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Summer almost reaches the end and the weather just stays cool this year. The hardy Hibiscus in the garden is in the peak now. It is covered by almost 20 big white with pink edges 10" diameter flowers everyday. Each flower is the size of an 8-year old kid (measured with my niece's head. :) )

It is also the peak season of the fresh strawberry. They are in decent price and look so delicious in the store so I have to buy some. I remember that I still have some frozen cranberries in the freezer so I make this strawberry and cranberry pie with oatmeal/brown sugar streusel on the top of the pie. The sour taste of the cranberry counter balances with the sweetness of the sugar and strawberry. Yum! Have several big trips coming up in the next several weeks so I guess it will be a busy September for me. Just wish that the summer can stay here longer. Really don't want the bitter winter comes back too soon.
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After a long nasty winter, the spring is finally here. All the beautiful spring flowers are fully bloomed in the garden: Tulips, Hyacinths, and Grape Hyacinths. It surly pays off all the hard work on planting hundreds of bulbs last fall. Of course, so far, luckily, no severe deer damage yet. Those bastards sometimes only bite off the flowers, chew once and spit them out. Who says that Bambi are cute?

Lots of people here have got the spring fever and started to plant all the annuals in the yard. However, the changeable Wisconsin spring weather is not trustful. It used to snow even in late May. I would hold on the flower fever for now. Hope that everybody is enjoying the spring time so far!
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Finally, it seems that the spring is here. The temperature rises to 50s and the sun has come out. After spending half of my time in Florida so far, it is nice to see that some of the flowers in the garden start to wake up and grow. The crocus has started to bloom nicely. All the nice different colors. Hope that the spring is really here. It seems that it is going to rain for the rest of the week. But I guess it is better than snow.

Today, I went to the new gym I joined at the beginning of this year. Due to all the traveling, this was my 2nd time to go there. All these work trip wastes my expensive gym membership. And I am not happy to find out that I lose so much strength already since I could not work out in the past 3 months. I used to be able to bench easily with 110 lb dumb bell but I even felt 70 lb was a little bit heavy today! Really need to go back it and build up again!
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Time passes fast and today will be the end of my first month at the new job. Overall, I like this new job very much. Very friendly co-workers and working environment. The manager is very nice and appreciate my work. And I will be traveling some for work/training starting next week. Head to Cleveland, Ohio first. Then to the Netherland at the end of month.

The weather finally cools down here and the mums in the garden bloom like crazy now. Quite a beautiful scenes.

Tree Fell

Sep. 9th, 2007 09:25 am
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Guess how I spent my Saturday? To be a lumberjack! The long raining days last week finally took the toll on one of the trees in the garden. Even though it has been sunny for a couple of days recently, the dirt was still very wet. A big chunk of the tree fell on the ground sometime on Saturday early morning and I did not find out until the breakfast yesterday.

After checking the root of the tree closely, it seemed that the tree trunk just bent for no obvious reason. And the mosquitoes were really really bad. I got almost 10 bites all over my body when I just tried to take the pictures. Anyway, after applying some mosquito fog spray, we were able to use chain saw to cut down the falling part of the tree to pieces so we could put them in a pile to wait for the yard waste collection on Monday. Let me tell you, it was not a fun task to do in the temperature of 90F and 70% humidity for 3 hours.

Made some delicious plum berry crumble last night. I will try to post some pictures of it later.


Sep. 5th, 2007 08:43 am
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Got up this morning and found out that the wasp are back again. There were at least 10 of them going in and out of the side of the roof. They have been trying to build a nest there for the whole summer and I have spayed the wasp killing stuff there. But they just keep coming back!

The roof is actually quite high that I cannot reach it without a ladder. Guess I will have to spray it again today after dark then.
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It's another nice summer weekend again. The weather is still quite warm and humid. Apparently, the Hibiscus in the garden really likes the weather since it has been blooming like crazy with each flower the size of a dinner plate (7" plus).

Did not really plan to do anything special. Just relax. Went to a lunch business party yesterday and had potato salad, one bratwurst, and some chicken. The brat was good but the chicken was cold and tasted a little bit raw. Fortunately, we got to go to the Thai food restaurant to have some delicious chicken Pud Thai for the dinner. Pud Thai basically is a rice noodle dish cooked with vegetable, peanut sauce and the meat of choice. Yum! And the leftover will be for tonight's dinner then.

Aw, it is almost 4pm on Sunday afternoon again. Why is weekend always passing so fast? Hope that everybody has a nice weekend.
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Got another phone interview this morning from a local company. It was more like an initial information collection with a human resource person. I still have to wait to see if the hiring manager will call back to have further interview. I guess this is just a slow time of the year for hiring since the kids are out of school and lots of people are on vacation or attending different events.

There are just not many hi-tech companies in this area. Most of the time, I feel that I am over-qualified for lots of the local jobs. Who knows that a doctorate degree will cause such a scenario? But I still do not want to apply for a faculty job in college/university. I had enough of the academy ugly fighting under the table, between professors and researchers. It was worse for those really famous faculty members in the really famous schools. Just don't want to go back to those days again. So, I will continue to search something locally. However, I might get an interview with Google! But it is in California so I don't think it will go anywhere anyway.

Besides the job hunting, I got some time to enjoy the garden flowers more. All the Orienpet Lilies and Daylilies in the garden start to bloom. They are very showy and have some fragrant, which take my mind off the job hunting temporarily.


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