Category Archives: Home Life

Landslide

We don’t have mountains in Iowa. There are only so many cliffs. The idea of a landslide conjures something abstract and usage is mostly related to politics and the hope of a big win in the November general election. Politics … Continue reading

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September Slides into Plain Life

What happened in September? We are in peak apple season at the orchard where I’ve been working more hours compared to August. Time at the home farm and auto supply store continues to be predictable work and a regular paycheck. … Continue reading

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Fermenting A Vinegary Fall

We were busy at the orchard last weekend with perfect fall weather: sunshine and cooler temperatures. Throngs of people visited picking apples, buying apple products, and having fun with friends and family. We are at peak apple cider sweetness this … Continue reading

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End of the Garden

It’s down to eggplant, green beans, peppers, butternut squash and kale as the garden winds down in late summer. Four crates of tomatoes remain to be used, and the ice box, storage shelves and freezer are nearing capacity. The next … Continue reading

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Returning to the Trail

I view trail hiking with trepidation. Since entering a low-wage work world a few years ago, where standing for long shifts on concrete floors contributed to plantar fasciitis, I haven’t jogged and reduced the amount of trail hiking I do. … Continue reading

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Taking a Deep Dive

It’s raining as I type on the keyboard. Rain is to relent and I hope it does because one of the farmers for whom I work is getting married today. In our small family there are not many celebrations. I’m … Continue reading

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Serrano Pepper Salsa

We don’t need any more salsa in the house yet the abundance of hot peppers this year had me making this recipe… it’s a big batch. My Serrano pepper crops failed the last couple of years so I’m glad to … Continue reading

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