw this both this and last year, a leprechaun puppet! Seated next to it is Madison Police Chief Mike Koval.

The Irish Trinity Dancers, ever popular!

Madison parades have plenty of stilt walkers too.

After the parade, the fun continued on State Street. At the top of the street is Teddywedgers, where you can pick up a delicious pasty.  There is an apartment above where a couple was watching from above. They hammed it up for my camera 🙂

A couple even got married that day, they were getting photos taken.

The fun continues as we head down the street, happy people are enjoying the warm weather (in 2018) and it’s even bringing out the street musicians.

We were hungry for corned beef and cabbage so we looked for a place to get some for lunch. We chose Nick’s on State. They have been there since 1959.

A delicious meal on one of Madison’s favorite holidays, St. Patrick’s Day!

My Apologies


For the lack of new posts in a while.  Been suffering a bit of a writer’s block, as well as being winter-weary!  My computer also had crashed in February and had to get a new hard drive.  We hope to have some new posts soon. Meanwhile, there are plenty in the archives for you to enjoy, just put a word in the search bar.

 

Meanwhile, think Spring!