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Monday, April 15, 2019

Happy Easter

 Happy Easter
Wishing you all a wonderful Easter week.
I will be taking the week off from the blog to work on my Annual Easter Cake, spending time with my family and working on a few other Spring projects.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter. 



 I hope to be enjoying the start of Spring.. I do hope!
The photos below are of the blizzard that hit our neck of the woods April 11 into April 13th.

Friday, April 12, 2019

On the Road Friday ~ Battle of Kettle Creek ~ Washington, Wilkes County, GA

 During our time visiting Sam in November 2018 during his time off from training we visited Kettle Creek Battlefield.
Below is some history from the battle from the following website National Register of Historical Places

One of the most important battles of the  American Revolutionary War to be fought in Georgia occurred in Wilkes County, some 12 miles from present-day Washington, Georgia. Here on February 14, 1779, a force of 400 patriots, in a surprise attack, defeated a force of Loyalists twice their number. Savannah, Georgia, had recently been captured by the British on December 29, 1778, as part of the British “southern strategy” to pacify the South and separate it from the Middle and Northern rebellious colonies. Southern Loyalists welcomed the British arrival, while Southern patriots began to prepare for battle. Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell, captured Savannah for the British with 3,500 men, soon came under the command of Brigadier General Augustine Prevost. Savannah had been defended by the American General Andrew Williamson from South Carolina, but he withdrew from the city when Campbell approached, fighting a rear-guard action with his roughly 1,000 Georgian and South Carolinian militia men. 

The Kettle Creek battlefield, a wooded area, including “War Hill” is a 40 acre tract encircling a 500 foot high hill.  Upon the hill the War Department placed the Kettle Creek Monument in 1930.  The Georgia Historical Commission placed two historical markers in 1958 atop the hill and in 1962, 1973, and 1974 additional monuments were placed and some Revolutionary soldiers reburied atop the hill. Kettle Creek Battlefield was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 26, 1975.
 One of the things I found interesting was the placing of the crosses of where those died. As you walk the woods and see the white crosses all about, that is where they were hiding and fighting.

 "Discovering Our Heritage and History"

Georgia's Revolutionary War Trail

Thank you for coming along with me On the Road Friday.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Artisan Easter Eggs

 Using paper, decoupage medium, hot glue and embellishments
 my son and I created these fun eggs.

 Using Paper Mache  eggs was my original plan. Sadly, I could not find any in our local craft store. I did find an assortment of decorative eggs By: Ashland. This ended up being more fun because we had three sizes of eggs to work with in this assortment.

 Strips of old sheet music, strips of fun fabric and pretty paper were used to cover the eggs.
We used stickers, pearls, flowers, buttons and ribbon to decorate our eggs.
I tried to make a butterfly with a strip of sheet music and wire.

 This was a fun project. It does require a day for the decoupage eggs to dry before you can decorate with your embellishments.

Easter Eggs
A symbol of new life in many cultures throughout the world.

Supply List

Decoupage Medium
Paint Brush

Hot Glue Gun

Embellishments ..
butterflies, ribbons, buttons, pearls, stickers and flowers to name a few. 

Monday, April 8, 2019

Joy List Monday

♥ Joy List Monday ♥
a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces
that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day
 "Always time for love."

 ♥ Trying a new recipe and everyone loved it.
Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose shared this recipe on her blog.

Apple Butter Streusel Muffins

 ♥ Warm spring rain. The snow continues to melt into the ground giving us moisture for a green May.
April Showers Bring May Flowers 

 ♥ A date day with my husband. A hike in the woods, a fun lunch together and time to talk about the future, dreams, plans and our changing household.

 ♥ More seed starting.. tomatoes and more flowers.

 ♥ Kitty snuggles.. and celebrating National Siamese Cat Day on Saturday.
Penelope our rescue cat! She was found on the side of a busy highway by a co worker. She was banged up, full off ear mites and fleas. Her leg was badly wounded, grazed to the bone. She was full of love, even with all that going on with her she purred.
My co worker could not have another indoor cat. Penelope had me had the first purr!
We have enjoyed her company for 1½ years. Her personality is so much fun and so different from our other cats. It must be Siamese.

"The magic is in the mess."


Thursday, April 4, 2019

April 7th ~ Happy Birthday to You!

Is a Happy Birthday to a special Wisconsin National Guardsmen.

The following photos are of Sam. The one is his official United States Army photo. The other is when he was in First Grade reading the Gettysburg Address.

 Thank you all for praying for Sam and for his family while he has been at Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and  during his AIT at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Sam will be graduating May 8th and will be back to Wisconsin. 
He will report to the Wisconsin National Guard when he returns to receive his orders.

 During his time at Fort Gordon, working on his AIT he is able to have his phone, computer and can have privileges. During basic training, trainees are not allowed to have phones for 10 weeks. It is snail mail during those 10 weeks. Those trips to the mailbox and finding a letter from Sam was a special treat for this mom! Now days, I receive a "Good Morning Mom" text message and sometimes a photo too.

Happy Birthday Sam

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Hello Neighbor

Sweet Peas and Zinnias

 Last week I was asked by our local newspaper if I would mind being featured in 
"Hello Neighbor".
It is a question and answer and it helps us all to get to know our neighbors.
I thought I would share the questions and answers here on The River.

Full name   Carla TePaske

Where do you live?  Cameron, Wisconsin

What family do you have in the area?  We do not have any family in the area. We moved to the area 20 years ago for my husband to start his career.

