Wisconsin

Have you ever heard of Punk Polka? While perusing a clothing website for sock monkey tee shirts , on page 19 or so,  I stumbled on this tee shirt which seems to have nothing to do with sock monkey images.   Saving it here as I am not likely to see  it again, and we’re thinking of visiting Wisconsin in the summer  (April 6, 2011).   The tee -shirt shows an art image of a band and the words, ” Wisconsin Home of Punk Polka”. http://www.cafepress.com/+womens_tshirt,5219417

Women's T-shirt

Rainy day and recipes

On a cooler, rainy day, what is better to warm you up then a nice, hot bowl of soup.  When September brings you cooler temperatures, and all you want to do is  to curl up on the sofa under a blanket and read a book.   But, first have a bowl of soup.

Rainy Day Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 can (46 ounces) V8 juice
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) thick and chunky salsa
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1/3 cup medium pearl barley

Directions:

  • In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook turkey over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 60-70 minutes or until the vegetables and barley are tender. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).

Nutrition Facts: 1 cup (prepared with ground turkey breast and low-sodium broth and V-8) equals 196 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 703 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 11 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 lean meat.

Note:   You can halve this recipe to make 6 servings.

1/2 pound gr turkey., 8 oz salsa, 23 oz v-8 juice, 8 oz of beans, etc.  Buying one of those  packages of shredded cabbage speeds up the process.

I always have on hand, cans of chicken broth, beans, potatoes,  barley and lentils ( for another soup).

Skywatch Friday, Episode 5 Week 11 and Why is the sky blue?

Why is the Sky blue?

Sunlight interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere makes the sky blue. In outer space the astronauts see blackness because outer space has no atmosphere. Sunlight consists of light waves of varying wavelengths, each of which is seen as a different color. The minute particles of matter and molecules of air in the atmosphere intercept and scatter the white light of the sun. A larger portion of the blue color in white light is scattered, more so than any other color because the blue wavelengths are the shortest. When the size of atmospheric particles are smaller than the wavelengths of the colors, selective scattering occurs-the particles only scatter one color and the atmosphere will appear to be that color. Blue wavelengths especially are affected, bouncing off the air particles to become visible.

I am participating in the photo meme called Skywatch Friday.

For more Skywatch Friday   Photos please visit the website:

http://skyley.blogspot.com/

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_is_the_sky_blue#ixzz1NHJXMsfv

Watery Wednesday #156

Seagulls at the beach on Sanibel Island

Hello everyone.  Wednesday is the day to share with the world your photo with a “water” theme.

To join  in the photo meme called Watery Wednesday , you can go to this site and follow the directions to link up here:

http://waterywednesday.blogspot.com/

I’m going back in time for this photo.  It was in 2005, during our honeymoon.  October is fast approaching and we’ll be celebrating six years married.

Double click with your mouse to enlarge the photo.   That’s me in the pink shirt , shell seeking.  There were it seemed thousands of beautiful shells, conches, ladyslipper to name a few.

Skywatch Friday, Season 5, Episode 10 It’s my Birthday

skyline at Island Beach State park !

a fisherman's life. Island Beach State park

Here’s my year in pictures, September 16, 2011

Please join me in sharing your photo of your view of the sky at this website called” Skywatch Friday”.

http://skyley.blogspot.com/

Blue Monday

Good Morning to everyone.   Every morning when I awake, I look out my window to the east to watch the sun rise.    This morning I see a thick fog in the horizon.

I decide to make a mental note to type into the computer:  www.weather.com

The weather report is as follows:     The current temperature is 67 degrees, (feels like 67 degrees), Mostly cloudy, wind: From WSW at 3mph.  Through 3:00pm decreasing clouds with temperatures increasing to upper 70’s. 

Speaking of clouds, it reminds  me of the animated movie , “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” that ranked  number 1 for it’s first two weekends of opening.

AREAS OF FOG WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES IN SPOTS EARLY THIS MORNING…

AREAS OF FOG HAD FORMED OVERNIGHT DUE TO HIGH GROUND LEVEL MOISTURE AND LIGHT WINDS. AT 4:00 AM SOME OBSERVATION SITES REPORTED 1/4 MILE VISIBILITY… SUCH AS LEHIGH VALLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

FOG WILL BE LOCALLY DENSE EARLY THIS MORNING. MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO WATCH FOR SUDDENLY LOWERED VISIBILITIES. USE YOUR LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS… AND WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS.

THE FOG IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE A COUPLE OF HOURS AFTER SUNRISE… BY AROUND 9:00 AM.

By the time I am writing this , it is 0:900 a.m. and it has improved.

Just two short weeks ago, on a Monday morning, our house was without electric power from the effects of Hurricane Irene.    That morning as I lie in bed in the darkness, I got up to look out the window at around 0:500 a.m. to look into the sky.   Since it was pitch black outside, the sky was full of so many brilliant stars.    The first thing that I became aware of was that I could see  the formations of constellations of stars.    Not that I knew anymore than “the Big Dipper” and the “Little Dipper”.   I’m the kind of person to look for the positive in any given situation.   I found my positive.  This is so exciting!!!! , that I asked my husband whom I had just woke up a little too early to get up and look at the stars.   That’s “Orion” , he said.   If only there was a way to record all of these beautiful stars that I could see from my bedroom window.    You see, the stars are always there; it’s just that with all of the streetlights the stars just aren’t visible here.  Alas, I will try to etch in my memory the beautiful scene of those stars.

Blue: clouds surround the moon

cloudy skies

Blue "mug Shot" After finishing my tea, look what's on the bottom of this Japanese cup!

 

Blue Monday is a photo meme hosted by “Smiling Sally” in which anyone with a blog can upload a photo with blue and link up.

Here is the direct link:   http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/

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