I have this list of ideas for blog posts. It’s kind of a mish-mosh of things that occur to me at random times. Then, when it’s time to write a blog post, I look at the list and pick a topic.
Except today. Because while I had “Old World Wisconsin” on the list, this wasn’t the post I was going to write at all.
This place is one of my favorite spots in Wisconsin. It’s like time travel. There, I can see exactly what my third great-grandparents’ Norwegian farm might have looked like in the 1870s, and see the kind of schoolhouse their kids attended. I can take my almost-five-year-old daughter to Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, and watch her churn butter while wearing a sunbonnet. I can take her and her little brother to meet Father Christmas (which is waaaay cooler than visiting that creepy mall Santa).
But last night a tornado ripped through Old World Wisconsin. None of the people or animals were hurt, but the buildings and trees were heavily damaged (along with about 120 homes in nearby Eagle…it’s amazing that no one was killed). It’s a mess.
If you like Wisconsin, or you like history, or you like cool stuff, you can help by donating money to help repair and restore the damaged buildings. If that’s not your thing, consider donating to the Red Cross, who are among those helping out the folks down in Eagle. They could really use a hand.
Photo by newagecrap