Archive for February, 2010

Spill Some Tea!

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Don’t know much about local politics right now, but I am calling for a Northfield  tea party

where all the local stars and the quiet waiting in the background people can

step up to the podium for 5 minutes, hand out whatever materials they want,

and do that for a couple of hours each week at some large venue in the winter

and outdoors in the summertime, where everyone can attend.  I’m calling

for it and hope that I am not  stepping on a similar plan already in place.

Don’t Complain, Just Cook the Beef!

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Although I will eat a hot dog or a white castle slider once in a while, I do occasionally

cook a steak for my dh.  Here’s a great site and a super chart for doing so.  Enjoy!

Bitches and Dogs

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

So many people around here are ignoring the city ordinances and state laws concerning loud and aggressive dogs that it is becoming unsafe to walk around here. The dogs are controlling the people and that is just wrong.  Some people, children included are afraid to walk in the Northfield neighborhoods now.  When are we going to put safety above some of the other nonsense that goes on?

DOG BITE LAW – Statistics about dog bites in the USA and elsewhere
Dog bite losses exceed $1 billion per year, with over $300 million paid by homeowners … Every year 2851 letter carriers are bitten. (US Postal Service.) …. State Farm Times, 1998;3(5):2.) That $1 billion estimate might be low — an … – Cached – Similar
Article: Injuries from dog bites affected 4.5 million Americans …
U.S. Newswire; May 13, 2009 ; 700+ words … … dogs every year. … there are 3 million to 4.5 million dog bites in the United States each year, and . … – Cached
Facts About Dog Bites and Attacks
The AVMA estimates 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, … Every 40 seconds someone enters an emergency room in the U.S. for a dog related … (Source: CDC) Over 450000 are seen in other medical type settings. … Most dog bites occur in the afternoon and evening, with the peak between 3 PM and 7 PM. … – Similar
Causes of Personal Injury. Statistics, Numbers & Types of Personal …
The US Government estimates that every year, over 3000 people die as a … Of these 5 million dog bites, over 800000 people need medical attention and … – Cached
Transportation Accident – There are over 3 million injuries a year from transportation … Dog Bites – There are almost 5 million dog bites per year. … to benzene in the U.S. every year- estimated at more than 3 million workers. … – Cached – Similar

Restaurant Ambience – Northfield Golf Club

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

November, 2009
While waiting for my fettucinni jambalaya to be served, I looked out through the plate glass wall separating me from the cold air and beautiful white snow hills and frosted trees of a well manicured golf course.  Sensing something in flight above eye level, I looked up to see the greyish under side of a bird soaring across my field of vision.  My heart leaped just until I was able to get myself under control so that I could carefully observe the events to come.  As quick as the bird entered my vision, it disappeared, I remarked to myself that I see why the underside of the bird was light grey.  It seemed to match the overcast sky which would make it difficult for any near sighted creature to be forewarned of the impending doom brought down by a bird of prey.

Still as a frightened rabbit, and focused as I could be, I watched the bird fly up to a tall pine tree and disappear in the highest branches.  As the bird landed I could see the distinctive tail of the red tailed hawk, a bird I had seen many times.  As I waited for any sign of movement, I wondered what was up…normal feeding time or a more interesting prospect? Then nothing until two large black crows went after a hawk over the the left of field and then out of my vision.

Now, my heart was singing.  What was the chase about?  A nest, or a favorite food source, or was it just a plain old ‘Get out of our territory, we know why you came!’ sort of thing?

Suddenly, two red tail hawks appeared, flying in after the crows who were chasing down the first hawk. Then, two crows chasing the two red hawks back towards and then in front of me and vanishing behind the giant pines.  By now, my heart was double beating and it was all I could do to keep from jumping up and shouting to the whole restaurant, “Hey, why aren’t you watching the hawks and crows?  It’s much better than TV! And the chase goes on and on and on and on…

Wiederholt’s Supper Club

Monday, February 1st, 2010

This one is far out, about a half hour drive, but if you are up for a little change, this is worth the nice drive.  An all American place with the standard fare, no big surprises, just really delicious food without the fancies, but with all the great basics.  Good for the no spice is nice crowd.

Sunday night last, we went with friends to celebrate a birthday and we had a really good time.  If you have a nice place, friendly people, good service, good food, handicap accessible, free birthday cake and clean rest rooms, to me, that’s a win.  Oh, and the toppers for me are great brown iced tea, not that barely uncolored stuff we get so much of around here, and a real relish tray with black and green olives, cut carrots and celery, crunchy garlic toast and rolls.

I had the deep fried scallops, my dh’s mushrooms from his filet mignon, and a baked sweet potato with brown sugar plus a good sized side salad with French Roquefort dressing, not that ol’ bleu cheese creamy sauce in a sealed package which we often see more than we’d like.

Our friends enjoyed the Chicken and Ribs combo and Pork Chops.  All reported good, yummy, and abundant enough.  They were also served a carafe of coffee in a metal pot and a glass of white zin.

I generally prefer a booth over a table, but tables are all they offer, so I dealt with it, and as such, it wasn’t so bad over by the wall.    The prices are about average and there is a long bar available in a  separate room for bar stool lovers.  I give it a 17.5 out of 25.  I miss the sauces, but I appreciate the waitress who got up on a chair to plug in my oxygen machine.

Monday-Thursday: 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 11:30 pm – 10:00 pm
(reservations recommended)

Highway 61 – Miesville, Minnesota
14535 240th St. E.
Hastings, MN 55033
(651) 437-3528 or (507) 263-2263