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Lawn Care in the Hot Summer

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With the heat we've been getting lately, I'm sure you have seen your lawn suffer.  Ours had been going dormant before we got all that rain in late July.  But it's still as hot as ever out there, with several more weeks to go.  How do you take care of your lawn during the hottest part of the year?  There are four main things that you should do:

  • Let it grow - leaving the grass a little taller helps the grass to fight water loss, strengthen it's roots, and shade out weeds.  It may look a little messy, but it's worth it if it helps to keep the weeds out.
  • Don't fertilize - fertilizing now is a sure way to ruin your lawn.  Without plenty of water, fertilizing will scorch it.  Lawns need to focus on keeping their roots strong during the heat of the summer, not putting energy to growing fast.  When September rolls around, the lawn will appreciate some fertilizer.
  • Water in the early morning - This way the water will get a chance to be absorbed into the ground.  If you water during the hot and dry mid-day, it will evaporate before it can get to the roots where it's needed. 
  • Let it go dormant.  Yes, I know that sounds horrible.  But grass knows what to do to conserve energy.  Although it may look ugly, it will be fine.  It gets green very quickly once we get some rain. 

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Grow up and drink the coffee..

Throughout the summer, one of my favorite activities includes live music.  Not only do I love to “sing” under the guise of loud music, the dancing gets me every time.  Just like whipped cream and a cherry, summertime friends top it off.  There is nothing like catching up while rocking to the beat.

I recently hit up a church festival.  Three stages allowed a variety for listening pleasure.  As I wandered, I thought, where can I find bottled water?  After stopping at two or three vendors, reality hit.  Only one small booth had what I desired.  So much for being a non-alcoholic type of girl.

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Day 1 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

Free market, Injuries, James family, Local news, Nostalga, 2011 State Fair, Weather, West Allis, State Fair

The world is right again.

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Day 2 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

Injuries, Local news, Nutjobs, 2011 State Fair, West Allis, State Fair

Hmmm, seemed like something has been happening in the State Fair Park area, but I can't put my finger on it.  What could it be?

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I usually do not write about events and such, but I just had to!  I was fortunate enough to drive past a car wash within a short distance from my home

The charge is $5.00 per car.  It was the best hand car wash I had ever received.  Inch by inch, tires and all, my car was scrubbed clean.  Needless to say, I am impressed!

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Day 3 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2011 State Fair, Free market, State Fair, West Allis

Saturdays during the State Fair can get pretty hectic in the neighborhood.  There seems to be two completely separate sets of clientele on Saturdays.

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My email, “Hey you!!! I need your help... wondering if you or any guy you know was ever a "player"... looking to write a new article about how men view sex when it's outside of a committed relationship... an 'In all honesty" type of article.. completely confidential, no names will be used in the writing of this whatsoever.”

His response, “Send me the questions.” 

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A Tribute to Our Special Forces

August 6, 2011 the ultimate sacrifice was made by "22 SEALs, three Air Force combat controllers and a dog handler and his dog." Though the families' names have not been released, I am paying honor to the the soldiers & praying for their families as they go through an incredibly emotional and devastating time in their lives.

I have friends and family, who have served and are serving. I may never understand what drives them to commit to the unknown. In my eyes, it takes a special kind of person to take their journey. They made the choice knowing what the outcome could be. They have done this for both you and me.

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Day 4 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

James family, My-Sugar-Na, State Fair, West Allis, 2011 State Fair, Free market, James family, State Fair, West Allis, Weather

I am exhausted.  I hate humid weather.  I hate the fact that the city chopped down our shade tree a couple of years ago.  I hate being a fat tub of goo that wilts in the humid sunshine.

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Day 5 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2011 State Fair, Coffee, Free market, Cooking, Restaurants, State Fair, West Allis, Weather

The five cars parked today were the result of grit and determination.  I turned off of 92nd St onto Orchard, and there seemed like plenty of street parking spots available, and only one guy down the block was making the effort to fill his yard.

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Day 6 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2011 State Fair, Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers, My-Sugar-Na, Restaurants, State Fair, West Allis

Well, I finally made it to the State Fair this year... and let me tell you how lucky we are to have gotten the break in the humidity in time!  We left home around 12:30 PM completely energized by the weather.  If we could just bottle this day....

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Day 7 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2011 State Fair, Free market, Las Vegas, Poker, State Fair, Vacation, West Allis

This is one of those "not a lot to say" days. 

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Day 8 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2011 State Fair, Free market, Metallica, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, My-Sugar-Na, Nostalga, Restaurants, State Fair, West Allis, Weather, Milwaukee Brewers

It seemed like half the people that were parking in my yard yesterday were headed to the Whitesnake concert.  The other day, I parked a disturbing number of people in cowboy hats and brand new cowboy boots.  Tonight looks to be more of the same.

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Day 9 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2011 State Fair, Poetry, James family, State Fair, West Allis

First, a haiku...

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Day 10 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2011 State Fair, James family, Local news, My-Sugar-Na, Nostalga, State Fair, West Allis

I really tried to stay away from going overboard on the car parking stories this year.  I made sure to mention them in every post, but in re-reading some of my posts from years gone by, I notice that some of them go on and on about a day in the life of a car parker.

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Day 11 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

2011 State Fair, Free market, My-Sugar-Na, Naughty businesses, Restaurants, State Fair, Vier Pogo Squad 51, West Allis

I apologize for being a day late with this... a bit of a State Fair hangover.

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Because I promise, I deliver.  I recently asked a guy, someone I refer to as "Player" a series of questions.  These questions are on the minds of most women.  Inquiring minds want to know, "What's up with cheating?  What do men really want in the bedroom?" 

The answers I have received throughout my Q&A session shocked me, others found my endearing side.  I was touched by his honesty and depth.  This "interview" gave me the opportunity to look at men in a completely new light.  I have also been awakened in so many areas regarding relationships in general.

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Four-Way Stop Signs - CAREFUL!

 Twice in the past month, I have almost gotten hit by drivers who have blown through a four-way stop sign at 43rd and Coldspring.  The last one was a woman traveling at a high rate of speed and chit chatting on her cell phone!  She's a lawsuit waiting to happen in some people's minds.  I'd like to remind everyone of the fact that they must watch carefully at all stop signs and lights before crossing - if a car seems as though it will not stop, WAIT.  If someone is impatient with you because you are waiting and being cautious - too bad. I'd rather be safe than sorry.  

Be Safe.  Don't trust that the other driver will stop because there's a stop sign or a stop light.  

So many potential names for this entry

Bowling, Brewers players, Gambling, My-Sugar-Na, Naughty businesses, Nostalga, Riviera Lanes, West Allis

Like -

  • "Why have a website if you don't update it?"
  • "How long will you remain in business without a website?"
  • "Social media platforms not properly used by businesses"
  • "Don't go overboard with your website"

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In our third chapter in the series, we dive into the area which intrigues us most.  Falling in love.  For anyone who has had a first love, the significance of this emotion is so great that it is never forgotten. 

I believe in love.  I believe in connection.  I believe in the happily ever after.  Love brings us to our highest highs and lowest lows.  A simple song can bring us back to that one moment of the first glance, embrace or kiss. 

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