About The River

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Deployment Send Off



Hello Friends, 

This weekend we will be attending the deployment send off for our son and the rest of the deploying soldiers.


 Our prayers for our troops.

157th MEB & 357th Signal Co 


The send off is to provide a time for state, brigade and battalion senior leadership the opportunity to recognize and thank the Soldiers and their Families for their service and dedication to the state of Wisconsin and country as they embark on the federal overseas mission.




Tuesday, September 27, 2022

September Article for the Cameron Chronicle


Hello Friends, today I will be sharing the September article I wrote for our village newspaper, Cameron Chronicle " The Little Paper With Personality."






Seed Saving from the Garden

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

Late summer is here. We can see the change in the daylight hours, cooler evenings and the hint of autumn color. Now is the time to start to collect seed pods. If you have never done this before, start with something easy like poppy, marigold or zinnia. Collect the seed once the flower has began to fade at the close of the season. Squash, pumpkin, pepper and tomatoes are also easy to save seed from. Be sure to dry the seed or seed head, once dry, split the seed head and harvest the seeds. Envelopes work well to store your seeds. Be sure to remember to label your envelope.

Do not forget to write in your garden journal. What worked well this season? What went totally wrong? Write down ideas you have seen and want to create in your garden next season. Did you taste any vegetables or herbs that you want to grow next garden season, write down the varieties, trust me, one forgets when April rolls around. This way when spring comes you will be all set to get into a new season of gardening.

Do not forget to order your spring flowering bulbs.



Monday, September 19, 2022

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

♥ hummingbirds dancing in the September garden

♥ peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers

 ♥ warm September sunshine

 ♥ the touch of  autumn color in the trees

 ♥ sitting next to the campfire with a hot chocolate


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




Friday, September 9, 2022

Something to Chew On!


Hello Friends,

Something that I recently read I wanted to share with you.

Most of life is learning and growing, falling and getting back up, forgiving and forgetting, accepting and going on.

There are no hopeless situations, only people have grown hopeless about them. What appears as an unsolvable problem to us is actually a rather exhilarating challenge. 

People who inspire others are those who see invisible bridges at the end of the dead - end streets.




Wednesday, September 7, 2022

It is all in the Hops and it is the Hodgepodge!


Over the Labor Day weekend we visited my sister and brother in law. They recently purchased land. This is one of the mighty pine trees that is on the property.

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. Tell us a little bit about the best birthday you've ever had. 

12/12/2012 that was one of my best birthdays. My friend Lori came up with such a unique way to celebrate the special day. It also happened to snow early in Northwest Wisconsin. My special day was a day of cross country skiing with my family.

 2.  In what way(s) have you changed in the last five years?

I am an empty nester. A mom to adult boys. A military mom. 

I continue to learn and grow, fall and get back up.

 3. What's your favorite thing about the street on which you live? 


 I happen to love our Flower Shack. 

Fresh Cut Flowers on Arlington.

Our neighbors are friendly and they encourage me by saying how much they enjoy seeing our flowers.

4. The Hodgepodge lands on National Beer Day...are you a beer drinker? What's a recipe you make that lists beer as one of the ingredients? If not beer, how about yeast?

The photo above and below show our hops. I use hops in my bouquets. 

My husband started to make his own brew last year. This season he is going to try using our homegrown hops for his micro brew. In is study of beer making he has learned the flavors come from the ground up. I am excited to try this brew from our own little garden.


 5. As I grow older I would like to be a woman (or man, if there are any men in the HP today) who __________________________.

 continues to grow. I want to continue to grow as a parent to adult children. 

To have grit when things do not work out they way I thought they would.

To have patience to weather the storms of life.

 6. Insert your own random thought here. 


That is what is for dinner.  

We have enjoyed another great tomato season.