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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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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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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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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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The Pear Bucket

  Today Jim brought to the office a hearty bucket of pears strategically placed at the entrance door, reminding us all that we’d rather be in the orchard.   I ate three this morning right out of the bucket.  They … Continue reading

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Wild Plum Hunt

  I got an excited call from my Mom this week, telling me that she found some wild plum trees on a road infrequently traveled.  Of course, I ventured out the next day with a friend to confirm the fortunate … Continue reading

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The Rose Asset

Roses seem so formal, so proper, for many important occasions.  They are generally pricey at the shop but a universally meaningful gift.   The reason I love roses is for their fragrance and colorful blooms from spring to fall.  They … Continue reading

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Artichokes

For several years, my sisters and I had Artichoke cooking competitions during the holidays.  We stopped competing, primarily because once I perfected stuffed artichokes, I never wanted to cook them any other way. So for years thereafter, I brought the … Continue reading

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Tulips

Distraction from my meditative walks. I’ve been walking in this park (Arbor Lodge) for years but rarely stop to smell the tulips, lilacs or roses.  But today, I smelt them, touched them and laid down with them; a definitive crazy … Continue reading

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Raid the Cabinets

It’s time to “Raid the Cabinets.”  That’s right.  Use what you have.  See whats it in those cabinets and create something beautiful, healthy and delicious!  I went to the cabinet searching for something… something….Hum.  A can of artichokes, some tuna, … Continue reading

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Horse Encounter

The weather was amazingly beautiful on a late January afternoon, so I ventured out for a country walk.  Several miles down the rock road I noticed a beautiful horse staring at me from high up in an open field.  The … Continue reading

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Walnuts

There are many methods for harvesting Walnuts.   I used the link below which differed a bit from Grandma’s (to my memory).  There is a lot of work in dealing with Walnuts but it is happy work, joyful actually, sitting … Continue reading

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Soap

When I was a child, Grandma’s laundry would smell so clean and fresh. I would help her on weekends wash clothes, run them through the old fashion ringer and hang them on the rusty old clothes line. Yes, the fresh … Continue reading

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