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Consider this quote from Abe Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."



After finishing off the last of the Easter candy in the house I feel the urge to spout forth with a few random thoughts…

  1. I’ve checked my secret asparagus patch and the little shoots aren’t up yet although there may have been just a few small mushrooms near it. No, I won’t tell you where either is.

  2. I spent the early part of last week at the Iowa FFA Leadership Conference in Ames. I still can’t explain how proud I am of the young people from the area who are a part of this organization. It is always good to see old friends and make a few new ones and a great way to recharge.

  3. Part of my visit to the conference was tasked with introducing one of the state officers on stage. I had forgotten just how nerve wracking standing in front of 6,000 people can be.

  4. I was out in the yard today trying to pick up sticks and trash. After finding snake number four I took that as a sign that I should be taking a nap instead. The nap was more successful than the yard clean up, but I’m just fine with it.

  5. I drove back up to Ames on Saturday to grab Hannah and during my drive saw no less than three separate Easter Bunnies, including one in the back of a fire truck. It was somewhat confusing and just a bit scary.

  6. I was disappointed to hear the news of the burning of the Cedar Bridge near Winterset. When I worked in that area, the bridge was often a peaceful place I went to eat lunch. I’m still wondering why there isn’t any camera footage, because I could swear I remember there being cameras there after it was rebuilt. The loss of Cedar Bridge will be a big blow to the community.

  7. Everyone who got up and went to church on Easter morning deserves a big pat on the back. Just remember that church is still open next Sunday too.

  8. I think if I was ever really mad at someone I would just release a single cricket in their house.

  9. I was extremely proud of the middle child this week as she landed her first job. I was even more tickled when talking to her about it, she lamented the fact that there were so many rules at her workplace that they had to follow. Welcome to working for the man honey. Hopefully now she will understand why I’m always harping on her to get an education and find a job doing something she really loves to do. Just wait until she sees just how much money the government takes in her first check!

  10. Finally this week…The rooster at home has been somewhat upset with the random stray momma kitty that has shown up over the past few weeks. There was an argument over some old bread this afternoon in the yard and I was surprised to see that the cat won the first round. It must be rough not being king of the hill any more. See you next week…remember, we’re all in this together.