Barnyard Cats

This weather has really been creating havoc with not only our plants, but now our animals as well. Just yesterday I spoke with a gentleman who has a fine apiary which has been his pride and joy since retirement, and when asking how his busy bees have been doing, his tone of voice changed when speaking about how poorly they’re doing due to the lack of nectar they’d normally be gathering this time of year. In spite of their having weathered this past wickedly-cold winter, their real struggles are taking place right now. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’ll have to forego taking any honey off their hives this year, as they’ll be needing a food supply to get thru this coming winter.

I’ll not be surprised if our residents will be spotting more deer in or City limits because there are many watered gardens with moisture-filled flowers and vegetables to feed on. In these recent years, I’ve been much more vocal about our deer populations whenever even being close to the subject. Most agree with me, but others seem to take a bit of offense when hearing me refer to them as vile creatures whose herds need to be severely culled. There’s nearly-never a day that goes by when I don’t spot one while driving to and from work. If only our general public in Iowa would start writing letters to our elected officials regarding the problems they’re causing, so they can place all the more pressure on the DNR to lift their hunting restrictions. If I were such powers that be, I’d place an open season on them until their numbers dropped to at least an eighth of what they are now.

I wouldn’t be surprised if our rising coyote population is due to the excessive number of deer we have in North Iowa, and when visiting with a woman who recently moved to town, our barnyard cats will soon be a thing of the past, and all because of the coyotes. She mentioned that at one time, she had about 20 cats running around her expansive dooryard, but by the time she moved, there were only two or three to be found, and they being the ones that always kept close to, or inside her barn. Most of our residents haven’t a clue what’s really going on in the dark of night. I can personally vouch there are coyotes hiding in our City during the day, and out on feeding prowls at night. Just wait until you see one running across the street in front of your headlights, as then you’ll be a believer. Some of our uneducated souls, think they’re stray dogs. Not a chance.

Believe it or not, I did manage to get my new listing at 2802 S. Jefferson sold today, and in spite of there being six showings on it, my buyers wasted no time in getting it purchased. I was glad that both buyers and sellers were keeping their cool enough to where they didn’t allow themselves to get caught up in this “buy it now” frenzy. I’m actually glad it did go to my buyers because I know they’ll do a good job with the improvements they’ll be making, along with keeping it maintenance free.

I may possibly be listing another home in the $30K range this week, which will most likely start another mad-dash of showings on it by other Realtors. The scheduling of so many showings in one day, can be exasperating to say the least. I actually got a little cross with one of them today, but I think in the end, he understood why I was being demanding.

My last showing of the day, was at my listing at 142 – 15th St. NW which should’ve been sold out of the gates, but as I’ve mentioned, most buyers don’t look at the nuts and bolts of a home, where instead they’re mesmerized by all the glittering yet weak improvements their owners had made. Just last week I showed a home which had those cheap stick-down floor tiles which couldn’t have been more than 3 years old, but looking like they’d been down for 20 due to the wearing-off of their top coatings. Talk about inferior quality. I’m sure that crap was another “Save big money at Menard’s” purchase.

After that near hour-long viewing, I’d say those buyers were showing more than a casual interest in it. Even though they weren’t expecting to go that high in price, I think after seeing all the “junk” that’s listed in our lower price range, they’ll be coming to an understanding that you get what you pay for in today’s market.

Ok, it’s time for another recipe from my vintage cookbook, and tonight’s is one which I’m familiar with, but only named differently, so if you have time, do give it a try because it really is quite good.

Croatian Nut Roll


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

Heat sour cream to boiling in large saucepan. Remove from heat. Stir in butter, sugar, soda and salt. Stir until well-blended and butter has dissolved. Cool to lukewarm. Add eggs and yeast. Stir until yeast is dissolved. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Turn out onto lightly floured board. Knead a few seconds to form a smooth ball. Cover. Let stand 5 minutes. Roll out 1/4-inch thick. Spread with nut filling. Roll like jelly roll. Place in greased pan. Lightly cover. Let rise in warm, draft-free place for 1 1/2 hours. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


  • 1 pound English walnuts, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until thick. Cool thoroughly before spreading.

Tonight’s One-liner is: An embittered soul can kill quicker than a germ.

Joe Chodur

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