Monthly Archives: September 2022

Last Days Of A Broken Empire

Last Days Of A Broken Empire
In spite of it being the last day of September, I was happy to find our early morning temps higher, and it still looks as if we're going to have a warm week ahead. I wouldn't be surprised if that hurricane is pushing all the warmer Gulf air our way.When I arrived at office, I had a number of emails to return, as well as making time to get a lon … continue reading

Fall Into Such Unhealthy Traps

Fall Into Such Unhealthy Traps
I had to get to office a bit earlier than normal, just so I could create a place in the back of my office to lay out, so they could get fully ripened, the last remaining San Marzano tomatoes I picked before the frost arrived. If they do ripen as they should, I'll likely make another batch of that sugarless catsup, but if I do, I'll not be using as … continue reading

The Great Brain Drain

The Great Brain Drain
Well it happened as I suspected. We had a frost heavy enough in the lowlands to kill all the pepper and tomato plants, but I'm not worrying a bit because I managed to get everything picked that was ready beforehand. Without a doubt, I can freely admit I had a very good run at having an exceptionally productive garden this season. The only plants re … continue reading

They’re Big Babies

They’re Big Babies
While driving to work early this morning, I couldn't help thinking about what our landscape is going to look like come early tomorrow when knowing nearly for certain, we're going to be down to 30 degrees, and likely in the upper 20's in the low-lying areas. I've always liked growing fruits and veggies in the lowlands because of how much more fertil … continue reading

224 W. Spring St., Manly, IA

224 W. Spring St., Manly, IA
It wasn't as cold out this morning as I was expecting, but when seeing the updated weather forecast for tomorrow night, it looks like we're gonna get our first frost because they're saying it'll be somewhere around 30 degrees by the time daybreak arrives on Wednesday morning, so we'll be saying good-bye to the tomatoes and peppers. Truth be told, I … continue reading

That Whatchamacallit Thingamajig

That Whatchamacallit Thingamajig
Another pleasant Sunday morning arrived, and not to my surprise, I ended up sleeping an hour longer than normally, and likely because I'd given myself a good physical workout yesterday, along with several bruises to show for it.Upon arrival at office, I immediately went to my darkened and quiet corner to get my Sunday morning contemplative sess … continue reading

Stranded For Weeks

Stranded For Weeks
It was a much more pleasant morning with the temps higher and there being a slight breeze from the south. The most unfortunate thing that happened this morning, was while I was driving to work and having to take a detour on a dark side street due to road construction, I just happened to see something dead lying on the pavement, and before I could s … continue reading

Those Who’ve Stepped Out Of Line

Those Who’ve Stepped Out Of Line
It was surely a cold one this morning, and when the rain arrived, it felt all the colder. Knowing it was going to be raining, I made sure to get my strawberries picked beforehand, just so I wouldn't be out in the mud. When looking at our ten day forecast, it appeared we're likely not going to be getting any overnight frosts, and if that be the case … continue reading

Your Un-lived Life

Your Un-lived Life
Yikes! It was hovering around forty degrees this morning which was definitely Mother Nature's way of saying "Fall's arrived!". I even had to turn my heater on in my vehicle while driving to work, which was the first time in months. Oh well, we can't have endless summers when living this far north.Most of my morning was filled with the finalizin … continue reading

I Really Don’t Want To Be Saved

I Really Don’t Want To Be Saved
My how the weather took a real turn in the night to where it was once stifling to being downright chilly. It won't be long when I'll be wearing my sport jacket, just to keep from being chilled, and of course not long afterwards, I'll be wearing a light winter coat. Just remember, as of tomorrow, we'll officially be walking into the realm of Fall's … continue reading