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Let’s All Vote

Let’s All Vote
Before heading to office this morning, I had to stop at a gas station and get another fill-up, and after looking at the printed receipt, there's no doubt these gas prices are making a big dent in the budgets of the many millions of Americans. Unfortunately, I can't reduce my driving because when in the business of selling real estate, one has far m … continue reading

Backed In A Corner Rat

Backed In A Corner Rat
Just this morning I've noticed how quickly the Sugar Maple trees are now starting to turn, which has always been but one more reminder that we'll soon be seeing all the branches of our trees, completely naked of greenery, and then having to wait more months than we'd like, to see them sending out new growth, which is why I've come to the conclusion … continue reading

If He Pulls His Nuke Card

If He Pulls His Nuke Card
It was another pleasant morning with our temps being above freezing and only a whisper of a breeze. Still feeling a little beat up from yesterday, I was compelled to stop at a convenience store and pick up a small cup of strong coffee. Since I'm getting into the habit of grabbing a cup of coffee on my way to work, I'm thinking more sooner than late … continue reading

The Last Rose of Summer

The Last Rose of Summer
Another pleasant early morning arrived, and in spite of my wanting to get a little more rest, I knew I'd be rushed if I lingered in bed any longer, and only because I had some practicing to do before heading over to St. Paul Lutheran to accompany their Services on their vintage pipe organ.On my way Downtown, I stopped and grabbed a cup of stron … continue reading

Lost His Relationship

Lost His Relationship
It was a glorious first day of October this morning with the temps higher and the sun peeking thru a thin layer of clouds on the eastern horizon. Whenever experiencing a quiet morning as it was, one couldn't help having momentary thoughts of how all was well in the world, and then suddenly reality hit and I started to think of all our social, polit … continue reading

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