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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What is Up Doc

What is Up Doc?

Last week was a whirl wind. I was preparing for the Cameron Street Sale and for my parents to come stay with us for the weekend.
On Friday morning I was feeling very good about my To Do List.
Making my check marks .

Then all of a sudden Friday morning a freak thunderstorm came rolling in. A lighting strike hit straight down in our back yard!

 The lighting hit our bird feeder, followed the internet cable, blew the internet cable, continued into the house, blowing the T.V. cable, router, our boys alarm clock and the Christmas lights they have in their room.
Talk about crazy, freaky and just plain spooky!!
Thankfully we are all fine. Our home is fine. We have to have a new cable put in this week. Our internet company will take care of that. Of course a new T.V. , router , and so on.

On to Saturday and The Cameron Street Sale.

 My mom and dad made it to our house fine on Friday. They also had a storm to wait out before leaving. They arrived on Friday night and we had a fun dinner and got ready for Saturday morning.
My mom and dad setting up my mom's craft booth.

 My booth has fresh cut flower's in bunches and jars. 
Gourds, broom corn and decorative corn stalks.

 It was a great day for us. My mom and I both did very well at the Street Sale.
Thank You to all of you for the support during the week. 
And Thank You to my friends who came out on Saturday and supported my mom and I.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Funny on Monday

Yep, this is me!
I took a photo of this funny from my blog buddy Debby's blog post at  Just Breathe.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Street Sale

Hello Friends,
Just a note to let you know, I will be taking a blog break this week.

This year our village is having its 40th Street Sale.
My mom has been making crafts this summer. If you are a regular here at The River, you know my dad had a heart attack in April. My parents are dairy farmers. With the heart attack came many other changes. My parents are no longer milking cows.
Both my dad and mom are enjoying trying new things.
Farm life keeps one very busy. They are enjoying time to do more with the hobbies they have.

My mom has always been a crafty gal. I asked her if she would like to set up together at the Street Sale. I will have my Autumn Decor and some late summer flower bouquets. My mom will have metal art, Christmas crafts and birch crafts.

 This week I will be harvesting and creating.

My Autumn Market at the Farmer Market 2016

 I will be back soon with photos and stories from the sale.

Have a great week!



Friday, September 15, 2017


 Magic happened at the TePaske house during the month of August.
We found two monarch caterpillars and watched an amazing magic show unfold.

My sister gifted our boys a Butterfly Garden from Insect Lore click here to visit Insect Lore
many years ago. We raised monarch butterflies in the past. It had been awhile. Feeling nostalgic for little boys (mine are growing up so fast).
I got the Butterfly Garden out of storage and the hunt for monarch caterpillars started. We found two and the boys were so excited. I just loved this, at age 17 and 15 still fascinated with the magic of butterflies. The following photos will be the magic show.

 The first butterfly and about 20 minutes later the second.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September Hodgepodge

'Tis the Change of Season's

It is Wednesday and it is time for the Hodgepodge.
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the question.

1. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.
the beauty of nature

I think a picture is worth a thousand words.
Sharing the beauty of nature, the the joy of family having fun and all the other happenings we capture in a picture.

the change of season's

family fun

 2. Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway? If so what was your favorite stop? If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list?

I have not driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway. Yes, I would love to do this someday.

 3. How do the changing seasons affect you? As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward? Which season-season transition bothers you most? Why do you suppose that is? 

I am a gardener and my flower business runs on the seasons. The change of season's affects me in how busy I am. In the winter, I will rest and plan for the next planting season. In spring, I prepare and plant my seeds. In summer, I nurture, care and begin to harvest. In autumn, I harvest and put the garden to bed.

Each season I look forward, in my personal life as well as my flower business.

The season-season transition that bothers me the most is Winter to Spring. Winter takes awhile to let go in Wisconsin. I have a terrible time during Mud Season as I call it. I can no longer enjoy winter sports, like cross country skiing because we have mud, snow, slush, oh just a big old mess. 
I get stir crazy!! I want instant Spring!

4. It's your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having? Do you ever lie about your age?

I love taco bar!!

I have never said a lie about my age. 

 5. What's a life lesson you've learned recently?

Our Boston Terrier, Molly, my first dog, is 12 1/2 years old. She is not feeling very well. Recently visiting with Judy at Cranberry Morning  
she and Mr. C gave us some good advice regarding Molly.

The time comes when you have done all you can and have to look at the quality of life your pet is living. My husband and I are thankful to have friends who have walked this path before us and will give honest advice.

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

As we remember September 11th.
Please watch this 12 minute documentary, narrated by Tom Hanks.
BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale  of 9/11 Resilience


Monday, September 11, 2017

In August swallows southward fly,

Summer's waning, fall is nigh.

August went by in a flash for our family. The next thing that happened was the first day of school, garden harvest and crisp autumn air.

I wanted to share a few things that happened in August that I  simply ran out of time to share with you.

August 28th 
We celebrate Tasha Tudor birthday. She is one of my favorite artists. 
I enjoy her books and one of my favorites is Around the Year.

 My dad is doing well. 
August 18th we celebrated his 68th birthday!
He is on the mend and off many of the medications that he started with.
Thank you for your continued prayers for him.
His motto for each day is the same as the day after his surgery.

"Have the Best Day Ever."

The feeling of Autumn started the last week of August.
Cooler temperatures, garden harvest and late summer booms.

During a recent road trip we stopped for gas.
I was walking back to the vehicle from the gas station and noticed this grasshopper sitting on the charge station for the electric cars. He must be charging up for his flight southward.

Thank you for the prayers for our family and Marv during the clean up of Hurricane Harvey. 
We have friends in the path of Hurricane Irma, sending love and prayers to all.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Prayers for Texas

 2012 we visited our family that lives in Texas.
We attended the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The following photos are from the rodeo in 2012.

 If you have followed The River for awhile, you know the story of my garden mentor Marv, who is 89 years old. He lives alone, gardens and travels to Rockport, Texas to his cabin each November.  Marv has been the subject of many posts here at The River, from the little tricks he likes to play on me and my boys at the Community Garden. His recipe for Deer Out and other garden tricks he has shared with me.
At this time, Marv has not been able to connect with his friends and neighbors in Rockport. He has dear friends who live year around in Rockport. Marv comes to stay in his cabin in Wisconsin during the summer months.

As he waits to hear news, we are trying our best to cheer him up.

Our family that lives in Texas are fine. They received rain, lots of rain, but they are doing well.