Ability to Envision

As always, whenever there’s a three day weekend, the following Tuesday becomes a double Monday where there are more emails and calls to return, along with all those other tasks we have on the first day of our work week being pushed to Tuesday. When knowing beforehand what today was going to be like, I made sure to get myself to office about an hour earlier, and considering how much work I had before me, I was happy to find I was pretty much all caught up before lunchtime arrived, which offered me a little more breathing room for the remainder of my day.

Over the lunch hour, I paid one of my clients a visit, just so I could grab her abstract of title and deliver it to our abstract company for continuation. She’s becoming all the more dear to me when discovering she’s likely a kindred spirit in the way in which she tells it like it is, along with all the abilities she’s acquired during her many years on our earth. We somehow got on the subject of gardening while talking about the way in which this last frost burned so many of our plants. Her eyes brightened after my having mentioned how I’m working at creating a good crop of tomatoes if we have conducive weather these coming months. She went on to tell how much she loves a good home-grown tomato, while admitting she never buys any from grocers due to how bad they taste. Before leaving, I assured her I’d be delivering her fresh tomatoes and peppers on a regular basis. What I’ve found the most inspiring, is her upbeat attitude which you’d normally not find with people who’ve had many hard struggles during her younger years. If she only knew how much of an inspiration she’d be for the many in our younger crowd who think they’ve had it so bad.

After I delivered her abstract, I headed over to the examining attorney’s office, just so he had a copy of everything he’d be needing to get his opinion completed in a timely manner. We did spend a few moments visiting about recent happenings in our lives, along with what our plans were for our summer months. Of course I couldn’t help teasing him a little before leaving, along with reminding him that my teasings were confirmations me still in like with him. Now remember light teasing is in no form related to wicked insults and bad-mouthing. I’m of the belief that whomever acts like that, becomes another example of one trying to pull another down to their own base levels.

After playing telephone tag this afternoon with a lender, I finally received confirmation on our closing day for this week, so at least we have a day and soon a time set. After that closes, you can be sure I’ll be dancing the jig in my back alley, as that particular listing has been a millstone around my neck for a very long time.

Now that the owner of 114 – 11th St. NE is taking a proactive step in getting it more showable, I’ll be looking for that diamond in the rough to go under contract in the near future. When driving past it late this morning, I found it was already looking far more presentable than it did. Please put the word out regarding how much of a great buy it is in these high-market times, and as I’ve said so often, how quickly I would’ve purchased it had I been looking for a rock-solid home at a greatly discounted price. Do you think this pandemic has caused people to lose their ability to envision?

I had a mid-afternoon appointment in Clear Lake to show my listing at 404 S. 9th St. which went very well. The buyers spent extra time giving it a good looking-over, and before leaving, we talked about financing. After hearing they’d already gone to the bank and have nothing to sell, I’d say they’re active players. Their bank is supposed to get in touch with them on Thursday, so I’ll be anxiously waiting for a call-back from them.

Since I was already there, I figured I’d stop at a groceteria to pick up a few things I was lacking, but when seeing how full their parking lot was filled with cars, I knew I’d be standing in line, which of course, is exactly what I had to do. I should’ve realized there’d be more people out since yesterday was a holiday, and all the more needful people shopping.

Seeing how heavy the traffic was on my way back, I took the long way around, just so I wouldn’t get caught by stoplights. While driving past some cornfields, there were clear examples of what our recent frost had done to their upper leaves, but at least they appeared to be growing which was a good thing. I’m not so sure about our soybeans, as yesterday I noticed some rows of them looking like they were missing bean plants. Oh well, it’s this crazy weather we have contend with from here on out.

It’s vintage recipe time again, and tonight’s is one that sounds interesting enough to where I’ll likely give it a try, as I’ve not heard of using veal in meat loaf, but you can be sure I’ll be toning down on the amount of brown sugar it’s asking for.

Ham Loaf

  • 2 1/2 lbs. ground ham
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground veal
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 10 3/4 oz. can tomato soup
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard

Mix ham, veal, cracker crumbs, eggs and milk in the order given. Shape into loaves of desired size. Place in greased loaf pans. Mix the remaining ingredients. Blend well. Pour over loaves. Bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours, and basting occasionally. Yield: 15 servings. Note: Ground pork may be substituted for veal.

Tonight’s One-liner is: Everybody gets bombarded all day long by so much information that they lose their common sense.

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404 S 9th St – Clear Lake
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