Category Archives: Home Life

Soup for the Polar Vortex

Monday I made a big pot of vegetable soup using what has become a standard process. Mirepoix of onion, celery, carrot and salt sautéed in a couple tablespoons of vegetable broth. Potatoes peeled and cut in large chunks, a 15 … Continue reading

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Bunkering in During Snowfall

Snow began overnight and is expected to continue all day — the first real snow this winter. We need more from winter, a week of subzero temperatures to kill bugs in the ground and to stop the sap flow in … Continue reading

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Cabin Fever

My to-do list has grown since retiring from my transportation career in 2009. The number of items on it was supposed to decrease yet it’s not. After retiring that July 3, I engaged in life outside home in a way … Continue reading

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Winter Soup to Relieve Punk Times

The end of year has been punk times without relief. Some blame it on social media. Social media users post they need a break. They want to cleanse their mind of the drivel, hostility and tumult often found in feeds … Continue reading

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Build the Fire House

I encourage readers to contribute financially to the fund to build a new fire station. During my four years as a Big Grove Township Trustee, where part of our work was to manage the Solon Tri-Township Fire Department, it became … Continue reading

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Winter Rain

We have yet to see our first winter snowstorm. Some of my neighbors would be fine if temperatures never got below freezing. As a gardener, I know the value of a long, deep freeze in killing insects, and enabling tree … Continue reading

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Christmas 2018

Best wishes to readers during this time of striving in a world where peace is elusive. It’s 32 degrees in Iowa. During a tour of the yard and garden it looked like the kale might recover, but only if there … Continue reading

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