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Friday, March 4, 2011


Welcome to

Feel GooFriday!!!

Erika had found that a lot of her bloggy friends reading posts about being positive, so she thought she might try her very own meme. She just wanted everyone to feel good and have some happy thoughts as you begin the weekend.  Go over to her blog for the details.

Politics In Wisconsin really took over my week again this week and there were sometimes I really didn't feel good about some things.  But here are some things that made me Feel Good.

1. I know I talk about basketball every week, but Tuesday my son played his last home game, the first game of regionals, and it as you will read below my blood pressure was high and heart was still beating fast the next morning.  It was quite a game.  They play at Randolph tonight and we are definitely the underdogs.  Also last night our high school girl's team pulled out an upset to become Conference Champs.  So those are definite Feel Good Moments.
From: The Daily Citizen 

FALL RIVER – It’s not often that a single word can capture the excitement of a high school basketball game, but Fall River coach Arnie Oelke came close to it Tuesday night.
Emerging from the locker room, he took a wipe of his brow, followed by a long exhale, and then he uttered the word: “Wow.”
Some could even argue it was an understatement, especially after watching Oelke’s team go scoreless for the final three minutes and 52 seconds of the game. The Pirates survived not one, but two potential game-winning shots by Central Wisconsin Christian in the final four seconds of the game to escape with a 52-51 victory in the opening round WIAA Division 5 regional.
“This was a great high school basketball game,” Oelke said. “It was a great atmosphere and both teams battled hard.”
That was evident in the final minutes of the contest. Fall River went up 52-46 on a trey by freshman Billy Bull with 3:52 left in the game.
The Crusaders’ Brennon Kok answered with a 3-pointer at 3:21 and Brett Soodsma followed with a lay-in at 2:11 to make it 52-51.
The fourth-seeded Pirates (14-9) missed two opportunities to seal the game from the line late. Senior Dexter Oelke, who would score a game-high 20 points, missed two free throws with 1:41 to go, and sophomore Jake Grebe, who would finish with 15 points in the game, missed the front end of a bonus with 37.5 to play.
With four fouls to waste, Fall River hounded fifth-seeded CWC (9-14) in the waning seconds, finally forcing the Crusaders to inbound the ball under their own basket with 4.6 seconds to play.
Soodsma took the inbound pass and put up a shot from the corner with four seconds to play that bounced off and was rebounded by Nate Miller near the free-throw line.
Miller’s putback with 1.6 seconds remaining missed and time expired as the Crusaders’ Marty De Vries tried to put back the rebound.
“Those were the kids that we wanted taking those shots,” said CWC coach Tug Thomson of the final flurry. “But there were some things in the first half and throughout the third quarter that we needed to clean up that got us into the position that we had to take the last-second shot.
“It doesn’t all fall on that final possession.”
In the third quarter, Thomson was referring to an 11-0 run by Fall River that erased a 32-31 Crusader lead – their only one of the second half - giving the Pirates the largest lead of the night by either team, 42-32.
CWC, however, answered with a 9-0 run to end the quarter to trail 42-41 at the end of three, setting up the exciting fourth-quarter finish.
“This was a great team effort for us tonight,” said coach Oelke. “Everyone deserves credit. We battled the whole game tonight.
“My hat’s off to CWC. They are a pretty solid group and they played an outstanding game. Fortunately for us their shots didn’t fall at the end.”
Kok led CWC with 16 points while De Vries and Luke Ganz closed out their high school careers with 10 points each.
Bull added nine points for the Pirates who will travel to Randolph on Friday to face the top-seeded Rockets.
2.  I received some books I won from another blog this week that I am really excited about and still have one more on the way.

The Next Thing On My List
The Next Thing On My List
Author: Jill Smolinski

Author: Melody Carlson

Georgia Bottoms: A Novel
This is the one that should arrive soon!!
Georgia Bottoms A Novel
Author: Mark Childress

3.  I also received a book I have been anxiously wanting to read from my Wish List at  Trade Books for Free - PaperBack Swap..

The Kitchen House: A Novel
The Kitchen House A Novel
Author: Kathleen Grissom

I am going to have to give up sleeping to get all the books plus the 100 more on my To-Be-Read Pile!!

3.  NASCAR has returned for its season. My favorite driver, Matt Kenseth is not off to the best start but we are only 2 races into the season.  Plus his wife waited until after the Daytona 500 to give birth to a beautiful baby girl. So they now have 2 little girls and an 18 year old son who also has the racing bug.  
Matt Kenseth - MKFC

4. As I have told you several times, I have a wonderful sister, and she recently came to visit and brought us (mostly my husband) a wonderful gift.  She says it's because he takes such good care of me, which he does.
It's a numbered print with two gold coins.  We have #98 out of just 5000.  This picture really doesn't do it justice.  It is gorgeous.

5.  The snow is melting, it is a balmy 36 degrees here in Wisconsin.  We usually get one more big snowstorm in March that always seems to hit during the Boys State Basketball Tournament.  But I am starting to feel as if Spring is right around the corner.

That's what makes me Feel Good, 
I can't wait to read about what made you
Feel Good this week!! 


Sparkling said...

That book Georgia Bottoms sounds intriguing because of its title!

I listened to The Kitchen House on tape. LOVED IT. SO REAL. LOVED IT.

I think Matt Kenseth's name is funny because it's really 3 first names. I chuckle every time I heard it!

Thanks for linking up!

Anonymous said...

I hear the pride in your son and the loving in your family. Bless you all. Have your best week evah!

jackie b central texas said...

Lori proud of your son on your behalf and happy that you had a good week... Congratulations on your books, am enjoying the sunshine this past week and today after a chilly Saturday we are warming up nicely as the breeze outside finally laid and with the sunshine being strong promises to be lovely outside... What made me feel the best though was getting my very own e-reader, finally got a Kindle DX and am loving it!

Have a good week this week too!