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Rendering Lard

Yes, we're well on our way to being fully immersed into the months of dark days and long nights which I've always resisted without fail. Today wouldn't have been so bad if the wind hadn't been blowing at such a fast pace. Unbeknownst to me, I found out that the western section of Hancock County was cursed with much heavier sleet which caused ma … continue reading

The Most Delicious

The Most Delicious
I guess the next time I leave home, I'll be sure to check and see what the day's weather is supposed to be like because I casually walked out without my winter coat and only because of how warm it was, but later regretting it due how quickly the temps dropped. Fortunately, I have a tattered old wool dress coat I keep at my office in case I'd be sho … continue reading

Litter of Feral Cats

Litter of Feral Cats
I was glad to see our million dollar rain finally arrive just to continue adding much-needed moisture to our soil so our trees and shrubs will be able to make it thru the winter. Most don't realize that a "winter kill" of trees and shrubs is not because of being frozen to death, but rather having died of thirst, so if you're concerned about some of … continue reading

Spitting Speakers

Spitting Speakers
The wind was sure back at it again today, but at least the higher temps kept it from biting, which was a good thing because nearly my entire morning was spent outdoors and loving every minute of it.Before heading out to get some good physical exercise, I made sure to make a stop at my quiet place and work at getting myself spiritually cleansed … continue reading

Free of Sin or Crime

Free of Sin or Crime
In spite of the wind, we ended up being blessed with another beautiful North Iowa day which had me very much busied with customers and detailed office work. I was hoping to have at least a half hour to go walking in the park with camera in hand, but unfortunately there was none allowable.It looks like 115 S. Connecticut is getting a blast of ne … continue reading

The Art of Discernment

The Art of Discernment
It looks like our blustery weekend has already begun with the wind coming up with the sundown which is quite the reverse of such weather patterns, but of course what is normal in these trying times?Another closing took place today which created another soft landing for our office which looks our standard of excellence is working. I had to place … continue reading

Portholes of Memory

Portholes of Memory
When looking at the weather forecast for the rest of this week, I noticed the cold really won't be returning until Monday or Tuesday which will give all of us the more time to enjoy the outdoors along with getting additional yard work done. I just happened to notice several homeowner installing their outdoor Christmas lights which was a definite th … continue reading

Tall-windowed Folk Victorian

Tall-windowed Folk Victorian
Yet another beautiful day happened here in North Iowa, and it looks like we'll be able to enjoy it until the weekend arrives, and sincerely hoping it's not a repeat of last Sunday because that cold wind was enough to drive every man and beast back indoors.Most of my morning was spent getting my sale closed, and thankfully it ended up having a s … continue reading

Your Rag is Dragging

Your Rag is Dragging
Likely to the surprise of us all, today's weather was similar to a late summer's day which couldn't have been more delightful. Let's hope they keep coming because days like this are near perfect because all those nasty biting bugs have been killed off by the hard frosts we had earlier, so if you're an outdoorsy sort of person, I'd say these will be … continue reading

Revenue We’ve Lost

Revenue We’ve Lost
It started out chilly again today, but by the time mid-afternoon arrived, it was actually above 60 degrees which is pointing us in the direction of having a warm week ahead. Let's just keep hoping it stays that way for more days than being predicted.Pretty much my main focus today was on getting a home closed on time, and luckily it did because … continue reading

Annoying Eyesores

Annoying Eyesores
Oh my goodness! The wind we had today was enough to send nearly everyone running back indoors, and wouldn't you know, I had plans already in place to get some things done in my garden area, so in spite of the wind, I trudged forward with getting it done.With it being Sunday morning once again, my first duty was to get my spiritual session start … continue reading

Blessed Earth

Blessed Earth
For a Saturday morning, I was far more on a burn to get things done before I had to be at my open house over at 115 S. Connecticut. From the hour of eight until about fifteen minutes before one, my gear was stuck in over-drive, but at least I managed to get a noticeable amount accomplished during those hours.There were a number of people out ra … continue reading