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Monday, August 28, 2023

Daughtered Off




 The Two Sisters

The May 24th, 2023 Hodgepodge questions had the theme about brothers. I am sharing the link to the post below.

Hodgepodge May 24,2023

The first question asked if you had any brothers. I went on to share that no I did not and that I came from a family of girls. 

 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. 

My blog friend Dewena shared with me the following comment..

 I didn't have a brother either, Carla, I had 3 younger sisters and out of a dozen cousins on my father's side only 2 were boys. And since neither of them had sons, my father's family name "daughtered off." Have you ever heard of that old term? Maybe it was known as that only in the South. 


I answered Dewena that this has happened to our family. My father's family name has been "daughtered off." I did not know this old term, and maybe it is only known in the South. 

I have a few questions for my dear friends out there.. here we go.

1. Have you heard of that old term "daughtered off"?

2. Has this happened to your father's family name?

3. Have you heard of ways to keep your  maiden name

.. the surname that a married woman used from birth, prior to its being legally changed at marriage.

Yes, I do know that you can choose not to change your name. I am thinking of other creative ways to keep your maiden name within the family if you know that it will be daughtered off. 

My one friend shared that she knew of a family who added the family name to the middle name of the first born child. 

My maiden name has been daughtered off and come to think of it, I have never asked my dad how he feels about that. I will have to do just that next time we visit and I will share what he says. 

In the meantime I am excited to hear your thoughts and stories about daughtered off.




Wednesday, August 23, 2023

The Glut


Stuffed Round Zucchini

Hello Friends, today I am going to share my article for the August issue of the Cameron Chronicle, our local village newspaper... the little paper with personality.


The Glut

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

It is that time, harvest time. Many times we can have a glut of a vegetable or herb and wonder, what more can I do with all this garden goodness.

This season I am making herb cubes. I am harvesting mint, lemon balm, lemon verbena and more and making herb cubes. It is easy. Pick and clean your herbs. Place three to five leaves in an ice tray, fill with water, freeze and enjoy. When frozen pop them out and store in quart freezer bags. Make sure to label your bags. Tip: I use silicone ice cube trays and they work great. I am making a few bags of herb cubes of each herb to have on hand in the winter months. You can add your herb cubes to water, tea or a mixed drink.

Tomatoes are easy to freeze. Harvest, wash and toss into a freezer bag. During the winter months bring out your tomatoes and use them in your chili and other soups.

Peppers are just as easy to freeze. I harvest, wash, and dice my green peppers and freeze them. In the winter months use your peppers for omelets, homemade pizza and soup.

Enjoy the season of the glut. I know I am going to be munching on as many cucumbers as I can.

Until next time, happy gardening!

Monday, August 21, 2023

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

 ♥ my husband enjoys growing tomatoes.. he cares for them like they are his children.. hee hee

weighed before enjoyed in a BLT and several tomato salads


♥ the variety of this tomato is Brandywine

♥ spending the last two weekends with our boys

♥ catching up visiting family and friends

♥ summer bugs chirping in the evenings

♥ suntea

♥ blueberry cobbler

♥ sunflowers

♥ sweetcorn eaten on the cob

♥ grilled bbq chicken

♥ evening bike rides

♥ soaking in summer


wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile


Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Kitty, Kitty, Kitty and it is the Hodgepodge!


Meet Penelope

My friend Deb gifted me some shells from the beach walks she took during a visit to Florida. Penelope loved them just as much as me.

It is Wednesday that means it is time for the Hodgepodge.

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

Click here to join the fun! 


 1. August 8th is National Cat Day. Do you own a cat? Are you a 'cat person'? Your favorite 'famous' cat?

We do own a cat. 

A story about our cat Penelope... aka "That Cat" !!!

We purchased a new rug and she made sure it was Penelope approved. The rug set for 24 hours before placing our dining table and chairs on it.


  Yes, I am a cat person. 

My favorite famous cat is, Catbert.

 Catbert is a red fictional cat, and the "evil director of human resources" in the Dilbert comic strip. He was supposed to be a one-time character but resonated with readers so well that Adams brought him back as the HR director.

 2. Cat nap-copycat-scaredy cat-curiosity killed the cat-cat got your tongue-like herding cats...which cat phrase applies to your life in some way currently? Explain. 

