Posted by: Lori Schmidt Lutze | June 4, 2010

Ode to Kiel, Wisconsin

No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, but I’ve been too busy to blog.  Isn’t that totally outrageous?  When is the last time you heard someone say they were too busy to blog?  I’m sure you’ve thought the very same thing—you’re just too damn busy to blog, aren’t you? 

Today is Joyce’s birthday so let’s hear it for JOYCE!!  Yes, she’s a young 74.  And she celebrated with Jukey and other BFFs at Eddie Martini’s place.  On your birthday it’s great to know an Eddie with the last name Martini.  It just is.  Eddie is decadent and he likes to treat his ladies right.  Joyce’s BFFs surprised her with roses and a silver, stretchy, blingy bracelet.  There can never be too much bling in Joyce’s life.  The girlfriends dined on veal, salmon, scallops, and talapia.  They drank wine and vodka presses.  (If you haven’t sucked down a vodka press you should try one this very minute.  Go ahead and make yourself one—-Joyce can wait.)  The ladies enjoyed dessert.  And, yes, birthday cake, of course. 

I hope when I’m 74 I have a great group of BFFs to help me celebrate my birthday.  And that is my wish for  you, too.  You will have lived a wonderful life if that is the case.

Because it’s Joyce’s day and this is Joyceland, let’s think of happy things like Joyce’s birthplace, Kiel, Wisconsin.  Here is the sign that greets you when you drive into Kiel:

Have you ever experienced such a warm welcome?  Would you ever want to leave?  I think not.

Even Main Street makes you feel all Jimmy Stewart:

Oh, the hustle and bustle of Main Street in downtown Kiel.  Who needs the Big Apple when they’ve got Kiel?  I’ve heard the city is considering changing the name from Main Street to Joyceland Boulevard and you read it here first. 

Let’s turn our attention next to the beautiful architectural masterpiece called City Hall:

Joyce grew up next door.  It was the influence of City Hall that made her into the fine citizen she is today.  She has considered running for mayor of Kiel, but the job’s demands would cut into her party time.

Here is a scenic shot of the Sheboygan River which runs through Kiel:

Of course a river runs through it—would you expect anything less?  Claude Monet should have been so lucky to have painted a Kiel inspired masterpiece.  Poor guy, he really missed his biggest opportunity. 

Where were Joyce’s morals and values formed?  Well, she grew in faith at Saints Peter and Paul Church:

It took both Peter and Paul to keep Joyce on the straight and narrow.  And it’s been said that Joyce exhausted the both of them.

So there you have it—-a brief tour of the town where Joyce began.  Don’t you feel like you’ve just been on a long overdue and fabulous vacation?



  1. Today at the birthday luncheon there were 5 ladies “of a certain age, give or take a few ” and would you believe that every last one of them were nattilly togged out in black and white??? I think this might be a subject you might cogitate on when you’re not too busy to blog.

  2. Awh! Happy belated birthday to Joyce! You know I how I love Wisconsin.

    And yeah, what’s the deal? Are you too busy to blog? 😀

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