It was another beautiful sunny day in North Iowa and glad for it because I was out of my office more than in due to the number of pressing items that needed to be addressed. While out, I made sure to stop over to my little private garden and make sure those evil Japanese beetles hadn’t discovered those tomatoes and peppers, and thankfully they hadn’t. When thinking about it, I’m afraid they’re going to be a growing problem for us unless their numbers are contained, because as we all know, most insects can singularly lay likely hundreds of eggs which can mean exponential growth in a very short time.
One of my dear ones living in California called today just to see how everything’s been on my side of the fence. One of my first questions to him was if they also have a problem with Japanese beetles. He said they do have them but not in the numbers I spoke about, and the time of their arrival is normally later in their season, so we’ll see if he gets hit like we have this summer. Someone said that birds don’t eat them, but my caller today mentioned that his neighbor who has chickens will try to catch and eat them whenever they’re in his garden. Like I’ve said, chickens will eat just about anything, and I know fully well when seeing my old ones throwing table scraps out to their free range chickens.
While catching up on our world news today, I happened upon an article on BBC News that caught my eye because it’s leading line was, “Nakhchivan: The world’s most sustainable ‘nation’?” Having never heard of such a nation in the world, I discovered it’s an autonomous republic of Azerbaijan. I’m adding the link to it because I’m sure many of you will be very much taken by how that small land-locked autonomous region really made something of themselves after all their past struggles, and what impressed me the most, is how they’re very much earth-friendly, super organic, and exceptionally diligent in keeping their cities and towns spanking clean.
I always thought Germany and Japan were the leaders in keeping things clean, but after reading that article today, I’d say they’re in the top drawer, and especially how they insist on raising their animals and growing their foods in a completely organic way, and their gross domestic output is showing how it’s making a noticeable difference.
Another interesting point that was brought up, was the fact that anyone who’s on any sort of government payroll, is bound to work at keeping their public areas as clean as possible, and they do it on their time off without pay. Now that’ll be the day when we see school administrators, city administrators, assessors, police and firemen, and everyone else getting paid with taxpayers dollars, freely working in our public areas. I’d say that’ll happen when blue pigs start flying.
When considering those extra tasks their bound to freely do, it makes sense because their salaries are being paid by the average citizens that’ve funded them thru the taxes they pay, so I’m sure they’ve been told that they must do their part in freely giving back. I’m now wondering how many civic workers in our Country have actually read that article, and if they’ve had any pangs of guilt afterwards. You can bet I’d be feeling a bit guilty. The link to that article is as follows: Nakhchivan th Worlds Most Sustainable Nation
I thought it best to mention a recent new listing of my agent Brandon Neve which I’ve already toured, and a bit in dis-belief it hasn’t sold because it’s one heck of a home for the money. It’s located at 908 N. Jackson which is in the Hoover School District, and not far from Kraft and Curries. It’s now listed at $87,500 which is well in line with what similar homes have been selling for this year.
It offers 3 bedrooms, 1 1/4 bath, finished basement, a party-sized deck, and a huge double garage that’s heated. The home isn’t a monster, but it has a compact unity that would work for just about anyone. Some may think it’s too small to raise a family, but I insist not, because that home was where a family I knew when growing up, and there were three girls and I think two boys that lived there comfortably. When you have parents with five children living in a home of such size, I’d say we’ve all grown too spoiled with features of a home we “think” we can’t live without. As far as I’m concerned, a smaller home with less furniture, makes for easy cleaning and maintenance, as well as a forced minimalism. Please put your spotlight on 908 N. Jackson because I’m convinced it’s going to sell to a first-time buyer.
Speaking of minimalism, I may be sticking my neck out by saying that nearly all of us are nesting hoarders, and if you don’t believe me, take a look at the “stuff” you have stored away or sitting around that’s being of no use. More than once in my life I’ve gone thru my “thinning-out” periods, and always feeling the better for it when finished.
You can bet I’ve seen a very many estate homes over the years where the decedents must’ve saved every newspaper article, greeting cards, magazines, clothes, kitchen utensils, tools, and everything else in between. Just last week I was in a home where there was a pink washing machine and a blue stove pushed back in the corner of a storage shed, and for sure they were put out there just in case they decided to have them fixed of whatever was wrong with them. I’m sure if I really started remembering the hoardings of “stuff” I’ve seen, I’d likely start having raging nightmares which is why I keep those sections of my memory doors closed and securely locked.
The above photo I took late yesterday after the storm has the coloring of painter’s brush.
Tonight’s one-liner is: I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.