About The River

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

It is the Hodgepodge and The Tale of Two Brothers


Samuel and Atticus 2019 on the frozen shores of Lake Superior

Hello Friends,

It is Wednesday and it is time for the Hodgepodge. 

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

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 1. May 24th is National Brother's Day. Do you have a brother? No Older or younger? Did you raise brothers? Yes Tell us something about your brother or tell us something about your own children who are brothers.

We are blessed that our two boys are also best friends. I grew up with all girls. Everyone in my extended family had girls. When my husband and I had children, we broke the cycle on my side of the family, as the first to have boys. 

2. A great book you've read or movie you enjoy that features brothers? 

Across Five Aprils 

Author Irene Hunt

 3. Something you think is overrated? Being on every social media account under the sun. Something you think is underrated? Making 'real' time to spend with family and friends.


 4. How much does your past shape you? I think my past has helped me grow to become a better person. I am always wanting to learn and improve to be the best person/citizen/wife/mother/friend/daughter/sister I can. What parts have shaped you the most? When the going gets tough, moving up the mountain and learning from the struggle.

 5. What's your favorite simple pleasure? 

Sitting in my garden watching the sunlight dance on the flowers, plants and trees.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

We purchased a character- building book when our boys were little. It was a favorite for us to read aloud. The art work is lovely as well. I highly recommend it.  

God's Wisdom for Little Boys ~ Character - Building Fun from Proverbs

Jim & Elizabeth George

Paintings by Judy Luenebrink




Monday, May 15, 2023

Tips for When You Take a Trip to the Garden Center


Hello Friends,

Today I am sharing the article I wrote for our village newspaper, Cameron Chronicle..."The Little Paper with Personality."


Tips for When You Take a Trip to the Garden Center

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

Spring has sprung and we are ready to visit the Garden Center. Plants and seedlings can get expensive, the last thing you need is for your plants to die shortly after bringing them home from the Garden Center. Here are a few tips to help you pick out healthy plants.

1. What is your impression with the Garden Center. Overall, are the staff caring for the plants. Is the nursery clean? Do they take care in how they display the plants, hanging baskets and seedlings?

2. Inspect the leaves. Look under the leaves for eggs. Inspect curled leaves, indicating possible contamination. Look for pest damage on the leaves.

3. Check the potting soil, is it a well drained potting soil. Is the plant watered adequately? Check for fungus growing on the top layer of the potting soil.

4. Check the roots of the plant. Are they looking strong and healthy.

5. Do not purchase plants in full bloom. Look for plants with many flowering buds still to open.

6. Ask questions. Ask, ask ask.

Until next time happy gardening!

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

It is a Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Hodgepodge


Little me and my mom.

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

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

Here we go!

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 1. Did you watch the coronation of King Charles III? Share some of your thoughts about that, or about the royal family in general.

 I did watch some highlights. I do love the tradition. I enjoyed watching the anthem, God Save The King.

2. What are you the uncrowned queen of? 

 My pie crust.

 3. In a box of chocolates which one do you usually go for?

 I will be the first to snatch any of the caramel.

 4. Something learned at your mother's knee? 

 Preserving foods. Cooking up jams, jelly, freezing corn, processing green beans and carrots.  I do the same for my family today. 

 5. 'Like mother, like daughter'...in what way is this saying true for you? 

 My mom was welcoming during my growing up years and still is today. She has the hospitality gene and she gave it to me.  

 6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Shower the people you love with love ♥ Show them the way that you feel...

James Taylor 

Monday, May 1, 2023

High Water


Hello Friends and Happy May

Our snow has melted and with the melt comes the beauty of the roaring rapids at Slough Gundy of the South Fork of the Flambeau River, Wisconsin.



My husband is taking a video of the rush and roar of the water.


I cannot get enough of wandering..

textures..  fragrances.. sounds.. shadows.. movement.. light.