Monthly Archives: January 2022

Isn’t Finished Punishing Us

Isn’t Finished Punishing Us
It was another off to the races day with the many appointments I had which were spill-overs from the weekend. Fortunately our weather was being kind to where it was bouncing around 32 degrees at mid-afternoon. My first appointment was to meet with the people I showed that home to late yesterday afternoon who decided they wanted to make an offer … continue reading

Starch That Makes Us Feel Full

Starch That Makes Us Feel Full
Irregardless of it being a gray day, I was enjoying our higher temps to where I actually decided to go walking out in the countryside after finishing my Sunday morning contemplative prayer session. In spite of the snow cover, I got in my car and headed to one of North Iowa's "public lands" areas where I parked, put my boots on, bundled up good a … continue reading

Munching on the Low-hanging Branches

Munching on the Low-hanging Branches
In spite of my hoping our temps would be warmed up when morning arrived, I noticed it still hovering around zero when heading out to work, but at least it did get up into the 20's when afternoon arrived. I guess we shouldn't be complaining when seeing how the East Coast is getting pounded by a severe winter storm this weekend. I can't imagine what … continue reading

Can you Spare a Shovel or Two

Can you Spare a Shovel or Two
Another biting-cold morning arrived, and of course I had to be out in it, all the earlier due to an appointment I had prior to the hour of eight. It sounds like we're going to have a another break from it this weekend, so enjoy it all you can. With only four more days to go before we're once again out of this much-hated month of January, that's all … continue reading

Naturally Grown versus Commercially Farmed

Naturally Grown versus Commercially Farmed
These periods of see-sawing temperatures are something I've not see before, which now has me wondering if they're going to be common events every winter. For example, while driving to work yesterday morning, my thermometer read -20 degrees, and that didn't count the windchill. Well this morning at the exact same time, it read 31 degrees. This huge … continue reading

Ordained Home Inspectors

Ordained Home Inspectors
While walking to my car this morning, I was reminded how many times over the years when walking outdoors and finding it minus 20 degrees below zero, my nearly always having to cover my mouth because whenever breathing-in that extreme cold air, would trigger a coughing spell. My little coughing spell this morning was one more reminder that I am my m … continue reading

The Dirtier they Become

The Dirtier they Become
Oh if it wasn't one heck of a "rodeo" day with all the phone calls, drop-ins, and out of office appointments. Of course this bitter cold was causing nearly every task to be more cumbersome. Oh well, we've made our choices to live here, and live we must. Before heading to office early this morning, I stopped to get a fill-up at a gas station, and … continue reading

Propagating our City’s Pigeons

Propagating our City’s Pigeons
Another morning of waking up and finding more snow happened again, which put me in a slightly bad mode when knowing there was going to be more snow in need of shoveling. The first thing I did after arriving at office, was to go out and get the snow off the front sidewalks, and glad I did because it was a balmy 28 degrees at the time, but when I lat … continue reading

Vibrato is Like a Salt or Pepper

Vibrato is Like a Salt or Pepper
I'm sure everyone except the snow removal people weren't happy to see another 2" - 3" of snow when peeking out their windows this morning. Thinking I was going to have a light day, turned into a time-consuming job I wasn't expecting. In spite of being warmly layered while out shoving, I had to quit several times because my fingers were painfully nu … continue reading

One of Steven Spielberg’s Best

One of Steven Spielberg’s Best
It was a bit of a dead Saturday in real estate, and likely because of how cold and gloomy our weather was nearly our entire day. I noticed the wind started changing directions late this afternoon, so perhaps it won't be as uncomfortable as it was today. Now that we're 30 days out from the winter solstice, I'm beginning to notice our daylight hours … continue reading