1. This is the last Hodgepodge in April. Share something you learned this month.
April has been a busy month for our family.
My lesson of this month...is letting my son drive off by himself.
Yes, Sam passed his drivers test.
Now mom has to pass the " Do not worry so, when he drives off by himself " test.
2. It's National Poetry Month, and we all know you can't escape an
April Hodgepodge without a little poetry. Keeping the first line as is,
change the rest of the wording in this familiar rhyme to make it your
own - 'Hickory Dickory Dock...
I Can Not Stop The Clock
3. What were one or two rules in the home you grew up in? Growing up,
did you feel your parents were strict? Looking back do you still see it
One of the rules I can remember that would get me so upset this time of year...my sister and I could not wear shorts to school. We would get so upset about it. And yes, we would be naughty and change into shorts at school.
I did feel my parents were strict, but looking back, no I do not see it that way.
I am thankful for the way my parents set rules. I see the importance today.
4. Tell us about a kitchen or cooking disaster or mishap you've experienced. Do you have many from which to choose?
Lemon Meringue Pie
My disaster was putting the meringue on a cooled down lemon filling.
Oh the meringue looked lovely, but when I cut into the pie, it was all water!
I was so mad!
I redeemed myself and made another pie the next day.
5. Plant a kiss, plant doubt, plant a tree, plant yourself somewhere...which on the list have you most recently planted?
I planted myself at Miller Park this past week. We went to a Milwaukee Brewer Game.
6. What's your most worn item of clothing this time of year? Are you tired of it?
My winter coat! And no, I can not put it away because as you can see from the photo above anything is possible in Wisconsin!
7. I'm wrapping up the A-Z Blog Challenge
this month and our Hodgepodge lands on letter W. What's one word
beginning with W that describes you in some way? How about a word to
describe your home, also beginning with W?
I asked my husband what word beginning with W describes me and he answered Welcoming.
And I would say the same about our home, Warm and Welcoming.
I had a great time asking her questions, taking a tour of her farm and building on my dream.
I will take you on a tour of the farm as well. You will have to remember that it is early spring here in Wisconsin and our flowers and plants are just starting to come up. Beautiful summer photos are at the website Heritage Flower Farm
Betty had a dream and it grew.
Heritage Flower Farm is an award-winning boutique nursery growing
heirloom plants, finding their stories and spreading them to gardens
from Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian & Canada’s Royal Botanic Garden,
to backyard gardens like yours. Then-93 year old Anne Patterson inspired
the new farm owner, Betty Adelman, to follow her heart for antique
Walking around the farm.
Each plant has a photo of what it looks like in bloom. A great idea to help you see how the plant will look in your garden.
Wagons ready to be filled with plants.
The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.
Betty added a gift shop. New this year, she started making soap.
"Nobody is ever too old to dream. And dreams never grow old."
Betty has two hoop house greenhouses. She shared with me the benefits of having a greenhouse. She has been pleased with her hoop house greenhouses.
I love her coop. She sells fresh eggs at her gift shop.
"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."
My visit with Betty gave me ideas and encouragement.
"Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another."
John C. Maxwell
A special announcement regarding The Little Garden That Could will be coming soon.
"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.
3. April 10-16 is National Library Week...will you celebrate with a
visit to your nearest library? When did you last make a trip to the
library? What are you reading right now? What's one title on your
Our family loves our local library. We visit weekly.
What I am reading now...
Let's All Be Brave. Living Life with Everything You Have - Author - Annie F. Downs
What is a title on my want-to-read list?
Martha's Vineyard Isle of Dreams - Author - Susan Branch
4. Share a saying or an old wives tale you heard while growing up, you
believed to be true or that you paid attention to 'just in case'?
Do not go outside with wet hair, you will catch cold.
5. Are you a fan of onions? Garlic? Ginger? What's a dish you love that contains one, two or all three items listed?
I love all three!
Onion...yes, on a sandwich, on a pizza, saute'e in butter and add some veggies.
And do not forget onion rings.
Garlic, yes, saute'e with butter add fresh green beans, saute'e a little longer. Yummy!
Ginger, yes, Ginger Lemon tea.
6. Where does nurturing end and indulging begin? What are some skills
or qualities you think a person needs to possess in order to be viewed as
This is a good question.
I think it is important to nurture and at the same time teach responsibility.
