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Top Ten Reasons to Take a Walk in September

The Man of Steel and I went a little wild and crazy celebrating Labor Day, 2016. Not only did we visit the health food store and then order our favorite drinks at our favorite coffee shop, but we also took an early morning walk the High Trestle Trail. Here are 10...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

  The saddest day of summer is when the public swimming pool gets drained. It's just so final. Several passersby on our Gravel Road have mentioned seeing the Man of Steel mow the lawn with a 40 pound pack on his back. Lest a rumor starts that I banished him and...

Summer Recipes on Our Gravel Road

In August, most of our meals revolve around what comes in our weekly CSA share and what's in season at the grocery store. Since many fruits and veggies are available for a very short time, I've been cooking family favorite recipes rather than trying new ones. That's...

Top Ten Reasons There’s No Place Like Home

My spring and summer gallivanting ended a month ago, and so far, staying put is all I want to do. Here are ten reasons there's no place like home. 10. The people at here speak my language. Not just English. But midwestern English. As in talk about sweet corn, State...

When the World Does a Number on Your Faith

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10–11 At her last visit to the dentist my 87-year-old mother learned that the aging...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

This week our 16-month-old grandson learned to high five. I don't know who giggles more when our hands meet, him or me. Want to laugh until your sides ache? Go see the new Ghostbusters movie. I am now the proud owner of 13 pairs of cheap reading glasses. The red polka...

Top Ten Iowa State Fair Tips

Our son, his friend, the Man of Steel and I spent an afternoon at the Iowa State Fair. While there, I compiled these top ten tips for fair goers silly enough to schedule their visits when the temperature hovers around 90° and the humidity is nearly 100%. 10.  A ride...

When Your To Do List Doesn’t Get Too Done

Last week was one of those weeks. The kind where I looked at my goals on Sunday and thought, "Piece of cake. I can blaze through this list by Wednesday. Thursday at the latest. Just in time for company." Monday reinforced that forecast. I finished a week's worth of...

A Fantastic Friday Salute to Teachers

The teacher in our town went back to work this past Monday. So this Fantastic Friday features ten reasons to be kind to educators in the next few weeks and months. My teacher friends and former co-workers in our school district went back to work yesterday. Speaking...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

We've had an entire week of sleeping weather in Iowa. In August. Yes, August. What a mercy. What a kindness. What a gift! I'm listening to a book about a family with triplets, and I've regularly seen a doe with triplet fawns on my morning walks. The two events could...

Our Latest and Greatest Fake Butter (also known as Futter)

A new conundrum has arisen in our Gravel Road kitchen. In addition to having several adults in the house who have dairy allergies or lactose intolerant, the toddler has begun to sprout a terrible diaper rash when he's fed soy. So the most available version of Earth...

Exciting Times on Our Gravel Road

The Summer of 2016 will go down in history as a most exciting one. The Man of Steel's basement project, with its main components being large dirt piles, big holes, and large equipment, has been an ongoing source of wonder for our three young grandchildren. (The above...

Geranium Whispers on a Fantastic Friday

This Friday's post from July of 2009 was selected for two reasons. First, it shows how much life has changed in the last 7 years. Second, I love this picture. Rarely does this geranium plant produce such a perfect bloom and even more rarely are the blossoms so...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

The first fresh peach pie of the season was worth the wait. Thanks to our son-in-law for requesting it for his birthday dessert! Decorating tip: It's a good idea to measure doorways and hallways before purchasing a sofa sleeper for an upstairs bedroom. Otherwise, your...

Shrimp Tacos

It's takes a village to feed a high maintenance eater like me. So I'm thankful my village is populated with people like my big sister who keep their eyes open for delicious dairy-free recipes. She's the villager who sent an email with this recipe for shrimp tacos. The...