Autumnal Equinox, a Tale of Two Murderers

On this day, September 22, 1923, Myrtle Schaude confesses to the poisoning death of husband Edward, and the attempted poisoning of their 4 children. Was Autumnal Equinox to blame?

The Poison Widow: A True Story of Sin, Strychnine, and Murder (Wisconsin), by Linda Godfrey.

It sounds eerily familiar as in the case of Susan Smith, who murdered her two children in the name of love.. Mother Love, Deadly Love: The Susan Smith Murders
Susan Smith was born on September 26, 1971. Ironically, I’m not trying to find a correlation, but the facts become something akin to a Stephen King novel.

While I have not read any books that cover the story of Susan Smith, and only have a brief knowledge of the history of the case, and having no previous interest in the mechanisms behind a mother who kills her children,  I found the story of Myrtle Schaude strangely fascinating. I don’t know if it was the need to know what would cause a gentile Wisconsin woman of the early 20th century to go to such desperate lengths for the sake of love, or was it another case of strange crimes in Wisconsin that have caused eyebrows to raise?

I enjoyed reading this book by Linda Godfrey-her ability to hold the audience captive, without over-embellishing, made it one of those books that marks this author as one to revisit, again and again.

Today was DH’s birthday; my Beloved Egghead had a good day ♥♥♥

Sharon and Mike

Warren, The Birthday Boy, and Moi

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Take a Ride in my Magic Radio Flyer

It’s going on 10pm and is a muggy 73° outside. A heat advisory is in effect until Thursday, Aug 12, 9:00 PM. I’m postponing my morning walks until next week, just to be safe. My walking buddy is still going.

I got a call from our neighbors last Sunday morning; they were out for a Sunday drive when they ran across 2 childrens’ wagons near Palmyra. I hoped in the Blazer and headed out to look for them. I found them in an older couples’ front yard, chained to a tree along-side some garden tools and a very nice handled crock.

They had two wagons; one was a Radio Flyer #18, the other was a Blue Atlas. The Atlas really caught my eye, but was in sad shape with much rust, while the Radio Flyer was in good condition, albeit with a newer paint job on the wheels. I’m pretty sure the inside was also re-painted at some point.

This view shows the Radio Flyer with a cactus my Mom had originally planted in a similar Radio Flyer, back in 1968-69. I will have to dig out the photos of the wagon where it was once parked at the Old Homestead, for comparison.

Radio Flyer #18 classic red wagon

The wagon will serve a dual purpose: ease of transport to and from the garage in late Fall, and again in early Spring when we bring it back outside again. DH is going to drill a couple more holes (it has 2 holes in it now) and seal-coat them for added protection from further rusting.

I’ve started another Woodland Lace Doily, for myself, this time. This is one of my favorite little doilies, and will go under my Tiffany lamp, when done. Then I’ll start on a Halloween theme doily.

This is last year’s Halloween Black Cats Doily; I made two, one for myself and a pink one for my oldest daughter, CJ.

What shall I do next….a Spider Web Doily? This one was gifted to my next-door neighbor-she’s the life of the party every Halloween, putting on a spectacular show for all the neighborhood Trick or Treaters~

Tomorrow promises to be hotter than today. It will be a good excuse not to go outside, but remain indoors, working on a doily or Nancy’s socks, whichever strikes my mood~

And the Storms Raged On Again: Cleanup, Day 2

With the prospect of another blistering hot day and storm cleanup ahead of us, we got ready to tackle the job, on 2 hours of sleep.
The rain started up again around midnight and continued until 5am in the morning. Neither of us could sleep, after the harrowing events of the day before. Every flash of lightning, every distant roll of thunder, our ears were attuned, ready for the sound of approaching winds, any warning of a repeat of the night before. When the dawn began to lighten up the early morning sky, we finally fell into a fitful sleep, before the days’ work was to begin.

When we went outside, I snapped some pictures of the damage. Most of the stuff in our yard was minimal, but we worked 6 hours straight to get most of it cleaned up.

The second picture shows part of the tree that fell from the neighbors’ yard, over into our area. Nat’s car was partially covered by branches, but was unscratched.

Four hours later, exhausted by the heat, we finished cleaning up the driveway. DH cleared away most of the branches of the tree that lay on the perimeter between us and our neighbors, clearing the way for the sun to once again shine on my poor battered herbs and rhubarb. All that remains for us now are the memories of the days and nights before. The mess next door is much worse, a reminder of the bigger job ahead for some lucky tree service.

