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Posts from September 2012


Ellen talks Packers
Even Ellen DeGeneres (who's a big Packers fan) is still talking about the horrible call against the Green Bay Packers during Monday Night Football against the Seahawks.

Very funny stuff!
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Our President
No matter what political party you stand for, there is only one president of our country. And on Saturday, I was able to go down to the Summerfest grounds and see President Obama speak in front of a few thousand people. Even though I waited in line for over an hour and a half in the wind, and a few scattered showers, it was well worth it.

It was a moment I'll never forget. When I was in sixth grade, my dad and grandpa took me to see Bill Clinton speak at the Mecca downtown. Since Clinton's speech I knew how badly I wanted to see a President speak again. Their charisma and the energy of the crowd is like no other, especially with an election around the corner.

Whatever happens come November, I know my children will learn about President Obama in school one day. And I can tell them I was there, I saw him right in front of me and I lived it! It was the chance of a lifetime.

(Photo: the view from my seats at the BMO Harris Pavilion on September 22, 2012)
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I am bummed
I still can't believe what happened last night during the Packers/Seahawks game.

That final call in the end zone which was ruled a touchdown was shocking.

And let me explain, the Packers did not play well and probably deserved to loose, but these replacement refs have lost control of the football game. Someone is going to get hurt and it's time to bring the regular refs back.
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Thank you!
What an amazing morning it was down at the lakefront yesterday for the the 14th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure!

And thank you so much for everyone who joined The Mix team. We had a record breaking amount of team members this year, so way to go!

I have to say that each year I am blown away by the energy this event brings every September. From the creative costumes, the young children carrying banners for a loved one and even the dogs whose owner's have dyed their fur pink for the race. I love it! And most importantly, the courage of the survivors. I admire these men and women so much and I am in awe at their positive attitudes!
If you have time, think about joining us next year as we race for the cure and help stop breast cancer! It really is a fun time for all ages!

(Photo: Alley Faith from our sister station 103. 7 Kiss FM and I on the bridge outside of the Art Museum at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure)
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VIDEO: A self breast exam

This weekend is Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure at the lakefront and this morning we were talking about the importance of giving self breast exam.  A woman called into the show to remind us that even men can get breast cancer and they also need to give themselves a breast exam.
So...Kidd O'Shea, who has never given a breast exam asked if I could give him one. I'm not sure if he really learned anything during the process.
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Kidd O'Shea's theme song!
I saw this video in an email yesterday from a friend and I thought, "this must be Kidd O'Shea's theme song?" Take a look and let me know if you agree?
 
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A Birthday Surprise!
Check out what my Grandma gave me for my birthday! A New Kids On The Block T-Shirt and it still has tags on it.

She bought it for me when I was 12, but found out from my Mom I was over them and she decided not to give it to me. She came across the shirt while cleaning her house the other day and gave it to me now for my 31st birthday!
So sweet :)
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Simply Amazing!
Have you ever seen a sunset that made you stop dead in your tracks because it was so gorgeous?

These pictures don't due it justice, but after yesterday's rain, this was how the sun looked when I was leaving BayShore.
 
Definitely put a smile on my face and reminded me just how magnificent nature really can be when you stop and take notice.
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Phillip Phillips LIVE!
"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips was in Milwaukee yesterday for the Idols Live Tour at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. I was able to sit down with Phillip and chat with him before the show.

I can tell you that is is the sweetest guy I've meet to date from the "American Idol" TV show.
 
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Reality TV Drama!
I can't believe what I saw last night! I know "The Bachelor Pad" is considered trashy TV by reality show haters, but it's my guilty pleasure!

If you had a choice what would you choose $250,000 or love? That's basically what the show comes down to in the end. And the finalists, Rachel and Nick were faced with that dilemma last night.

She wanted love, but her boytoy around the mansion Michael dumped her. So maybe she'd win the money. Nope.
Nick chose to "keep" all of the money and Rachel walked away with nothing. DRAMA!!! My jaw dropped. And Nick just laughed in her face. A guy like that might have money, but good luck getting love if you treat a friend that way and laugh in her face and kick her when she's down.

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Uh, oh...it's coming!
Fall is on it's way and so is Halloween!!

I was driving on the freeway yesterday and there it was in front of the Wisconsin State Fair grounds - the big, orange pumpkin.

