About The River

Monday, September 29, 2014

Until Next Spring

Until Next Spring...saying goodbye to the vegetable garden.

 This Spring I took on three garden plots! I was blessed with a wonderful mentor and friend, Marv, who at the young age of 86, taught me many tips about gardening.
 One evening, I got the idea of trying to sell some of my extra produce and flowers.
With the help of my sweetheart and boys, we set up a produce stand.
 We had so much fun with our Fresh Flower and Produce Stand. The boys enjoyed helping me set up the stand each day. Atticus liked finding the perfect rocks to set on our table.

"Just living is not enough." said the butterfly
"One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
Hans Christian Anderson
 The best part of having the produce stand was receiving a bag a jars and this note...

Thank you so much for providing fresh cut flowers. It is always the highlight of my day to see your sign up on the road.
Here are some of your jars back and a few extra.
 Teddy Bear Sunflowers
 Our taller than Dad sunflowers!
 Colorful zinnias
 Marv's onions
 Lots and lots of Teddy Bear Sunflowers
 And now we wait until next Spring!
I am already planning my garden for next Spring. And guess what? I just might have four garden plots. I am dreaming up an Autumn Produce Stand, with gourds, pumpkins, Indian corn and strawflowers.
(Pssst...do not tell the boys I am thinking of a fourth garden plot!
They might decide to spend the summer at grandmas.)
If you look the right way, you can see the whole world is a garden.
Frances Hudgson Burnett

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sleep Tight

Have you ever said "Sleep Tight!" to your kids?
Do you know where that saying came from?

In colonial times mattresses were laid over ropes stretched between the sides of the bed frame. When the ropes sagged, they had to be tightened with a wind-up wrench.
So people really meant it when they talked about sleeping tight.

Have a great Saturday!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Be who you wanna be,

Be who you wanna be,
not who they choose to see.

Our son Sam found this rock. He was so excited,"Mom, look it is a heart rock!" I put it in one of my pots of flowers on our deck.  And some see just another rock, others see a heart rock. ♥
This quote was on my tea bag. So many thoughts rushed into my head. I happened to walk outside and I saw Sam's rock. And everything came clear for me.  

Be who you wanna be,
not who they choose to see.

Have a great weekend!   

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Summer Comes and Summer Goes

 The Summer comes and the Summer goes;
Wild~flowers are fringing the dusty lanes,
The swallows go darting through fragrant rains,
Then, all of a sudden~it snows.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
 Our colors are just starting to burst here in Wisconsin. It is just beautiful! A perfect Autumn color weekend coming up! A lot of dark red and dark orange color so far this Autumn. We have been blessed with amazing warm weather the last few days.
There is no season such delight can bring,
As Summer, Autumn, Winter and the Spring.
William Browne

To celebrate Autumn peek over at Prims by the Water and enter a fun Autumn giveaway! Click Here 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Advice ~ from Scott Omelianuk of This Old House

Atticus age 7 building his own puzzle
 I love reading This Old House Magazine, because we have a "This Old House"  that we are working on. I  also enjoy the Letter, Scott Omelianuk the Editor, writes the readers each month.
In the June 2014 issue, he shared some advice to his son, who just turned 3.
It made me smile, and I want to share a few words with you.

Do you stick out your tongue when you work?
 One day while Scott was taking his son for a walk, they could hear a whine of a saw from inside a house they passed. Luca asked, "Daddy, what is that noise?" Scott started to explain it was someone  inside cutting lumber. Little Luca answered, "A boy, and his daddy working maybe?"

 "Is there a project today, Daddy?"
During these times when Luca asks me this, says Scott, I realize that he already knows something valuable ~ that doing it yourself is always done better with someone else by your side, even, or maybe especially, when that someone's chubby little hands can not do much more than repeatedly drop the screw they are to hold on to... :-)
Back to the advice...
Let the saw do the work.
Always keep one hand on the ladder.
A weekend project is never done by Sunday night.

 Regular life. Simple life. Work is part of that~enjoyable work, whether it is the kind you do for yourself around the house or the kind that gives you a paycheck. And, of course, there's  the people. Above all, what matters is a connection to people.
Friends, family, naturally, but also all the others you come in contact with. Those who are here with  you now, those long gone. Imagine the men who, 145 years ago, built the house that you came home to after you were born. Think about the guy driving the bus you always get excited to see, the police officers and firefighters whose sirens you love to mimic. The best piece of advice I can pass along ~ that everyone around you has at least one valuable thing to teach you. And if you can recognize that, seek it out, your life will be richer and more textured for it.
And I think you will realize, too, that most people you meet are good people. They might live in another place, do different work, belong to a different religion, vote another way. That is something important I have learned in my years at This Old House. Talking to so many good folks who read this magazine, watch our T.V. show or go to our website, I know they all want the same thing in the end. A place for home and family, a roof overhead and a solid floor underfoot, and maybe the opportunity to chase after a little one who is banging a plastic hammer where he or she should not be.
Scott Omelianuk

See that blue paint on the face. 

What is the best advice you have given or received?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Funny On Sunday

The fog was so dense I drove to the drive-through window and ordered an Egg McMuffin at the bank.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Writing Things By Hand....

Writing things by hand...did you know there's a huge difference between texting someone to say that you love them and hope that they have a great day and writing it on a note and leaving it for them to find.
 It is that time of year. 
Back to School!
How about adding a note to your son or daughters lunch.

Or packing a note in your college kids luggage.

A perfect way to say, I Love You!

Check out all our cards at our shop and find the perfect one to surprise your loved one today.

Friday, September 19, 2014

On The Road Friday ~ Green Corn Moon

Today we are taking a boat ride on Blue Spring Lake, Wisconsin

And we are taking it at night, during the August full moon, Green Corn Moon.
 Grab your hot tea,your blanket and  your sweetheart.
Come and get cozy as we take a romantic night ride on the lake.

 Full Moon
August 2014
Green Corn Moon

 A fun way to decorate your lakeside, adding a palm tree in Wisconsin.


 A little breeze has started, get a little cozier to that sweetheart of yours.

 And make a wish!

The moon belongs to everyone, the best things in life are free.
Susan Branch 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Big Gourd

The  Big  Gourd
Last November the boys tossed a few of our frozen gourds in the garden and played hockey with them. 
This spring we had two volunteer gourd plants growing. 
We left them to grow to see what would happen. To our surprise the plant grew, ONE BIG GOURD!

I added some fun twine to dress up The Big Gourd.

The Big Gourd became a fun Autumn centerpiece for the dinning room table.

 Have you had a volunteer plant in your garden? Did you keep it or pull it out?
This was a fun experiment for us. We are still chuckling that the plant only  had, One Big Gourd!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Oatmeal Icebox Cookies

Oatmeal Icebox Cookies
I made the following recipe twice last week. My boys just love this recipe. My secret ingredient is pumpkin pie spice,  click here 

Oatmeal Icebox Cookies

1 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon .... I substitute and use my pumpkin spice 1/2 teaspoon
3 cups cooking oats
1/2 cup pecans or chocolate chips or raisins

Beat together shortening and sugars until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating well.
Mix remaining ingredients.
Shape into 3 rolls about 2 inches in diameter - wrap in wax paper 
Chill for 2 hours
After the two hours, slice the cookies 1/4 inch thick
 Set on to your cookie sheets
Bake at 350 degrees - 9 to 10 minutes

My first batch I added raisins. The second batch I added chocolate chips. This week my husband is asking for me to add pecans. Looks like I will baking up some more Oatmeal Icebox Cookies this week.


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