Monthly Archives: October 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity LIVE Viewing Party!!!

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The owner of The Wildlife Refuge has agreed to allow us to view LIVE the Rally to Restore Sanity THIS Saturday from 11am – 2pm. They have a large screen TV and plenty of beverages ūüôā

I would like to get an idea of how many would be interested in attending so that I can let her know asap. I know it is a busy weekend, but this is only a couple hours. And the whole weekend is about the kids for many of us…so a couple fun adult hours would be great, no??

For info on the Rally (in case you’ve been under a rock) can be found here – http://www.rallytorestoresanity.com/

It will be a fun time for sure ūüôā So, mark your calendar and please let me know as soon as you can!!

Thanks – and PLEASE pass this around!!!!

Here are the basic directions:

Wildlife Refuge is on Hwy 75 just north of Hwy 11 in Kansasville
(Between Burlington and Union Grove)

3518 S Beaumont Ave
Kansasville, WI
 
 
 

Let’s Talk About Charlie

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I was thinking about something this afternoon and I thought I would share it with you…well, because that is what I do.

Because I married my husband I have allowed myself to be involved in situations which have negatively affected my life forever. Things have occurred which have had devastating consequences; things which would never have happened had I not chosen to marry him. I have had to deal with a lot from his past. These things will be with me for the rest of my life and cause great strife from time to time.

HOWEVER…I still consider myself very lucky in the husband department. After all, what has happened wasn’t exactly his fault. Yes, he made choices which made things worse for me…made choices before me which were pretty stupid and effect me now. But not to the point of fault or blame.

He has no idea what depression or anxiety is or how it can devastate a person’s life. Yet, he tries very hard not to judge me or cause me to feel “crazy”. He is very patient and understanding with my frequent mood changes, medication issues and crying spells. He’s not perfect and can sometimes say the very wrong things…but not often and not on purpose.

He works 40 hours a week doing actual physical, tiring labor. He climbs ladders high into the air and crawls¬†through holes deep into the ground. He works very hard and has a remarkable work ethic. Yet he still helps out around the house more than any other husband I know. He is more of a neat freak than I am…so often he will just clean for no reason, without request and usually does a better job than I do.

We do not always agree when it comes to the kids, their rules, their consequences, etc. But he is a wonderful dad who spends A LOT of time with his kids. During the 7+ years I have been home with them 24/7…he has made an effort to take them places on the weekend to give me a break from being a constant “mom”. He helps them with homework, gets them to clean their rooms and while he may fall asleep at 6pm some (lol MANY) nights…he still helps every day when it comes to their care and raising.

He hardly ever tells me no. If I want to go to a movie by myself, if I want him to take me to the comedy club, if I want to plan a vacation that doesn’t require his boat…he almost always agrees happily. “Anything for you, Dear.” I have to admit, I have not and probably will never be as accomodating.

He isn’t romantic in the least. I cannot remember the last gift – be it birthday, anniversary, whatever – that he actually went out to get for me. Its usually¬†me picking something out for myself. I don’t get flowers or cards or poems. Those things I have had to learn to live without. BUT he is loyal like no other. I can completely trust him in every way. He would never cheat on me. I know people say that in a very denial-like way…but not me. I know men cheat. Pretty much all of them. But I also know he wouldn’t. Hell, he doesnt¬†even flirt with chics. He is the only guy who has ever made me secure in that way. So while he is not bringing home roses – I also know there are no roses as a guilt gift either.

Don’t get me wrong. We fight. And we aren’t shy about it either…so if you know us you may have even witnessed one (or many) of our spats. But we always make up and carry on. There are things about him that I cannot stand! There are things about me he really hates. But I think we both know that the positives far outweigh the negatives.

I complain a lot. Sometimes I¬†wish I could just up and leave. Sometimes I really wish I was still single. I always joke (even tho it is not really joking lol) that I want my own bedroom or even my own apartment. I need my space and he sure knows how to invade it. But I would be a pile of nothing without him. And I don’t want to wait until something horrible happens to admit that I really do love the jerk. ūüôā

So, you may not hear it a lot…but I just want to mention how much I appreciate and love my husband, Charlie. We are two Aries constantly bumping heads…but I still don’t think there could be a better fit for me.

