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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


Monday, September 11, 2017

In August swallows southward fly,

Summer's waning, fall is nigh.

August went by in a flash for our family. The next thing that happened was the first day of school, garden harvest and crisp autumn air.

I wanted to share a few things that happened in August that I  simply ran out of time to share with you.

August 28th 
We celebrate Tasha Tudor birthday. She is one of my favorite artists. 
I enjoy her books and one of my favorites is Around the Year.

 My dad is doing well. 
August 18th we celebrated his 68th birthday!
He is on the mend and off many of the medications that he started with.
Thank you for your continued prayers for him.
His motto for each day is the same as the day after his surgery.

"Have the Best Day Ever."

The feeling of Autumn started the last week of August.
Cooler temperatures, garden harvest and late summer booms.

During a recent road trip we stopped for gas.
I was walking back to the vehicle from the gas station and noticed this grasshopper sitting on the charge station for the electric cars. He must be charging up for his flight southward.

Thank you for the prayers for our family and Marv during the clean up of Hurricane Harvey. 
We have friends in the path of Hurricane Irma, sending love and prayers to all.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Prayers for Texas

 2012 we visited our family that lives in Texas.
We attended the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The following photos are from the rodeo in 2012.

 If you have followed The River for awhile, you know the story of my garden mentor Marv, who is 89 years old. He lives alone, gardens and travels to Rockport, Texas to his cabin each November.  Marv has been the subject of many posts here at The River, from the little tricks he likes to play on me and my boys at the Community Garden. His recipe for Deer Out and other garden tricks he has shared with me.
At this time, Marv has not been able to connect with his friends and neighbors in Rockport. He has dear friends who live year around in Rockport. Marv comes to stay in his cabin in Wisconsin during the summer months.

As he waits to hear news, we are trying our best to cheer him up.

Our family that lives in Texas are fine. They received rain, lots of rain, but they are doing well.



Monday, August 28, 2017

Honesty Jar

I have a Fresh Cut Flower stand during the summer months in the front of our home.
This past week I found the following in the Honesty Jar, along with $0.50.

Sorry I don't have much.
I didn't take a flower...
but really just wanted to take a minute to say,
they are beautiful!
and this is a really wonderful and trusting and unique creative plan.
Have a good day sorry 4 wasting your bags. Here is a quarter.
P.S. Nicely done yard.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Monarch Love and it is the Hodgepodge

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

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  1. Did you watch the solar eclipse? Your thoughts? Sun Chips, Moon Pies, Starburst candies, a Blue Moon beer, a Sunkist orange, or a Milky Way candy bar...what's your favorite eclipse related snack on this list?

I was working during the eclipse. When I returned to the kitchen with my Meals on Wheels travel totes, my co worker was looking up with her fun 2017 Solar Eclipse glasses. She let me take a peek. It was fun. I think it really is amazing!!

Sunkist orange for me! I love oranges.

 2. What are you 'over the moon' about these days? What's something you enjoy doing every 'once in a blue moon'?

'over the moon'
I am in love with all the flowers in my garden.

Each and every garden season is different. My flowers are doing so well. My zinnia are so thick and the stems are strong. Sweet peas, oh my, my first year growing sweet peas and the fragrance is so wonderful.

'once in a blue moon'
I will shoot trap with my boys. My boys are on a trap shooting team. They love it. I do not really enjoy shooting, but I will do it once in a blue moon just to be with my boys. I love how they coach me. I do try, but I am just not gifted in shooting. 

3. Tell us about something in the realm of science that interests you. How do you feed that interest?

I am interested in insets. Butterflies are number one on the list. 
We just finished hatching two monarch butterflies.

 4. What are a few things you remember about going back to school as a child?

New clothes, shoes, backpack, lunch box, books and teachers. 

 5. I've seen several versions of this around the net so let's make one of our own...share with us five words that touch your soul and briefly tell us why.

Family ~ the love for my husband and boys.
Home ~ home is where my heart is.
Love ~ I think the world simply needs more love.
Faith ~ I have faith. 
Gratitude ~ I am thankful for all I have been blessed with.

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

 Our youngest had an accident while wood working. He cut into his tendon. 
We met with a surgeon today, he confirmed all will heal on its own, no surgery required. We are so thankful. If the cut would have been just a wee bit deeper it would have been surgery. 
Atticus will be in a splint for four weeks. 
He is doing well and in good spirits.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Harvesting Garlic

 Way back in October of 2016 we planted our garlic.
I was given garlic from a friend I met at the Farmer Market.
She told me to break the cloves off the large garlic head and plant.

 We separated our cloves. You plant one clove. And then another and then another.

 The garlic patch!

 This photo was taken in late spring. 
We have garlic!
Summer arrived and the garlic grew. It grew its flower, also known as a scape.

We harvested the scapes and made Garlic Pesto.

You have to cut the scapes off even if you are not going to use them. You do not want the flower to bloom. You want all the plants energy going into making the bulb of garlic.

We harvested our garlic the last week of July.
This is one of our largest heads that we harvested.
I harvest them by digging them up careful with a garden fork. 
I left some of the dirt on and set the the bulbs in the basement on newspaper for a few days.
After the few days, my husband hung the garlic to dry and keep in our basement. 

At the time of writing this post, August 18th 2017, the garlic is doing great. We ate our first clove of our homegrown garlic in a fresh salsa we made this week.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August Days ~ It is the Hodgepodge

Hello, It is Wednesday and that means it is time for the Hodgepodge.
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

 1. Do your actions match your words? Elaborate.

Yes, if I say something, I follow thru with it.

 2. Sick as a dog, go to the dogs, dog days of summer, dog tired, it's a dog's life, every dog has it's day, can't teach an old dog new tricks...now doggone it which saying could most recently be applied to your life?

 Dog Days of Summer
We are in the dog days of summer here in Wisconsin. The garden is happy with rain, humidity and warm days. Everything is growing, growing, growing.

 3. Your favorite book featuring a dog in the storyline? What makes it a favorite?

Because of Winn-Dixie
Author: Kate DiCamillo
I simply love this story. 
I read this story aloud to my grandpa during his last summer. 
It will always have a special place in my heart. 
 4. What's something you hope to one day have the confidence to do?

I never know if it is best to sit back and simply let a "bossy" woman continue to be that "bossy" woman because that is the way "they" are?  Or should I say "Enough already, you no longer need to be the BIG LOUD MOUTH HEN in the HEN HOUSE."

 5. August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. So tell us a joke.

One of our local Veterinary clinics has a sense of humor.
I took these photos February 2016. No, Wisconsin does not have snow as of yet. 

 6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Have a Great Day!

 a little buddy in the garden
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