They’re Big Babies

While driving to work early this morning, I couldn’t help thinking about what our landscape is going to look like come early tomorrow when knowing nearly for certain, we’re going to be down to 30 degrees, and likely in the upper 20’s in the low-lying areas. I’ve always liked growing fruits and veggies in the lowlands because of how much more fertile their soils are, as well as retaining more sub-soil moisture, but on the negative side, they get hit harder with late Spring and early Fall frosts. As with nearly everything, there’s always a bad that comes with the good.

The very first thing I did this morning, was get my new listing disseminated out into the cyber universe. I believe the photos I took were very representative of what’s being offered, so hopefully we’ll get it under contract more sooner than later. The one thing that’s now troubling me, is seeing the 30 year interest rates having hit seven percent today, and if they continue to climb like they have, we’re going to be seeing a slow-down taking place, and especially the first-time buyers who’re the most affected by those rate hikes. I mentioned today how much more vulnerable the investors are going to be if the rates do stay high because nearly all of them are tied in with variable rate mortgages, and I know for a fact that there are a number of them who’re already getting thin margins of profit. Every time I’ve ever worked with such investors, I’ve given them fair warning about the “what if’s” regarding rate hikes.

I had a good showing on the last remaining unit over at Prairie Place on 1st today, and it looks like my buyer is going to take a peek at a few others before making her decision, which I believe is a good idea. Unfortunately we don’t have that many units available that don’t have basements, and my buyer is insistent on not having one. We’re going to look at another one tomorrow that’s out on the west side of our City.

Another showing I had today, was at my listing located at 617 – 1st St. SE which I’m really surprised we’ve not had an offer on. The location alone should’ve caused one of the buyers to pull their trigger, but unfortunately we’re living in times where nearly every age group does not want to make any sort of cosmetic improvements. I personally could turn that baby into a showplace, but it’s gonna take someone with vision. I don’t think there was much interest today, but I’ve still got my hopes on tomorrow’s showing, and after hearing what the buyer’s needs and wants were, I’m hoping he’s got enough foresight to see the finished product in his mind.

The gnats were having a real go of it today, and likely trying to get their last bites in before tonight’s frost. Just standing outside for about ten minutes at that home this afternoon, I was being attacked by them from all directions. This has got to be the worst year for them, and I still don’t know why.

I took a few hours off to get the last of my peppers and tomatoes picked before the temps started dropping. I have just enough British cucumbers remaining to last me the rest of the week, so it’ll goodbye to the wonderful cucumber salads I’ve been having on a daily basis. Without question, this year’s garden has been the most productive I’ve had in years, and now that we’re getting a frost, my onions will be soon ready to pull, and the carrots and rutabagas still in the ground will grow less bitter by the day. I know for a fact, the later you pull carrots, the sweeter and more mild they become, and that goes for rutabagas as well. I absolutely love using rutabagas as a substitute for potatoes in soups and stews because they don’t get mushy like potatoes do. I still don’t understand why some call them Swedes. Just a tidbit of information, rutabagas came about by crossing a turnip with a cabbage. I love cabbage, but not much of a fan of turnips.

If I have time tomorrow, I’m going to be calling around to various tree surgeons, and hopefully get a good bid on having several trees taken down which have become a nuisance. One of them is half dead, and the other will likely follow suit, so that’ll be another “to do” off my list. I do feel sorry for all the residents of Mason City who have monster Green Ash trees in their yards which will definitely have to come down due to our infestation of Emerald Ash Borer. Unfortunately we’ll be seeing some of our residents who’re living on limited incomes, not having the money to take them down, so be prepared for a shocker when seeing all the more leafless trees these coming years. I think it’s time our State government steps in by offering grants to take trees down belonging to those who’re financially struggling.

I’m still a bit confused after reading something in the Globe Gazette regarding a grant an entity here in our City received to provide housing and where it talked about ten units that would be created, and the grant being well over three hundred thousand dollars. I’ll have to start asking around because that’s one heck of a lot of money to be giving away. What troubled me the most, is they weren’t specif about where they were being re-habed or even built, as well as the names of those involved in it.

The above photo is just a sampling of the giant bell peppers I’ve been growing. You may not think they’re that big, but you have to keep in mind, I had them stacked on a large glass serving platter. Yes, they’re big babies.

I was saddened when reading about that monster hog confinement several of our multi-millionaires are wanting to build up in Worth County, and it’s going to be very close to a young family who’re trying to make a go of it by raising all natural chickens and hogs. If I’m not mistaken, one of the people who’s keeping track of the number of hogs that are in confinement in our State, mentioned that we have over 42 million of them. Wow!

Tonight’s One-liner is: If you have a big enough dictionary, just about anything is a word.

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