About The River

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Funny on Wednesday

Funny on Wednesday

"I'm a king in the living nativity. I need some gold and a camel by Friday."

Monday, October 16, 2017

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 a aside time for gratitude each day

♥ a great adventure to Wisconsin's Capitol ~ Madison

 ♥ enjoying the best cheese curds ever at 
The Old Fashioned

♥ historic buildings

♥ friendly strangers

♥ safe travels on the highways

♥ Wisconsin way stations / rest stops  ~  nice and clean ... each one a unique park setting

Madison's skyline ... this photo was taken with my phone. As soon as I get the photos uploaded to the computer from our real camera  I will share what my husband was able to capture. I think you will like it.

Monday, October 9, 2017

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

♥ surprises ~ big and small things that you were not expecting

♥ flowers still blooming in October ~ in Wisconsin 

♥ eating the first soup of the Autumn Season ~ back to comfort foods ~ Chicken Wild Rice Soup

♥ listening to music I danced to as a teen and having my boys watch me and dad dance and hear the music ~ talk about some good laughs

♥ finding the perfect pumpkin

 Have a great week my friends.
I will be away from the computer a few days. I will be back soon.

Three brown leaves danced with two yellow ones in a little whirl of wind. 
French Folktales

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Some Good News

Some Good News

Thank you all for the support during the clean up from the lighting strike. Just when we got most of our devices and cables replaced, we received another scare when the power pole went crashing down. You kind of feel like "what next?" 

Not just in my own eventful days of late, but in the world as well. 
You never know what you will hear about next on the news.  To be honest, it gets hard to listen to another awful event. Hurricanes, fires, war and shootings. 

Our family had many a discussion this week. 
Courage, dear heart ... that was the main focus ... have courage. 
Monday left me feeling strange and reminding me, enjoy each day you have. 

Taking  the quote from my dad "Have the Best Day Ever" ... we reminded our boys we have to continue on. We honestly do not know what will happen. We have to be brave, love and press on, shine on with light.

Sharing GOOD news and happy times .... take a look at this ....

 My dad, who suffered a heart attack April 11th.
He has pressed on this 2017 with many changes. His heart attack and the decision to leave dairy farming. With his positive attitude and deciding to "Have the Best Day Ever" he keeps going.
Here he is helping with cranberry harvest at my sister's cranberry farm, Copper River Cranberries.

Having a sister who has a cranberry farm makes me lucky to get as many cranberries as I want. We do love cranberries. I am sharing our very favorite Cranberry Cake recipe.  This cake makes a perfect breakfast cake or a dessert.

Cranberry Cake

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs with sugar until slightly thickened and light in color, about 5 minutes. Add butter and extract, beat 2 minutes. Stir in flour. Stir in cranberries.

Spread into a greased 13in. x 9in. x 2in. baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. 


My son Atticus loves this cake! It is his very favorite.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

What is up Doc part 2

What is up Doc part 2

How can there be a part 2? Things have got to have settled down over my way, right?

you will know that our birdfeeder was struck by lighting and the current from the lighting, struck our internet cable. The bolt followed the cable into our house. 

Over the weekend we got most of our electronics replaced. 

This morning I was ready to roll, when all of a sudden I heard this strange noise.

It was like a growl.  
Another growl and another and one last loud growl and the lights went out.
The loud growl was the sound of an electric pole slowly falling to the ground one block from our home.

One block from our home our electric company is changing out electric poles. Sunday evening we had a thunderstorm with heavy rain. The water saturated the ground the new pole was placed in. Timber! As the morning rolled in the pole came down.


All of a sudden you remember how much you love electricity!

 It has been an Electric few weeks over in this neck of the woods .


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What is Up Doc

What is Up Doc?

Last week was a whirl wind. I was preparing for the Cameron Street Sale and for my parents to come stay with us for the weekend.
On Friday morning I was feeling very good about my To Do List.
Making my check marks .

Then all of a sudden Friday morning a freak thunderstorm came rolling in. A lighting strike hit straight down in our back yard!

