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Share Your World-2015 Week #15

Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside?

It is organized sometimes!  I clean it out and in a matter of a day or so-sometimes less, it is a total mess. Grrrr…pretty much like everything around here. Frustrating for sure!

Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do?

Sure have-several times! Two times at the North Iowa Band Festival in Mason City-first time I walked with my sister and the bank she worked for.  We handed out candy.  The second time was for the Relay for Life of Cerro Gordo County. Handed out candy again.  We walked for visibility and awareness of our event.  The third time was in the Clear Lake, Iowa 4th of July parade. I walked along with other supporters of a local Democrat running for Iowa’s House of Representatives. I was one end of her sign….actually, I held one end of the banner.  It was a LOT of fun! (Now I want to participate in one again!

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How do you stand out from the crowd?

I try not to. Ever. Maybe I do because I am tall! ;)  No?  I do take things that happen to me and turn them into a cause. (There is a future blog!) I used to be a quiet person, but I found my voice and although still shy and basically introverted, I try to use my voice for good.

How many bones, if any, have you broken?

Other than a toe or two, because, who hasn’t? None.  Grateful for that!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week-we went out to the ABATE North Iowa Motorcycle Expo.  Spent two days hanging out with great people.  Chatting with them, meeting new ones, checking out all the vendors. We picked up this amazing cement bench!

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Weather was amazing and it was a good good time!

This week-starting the demo for our FINALLY WE ARE DOING IT kitchen remodel.  Still can’t believe it is getting done. I may change my ‘grateful’ for it depending how it goes.  Stay tuned….imagine that is another blog coming, hopefully, ‘soon’!

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Random Picture Time Again!

Time for a random picture again.  Hubby picked number 20 and here it is….do you know what it is of?

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It is a cupola on top of our barn of course!  What is that you may ask?  Cupolas were/are used for ventilation. And according to he hubby, it was also used for target practice when they were younger! See the holes in it?

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Local Eats | Kara’s Cookies

Maybe I should title this one Local “Sweets”! There is a new business in Mason City, that you and your sweet tooth won’t want to miss.  Recently my son and I were out on the west side of town and we noticed a bunch of balloons outside a store with a poster board sign that said “Now Open, Kara’s Cookies”!  We turned that car around, found a parking place and went inside. This store had only been open a few days and the permanent outside sign would be coming the next Monday.

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As soon as you walk into Kara’s Cookies, the wonderful aroma of fresh-baked goodness hits your nose immediately! Then you are greeted by the friendly owner and baker, Kara.

Kara said she always has loved to bake. Even though she has more than one college degree, she stayed home to raise her kids and ran Kara’s Cookies out of her home for the last ten years. She decided now was the time to take a leap of faith and try her business in a commercial space.

She has a variety of cookies that sell for $1.50 each, except for the frosted sugar cookies that sell for $2.00. You can even get her fresh baked cookies with ice cream in the middle!  She sells her homemade ice cream sandwiches for $4.00 each.

All are popular but her MOST popular cookies are any one of the three chocolate chip varieties. You can choose from chewy, salty and sweet or soft.

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If chocolate chip isn’t what you want, you can choose from chocolate with mint chip, monster-made with peanut butter, oatmeal, a cookie with a Snickers baked into the middle, ‘groovy’ sugar, frosted sugar, or snickerdoodle.

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Kara’s Cookies has drinks available for you to purchase that include coffee, hot apple cider. hot chocolate or bottled water for $1.00, canned soda for $.75, or bottled drinks including soda or Powerade for $1.50.

If you want to sit and relax and enjoy your cookie immediately there are plenty of tables where you can do just that!

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My choice today was a delicious chewy chocolate chip!   IMG_2714

If you are like me, you will want to make sure to take a dozen or more home!  I like to take a variety to share.  It didn’t take long for them to disappear once I got home! IMG_2726

Now that I made you hungry for some of Kara’s cookies, you can find them at 2468 4th St SW in Mason City. (In the old Cherry Berry spot!) Kara’s Cookies is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from Noon – 6 p.m. Make sure to spread the word so we keep these delicious cookies around!

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Share Your World-2015 Week #14

What type of music relaxes you the most or do you prefer silence?

Definitely prefer music over the silence most times…the ideal thing would be sitting outside in a park with lots of green with music playing…imagine that.  I am right now…and it is blissful! So what type of music? Whatever strikes me at the moment.  I would probably pick classic rock. Too many slow songs that you would think would be relaxing would probably just make me cry!

Show us a two of your favorites photographs?  Explain why they are your favorite.   If you are not a photographer, think of a two favorite scenes in your life and tell us about them.

This will be hard to pick two favorites.  Let’s see what two pictures speak to me today.

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I just love everything about this picture. The blue sky, the way the sun is shining, the subject matter!

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I had to include one of my sunrises and this is one of my very favorites. I love the clouds and the colors in this one so much!

What is your favorite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever)

The first one that comes to my mind is putting up the Christmas tree the night of Thanksgiving! Kids and I started that a long time ago and it is something we still look forward to. I love our tree and all of the ornaments that we have collected. Sitting at night with just the tree lights on is one of my favorite things of all!

If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18 what advice would you give yourself?  Or if you are younger than 25 what words of wisdom would you like to tell yourself at age 50?

Well, all you would have to do is go back to a recent blog and read my advice to my 16-year old self!  It would be the same!

http://livinglifejoyfully.net/2015/03/26/dear-16-year-old-self/

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful to FINALLY have my kitchen remodel a thing that WILL happen and soon!  We got the cabinets and the counter tops ordered and I am excited and nervous.  It is also what I am most looking forward to in the week coming up. I suppose the week coming up will be emptying out everything in the kitchen now and starting prep.  Grateful, excited and nervous!

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AH, Spring Is In The Air!

Finally, Spring is here and the time of renewal has begun!  I do know there is always the possibility of snow still at this time of year, but if it does snow, it will be short-lived. I am hoping our snow days are done, though! As we were driving around town and then home, yesterday, I noticed the grass is turning green! GREEN! I love that color!  Green is breaking through the dull, bland color-less landscape that is left as winter goes on its merry way! GREEN!

The robins are back.

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The trees are budding, the breezes are turning warmer as are many of the days. I have hung up the warm coat and even been able to go outside without one at times.

I love Spring.  The season of renewal. My favorite one!  I am glad to leave the gray, cold, sad days of winter behind. I welcome the new again. When everything is turning greener and warmer, it just makes you feel better. It puts you in a good mood. I look forward to days outside, and the feel of the warm sun and those warm breezes.

Of course, I couldn’t talk about the warmer weather and the return of all things that come with it, if I didn’t at least throw in a picture of one of these.

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