Photo a Day Challenge



Confederate forces led by Generals Albert Sidney Johnston and P.G. Beauregard launched a surprise attack on the Union camp on April 6, 1862.  The bloodiest battle up to that time had begun and, as in every war, both sides sacrificed their youth.



General U.S. Grant  commanded his Army of Western Tennessee.


A Union sentry took guard duty very seriously.  He questioned our presence and asked if we knew the whereabouts of the Rebs.


The day started out peacefully enough as young men grabbed some shut-eye under a tree near the Union camp.



Civilians relax in the shade prior to the Heritage Hill reenactment of the battle of Shiloh of April 6 and 7, 1862.




The character Nicolas C. Point stands beside the Point Brewery gift shop in Stevens Point, WI.  Nicolas is based on an actual brewery employee from the 19th century . . . although we were told his head did not always look like this. The Point Brewery is American’s fourth oldest brewery in continuous operation.

Low Key

We shared the trail with an apparent local who carried a treasured possession in the basket of his three-wheeler.



Hot metal bits glow and sparks fly as a craftsman cuts pieces to be used in the restoration of Soo Line 1003.


Transforming clay into a beautiful pitcher can be a soothing process . . . when one knows what she is doing.  This young lady showcased her craft as she patiently coaxed the clay on her potter’s wheel into form in the Cedar Creek Pottery in the Cedarburg Settlement.

E for Era

The Dime A Dance vintage boutique located in the Cedar Creek Settlement offers apparel, hats, jewelry, linens, textiles and antiques from a bygone era.   We found the lady minding the store a real charmer.


The mirror was warped.  That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.


The giraffe showed his appreciation for the tasty treat.


Daughter-in-law Cheryl offers a treat to make a new friend at the NEW Zoo near Suamaco, WI.



A costumed German settler swings his blurred mallet as he splits wood on a stump inside his machine shed on the Koepsell Farm (1880)  developed by Pomeranian immigrants.  The Machine Shed originated in town of Mequon, Ozaukee County.

From My Past

Although neither of us attended one-room schools, we both remember sitting at desks exactly as shown in the Raspberry School.  We did not, however, use the McGuffey Readers like those placed on these desks.  Nor do we admit to ever sitting in that chair facing the corner.


The keeper of the Thomas General Store across the street from the blacksmith shop struck a casual pose as he considered a question about the items he stocked for the settlers.  The store was originally run by a Welshman and his Yankee wife in Waterville, Waukesha County, in 1876 and offered items acquired from Milwaukee and Chicago wholesalers.


The blacksmith hammers the ends of a miniature horse shoe flat while it is still hot enough to be formed.  The iron remains malleable for a short time so he concentrates on the next formation before he removes it from his furnace which he also maintains with a bellows as he works.  When we commented on the tiny size of the shoe, he replied that he actually did shoe a young miniature horse with such a shoe to enhance its gait for a show, but removed the shoe from the young horse soon thereafter.


Inside the wagon shop the costumed wheelwright explained the process and the tools used to fashion a wagon wheel.  We found him quite charming as he answered questions not only about the character he played, but also about himself personally.  When asked about the fashion of the period and his handlebar mustache, he replied that his character probably wouldn’t have had it and that he has received some criticism for it.  Then why have it?  “Because I like it!”


The costumed innkeeper at the Four Mile Inn  baked bread for her boarders.  Built as a stagecoach inn in 1853 in Rolling Prairie, Dodge County,  it became a community meeting place for the townspeople to discuss the issues of the day.


I liked the window lighting John as we had our morning coffee at a local restaurant.  I think he is thinking of firing up the TR3 that decorates his sweatshirt but sits covered and lonely in our garage.

I Love Chocolate

Across Wilmar Chocolates’ kitchen, Pecan Wilmarvels are topped off with chocolate over carmel and pecans to create Wilmar’s Pecan Turtles (aka Pecan Wilmarvels).

As a mood enhancer chocolate leads the way, and the chocolate turtles are more than adequate competition to the solid chocolate bunnies which will soon be in the running.


Lots and Lots

Continuing our walk through Wilmars Chocolate kitchen we find lots and lots of pretzels being dipped in creamy white chocolate.  Our gracious guide offered a sample, and as Lucy from Peanuts said to Charlie Brown, “all I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”


A Wilmar Chocolate employee cooks up a batch of Red Hot Truffles. Vietnamese cinnamon and cayenne are immersed in fresh Wisconsin whipping cream and blended with silky imported dark chocolate to create Wilmar’s Red Hot Truffles. One bite will make you forget the frigid temperatures and the snow banks you climbed over to get it.


It’s winter time in Wisconsin

And the gentle breezes blow

Seventy miles an hour

At twenty-five below.


Oh, how I love Wisconsin

When the snow’s up to your butt

You take a breath of winter

And you nose gets frozen shut.


Yes, the weather here is wonderful

So I guess I’ll hang around

I could never leave Wisconsin

‘Cause I’m frozen to the ground

(author unknown)