About The River

Thursday, September 20, 2018

She gave us one last story ..

 She was my first dog. 
Her name was Molly. 
We walked many miles.
She went canoeing and rafting with me.
She would garden with me.
She would snuggle with me.
She would listen to me .. when I vented out loud with no one else around.

She gave me stories to share on The River.

She was 13 1/2 years old.
She truly was this girls best friend.

My Molly
♥ thank you for the memories ♥

I recently shared a story about Molly, click the above link to read.

A Faithful Dog
A faithful dog will play with you and laugh with you or cry.
He will gladly starve to stay with you and never reason why.
When you are feeling out of sorts somehow he will understand. 
He will watch you with his shinning eyes and try to lick your hand. 
His blind, implicit faith in you is matched by his great love 
the kind that all of us should have in the Master up above.
When everything is said and done I guess this isn't odd for when you spell DOG backwards you get the name of God.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

♥ Autumn Color Giveaway ♥

♥ It is that time here in Wisconsin. It is time to pack a picnic and head off for an Autumn color drive. ♥
"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

To celebrate I am hosting an Autumn Color Giveaway ..
napkins for your picnic
fun autumn cookie cutters
and a 31 tote to pack your camera and goodies in for your day out capturing natures beauty.

To enter please share your favorite about Autumn .. for those who are not able to comment below, please leave an email to be entered in the giveaway.
I will pick the winner the old fashioned way by pulling a name from a hat. I will announce the winner on Friday's post, September 21st.

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."
- Emily Brontë

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Midwest Boy and Hurricane Florence and a Little Crafting

Leinenkugel's .. Bucky Badger .. Wisconsin National Guard
Hello Friends,
My plan was to post a new eggplant recipe.

Here I am giving you another update on Sam. Never did I think of a Hurricane as we prepared to have Sam head off to Basic.
Sunday was the last time we actually spoke to Sam. He was able to call and say goodbye to us, share his mailing address with us and off he went on to Basic. 

On Monday morning at 2am in the morning Sam called one last time to say they were heading out to Basic. " Love you mom, see you at graduation!"


We are Midwest folks. Tornado's are in our vocabulary, not hurricane. I have no idea. I have been looking at the map, tracking the storm and praying. Our nation does not need another storm.

On Wednesday the National News had on that South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia were in a State of Emergency with some counties needing to evacuate.  

Fort Jackson is located two hours from the coast of South Carolina. 
I started to wonder .. alright .. worry .. just what will Fort Jackson do?

I saw that Fort Jackson had cancelled all events for the upcoming graduating class for this weekend.  I also read a report from the Commander on Base explaining what preparations where being made for the soldiers, citizens and trainees on Base.

Wednesday night we received a call and text from Sam. 
I appreciate the military letting the trainees call parents and give us an update on  preparations for the hurricane.


So this Midwestern boy sends his parents the above text ..

and all the necessary preparations have been made for us to survive.

Yep.. that is my boy!

We are praying for all in the eye of storm.

 And a Little Crafting ..
We visited a Military Surplus store and I found the following patches. The following patches are the ones that Sam will have on his Wisconsin National Guard Uniform. 
I wanted to make up something for family to put on the fridge, use for a bookmark or put on the bulletin board to remember to pray for Sam.

 Thank you for your prayers.
Thank you for letting me share these little updates with you. I am blessed with this world of blog friends. I appreciate you letting me share my stories with you.


Friday, September 7, 2018

Update on Sam .. thank you for thinking of us ..

Thank you to all that have sent best wishes our way as our son Sam ventured off to Basic Training this week.  The adventure for Sam began on Wednesday when storms in the Midwest were causing all kinds of flight delays and cancellations.

Wednesday morning we headed off to Eau Claire to meet with Sam's Drill Sergeant and receive a brief of what will happen as Sam heads into training.
Sam's flight was to leave at 1pm. We said our goodbyes and waited to watch the plan take off. The flight was delayed to 3:30 due to weather in Chicago. We had a few more hours with Sam. 

He did depart for Chicago at 3:30, once in Chicago, his flight to Columbia was cancelled. He stayed over night in Chicago. The USO helps all military and Sam was able to get a room for the night and a good meal. The next morning he flew out of Chicago on his way to Washington DC to Columbia, South Carolina. 

Once he is at base, we will receive a packet in the mail letting us know Sam's address to send him mail, information on graduation details and more.

Thank you again to all of you for the encouragement during this new season for me and for our son. We do appreciate you all.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

How Do You Cozy?

My blog friend Heather at Our Life in a Click  joins up in TBB asks ... each start of a new month a new set of questions. Here we go... 

How Do You Cozy?

1. Slippers .. No .. I wear cozy socks inside my Birkenstock's. 

2. What is your favorite blanket?
My mom made me an afghan, the pattern is called Fisherman's. It is dark blue. It is perfect for snuggling in to read, nap or watch t.v.

3. Thin or Thick Pillow? Thin pillow with cooling memory foam for me.

4. Favorite warm beverage?  A warm cup of mint tea after dinner.

5. Robe: Yes or No? Robe after the shower and getting ready for the day. 

6. Favorite Comfort Snack Food?  Popcorn

7. Movies or T.V. Series Binge?  T.V. Series binge as of late.. catching up with The Crown.

8. Actual P.J.'s or Leggings? P.J.'s for me!

9. Do you cozy up on the couch or a chair? The couch, in the corner of our sectional.

10. Hoodie, T-shirt or Sweater?  Sweater!

How do you Cozy?


