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Friday, July 22, 2011

A piece of Heaven in Fox Lake - Mullin's

If you're ever near Fox Lake and in need of some good eats, pass through, but don't pass BY this drive-in. Mullin's Drive-In is everything "old school," including superior car-hop service, pleasant employee interaction, great food/ice cream treats, root beer mugs, and a surprising bit of entertainment extraordinaire.

Our family has seen this corner restaurant over the years, but never had the pleasure (or proper timing) of dropping in for a bite; we sure missed out!

Mullin's car hops are youthful teen-through-college-age men and women that stand at the ready when patrons pull in. Customer service works like a well-oiled machine. Prompt, extremely courteous, and well-trained are adjectives that hardly do justice to the employees of Mullin's. The menu is brief, but broad enough to suit everyone's tastes. I had the sloppy joe, which tasted homemade and came piping hot in a basket. My daughter had an old-fashioned burger with the works and loved it. Onion ring and fry portions are generous here, and the sweet-tooth specialty is Schoep's fresh ice cream.

The parking is limited, so it's probably best to go just after the noon rush, or before the dinner hour. The property hosts a small park-like atmosphere with plush grass, mature trees, and picnic tables that include a thoughtful touch - a fly swatter for pest-free dining. :-)

Customers were kept amused by today's "bus boy" - a young man with calf muscles the size of a football who watchfully waited for picnic tables to clear, then dashed, I mean like REALLY RAN, to the table, grabbed off food baskets with trash, wiped down in 5 seconds, then dashed back to the shelter to dump trash and return. Each table was cleared in record time, and it was a rather comical surprise to unsuspecting diners.

The advertisement on-line boasts clean bathrooms, and they are absolutely spot on with that claim. All employees greeted customers both in cars and on the grounds with friendly hellos, and "thanks for coming", as well as "hope to see you again soon"...

If you're looking for low-cal, low-fat choices, this won't be the place for you. However, if you want a great flashback with the fam, I highly recommend this jewel of Fox Lake.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Nobody runs for mayor..or anything else for that matter ---

Sounds exciting.

The races for mayor and three commission seats are wide open in the small North Carolina town of Tar Heel — because no one bothered to run.

No one has registered as a candidate for the fall elections in the Bladen County town. The story was first reported by WECT-TV.

The ballots will be printed with blank spaces for voters to write in their choices.

Current Mayor Ricky Martin says he's not surprised no one wants the jobs. Even in a town of 117, it's hard work with little compensation. And Martin says state budget cuts mean the next elected officials might have to raise taxes.

Cynthia Shaw, the director of the county's board of elections, says it's the first time she has seen an entire town without a candidate.

They've arrived!

We had bird nests skillfully woven together in the womb of our hanging planters. I believe one is a house wren, but don't quote me on that. The other very "newborn" hatchlings are black-capped chickadees. We have been watching the process for weeks and both nests are now filled with new life!

First pic of the house wrens one week ago....

Yesterday's pic...one week old

Just hatched! Black-capped chickadees.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Get the Groupon Deal for Local Restaurant

Latest local Groupon - 50% off at Riverside Brewery and Restaurant in West Bend.

Great food and atmosphere. Patio overlooks Wisconsin River.

Passing on the savings - HERE.

Limited offer.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

West Bend Fireworks Grand Finale - Let Freedom Ring

Campbellsport, WI - An Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade

Campbellsport, WI, July 4, 2011

Spectacular parade complete with an enormous number of surrounding area fire departments, their trucks (every kind), and their personnel in sharp uniform. Lots of veterans and flags and people shouting thanks. Candy being thrown in giant handfuls, leaving no child unsugared. The local Klotz's Piggly Wiggly outdid themselves with employees (?) pushing shopping carts filled with tons of giveaways, such as recyclable shopping bags, plastic water bottles, candy, and more! Farm equipment, horses, dancers, music....

The 1-1/2 hour long parade on this perfect summer day delighted the hundreds of attendees.

A celebration of freedom, and a display of gratefulness and thanks.

Lots of pics - enjoy!