About The River

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Hello February and it is the Hodgepodge!


Do you spy a heart?

Hello Friends,

The above suet cake started out as square. The birds ate the suet cake into a shape of a heart.

Happy February to you all and now lets get started with the Hodgepodge.

Joyce asks the questions.

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We answer the questions.

 1. Tell us anything you want about your January. 

 We have enjoyed getting out in the snow. We have explored the winter wonderland we are having this season by skiing and snowshoeing.


2. Lake Superior State University posts a list each year of words they think should be banished from the Queen's English for misuse, overuse, and/or general uselessness. The 2023 list includes GOAT, inflection point, quiet quitting, gaslighting, moving forward, amazing, Does that make sense?, irregardless, absolutely, and it is what it is.

Which of these words/phrases do you use regularly? Amazing, I often describe things I find beautiful as amazing.  Which of these words would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? GOAT, I think this is a weird way to describe a person.  Is there a word/phrase not on the list you'd like to add? Fact Checker

 3. February 2nd is Groundhog Day. What's something that feels repeated in your life right now?


Shoveling snow, we are in a true snow globe. This has been the best snow season of our 25 years of living in Barron County, Wisconsin.

4. What's a food you love that's named after a place?

French Beans

5. What's the best season of the year to visit your city or your part of the country? Tell us why.   


 Wisconsin likes to show off in Autumn.



 6. Insert your own random thought here. 



  I have to be fair to my great state of Wisconsin. Come visit anytime, you will find beauty! And the best cheese in America.



Monday, January 30, 2023

Joy List Monday

 Joy List Monday

♥ a weekly ritual ♥

a reminder to stop and pay attention to the beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day

Ferns, tulips, lily of the valley and chives make up this spring bouquet that I created in 2022.

♥ cookies

"Today me will live in the moment, unless it is unpleasant... in which case me will eat a cookie."  Cookie Monster

♥ crackling fireplace keeping me extra toasty on cold nights

♥ pink sunsets

♥ winter walks

♥ hot tea

"I have never been a millionaire. But I have enjoyed a crackling fire, a glorious sunset, a walk with a friend... there are plenty of life's tiny delights for all of us. Jack Anthony 

Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile.



Wednesday, January 25, 2023

My Word for 2023


Pretty -n- Pink, one of my bouquets from 2022.

Hello Friends,

Year 2022 my husband encouraged me to choose a word of the year. I decided on sunshine.


brightness or radiance 

cheerfulness or happiness

a source of cheer or happiness

I had a few words come to mind for me as I tried to narrow down my word for 2023. And some of you may be asking why even pick out a word for the year. For me the reason I did it was to check in during the year to see if I was spreading sunshine.

This year I have decided on truth.


agreement with reality: the eternal principle of right or the natural law of order: 

fidelity constancy

I want to be sure I am a person who is sharing truth. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to learn and research topics. I recently learned that when someone is demanding they know what is truth, smile and reply with, "that is interesting." Afterward you can research and decide if that something is true. 

In other words, think for yourself. 

During the course of 2022 I shared how I was spreading sunshine. I will do this again with truth.


How about you, did you decided on a word for 2023?