Well, one week of vacation has flown by. Lots of rain. A few really nice days. Some spontaneous activities and visits. Some work around the yard. Front porch and front windows are done! Yeah! Wonder if my poor shoulder will last through the rest of this. Between PT stretching, ice on it, and using it carefully…maybe.
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Our plans to camp flexed to a day trip to SE Iowa. On small roads circumnavigating Iowa City’s Football mania, we wound our way south. Bands of rain rolled through driving the temperatures down to 50 degrees and sometimes 48. It’s been this way almost since autumn began in September. A radical change from the above average temperatures we had then. A colleague noted the other day, “It feels like October – late October.”
We pumped up the economy of Cantril with a stop at the Dutchman’s Store. Such an array of goods. Baked goods, cheeses, meats, bulk items like flours, mixes, nuts, dried fruits, spices and herbs; kitchen utensils, pots and pans, fabrics, outerwear clothing, canning supplies, strike anywhere matches, and bulk candies. Vegetables in season, apples, mums along the railing. Such excitement. Great prices. A good feel.
Then, we took back roads through Bentonsport (Mason House Bed and Breakfast, and the great point museum) and on to Bonaparte’s Retreat. This old mill has successfully served as a restaurant since before we came to Iowa. Each autumn – usually the second weekend of October is their Festival of Van Buren County with all the shops and villages cooperating to host visitors. Very neat event. Good feel.
Then, back home through rolling waves of rain, more easily through IC than we though possible. All the goods go into the freezer for a couple of weeks to kill any moths – I learned the hard way. We will package up items for Dan and Nancy and send them off as a care package.
Last big market was today downtown so we took that in first and enjoyed a breakfast burrito, coffee and roll and strolling around – in the mist. A good day.
A cold, grey week with an Easterly flow of high winds, chilling temperatures, and drizzle to downpours. The bunnies huddled in their hutches and the chickens nestled together. Squash and pumpkin stems firmed up for the cutting and curing process. When they did go out, the chickens managed to “dig up” potatoes for Rich as they scratched in the garden. The new chickens have started to lay eggs. I guess the light we have that turns on about 4 a.m. until 8 a.m. works to extend daylight for them so they will produce and not just eat up all the mash and corn until spring. Today was still as the Low pressure sat over us churning around and dropping misty rain. The wood stove feels toasty and the electric blanket is comfy first thing at night. Colors are fading, yet there is still beauty in the trees and interest in the grey swirling clouds. A hint of snow is in the air and the map shows flurries over the high plains. This, too, is October.