Thursday, June 7, 2012

Spooner Advocate Column - June 7 , 2012

Good Morning Neighbors! Well it is a bit cool out there today but the birds are happy and talking. It is so fun to see them fly 100 mph and then swoop down and scoop up a feather, they really like the fuzzy, down from the geese. The Indian Paintbrush flowers are scattered throughout my yard- I think they are so attractive. I have to say there are a lot of flowers growing in the ditches! I wonder if I would get in trouble if I dug some of the white daisy, brown-eyed susans, wild roses, the wonderful ferns up? If I do get thrown in the pokey will someone come bail me out? LOL

I see that Music and Movie Mondays are starting over at the Pavilion in Shell Lake, at 7:30 pm. Sounds like it will be a great time! I am planning on going over there and surprise my daughter with some mom and daughter time. What a great family date night! Plus the cost is awesome too. Thanks to all that work and donate money to put this on.

Our sympathies go out to the family of Kim Irvine, Trego, May 24, 2012. As well as Bonnie Butenhoff, Trego, May 26, 2012.

Looks like Pete Hubin of the Shell Lake/ Spooner area just published his fourth book, a Brook Runs Through It. Some of you might know him as a science teacher, football coach, or maybe you know him from one of his other books. I have to say I have not read any of his books yet.... but they are going on the reading list. I am always interestd in local authors that write books, its always fun to see what local sites they choose to include. I also encourage you to get a child interested in where they live, what the history is of the area and what authors, artists,etc com from that area. A real easy way to do that is to get a book, there a ton of Wisconsin authors and a wonderful variety of topics. If you are interested in getting  a copy of Mr. Hubins book they are selling them at the Washurn County Register newspaper office. If you would like to make a list of books that you have read or want to read a great place to start is, if you make a reading list please share it by friending me in Goodreads!

Tara Carlson informed me that Jane Evershed would be open to offering art classes at the Community Center in Sringbrook. Jane Evershed is a wonderful local artist, located here in Springbrook. I had to go and check out Ms. Evershed as I had not heard of her and was curious of her work. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at the work she does. Another great find in the woods of NW Wisconsin! If you are interested in classes at the Community Center you can give Tara a call at 651-983-2960 or Jane a call at 715-766-3604. Also if you would like to go to Jane's website it is

One more thing that I would like to bring up is all the great herbs we can grow in the garden, sometimes growing wild.  This year I have been trying out new things- I made dandelion jelly, I have eaten lambs quarter with garlic and olive oil- yum! I still have not eaten Nettle although I want to still try it. People are interested in things that they can eat that just grow naturally on there own, I was amazed at how many people looked at the post about dandelion jelly on my blog!  If you are new to herbs or want to get more information about a certain one a great site to go to is I see they have great articles on different herbs that you can download, under the resource button they have a great program called Thyme 4 kids. This would be a great starting point to teach the young ones about herbs, the benefits of growing and using them. Wouldn't it be fun to have a class on herbs?

As always thank you for reading the column. Make sure you let me know if you have info to share with your neighbors. You can reach me at Until next time I will be busy in the kitchen- onion jelly, the sewing room- graduation quilt and the garden- have to get one planted. Thank goodness my friend Cris is bringing me some plants today- I wonder what kind she is blessing me with. I am so excited!


  1. Raine - I highly recommend nettles! Harvest carefully with protective gloves, then lightly steam the leaves. The stingers will lose their stingingness and you will have a healthy meal of fresh herbs! Take care my friend -

    1. Of course now I want to try them and we have not seen any at the new place! LOL Which is good but yet bad!

  2. Hey, I made the column! Wahoo! :-)