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Miller tastes too good to hurry through

January 1st's Favorite Thing - Mass produced beer

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Go Bucky!

Good Luck To The Wisconsin Badgers Football Team.
Beat TCU!!!

Post Report of our "Keep the Wreath Green" Campaign

"Keep the Wreath Green" Campaign

The 2010 "Keep the Wreath Green" Campaign has come to an end.  The final count was 46 Green and 4 Red Lights.  Although it seems we're doing better with Fire Safety during the Holiday's we ultimately would like NO Red Lights on the wreath.  Again, our goal is to "Keep the Wreath Green" and promote Fire Safety during the Holiday's and throughout the year. 

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There Is Some Science Behind New Years Resolutions

According to researchers at the University of Scranton, 40 to 45% of American adults make one or more New Year's resolutions each year.

Among the top resolutions are resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and stopping smoking.  Also popular are resolutions about money management and debt reduction.

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Fine and Fee Increase

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A Fine and Fee Increase Will Take Effect January 3, 2011

 Overdue Fines:

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It's a Proud Day For Wisconsin

I was honored to be at Governor Scott Walker's Inauguration at the State Capitol today.   As I listened to the profound words of his speech, my mind wandered back in time to the days that Scott and I carpooled to the capitol.  I am very fond of Governor Walker and immensely proud of the words he chose for his inaugural speech


Yep, you heard it, size DOES matter, and more than one person agrees with me. 

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Not A Lot For A Gardener to Do In The Winter

garden, indoor, plants, yard

This time of the year we gardeners can't garden. This is one of the many reasons I hate winter.  With time on your hands your mind starts to wander - you worry about your plants freezing, you are wondering if bunnies are eating the tender bark of your shrubs and hoping that the birds are using your plants for food and shelter.  What else can you do?  Many of us take this time to make plans for the changes they want to make to their landscapes in the spring.  One of my favorite things to do is to go through seed catalogs.  Another favorite thing I do is to hit my stack of gardening magazines that I never seem to have time for during the growing season. 

One of my favorite gardening magazines is Gardening How-To created by the National Home Gardening Club.  They have a great website too:  .  You can also get on their email list and they will send you their weekly Extra Dirt newsletter.  At least for a few minutes I can forget about the cold and snow and take delight in their beautiful pictures and informative articles about birds, featured plants, tips from members, photo contests, and even pest advice.  Take a look for yourself and escape - even if it's for a couple of minutes.

My all time favorite thing

Just being me.

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My Love Affair with Tires

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Tires are my nemesis. So much so, that I have a reputation. I can't tell you how many times I've gone out to my car to find a flat tire. I run over more nails, develop more bulges and suffer from more random slow leakes than anyone else I know. Until recently, this has never occurred while the car was actually moving.

My ultimate driving fear is blowing out a tire doing 70 on the freeway. Wait, members of WAPD might be reading ultimate driving fear is blowing out a tire doing 55 on the freeway. Regardless of my speed, with my history of tire maladies, you might have expected this to have happened far earlier in my decades of licensed driving. Somehow, I've managed to avoid this particular peril.

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Registration Begins

Community Events, P&R Office, Recreator, Youth Sports

So the Holidays are past and you have found finally found sometime to sit down and page through all the great offerings in the Greenfield Park & Rec's Recreator.  There are many great options including all kinds of sports for kids, swim lessons for adults and kids, card groups and trips for older adults, fitness classes, cooking classes, and too many to list.  There are still opennings, so come in the Park and Rec and sign up or mail it in or fax it or try our online site.  What classes are you going to try?  Post your shopping list below!!!

Yes, you have muscles too!!

I know it’s been awhile, maybe since high school, possibly back to grade school.  Remember that time when you ran around, hung with your friends, played on the playground?  Maybe you were a book worm, possibly even rode to and from the library on your bike.  Either way, there was a time in your life when your body was fed to fuel your mind and activity level.  

Over time, which didn’t occur overnight, it happened.  The weight stuck and decided to reside.   No one really knew what to do so they did nothing.  “It’s baby fat”, said Grandma (the same gal who believed in the clean plate club).  Family events surrounded by tables of pasta, breads, meats and desserts.  Food; part of the festivities or simply used to deal with Uncle Stressor or Auntie Nagsalot.  Eat more, try this, the women urge.  How easy to say when the same gals can’t make it off the couch for 2nds, or worse, 5ths.

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For the Birds

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Why do we feed the birds? Because we want to watch them! I always feel bad for the birds that have to brave our cold winters, so I make sure that they always have something to eat if they are anywhere near my yard.  You can provide most any type of bird seed and you will attract birds, but if you'd like a variety of birds, you need to use the right type of feeders and fill them with their preferred food.

If you want simplicity, put out black-oil sunflower seeds. This one seed will attract the widest variety of birds.  If you'd like to see finches, bluejays, and other pickier eaters, read on.

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Footprints in the snow

 It is frustrating to see the tiny paw prints in the snow and the strays looking for food or a warm place to lay down.  I cannot understand why people toss their pets "away" when they don't want them anymore or can't  "deal" with them.  It is not that difficult to take them to a shelter for a chance at a better life.  I know there are quite a few no kill cat shelters.  I'm not sure about dogs.   Pet owners need to be responsible - taking into consideration that pets need food, water, love and to be taken to the vet for yearly shots or when they are sick or need some other type of care - like teeth cleaning, etc.  

Just something to set the mood for Sunday

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Whitnall takes huge battle with Eisenhower

Whitnall buried New Berlin Eisenhower early Friday at home and rolled to a 61-50 victory in a battle for the top spot in the Woodland Conference Blue Division.

The win kept the Falcons in first place (9-1, 10-4 overall), while the defending champion Lions, who have won five straight division titles, fell to 7-3, 9-5, two games behind Whitnall and one behind second-place South Milwaukee (8-2, 10-3).

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Milwaukee County Teen Book Award

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Attention Teens!  Participate in the 2nd annual Milwaukee County Teen Book Award by voting for your favorite book.  Pick up ballots at the library's children's desk and return them to the library, email your vote to, or mail your vote to the address listed on the back of the ballot.  Visit the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award website for more information about the award and reviews of the nominated books.  Remember that every vote counts! Votes must be received by March 1, 2011.




For those of us who have heard of a casual or friends with benefits situation, this blog may strike home.  

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Do You Grow Dishcloths?

annual, food, fun, garden, plants, yard

I know, the headline grabbed you, right?  It grabbed me too, and I had to read on.  I get a daily email from and this was in with today's tips.  I thought they must be kidding, but they aren't.  Take a look at it!

It's called the dishcloth gourd, Luffa acutangula.

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Library Closed 2/6/11

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The library will be closed on Sunday, February 6, 2011 for a furlough day. 

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