HELLO FROM EAU CLAIRE, WISCONSIN:

HELLO FROM EAU CLAIRE, WISCONSIN - city of big bottoms and small minds.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Kim's Birthday -- She Radiates Beauty!


Today being Kim's 55th birthday, I told her that on this very special day she could choose exacty what she would like to do and with whom. Fortunately, she chose to include me! I know that in this photo it looks like I have an "Alfafa" hairdo from the "Little rascals", but I think that is just a reflection in the picture window of the cafe Kim chose to have brunch at -- The Grand Avenue Cafe.

It is such a nice day that we chose to sit outside "bistro style" and enjoy the cool of a rain shower tht just passed through the hour about 15 minutes previous to our arrival.

Kim chose the broccoli, turkey, and cheese kisch and I went with the more staid toasted bagel with scrambled egg, bacon, and cheese.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time together at the Grand Avenue then gave Kim's very bestest friend in the world, Sarah Herrell, a call to see if she was home, wanting to invite her to join us for dinner this evening at "Tacos Juanita" in hopes of finding the goat soup on the menu!

We spent some time with Sarah at her condo in which she has recently done some interior decorating paint wise. It is really striking! We both told her that now that she has retired from retail at Borders Books, she needs to start an interior decorating service!

At any rate, I am pleased to say that Sarah will be joining us later this afternoon and going out to dinner with us!

Meantime, I am over here at the office working on today's blog in the amazingly cool atmosphere of this little cottage. Since my late father-in-law Bob Wilson helped me re-insulate all the exterior walls, it stays very cool throughout even hot days.

It also helps that I had Ron Wendt come out and fix the ceiling fan pull chain mechanism so that it is working when I really need it.

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I read an article by The Milwaukee Journal's sportswriter Michael Hunt (what parent in his right mind would name his child Mike with that last name???) entitled "Favre is creating a mess" and his opinion really resonated with me:

" Although this unsolicited advice comes without general-manager money - and thankfully, the accountability -- here's what Ted Thompson should say in the event Favre asked for his release:

'Tell you what, Brett. We'll be happy to let you go at the end of your contract. Then you'll be what? -- 41? Hey! Testaverde made a comeback, but he was only on the couch for a couple of months. But two years? Wow! But hey, best of luck to you."

And if Favre wanted to rejoin the Packers?

"Fine, Brett, but we need a firm two year commitment. No more of this off season wavering, no more of this American Hamlet stuff that clown down in Milwaukee writes about. You're in it for two years or you're out, but let us know so we can do right by Rodgers and trade him. And you're going to be at every meeting, every practice, no exceptions -- this is not a part time gig.

TO THAT, I SAY -- AMEN!

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A 43 YEAR OLD SEASON TICKET HOLDER E MAILED: "BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO BE. AFTER LAST SEASON, BRETT, YOU ANNOUNCED THE CHANGE YOU WISHED TO BE -- NOW HAVE THE COURAGE TO BE THAT.

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Gotta remember and keep telling myself: "It's just a game -- It's just a game. There's a hell of a lot more important things in the world pressing in on us than this!!!

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Can't remember whether I announced this already or not, so here goes -- maybe again?

Father John Heagle and yours truly are close to getting the "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" mini-tour finalized for next May. Friday, May 15, we will be somewhere in the Merrill, Wisconsin area -- Saturday, May 16, we will be at the Heyde Performing Center For the Arts, Chippewa Falls, 7:30PM, and Sunday afternoon, May 17, we will b e returning home -- Menomonie, Wisconsin for a performance at the magnificent Mabel Tainter Theate.

We are both already pretty pumped about this!!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KIM! you are the sweetest one and you don't look to be 55 years old at all. Love ya!

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This -- in a beautiful e mail from Kristi Wilson, Kim's younger sister:

To

realize

The value of a sister

Ask someone

Who doesn't have one.


To

realize

The value of ten years:

Ask a newly

Divorced couple.


To

realize

The value of four years:

Ask a graduate.


To

realize

The value of one year:

Ask a student who

Has failed a final

exam.


To

realize

The value of nine months:

Ask a mother who gave birth to a

stillborn.


To

realize

The value of one month:

Ask a mother

who has given birth

to

A premature baby.


To

realize

The value of one week:

Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.


To realize

The value of one minute:

Ask a person

Who has

missed the train, bus or plane.


To

realize

The value of one-second:

Ask a person

Who has survived an

accident.


Time

waits for no one.


Treasure

every

moment you have.


You

will treasure it even more when

you can share it with someone special.




To

realize the value of a friend or family member:


LOSE

ONE.




Peace, love and prosperity to all!




Remember...


hold

on tight to the ones you LOVE

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