Ottertail Country

Ottertail Country
Ottertail South

February 1, 2009

Off to the big city...


We got our converter box last summer, so I thought I would try it out a week or so ago. I hooked it up, followed the directions for a scan and found 12 digital stations! 12.1, 12.2, 13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 20.1, 20.2, 20.3, 36.1, 36.2, 36.3, 39.1
However, there were no Wausau stations, so I turned the antennae toward the southeast, re-scanned and now there were 18. All the Wausau ones showed up except 55, the Fox station. I emailed them and found out that they were not broadcasting a digital signal until Feb 19. So I disconnected the box so we could still get 55 until Feb.
So far, so good.....

A few days ago, Ivan called to ask if the sky was super red down at the Ottertail. Sure enough, a blood red sky that my camera would not focus on properly, but you get the idea.

This morning I believe I created the perfect stack of cakes. Go ahead, prove me wrong.... I need to get Lucy's thin pancake recipe and try it out.

After breakfast I headed to Wausau. The sun was finally out and all the trees were frost covered out in the Timm's Hill area. Really quite a sight.

This view was kind of weird. Looking out across a swampy area to an abrupt hill covered with maple trees. I like it.

You really need to double click these to enlarge......

Anyway, soon I was parked in the lot behind Rosie's apartment. The temperature was in the mid 30's and felt really good after all that cold junk we had been having.

We both were in need of lunch, so we headed to Chang Garden on Scott street just east of the river. The place is run by a family from the far east, with all their family recipes and such. The food there is really good, much better than the buffet places. I had the Szechuan pork, a spicy and hot dish of pork strips, peas, carrot shavings, bean sprouts, water chestnuts and mushrooms in a dark sauce. I had some fried rice and soup (I forgot the name of it).

We went to Walgreen's to get me some photos for my passport renewal. I'm heading to Canada this summer and my passport is expired. They expire after 10 years, but you can still renew them until they are 15 years old. That's in 3 weeks for me.... anyway, we were looking around the store while we waited for the photos, and we found this dark chocolate "Infused with premium red chili" Sounds tasty, doesn't it????

Next, we headed out to Gander Mountain. I needed some clay birds, some target load 12Gauge cartridges and I wanted to determine the choke of a certain shotgun we have. Turns out it is a modified, so I got a full choke sleeve as well.

On the way back to Rosie's apartment, we stopped in at Malarky's Pub, on the square in the downtown area. Don't go there if you want a reasonably priced beverage, $8 for a glass of wine and $5 for a Guinness tap pint..... we left after finding that out!

So I came home with some new photos, a new shotgun choke and 4 boxes of cartridges. Oh, yeah, and a carton of clay birds. I need to shoot this gun a little before making a late February pheasant hunt to the Madison area. In any event, I will be a little more ready this year for the annual "first clay pigeon shoot of the year" at Peggy's brother's place on Easter.....



Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your day with us. I will email the pancake recipe to you. I especially like the picture with the fire tower in the background. Rosie looks good.


yram said...

Frosty looking...nice. a little clay pigeon action sounds like fun. I may have to try that one of these days.
Passport for Canada...weird huh?
went to Debbie's this weekend to get her wireless and hook up a VCR. Everything that could have given us a pain happened.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for coming Dad :)

Anonymous said...

Forgot to update you that I finally talked to Grandma about those thin pancakes - all she could think of was crepes. So maybe we'll have to try these thin pancakes during Kettle Fest!

Looking forward to Easter! How many other families do you know that celebrate with clay pigeons?!?!


Carlo said...

Actually, I only know of one family that has an annual pigeon shoot on Easter..... but it's fun!