And the Storms Raged On~

What a night.
We went out last night at 8pm to make a quick stop at the gas station, then on up Hwy H for some photos of storm clouds over Whitewater. The show was absolutely breath-taking, complete with a funnel cloud.

We had turned off at Green Lake Road, to get out of the way of a fast-approaching vehicle, but unfortunately, he was going our way as well. We pulled over to let him pass, then stopped at a clearing between some corn rows, to get some shots of the lightning show. It was all pretty impressive, and while we ooooo’ed and ahhhhh’ed, we also were aware that someone out there was in eminent danger.

Whitewater, WI storm clouds

Once we had our shots, we turned to get back in the truck when we noticed the sky behind us rapidly turning black. We jumped in the blazer and took off in an attempt to get ahead of the storm and home. I called DD19 on the cell phone and instructed her to get in the closet under the stairs, immediately. In a panic, we realized too late, the storm was heading straight for us, and in our haste, we got turned around in the Lauderdale Lakes area. We quickly found ourselves back out on Green Lake Rd. and heading straight into the storm.

It wasn’t long before  we could not see in front of us, so had to come to a complete stop in the middle of the road between two corn fields, and ride out the storm.
The rain came down so hard, we felt as if the wind shield would crack from the pelting. Then the truck began to rock to and fro from the gale-force winds that buffeted us mercilessly. We were helpless to do anything but sit tight and hope we did not become airborne.

After about 3 minutes, the rain seemed to let up a little, so we inched forward in an attempt to get out of harm’s way. Within seconds, we were pelted again as a second surge came at us full force. Again, we were forced to stop in the middle of the road, and hang on for dear life as the truck again began rocking. As I looked out the passenger window, we saw a lone tree bent over nearly double by the winds.

After what seemed like an eternity, we once again began our trek back toward the highway and  eventually HOME. DD19 was still under the stairs, nearly in a panic as a tree branch slammed into the front door above her. Once we got out on Hwy H, we could see the extent of the storm’s wrath, as we passed by and over the debris field left behind in the storm’s wake.
As we turned on Lost Nation Road, we came upon a vehicle that clearly had been blown off the road sideways by the force of the winds, into some trees that grew in an embankment near a ravine or “kettle” as we call them. We pulled over as a rescue vehicle and two other cars came up behind us and then stopped in front of us. DH got out to see if he could help locate a driver of the vehicle, but no one was found.

The gas station was totally dark as we passed by, and we wondered how many were affected. We learned today, 2034 customers were without power for over 14 hours.

When we got home, the driveway was a total disaster, branches everywhere. DH had to get out and clear the way just so we could get to the house. We wouldn’t be able to assess the damage until the next morning, at first light, but it was clear something had passed over us.

The next morning, we learned from the neighbors, a funnel had indeed been spotted over Whitewater and another coming toward our area at about the same time we spotted what we believed was a tornado forming.

The next door neighbors had damage to 6 of their trees; one was snapped off about 16′ up, and the rest lay in the path between our two houses.  Branches were tangled in the surrounding area, and one branch came to rest on top of DD19’s car hood, but did no damage. Luck was on her side, this time.

We took a ride out the DH’s folks house, to make sure there was no damage there. They were out of town and were concerned that there might be storm damage. Everything looked undisturbed,  except for a scarecrow that fell over and got soaked by the rains. Other than that, everything was fine.

The rest of today was spent cleaning up the mess, in 80+ degree weather, humidity and sun. We worked until we couldn’t lift another branch, twig, or leaf, and gave up for the day. We were surprised by how much we had accomplished; most of the debris in the front yard was gone, and all that was left were some larger limbs which we set off to the side for tomorrow.

I think I’ll just fix a bowl of garlic pasta and call it a day. Will post pictures as I get them- the cell phone went dead early this morning, and most of the first pics were taken at first light.

Sharon’s Blue Girl Rose Parade Doily, Done and Blocked~

I finished Sharon’s Blue Girl Rose Parade Doily!

