508 – Kitten Cam


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode, we:

Got our bikes tuned up
In addition to our new treadmill, we wanted to have another movement option so we got our bikes out. We had to take them in because they needed some love after sitting for a couple years.

Kept an eye on wildlife in the yard

Hummingbird Cam

Chad set up a camera outside to keep an eye on the hummingbird feeder which was cool! And then yesterday, the beagles let us know there were cats under the deck. Later, Abby found a kitten on top of the deck. Chad tried to catch it but it ended up under the deck all day. So the hummingbird cam became kitten cam.

Worked with Abby’s trainer
Laura from Connecting with Dogs came out to visit again to help us fine-tune some of Abby’s training. We have to work on her reactivity with the dog next door as well as going back to doing crate games.

Ate out a little more than usual
We went to Double B’s BBQ to investigate the brisket. We got to see our old server, Michelle, and try the food. Then Saturday, we decided to chill at the wine bar instead of run around. Chad ended up trying the Cobb Salad Hot Dog at Ferch’s Malt Shoppe and Grille across the walkway from Vintage 38.

Ruth telling people where to go!

Posted a ridiculous photo to Facebook
Ruth posted a hilarious photo of herself on Facebook which Chad accurately titled, “Ruth Lawson: Telling people ‘where to go’ since 1970.”

 

Want to share your story about what inspires you? Want to tell us your favorite brisket restaurant or have a feral cat repellent? Let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

412 – Random Act of Kindness


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode we:

Eggs Benedict at Bass Bay Brewhouse

Visited Bass Bay Brewhouse for brunch
Chad had their “Shenanigans” dish which had everything and the kitchen sink in it. Ruth really enjoyed the Eggs Benedict. See the whole brunch menu here.

Continued to eat
On Monday, we tried The Suburban Bourbon and enjoyed a couple of their burgers with a bottle of wine. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we cooked dinner at home – including an epic Tater Tot Casserole. On Friday, we stayed home for Wineza and paired it with a brand new bottle of M2 Zinfandel.

Had a full day on Saturday
We had a family funeral visitation to attend Saturday morning. Ruth had to work to enforce some boundaries around what she needed. Afterwards, we had certified professional dog trainer Laura from Connecting with Dogs come over to help us humans communicate more effectively with both dogs (but especially Abby).

Bob holding the photo from our “island home.”

Were the recipients of a random act of kindness
We decided to order burgers from Ricardo’s in the Greendale Village and then head over to Vintage 38 for wine – specifically Hook or Crook 2015 Lodi Cabernet. Since the grapes are from Lodi, the wine had a great depth of flavor.  At the bar there’s a photo for sale on the wall we’re pretty sure is the view from our future island home. An amazingly kind gentleman at the bar – who wanted to be known as “Bob” – purchased it and gifted it to us. We were stunned and couldn’t believe his generosity. We will definitely be paying it forward. Cheers, “Bob.”

 

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Have you ever paid it forward or undertaken a random act of kindness? Let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

401 – Lasagna Fail


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode, we:

Killed a lasagna
We attempted to make this Motherf$cking Lasagna by fitness blogger James Fell. The recipe actually includes a warning to get a deep enough pan and not let the lasagna boil over. We did not follow directions and everything started burning. So we pulled the rip cord and ordered pizza.

The nephews at laser tag

Enjoyed Christmas fun with people
Chad got together with his Little Brother to work on an electronics project. It inspired Chad that Elijah really took pride in his craftsmanship. And then we took our three nephews to play laser tag at Lasertag Adventure. The youngest had a lot of fun continually shooting Ruth. She’s busy formulating a plan to retaliate for next year.

Ice Cream Drinks

Indulged in ice cream drinks
We visited Joey Gerard’s Supper Club with Ruth’s family. After dinner, we decided to indulge in ice cream drinks at the bar. The perfect ending to a really great day. In fact, Ruth said, “Today is the best day ever. And tomorrow will be, too,” and it was super inspiring.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you want to share what your favorite lasagna recipe…let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

306 – Halloween Candy

Cribbage

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode, we:

Pairing Halloween Candy with Wine

Paired Halloween candy with wine
Our fave wine bar was hosting a fun Halloween mini-event – pairing Halloween fun sized candies with different wines. We naturally experimented with the three different candies and named a winner. Because…SCIENCE!

Played Cribbage
We like to play cribbage. Without a deck of cards or a cribbage board last week we resorted to a multi-player app. So this week, we found real, live cribbage board at the wine bar and enjoyed a super close game.

Went to a Housewarming/Halloween Party
Friends of ours hosted a Halloween costume party and we needed to find a leather duster jacket so Chad could go as vampire David from The Lost Boys. We shopped at the local St. Vincent de Paul second-hand store and were really impressed with the display and curation of their inventory.

At the party, we met Loki, a really well-behaved Australian Cattle Dog. He was super cute and is in “training” to be a support dog. We’ve been following a page on Facebook called Speaking Dog with Shana and asked for help with Abby’s barrier aggression.

Went Walking
Ruth started walking in the morning and found it was better than journaling in the morning. She’s still using the Insight Timer app, but walking is almost like a meditation. It’s all about taking good care of yourself.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a favorite candy and wine pairing or a favorite Halloween costume…let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

 



302 – Chad Has The Plague

Copyright: bogdanhoda / 123RF Stock Photo

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Sickness at the Lawson Ranch
Chad’s been sick all week with a cold/the flu. Tini wasn’t feeling good, either. She ended up getting subcutaneous fluids and an anti-nausea pill. She usually does pretty well, but this time it didn’t agree with her and we were all up all night.

What We’re Drinking
Friday was National Coffee Day. Ruth enjoyed a yummy decaf from Kickapoo Coffee Roasters who roast their decaf so it’s actually flavorful.

Since Chad’s been sick, he’s been drinking a mocktail of 7-Up and Cran-Apple juice his mom used to have him drink when he was sick as a kid. But then, we kicked it up a notch when we found Hot Toddies. We found a very simple recipe on Epicurious and decided to try it (in the name of science). It tasted great and helped soothe Chad’s coughing for a while.

Chad came across a 2010 Cabernet called The Guardian at the grocery store. We opened it up and found it needed to breathe for a few days before it was ready to drink. It ended up being deep and rich tasting.

Elvis is Everywhere

Ruth Wanders
Ruth and her friend Sarah attended Bay View Gallery Night – a night of local art in a city neighborhood. It included art, performances, music, shopping, and more. We found a very curious shrine to Elvis.

Dog Supplies
We ordered some new stuff for the pups from Chewy.com. But, we ordered the wrong size bowls. They were nearly swimming pool size. So we emailed to find out how to exchange the bowls. Instead of having us send the bowls back, they asked us to donate them to a local shelter or adoption facility.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a favorite online store or if you want to share a hot toddy recipe…let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.