Archive | August, 2012

Yup #licenseplate

31 Aug

Kalahari Resort – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin #kalahariresorts

23 Aug

When my son’s best friend visits us each summer in Wisconsin, I take them to Kalahari Resorts Water Park in the Wisconsin Dells.  We arrive when it opens so I can find a place to sit that is in the shade.  I bring magazines and a book to read.  You can check out the ticket prices on their web site, but for the two young adults it cost $37 each.  I was happy to learn that they have a “spectator” ticket for $10 and that is what I was when I went there on Tuesday.  It saved me $27!

I think it’s a safe and clean place.  I just plop down in my shady chair and the boys run around indoors and outdoors.

It would be fun to rent a cabana there and hang with my family.

This is my son’s friend.  Behind him, you can see how nice the outdoor park is.

If you get there early enough, you can swim laps in one of the pools.

I think all water parks should have a pool where people who like to swim and exercise can swim laps.

In this photo I want you to concentrate on the nice jacuzzi and stone work behind the two young adults.  I did not ask them to make those gestures.

Kalahari Resort

1305 Kalahari Drive

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin  53965


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Kohl’s #kohls

22 Aug

We have company so I wasn’t able to post yesterday!  We went to the water park Kalahari so I will post about that tomorrow.

The other day there was a big cloud formation over Kohl’s in Madison, Wisconsin.  It was hard to see how the photo was being framed while looking at the camera’s digital screen because of the sun and flare.

I love all the Vera Wang products at Kohl’s.


Fromagination Cheese Shop – Madison, Wisconsin #fromagination

20 Aug

Fromagination is a wonderful, classy cheese shop on the Capitol Square (this means near the Capitol building) in Madison, Wisconsin.  Lots of amazing cheese and gifts to purchase, with a European style slant.  I love being in a cheese shop in Wisconsin but feeling like I’m really in a cheese shop in Europe.

I loved the twine that they use to wrap gifts.  Nope, didn’t photograph the cheese!

Take me away!


12 S. Carroll St.

Madison, WI 53703



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How To Dry Zucchini #zucchini

19 Aug

Just let it dry with all the dishes!

Clothespins #clothespin #clothesline

17 Aug

As you know, I hang my clothes on my wonderful clothesline whenever the weather is right: hot, but not too hot, not humid, sunny, and it’s great if it’s windy out.

I bought some new clothespins at my local grocery store.  Look at how much smaller the new one is!  I dislike this!  I didn’t notice this when I bought them.  I already threw away the packaging and receipt.

But I will go back to my grocery store and complain!

It’s bad enough that this is happening with cereal boxes, but with clothespins?

Come on!

Tomato Harvest #tomato

16 Aug

My tomato harvest from yesterday.  Soon I will have much bigger harvests.

Red Onions At Metcalfe’s In Madison, Wisconsin #redonion #metcalfes

11 Aug

These were the most gorgeous red onions my mom and I had ever seen! 

They were seen at the wonderful grocery store Metcalfe’s in the Hilldale Shopping Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Metcalfe’s is an excellent grocery store to purchase groceries, order from their deli or salad bar.  Classy place!  Can’t go wrong!


726 North Midvale Boulevard  

Madison, WI 53705


My Zucchini Harvest #zucchini

7 Aug

My first zucchini of the year.  These are from one big plant.  I am always grateful for Mother Nature and how bountiful she is.

Edgewater Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin #edgewaterhotel

6 Aug

A friend of mine, Linda, invited me to The Pier Bar & Cafe at The Edgewater Hotel for lunch.  I also went back again a couple weeks later with my mom Clementine to take some additional photos.

Even though I have lived in the Madison, Wisconsin area for over four years, I had never even set foot in the hotel, so I was excited to see what it was all about.  It is in the most spectacular location and has the coolest logo, don’t cha think?  It’s the only lake-front hotel in Madison.

And I would like to say from the get-go that I had a great time at The Pier.  Good food and service. 

But I forgot to take photos of the food.

What was shocking was the interior of The Edgewater.  I thought it would be all Mid-Century design and just super cool everywhere but the interior was more…1980’s or 70’s?  I’m not sure.

I was shocked at the interior!  What an insult to the building, location, and City of Madison!

But in the August 3, 2012 issue of the local paper, The Isthmus, I read that The Edgewater Hotel is going to be redeveloped!  Whopee!  It will be a $98 million project.  The developer is Bob Dunn.

Yeah Bob Dunn!

When they renovate, they need to reuse the two chandeliers that are in the lobby.  Here is a close-up of one of them:

Here is my mom in the lobby:

See how the decor is?  Yikes!

Ok, so on to the cafe at The Pier!

This is what it looked like where we sat:

Where am I?  In Monte Carlo?  Nope.  In Madison, Wisconsin at the The Pier Restaurant!  It was fantastic to sit out by the water.

Linda said their planter box treatments were lovely, and I agreed:

And while we were waiting for lunch, we saw this cuteness:

Inside The Edgewater Hotel is the Admiralty Restaurant and The Cove Lounge.

The Cove Lounge

Here are a couple of the wonderful views from The Cove Lounge:

I think this is also part of The Cove Lounge – lots of glossies of celebrities who have come there:

It’s fun to look at all the photos.  Nicely framed.

Of course I had to go to the bathroom and here is how I saw it:

The Edgewater logo must continue to be used after the renovation!  Who will the interior designer be?

It will be the coolest of cool places to go when the redevelopment is finished! 

Madison deserves a super cool, trendy, modern hotel on Lake Mendota!

The Edgewater Hotel

666 Wisconsin Avenue  

Madison, WI 53703


How To Cover An Ottoman #ottoman

1 Aug

I have an ottoman but the top of it was thrashed from children, dog and adult use for the last 13 years.

The top of it was really getting on my nerves.  It looked beat-up and I don’t want my furniture to look beat up.  I don’t have the finances to get it reupholstered.  I did research on the internet on how to recover it.

Red areas show wear

I decided that I didn’t need to make a cover that would go to the ground, because the ottoman has a nice looking skirt.

The fabric, which you will see better in a moment, is by Waverly and is called Gemma (I think).

I washed the fabric first.

It this photo you can see that the skirt still looks good.  How do you measure to figure out how much fabric to buy?  You measure from wherever the ends of the fabric will hang, and add 1-2 inches.

You make one measurement from one side to the other side of the ottoman, and another measurement from the other end.  I drew arrows above so you can see what I am talking about because I am probably not explaining it very well.

Let’s say the measurements are 76″ x 54″.  The final measurements would be 77″ x 55″, because you are adding one inch all around.

You lay the fabric right side down, and pin all the corners.  Here is a close-up:

Pin all four corners so it’s a snug fit.  Then using a basting stitch, sew all four edges.  Then bring the cover back to the ottoman and put it on, right side out, to see how it fits.  If it’s too loose, you can take out the basting and resew it so it fits better.

My ottoman is lopsided and I can’t make all the edges line up (long story), so the cover doesn’t fit perfectly.

Here is a lopsided edge photo:

I sewed a fancy border all around the hem of the cover.  It took forever to pin the hem and sew the border, but it was fun too!

Here is the finished product:

I bought the fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  I was really happy when I discovered the outdoor canvas fabric and they had a huge selection.  It was also on sale – 50% off!  I bought 1.25 yards for $13 including tax.  I was very happy with this price and the quality of the fabric.  Normally it was $19.99 a yard.

I might buy a cheap ottoman at Target and recover it, because I need one more ottoman for our living room!

This is our Jack Russell Terrier on the new ottoman cover!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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