Simply Nourished

It was an interesting Saturday morning with my having to get some emails returned which came in over the night, and then prepare myself for an early morning showing on a property, and since I’d not been in it for some time, I had to run over about fifteen minutes early, just so I could get all the lights and re-acquaint myself with its features.

I had everything readied by the time they arrived, so I proceeded to start in the basement and end up in the second floor. There were enough questions asked, and nearly all of them I was able to answer, so by the time they left, I believed they were fully up to speed with all the features it had to offer. While driving back to office, I considered it a long showing, but a good one. Hopefully I’ll be hearing from them this coming week.

There were several calls I had to make before I changed my clothes and headed out to get some manual labor done. I was happy there was a cloud cover nearly the entire day, because I really don’t like being out working in blinding sun.

For what it’s worth, I did get more accomplished than I expected, and mostly because I skipped lunch, just to keep myself cranking along. Of course I drank at least a quart or more of water to keep myself hydrated. Even though it wasn’t that hot out, I was still sweating like a butcher. After a good three hours at it, I looked back and smiled at the results and called it another day’s workout well done.

My garden is coming along nicely with the cucumbers starting to offer up their first crop, as well as the peppers and tomatoes. Unfortunately, those late cold days we had, set them back a good two weeks, so they’ll be producing later than normally this year. Let’s hope for another late frost like we had last year.

While working in my vegetable garden, I was reminded of my recent first visit to the heath food store that’s located in the plaza of the Mall. The owner happened to be there, so I was given the grand tour which left me more than impressed with the lay-out, the products being offered, and the clever re-purposing of woods and metal she put to use in her store.

Just the short time I was visiting with her, I could tell she’s put her heart and soul into her business, which was telling me she’s going to be making quite the positive impact on North Iowa’s health conscious consumers. If you have a little free time while in our Downtown, take a few minutes to visit her store because I’m sure you’ll be just as impressed as I was. There’s no question I’ll be shopping there in the future.

I’m fully up to speed with paying more for quality because eating healthy is something that’s a learned behavior, and in the end, it creates a lasting effect on helping to keep our bodies from absorbing all those nasty chemicals which are easy to take-in, but hard to get rid of. Have you ever wondered why many who go on crash diets, don’t feel the best and sometimes start having other health issues? Well, if I’m not mistaken, some of those nasty chemicals we’d ingested over the years, ended up being stored in our body’s fat, so when that fat starts getting burned, is when those reactions start taking place within. More than once I’ve seen such happenings, which is why most of the good health professionals recommend that we take it slowly with weight loss, just so our bodies can adapt to expelling those stored chemicals more easily.

While out working this morning, a long-term customer of mine asked if I would stop over to a home she’s working at getting ready for sale, and mostly because she wanted me to see the color combination of the new paint job she’d given it, so when I was finished, I changed my clothes and headed over.

When I pulled up, I was absolutely “wowed” by the difference those new colors had made on its street view. When she walked over and asked what I thought, I said, “Well, I can tell you’re wanting everyone driving by to do a rubber-neck.” Yes, it’s gonna be quite the “looker” when finished. She asked me what I thought it was worth, and all I could say was, “Due to how our market is still on an upward climb, I’ll have to wait until you’re ready to list it before I can give you a price, because each week there are sales being posted that have caused the bar to rise.” Thank goodness she understood, and not think I was just trying to get out of telling her my current opinion of it’s value.

Since the hour was getting late, I decided to call it quits for the day and head to a groceteria to pick up a few items before heading home. Of course I happened to run into a past customer, so I spent more time within than I’d expected. It was good to hear all was well with him and family, along with being told he’s working on getting one of his relatives to call me to help find her a home. Before walking away, I stressed the importance he have her find local bank and get pre-approved for a loan.

I’m sure you don’t recognize the flower which I’ve posted tonight, unless of course you’ve lived in or visited a tropical area. Well, for the first time in two years, the Plumeria which one of my relatives sent me, is beginning to bloom. It’s just starting, so we’ll see how large its flower head will end up being.

When all danger of frost had passed, I decided to take those two potted Plumerias home which had been in the front window of my office for a good two years, and did nearly nothing but grow a little bit, and then shed their leaves when winter arrived. Now that they’re blooming, I’ll have to take them home to do their thing during each summer.

Tonight’s One-liner is: The secret of success, is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm so to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.

Joe Chodur

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