Okay…you may now proceed with the barfing….

Sandra Teichow Vigil

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 I did not go. I feel horrible about it. I was weak, overwhelmed, tired and stressed. But those are not excuses good enough not to attend. I am ashamed of myself. I cannot write much tonight. But I wanted to post something so that any readers can easily find coverage¬†about¬†Sandra’s vigil. I know she has many loved ones out of town. I will try to keep this updated with related articles/coverage posted online about the vigil only.

Any up coming news about her case I will write about seperately. If you have stories, wishes, condolances you would like to share, please do so under the menu heading on the main page or click HERE. Otherwise I can also copy them there as well.

Thank you and take care of yourself…hug those you love while you can.

HERE¬†is the link to the article and a small video from tonight’s vigil as reported by Racine Journal Times.

HERE is the link to the story and video by Fox 6.

HERE is the article and pictures from Chicago Tribune.

HERE is the coverage from WTMJ 4.

I apologize for not attending. Not sure to whom I am apologizing. I did not know Sandra. I do not know her family or any of her friends. But I guess I just feel I have begun to know her through the stories I read about her. So I suppose it is to her I apologize. Or perhaps to myself for once again letting fear and weakness keep me from doing something I should do.

Naples Based Company to Open Facility in Racine Employing 189

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Just announced by Governor Doyle: A Naples based paper company, Seda International Packaging Group,¬†will be opening its first North American facility in Racine. It is said to initially create 189 jobs. “This is a very, very green company,” says Doyle who also called the company very innovative in its green paper product manufacturing. This is wonderful news to our community and I hope people will be happy and hopeful about this development rather than snarky and pessimistic. Seda is investing over 70 million in this move to Racine. They make paper and plastic packaging products.

More can be seen HERE

Please Give to H.O.P.E.

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Written by my mom, Rebecca DeGroot…wanted to share for a great cause!!

Gus: Maine Coon, Cat; Racine, WI

 

I have reasons to give:

Because I have indoor plumbing

Because I have a cell phone that takes pictures

Because I have comfortable running shoes to wear while I watch TV

Because I have a Nordic Track (aka clothes rack) for when I want to pretend to ski

Because I can buy a cup of pumpkin spice latte everyday if I want to

Because I’m never really hungry, even though I think I am all the time

Because I love my ‚Äúused‚ÄĚ dog and cat and my scratched up hairy furniture

  

I have adopted two wonderful dogs from H.O.P.E Safehouse.

Even a small donation will do so much for an orphaned cat or dog.

H.O.P.E. Safehouse, Inc.

(Help for Orphaned Pets through Education)

is a non-profit, all volunteer animal care organization, a ‚Äėsafehouse‚Äô dedicated to the care and re-socialization of lost, injured, neglected, and abandoned pets. Through education and example, we extend the qualities of safety, shelter and compassion to all animals under our care, in our homes, on the streets and in the wild.

 

H.O.P.E has a lifetime return policy on all their animals. They are really getting hit hard by the economy. Most recently they have had returns listed below:

Gusto – adopted as a kitten – returned at 8 years this week – allergies.

Hydro – adopted in 2010 – returned after 8 months.

 

 

Hydro: Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Dog; Racine, WI

 

Jordan – adopted in 2003 – returned this year.

 

 

Jordan: Pointer, Dog; Racine, WI

 

Serena – adopted as a pup in 2005 – returned this year – divorce.

Sage – adopted as a pup in 2005 – returned this year.

Marvin – adopted in 2004 as a pup – returned this year.

From Lynn Nielsen-Eeg, the founder of H.O.P.E; This is not¬†an uncommon scenario. There are very, very, few organizations that will commit to their animals for life and one must ask the question; “If you have saved this animal from being killed at an animal control facility, adopt it out back into society and the pet population; are you now not responsible for it for the rest of its life?”

Average cost for an animal that comes into the facility is $325.00. These costs cover vaccinations, fecal, urine, fleas, heartworm, injuries, illness, microchip and a host of other medical concerns. H.O.P.E. has no paid staff and is entirely operated by volunteers. 

Do you have reasons to give?

