About The River

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.

Click here to join the fun! 

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.




  1. I love the suet feeder. How timely : ) I have never been to Wisconsin (but have eaten my share of your cheese lol). Maybe one of these days! Stay warm...looks like you make the most of your beautiful snowfalls.

  2. Love those autumn pics. I love watching the way everything changes at that time of year.

  3. Good grief, it is a perfect heart! I thought you had bought it that way for Valentine's Day!! Your greenhouse in the snow and twilight looks so beautiful, like a treasure in the snow. I dislike the word GOAT as well. The first time I ever heard was when Serena Williams was playing her final match. I was stunned that they were calling her a goat!

  4. Great answers as usual.
    January has been unusually mild with very little snow up until the end.

    I love the heart tribute the birds made of the suet offering.

    I use amazing and absolutely a lot. I see absolutely nothing wrong with using those words.
    I would like the word woke removed.

    Food I like name after a place would be hamburger.

    You are a great ambassador for the state of Wisconsin.
    Have a great day.

  5. I had no idea GOAT was used to describe a person. That seems stupid.

    I'd love to visit Wisconsin sometime, but I bet here in the Netherlands (though not in my part of the country) you can get better cheese.

  6. You can have all the snow!! Beautiful from my cellphone perspective, but I don't wanna be out in it. How 'bout Boston Baked Beans?!!

  7. Oh my, isn't that something that the birds ate the suet cake in the shape of a heart? That is awesome! Your little green house looks magical with the lights. You are getting so much snow, and I'm glad to hear you are enjoying all of it. The shoveling can be bothersome at times, cause it's so cold out, but I guess that comes with the season.

    Blessings to you in February, Carla.


  8. Loved reading your answers. Loved the snow with the Christmas lights inside too! The word I would like to get rid of is WOKE. Michigan is love in all seasons. Our motto is Water Winter Wonderland. Janice

  9. That heart is perfect for the beginning of Feb. smart little birds! I'm am certainly enjoying all of the snow pictures. We have some ice right now, but oh how I would love to have snow. Love you greenhouse!! I know your plants do as well. Stay warm....

  10. I'm not sure if my comments are going through to you. I hope so. I did send a comment, but just in case it didn't go through, I want you to know that I love all your snow pictures as well as your adorable greenhouse.....Stay warm up there in Wisconsin.

  11. Love all your answers Carla especially the one about the word Goat. I so agree. I use amazing too to describe things of beauty or wonderful things in general. Have a good rest of the week sweet friend. xoxo Kris

  12. Well, I guess I'd have to get rid of my "It is what it is" sign in my kitchen. 😉 Looks like the birds are helping you decorate for Valentine's Day!! xo

  13. That is so sweet about the heart shape. I know my Amber is tired of shoveling snow. This has been the biggest year so far since they moved to Great Falls. French Beans is a great choice. Love all the photos you shared. Fall looks so beautiful.

  14. Hi Carla, Thanks for your visit and comment. What fun that the birds ate away at the suet to make a heart shape. A shoveling winter gets hard, sounds like you are embracing all you can get out of it , though. Love the lights in the greenhouse. Lots of lovely shots in your post this week. Fact Checker...why didn't I think of that. Hope the rest of the week goes well in your snow globe!

  15. Beautiful photos! You guys sure have had lots of snow! We didn't have much until recently, which is a good thing for protecting the plants from the cold snap. Beautiful photos! Stay warm!

  16. You live in a beautiful part of the country and I love the photos showing the different seasons. I would love to be there in Autumn!

  17. I might have to argue with you about the most beautiful state {smiles} I love that heart shape the birds carved out for you! So amazing! And while I love snow, I am beginning to dream of spring! Just want a few more rounds of cross-country skiing before, though! You and I both love doing that, wish we lived closer together! Blessings to you dear friend!

  18. I love your greenhouse all lit up in the snow! So magical. We still haven't gotten any snow--except a few flurries. It is really cold right now and windy but that's it. The birds made you a valentine! xo I agree with that LIST!

  19. That's fun seeing the birds made a heart, very timely. I can't think of a reason anyone would want to come visit my city. There's really nothing there that's interesting that I think would draw people other than Ohio State Sports, primarily football, so the season to come would be fall. The best thing about my January is that I wasn't home in cold Ohio. Not being a fan of winter, snow, ice, or cold...am quite happy to be elsewhere and ignore winter all together. Repeative...hum that's got me thinking and the only thing that comes to mind is thinking each day what to fix for dinner.

  20. Hello Carla and happy February.
    The birds love suet cakes don' they, and what an amazing shape that is.

    Enjoy your February days.

    All the best Jan

  21. I enjoyed your answers and the phootos you shared

  22. I have visited Wisconsin, it is truly a beautiful state! I find it amazing, (I use this word a lot too) of how the birds made a heart, maybe they are trying to send us all a message.
    Thanks for sharing.

  23. Your birds made a heart! I love that so much!

  24. Oh I would have to agree with all of the words and phrases to retire ... although I have never heard of "quiet quitting" but I can't imagine using it. NOW for my pet peeves when it comes to overused words and phrases: Please can everybody stop with "horrific", "beyond" whatever, and "on so many levels" (that one makes me want to scream), just for starters, haaaha! I cannot believe those birds made a heart out of that suet cake! xoxo


High Fives from Wisconsin!