Archive for July, 2006


Friday, July 21st, 2006

I went out to the garden last night, and lo and behold there were a couple of onions popping up out of the ground. Considering I planted them a bit late on a whim, I was very pleased. They aren’t very big, but they look good.

Question: How does one know when to harvest an onion?

Banana Bread

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Some times I’m glad that I forget to eat my bananas before they go bad. Black bananas make great banana bread. And if you’re especially lucky like me, they magically turn into banana bread with no personal intervention.

Happy Birthday, Irene!

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

I’d like to wish a very happy 90th birthday to my great-aunt Irene (pictured with my aunt Kathleen and uncle Tom). She’s a true character with both vim and vigor. Even at 90 she is still sharp as a tack. I have many fond memories of Irene. Many of them involve her slugging my dad in the arm and drinking beer at wedding receptions. Even into her seventies and eighties she could still give life and my dad a wallop. And to top it off she used to play the accordion. I wish I’d seen that.

Happy birthday, Irene.


Sunday, July 9th, 2006

Today was a beautiful day. This was a good thing since I ended up driving a 300 mile loop around central, southern, and eastern Iowa. It started with a trip to the Eastern Iowa Airport, so Aprille could catch her flight to State College, PA. I then continued on to Des Moines to drop off my entries for the State Fair Photo Contest (oy, I wish I had remebered the deadline for mailed-in entries). And finally I drove to Albia for my great-aunt Irene’s 90th birthday party.

Like I said, it was a great day for driving, and since I had no pressing schedule I made a few extra stops to take some pictures. The scene above is near the Oskaloosa airport on the road to Rose Hill. Some times I feel distant from the world of rural and small-town Iowa where I grew up, but the landscape is always comforting and familiar. You may not be able to go home again, but it’s nice to visit.