About The River

Monday, June 17, 2019

Spring Garden Tour ~ Joy List Monday

Hello Friends,
One of my favorite times to take a tour of the garden is after a gentle rain.

 The Peony Patch

 Radish and Garlic

 Onion Chives

 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

 ♥ a perfect weather day

♥ fresh clean sheets on the bed

 ♥ bluebirds are nesting in our birdhouse

 ♥ muffins for breakfast

 ♥ rain drops on flowers



Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Flower Shack is Open

 The road is open! The Flower Shack is Open!
Plants are available for sale. Hosta, Evening Primrose, Lemon Basil and more.

 Succulent Log Planters
Perfect for Dad for Father's Day

Spring Bouquets

 My dad built some butterfly houses and bat houses, I have them for sale at the Flower Shack.

 The landscaping is all done. The road is open!

Have a fantastic weekend my friends.

Can you tell I am happy the road construction is all done.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

When things don't go as planned ....

I had planned to open the Flower Shack long ago. I planted rows and rows of tulips. They all were getting ready to pop open.
I got all my new products ready.

Photo Cards

Succulent Log Planters

  A few weeks before my tulips opened. I heard the rumble of the road construction start. 
We did know Arlington Avenue was going to be under construction.
We were told it was a simple project. It will take a few days. 
Mail service and garbage service will not be interrupted.

"No worries" I thought. 
The leaders of our Village said, "it is a simple re-pave job."

"Mom, I think the neighbors trees are being cut down." my son yelled out.

"Mom, I think the neighbors rock wall is being torn out." yelled my son.

Then all machines packed up and went away.
They did not come back.
Week 1.
Week 2.
Week 3.

We had a major rain storm.

 They had to haul more gravel in to the low spots.

 And once again.. silence. Nothing.. where are they? What are they doing?
You can tell by looking at the leaves of the trees how much time has passed.

 Then one day, I heard machinery again. They began to pave the road.
In the mean time they closed our road completely. Without telling anyone. Including the Post Office. We did not have mail delivery for five days!!

The best part of the story..
Friday they stopped working at 1:30 - 2:00 .. leaving huge gaps in front of our driveway. No low setting car was going any place.

Saturday we heard the sound of machines. They finished the driveways on Saturday.

Monday they came back and did the landscaping.
A six week project... does that seem short to you?

No communication... our neighbor has a low setting car. Her muffler would have been ripped off. 
NO ONE told us to move our cars before they started Friday. And none of us neighbors thought they would leave the driveways with the gaps into Saturday afternoon.
 No mail service for 5 days! When our neighbor called the Post Office, the Postmaster shared they were never told about Arlington construction!!

So what happened?
Grant Money v.s. Tax Payer Money
The project was held up because the project was divided up into several different contractors doing the work. Sadly, some did not work well together and the quality of work differed between the contractors as well.

To make a long story short.. I will finally open the Flower Shack on Thursday with Spring bouquets, plants, succulent log planters and photo cards.
I missed selling my tulip bouquets for this season.  I will try again next year.

Do you have a road construction story?

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hello June

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

 Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.
Luther Burbank

" Just living is not enough." said the butterfly
 "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
Hans Christian Anderson

I think this bag would be perfect for me.

All photos are from Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.. including the bag. It is available in the gift shop. My sweet dear said "you already have so many bags."   
This could be true, but don't tell sweet dear.


Friday, May 31, 2019

One Lucky Night

 One Lucky Night
I gifted my husband a membership to the Ruffed Grouse Society in 2017. We have not been able to attend the annual banquet in the past because of how busy our past month of May calendars have been. 2019 was going to be the year. We attended our first banquet.

We enjoyed a fun meal, games and meeting new people.
We did not know anyone at the banquet. I looked around for two open seats and friendly smiles. 
We asked if the two empty seats were taken, they were not.

We laughed and cheered. Our table ended up lucky as can be. 
All of us at the table won several prizes.
We won the most! I could not believe it. Each time they called the winning number 1119! That was us! We won the loot below. Jeremy won a new gun for grouse hunting.
We won a canvas bag, a homemade picnic basket, 50lbs of bird seed, a glass cutting board and the gun. What a lucky night!

Jeremy went to register the gun. As he was doing that. I was visiting with our new friends about how fun the evening was. We had talked kids, hunting, dogs and living in Wisconsin through out the evening.

Just before the one couple was about to depart for the night, they asked me if I liked plants?