Monday, September 3, 2018

Joy List Monday and a story about Molly

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

 ♥ kitty kisses .. this girl above loves to snuggle when I sit down to read .. the only problem is sometimes she is jealous of the book and she will lay on the book to keep me from reading
petting her is top of the agenda she says

 ♥ butterflies in the garden

♥ receiving some fun snail mail .. I will share soon 

♥ listening to some fun baseball games .. the Brewers are still fighting for Wild Card

♥ good neighbors .. that brings us to my story about Molly

This is our dog Molly, she is 13 years old. She has dog dementia and she is deaf. All of our neighbors know our routine. We take Molly for a walk just about everyday. We take the same route everyday. On Monday I leashed Molly with her harness and went to take some trash to the trash can. Molly was on the deck when I took the trash out, but my mistake was I opened the back gate. With her harness on, the gate open, Miss Molly thought it was time to go for the walk, without her humans. She trotted along our path, each neighbor wondering what was going on. I was looking for Molly after taking the trash as my next door neighbor came running and saying "Carla, she is on the walk, she just turned the corner."  Off I went, sure enough she just continued to trot on. Each neighbor I passed that was outside encouraged me she was doing fine and she is on the route. I caught up to her and hooked the leash on her harness and we continued, she had no idea I hooked her, she kept walking. We did our usual route and as we made our way home, all the neighbors were happy we were together again and we all had a little chuckle. I learned a lesson. I will never unlock the gate! When Molly is ready for a walk, she is ready for a walk no matter how old she is.


Monday, August 27, 2018

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 ♥

 ♥ evenings in the garden .. capturing the flight of a hummingbird moth
 ♥ my husband making me my very favorite eggplant recipe
 ♥ my meals on wheels co worker sharing a plate of sweet treats with our family
♥ garden goodness .. cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant 
♥ enjoying a nice thunderstorm .. no wind, just rain and thunder 


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Time to Fly

Here we are .. the count down is on. One Sunday left before Sam leaves for Basic training.
Here comes the honesty .. I cried last Sunday. Last Sunday Sam was at Drill. When he came home I was hit with the true fact, we only have two Sunday's left with him, and as of today only one.

I cried. I hugged Sam and cried some more. I told him, you just have to let your little ol'  mom cry a little and she will be alright. I cried some more. In fact for some reason I could not really turn it off. 
Some of this has to do with looking at baby photos and working on a project to give to Sam before he leaves. It goes so fast, I just kept saying that to myself.
Then I pulled myself together, it does go fast. We have made wonderful memories along the way. The baby years .. filled with diapers, spit up and giggles. The toddler years, exploring everything, loving trucks and dinosaurs.  The early school years, filled with projects, friends and exploring. The teen years .. learning to drive, that first job and becoming more independent.

This week will be a special week for us, the last week with Sam before he heads off. It will be 10 weeks of letters and after that we will be able to visit, call and write the next 21 weeks he is doing his Individual Training. I am sure I will have up and down days until I get use to the empty chair at the dinner table, the empty bed in the bedroom and the way he greets me "Hey MOM" when he comes home from work.

I am excited for him to fly! I am proud him! I know He has got this!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Cut Flower Tips and Tricks ~ Meet Me in the Garden

Assembling a bouquet of flowers from your own garden gives great pleasure. We get to appreciate the plants in a new way as we put together a unique bouquet.
 Meet Me in the Garden 

This July I helped with the Meet Me in the Garden workshop that the North Country Master Gardener Volunteers put on each summer. I presented a Cut Flower Tips and Tricks workshop.

 I shared tips for heading out to the garden to harvest flowers to create your own lovely bouquets.
Having clean buckets, tools and vases are key to helping a fresh cut flower bouquet with vase life.
When heading outside to cut your flowers, bring a bucket filled with water with you. Placing your flowers in water as soon as you cut them helps with vase life.
Try to cut in the cool of the day.. morning or evening.

 After Care ~ Bouquet Care Tips

Keep bouquets filled with water
Place flowers away from direct sunlight
Cut fresh stems when changing the water

I used the following book as a resource to put my presentation together ..

the book is full of fabulous advice and lovely photography.

I enjoyed the event and I am getting more comfortable presenting in front of others.

Monday, August 20, 2018

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

♥ sweet corn .. eating fresh sweet corn on the cob with butter dripping down my chin
 ♥ spending time with my oldest son before he leaves for Basic
 ♥ visiting with friends and family that we have not seen since last summer or longer
 ♥ a friend calling up to say she has lots of plums on her plum tree .. she wants to share
♥ making plum crisp .. enjoying with a scoop of ice cream

Hello Friends,
The past two weeks have been fun of adventure and many new experiences.

I hosted my first garden tour, here at our home for DayBreak. DayBreak is an adult day care for folks with dementia. It was a very special day and I will share about the day and tour soon.

I helped with a Cut Flower Garden and Fresh Cut Flower Bouquets workshop at the Twilight Garden Tour.

We also have been busy enjoying the last few weeks with our oldest son as he prepares to leave for Basic the first week of September. We enjoyed a fun trip to Door County, Wisconsin.

I will share about each one of the above in future posts. 



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