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Broker for J.J. Palmtag, Inc. Real Estate with offices in Nebraska City, NE, Auburn, NE and Rock Port, MO. (RealtyTalk Blog) Exploring hidden treasures and obvious jewels in our communities. Finding joy in food, gardening and self-sustainability. Discover the richness of "Simple Living."

Espresso

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Stink and Beauty

On an almost-fall morning walk, I discovered the most beautiful bug on a road between a field of corn and soybeans. It took some time and consultation with friends to learn it was a Green Shield Bug nymph (immature) Ackrosternum … Continue reading

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Bee

Several years ago I began the journey of beekeeping, and I’m still learning something new every day.  Initially I wanted to help bees repopulate after hearing their numbers had dropped to concerning levels.  The bees help my orchard and, of … Continue reading

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Hail to the Kale!

I answered the phone reluctantly knowing it would be more work to stack my pile higher. “Really?  You have too much kale in your garden and I should come pick it?  I’ll be right there!” I love picking, cooking, and … Continue reading

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The Cheese Whiz

  A short drive West of Nebraska City, NE among green pastures spotted with beautiful milking cows, there is a farmer who lives in a 100-year-old home and works in her modern milking barn.  The home is heated with power … Continue reading

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The Old Goat

  At the office today, a technical problem with data causes bad information on the Web which then creates human emotional despair involving at least two humans.  Unable to fix the problem after several hours, I grab a cappuccino and … Continue reading

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Woman

Sitting in the park today, I contemplate the struggles of women.

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Quiet Pear Tree

QUIET PEAR TREE We leave for work early most mornings, feeling rushed and late.  Work is hard, especially on Mondays with backups from the weekend business.  We get home later to find household and lawn chores, homework to help with, the news, … Continue reading

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Coming Clean

  Friday evening’s return home from a long day brightened considerably when I found a Fed Ex package on my front porch.  It was a heavy, odd sized envelope from a friend in Alabama.  Hey, I never get packages from … Continue reading

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Gooseberries BLUE GOOSE CHUTNEY

A dear friend of mine delivered to me today a container of “Gooseberries!”  I know….you are wondering..What are gooseberries?  They are the smallest, most beautiful, tart, little stripy beads of wonder you can imagine.  Grandma used to make gooseberry/mulberry jelly … Continue reading

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Changing houses

  After nearly 24 years of living in my house, I decided it was time for a change.  Perhaps I needed a new challenge.  Or maybe it was a desire to live among fruit trees and berries in solitude far … Continue reading

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Cow Talk

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Five O’clock on Thursday, a friend summons me to her farm.  Excited, I rush from my day to find her 12 miles away at the back of her house on a plank that overlooks green rolling hills dotted with cheerful … Continue reading

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Peonies bloom in May

Every May I am distracted from life by the most fragrant, plump, blooms of peony bushes in parks, allies and yards of others.  The peony has always been my favorite flower, pink, white & reds,a silky soft and fluffy with … Continue reading

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Yes, it’s simple

This year, 2013 I moved into a home with no dishwasher, no disposal and laundry in a questionable basement.  The bedrooms (2) are small with lighted but limited closet space.  The floors are hardwood but damaged from leaking radiators of … Continue reading

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Stepping back

  Disposing of mind-cluttering stuff; unnecessary gadgets and excessive life accouterments.  Eliminating processed consumables, modernities and multiplicities.  Breathing slowly, deeply and with purpose.

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Pottery Shop Chapel

Several years ago, a special friend and I ventured out to find a pottery shop in a small town several hours from our own.  Upon reaching our destination, we learned via a note on the door, that the potter had … Continue reading

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Fresh, Healthy Quinoa Salad

So it’s January 1, 2013.  Once again we start the “Let’s Get Healthy” plan for the year.   I found some organic black Quinoa in the cabinet and began to assemble a healthy salad.  After cooking the quinoa, a product … Continue reading

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Duck Soup!

Yesterday morning  was filled with disagreeable tasks including tax documentation preparation, accounting entries, checkbook balancing and other tedious chores.  I headed home for lunch late, hungry and crabby to find nothing to eat. In the freezer sat a frozen duck that had been … Continue reading

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Bean Truth

Ok folks… For most of us, beans are not a luxury.  But, you must rethink this untruth! Legumes and beans of every sort, are high in protein, available year-round and can be purchased and stored dried.  Therefore, they are a … Continue reading

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Fish food

One of my dearest  friends is a physicist and also a geographer.  He has mastered both fields of study and is a life-long learner.  He has been writing a paper, which he hopes to have published soon on the correlation … Continue reading

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