It’s Time we Start eating Weeds

After our early-morning frost melted off and the temps started rising, it actually turned out to be a beautiful day, but unfortunately as our days grow shorter, the sunshine doesn’t hang around as long. Let’s hope tomorrow will be a repeat of today, just so all of our outdoorsy residents can get out and enjoy these days while they last.

As much as I wanted to get some of my personal projects attended to, I found myself under a time crunch from the time I arrived at office which was due to several un-scheduled appointments out of town which ate up nearly my entire morning. Thank goodness I was able to get back to office in time to head over to a client’s home and get some signatures on documents I had prepared.

Unfortunately I arrived about ten minutes late which was due to my having forgotten re-print one page which had a spelling error on it, and of course I had to get caught by a train at the 1st St. NW crossing which is becoming more common of late. I think the engineers of those trains don’t even bother moving them so quickly since they know we can circle back and go under the 1st St. SW underpass, but of course everyone else is doing it which creates a bottle-neck.

I did manage get everything explained and signed by the seller just as a scheduled visit arrived. Thank goodness I’d already gone over everything on the phone before heading over because his visitors would’ve had to wait until I was finished. When I arrived back at office, I made copies of everything that was signed and hand-delivered them to the Post Office. I’m going to remain very confident all will come together as planned.

My next “to do” was to head back out of town with camera in hand to take some exterior photos of a home that’ll be coming on the market in several weeks, and when I arrived there, I shook my head and kept driving because the sellers were not even close to having the exterior of their home photo ready.

Since I was over in the Nora Springs area, I decided for the first time in a very many years, to drive the “Green Belt” road which has been there since I can remember. It was a great experience, and happy I made the many stops along the way to take some bucolic photos. The Shell Rock River was looking pretty clear today, which means Albert Lea Lake is getting all the cleaner. There’s that certain special something about that river which always soothes my spirits whenever I’m at its banks.

I think our County Conservation had better take a closer look at the brush that growing along that narrow gravel road because there must be hundreds and likely thousands of those nasty European Buckthorns creating a prickly thicket. Every time I see one when in someone’s presence, I remind them they’re exceptionally invasive and hard to get rid of once established. I tell people not to even think about cutting them back because they’ll come back with a vengeance. I have a hand-held sapling puller which works great at pulling small trees and bushes out by their roots as long as I can get that tool’s “gripper” around them at ground level. It was somewhat expensive to buy, but it has more than paid for itself, and believe me, pulling those nasties out by the roots is better than trying to dig them out. That tree puller can even jerk out Mulberry saplings which have a system of a long-armed octopus.

On my way back I stopped at Hy-Vee East to pick up a few items, and while walking thru the meat department, I noticed they had pork shoulder roasts on sale for 99 cents a pound, so I picked up a ten pounder. As long as a person has a freezer, they’re well worth taking home and slicing in desired sizes and servings, and then sent to freezer. While standing at the check-out, there was a big guy ahead of me, and I couldn’t help noticing on the check-out screen, his having purchased a small portion of beef from the meat counter. To my shock, that small piece of meat cost more than what I paid for ten pounds of pork. Sassy me had to say to the clerk while my items were being scanned, “I can’t believe someone would pay over $21.00 for a small piece of beef when you can get ten pounds of pork for less, and as we all know, meat is meat.” I didn’t even get an acknowledgement out of her.

Several nights ago I read an article about edible weeds, and the two that caught my eye were Lambs Quarter and Plantain. After getting the whole scoop on the edibility of those two weeds, it came as no surprise because I have them growing in the back of my office, and the sparrows are always going after their seeds. Back when we were raising hogs, the caviar of edible greenery for them was Lambs Quarter. Because we also had large gardens, I’d always create a separate pile of them which I’d throw to the hogs when finished. They would always go crazy over Lambs Quarter. They also like Plantain, but since they don’t get that tall, they’d usually find and eat them while being pastured. Believe it or not, hogs like what we like, so I think it’s time we start eating weeds. I can’t wait until next year when happening upon fresh Lambs Quarter or Plantain. That article also mentioned that the seeds of Lambs Quarter can be ground into flour. What a surprise that was.

I was greatly disappointed when reading today the announcement by Adam Kinzinger regarding his dropping out of next year’s election due to the re-districting that’s been taking place this year. Each time I’ve listened to him speak or read any of his interviews, I’ve been wholly impressed by his core values regarding the re-building of our political landscape. I’m hoping this is just a short pull-back for him, because I believe he’s got what it takes to make good and lasting change in our Country.

Tonight’s One-liner is: Opportunity only dances with those already on the dance floor.

Joe Chodur

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