Friday, October 31, 2014

Why I'm Voting For Tom Cross For Treasurer...And You Should Too


On Tuesday, I'm asking you to join me and Natalie in voting for Tom Cross for Illinois Treasurer.

I said this about Tom Cross back in March right ahead of the Primary and it still holds true:
Natalie and I have had the pleasure of knowing Tom for more than a decade and having worked directly for him for about half of that time.

Head over to his website to learn more about his campaign. Or check out this graphic to see what else others in Illinois politics have to say about Tom Cross.

But know this: there isn't a more hardworking, honest or loyal man on the ballot.
The State of Illinois needs help from good people and while we're all tired of hearing the negative ads, the end is near.

To get there, we need to support - now more than ever - leaders who are willing to work together and get real results.

Tom Cross is an unique leader in that he's bucked his party, charted his own course and has done what he believes is right.  And that's why he's been endorsed by The Chicago Tribune, the former Treasurers (both Republican and Democrat) and so many others.

Tom’s bi-partisan approach to solving problems has earned him praise from leading Democrats, including former State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow and Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner.

Tom will be an independent leader and fiscal watchdog for Illinois taxpayers.

Natalie and I are both excited to head to the polls on Tuesday and cast our vote for Tom Cross for Treasurer.  She's a Democrat.  I'm a Republican.  But we're both 'all in' for Tom Cross.  That doesn't happen very often, but a guy like Tom Cross doesn't come along very often.

We urge you to watch this short video from Tom below and then cast your vote for Tom Cross on Tuesday!  (If you are reading this in your email and can't see the video below, click here to watch the video.)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Squirrel-Proofed Our Jack-O-Lanterns


We've lost six or so pumpkins (that we grew ourselves!) on our front porch to critters this year and after the girls had carved their pumpkins last night, I figured we had to find a way to make them last until Friday.

First....I filled a spray bottle with bleach and hit every 'cut' surface.  We'll see if that does anything to stop the mold?

Then...as you can see...I took out a little bit of fencing and wrapped them up.  You can't eat what you can't get to, right?

Come and try me, squirrels.  I dare you.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

So Long, Leonard's. We Hardly Knew You...


Another loss in Downtown Elmhurst as Leonard's Fine Mens Clothing store is 'quitting business forever'.

Have to admit that I've never stepped foot in the place, so I'll take some of the blame, but this is another open storefront in the City Center and one less reason for some folks to head down there.  Sad for the business.  Sad for Elmhurst.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Yes...We Got The Swagger Wagon



I'm going to be an adult about this vehichle stuff and take this thing head on.

Live in the suburbs.  Check.

Have three (gasp!) kids.  Check.

Go to bed before 9 pm.  Check.

Got the swagger wagon?  Check!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Biggest Pumpkin I've Ever Grown


I've tried growing pumpkins for a few years and either mold or critters ruin the fun.  This year, I saw a few promising 'fruits' that had blossomed and I decided to try to keep the critters away with some fencing.  This is the biggest pumpkin that I've ever grown that doesn't have a single nick in it from squirrel teeth.

Gnome for size reference...

Friday, October 17, 2014

This Year's Halloween Witch: 2014


Like in year's past, this year we tried another water putty witch.  Here's the mold we used in 2012.

This years is smaller, but has her riding on her broom.  The Babe is going to get busy painting this gal over the weekend when we have other things we need to attend to!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gasp! The Stow-n-Gow Family Might Be Arriving In Elmhurst?


Who would have thought that we might end up with a van?!?

We went looking at vans over the weekend and we've narrowed it down to between the Sienna and the Odyssey.  I'm leaning towards the Swagger Wagon.  We'll see if we can make a deal!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pumpkins Going Nuts - 2014


We may have created a bit of a problem by planting so many different varieties of pumpkin seeds.  With this cool, wet weather, they're thriving.  Still hoping for a giant jack-o-lantern for October.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Marinated and Maranated: Which Is Better?


Hard to believe that the printers up in Coloma for the Friendly Tavern got it right once, but then just a few inches away, they messed up, isn't it?
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