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Views From the Recliner

Views From the Recliner

Views From the Recliner Guest Blogger, Susan Fellows My first-floor, corner apartment sits on the edge of a large green space and parking lot surrounded by a stand of pines, maples, and oaks. On one side is a complex of boutique stores, restaurants, and...

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Do You Remember Launching?

Do You Remember Launching?

Nearly everyone remembers a brief, often scary time. Usually, it comes within months of high school graduation.  It’s time to leave the familiarity of home and venture out on new endeavors. Change is often exciting but it requires venturing out into the unknown -...

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Where Did Those Carrots Come From?

Where Did Those Carrots Come From?

Gardeners across the world proudly bring freshly picked vegetables and fruits into the kitchen. They’re lucky to have an amazing array of delicious plants to grow and enjoy.   It wasn’t always that way. Consider Native Americans. Prior to Columbus, many lived in...

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Salute to Big Bracht Verbena

Salute to Big Bracht Verbena

A chicken run is one tough place for plants to live, and our run at Winding Pathways is even tougher than most. Every day we let our chickens roam around the run. A bright baking sun broils the sandy soil all day long, so it’s hard to imagine that any plant can thrive...

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Dollar a Gallon Gas

Dollar a Gallon Gas

Want to buy gas for a buck a gallon?  Well, you can but you won't find it at a service station. It’s available at the electrical outlet in the garage or shop. Battery-Operated Tools Nearly ten years ago we switched from plug-in carpentry tools to battery (cordless)...

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Why Did Mother Goose Nest in a Parking Lot?

Why Did Mother Goose Nest in a Parking Lot?

One of nature’s most alluring sounds is the song of flying Canada geese. Years ago, one had to travel to remote marshes to enjoy it. Not anymore, and a mother goose in Cedar Rapids shows she enjoys urban life. Giant Canada geese were once nearly exterminated, but a...

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Iowa: A Producer of Fine Hardwoods?

Iowa: A Producer of Fine Hardwoods?

When we tell people that Iowa is a major producer of some of the world’s most beautiful hardwood, they think we’re nuts. After all, we live in the corn state, where it’s possible to drive a hundred miles viewing only crops. “Iowa is the sweet spot for the highest...

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Pandemic Year 2.0 Busier than Busy!

Coming up to a year from the last post on the features we wrote for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, here is an updated list for the second half of 2021 and the first half (almost) of 2022. These features are in addition to our regular work with Hoover's Hatchery blogs and...

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Why Plant Potatoes?

Why Plant Potatoes?

Good Friday Tradition On a cold April morning, we planted a row of potatoes at Winding Pathways. This plant has made an amazing long journey to reach our yard. Potatoes are native to South and Central America and were cultivated by native people long before Columbus....

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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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