Friday, August 22, 2014

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Trail-Shelby Iowa

I was getting tired, or should I say bored, with my usual path of my daily walk. We are fortune to have the Old Stone Arch Trail in our town. We can get on the trail about a ½ mile from our house at the park. Back in the day, I could walk down to the park, walk a little more than a mile on the trail and walk back up the hill to home, all while pushing a stroller with two kids in it. Those were the days, now long gone.  Now driving down to the park and then walking that path makes more sense. Besides hubby had given up walking because his legs get sore and he can’t go far. I convinced him to give the trail a try. It has benches every so often so he can sit when needed and so can I. He is doing great. I am hoping he gets those old legs back in shape as we go.

Yesterday, I took my camera along. There was an interesting insect I wanted to capture.

Thanks to my granddaughter Sadie, I now know that it is an Ebony Jewelwing. From her research information, I am not sure what it is doing in our area. But he is sure pretty.

Here are some other pictures I took yesterday morning.

It is a great place to walk. It feels 10 degrees cooler on the path and all you hear is nature. Oh, and a rooster from a nearby farm.

You can read more on The Old Stone Arch Trail here. Stop and take a break if you are ever traveling  down I-80 in Iowa.

“The Rock Island Old Stone Arch Trail travel 4 miles along an asphalt path atop an abandoned rail bed once owned by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. As the name suggests, the trail's main feature is a stone arch bridge, which is listed on National Register of Historic Places.”

You can check out the other interesting things about our town and the area here;

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I am having a Back to School Sale.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

STOP and smell the roses.

“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven”. “You must do something--switch directions and become something you presently are not. Embrace the lowliness and wonder of the child who lives each moment as a gift, not as a stepping-stone for social status. It is to those who live in childlike simplicity that the Kingdom of heaven belongs”.

Sr. Kathryn J. Hermes, F.S.P.

Sr. Kathryn really got me thinking this morning. Do you think that if we were more childlike we would be happier? Would we “stop and smell the roses” more?  Would we not worry about tomorrow so much? These questions and more came to mind today for me. What are your thoughts on this Bible passage?

For me it is a reminder to be happy with our lives as they are now. To enjoy our blessings and to be thankful not wishful.

Take time to smell the roses.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Muscatine cantaloupe are so yummy

We have been waiting all summer for a good, sweet cantaloupe. Well, we finally found one. It is Muscatine Cantaloupe time. I have been saying we should just quit buying cantaloupe till the Muscatine melons are ready. They are ready. And they are as sweet and juicy as we anticipated they would be. Muscatine cantaloupes are huge melons. They got their name because they originally were grown only in that part of Iowa. I am not sure that is true anymore. The Muscatine, Iowa area’s sandy soil makes these the best melons around.

One cup measuring cup for size comparison.

This one gallon container is so full I can't get the lid on. I have a great solution to that problem, tho.
I will just have to eat some.

Looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Hope you enjoy yours.


You can read more about the Muscatine Melons here;