It seems like the holidays get pushed up even earlier every year!
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I WANT this!
Wouldn't you love a dog washing station in your house?

I was touring this year's MBA Parade of Homes and one of the houses had this in their mud room off of the garage...isn't it cute!

With 2 big dogs, I feel like this would be a must in our next house! I LOVE it!
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Great visit from Mom-Mom!
My Mother-In-Law’s been in town for the last 10 days, visiting from Phoenix.   There are 2 reasons that Mom-Mom came to visit:  to see her Grandchildren  and …to see her grandchildren!  Seriously!  That’s perfectly fine, we KNOW she loves us too!  Wait, make that 3 reasons…our house is spotless now too…THANKS MOM! I think we’ve shown Mom a great time during her visit.  Sarah and the kids took her to the Milwaukee County Zoo, then a pool day at Cool Waters and the last thing we did was Festa Italiana!  THAT was her favorite! Festa Italiana was AMAZING!  We went on Friday night and HOLY RICEBALLS!  And lasagna sticks!  And zucchini sticks!  And eggplant sticks!  And calamari!  And CHOCOLATE CANNOLIS!  SOOOO many great foods to eat, music to hear, things and people to see…was a great experience!  Can’t wait for next year! As always, THANK YOU for reading and for listening to 99.1 The Mix!  Hope you have a GREAT week!   -Mark Summers
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4th Of July Weekend 2014...AWESOME!
4th Of July Weekend 2014 was one for the ages!  LOVED having my daughter and our adopted son Cameron (not really, but kinda) here for the fun!  Here’s how it went down: Friday:  First Summerfest experience for the family and I and it didn’t disappoint!  Food, FUN, laughs, music and just a great time enjoying a MILWAUKEE SUMMER DAY…it FINALLY showed up! Saturday:  Used bumpers and STILL got beat by a 3-year old, two 14-year olds, a 15-year old and my wife Sarah.  I’m NOT GOOD at bowling! Sunday:  Spent the day in Lake Geneva and ya’ know…NO BIG DEAL… just drove a speedboat for the FIRST TIME EVER!   WHAT A RUSH!  Can’t wait to do it again!  Kids jumped off the boat and swam around for a bit and we just relaxed for a couple of hours…was PEACEFUL & AMAZING!   I hope you and yours had a GREAT holiday weekend as well!  As always, thanks so much for reading and THANK YOU for listening to 99.1 The Mix!   Have a great week! -Mark Summers
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4th Of July Weekend 2014...AWESOME!
4th Of July Weekend 2014 was one for the ages!  LOVED having my daughter Alyssa and our adopted son Cameron (not really, but kinda) here for the fun!  Here’s how it went down: Friday:  First Summerfest experience for the family and I and it didn’t disappoint!  Food, FUN, laughs, music and just a great time enjoying a MILWAUKEE SUMMER DAY…it FINALLY showed up! Saturday:  Used bumpers and STILL got beat by a 3-year old, two 14-year olds, a 15-year old and my wife Sarah.  I’m NOT GOOD at bowling! Sunday:  Spent the day in Lake Geneva and ya’ know…NO BIG DEAL… just drove a speedboat for the FIRST TIME EVER!   WHAT A RUSH!  Can’t wait to do it again!  Kids jumped off the boat and swam around for a bit and we just relaxed for a couple of hours…was PEACEFUL & AMAZING!   I hope you and yours had a GREAT holiday weekend as well!  As always, thanks so much for reading and THANK YOU for listening to 99.1 The Mix!   Have a great week! -Mark Summers
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Celebrate National Watermelon Day with Proper Harvesting of Watermelon
Take a break and enjoy a refreshing slice of watermelon as you celebrate National Watermelon Day on August 3rd. This tasty fruit is high in Vitamins A, B6, C and potassium. It contains even more lycopene than tomatoes - the red pigment thought to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and age related eye disorders. Eat it fresh, blend it into a smoothie, create a cocktail, add it to a salad or pickle the rinds. And don't forget to save the seeds for a seed-spitting contest. If you grow your own watermelon, harvest it when fully mature. This is when the curly tendrils near the stem turn brown and dry, the side touching the ground turns from light green to yellowish-cream, the rind turns dull and is hard to penetrate with your thumb nail. Or visit your local farmer's market and buy a few to enjoy. Then plan on adding one to next year's garden. A bit more information: Watermelons can be grown in a pot or trained up a trellis to save space. Allow vines to crawl over the deck or patio to add greenery at ground level. Or train the vines up a trellis to save space. Support the fruit with a cloth sling to prevent it from breaking off the vine. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Wine Bottles – Out of the Recycling Bin and Into the Garden