What is/was your career? The Little Garden That Could .. Flower Farmer / Florist 

Best part of your job?  I am able to spend the day outside working with flowers.

Most interesting thing that has happened on the job? Finding critters living in the garden, butterflies, bees, spiders and toads to name a few.

What is/are your favorite local event(s)? We enjoy visiting the Pioneer Village Museum.

What are your favorite travel destinations? A day visiting the shores of Lake Superior.

What are your talents/hobbies/interests? I am a Master Gardener. I enjoy gardening and creating flower bouquets.

What are some of your favorite books and movies? My favorite book is:  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  .. My favorite movie is: You've Got Mail

What color best describes you and why? The color green best describes me, because I enjoy growing plants.

What is your favorite genre of music and do you play instruments or sing? I enjoy several different types/styles of music. I do not play any instruments or sing.

What are three material items (not people or pets) that you can’t live without?     I can not live without soil, dirt and seeds!

What is the best meal you have ever had? Southern Fried Chicken with all the fixings. 

Do you have pets? Yes, two cats, Penelope, she is Siamese and Max a big orange cat. We just recently said good bye to our 13 year old dog, a Boston Terrier named Molly. Many of our neighbors in Cameron knew Molly from her daily walks.
Our Molly.. RIP.. she was well known in our neighborhood. Her smile cheered everyone as we went for our daily walks.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? I would be able to look at a weed in my gardens and be able to blast it.

What is one life changing event you have experienced apart from births and marriages? Moving 20 years ago to Barron County and not knowing anyone at all and family not close by to call on for help. My husbands co workers made us feel welcome and we have made many life long friends while living here in Barron County.

Are there any words of advice you live by? The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on my life. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so we are in charge of our attitudes.
Advice from Charles Swindoll

 It was fun answering the questions. And I agree, it is fun getting to know our neighbors.

Friday, March 29, 2019

An Idea for April Fool's Morning

Do not forget about April Fools!
An easy idea, Worms in your Oatmeal, trust me it will be the perfect little trick.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Millions of Painted Lady Butterflies in California

Wisconsin Butterfly in my 2018 garden.
While listening to my favorite radio station KUSC 
out of Southern California, I heard about the Millions of Painted Lady Butterflies in California.

Substantial rainfall in the deserts near the Mexican border, where the North American painted ladies lay their eggs, is the reason for the unusually large swarms. The rain caused plants to thrive, giving the painted lady caterpillars plenty of food to fuel their transformation, said Arthur M. Shapiro, a professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis.

An unusually wet winter in Southern California has given way to a super bloom of wildflowers and an explosion of Painted Lady butterflies.
The black and orange insects usually keep a low profile as they make their annual migration from the deserts of western Mexico to their breeding grounds in the Pacific Northwest. But this year, they're hard to miss. Scientists say that extra plant growth has allowed their population to boom into the millions.

September of 2017 Wisconsin was blessed with a similar event.  Our mild spring weather allowed for an early northward migration. In 2017 Painted Ladies were spotted in Iowa as early as March 10th, which is earlier than normal. With such an early arrival, the butterflies were able to have two generations instead of just one. 
For us Wisconsinites, the abundance of butterflies would not be visible to us, because they typically migrate at an elevation several thousand feet in the air to take advantage of favorable wind currents. Using the wind they can travel up to 100 miles a day, and reach speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour. September of 2017, Wisconsin had strong southern weather flow that brought the Painted Ladies down. It is not efficient for a tiny butterfly to try and fly against the wind, so they took a break and were busy refueling on Autumn flowers such as goldenrod, asters, zinnia and sunflowers. It truly was a magical September for Wisconsin and I am sure that is how California folks are feeling this Spring!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Joy List Monday

Joy List Monday
♥ a weekly ritual  ♥
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces 
that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day

Me, last year at the Twin's vs the Brewer's at Target Field. I am calling my boys "Where are you?"  LOL .. what did we do before cell phones?

 ♥ Baseball.. opening day is Thursday!

♥ Tweet, Tweet the Robin are back to Northern Wisconsin!

♥ Seeds that I saved and started last week are popping up. Garden season has begun!

♥ A phone conversation with a friend I have not seen in awhile.. we were suppose to meet last week, but unfortunately life issues got in the way.. THANKFUL for the time we did visit over the phone.

 ♥ Friends .. my in person friends, to my blog friends.. it has been a strange few weeks. I am thankful for the support and love that you have given me.

 ♥ And one more shout out for "Play Ball!"  I am a huge Milwaukee Brewer fan and can not wait to turn the game on the radio Thursday afternoon!


Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Annual Easter Cake

 It has become a tradition of mine to make the boys an Easter Cake. It usually makes them laugh hysterically as to what mom "tried to create" this year. It is all in good fun and I would not have it any other way!
 This year one of my boys will not be home for Easter. He will get to see the famous 2019 cake via a photo sent by text message. I do love technology to keep up with family and friends.
Bunny Butts .. I made cupcakes in 2017. 

 2018 Easter Cake
The Peep Chick's nest.
I do know who's recipe I am going to make

Click on the above link to check out Kris's recipe. I have been lucky enough to eat some of Kris's treats!! Yummy! My boys have enjoyed each one of her new recipes I have tried.

If you have any decorating the cake ideas, please pass them on to me.

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