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Can You Sell Dandelions?

Can You Sell Dandelions?

Yes!  The blossoms and leaves have vital nutrients and were cultivated by our European ancestors. In the modern world, every year homeowners spend money and elbow grease to poison their lawns all to try to rid their lawn of dandelions. They could sell the dandelions...

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Hot August Days in May

Hot August Days in May

The distant view and the feel are "Hot August Days." The near view and sounds are mid-May.  With this hot weather, the trees have popped, the fruit trees are in full bloom, and the early garden plants emerging after the cooler and damp weather. We may break a...

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What Can You See When You Look Up?

When recently walking for exercise at a cemetery our ears and then eyes alerted us to an amazing urban sound and sight. Like most people, while walking we mostly watch the ground in front of us with occasional glances to the side and way forward. We don’t LOOK UP...

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How Can You Trim Your Food Bill?

How Can You Trim Your Food Bill?

We are shocked by the rise of many prices, especially food. Fortunately, we mute the cost by finding or growing groceries here at Winding Pathways. We’re lucky to own two acres, but folks living on tiny lots can produce an amazing amount of food, even if they aren’t...

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How to Rescue Chicks in the Cold!

How to Rescue Chicks in the Cold!

Frigid April weather threatened the lives of 90 baby chicks. We had agreed to brood 75 rooster chicks for the Rodale Institute. In past years we have brooded a dozen to 25 chicks for our own flock. That was easy.   We could brood them in a big cardboard box, and if it...

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Why give Blood?

Why give Blood?

Both Marion and Rich at Winding Pathways are regular blood donors. Rich will reach a milestone in early April. He’ll give his 100th unit of blood to Impact Life in Cedar Rapids.  Marion’s not far behind. Giving blood is easy, costs nothing, and is a way we can help...

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How Do You Get Free Coffee? Ask Our Travelling Nails

How Do You Get Free Coffee? Ask Our Travelling Nails

Every spring we enjoy a cup of free coffee.  In good years it’s coffee plus free lunch.   Nope, the coffee shop doesn’t skip our bill. It’s free because we’d just left the Marion Iron Company with cold cash after selling a year’s accumulation of scrounged metal....

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How Can Parents Influence Your Childhood Passions?

How Can Parents Influence Your Childhood Passions?

Keep the Photos! An old photo or letter can bring back memories. That happened to Rich recently and helped him recognize both good parenting and a lifelong passion. Rich was sorting through a stack of family documents when he discovered a paper his mother wrote in his...

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What Can Solar Panels Tell You About Local Weather?

What Can Solar Panels Tell You About Local Weather?

Many people dread the arrival of the monthly electric bill.   We look forward to receiving it. A few years ago, we hired Site Gen Solar to install an Enphase solar electric, or photovoltaic (PV), system on our barn roof. Although it’s a small system, when combined...

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Can You Grow Sweet Potatoes in Iowa?

Can You Grow Sweet Potatoes in Iowa?

As we watched squirrels gleaning sunflower seeds from feeders in our backyard, we dined on 2021s sunshine! Thanks to last season’s sun our crop of sweet potatoes produced a bountiful crop, and we ate them until our last one became part of our February 8th dinner....

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What is Lithium?

What is Lithium?

Only a few years ago few people had heard of lithium. Now almost everyone relies on this odd metal in their phone, laptop, and tools. It’s a world-changing element. Metal?????  Lithium is a truly odd metal.  Iron, lead, and other common metals are heavy. Not lithium....

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How Can Backpacking Meals Save the Day?

How Can Backpacking Meals Save the Day?

Research Yields a Find Part of our Winding Pathways business is writing travel and outdoor adventure articles for the Cedar Rapids GAZETTE and other publications. Preparedness blogs on our website encourage people to prepare for emergencies by keeping non-perishable...

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What’s the Deal with Furless Tailed Squirrels?

What’s the Deal with Furless Tailed Squirrels?

The birds we share Winding Pathways with have a good life. Our property has old trees, prairies, and bushes to provide lots of natural food plus nooks and crannies for chickadees, nuthatches, and other species to hide and shelter from tough weather. Birds aren’t the...

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What’s a Nor’Easter?

What’s a Nor’Easter?

New England's Nor'easter January 29-20, 2022 by Susan Fellows, guest blogger What is a Nor-easter? Dover, NH, 4:00 a.m. Temperature 5 degrees. The wind chill is probably close to -10 degrees. Wind gusts 40-45 mph throughout the day. What is a blizzard?  Wind gusts...

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