I had to leave my family today

I had to leave my family today. Life just became too hard and they knew it was my time. We had 16 years together and they gave me such a good life. We are so happy for all the time together. Sorry I can’t be there today to get treats and hugs, there were so many. My family said they will always love me, and I believe them.

Mocha Honbury Kahlua, Our Sweet Brown Dog, 1/5/2002 – 2/12/2018

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Friends of Mocha

Snickers, Hershey and Tootsie

Snickers, Hershey and Tootsie

Here are some friends who sent me their picture today. This is Snickers, Hershey and Tootsie (clockwise from left), enjoying an outing with their person. Although there’s plenty of room in the car, they insist on sharing a seat! Snickers was featured in another post on this website when he came to visit in 2013.

Mocha’s web guy has to move all her other friend pictures here from her other web page. For now, you can see them here.

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Nov 9 2016


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Summer 2016 — 99 Days

Sure, one post for the whole summer.

Again, Summer just flying by too fast to spend the time sitting at the keyboard.

May 27 – 30 Camping, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern Unit





June 23 – 25 Vegas for Seth & Ashley’s wedding




June 26 – 30 Grand Canyon


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July 14 – 18 St. Louis





July 31 – Aug 4 Camping Chequamegon



September 3 – King Lear at APT


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Jan 10 2016

Planet Earth is Blue

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Brewing Day!

On the Brew Sheet for today at the KleinHerz Brewery, “Flight of the Kiwi IIPA”. I’d wanted to try a double IPA for a while. This is a kit from Wine and Hop Shop, our friendly and fully stocked local purveyor. This beer has the potential to be huge, described as, “brewed with all New Zealand hops, expect a citrusy hop character atop a decent malt backbone followed by a fairly dry finish”.  Three grains (Munich, Caramel and Victory malts) will steep in the brew pot, a total of 9 pounds of malt extracts will end up in the pot, and a whopping 5 ozs of hops will go into the brew (Moteuka, Pacific Jade), with 2 more ozs dry-hopped in at about two weeks. Estimated ABV comes in at 8.2% which for the KH Brewery would be second only to a Trappist brew we did in 1998 which was in the the low double-digit range, a few bottles of which we have stashed in the cellar, still getting better with age.

I think it’s time to crack open a bottle of last year’s Black Earth Porter, perfect on a day like today, and get this kettle on the boil.

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