About The River

Monday, July 8, 2024

Let There Be Peace On Earth


Hello Friends, today I am taking us back to Memorial Day.

Each Memorial Day our family attends the Rice Lake, Wisconsin service. It is held at Veterans Memorial Park in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. 

Bill Appleyard had the vision and dedication of having this park constructed.

His song each and every Memorial Day was ... Let There Be Peace On Earth. This year his granddaughter sang it, it was beautiful and brought tears to our eyes.


 " The nation which forgets its defenders, will itself be forgotten."

President Calvin Coolidge, 27 July 1920



 "Retreat. Hell. We just got here."

Anonymous Marines Officer, France 1918



 After the service we take a walk along Veterans Drive. Each year new flags go up honoring local heroes. The flags fly Memorial - Labor Day and after are given to the family. This is the third year that Rice Lake has done this, I think it is a fantastic way to honor our heroes.



 A trip to the cemetery to take time to be with a dear friends son who lost his life serving in Bosnia during the Bosnian War. 



Young and brave .... fighting for another countries people to be free.



 We will remember... 





Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Happy Birthday America and it is the Hodgepodge


Hello Everyone... it is Wednesday, time for the Hodgepodge!

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

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 1. It's a big week in the US of A as we celebrate Independence Day. Do you have any special plans? How will you mark the day? BBQ? pool-lake-beach time? fireworks? homemade ice cream? If you're not an American you can tell us what's happening in your corner of the world on Thursday. 

Independence Day is one of my favorite days to celebrate. I like to make a fruit flag, strawberries, blueberries and dipped white chocolate  pretzels. I also dip pretzel rods with white chocolate and use red,white and blue sprinkles to decorate them.

My husband created an Independence Day playlist, with all our favorite songs playing in the background as we play ladder ball, bean bag and more.

2. What's your favorite 'All-American' dessert? 

Chocolate Chip Cookie

 3. Does that patriotic feeling come easily to you, or are you having to work for it more these days? What's something that makes you proud to be a citizen of your country? 

 We are a patriotic family. We currently have a son serving in the Wisconsin National Guard. He was deployed to Africa 2022-2023. During his deployment he was part of the Sudan Evacuation. This is something that makes me proud to be a citizen of the United States of America... when trouble comes.. we come to help. 



4. Your favorite 'patriotic' movie? Favorite patriotic song? 

My boys loved to watch The Longest Day ... we watched it so many times together. When ever they were ill from school, we would sit on the couch and watch The Longest Day... we could act some of the scenes. 


Favorite song..

 Star Spangled-Banner

 Whitney Houston will always be a favorite of mine, she had an amazing performance.

 5. One simple pleasure on your July 'bucket list'? 
 6. Insert your own random thought here. 
Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone on many...
 William Bradford

Monday, July 1, 2024

Hi Mom

 Hi Mom

 Our National Guard son just returned from Fort Johnson (formerly Fort Polk) Louisiana. He and his team were there for five weeks. They were taking part in a training exercise with 5,000 other soldiers from across the United States and Canada.

I received the above photo with a simple text ... Hi Mom.

The next time I heard from him ... Hi Mom.. out of the box... 16 days without a shower.. that shower felt great... a lot of bug bites.

I am happy to report Sam and team are back home and all went well. 

As always, thank you for praying for our troops.

God shed His grace on thee. K. Bates

Monday, June 24, 2024

This and That



Hello Friends, a little of this and that to share with you today. 

We will start with flowers.


"Never live faster than your guardian angels can fly"

Susan Branch


I harvested our first batch of fresh lettuce.


 "I seek quiet joys."

John Clare 


Shug asked me to take a photo of the Osprey nest that I shared in my post from last week... in case you missed the post click here to read about our local Ospreys.

Look up at the stadium lights.  


"Blessed are the happiness makers!"

Henry Ward Beecher


Meet us in Narrows Park

We enjoyed a picnic with some of my past coworkers and volunteers from DAYBREAK. 


"Fun is Good."

