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From the Effort

From the Effort
I was exceptionally thankful our rain stopped all the sooner this morning, as there were several people in the midst of moving today, and we all know what it's like to be carrying furniture to and from an enclosed truck in the rain. I never checked to see how much we received, but it was enough to create some puddling around town.Nearly two hou … continue reading

To a New Low

To a New Low
Expecting our weather to be a repeat of these past several days, I made the mistake of dressing in a more summer fashion, and wouldn't you know, it wasn't, which left me half-chilled the entire day. Now if my mother were still alive, she'd be saying something like, "Now that's what you get for rushing summer." With rain in our forecast these coming … continue reading

Postage Stamp Lot

Postage Stamp Lot
It must've been so soft of a rain in the night to the point where it didn't even awaken me. With this continued heat wave, all of Nature is beginning to awaken from winter's rest. I had to make a quick trip out of town early this morning, and while on the highways and blacktops, I couldn't help noticing all the activity going on with the grain truc … continue reading

Rosy-Red Lipstick

Rosy-Red Lipstick
It started out being a bit of a cool morning, but as our day rolled on, it warmed up to another staggering 80+ degrees, but of course the wind had to start picking up again as our temps began rising. Just today I read where much of Europe had record-breaking temps in March, but now they're being hit with below normals. Hmm...It sounds like the wobb … continue reading

Waddling About

Waddling About
The last time I checked, it was 82 degrees outdoors in the Downtown. Now isn't that something for our record books? As far as I'm concerned, this is too fast of a change from Winter to Spring.After getting my Sunday morning spiritual exercise completed, I changed my clothes and headed out to work on a number of various jobs I had lined up on th … continue reading

Plagued by a Gut

Plagued by a Gut
It was very much a relief to find the wind having died down and our temps rapidly rising this morning, which afforded me an opportunity to get some cleaning-up done at the back of my office. It seems no matter how much I try to keep all that blown-in trash picked up which accumulates in that area, there always seems to be more arriving. It certainl … continue reading

More Older Vehicles

More Older Vehicles
The temps were slowly creeping up to a tolerable level today, and if only the wind wasn't blowing so hard, it would've been a fine one. When looking at this weekend's forecast, it appears our temps aren't going to be as high as earlier predicted. I'm actually glad they won't be, as it's not good to have such drastic temperature changes in nature. … continue reading

Beloved Care-taking

Beloved Care-taking
This chill is continuing to haunt us, but at least it appears to be on its way out, and then replaced by what looks like above-normal temps for this time of year. This is the season where we find ourselves winter-bundled in the morning, and whenafter our sun gets high and we're out of the wind, our heavy outerwear becomes a bit too much.My firs … continue reading

No April 1st

No April 1st
We certainly had another good bone-chilling today, along with a few snow flurries which came as a surprise, but at least we're soon to be out of North Iowa's most unpredictable month of March. People have been mentioning that come Monday, it's supposed to be in the upper 70's which sounds almost un-heard of, and if such temps do arrive, let's hope … continue reading

Five Pieces of Junk

Five Pieces of Junk
Wasn't it the craziest with our wind having changed directions overnight? So if we don't having it blowing our brains out from the south, it turns right around and pounds us from the north. I still remember that mid-century print of Mason City where the creating artist had it named, "Mason City, the Windy City of the North.", which was most appropr … continue reading

Filterless Fashion

Filterless Fashion
I hope these strong winds are not going to be the mode of our days and months ahead, and if they should be, we're going to have some major tree and structural damage done before it's all over. Every time I went to open a storm door today, I had to hold on tightly or would've been ripped out of my hand. They used to say March winds would bring April … continue reading

The Cutest Home

The Cutest Home
Oh, if only that north wind wasn't blowing so hard today, as if it weren't, it would've been a much warmer sun-filled one. I've noticed tulips coming up on the southern exposures of several homes, which is always the best place for them in our windy North.On my way to office this morning, I stopped at Hy-Vee to pick up a few things I was needin … continue reading