Down the Gravel Road

Three Thoughts for Thursday

When your day begins with a sunrise walk under a harvest moon so bright it makes a dusty gravel road into a shimmering silver pathway, you know it will be a very good day indeed. For the next two Saturdays I'll be teaching teachers. Teachers who know their stuff. And...

No Futter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Along our gravel road, cookies are considered an art form. Within that art form, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies sit at its summit. I thought I had scaled that particular peak with a wonderful dairy-free recipe that uses "futter," Gravel Road's affectionate term for...

Young Frankenstein Top Ten Quotes

Gravel Road's Gene Wilder memorial screening of Young Frankenstein was a great success this weekend. The movie was as funny in 2016 as it was in 1974, thanks to these top ten quotes, at least in my humble opinion. 10. Inspector Kemp: Need a hand? Dr. Frankenstein: No,...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

  On our last really rainy day, it started to pour. I was stranded in the grocery store. Until the man in line behind me opened his stadium umbrella and walked with me to my car. How's that for Iowa nice? A few hours later, the hostess at Applebee's stuck her...

Chicken Salad

Sharing the kitchen with my daughter and her family has many advantages. One of the greatest advantages is that I am in charge of only half the meals. Another is the opportunity to learn new recipes from the cook who's in charge of the other half of the meals. Here's...

Notebook Neurosis

Today's post comes from a fellow resident of our dusty gravel road. It's a pleasure to turn the keyboard over to Anne Fleck who happens to be my daughter. Once you read what she has to say, you may see a family resemblance. And you'll understand the significance of...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

Good news for those who haven't mastered the art of painting happy trees. The entire Bob Ross PBS series is now available on Netflix. In my entire life, I have never purchased a Dolly Parton 45, LP, 8 track tape, cassette tape, CD, or iTunes download. And yet, ads...

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...