Saturday, January 31, 2009

Have a seat...

There are painted park benches all around the beach area of Pewaukee Lake. This one is in front of one of the shops across the street. Even in the winter, a sunny day can make it a nice place to take a break and watch the world go by - although you may have to brush off some snow first.

Friday, January 30, 2009


This frozen pot of artificial flowers sat neglected at the side of an old building downtown. A reminder of summer past and the summer that is yet to come. Note the remnants of snow inside the container? Only 4 (!) more months until May 31, the official date when you can finally plant annuals outside in this part of Wisconsin without fear of frost. Yep... it's a LONG, cold winter in Pewaukee :-)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Farber the Barber

On downtown's Wisconsin Avenue, just across from the lake, is "Farber's" - an old-fashioned, storefront barber shop. Note the prices: Buzz Cut $5. Haircuts $10. While fancy salons are folding all around us, this little place is still open for business!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pewaukee Lake Deep Freeze

The beach may be closed (obviously!) until next summer -- but that didn't stop this guy (see bottom photo) from racing his four-wheeler over the frozen surface of Pewaukee Lake.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It's a Beautiful Day Cafe

This cute little cafe is located in an old Victorian-style house near the "downtown" area of the village of Pewaukee. Great coffee and live music some evenings. A nice alternative to the ubiquitous Starbucks. Sadly, due to the economy - like so many other places - it was recently forced to close.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Pewaukee River

Even in sub-zero temperatures, this section of the river doesn't freeze because it's near the mouth of it's major source, Pewaukee Lake. The constant flow of the current prevents icing over.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Tangled Snowflakes

Our off-days have been so cold lately (below zero!) that we have not been able to remove the remaining Christmas decorations. These forlorn snowflakes still dangle on our Japanese Maple. Maybe next weekend...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Winter in Wisconsin

This view of our patio is typical of how the long, cold winter is progressing in Pewaukee. Snow, cold, and more snow and cold! -- Although it does make for some beautiful surroundings.