About The River

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 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Little me and my mom.

Happy Mother's Day

A very special Mother's Day for me. Sam is back to Wisconsin.

Mother Says
Famous Last Words

If you don't stop, your face will freeze like that.
I only have two hands.
Let me kiss it and make it better.
Because I said so.
Because I am your mother.
Go ask your father.
Eat it, it is good for you.
Don't put that in your mouth, you don't know where it has been.
I don't care who started it.
Get your hair out of your face.
You call that music?
Clear your plate, there are starving children.
Money doesn't grow on trees.
If all your friends jumped off a cliff would you do it too?
Don't ever forget that I love you.
You'll always be my Baby.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Pollinator Sky Rise

 St. Paul,  Minnesota has a Pollinator Sky Rise in the park areas in hopes to help Urban Pollinators.

The above link is an article about the idea of the Sky Rise for Pollinators.

“This is a great big beautiful sculpture that can draw people in and get them to pay attention in ways they might not have otherwise before,” Lovelee said.

I loved what Amanda Lovelee said in the interview. Getting people to be aware of our loss of pollinators is the first step. What a fun idea with this beautiful sculpture. It will get people to stop and think about things for a moment. They may decide to do more research and see how they can help. 

Good Luck Urban Pollinators.. hope you find this Sky Rise, Home Sweet Home.

And the winner is..

Kris from Junk Chic Cottage 

Kris won The Stroll in the Garden card collection from The Little Garden That Could.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Joy List Monday

Joy List Monday
♥ a weekly reminder ♥
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

♥ little seedlings continue to grow 
 ♥ a warm sunny weekend 
♥ completing items off my To Do List
♥ spending time with friends
♥ learning how to play a new game  Pickle Ball

I am a fan of Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. They just released a new single Family! It is such a fun song and true of our family.

♥ Sam will be arriving home Thursday. Praying for air travel to be safe. May the journey for all to go well as Sam's classmates travel back to family and friends and start their careers in the National Guard or other branch of military. ♥

Thank you to all of you for the support and prayers during this time for our family and Sam.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Some old fashioned things..

"Some old fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat."
Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Close your eyes and listen to the sounds of nature.. crickets chirping, doves cooing, geese honking, bees buzzing.
It is quite a performance and it is all for free.

Have a blessed weekend my friends.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Happy May Day and a Giveaway

Happy May Day
May is here! Spring has sprung!
Here in Northwest Wisconsin flowers will soon be blooming and we will be busy in our gardens.

Enter to win the above photo cards.
All you have to do is leave a comment and in that comment share with me your favorite flower and why it is your favorite. 
If you would like to find out the meaning of your favorite flower, click the below website 
 and share the meaning with us.

 I am getting all excited to open The Flower Shack!

 I will have some new items available in The Flower Sack
 and at my website The Little Garden That Could

 Photo Cards are available at my website and at The Flower Shack.

 Succulent Log Planters are available at my website and at The Flower Shack.

Garden Tours and The Art of Flower Bouquets

I have tours and make & take bouquet workshops available this summer. 
All of that information is located on the Tour Page of the website.

Daybreak .. an adult day care program for folks with dementia came for a tour last summer. 
The power of flowers and memory. 

 And of course.. seasonal bouquets are available.

The winner of the giveaway will be announced on Wednesday, May 8th. 
Happy May Day

Monday, April 29, 2019

Joy List Monday

Canadian Goose on her nest of little ones

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

♥ spending time with a dear friend last Tuesday.. her first is graduating from high school.. taking time to talk about  motherhood and watching our children start to fly

 ♥ sunshine.. and more sunshine

♥ the birds are back to Wisconsin for the Spring/Summer.. as each return and they sing out  ♫♪ "Hello We are Back for the Season" ♫♪

♥ hosting a dinner for a couple with young children and watching our 16 year old play with the kids

♥ receiving a phone call from Sam.. he has passed all of his AIT tests.. the count down to his AIT graduation is on


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Easter 2019 ~ The Annual Easter Cake ~

Easter 2019
Easter 2019 was a little different for us this year. Our extended family was traveling to visit other family. Our oldest son is finishing his training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. It was was just the three of us. That did not stop me from doing the Annual TePaske Easter Cake. 
One.. Two .. Three.. here it is.. 
We put a slice in the freezer for Sam to enjoy when he comes home.

I used Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies recipe Click here to find the recipe.
It was delicious, all three of us gave the frosting recipe a thumbs up. 

 We decided to do something different for Easter since it was just the three of us. We headed to the city. We went to  Como Park Zoo and Conservatory located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

I will do an On The Road Friday post with more photos of our adventure. 

 It was a lovely day. 70 degrees, sunshine and a slight breeze. As we walked in the park, a butterfly flew right in front of me and settled down on the trail we were walking. 
Happy Easter to you and Spring is here is what that butterfly was saying!

 Let's Go Fly a Kite
They are hard to pick out in my photo, I was using my phone camera. If you really peek, you can pick out three kites flying in the sky. Several people came to fly kites at the park.

 The Sunken Garden was all Spring!
It smelled so good in the Sunken Garden. It was just beautiful. 

 I hope you all had a lovely Easter Holiday.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Happy Easter

 Happy Easter
Wishing you all a wonderful Easter week.
I will be taking the week off from the blog to work on my Annual Easter Cake, spending time with my family and working on a few other Spring projects.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter. 



 I hope to be enjoying the start of Spring.. I do hope!
The photos below are of the blizzard that hit our neck of the woods April 11 into April 13th.

Friday, April 12, 2019

On the Road Friday ~ Battle of Kettle Creek ~ Washington, Wilkes County, GA

 During our time visiting Sam in November 2018 during his time off from training we visited Kettle Creek Battlefield.
Below is some history from the battle from the following website National Register of Historical Places

One of the most important battles of the  American Revolutionary War to be fought in Georgia occurred in Wilkes County, some 12 miles from present-day Washington, Georgia. Here on February 14, 1779, a force of 400 patriots, in a surprise attack, defeated a force of Loyalists twice their number. Savannah, Georgia, had recently been captured by the British on December 29, 1778, as part of the British “southern strategy” to pacify the South and separate it from the Middle and Northern rebellious colonies. Southern Loyalists welcomed the British arrival, while Southern patriots began to prepare for battle. Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell, captured Savannah for the British with 3,500 men, soon came under the command of Brigadier General Augustine Prevost. Savannah had been defended by the American General Andrew Williamson from South Carolina, but he withdrew from the city when Campbell approached, fighting a rear-guard action with his roughly 1,000 Georgian and South Carolinian militia men. 

The Kettle Creek battlefield, a wooded area, including “War Hill” is a 40 acre tract encircling a 500 foot high hill.  Upon the hill the War Department placed the Kettle Creek Monument in 1930.  The Georgia Historical Commission placed two historical markers in 1958 atop the hill and in 1962, 1973, and 1974 additional monuments were placed and some Revolutionary soldiers reburied atop the hill. Kettle Creek Battlefield was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 26, 1975.
 One of the things I found interesting was the placing of the crosses of where those died. As you walk the woods and see the white crosses all about, that is where they were hiding and fighting.

 "Discovering Our Heritage and History"

Georgia's Revolutionary War Trail

Thank you for coming along with me On the Road Friday.

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