Before we start, I would like to take a moment to thank all who sent me messages and left social media posts sending me prayers, positive energy and good mojo last week. I appreciate all of the kind words I received. My knee replacement surgery was much easier than I expected and all went well, which is really great from my perspective since I have to have another one soon! Hugs to you all.

Also, I appreciate Lauren mixing up the color for this week. There is no telling what color I would have come up with while on pain medication!


Lauren decided on equal portions of Jersey Tomato and Vermont Slate. The mix produced a deep Burgundy red that is almost brown. In bright or natural light, the purplish red is very apparent. It reminds me of one of my favorite combinations – red wine and dark chocolate. I think this color may be a favorite of yours if you liked our retired Virginia Chestnut.

We decided on the name Mulberry River for this rich color. When you look up the Mulberry color, you see it ranges from a purple to a deep, rich purple. The Mulberry River is in northwest Arkansas. It flows through the Ozark National Forest and 56 of its 70 miles are part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. It meets up with the Arkansas River just south of the city of Mulberry, AR. It is a popular recreational river for kayaking and canoeing with its class 1-3 rapids. While the thought of tubing down a lazy river may not be a fore thought during December, come June it would be a spectacular way to cool off after fishing for bass and sunfish.

After the Christmas holidays, if you find yourself nibbling on chocolate and sipping red wine, maybe you will remember this blog post and start planning an All-American vacation of camping, fishing and river rafting.

Mulberry River: 1 part Jersey Tomato : 1 part Vermont Slate

May you and your family enjoy the winter holidays, staying warm with hot cocoa and singing carols of peace and love. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.