Stacked carts

8 planting carts stacked one on top of another
Kinze Manufacturing, Marengo, Iowa, sells at least 8 sizes of planting carts.
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Spaghetti squash and melons for Just Food

crate of squash and melon
Just Food is the local warehouse where you can take food for distribution to people who need it. They now have refrigerated storage so they can take vegetables. Got extra produce? Take it to Just Food (11th & Haskell in Lawrence, KS). If you don't live in Lawrence, find the place in your town that will give it away. One more thing: Just Food loves to get those food donations, but donations of money are even better. They are able to purchase food in bulk very inexpensively. $1 donated is equal to one meal. So give food AND money!

Cafe corretto, anyone?

All of our relatives in France, Wales, and Switzerland give names to their houses. In imitation of this fine European tradition, we decided to name our house. When we built our house, we installed a wood-fired pizza oven. Its name is piccolo, so our house is Casa Piccolo. From the seeds, skins and stems of our neighbor, Larry's deChaunac grapes, Louie made grappa. When in Italy add a shot of grappa to your morning coffee, and you have cafe corretto.

Lois’ House

I'm so happy for my sister, Lois, who moved into this wonderful house in Avoca, Iowa just 6 months ago. The photographer, that'd be me, is standing lopsided. The house really sits level. We celebrated on that great front porch.