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Monday, July 26, 2021

Penelope Approved!


We are still plugging away at some home updates. We are working on our boys playroom/school room and making it into a sitting room.  And at the same time we decided to update the dining room. I will have more photos as we complete the project. I wanted to share that our new rug for under our dining room table.. is Penelope approved.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Funny on Wednesday!


Photo taken in Madison, Wisconsin, November 2019.

A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started  arguing about the dog's duties.


"They use them to keep crowds back." said one youngster.

"No." said another. "He's just for good luck."

A little red - headed girl brought the argument to a close. "They use dogs," she said firmly,"to find the fire hydrant."



Have a great rest of the week my friends!

Love, Carla 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Memory Making in July

 Capturing special moments in the season of Summer in the month of July!

A day of fishing with my son. It was just me and Atticus. We packed a picnic and fished at some of our favorite secret spots.


Creating bouquets to celebrate Independence Day!


Enjoying an evening fire.


Grilled homemade pizza.

Dinner for two on our back deck overlooking the garden.


Watching one of our young friends play baseball. 

And his team won the championship!


A few of my favorite's about summer..

evening walks, lighting bugs, summer bug song at night, shooting starts, s'mores, baseball, flowers, fresh veggies from the garden, ice cream, suntanned smiles and more flowers. 


Love, Carla

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Freedom Rings and it is the Hodgepodge!


Hello Friends, it is Wednesday and that means it is time for the Hodgepodge!

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

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From this Side of the Pond 

1. Tell us about one small blessing you have counted in the past week?

 Safe travel for family and friends during the holiday week.

 2. Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th...have you ever been to France? Any desire to visit or re-visit, and if so what site or city would you most want to see? (pretend for a minute international travel isn't an issue) 

I have not been to France.

Yes, I would like to visit. I would enjoy visiting rural areas of France. I enjoy learning about agriculture in other areas. I would enjoy seeing French farms.

3. A food associated with France that you love? 

A classic French baguette.
4. Something you recently purchased where a coupon was involved? Do you regularly shop with coupons? 
One of our favorite markets, Woodman's, has coupons placed next to products. We recently purchased some frozen onion rings and a coupon was included. 
I do not cut coupons, but I will use them if available at the store. 
5. You have to give something away this week...what will it be? 
A flower bouquet.

 6. Insert your own random thought here.

One of my favorite historical fiction works about the French Revolution is  ~ A Tale of Two Cities ~ author Charles Dickens ~  I read it aloud to my boys. It is one of our favorites. 

I highly recommend it to celebrate Bastille Day and how important freedom is!


Monday, July 12, 2021

Rescue Mission


See that little robin. Well, he is the main character of this story. Do you see the net like stuff that his mom made that nest out of? Well, that is the cause of the rescue mission.


This is the second year that a robin family nested on top of our birdhouse. This year the robin got some kind of netting in the makings of the nest. Three of the four babies did fine leaving the nest. One remained over night, which I thought was odd. In the morning I looked closer at the little guy. He had some of the netting stuck around his leg, making it impossible to leave the nest. 

 And so a rescue mission was put into action. My husband carefully caught the little robin, I had scissors in hand and we carefully snipped the netting off the leg of the little robin.

All the time the little robin was squawking.  The parents dive bombing and squawking.

Ah, there  is a happy ending. The little fella was so happy to have the netting off his leg. He was no longer held down, he could fly and fly away he did.

 The End

Friday, July 2, 2021

My Little Whiskey Barrel!

 Hello Friends,

I have my little whiskey barrel all set up again this season.

I had a great experience at the pet store when I purchased my 10 new little pond fish for .18 cents each.

The young man that helped me was fantastic. He was so kind and fun. He asked me what I wanted my fish for. I shared with him all about my little whisky barrel. He smiled and said "well, I will pick out some pretty fish for you, because usually these feeder fish are dinner for turtles or piranha!"

My happy little fish. 


The Welcome To My Garden sign was passed down to me from Marv.

I purchased two Florida water plants to go into the little whisky barrel too. The fish love hiding in the plants. This simple way of adding a little water feature to my garden, well, it makes me smile.