I started on the final connect-the-roses last 2 rows this morning, while enjoying a humidity-free day out on the deck. Miss Pepper joined me and played Shuttle-Acorn for amusement-who’s, I’m not sure-she was soon bored ~

…lounging under the table~
I got it laid out and blocked before dinner, then made French Bread Pizza for us and the kids. As soon as we were done eating, we all piled in two cars (DD19 and her BF wanted to go along) and drove out to Kettle Moraine State Park for some fresh spring water at the well.
Hydrogeology of southwestern  Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, in the vicinity of the Kettle Moraine  Springs fish hatchery
Hydrogeology of southwestern Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, in the vicinity of the Kettle Moraine Springs fish hatchery
OMG, we had a nearly tragic accident-it was getting dark, and as we drove through the park to get water, a doe ran out into the road ahead of us, then one of her two fawns followed right behind her- we slammed on our brakes, just as another spotted fawn started up the embankment to follow her mother and sibling-in the last second, she spun around and darted back into the woods….I gasped, Erin screamed, and we could see DD19 behind us, back waaaaaaaay off for more clearance, after that…it really shook us all up, to think we nearly hit a baby.

But all is well, and we made it back safe, without hurting anything, and no worse for the experience. We were taking a chance going out at dusk as it was, and probably won’t do that again- it’s not worth it.

I’ll get a picture of the doily posted tomorrow, when the sun is up~ teaser shot from earlier today:

Roses all in a row....

Sharon is still having a hard time after her surgery, so she instructed her DH to tell me not to come visit tomorrow….she is way too tired to stay up more than a couple hours at a time and poops out really fast…she wants me to wait until she comes home, before I pay her a visit.

Good Night, Sweet Car, well it’s time to go~

Today will be the last time we’ll get to drive Sis’s Zoom Car for a while. I suspect DH polished and cleaned it up too good, and she will banish any thoughts of selling it now…*cry

DH and I had fun with it, just the same. We definitely will want to take it off her hands, if ever she decides she is tired of it…

This morning, I got a first-hand look at the Grandmother of all Deer Flies. Our area has been inundated with them this summer, the worse in recent years. They have prevented us from taking evening walks, as they pester Igor relentlessly and bite him viciously on the nose, causing large welts to appear. Sometimes 5 or more will buzz his head as we head out and will not leave until we return and hide in the garage. A few bold ones have ventured into the garage, only to be swatted by DH. But they persist to torment us.

This one was in a Death Spin when Igor found it on the back deck yesterday morning. Hideous thing was spinning around on it’s back, scared the carp out of me once as it spun out of control toward my bare foot, until it finally spun itself between  the boards, and fell through. Good riddance!!

I have finally connected all the rose motifs for Sharon’s Blue Girl Rose Parade Doily. She is still recouperating from day 2 after surgery and from what her DH said, was in a great deal of discomfort. We suspect it will be Wednesday before she is released. That gives me enough time to complete the doily before she comes home.

Sharon's Rose Rows

Time to take the Zoom Car back…. I will miss you, Mitzi….

Excuse me Waiter, there’s a Hole in my Blog….

The Lilies are blooming. I so love these, but they hide behind mountains of Purple Echinacea and Monarda, that I have to walk around back of the garden to see them. That’s ok, the deer missed them too and they will give me a few days of eye candy.

I haven’t blogged in days, I’m a little behind, but we’ve been hitting the hay so early these past couple weeks-10:30 again last night. DH was feeling cranky, his foot is giving him more trouble again. I just WISH he’d go get it taken care of….he’s sick of not feeling good, I’m sick of him not feeling good, it goes on, and on………………..siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

Got back from a 3 mile walk a little while ago-was brisk and chilly at 63 and cloudy when we left, felt SO GOOD. Coming back 50 minutes later, it’s feeling a bit smarmy, the wind had died down too.

We’ve got some running around to do today; shower, then head out to Target for some new gym shoes for DH and look at a Radio Flyer wagon for my Cactus from Hell. I want the one with the wooden sides, to keep the top-heavy cactus from falling over. It’s ginormous and must weigh 50 lbs at least.

I got another round done on the Doily-will post a picture in Rav. shortly, but here’s where I ‘m at. It’s not done, only about 50% right now, there’s a whole ‘nother area of background, then the circle of rose motifs.

It’s not blocked yet, looks a mess. but I was able to flatten it out some on the scanner, enough to get the idea~

…the blue for the two-tone roses isn’t floating my boat, what do you think about a soft pink instead?  Maybe the Wood Violet for the center, and a solf pink for the outter petals. Yep, that’s the ticket!

Hope you have a lovely day,  some sunshine in between the clouds. Here’s a little sunshine I found peeking out from under my hoya carnosa, a pleasant surprise!

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