July 31, 2013

July in Pictures

Here's a recap of July's 31 Photos of the Day

316 S. 3rd Avenue

July 31, 2013 Photo of the day:
"316 South 3rd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235"

This is my grandparents' house in Sturgeon Bay where my dad, his two brothers (Buzz & Jack), and three sisters (Edith, Marion, & Bertine) grew up. Along with the L.A. Larson & Co. building next door, this house has been in the family since the late 1800's. My dad was the baby, and when he left home in 1942 to join the Navy, an addition was built upstairs to provide housing for shipyard workers during World War II. After the war, my Uncle Jack moved back in and subsequently bought the house. My maternal grandmother, Dodo, rented the apartment upstairs for several years, and lived here when I was adopted in 1968. I still have a tiny scar on my upper lip where I fell on the second step from the top, going from Granny's house downstairs to Grandma's apartment upstairs.

I have so many fond memories here! There used to be 100 year-old maple trees in front of the house, but they were removed when the street was widened in the 1980's. In fall, we used to rake the leaves and jump in them. We played flashlight tag at night and "statue" on the two pillars near the sidewalk. We would strike a pose and freeze when cars drove by, absolutely certain that everyone believed that we were sculptures! I would hide in the "hidden room" behind the wooden mantle in an upstairs bedroom where I once found a china doll that must have belonged to one of my aunties (probably Bertine - she was the girliest). I used to love the lilies of the valley that grew along the foundation of the house, and Granny's peonies and poppies. Sadly, along with the maple trees, they are long gone. Also gone, is my dad's "shop." a barn-like building across the alley where my dad posted comic strips and photos, and cleaned many, many fish and ducks!

The house is for sale. Uncle Jack is 91 and splits his time between Sturgeon Bay and Colorado. It is sad to think that for the first time in over 120 years, there might not be a Larson living here. It has been neglected over the years and would require a lot of work to restore, but this house has so much character and so many amazing memories for the whole Larson family!  Click here for a virtual tour.

306 S. 3rd next door, built in 1875,
was my great-grandfather's furniture store, 

306 is now Mel's Café. 
How ironic: my grandfather's name 
was Melbourne Elmer Larson
My brother and lots of my friends call me Mel too!

306 & 316 S. 3rd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay 
Photo via Pinterest

July 30, 2013

Sunset Park

July 30, 2013 Photo of the day: "Sunset Park" 
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

I love a pink sky! "Pink sky at night, sailors delight!"

July 29, 2013

Déjà vu

July 29, 2013 Photo of the day: "Déjà vu"

Every year when we shop for annuals for the planters,
Eric always chooses African daisies (Osteospermums).
They are so clean & pretty. I never tire of them.

July 28, 2013

Love from Above

July 28, 2013 Photo of the day: "Love from Above"

When I was a little girl and I saw a sky like this,
rays of light shining down through the clouds,
I thought it was a glimpse of Heaven;
God and His angels looking down on me.
I believed that my grandparents and loved ones 
who had passed away were watching over me, 
and every once and a while, with a sky like this,
 they were letting me know that they were there.

Now that I'm all grown up, I still believe that...
Hi Dad! XOXO

July 27, 2013

50° in July

July 27, 2013 Photo of the day: "Cozy"
It's 50° today...in July!

It's the perfect day for a cup of tea & a good book!
I can't put this one down:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

July 26, 2013

Over the Rainbow

July 26, 2013 Photo of the day:
"Over the Rainbow"

I love a good summer storm: the dramatic approach of dark clouds, the thunder and lightning, the steady rhythm of rain on the roof and downspouts. Today's storm brought temperatures in the sixties (over thirty degrees cooler than last week) and enough rain to satiate our lawn and garden. This afternoon, I watched the sky darken in the east as the sun broke through the clouds in the west. A prismatic sheet of rain fell straight down, illuminating a rainbow on the horizon. I used to draw pictures like this when I was a little girl: fluffy white clouds in a bright blue sky and a vivid rainbow that allowed me to use all of the beautiful crayons in the box!

July 25, 2013

Queen Anne's Lace

July 25, 2013 Photo of the day: "Queen Anne's Lace"

In honor this week's arrival of His Royal Highness 
I present the most regal of wildflowers.

