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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

He was 6 foot 3 and it is the Hodgepodge


Did you know George was 6 foot 3?

 The above photo was taken on a past trip to Mount Rushmore National Park.


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

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.


 1. What do you find is the most boring part of your life at the moment? 

Nothing boring going on here in my neck of the woods. We are bracing for a HUGE snowstorm and have spring on the mind all at the same time. Seed starting will soon begin and we are getting ready for that. And during any other free time I am working on a T-shirt quilt.

2. February 22nd is George Washington's birthday. You'll find his face on the US $1 bill. What's the last thing you bought for roughly $1.00? (.94 €/ .83 £) 

A current US postage stamp.  

George, Tom, Teddy and Abe keeping watch.

3. Is it ever okay to tell a 'little white lie'? Explain. 

 While working with Daybreak, Daybreak is a daytime social program for adults living with early-stage dementia. We did have to tell  a "little white lie" every once in awhile while in conversation with those who had early - stage dementia. Yes, I feel sometimes it is alright to tell a "little white lie".

4. What's the last thing you 'chopped'? Cherry pie, chocolate covered cherries, a bowl of cherries, cherry vanilla ice cream, maraschino cherries, a cherry lifesaver...your favorite cherry flavored something? 

A fresh cherry turnover from the Bloomer Bakery. YUM!

5. Describe yourself with three words using your first, middle, and last initials.  

C ~ caring

J ~ joyful

T ~ thoughtful 

 6. Insert your own random thought here. 

 He’s the Face of the Nation in More Ways Than One
Only Washington and Abraham Lincoln are featured on both a U.S. coin and bill currently in circulation. While a likeness of Lincoln adorns the penny and five-dollar bill, Washington is honored with the quarter and the $1 bill. Washington was also featured on the country’s first postage stamps. He has appeared on more issues than all the other presidents combined have.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

How to Use Newspaper to Make a Pot


I have early Spring Fever! The above photo is from 2020 when I forced some Spring bulbs. Today we are bracing for a BIG snow storm. The weather people are saying we could receive HUGE amounts of snow. I will keep you updated. In the mean time I will share the February article I wrote for the Cameron Chronicle, "The Little Paper With Personality."


How to Use Newspaper to Make a Pot

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

Making pots out of newspaper is an affordable way to get a jump start on your seed starting.

Save money and recycle your old newspaper by making newspaper pots.

Gather Supplies

Stack of newspaper.

Pair of scissors.

A 6 ounce can (the kind that tomato paste usually come in).

Cut the Newspaper

Grab two sheets of newspaper so you have a foursheet stack. Cut the newspaper into thirds, lengthwise, giving you three long strips.

Roll your Newspaper

On the end closest to you, lay the can on its side across the strip of newspaper. Leave about 1 inch hanging off the end of the can. Roll the can along the newspaper until its loosely wrapped all the way around. Fold the edges of the newspaper down over the can, and work your way around in a circle until the edges are folded firmly. They don’t have to be perfect, you can just smash the paper down with your fingers. It is fine if there is a small hole where the fold meets in the middle – that provides extra drainage.

Flip the can over so the folded edges are now on the bottom. Press the can down on the folds to really crease the edges against the bottom of the can.

Slide the can out and you have got a thrifty seedling pot!

Do not worry if it seems like the pot is flimsy or unraveling, especially at the bottom. Once filled with seed starting mix and moistened, the pot is surprising sturdy and holds it’s shape well.

The benefit of making recycled newspaper seed starters is that you can transplant your seedlings right into the garden, paper pot and all, and the newspaper will decompose naturally in the soil.

Have fun making your newspaper pots. Until next time happy gardening!


Monday, February 13, 2023

Happy Valentine's Day Week


My mom made me this Valentine several years ago, it is one of my favorite Valentine's. 

Hello Friends,

Happy Valentine's Day to You!

I was gifted my grandma's autographs book. I absolutely love it. 

Today I will share some of the quotes in it from her friends. They may just be what you need to create your Valentine this year. 

The quotes are from my Grandma Vida's Autograph book ~ 1945 - 1946  


Yours till table legs wear sox 

Roses are red, Violets are blue, but none of the flowers are sweeter then you

When you grow up and have twin's don't come over to my house for safety pins

Girls like tulips in the park, but boys like two lips in the dark

The higher the mountain the cooler the breeze, the younger the couple the tighter the squeeze

Have a great week friends.




Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Love is in the air and it is the Hodgepodge!


Love is in the Air! An old photo of me and a Mr. Snowman. 

Hello Friends,

It is time for the Hodgepodge.

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

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 1. Something you've done recently that might be considered a labor of love? 

I am working on a T-Shirt quilt for our oldest son Sam, who is currently deployed. I am not an expert seamstress nor a quilter. I am enjoying the project, even if I am slow at it.

And as you can see I have a helper while I work.  

 2. What's one thing you love about being the age you are now?

 The knowledge and lessons I have learned. I look back and say, "Gee, I wish I would have known that back when I was 25."

 3. What do you value more: careful planning or the freedom to be spontaneous? Elaborate.

I am a born planner. I can juggle plans around, I am not a hard core planner. If plans have to change, alright, but I am a planner. 

 4. A home cooked meal or a fancy restaurant? Home cooked meal pink or red? Pink watch the sunrise or watch the sunset? Sunset wine and cheese or champagne and chocolate? Chocolate

 5. What's your definition of romance? Are you a 'romantic'? 

 My definition of romance is, taking time in the day or week to notice that someone you love in a thoughtful way that is not expected.

I think I am 60% romantic. Ha Ha!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

 My mom gifted me, she also gets credit for crocheting this little friend to help me with my above 'labor of love' T-shirt quilt project.



Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Hello February and it is the Hodgepodge!


Do you spy a heart?

Hello Friends,

The above suet cake started out as square. The birds ate the suet cake into a shape of a heart.

Happy February to you all and now lets get started with the Hodgepodge.

Joyce asks the questions.

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We answer the questions.

 1. Tell us anything you want about your January. 

 We have enjoyed getting out in the snow. We have explored the winter wonderland we are having this season by skiing and snowshoeing.


2. Lake Superior State University posts a list each year of words they think should be banished from the Queen's English for misuse, overuse, and/or general uselessness. The 2023 list includes GOAT, inflection point, quiet quitting, gaslighting, moving forward, amazing, Does that make sense?, irregardless, absolutely, and it is what it is.

Which of these words/phrases do you use regularly? Amazing, I often describe things I find beautiful as amazing.  Which of these words would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? GOAT, I think this is a weird way to describe a person.  Is there a word/phrase not on the list you'd like to add? Fact Checker

 3. February 2nd is Groundhog Day. What's something that feels repeated in your life right now?


Shoveling snow, we are in a true snow globe. This has been the best snow season of our 25 years of living in Barron County, Wisconsin.

4. What's a food you love that's named after a place?

French Beans

5. What's the best season of the year to visit your city or your part of the country? Tell us why.   


 Wisconsin likes to show off in Autumn.



 6. Insert your own random thought here. 



  I have to be fair to my great state of Wisconsin. Come visit anytime, you will find beauty! And the best cheese in America.