Cat nap ... Friday  I had a very busy morning and early afternoon. At 3:00 PM I laid down and enjoyed a fantastic Cat nap.

 3. What's your favorite or most- often-made one pot meal?  

Cowboy Beans

  4. What do you wish you'd placed in a time capsule fifteen years ago? 

A vax for common sense... where has it gone?

5. Your favorite hour of the day? Tell us why.   

I love my mornings in the garden. It is peaceful, me, the birds, plants and bugs.

6. Insert your own random thought here.    


 For today's random I have to share the above photo of the little fellas being held by daddy.

My post about the Welcome Home Ceremony for the 157th can be found by 

Clicking here!

Thank you again for all the love, support and prayers during the 157th's deployment.



Monday, August 7, 2023

Welcome Home Ceremony for the 157th MEB

 Hello Friends, 

Thank you again for all the support, love and prayers during the deployment of the 157th and our son Samuel.

Today I will share some of the photos and highlights of the welcome home for the 157th.


We are waiting for the plane to land! Here we are at the Hangar 406.


Everyone is looking up at the sky. 

Several fun signs.. Outta My Way!!! I get MY Daddy back today!



The plane has landed!



Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin's adjutant general, and other senior Wisconsin National Guard leaders were the first to welcome home the members of the 157th MEB.



The crowd goes wild with cheers as the Soldiers start to descend down the stairs.



Here they come!!!! 


And we find our Soldier!

My sister was able to join us for the welcome home ceremony.


Maj. Gen. Jami Shawley, commanding general at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti had the following comments to make to the 157th as they prepared to transfer their duty on to the 218th MEB, South Carolina National Guard.

"157th, you have my deepest thanks and it's been an honor to serve with you." 

During the 157th MEB's deployment, they supported several missions. They played an integral part in the evacuation of American personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan.

I had to share this sweetness I witnessed..  Daddy holding his two boys as we listen to the remarks from Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp.

"You embark on a journey that takes you away from your family and friends for months to serve your nation, to show the country and the world what it means to be a member of the Wisconsin National Guard."


For me watching my two boys, best of friends, start right off where they left off. Nonstop talking all the way to the vehicle and during the ride home.



Thank you again for all the prayers, love and support for all our military.


Wednesday, August 2, 2023

It is Harvest Month and it is the Hodgepodge!


Hello Friends and Happy August

August is the start of harvest month for us in the garden. Yum, Yum, Yum!

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. Hello August. What's one thing you're looking forward to this month? 

Spending time with our son Sam, who just recently landed on Wisconsin soil from a 9 month deployment with the 157th Wisconsin National Guard in the Horn of Africa.

I will be writing a post soon about the Welcome Home Ceremony.

And a BIG ... THANK YOU ... to all my blog friends for the prayers and support during Sam and the 157th's deployment.

2. What are you doing to beat the heat right now?Wisconsin had a major heat wave last week. My husband and I decided to head to one of the many lovely Northern Wisconsin lakes. We packed a picnic and spent the day kayaking.  If you live in the southern hemisphere are you enjoying cooler temps or counting the days until summer? 

 3. How do you see the world? 

I will share one of the stories Sam shared with us on our ride home from Madison, Wisconsin last Saturday. 

He spent time in Mogadishu, Somalia. What hurt his heart the most was the mangled children. Legs missing, arms missing, fingers, toes and so very skinny. Working the street for hand outs and what they can find.

It made Sam appreciate even more so that he lives in America. 

 Looking at the world as a military mom, I see the good America does when it goes to help a country and I also see how fast it crumbles, Afghanistan, when we leave. 

It leaves me confused and angry. I shake my head. I do know we will always have good and evil.

I try to do my best in my part of this BIG world to make it a good day for all that I can.

 4. What's food product do you think is better store bought than home made? Ice Cream Sandwiches... Ha .. I tired making my own, it did not work out. How about something you refuse to buy because it is so much better homemade? Cake Mix ... I bake from scratch.. homemade. 

 5. Are you easy to get along with? 

Yes. I am a very curious person, so I am interested in many things and enjoy learning about others.

 6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

My friend Angie sent me the following prayer for our family. I wrote it down and I am praying it daily for all of the 157th.

I will be praying for your family. That you can offer each other abundant grace during Sam's transition back to civilian life. I pray that you can love each other through the hard days. And I pray the hard days are few. May joy and laughter abound! May God get the Glory through it all.