About The River

Monday, February 28, 2011


Bear Paw 
Do you know what the names are up above? If you guessed different snowshoes. You are right!
We headed out snowshoeing, which is not our usual style of transportation in the winter. It was a lot of fun. We went at night for a Moonlight Walk. Amazing how bright the woods is in the winter on a full moon night.

Little Snowshoe for a little snowshoer.
I found this lone leaf laying on a blanket of sparkling diamonds. What a wonderful night we had. Get out if you can...Winter truly is beautiful.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Amelia Earhart
"Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price."
Amelia Earhart
At 10 o'clock on the morning of July 2, 1937 Amelia climbed into The Electra with Fred and they took of. All they had to do was cross one more ocean to get home safely.
Fred Noonan and Amelia Earhart disappeared...the world still finds it hard to accept that they simply vanished with out a trace.
I have two boys at my house, who want to find out what happened. I told them good luck...because I do too. Sam is planning to invent something to find her. Atticus is willing to help in whatever way he can.
Let me know if you have any ideas.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sam and Atticus Post on Thursday's

We are on the hunt for the perfect fort. Lake Superior shores have some of the best forts already built. We do not even need to roll a snowball. Check this out!
Waves, Wind or Water...not sure how this amazing fort was built , but this is the best fort around and "Sam, I am" will claim it!
Have a good weekend! From Sam and Atticus

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Black Cat Coffee House

The Black Cat Coffee House
Ashland, WI
We had the best hot chocolate here on Saturday. Be sure to stop in and check it out if you are visiting Ashland. Yum!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Book Across the Bay...Part 2

Getting ready. Last year when we participated in our first Book Across the Bay, the Lake was frozen solid and had a nice layer of snow. This year...it is ice. The skid steer is working the ice to give the groomer something to groom for C-C ski tracks. The discarded Christmas trees help show the way.
Book Across the Bay is put on by volunteers. They do an amazing job. Thank You!
The Bon Fire is waiting to be lit at 5:30 pm.
"Mom, can we run and slide the rest of the way?"

Ice...it is amazing, beautiful, cold, dangerous...what else can you come up with?
When we walked out on the ice early Saturday morning, I did not think it possible to ski across to Washburn. But the volunteers did an amazing job grinding the ice to make a track. It was great team work and made for a memorable Book Across the Bay 2011!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Across the Bay...part 1

We arrived in Ashland at 5:45pm Friday night. The wind was ragging across the Chequamegon Bay at 45mph! The tent blew down for our Book Across the Bay registration and everyone was wondering what the next day would bring. We overheard all this in the parking lot of our hotel. We were blessed to stay at Hotel Chequamegon...the big, beautiful, white, hotel that you see as you come into Ashland on HWY 13 North. Go to Hotel Chequamegon's  website for more photo's and history about this amazing hotel. We enjoyed staying here and the boys loved the history of it. We stayed in the Cable Hayward Suite....next door was the Phillips Suite...how funny we thought...since Mom is born and raised in Phillips.

Our Room...Cable Hayward Suite...yes, we had to drive right through Cable and Hayward to get to Ashland.
Phillips Suite...next door to our Cable Hayward Suite...Mom was born and raised in Phillips...so the boys thought this was fun. We would have liked to stay in the Phillips Suite, but lakeside rooms are a little more expensive and we decided to stay on the city side.

Just take HWY 13 South to get to Grandma and Grandpa's house. I thought of my parents often during our stay in Ashland. Ashland was a favorite place to go smelting as a kid. I have good memories smelting with my Dad, going into that cold water. It was a wonderful time. My Grandma Martha also took me to Ashland many times too. We would eat at The Breakwater Cafe...yes, that is where I took my family to dine Friday night.
The Catholic Church - Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Community.
Because of the wind ... the registration tent blew down. The registration was moved to the Catholic Church. The boys went in to register. Molly and I walked around.

We got registered for our race on Saturday. Next we went out to eat for Lake Superior Whitefish...it was wonderful. We enjoyed the pool and historic hotel the rest of the night. Up next...Saturday exploring Ashland and Lake Superior...Book Across the Bay.
Some of you may not know what Book Across the Bay is...check it out...

