About The River

Friday, June 24, 2022

On the Road Friday ~ A Canoe Trip for Two


Hello Friends,

Thank you for joining me today for an,  On the Road Friday. My sister and husband won a trip for two through the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area. They are in a middle of a house build and would not be able to use the prize. My sister gave it to us and we enjoyed a lovely 14 mile canoe down the Red Cedar River during the morning of June 5th.


We enjoyed a shore lunch.

Beautiful scenery, bird song and Wisconsin green.

We saw a doe with triplets, this was the first time in my life that I saw a doe with triplets. Mama deer was a good mom to those three little ones. As we canoed passed she had them hide.

We saw eagles, herons, swallows, kingfisher and orioles. 

 The Mole never heard a word he was saying. Absorbed in the new life he was entering upon, intoxicated with the sparkle, the ripple, the scents and the sounds and the sunlight, he trailed a paw in the water and dreamed long waking dreams. Mole said " You must think me very rude; but all this is so new to me. So -this - is - a River!" "The River, " corrected the Rat. "And you really live by the river? What a jolly life!" "By it and with it and on it and in it," said the Rat.

The Wind in the Willows
By Kenneth Grahame
We explored the confluence of the Red Cedar River and the Chippewa River.
the junction of two rivers, especially rivers of approximately equal width.

 We enjoyed our Canoe Trip for Two.
Thank you for coming along with me today, On the Road Friday!

Friday, June 17, 2022

On the Road Friday ~ Patriotic Rice Lake ~ Freedom Walk


Hello Friends,

Welcome to On the Road Friday. Today we are going to take a trip to a small city that is just about 5 miles from my little village of Cameron. 

The Main Street Association of Rice Lake, Wisconsin will be helping to recognize our service members on Veterans Lakeshore Drive with Honorary banners.

Patriotic ~ Rice Lake ~ Freedom Walk

Banners will be displayed from:

Memorial Day to Patriots Day.

Banners will then be removed, cleaned and presented to the service member or their family/friends on Veterans' Day 2022.

Each year we will feature new service members.

My husband and I attended the Memorial Day service in Rice Lake. After the service we walked along the Freedom Walk. We took time to look up at each banner. We read each story that was provided in the brochure and we said "Thank You!"

 A few quotes from the brochure..

"The true solider fights not because he hates what's in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."

G.K. Chesterton

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13 

 God fearing patriot and soldier for life! "If we knew the end from the beginning, we would not question the direction in which God takes our lives."

At the start of the walk a banner reads the following..

To all Current Military and Veterans:

We honor you and your families for your service. You are loved and never alone or forgotten. We were there for each other as brothers then and we are there for each other as brothers now.

Anonymous Veteran

Thank you for coming along with me on the Patriotic Rice Lake ~ Freedom Walk.


Monday, June 13, 2022

Girls Who Build


I recently listened to a podcast, The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe. Mike Rowe interviews Katie Hughes who is the founder of Girls Build. It was a great podcast. Katie is a unique young women, who lost her father very early in her life, in fact when she was just a tiny heartbeat in her mom's womb.

Katie has an amazing story. She founded Girls Build. I recently read her book.

It is worth checking out. I enjoyed reading the interviews in the book with the girls that have participated in Girls Build. 

Here are a few of the quotes from the girls.. the quotes make me smile.. I think they will make you smile too.

"I build because I like the feeling of accomplishing something. It makes me feel proud when I can say, 'I made that.'"

"Be okay with messing up.. The worst mistake you can make is giving up." 

"Sometimes (building) can be hard and frustrating, but in the end you get to make something you can be really proud of."

"If you want to learn something new, saying you can't do it is not going to get you anywhere."

And one more that made me chuckle.

  Who do you look up to?

I look up to my mom because she is very independent and strong and also has a plan for anything that goes wrong.


Wednesday, June 8, 2022

It is too cold to go Swimming, but it is time for the Hodgepodge!


My son is swimming in cranberries during the 2021 Cranberry Harvest.


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

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

Click here to join the fun! 


 1. "A daughter's a daughter all her life, but a son's a son til he takes a wife." What say you? Elaborate.

I find this to be true. And as it should be.

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." Genesis 2:24.

 2. Something you've seen recently that was 'cuter than a June bug'? 

We recently went on a 14 mile canoe trip. Along the way we saw a doe with triplets. The fawns were so cute and obeyed mother as they crouched down to blend in with the background.

 3. 'You can't buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream and that's pretty much the same thing.' Agree or disagree? Last time you had a serving of happiness ice cream?  Dish-cone-milkshake-sundae...which one do you choose? 

Yum, ice cream! We enjoyed an ice cream cone after an afternoon of fishing with our youngest. All three of us enjoyed a waffle cone with our favorite ice cream flavor.

 4. What is one way/area in which you're currently 'swimming against the tide'? 

I am starting a new project, one that I wanted to do long ago. I am feeling a wee bit overwhelmed, perhaps drowning. Thankfully I had a friend come over last week and start to give me some direction on how to get started.

 5. Three things you're looking forward to this summer?

 ♥ my garden

 ♥ time with my family

 ♥ fun in the sun

 6. Insert your own random thought here. 

 The children worked long and hard on their little cardboard shack. It was to be a special spot - a clubhouse, where they could meet together, play, and have fun. Since a clubhouse has to have rules, they came up with three:

Nobody act big.

Nobody act small.

Everybody act medium.

Charles R. Swindoll

Friday, June 3, 2022

My article for the June Issue of the Cameron Chronicle.


Hello Friends,

I am making a rhubarb ginger coffee cake today. I will share the recipe with you if it receives high remarks from my guests. 

I also have been busy planting the garden. We had some strange weather to endure, but plants are getting in the ground, in containers and starting to grow.

With that, I would like to share my June article for the June Issue  of the Cameron Chronicle .. "The Little Paper With Personality."




A Few Gardening Jobs for the Month of June

By Carla TePaske of Cameron WI ~ The Little Garden That Could

Once Spring Bulbs are over, rather than cutting down the foliage, leave to die and break down naturally. Doing this and adding liquid fertilizer around the clumps will encourage strong growth next spring.

It is still a good idea to dead head any faded flowers to prevent plants wasting energy creating seed heads.

* Continue to hoe soil to keep down weeds.

* Support your tall growing perennials.

* Start a water and feed schedule for your plants in containers.

And do not forget you can make your own fertilizer.

Did you know you can feed your plants with your own plants!

Using your own garden weeds and grass, you can make homemade fertilizer tea.

Making Fertilizer Tea

  1. Next time you are weeding the garden, throw chopped weeds into a bucket or trash can, chopping them up as you go.

  2. When the container is about half full, fill it with water. Rainwater is the best (also free!).

  3. Screen the top to keep mosquitoes out. You can use a piece of screening or row cover.

  4. Stir daily for 3 days to 2 weeks. Or, pour it from one bucket into another to mix things up and keep it aerated. 

  5. Strain off the liquid to use as a fertilizer or foliar spray. After you strain off the liquid, return the solids to your compost pile. It can be diluted or used full strength on established plants. Since plant leaves tend to absorb more nutrients more quickly than roots, foliar feeding is an efficient way to fertilize versus a soil drench.

A weed is but an unloved flower.” Ella Wilcox