Susan Branch 



Each morning a load of culverts have been unloaded for a big project that will be happening in our village. 


" Life is either a great adventure or nothing."

Helen Keller


 I started this begonia from seed...  I cannot believe the size of it.


Have a great week my friends. 

I will be on an adventure... be back soon.



Friday, June 21, 2024

On The Road Friday ~ Necedah, Wisconsin



Hello Friends,

Our latest adventure was to Necedah, Wisconsin. We visited the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge... and it was a fantastic time. We saw so much wildlife and beauty. A sampling of what we saw, deer, including a fawn, porcupine, turtles, swans, herons, butterfly, and so much more.

Click here for more information Necedah National Wildlife Refuge 

And one more place to click for more information 



2023 we had a drought, 2024 we are receiving rain, rain and more rain. The boardwalk was flooded, but Ernie and I decided to brave the waters.. it was not that deep, just a wee bit over my shoe.


A few photos from the day... one of the butterfly that we saw was a Karner Blue Butterfly. I did not get a good photo of it because it was flying up and down and all around. 

Click here to learn more about the Karner Blue Butterfly

We subscribe to Our Wisconsin Magazine. It is a fun magazine all about Wisconsin. The Spring issue featured the JB Polish and American Deli. We decided to eat our lunch here.



After reading about Zofia and her deli.. we decided to eat lunch here.

90 percent of the items in her store are from Poland. 

Zofia displays Polish treasures in her deli, including a traditional dress featuring intricate beadwork. Red and white are the country's national colors.


A few more photos from the day of exploring the area.


 Thank you for coming along with me on our adventure to Necedah, Wisconsin.




Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Ernie and his Dolly


Hello Friends, if you are new here to The River, I will fill you in quick. We adopted a rescue dog October 2023... my sister gifted me a fun 2024 calendar featuring a rescue dog... each flip of the calendar page I share a little update about our rescue dog, Ernie.



 Ernie and his Dolly. Dolly is a Kong Bear. He carries it everywhere and sleeps with it. He also likes to play with Dolly.



The rope inside of Dolly has come out  with most of the stuffing... Dolly is looking... well LOVED!


Ernie is doing really well... what we are working on...

♥ liking the UPS and Fed Ex delivery drivers ... not sure about those fellas walking up the drive

♥ he will be heading out for his first boating trip next week

♥ has done really well with learning not to jump up on people... continuing to work on this

 ♥ likes to chase rabbits and squirrel out of our garden


Monday, June 17, 2024



Our local osprey... photo taken with our phone.

Hello Friends, today I am going to share about the osprey that nest at the football field  at our local school. They have been nesting at this location for about three years. The school placed a special platform for the osprey to build their nest up on the football lights. Their nests are huge and can weigh up to half a ton!

We know when the osprey are back, because we can hear its call. It is a whistle-like call.

Another name for an osprey is, fish hawk, and for good reason. Ninety-nine percent of the osprey's diet consists of live fish. 

The base of the ospreys' nest is made with sticks. We were lucky enough to witness an osprey grab a dead branch from our neighbors tree, it was amazing. Osprey are strong enough to grab a dead branch and break it off a tree trunk!

It is always a joy for us when we take our dog Ernie for his walk, we walk the school path which is right along the football field, so we can keep a look out for .... Jack and Diane. 

That is what my husband and I decided to name our osprey. 



Wednesday, June 5, 2024

It is National Dairy Month and the Hodgepodge


Happy Dairy Month

Here in Wisconsin we like to make a big deal about our cheese. 

And I have to say we have the best cheese.





I can go on and on but it is time for the Hodgepodge.


Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

 Click here to join the fun!

 1. It's National Cheese Day (June 4)...does anyone not like cheese? What's your favorite? Last thing you ate or made with cheese? 

Marieke Gouda

Gouda is my favorite cheese, from the cheese shop above. Check out the link above. The story of this Dutch couple coming to America to make dreams come true is inspiring. I love super aged Gouda. 

We made a fresh garden salad with sliced  grilled chicken, dried cranberries, olives, celery   and grated super aged Gouda.

