Thursday, May 31, 2012

Roasting Soybeans

Yesterday we roasted soybeans.  I like watching the clouds of steam billow up from the hot beans. 
May 30 (13) The roasted beans will be fed to the cows.  Yum!
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

White Flowers

White wildflowers have been blooming along the roadside for while now.  Everyday I walk by them and think, “No, I will not take their picture…white is just plain boring.”  But, yesterday I changed my mind. 

Here’s some anemones:

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And, some northern bedstraw:

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012


It turned very warm and humid over the weekend.  Good weather for catnaps!

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Barn Charm

This barn or whatever was in the same vicinity as the barn I posted last week:

May 18, 2012 Randalia

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Cake in a Cup

I rarely post recipes or take photos of food, but here’s a super quick and easy microwave chocolate cake recipe I found in a Reader’s Digest I was reading in the hospital waiting room when my son had his recent appendectomy.  This treat is perfect for someone like me who loves chocolate and likes to eat it OFTEN.

May 28 (4) (The recipe said to mix the ingredients right in the mug, but I mixed them in a small bowl before pouring the batter into the mug.)

1/4 cup flour (I use the half white, half wheat kind)

1/4 cup sugar (I used brown sugar)

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons cocoa (use less if  you want)

2 tablespoons whisked egg (I used a whole small egg)

3 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons oil

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons choc chips (optional)

Mix the first four ingredients.  Combine egg, milk, oil, and vanilla, and stir into dry mixture.  Add chocolate chips.  Microwave for 3 minutes. 

Eat it warm with ice cream!

Alfalfa Blossom

Would you believe this is an alfalfa blossom?  As in that field crop which we bale and feed to the cows.  It was along the edge of the hayfield and had escaped being mowed off when my husband cut hay awhile back.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Your Sunday Best

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Weekly Top Shot

This photo shows pennycress seedpods.  I was shooting toward the early morning sunshine with the Nikon D40, using the 18-55mm lens with macro attached.  I liked the way it turned out.  I didn’t change the color, brightness, or contrast of the original photo. 

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In one of our fields is a small area that I think might be a prairie remnant.  Here’s what’s blooming there right now:

May 25 (1) It is called yarrow.

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Friday, May 25, 2012


Last evening we got a quarter-inch of much needed rain.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012


An evening sky from earlier this month…

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Yesterday my husband hauled a load of corn to town to sell.  I zoomed a quarter of a mile with my Canon Powershot to get this photo.  I had to make sure he didn’t run the stop sign.  Just kidding!

May 23 (7) Later on, he cultivated a field of corn.  Not to remove weeds but to aerate the soil.  You can see how windy it was yesterday.  We need for the wind to stop and some rain to fall!

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I had walked out to the hayfield to mark some patches of wildflowers so they don’t get mowed down.  I also checked on our small prairie area and found some yarrow getting ready to bloom.  They aren’t quite photo-ready, though.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Flowers in the Yard


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Viola:May 23 (2)

Geranium (a gift to me on Mother’s Day):

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And, mallow, I think (it’s a weed, but don’t tell anyone):

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Crop Report

As of last evening, our cornfields look quite good despite the dry weather:

May 22 (8) The soil here and there on our farm is light and sandy and dries out quickly:

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Rows of soybeans have emerged from the former rye field:

May 22 (9) The bean plants are a couple inches tall right now and hoping for rain soon.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

House Ends

Last evening I tried to watch the final episode of House but fell asleep midway through it, waking up just in time to see Doctors House and Wilson speed away on motorcycles.  I was confused about what happened which is how I felt at the end of most House shows.  It was the only prime-time show I’ve watched for quite awhile so now I guess I won't be watching any.  I once was an LPN so I have an interest in things medical.  I used to watch St. Elsewhere and ER, too, and I really liked St. Elsewhere’s theme song.  In fact, I am humming it to myself right now as I type this.

Today I googled “Hugh Laurie” to try and find out what he’s doing next.  He’s very talented and could do drama or comedy, but I found out that he’s going on a world tour, singing with his band.  How about that.  I found that out from watching a video showing him on The Tonight Show last week.  I missed it on TV because I don’t stay up that late.  Click HERE to watch it.

And, here is the St. Elsewhere theme song and opening credits: 

Wild Horses Photos

The most recent Confessions of Pioneer Woman blogpost had some great photos of a herd of wild horses.  That blog is on my blog list but when you click it it takes you to Pioneer Woman’s main website and not to the Confessions page.  (To get to the Confessions page, simply click on the word “Confessions” in the bar underneath the Pioneer Woman title.)

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I’m not trying to get in good with Pioneer Woman, I simply want you to see the photos.

Veteran’s Markers

Here’s some veteran’s markers I saw in the cemetery on Sunday:

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Barn Charm

Here’s proof that you should travel down a road you’ve never taken before.  That’s what I did the other day while on an errand for my husband and was pleasantly surprised to find this round barn!

May 18, 2012 (3) I have a book entitled Without Right Angles - The Round Barns of Iowa by Lowell Soike.  About this barn it says:

One of sixteen hollow-clay-tile barns believed built by Johnston Bros. Clay Works.  The smaller red clay tile in the lower story and the larger size above characterized the firm’s design, as did the frequent use of a straight conical roof with gable hay dormer.


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Yesterday’s Wildflowers

Yesterday afternoon I left home with flowers to put on relatives’ graves and returned with wildflower photos.

Here’s a wild rose, state flower of Iowa:

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An anemone:

May 20 (21) According to the wildflower book, these next blossoms belong to a wild radish:

May 20 (39) They were growing in a patch of wild yellow iris:

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Here’s a flowering tree of some sort:

May 20 (32) I think this next one is common fleabane, due to the pinkish petals:

May 20 (34) And, lastly, here’s a glimpse of prairie phlox and other assorted roadside plants:

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bachelor Button & Bokeh

I was happy with how this photo turned out.  The camera lens and mid-morning light and shade teamed up for some nice bokeh, which is the out-of-focus background.

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I’m jealous of the red-wing blackbird in this photo.  I would love to take a walk down that abandoned road but I was taught to read and heed signs.  Maybe illiteracy has its advantages. 

IMG_1185 I took this photo this morning on my way to the hospital to pick up my son.  He finally felt well enough to come home after having an appendectomy last Sunday.

Goose Family

Yesterday I was on farmwife go-fer duty when I spied this Canada goose family waddling across a cornfield.  There wasn’t much traffic on the road so I pulled over and snapped a few shots.

May 18 (2)I also took pictures of some old barns for Barn Charm.  I’m always happy when my husband asks me to run an errand for him.  I love little road trips.  He, meanwhile, was busy baling round hay bales. 

May 18 (4)

Our weather is unseasonably warm and dry right now.  Perfect for baling hay, but a critical need for rain is quickly developing.  The newly-planted fields of corn and soybeans need moisture!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Currently in Bloom

These yellow-gold wildflowers are in bloom in our area right now.  I’ve seen them along roadsides and in fencelines.

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One of the books I use for wildflower identification is Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie.  It lists several names for this flower---ragwort, groundsel, squaw weed, and prairie ragwort.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012


One evening early this month I looked up and saw these clouds churning across the sky over our farmstead.  Thankfully, no storm developed.

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