Stop! Don’t recycle those wine bottles, instead give them a second life in your garden. Use wine bottles to create a colorful edge along a path or around a planting bed. Set the bottle, top-side down in the ground.  Individual bottles make great hose guides.   Or create colorful outdoor lighting. Remove the bottom of the bottle with a glasscutter. Place over LED bulbs. Strategically place individual wine bottle lights throughout the garden or use multiple bottles over a string of lights.   Put your glasscutter to work creating a planter. Remove a section from one side of the bottle. Lay the bottle on its side, secure in place, fill with soil and plant.   Or remove the top of the bottle. Invert and place in the bottom of the bottle. The original opening is now your drain hole and the bottom of the bottle is your saucer.   And of course you can always place them on a bottle tree.   A bit more information: Convert wine bottles into watering devices. Punch a small hole into the soil of your container garden. Fill the bottle with water, invert and place into the soil. Plant Nannies are hollow terra cotta spikes that can be set into the soil to hold the wine bottle in place.   For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com  
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Leaf Spot on Rudbeckia
Once thought to be the answer to low maintenance perennial gardens, Goldstrum Rudbeckia’s reputation has been tarnished by several leaf spot diseases.   A bacterial and several fungal leaf spot diseases cause purplish-black spots on the leaves of rudbeckia. Severe infestation can totally blacken the leaves and cause the plants to dieback a bit earlier in fall.  Fortunately most of the diseases are cosmetic and the plants will continue to flower and return each year.   Reduce the risk of this disease by providing adequate light and air circulation around the plants.  Use a soaker hose or watering wand to apply water directly to the soil when needed.    In fall, remove and destroy all diseased plant parts.   If disease is a yearly problem, plant more resistant cultivars like Becky, Cherokee Sunset, Irish eyes, or Prairie Sun.   A bit more information:  Or keep the plants and hide the diseased leaves. Plant something slightly shorter in front of the Goldstrum Rudbeckia plants to mask the discolored leaves, but allow the flowers to show through.   For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com  
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Crown Rot Causing Sudden Wilting and Death on Ajuga (Bugleweed)
Sudden wilting, yellowing and death of ajuga, also known as bugleweed, means crown rot may have invaded the planting. This fungal disease is most common in warm wet or humid weather. It first appears as sudden wilting and dieback in colder climates and yellowing and death of plants in warmer areas. The stems of infected plants turn brown or black and rot.    This disease can be introduced into the garden on infected plants or soil or spread by tools and water. Since the disease is in the soil it is difficult to eradicate.   Remove and destroy infected plants and the surrounding soil immediately. Be sure to disinfect your tools with a one-part bleach and nine-part water solution during and after the process.   If the disease continues to spread or has destroyed much of the planting, it is time to start over in a new location with disease-free plants.   A bit more information:  Reduce the risk of crown rot to healthy plantings by thinning groundcover plantings every few years or before they become overcrowded. And avoid planting crown rot susceptible plants in the bed where the Ajuga died.  Consider amending the soil with compost, peatmoss or coir to improve drainage before planting.   For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com  
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Cool Splash Diervilla Shrub for Shady Gardens
Brighten up the shade with a Cool Splash Diervilla.   This cultivar of the southern bush honeysuckle was selected for its creamy to yellow leaf margins. The variegated leaves are topped by fragrant yellow flowers in midsummer. They help attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden.   Cool Splash is hardy in zones 4 to 8 and grows equally well in full sun or partial shade with moist well-drained soil. Once established, it is heat and drought tolerant.   This small-scale shrub suckers, forming a dense mass of cascading branches. It eventually reaches 2 to 3 feet tall and wide, making it suitable for small space gardens as well as mixed borders and shrub beds.  Use it to mask leggy stems or visually anchor taller trees and shrubs to the ground.   And don’t let the common name honeysuckle fool you. Though a member of the same family, this is not the invasive honeysuckle taking over our woodlands.   A bit more information: Combine Cool Splash with shade tolerant perennials. Hosta, astilbe, Brunnera, coral bells and ginger are just a few. For more shade tolerant shrubs watch my Shrubs Made for the Shade video.   For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com  
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