Sandra Teichow’s Full Obituary

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Sandra Teichow’s full obituary is now on The Racine Journal Times site. I wanted to share that with you. And what a gorgeous picture they have chosen.

LAKE GENEVA¬†– Sandra L. Teichow, 67, died Thursday, October 14, 2010, in Racine. Sandy was born July 17, 1943, in Racine, to parents Peter and Irene (nee: Fall) Heinisch. She was united in marriage to Dennis A. Teichow on June 26, 1999, in Bristol. For several years, Sandy operated her own business of putting together antique cookbooks with old photos and recipes. She also taught at Gateway Technical College in Elkhorn. In the past 10 years, Sandy had taught several times in Eastern Europe. She and Denny recently returned from teaching for Quality Schools International in Minsk, Belarus. Sandy also involved herself with humanitarian work, collecting boxes of shoes that she took to Guatemala in 1998 for children in orphanages there. Prior to that, she took a group trip to Nicaragua to build brick houses. She started Humanitarian Clubs at the international school in Kiev, Ukraine, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and in Minsk, Belarus, where she taught. Sandy was also known for her work with the Sharon Main Street Association in Sharon and their Victorian Christmas Celebration. Sandy had a zest for life and a constantly upbeat outlook that endeared her to everyone she met. To know her was to love her. She was the wife, mother, grandmother, and friend that everybody wants. She is survived by her husband, Dennis; son, Richard Connelly Jantz¬†of Milwaukee; daughter, Molly Kathryn and husband, Kai Jensen of Racine; sister, Beverly and husband, Robert Chudy¬†of Prospect Heights, Ill.; step-children, Marc and wife, Megan Rhode of Columbus and Rae Ann and husband, Brian Barwick¬†of Milwaukee; and grandchildren, Daniel and Anthony Barwick and K.C. and Alexander Jensen. Sandy was preceded in death by her parents. A Memorial service will be held at Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Sandra Teichow¬†Humanitarian Fund at Christ Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 346, Sharon, Wis. 53585. “She entered the room like a fresh breeze on a sultry summer day; Her cheery “hi” and her impish grin chased away any clouds in your mind; And no matter the weather outside, the sun was shining in that room.” TOYNTON FUNERAL HOMES 210 Baldwin Street Sharon 262-736-4333

Published in Racine Journal Times from October 20 to October 21, 2010

Tonight (6pm) is the candlelight vigil. I still haven’t decided if I am going. Charlie said he would take me and my sister in law said she would watch my daughter. But for some reason I am super nervous about it. I have never been to one before. I worry about being a hypocrite in a religious setting. And lastly, sometimes my empathic feelings overwhelm me and cause me to be physically sick. But aside from all that, I do feel I am suppose to go for some reason. If I do go, which I probably will, I will write about it tonight or tomorrow.

Wearing Purple Today!!

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Today I am wearing purple to show my support in the fight against the bullying of gay and lesbian kids and adults. I am wearing purple for all the wonderful homosexual people I have known in my life who would have benefited from the tolerance, acceptance and equal rights as they grew into who they are. I am wearing purple for the kid whom I never met who should be able to be assured that his nature Рthough different from others Рis still natural. I am wearing purple today in honor of those children, teens and adults who took their own lives out of fear, depression and sense of unworthiness. I am wearing purple to help spread awareness that society needs to STOP making these people feel fearful, depressed and unworthy.  I am wearing purple today October 20th, 2010 in hopes that we will one day soon see homosexual intolerance and harassment as an ancient mentality.

Sandra Teichow – Vigil and Obituary

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There is a candlelight vigil scheduled for tomorrow night for Sandra Teichow. The information is below along with the obituary which was posted today…I imagine a full obit will appear at a later date:

The Racine Interfaith Coalition will be leading a prayer vigil for homicide victim Sandra Teichow on Thursday.

The candlelight vigil is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday in the area of West Sixth Street and Mound Avenue west of the railroad bridge, according to the group.

Teichow’s body was found Thursday in a wooded area south of the intersection of West Sixth Street and Mound Avenue.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad St., Lake Geneva. 

