Sunday, September 22, 2013

Madison, WI Capital Building

Last week I spent the entire week at Epic in Verona, Wisconsin.   I was presenting on "Lessons Learned Implementing the Advance Beneficiary Notification Module".   I know -- a stimulating subject for the masses....Our presentation went really well.  Very well attended and many questions after we ended so I considered it a success.   The Epic conference is pretty amazing since I think Verona, WI is pretty smallish size town but once a year there are 10,000 people who converge on this complex in the middle of a cow field.    It is an amazing facility by any standard but does make my skin crawl a bit with the amount of our health care dollars that go into building that amazing campus.

After a week of stuffing everything I could into my small brain we left after sessions on Thursday and went to visit the state capital in Madison.   I think it is the most amazing state capital I've ever visited for the beauty of the building and the various types of stone used to construct the building.....I think it might even trump the Capital Building in Washington, D.C. for it's beauty.  

The rotunda ceiling...too bad you cannot see the painting in the center..

 An approach from the west 

 Panorama of the beautiful!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Tomato Hornworm Attack

One day we have dozens of tomatoes ripening on the vine and the next day it looks like someone or something is feasting upon the labors of our summer gardening efforts.  Owen and I have labored most of the summer nurturing our small crop of tomatoes.  We have looked forward to our first BLT sandwiches with great anticipation!  Fortunately we were able to celebrate that milestone before we realized we were under attack!

First BLT's with our own fresh tomatoes!  So very yummy!
And then we discovered the dreaded TOMATO HORNWORM in our midst!  Note how he is loving my can see how much he has already eaten.
Owen looking on in dismay... He had to "take care" of this guy.
Just some perspective on how very large he was..... Notice the tense?  Was!