If we are no longer teaching responsibility, I think indulging begins.
When is a person mature?
I think when we can make the difference between
I Would Like to Have
7. What leading figure in any field would you like to hear speak, and why?
My husband and I enjoy listening to his radio show. My oldest son just completed Foundations for High School.
Financial principles for students into adulthood.
I appreciate Dave's story and I enjoy how he teaches.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I will be on Spring Break next week. I will miss the Hodgepodge.
Wishing you all a great rest of the week and a fabulous next week!
2. To transferfromoneplace or residence to another;resettle or relocate:residentsweretransplanted to thesuburbsduringthemassivereconstructionproject.
I am a transplant. My husband and I transplanted to Barron County just about 19 years ago. We both are Wisconsin born and raised. Ahhh, but we are from a different area of Wisconsin. And one would never know how different people can be just with in your own State! I am going to start a new series of stories here on The River, stories about my adventures of trying to "fit" in the "my new neck of the woods" in Wisconsin. I hope it will make you laugh, maybe feel a little sorry for me and that you will share stories with me if you are a transplant.
My husband moved to the area in August 1997. We moved to the area because my husband was hired for an amazing company (he is still with that company and it is a great place to work, a true blessing). I did not move to Barron County until December 1997. I did not move right away, because I had this amazing, fun job that I loved. I had been working with this company in my hometown going on three years. And no, I did not want to leave my parents, my hometown, my job or all my friends. So I stayed behind....my thought processes being, I just want to be sure my husband likes his career before I decide to resign from my job. I would live with my parents during the week and head over to be with my husband in the land of Barron County during the weekends. Well, my husband liked his job, it was time for me to say good - bye to my hometown, my job, my family, my friends, my comfort. I headed to Barron County. My husband and I rented a duplex at first in the small town of Chetek. My husband worked in Cameron. After living in the area for three days, I was on my way back to our duplex in Chetek from visiting my husband at his work. I was leaving the small town of Cameron on the highway, I was past the high school, heading into rural area and I picked up the speed to 55 MPH. Ahhh, I did not see the speed limit sign. Flashing lights!! I pulled over, just about ready to cry. The officer was not kind, I tried to explain I was new to the area, note my address change on the back of my drivers license. I tried to explain I did not see the speed limit, still trying to continue that I was new to the area. He handed me a ticket for speeding!! And to top it off, he said " And have a nice birthday." Yep, it was my birthday, I received a speeding ticket, three days after leaving my hometown, my job, my family, my friends, my comfort....to the land of mean police officers!!
I cried and cried!
Welcome to Barron County... you are a transplant! Until next time....
1. What does retirement mean to you? Are you planning for it, not thinking about it, looking forward to it, or dreading it?
Retirement sounds like fun to me. I am not thinking about it yet, I am in raising Teen Age Son mode right now. My son Sam has his driver's test Monday.
2. It's International Guitar Month...do you play? Does anyone in your
family play? What's a song you especially like to hear played on the
guitar or a favorite song featuring the guitar?
I wish I woke up knowing how to play the guitar. I love the guitar. Sadly, no one in our family plays.
Our worship leader is an amazing guitar player. I love how he leads our church in worship.
I love campfire songs with the guitar.
I love music...so this list could go on and on!
3. What's your comfort food?
4. What's one activity or area of your life where you absolutely never procrastinate?
Getting outside and spending time in the garden.
5. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Does your local store
bag the groceries for you or is it a do-it-yourself kind of place? Do
you like someone packing your groceries?
My husband and I enjoy going together to do the grocery shopping.
Yes, our local market bags our groceries.
I do like someone packing my groceries. I do place my items out of the cart on to the check out somewhat in the order of how I like things to be bagged. My husband laughs at my ways.
6. What's the coolest thing you've seen in nature?
Glacier National Park ~ Montana, USA
7. Share a favorite quote about home.
My Kitchen Prayer
God bless my little kitchen
I love its every nook
And bless me as I do my work
Wash pots and pans and cook.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Our first born son will be celebrating his 16th birthday on Thursday.
I honestly have no idea where the time has gone.
This little man of mine, now can pick up his mom and has to stoop down to hug her.
We talk and the talks we have are so special to me. It is always before bed, it always has been before bed. He will open up, tell me his dreams, what may be troubling him or just share something funny.
I am proud of him. He is a Godly young man. I pray he will continue on the path.