The 4th in Greendale Wisconsin Part 2

ImageA bit delayed, but here are the rest of the images from our wonderful 4th of July Celebration.  It’s hard to believe the summer is more than half over.  While these images are only from a few weeks ago they seem like forever ago.  Good times in the sun really to fly by fast.  Soon it will be chilly and cold once more.  Best to enjoy summer while we can and make the most out of ever sunny day.

Image One of the best things about summer is seeing all the cool classic cars out on the road.

And of course it’s just not summer with out some delicious roasted corn!
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The 4th in Greendale Wisconsin Part 1

This year my partner and I decided to stay in our own little town, which we have completely fallen in love with these past two years, for the fourth of July celebrations.  It was quite enjoyable.

 

 
We have a lovely little downtown area on the main street (Broad Street) and that is where we of course went to see the parade.

 

One of my favorite parts was seeing all the children with their decorated bike and wagons.  I will always remember when I won first prize for my decorated doll buggy as a small child.  For those who aren’t familiar with the practice, some places have competitions for children to decorate their bikes, wagons and doll strollers for the fourth, which generally means a lot of crepe paper streamers and little flags.It was smaller than the one of our neighboring suburbs which we have always attended in the past, but it was still a fun time.

 

I have to say I also loved seeing the marching band.  While being a fraction of the size of my high school marching band it still filled me with joyous memories.

My First Roller Derby

This weekend my friend took me to Brewhaha, a roller derby tournament, for my birthday.  I’ve wanted to see a match for a long time and I have to say I was not disappointed.  It took a while to figure out what was going on, but my friend was a great teacher.  These are some of my favorite pictures from the match where Baltimore beat Chicago.  As a Milwaukee girl I cheer for anyone to beat Chicago, hehe.

Lions & Tigers & Orangutans Oh My!

Life has sure been busy here in Milwaukee, but these day’s I feel a lot like the tiger in this image from the Milwaukee County Zoo, on the prowl for adventure.  In these incredibly tight financial times being able to go zipping around the world is a bit unrealistic.  Yet there are still new adventures to be had here in Wisconsin.  I recently took a trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo, just a few minutes from my house.  For seeming like such a small town most of the time Milwaukee really does have all the big metropolis features.  The Milwaukee Zoo easily has as much variety as the giant zoo I went to in Thailand.  And even though I worked there for years, I always manage to find new surprises when I go.  Like last time when I learned that seals actually have toenails!

Now I have to plan another trip to the Zoo this fall.  On July 24th, three adorable lion cubs were born!  You can see them at the Milwaukee County Zoo website or by watching a video of them with their mother on YouTube.  We’ve already been lucky enough to enjoy the a youthful bundle of joy in Mahal, the young orangutan sent to our zoo after his mother rejected him, and adopted by our adult female orangutan.  And now we will be getting even more baby fun!

 

Reminders of Home

Hollyhocks in a Thai temple garden in India.

When I was India I got so excited to see the tall stalks of hollyhocks growing in the temple garden.  I was surprised at how many flowers I knew from home were in the garden, I never associated India and Wisconsin with climates compatible with the same vegetation.  It really starts the mind thinking on how the plants around us come to be there.  What are truly native and what are the ones that are just so loved that we can’t imagine a garden without them?  Hollyhocks will always remind me of home, especially my Grandma.  Every year when the hollyhocks bloom my Grandma would make me hollyhock dolls, something her mother taught her to do and her mother before her taught her.  When I saw these in India I couldn’t help but wonder if anyone ever figured out how to make hollyhock dolls there too.  I love hollyhock dolls because they remind me of fairies.  Now that they are blooming in my Grandmother’s yard too I can’t resist making one, after all it’s a tradition 🙂

All The Way Back Where I Belong

It’s been over a month since my last post and I apologize for that.  I had to prepare to leave Thailand, just in time before the riots got very bad.  Spent a week in Tokyo on my route home, then at last back in Wisconsin.  Right after returning home I not only spent my time settling back into life in the Dairy State, but also moving into my knew apartment with that wonderful companion in travels and crime of mine.  This was a big move for me, probably even bigger than moving to Thailand.  For the first time every I am sharing my space with someone seriously.  That and I am readjusting to a completely new city, an hour away from that social life I was so eager to return to.  It’s working out pretty well though, an decrease in my normal social life puts me more at a normal level and allows for getting things done.

A few of Brady Street in the evening from my favorite outdoor spot.

I truly am glad to be home though.  And home to me is and always will be my little coffee house, nestled in the heart of one of the trendy streets in Milwaukee.  Delicious coffee in an atmosphere I feel perfect in, what more could one ask for.  It’s good to be home!

An amazing tea selection and a warm atmosphere, what more could a girl ask for?