Trivial fact of the day:  Queen Anne's Lace, 
Daucus carota, actually belongs to the carrot family.

July 24, 2013


July 24, 2013 Photo of the day: "Nagawicka"

Eight years ago, we had our wedding reception here at Seven Seas on the shores of Lake Nagawicka. It's a beautiful venue, but I didn't know that there is also a French song about Nagawicka, until our French friends came to visit us a few summers ago. Julia, then 3 years old, who proudly refers to me as her "American Auntie",  began singing the song with her papa each time that we passed the lake. How fun that there is a French song about a Native American (albeit a bit passé/non-pc) and a lake right here in Wisconsin!

Un petit Indien, un petit Indien
Nagawicka, Nagawicka
Chantait gaiement sur le chemin
Nagawicka, Nagawicka

Quand je serai grand, quand je serai grand
Nagawicka, Nagawicka
J'aurai un arc et un carquois
Nagawicka, Nagawicka

Avec mes flèches, avec mes flèches
Nagawicka, Nagawicka
Je chasserai le grand bison
Nagawicka, Nagawicka

Sur mon cheval, sur mon cheval
Nagawicka, Nagawicka
J'irai plus vite que le vent
Nagawicka, Nagawicka

Autour du feu, autour du feu
Nagawicka, Nagawicka
Je danserai toute la nuit
Nagawicka, Nagawicka

Un petit Indien, un petit Indien
Nagawicka, Nagawicka
Chantait gaiement sur le chemin
Nagawicka, Nagawicka

Un petit Indien

July 23, 2013

La Vie en Rose

July 23, 2013 Photo of the day: "La Vie en Rose"

 Mes roses blanches ne sont plus blanches.
Elles sont roses claires, de belles roses roses!

July 22, 2013

Red Doors

July 22, 2013 Photo of the day: "Those Red Doors"

The Noble Victory Memorial Chapel
at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy
My mom lamented "those red doors," 
but I love the bold accent
 in our black and white wedding photos.

Red = Love 

8 years ago today (July 22, 2013)


Happy Anniversary! 8 is great :)

July 21, 2013

Brunch at Lake Park Bistro

July 21, 2013 Photo of the day: "Bubbly"

Brunch at my favorite French restaurant in Milwaukee:

A table with a view...

and my favorite, crème brûlée!

An early anniversary celebration :)

July 20, 2013

A Bowl of Cherries

July 20, 2013 Photo of the day: "That's Life!"
July 19, 2013

It's a bird, it's a bee, it's...?

July 19, 2013 Photo of the day: "Bumblebee Moth"

My Russian Sage seems to be attracting all sorts of visitors these days. This afternoon, I noticed the biggest "bumblebee" I'd ever seen: a fuzzy, yellow, and black creature nearly two inches long! Upon closer inspection, the insect seemed to hover like a hummingbird. I was cautious about getting too close since I figured a "bee" that huge would also have a really big stinger! On this very windy day and as quickly as this creature was buzzing from blossom to blossom, I am really surprised to have snapped these two images. Sometimes, I wonder what I would be able to capture if I used a "real" camera, but I am committed to using only my iPhone 5 to complete my Project 365. A Google search revealed that this creature is neither a bee nor a humming bird, but a Bumblebee Moth (Humaris diffinis), also known as a Hummingbird Moth or Snowberry Clearwing Moth. They are great pollinators and harmless to plants and humans. How lucky to have this guest visit my garden! 

July 18, 2013

Hide & Seek

July 18, 2013 Photo of the day:  "Mademoiselle"

This morning, I spent half an hour 
playing hide & seek with this damselfly.

I followed her as she perched on daisies...
Russian sage...
and day lilies.
I watched as she visited friends...
and sipped dew drops.
Isn't she lovely?
I think she sees me :)
July 17, 2013

Summer Supper

July 17, 2013 Photo of the day: "Summer Supper"
On tonight's menu: Shrimp Quesadillas

I marinated & sautéed shrimp in tequila, lime juice,
olive oil, garlic, a little chile powder, salt, & pepper.
The rest is just layering of nice fresh ingredients:
Limes, green onions, cilantro, cheese, flour tortillas
A nice light supper for a  95° day!