 The lighting hit our bird feeder, followed the internet cable, blew the internet cable, continued into the house, blowing the T.V. cable, router, our boys alarm clock and the Christmas lights they have in their room.
Talk about crazy, freaky and just plain spooky!!
Thankfully we are all fine. Our home is fine. We have to have a new cable put in this week. Our internet company will take care of that. Of course a new T.V. , router , and so on.

On to Saturday and The Cameron Street Sale.

 My mom and dad made it to our house fine on Friday. They also had a storm to wait out before leaving. They arrived on Friday night and we had a fun dinner and got ready for Saturday morning.
My mom and dad setting up my mom's craft booth.

 My booth has fresh cut flower's in bunches and jars. 
Gourds, broom corn and decorative corn stalks.

 It was a great day for us. My mom and I both did very well at the Street Sale.
Thank You to all of you for the support during the week. 
And Thank You to my friends who came out on Saturday and supported my mom and I.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Funny on Monday

Yep, this is me!
I took a photo of this funny from my blog buddy Debby's blog post at  Just Breathe.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Street Sale

Hello Friends,
Just a note to let you know, I will be taking a blog break this week.

This year our village is having its 40th Street Sale.
My mom has been making crafts this summer. If you are a regular here at The River, you know my dad had a heart attack in April. My parents are dairy farmers. With the heart attack came many other changes. My parents are no longer milking cows.
Both my dad and mom are enjoying trying new things.
Farm life keeps one very busy. They are enjoying time to do more with the hobbies they have.

My mom has always been a crafty gal. I asked her if she would like to set up together at the Street Sale. I will have my Autumn Decor and some late summer flower bouquets. My mom will have metal art, Christmas crafts and birch crafts.

 This week I will be harvesting and creating.

My Autumn Market at the Farmer Market 2016

 I will be back soon with photos and stories from the sale.

Have a great week!



Friday, September 15, 2017


 Magic happened at the TePaske house during the month of August.
We found two monarch caterpillars and watched an amazing magic show unfold.

My sister gifted our boys a Butterfly Garden from Insect Lore click here to visit Insect Lore
many years ago. We raised monarch butterflies in the past. It had been awhile. Feeling nostalgic for little boys (mine are growing up so fast).
I got the Butterfly Garden out of storage and the hunt for monarch caterpillars started. We found two and the boys were so excited. I just loved this, at age 17 and 15 still fascinated with the magic of butterflies. The following photos will be the magic show.

 The first butterfly and about 20 minutes later the second.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September Hodgepodge

'Tis the Change of Season's

It is Wednesday and it is time for the Hodgepodge.
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the question.

1. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.
the beauty of nature

I think a picture is worth a thousand words.
Sharing the beauty of nature, the the joy of family having fun and all the other happenings we capture in a picture.

the change of season's

family fun

 2. Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway? If so what was your favorite stop? If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list?

I have not driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway. Yes, I would love to do this someday.

 3. How do the changing seasons affect you? As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward? Which season-season transition bothers you most? Why do you suppose that is? 

I am a gardener and my flower business runs on the seasons. The change of season's affects me in how busy I am. In the winter, I will rest and plan for the next planting season. In spring, I prepare and plant my seeds. In summer, I nurture, care and begin to harvest. In autumn, I harvest and put the garden to bed.

Each season I look forward, in my personal life as well as my flower business.

The season-season transition that bothers me the most is Winter to Spring. Winter takes awhile to let go in Wisconsin. I have a terrible time during Mud Season as I call it. I can no longer enjoy winter sports, like cross country skiing because we have mud, snow, slush, oh just a big old mess. 
I get stir crazy!! I want instant Spring!

4. It's your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having? Do you ever lie about your age?

I love taco bar!!

I have never said a lie about my age. 

 5. What's a life lesson you've learned recently?

Our Boston Terrier, Molly, my first dog, is 12 1/2 years old. She is not feeling very well. Recently visiting with Judy at Cranberry Morning  
she and Mr. C gave us some good advice regarding Molly.

The time comes when you have done all you can and have to look at the quality of life your pet is living. My husband and I are thankful to have friends who have walked this path before us and will give honest advice.

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

As we remember September 11th.
Please watch this 12 minute documentary, narrated by Tom Hanks.
BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale  of 9/11 Resilience

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