Check out this You Tube...for more of the fun.
Part 2 is Tuesday. Have a good day.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday Post, by Sam and Atticus

 This is a dinosaur. Made with several colors.
Sam made a table with a plate on it. On the plate is a hamburger and a tomato.
It is fun to create with clay.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Maple Syrup

A little bit too warm out today. It is going to make us get spring fever too early. I was thinking of Maple Sap time...the boys were thinking getting the bikes out...Molly was thinking longer walks.
That is okay with me as long as we can have some more snow! We still have a ski race to do this weekend. Lets keep the snow, so we have stuff to do the next couple of weeks. Snowmobile trails are closed, skating rinks closed and sledding hills closed.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day
Hugs and Kisses to you all!
My Valentine of 13 years...plus the years of courting. He is my best friend, forever and always.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Night Ski

We were able to ski three night ski events this winter. We had a wonderful time at all of them. My photo's are not the best, but it might give you an idea of our time outside on a winter night.
Candles light our way.
Skiing at night is a lot of fun because of how beautiful the woods looks at night. It is amazing how bright the moon can make the snowy woods. It has been a fun winter.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Good bye for now

Today Sam lost his first and second grade teacher. Her name was Ms. Halverson. When your a little boy, you usually fall in love with that first teacher. That is what Sam did with Ms. Halverson. She was a fantastic teacher and Sam enjoyed her. She left when he moved up to third grade. She moved to Seattle, Washington. She taught in Seattle and met the man of her dreams, CJ. They were married August 16, 2009. They got married in Barron and Sam was asked to carry the train, with some of his other classmates. It was an honor for him. He was surprised she was getting married, for he thought she was going to wait for him.
In November of 2010 she was diagnosed with cancer. She went quick...she died this morning, February 11, 2011, she was in her late 30's. We know she is happy and new again up in heaven. She is no longer in pain. We will see her again...when we meet Jesus.
It is hard to see Sam, but he is behind Ms. Halverson in a blue shirt....next to his friend McKenna.
CJ and Michele.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Winter Bubbles

Have you ever tried to blow bubbles in the winter. It is really cool...in freezing weather. They turn into a saran wrap like bubble. We went out during this last cold snap -24 degrees...we blew bubbles.
If you look close at this one, you can see the saran wrap bubble.
Sam caught a bubble, it is different catching a winter bubble...then a summer bubble.
Stay Warm!
P.S. I know Thursday is the boys post. They have a friend over tonight after school. Check in Friday for Sam and Atticus' post.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

TePaske's Favorite Bean Dip...it is soooo GOOD!

We love this Bean Dip...it is a favorite. It is easy to make and will keep well too. We have it for lunch, it is so filling. Here is the recipe...
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
15 oz. can chili with beans
16 oz. jar salsa
8 oz. pkg. shredded Mexican - blend cheese
tortilla chips or crackers
Spread cream cheese into the bottom of an ungreased, microwave-safe 11"x7" glass casserole dish. Layer chili, salsa and cheese on top. Microwave on high for 5 to 7 minutes, until hot, bubbly and cheeses are melted. Serve warm with tortilla chips or crackers for dipping.
We have used different flavors of cheese. I made our Super Bowl Bean Dip with Mozzarella. It turned out wonderful. Let me know if you like it and if you change it up for your liking.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Packers Rock! They take it to the House!

Wisconsin people are pretty happy today. The Green Bay Packers did it. We were a little nervous...in fact the boys could not watch the tail end. When we told them the Packers won...they said "For Real!"
Go Pack Go!
The boys are in the Packer House!

The food is ready. We have Packer jello jigglers, Packer cookies, cinnamon pretzels, bean dip and chips, black olives, little hot dogs and meatballs.
Green Bay Packer Jello Jigglers
Jeremy is the master at making Jello Jigglers.
Go Pack Go!
It was a fun game. Glad it ended the way it did. Look here for the Bean Dip recipe tomorrow.
Enjoy the Packer Fever!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Go Pack Go!

We did not have packing snow today. We thought it would be a good day to make a Packer Snowman. We had a high of 31 degrees. But the snow was no good for snowman making. So we did the next best thing. We made a snowman by filling our scarecrow clothes with snow. We added our sign...Go Packers! We are all ready for a good game Sunday!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Wonder what it is like inside?

This church is on our way to one of our favorite ski trails located in Cornell Wisconsin, at the Brunet State Park. We drive past and I wonder what it looks like inside? How long has it stood empty? Will the doors ever open again?
Makes me think of the little poem we like to do with our hands.
Here is the Church, look at the steeple, open the doors and see all the people.

If you do not know this poem, the next time I see you, be sure I show you.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thursday Post by Atticus

Berlin Wall
My Mom started to teach us about the Berlin Wall. We are fascinated with it. When I got back to school after my surgery, I had to stay in (I still am) So I started to create, The Berlin Wall with Lego's.
I have a watch tower. Guards patrol and barb wire is around the wall.
I have East and West Berlin. The free side is West Berlin. I have Clone Troopers acting as German Soldiers for East Germany. It is an interesting time in history. Our Car Pool lady, Sandy, she was stationed in Germany during this time. Sam and I asked her about "Check Point Charlie".

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Seasons in life and nature.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
For everything there is a season, and time for very purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.