Do I like plants?!? 
They said they had extra plugs for creating hanging baskets. If I would like some I could take as many as I like. 
Well, the running joke around this house is I do not come home without a plant of some kind. 
Two weeks ago I came home with a bush. It was going to go on a burn pile. It needed rescue.
My boys are always saying "What has mom brought home now?"

How fun it was for us to call them to let them know we had a great night. Dad won a hunting gun! And mom, she met another plant person and she is bringing home more plants.

One Lucky Day
May 31, 1997
I married my best friend.

Have a blessed weekend my friends.


Friday, May 24, 2019

Be Safe, Love Mom

"I died during the battle, Mom." I went to save two other buddies and got shot going across to help them. I was hit in the leg. My battle buddies tried to save me, but they goofed up the call for the Medi Vac."

The above was the conversation I had with Sam after he completed The Forge. 

Click below to learn more about The Forge.

I have learned a lot about becoming a Military Mom. 
We learn to let go.
10 weeks of no communication .. but snail mail. Oh how I loved that snail mail.
We did not hear from Sam for the first two and half weeks. I will say that was hard. I had no way of knowing how he was doing, if he was making friends, if he was succeeding. 
During The Forge I really felt it. I wanted to know how he was doing. I had this urgency to go help him. It all can be hard to explain, all this emotion was coming up inside me.
Again.. more letting go.. little by little.

Quiet courage and fierce determination to help those who need it. That is what I see in our son Sam. I am so very proud of what he has accomplished and what he is going to do in the future.

At the same time I will be honest. I worry.
In my previous post I shared that Sam would be deployed to help with floods, wildfires and hurricanes. His recruiter gently reminded us that he can be called up for battle as well. 

I pray for peace. That our world will get along and not feel the need to kill each other. 

I think about my grandpa Sam and the Greatest Generation.
I think about my dear friend Marv who helped in the Korean War.
I think about our family friends who helped in Vietnam. 
I think about our neighbor Pat who helped in the Gulf War.
Those who we sent care packages during the War on Terror, Cathy, Brendon and Gabe.

When I get anxious I continue to look up: to the stars, the sun and the moon. I tend my garden. I pull weeds, look for bees, butterflies and listen close to the birds. I look up in the tree tops, I watch the leaves wave in the wind and I look to the heavens.

Be Safe Sam!
Love, Mom

All gave some
Some gave all
Remember them this Memorial Day!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Help needed .. Corn Lily

My cousin recently made a bulb order for dahlia and gladiolus. 
She received her order and a free bag of corn lily.

She knows nothing about corn lily, never heard of them. She came to  me for help, but I too, have never heard of corn lily.

Do any of you know about corn lily? 
Easy to grow? Tips or tricks? Do you dig them up in the autumn? 

Thank you for the help!

Monday, May 20, 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

 ♥ the orioles are back and nesting in a tree in our neighbors yard

 ♥ our little wren is back and looking for a summer place to rent out.. he has been looking at two of our birdhouses

♥ a morning dove is nesting in the nook of our small shed

♥ we celebrated a birthday this past week

♥ our son is back to Wisconsin 

A friend asked him what his favorite thing was that he was back to Wisconsin.
He said the weather! He was happy to get back to Wisconsin weather.
Some would say that is crazy! This boy does not like hot, summer in Georgia was something he was excited to miss out on.

 Graduation from AIT at Fort Gordon, Georgia

Hold tight to the dreams you have today and walk with God in their direction.

 Sam is now officially a part of the Wisconsin National Guard.
He will be attending college in August at Chippewa Valley Technical College for Computer Programming and Software Development.
During his time at college he will continue to attend monthly drills with the Guards. He will have a two week training each summer. Sam has signed up with the Guards for six years.
Some of you have asked what will he do in the Guards. If he is called up to help he is communications. He is in the Signal Corps. 
If Wisconsin has a flood, he may get called to help. If Wisconsin has a forest fire, he may get called to help. Other states can ask for help from our Guards. Florida asked for help during the hurricane. Prayers for all of those who help keep us safe, police, firefighters, military and more.

Thank you again for all the support!


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

It is Planting Time!

Hello Friends,
Just a note that I will be away from the office for a few days. I am helping with our Master Gardener Plant Sale. 
Planting time is here for The Little Garden That Could. Once things warm up here in Wisconsin, we all start to move quick on our spring clean up, planting and other chores.

 I will be back soon with garden updates, graduation photos and more.
Take Care 
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