It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day outdoors with our temps hovering in the high forties with little or no wind. When I left home this morning, it was pretty frosty, but once the sun arrived, it all changed for the better. I know I’ve mentioned many times how the angle of the sun can create long shadows which transforms normal landscapes into visual works of art, which for me is one more positive feature to enjoy during our “low-sun” months.
I had some emails to send and calls to make this morning to clients and customers, and when finished, I changed my clothes and headed out to work on my unfinished landscaping project. Today’s efforts centered around cutting out European Buckthorns, volunteer Mulberry trees, and the trimming up of a clump of Box Elders.
As you all know, I despise European Buckthorns and the second in line, are those dirty Mulberry trees that seem to sprout up everywhere they’re unwanted, and all thanks to the birds who eat their fruits and later disperse their seeds with their droppings. I’m sure many of you wonder how all the many Red Cedar seedlings get started along fence-lines and ditches. Well, it’s due to the birds who eat their fruit and poop while on fences.
I’m wondering how many of our organic cooks are using Juniper berries in the foods they prepare. I do know they were used far more often generations ago than now, as most families who emigrated here from Northern Europe, brought with them tried-and-true recipes from their home countries. If you have time, go online and see how many different recipes call for Juniper berries, and if you like a good gin and tonic once in a while, I’m sure you’ll be tempted to try at least one of those recipes because Juniper berries are what give gin the taste of being out in a coniferous forest.
After about three hours of cutting, pulling, and digging, I figured it time to call it quits for another day and head back to my office so I could grab a bite to eat before heading over to my open house at 115 S. Connecticut. With it getting colder out, I’m noticing my hunger pangs are arriving more often which is likely due to my body burning more calories to stay warm, which makes perfect sense. Isn’t that just like in nature?
I was exceptionally thankful the temps were good and the sun was shining brightly because there were people coming and going the entire time I was there, and to my delight, several had come back for a second look. I’m going to place my bets on the last in attendance as being the one who ends up buying it because she mentioned how she’s recently been having wonderful dreams about it. I smiled and said, “Perhaps the home is sending you a message in your dreams because it wants you as its new owner.” While there, she took a few more photos with her camera to share with her family, so we’ll see what transpires this coming week.
Since I was late getting my open house closed up, I hurried back to my office to meet with my sellers who’re finishing-up on the sale of their home on Tuesday. It was a good thing they didn’t arrive early because I wouldn’t have been able to have everything readied by the time they walked in.
I went over all their transfer docs before having them sign, along with their closing statement showing all their costs and the net proceeds of their sale. They were pleased with the numbers, so I got their signatures on that as well, and being the mother hen I always am, I reminded them to get their utilities read out and their insurance canceled.
The new home they purchased needed great deal of updating which they were able to get done before they were physically moved in. Luckily they were able to do a bridge loan on their new one which gave them a good three weeks to work on it, and work they did because I could tell they were appearing exhausted, but also over-joyed with the results. They did promise to have me out in the near future once everything is situated.
After they left, another scheduled appointment arrived which didn’t take very long, but before the gentleman walked out, he mentioned the disgust he has with those he works with over how they think this China-virus is a travesty because if you get it, it’ll pass thru just like any other flu, and then all will be well. My hat went off to him after telling me he’s been following Dr. Fauci’s reports on it from the very beginning. Now if we can only get more people to understand that it is a deadly virus which if it doesn’t kill you, is able to create life-long heath issues.
Just recently I’ve been placing more into perspective with those I’m encountering in regards to the 275K+ deaths we’ve had from it by saying, “The Cedar Rapids metro area has approximately 250K people living there which doesn’t include Iowa City, and if you can imagine every man, woman and child in their metro area dropping dead and another 25K more, that’s a visual which can’t be ignored.” In verbatim, after I’ve shared my thoughts, I could see them finally hitting home. Yes, those numbers are tragic.
Someone recently mentioned how Hoover Hatchery in Rudd has greatly expanded to where they’re now offering far many more varieties of chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pheasants, and quail, and with some time to kill, I found their catalog online and paged thru it. Wow! They certainly have available just about every breed of foul to be found in the Midwest. My hat goes off to their success, along with wishing them all the more. Some day I’ll be getting back to having an entertaining gaggle of geese because they can be the funniest of characters continually offering free admission to their daily dramas.
Tonight’s One-liner is: As well as in my family, most in society dismiss well-advised opportunities to hold their tongues.