 2. Last time you were instructed to 'say cheese!'? How do you feel about having your picture taken? 

have not had to say "cheese' lately. I do not like having my photo taken.

 3. What's your travel packing strategy? Are you typically a light packer or do you throw in everything but the ktichen sink? When flying do you check a bag or aim for carry on only? 

I try so hard to pack light... but very seldom succeed. My military son taught me some tricks of rolling your jeans, shirts and more to make more room to pack light.

We have not flown in a LONG time.

 4. What is it about people's cell phone habits that you find most annoying? 

When we are out and about... seeing families all staring at their screen instead of engaging in real life.

5. What will be your summer mantra/slogan?  

Get out on the water... exploring some new lakes and rivers in our canoe or kayaks.

 6. Insert your own random thought here.

 You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

A.A. Milne 

Monday, June 3, 2024

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 



♥ rain ... after the drought of 2023, every rainfall is a blessing

 ♥ friends ... spending time with special friends in person or taking time to make a phone call

♥ grilling season ... my husband has a true talent with the flames of the grill

♥ flowers ... my friend Cindy creates a hanging basket for me every garden season, this is her color idea for 2024 ... she is all about pink

♥ anniversaries ... my husband and I celebrated our anniversary May 31st ... my friend Jenny shared the following with me ...

Happy the bride the sun shines on in May ... I'll be with you in apple blossom time.


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



Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Goodbye May and it is the Hodgepodge



Hello Friends, the month of May is just about ready to say goodbye. 

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

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

1. Growing up, at what age did you think you'd become an adult? At what age did you actually become an adult? 


I think when I was growing up I thought about 25 years of age I would be an adult. I got married at 22, I think I became an adult in training. I will turn 50 this coming birthday. I think I am a true adult now. I have learned from many mistakes, made lots of happy memories and keep doing my best.


2.  What's a favorite item you've bought this year?


Our new vacuum cleaner!! 


3. May 28th is National Hamburger Day...are you a fan? If so, how do you like yours? When was the last time you had a hamburger? Besides the backyard grill, what's your favorite place to go for a burger? 


Yes, I am a fan. My husband grills our burgers. He also enjoys adding toppings from fried onions, different cheeses and sauces. He likes to get creative. We had burgers last Saturday. 

One of my favorite places to have a burger is 

Gronk's Bar & Grill ~ Superior, Wisconsin 


 4.  How have your priorities changed over time? 


In the last year, I have decided to let go of many social media sites. I use to be on Instagram. I use to check several news feeds. I have deleted my Instagram account. And no longer check news feeds like I did in the past.


5. What's one thing on your June calendar you're really looking forward to? 



  6. Insert your own random thought here. 


I just finished Wuthering Heights ~ Emily Bronte

Have you read it? 

Please share your review or thoughts.



Thursday, May 23, 2024

Happenings in May

 Hello Friends,

We have been hanging out with our family. 

I shared our Birthday party at Pattison State Park here.

I am going to share a few more photos from that adventure, starting with this cupcake. I used the recipe I shared from our Easter Cake, but this time I used raspberries.

Click here for the recipe!


Photos from our hike... beware of the snake!




On to the shores of Lake Superior.. freighter sightings!!  



Mother's Day Sunday we spent the day with the boys. We picnicked at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls. Then we went on to visit Leinenkugel's Brewery. We sampled six beer flavors in what they call a, Craft Your Flight. 



We picked out the following beers or mixes...

Honey Lemon Light

Grapefruit Shandy

Patio Saison

Jacob Spring Brewery Ale

Fuzzy Bear ... which is a mix brewology of Juicy Peach + Berry Weiss

Bumble Bee ... which is a mix brewology of Honey Weiss + Dark Lager


Below I am reading the blends as we go around and try them.


Leinenkugel's gifted all mom's a Crowler to go. You got to choose the beer you wanted. I love the Grapefruit Shandy. It is very refreshing.

We ended our day with a walk at Big Falls in Eau Claire County.