Monthly Archives: January 2022

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

Mann Ist Was Er Isst

Mann Ist Was Er Isst
I had to laugh again when looking at the condition of our weather this morning, and when seeing the wind having changed directions and blowing from the south, I said to myself, "Oh how nice. Mother Nature's now blowing all that cold air back on us.", which is why it was well below zero again this morning, but at least our temperatures will be more … continue reading

A Cashier’s Check is Just like Cash

A Cashier’s Check is Just like Cash
While visiting with a gentleman today who also grew up on a farm, I couldn't help asking, "With this eleven below zero weather and the wind blowing, I'm sure you had some flash-backs from you years on the farm." He laughed and said, "You can bet I did and they weren't pleasant." He also went on to say how flimsy some of these school kids are dresse … continue reading

326 – 1st St. NW, Mason City, IA

326 – 1st St. NW, Mason City, IA
There's no question we're all muttering under our breaths, "Get me the Yell out of this frozen tundra!", and rightly so because today was another finger and toe numbing experience while outdoors, and believe me, it didn't take but a few minutes for a person to really feel it.As much as I would've liked to remain barricaded in my office all day, … continue reading

Watching a Fainting Goat Dance

Watching a Fainting Goat Dance
As I was expecting today, whenever there's a Monday holiday, the following Tuesday ends up being one of the busiest of the week, and that's exactly what happened. Not to worry, I made all my appointments on time, along with getting everything in need of my attention accomplished. For being a twelve hour day for me, it sure went flying by.Most o … continue reading