Friday, August 28, 2015

Bring on Winter.

After living in this house for 50 years, we finally have a fireplace. I have wanted one for years but hubby didn’t want to chop wood. After spending a few days with daughters this past spring, I convinced him how nice fireplaces  were on those mornings and evenings with you need just a little bit of heat.  He agreed that one would be nice. So after shopping around, I found a ventless gas fireplace on line we liked and ordered it. I hired Brad, our local contractor to install it and now we are set for those cool mornings and evenings. What a difference it made in the size and appearance of our living room.

The Beast (home entertainment center)


Almost done.

After the beast (home entertainment center) was gone and the fire place was installed we needed a component cabinet. I wanted all those wires hid. We couldn’t find one to purchase that would fit our space. What to do? I had a vision that this old night stand would work and Brad was able to make it happen. I love it. Perfect size for our space and best of all, most of the wires are out of site.

Future component cabinet.
Night stand converted to component cabinet.

And here is the finished look. I love it.

Bring on Fall and Winter.Can’t wait to use our new fireplace.

Have a relaxing weekend,

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Rainy night in Iowa

Rainy night in Iowa. Strong storms were predicted but so far just a little lightning and thunder and an inch of rain. Made for a noisy Mass tonight. Perfect ending to a nice week. We spent a couple of days with our daughter and son-in-law in Bondurant. They have a very productive garden and were willing to share the produce. Couldn’t pass up a deal like that. Plus we had a chance to visit with the grandkids before they get busy with jobs and college life. Dan and Tammy both have very green thumbs. Dan's tomato plants are 8 ft tall and there are 28 of them.

Dan peeking out from the tomato plants as he picks.

Tammy and her Dad
The fence is to keep the tomato loving black lab, Lucy, from eating all she can reach.

Fresh from the garden plus freshly made salsa.

 It rained while we were there, too. And windy and cold the next day. But we were still able to go outside and enjoy checking out the vegetable garden, flower gardens and the huge prairie garden. It has gotten so thick since the spring burn that you can’t walk through the prairie garden this time of the year. 

Results of Tam's green thumb.

Always room for more plants.

Prairie Garden

Lucy. The tomato loving black lab.

It was a fun, relaxing time.

Hope you all had a great week and an even better one coming up. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

HURRY, HURRY, HURRY, One Day Back to School Sale

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Thank you, Rose 

Rain, Rain, Finally came our way.

We finally go the rain we needed. Storms have passed us by for the last two weeks. The rain will look like it’s heading our way but then split us and form again once past. It has been the strangest thing. Areas around us have had too much rain but here in our town we have recorded just .2 of an inch. Well, that all changed last night. We had lots of rain, and thunder and lightning. There is 2 and .2 tenths in our rain gauge this morning with more on the way. Rain barrel is full now in fact overflowing.

We have been using the hose. And that isn’t good in this town as water isn’t cheap. Besides plants grow better with rain water. Now maybe the tomatoes will ripen faster with the needed moisture. We are so wanting some fresh salsa.  Speaking of salsa, our son-in-law makes the best salsa around. He cans many, many jars every summer and keeps us in salsa for the year. It is so good. Did I say he makes the best around.  Anyway, we did get a couple of small, and I mean small tomatoes for nachos. Dan’s salsa made it the perfect supper for a hot summer meal.

I love raining days. Enjoy

Monday, August 3, 2015

Back to School Time. Get Ready

It's that time of year again. Time to get ready for school. Teachers Pay Teachers is having a site wide sale. Check it out. Just use BTS15 when you checkout.

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Covered Bridges of Madison County and other interesting sites in Winterset IIowa

After spending last Wednesday catching up with family, Hubby and I spent Thursday touring the covered bridges of Madison County and other sites in Winterset Iowa. We spent a couple of hours touring the Madison County Historical Complex.

We then took the scenic drive up to Clark Tower. “Clark Tower is a castle-like limestone tower located in Winterset City Park was erected in 1926, on the eightieth anniversary of the founding of Madison County, in memory of Caleb Clark, a stonemason who was the first white settler of Madison County, and his wife Ruth Clanton Clark. The tower stands at a height of 25 feet.” I loved the drive through the woods and the surprise when we got to our goal. We had never heard of Clark Tower and had no idea what it looked like. It was very cool.

Road up to tower.

Clark Tower

view from top of tower
 We next checked out a couple of covered bridges. They are pretty cool, too. This was an interesting fact we learned that day. The bridges were covered to protect the roadway, because it was cheaper to replace the boards of the roof and walls, then the heavy beams of the actual bridge.

Cutler-Donahoe Bridge was built in 1870 by Eli Cox and moved to its present site in Winterset's City Park in 1970.

Cedar Covered Bridge 

Cedar Covered Bridge is the only Madison County covered bridge that vehicles are still permitted to drive across.
A trip to Winterset isn’t complete without a stop at the John Wayne museum. Winterset is the birthplace of John Wayne as most know. We toured the museum especially enjoying the 15 minute movie before you enter the museum. Tour of the museum also came with a tour of his home until he was three and the family moved to California

Childhood home of John Wayne

It was a fun and interesting day. Learned a lot about an area only a couple of hours from home. Do you have interesting things to see in your area? I suggest you take the time to check them out, if you haven't. I am glad we did. In fact, we are thinking of checking out a few other interesting areas in our state.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Trip Back In Time

Last week my hubby decided he wanted to travel to his hometown to check things out and reconnect with cousins he hasn’t seen in many years. When I say many years, I mean many years. I had never met them since we have been married and that is 53 years. I thought, OH Boy, this could be interesting. We stopped at a gas station to take a break and he asked if there was any of his relatives still living in Emerson. Well, lo and behold, there was one cousin still there. A customer was just leaving and volunteered to show us the way. When hubby knocked on the door, Kirk knew him instantly. Hadn’t seen each other in over 45 years. I was amazed. After a nice visited we toured the town. Took pictures of the house he lived in before they moved to Shelby. Found out the farm house where is dad worked had been torn down and the three stores that the family owned on Main Street had been destroyed in a flood in 1982. That was kind of sad but all and all it was a fun time.

We then traveled a couple of more hours to the home of his cousin who he hadn’t seen since he was a kid. We have been keeping in touch though at Christmas time via cards and letters. It was so nice to finally meet someone I have been writing to for years. It was a fun visit hearing about the summers hubby spent at their farm. Came home with pictures of his mother’s graduation, his grandmother and an interesting fact. We knew that hubby’s family was descendants of an Indian tribe but know ever said or knew which tribe. Well, thanks to Dorothy’s granddaughter who researched it for a term paper, they now know they are one eighth Cherokee.

It was a two day trip I can truthfully say I wasn’t sure about but it turned out to be a very fun adventure. Just goes to show you. Never be afraid to venture out and do something out of the ordinary.

The next day we toured Winterset, home of the covered bridges of Madison County and the birthplace of John Wayne. More on that in my next post.

                           Some photos from our first day out.
Jerry's grandmother on the right and her sisters.

Jerry's mom.

First childhood home
Directory at entrance of Emerson Cemetery

Rural Iowa

An exciting fact we learned from the trip.