About The River

Friday, July 19, 2019

Midsummer Eve

I was contacted by the Son's of Norway 
if I would be willing to make flower crowns for the Midsummer Eve Celebration 
held at the Pioneer Village. 
I was super excited to participate.  My family joined me. My husband got some fun photos of everyone enjoying the evening.

 Me making flower crowns.

The lady smiling at the camera is Robin, she is the one who contacted me to participate.



 A few of my flower crowns.


I have shared the advertisement below about the festival.

This year, the Pioneer Village Museum has joined together with the Sons of Norway - Dovre Lodge to bring Midsummer Eve traditions to the Barron County community. Join us to celebrate Scandinavian heritage, culture, and community following the Strawberry Festival and Quilt Show on June 22nd. 
As with both ancient and modern traditions, a bonfire will be central to the celebrations (along with the presence of the local fire department!), and the Sons of Norway will be raising a maypole (majstång or midsommarstång). Anyone who wants to attend in traditional clothing is more than welcome to! This is the Pioneer Village's first time hosting this type of event, and we hope to make it special for everyone involved. 
Bring your friends and family for an evening of cultural learning and fun!

And a little more about Midsummer Eve..

Midsummer (Norwegian: midtsommer; Swedish: midsommar; Finnish: keskikesä) is a Northern Hemisphere tradition that spread through Northern Europe to the Americas. Though the origins of this celebration date to pre-Christian summer solstice festivals, it survived the Christianization of Europe in the form of the Feast of St. John the Baptist, established in the 4th Century CE to celebrate his birth. (This date was chosen to align with the established birthday of Jesus, December 25th; according to Biblical lore, John the Baptist was born six months before Jesus.) 

Scandinavian immigrants to our region brought Midsummer Eve celebrations with them. This is a celebration that has endured up to the present day, both in Scandinavia and in the Scandinavian diaspora worldwide, particularly the United States

Monday, July 15, 2019

A Journey Remembered and Joy List Monday

A Journey Remembered

This past week was my friend Katie's memorial service. 
I was honored to create a bouquet for her service from our North Country Master Gardner Group.

 Celebrating the Life of  Katie on July 8th, 2019

The tributes to Katie where so well done. Her grandson did a fantastic job and had us all laughing. A very special young man to be brave to do this in honor of his grandma. It was very special.

The message was titled " A True Lady Who Loved to Play in the Dirt"

Katie's sending off song: This Land is Your Land

 A Journey Remembered
As some people journey through life, they leave footprints wherever they go..
footprints of kindness and love, courage and compassion, humor and inspiration, joy and faith.

Even when they're gone, we can still look back and clearly see the trail they left behind. A trail bright with hope that invites us to follow.

 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 surprise gift from a friend.. the little pillow pictured above
 ♥ fans.. it has been hot and humid here in Northwest Wisconsin.. oh a fan blowing air around feels so good
 ♥ a lunch date with a friend
♥ hugs from my boys
♥ planning a long weekend getaway in September with my husband
♥ remembering Katie


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Our 4th of July Adventures in Pictures

Hello Friends
We enjoyed a fun getaway to Ashland, Washburn and Bayfield, Wisconsin.

I am sharing just a few of the sights and tastes we enjoyed.

Wishing you all a great new week!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Birthday America

Happy Birthday America

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please,
 but as the opportunity to do what is right.

Peter Marshall

Monday, July 1, 2019

Joy List Monday

Winter 2019 in my garden
 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

 ♥ having my son say "Mom, it is too hot to sleep! I can not wait for it to be Winter."  For those of you that are new to The River, Winter is my favorite season.

♥ helping a friend move to a new home. Seeing the joy on their faces as they set up house in their forever home.

♥ going fishing with my youngest son, just the two of us. He wanting to help mom take her fish off.

♥ caring thoughts and love as I grief over the unexpected loss of a friend.

♥ humidity, heat and rain.. making everything grow lovely green!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

In Memory

We all have people come and go in our lives. We have childhood friends, old friends and new friends. We meet people at work, church, community events or clubs. 

I met Katie in 2017 during my Master Gardner Training, she was already a Master Gardner, she helped with our class. She and I hit it off right away. We had many things in common, not just gardening, but how we lived our life. 
She taught me some of her own tips and tricks in floral design. She was downsizing and gave me several floral design books, vases and more. She liked to collect unique seed pods and dried flowers for me to use in my bouquets.

 She was a person who did little things to brighten your day.
An out of the blue text message.
Opening your mailbox to find a card from Katie.
And always giving her smile away.
 Katie gave me this article in May. 
We both ended up at the same Greenhouse one day. We got a good chuckle out of that.
And we helped plant at our Display Garden for the Master Gardner Club the same day.
My last text message from her was " Hey Garden Extraordinaire,  I am so blessed our paths have crossed. You are a blessing to me, keep on smiling."

This past week, Katie passed away unexpected.

Love you Katie.. I will miss you.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Strawberries and Chocolate Mint .. Oh My!

 What I love about having a herb garden is the convenience of walking out on my deck and picking herbs to make infused water. We enjoy a refreshing drink in the summer and you can not beat a great combo of fruit and herbs.
 Blueberry and Lemon Verbena
Cucumber and Peppermint
Orange and Basil
and our new favorite..
Strawberry and Chocolate Mint!
Do you have a favorite infused water combo?

Making infused water is easy.. add your fruit and herb and let sit for a couple of hours in the refrigerator. If you want more flavor squeeze your fruit and press the leaves of your herbs.
Add ice and enjoy!

Happy Summer

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?

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