No turtles or piranhas allowed.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Strawberry Waffle Cone Ice Cream


We enjoyed a Father's Day outing at my sister and brother in law's home. My sister's husband cooked up some delicious smoked ribs. We enjoyed cheesy potatoes, salads and I was asked to bring dessert.

My husband and I recently enjoyed Cedar Crest ~ Blueberry Waffle Cone Ice Cream.

More about Cedar Crest Ice Cream 

I thought I would try to make Strawberry Waffle Cone Ice Cream.

I used the following recipe to make my Strawberry Ice Cream.

Strawberry Ice Cream

2 ½ cups sugar

1 cup of whole milk

4 egg yolks

2 cups of pureed strawberries

1 cup of  ½ & ½

1 cup of heavy cream

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

In a medium sauce pan, whisk together sugar, milk and egg yolks.  Place pan over medium high heat and whisk until mixture reaches a simmer. Lower heat to medium and whisk mixture for 5 minutes or until it begins to thicken. Strain into a large bowl, then whisk in strawberries, ½&½, heavy cream and vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled. About 2 hours ( I let mine sit overnight). 

Pour mixture into ice cream maker; process according to manufacturer instructions.

After the ice cream making process, I folded in the chunks of waffle cone.


 I am happy to report my Strawberry Waffle Cone Ice Cream was a big hit!


Friday, June 25, 2021

Paddle along with AWeber!


Enjoying a warm June afternoon fishing!
Hello Friends, 

A little housekeeping here at The River. I have a new subscribe to the blog service, powered by AWeber. You will see Paddle Along! on the sidebar. If you already subscribe to The River, you should just roll into AWeber when Feedburner is discontinued. Check your Spam folders if you do not see my post information come into your inbox next week.

Please let me know if you have any issues. I will try to help. I will admit this technical stuff is not my favorite. I would rather be.. playing with flowers.



Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Happy Strawberry Moon and it is the Hodgepodge!


Infused Strawberry Mint Water

 It is Strawberry season in Wisconsin.. Yum! And it is Wednesday, that means it is time for the Hodgepodge. Joyce asks the questions. We answer the questions. 

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From this Side of the Pond

 1. What's something that reminds you of your grandmother? Tell us why. 

A candy jar. My grandma had a candy jar on her counter in the entry of her home. We always enjoyed a piece when we came in the door and took a few for the bike ride home. 

Instant coffee is another reminder. My grandma had a cup of instant coffee in the afternoons. I usually visited during the afternoons. I was blessed to have lived just a few miles down a country road from my grandma and grandpa. 

2. Is your life currently more 'moonlight and roses' or a little more 'every rose has it's thorn'? Elaborate.

My life is currently 'moonlight and roses' .. summer is in full swing in Wisconsin. We have enjoyed lovely evening walks, we already saw lighting bugs dancing in the farm fields, we are starting to enjoy fresh vegetables from the garden and we got to see our boys over the weekend.

3. June 23rd is National Pink Day...favorite thing you own in any shade of pink? My blog friend, Jenny the Pirate shared, Vaseline Lip Therapy ~ Rosy Lips , I recently started using it. It has become a favorite.  Favorite thing found in nature in any shade of pink? Wild roses  Your favorite pink food or beverage? Grapefruit  Your favorite shade of pink? Pink is my second favorite color.. I enjoy all the shades.

 4. Last thing that had you 'tickled pink'? 

We enjoyed a family gathering to celebrate Father's Day on Sunday. It 'tickled me pink' to see my family and my boys. 

 5. What are two or three words that describe your style. 

I asked my husband.. he answered.. homey, nature and simple.

 6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I will share a few of my favorite pink photos.



Monday, June 21, 2021

An article in the Newspaper!

 August of 2018 our local newspaper did a story about  The Little Garden That Could.  We were hosting our first garden tour and Rice Lake Chronotype journalist, Ruth, came for the tour as well and did an interview with me.

Click below for the post I shared regarding our first garden tour.

Hosting our first garden tour.

 This early spring I received a message from Ruth that said the following..

"Hi Carla, I will be doing a story on Laurie Broome of Cumberland who read the cut flowers book you recommended in your story and plans to start a cut flower business. You inspired her, isn't that cool?"

Below I share some of the recent interview with Laurie.

