Author Archives: DM

Bee Careful

Your time is valuable so I will try to keep this brief. ūüėČ Our honeybees¬† from last year didn’t make it. Some of you already knew. I think it was mites. Because the whole thing is a hobby, and both … Continue reading

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Moving to town

Picture of dad milking by hand/ early 1970’s ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Today was a¬†BIG¬†day. We moved my parents off the family farm. Growing up on a¬† 120 acre working family farm shaped me in ways I will probably never fully appreciate.¬† Dad … Continue reading

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Canned Goods

Just fired up the dehydrator. The smell of garlic and tomato is still on my hands. Got me in the mood for a little Greg Brown…. Do you have any memories of helping someone in the kitchen growing up…even if … Continue reading

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Amish Barn Raising Pictures

This afternoon these pictures of an Amish barn raising came across our Facebook feed.¬† As I scrolled through the comments, I noticed the photographer (Randy Fath) said he was fine with anyone wanting to share them. He didn’t have to … Continue reading

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The Hula Hoop Tree

The Hula Hoop tree. ______________________________ If you’re looking for a fun whimsical road trip idea, consider tracking down the Hula Hoop tree. Here is a clue….it is located in Eastern Iowa…North of Iowa City, South and West of Dubuque. ______________________________________ … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts On Coffee

Mrs DM re-organized the closets again this¬† weekend, putting all of the medical supplies in one area. I received five bags of Starbucks¬† French Roast (whole bean/ not ground) for Fathers Day …..¬† I didn’t have room for all of … Continue reading

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It is possible

  I remember reading the book Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald way back in the mid 1980’s.¬† I remember writing out various long term life goals, mostly in the interpersonal relationship realm, but other goals as well. At … Continue reading

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