This Regional Restaurant Is One Of Wisconsin’s Favorite Places To Dine https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/wisconsin/favorite-regional-restaurant-wi/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #Wisconsin #northwoods
41 minutes and 53 seconds left of the very impressive audiobook* I've been listening to for the last week - but when that's done I'll start on the book I just found in the mailbox. The Guardian review ended thus:
"This is a brave and original book, which invents its own form. It is both intimate and epic, playful and serious. To read it is to travel to the limits of what the novel can do."
I'm very much looking forward to it.
Autumn isn't just spooky season because of Halloween and horror movies. In fact, spooky season usually starts earlier for those of us in the #Northwoods.
Last night was nerve wracking for the garden. That F-word was lingering in the air: FROST. NOAA issued a Frost Advisory yesterday afternoon for areas of patchy frost. Prepping for potential frost, Bobbi harvested what looks to be 10-15lbs (~5-8kg) of tomatoes while I was still at work.
The larva from a green lacewing (f. Chrysopidae). These are one of the bugs where the larval form is terrifying but the adult is surprisingly weak. At least this one isn't wearing the corpses of its victims as camouflage.
I think this is an Opilio Canestrinii, which is supposed to be from Europe. So, either they're invasive in New York (and a lot of the US east coast b/c I remember them from when I was a kid), or I've messed up the ID.
In the #Northwoods of #Minnesota, five small #wolf pups emerge from under the roots of an ancient cedar tree. In addition to being a good spot to lean on littermates, the mouth of their den is a #wildlife surveillance post for a #VoyageursWolfProject camera. Watch pups howl, hang out, and follow mama's calls.
The last two weeks have been a bit crazy. We sold our house, drove 500 miles from our new house in #Wisconsin to our old house in #Michigan for the closing, sorted our stuff, gave away books and clothes and furniture and lots of other things, drove 300 miles to our daughter's graduation (Ph.D. in #Rhetoric from #Purdue) drove 300 miles back to Michigan, supervised the packers and the movers, and then drove 500 miles back to Wisconsin. The movers show up on Monday with our stuff and we will probably spend the next several months getting it all out of boxes. But we are, at least, at last, home. Our forever home in the #Northwoods. Finally.
Here's an idea -- instead of building a transmission line through untouched woods, why not put wind power and transmission lines on land already used for timber harvesting!
Northern #Maine transmission line gets key vote from state regulators
By Kevin Miller, Maine Public, October 26, 2022
"Longroad Energy’s proposed King Pine project which won a bid from the PUC on Wednesday would feature more than 160 wind turbines scattered across 175,000 acres of commercial timberlands north of Oakfield. At roughly 1,000 megawatts, the King Pine project would be Maine’s largest wind power facility, by far."
Maine energy: Much delayed US-Canada hydro project gets go-ahead
By Robin Levinson-King, BBC, April 20, 2023
"In November 2021, the state held a referendum on whether the project should be cancelled. More than 400,000 people showed up to vote - a huge turnout for a state with a population of 1.3 million.
"Last August, the state's Supreme Court weighed in on the case, ruling that the referendum could not be retroactively applied if CMP had vested rights, kicking it back to a lower court to determine the extent of those rights.
"Thursday's ruling sided with #CMP, who had already spent $450m on construction before the project was halted."
Lesson of the day...
Try to avoid having to run lots of errands when it is snowing and the driver's side door handle of your car is busted.
(Follow-up lesson: Door handles for cars are in short supply for some reason...try to avoid breaking your door handle in the first place so you don't have to wait for weeks while both the dealership and the local garage try to get one for you.)
Yesterday was #WorkDay for the #TOGs (Thursday Old Geezers) #Volunteer group. The task was to finish replacing steps down to one of the trails at the #NorthWoods unit at #OxleyNatureCenter. With city budgets being what they are, we #Improvise, and #Repurpose what we have at hand. Here we are using old deck blocks to replace rotted railroad ties. The median age of the TOGs is 70, so all of us were tired and sore by the end of the day. It will take a while for the blocks to settle in, so we will adjust, and stabilize if needed. These should last several years. Net cost = $0. This is part of our volunteer efforts at #EnvironmentalSterwarship. Handrails will come next, then on to the next task. We have concluded that we all suck at something, but as a team, we don’t all suck at the same thing = there is always a #PathForward. I would like to start a #YouthConservation program where interns could get #CollegeCredit learning these skills.
Another icy morning here in the #Northwoods.
As you can see, my loyal miniature leopard Shadow is making sure I don't hurt myself by doing too much work this morning. Or any work at all. What a good kitty!
Things I've learned about living in the #Northwoods...
There is a limit to how long you can leave cans of soda in your unheated garage when the temperatures outside are below zero (F, not C).
I think that's all I need to say about this. 😀 🥶 😱
I made this image of a friend fishing on the shore of Moon Lake in St. Germain, WI USA one afternoon just before #sunset. My family spends a week there in the #northwoods every summer. It's my favorite week of the year. I'm running short on images of #light so I'm stretching the theme for the rest of #ArtAdventCalendar