 

LAKE GENEVA РSandra L. Teichow, 67, died Thursday, October 14, 2010, in Racine. A Memorial service will be held at Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Sandra Teichow Humanitarian Fund at Christ Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 346, Sharon, Wis. 53585. TOYNTON FUNERAL HOMES 210 Baldwin Street Sharon 262-736-4333

Journal Times also printed an article¬†yesterday which was really not surprising after hearing so many wonderful stories about Sandra Teichow. Apparently, last year, a woman gave out cash anonymously to people standing in line for food vouchers here in Racine. After viewing Teichow’s¬†picture in the paper this past week, 2 women came forward to tell the JT¬†that they recognized Teichow as the woman who handed out the money. The charitable stories surrounding this woman seem endless. Maybe there really ARE angels. Maybe she was always a level above the most, hovering here to share goodness for a brief moment before returning to where she belongs…where we will one day all belong. It sounds typical and annoying to say, ‘She is now in a better place.’ But that really isn’t what I mean. What I mean is that maybe she was a conduit FROM that place all along.

Tribute to Sandra Teichow

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I have created a PAGE I would like you to visit. It is in the above heading as a menu item.

ÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅThis page was created for anyone who would like to share a story or send a condolence for or about Sandra Teichow.¬† I have received several messages and comments about this amazing woman and I feel they need to be shared with the world.¬† Please visit the link above to add your story, comments or sympathy wish.

Thank you.

***UPDATE***

The Racine Interfaith Coalition will be leading a prayer vigil for homicide victim Sandra Teichow on Thursday.

The candlelight vigil is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday in the area of West Sixth Street and Mound Avenue west of the railroad bridge, according to the group.

Teichow’s body was found Thursday in a wooded area south of the intersection of West Sixth Street and Mound Avenue.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad St., Lake Geneva. 

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Updates on the Sandra Teichow Murder Case

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***UPDATE***

The Racine Interfaith Coalition will be leading a prayer vigil for homicide victim Sandra Teichow on Thursday.

The candlelight vigil is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday in the area of West Sixth Street and Mound Avenue west of the railroad bridge, according to the group.

Teichow’s body was found Thursday in a wooded area south of the intersection of West Sixth Street and Mound Avenue.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad St., Lake Geneva. 
 

As I have been keeping myself updated on the devastating Sandra Teichow murder, I continually learn more about this woman who offered so much just to have a terrifying demise. I have received comments from those who have known Sandra. And they all were clearly moved by her existence and pained by her death.

Updates¬†on the case are revealing details which make the case more vivid in my mind. Something I am not so sure I want. Today’s Journal Times article¬†explains that Teichow planned on handing out quarters to disadvantaged people at a laundry mat. Quarters were eerily found beneath her body at the scene of the crime. Police also found a digital camera revealing pictures Sandra took of her assailant. I told my husband the other night that I felt strongly that she fought like mad. They found her hands clenched with dirt and defensive wounds were present. I feel that with every horrible action taken against her, she still had the presence of mind to catch her very own killer by using the eye of her camera.

Even without her tragic end, Sandra Teichow’s life – the very little I know of it – reads like a fantastic biography. Her philanthropy, her travels, her nature…there is no doubt in my mind that her story could move millions. And her tragic fate would only be a small, ironic and unfair ending. I feel her life must play a much larger role than the moments before her end. I feel this is a story which should be heard.

The Journal Times also printed an article¬†today examining the criminal history of the man charged in Teichow’s¬†murder. It details what I mentioned a couple days¬†ago. And there is nothing more clear about this case other than the fact that it never should have happened. And not because the world should only be filled with good…but because the courts had countless opportunities to put this man away for life. To put this man out of the way of potential victims. they failed. They failed more than once and many hands were in the pot which ultimately led to Sandra’s murder.

I don’t know Sandra Teichow. I have been told she was the epitome of a true Christian. Some of my regular readers know that I am not a Christian and have a hard time with organized religion. But when I hear about people like this…people who live as they preach, people who give instead of judge; this is what I feel Christianity was meant to be before it was corrupted by power, greed and hate. So in my mind she wasn’t necessarily a true Christian but really, a true human. Someone evolved and enlightened who chose to live in the path of her spirituality. How can anyone not appreciate that to the fullest?

I cannot extend my condolence to her loved ones enough.