"To further help her dreams to bloom, Broome read about The Little Garden That Could, a cut flower business by Carla TePaske of Cameron, who in August 22,2018, Chronotype story recommended the book "Cut Flower Garden" by Erin Benzakein of Floret Farms."


How exciting.. to have inspired someone to keep pressing on to achieve a dream. You just never know what kind of impact you will give another person. My interview for the newspaper was printed in 2018. Laurie read it, worked hard, created her own flower business and had her own interview with the paper, which will inspire another.


And know that, yes, what you do matters. Hang in there. Keep going. Keep shining your light. Let us stand united in hope, in beauty and in joy.

Anne B

My Giant Strawberry  


Monday, June 14, 2021

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. 

 ♥ sun-tea

 ♥  pink and purple sunsets

 ♥ the first fresh salad from the garden.. lettuce, spinach and radish

♥ flowers

 ♥ early morning bird song



"Just living is not enough." said the butterfly "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."

Hans Christian Anderson


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Hometown Parade


The Little Garden That Could was in a parade last Sunday.

My husband and I made the flowers, bunting and signage to decorate our wagon.

The flowers are made from paper.

I made the bunting with scraps of fabric.

My husband did the the lettering on our sign.

 We filled zip lock snack bags with candy and a business card.


The theme for our festival in our village was "Happy Day's" ~ our float was all about happy!

 Me and our little float, standing in front of the Flower Shack.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Let's discuss the weather!


Let's discuss the weather.

May 29th and May 30th,  I was scrambling to cover plants from a kill frost!

It may not look pretty, but it worked! I used boxes, tarps, blankets and sheets to save my tender annuals. 

 June 4th and June 5th brought 100 degree days!


We will have a short peony season.


HOT.. Northern Wisconsin plants.

 The irises are all popping out to bloom during this June heat wave.

Our week is full of days in the 90's and lows in the 70's. When I walk outside I do not feel like I am walking into a day in the month of June.


How is the weather in your neck of the woods?


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Hello Friends,


Hello Friends,

With a sadness in my heart, I have to share with you that Marv has passed away. 

In the morning hours of May 30th, Marv went to sleep and did not wake up.

His ashes will be scattered with his wife in a garden that they both loved.

I will share more about our memories of Marv in a future post. 

Today, I ask for prayer, for family and friends.

Marv was a Korean War veteran. He was a true hero. To have him pass during the Memorial Weekend has its own special place for me and my  family.





Wednesday, May 26, 2021

It is the last week of May and it is the Hodgepodge!


Hello Friends, it is Wednesday! That means is it time for the Hodgepodge.

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

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From this Side of the Pond

 1. We're approaching Memorial Day Weekend in the US of A...will you mark this in some way? If so tell us how. According to a list found here some things you might do in honor of Memorial Day would be-shop in a Veteran owned business, learn to play a patriotic song, watch the Memorial Day concert, take a virtual tour of the White House, write a letter to a soldier or a soldier's family, fly a flag, attend a Memorial Day parade, donate flowers for a soldier's grave, put together a care package for a soldier, and take a moment of silence at 3 PM (the National Moment of Remembrance)....of the ideas mentioned are there any you will try? 

We will attend the Rice Lake Memorial Day Ceremony. We will have our flag flying proudly, as we say THANK YOU, to our military.


Our Sam... Thank you Sam!!


 2. What's something recently that made you 'come to attention'? 

A young man on a bicycle zipped right in front of me while I was driving our car. Thank goodness, I was just accelerating.

 3. In what area of your life do you need to 'soldier on'? 

Not to let current events worry me.

 4. As a long weekend approaches and summer draws near, what's a favorite food from your childhood you think about adding to the menu? 

Watermelon.. the watermelon I grew up with, had seeds. I loved to spit the seeds out during a picnic. And maybe have a seed spitting fight with my sister. 

 5. Your favorite patriotic movie? 

The Longest Day

 6. Insert your own random thought here. 

~ May 31st is our Anniversary ~

This photo is from one of our many anniversary adventures. Shortly after taking this photo, I happen to have one leg fall into a deep hole created by some animal. Thank goodness I did not break my leg... and all the while, me falling one leg in a hole, my husband laughing and me laughing as he pulls me out of the hole.. it is a blessing to spend my days with my best friend.

My Love!