Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Glimpse Into Life In Iowa

OK~ People ask me all the time, "What's it like to live in Iowa?" I'm not sure what people expect, but it is fair to say that where I live; it's rather quiet and the views are far and wide.

Wide Open Spaces

I often think people picture a horse and buggy, which is not the case.

I live in the country near a community of 27,000 people. I consider that to be quite big, but when it's put in perspective, it's not. Recently on an plane a gentleman from a town in California commented, "Yeah, we live in a small town too, there are 150,000 people in it." Yeah, now that's a jaw dropper for this Mom.

I am surrounded by corn and soybean fields. In case you don't know, corn is tall and soybeans are short.

Soybean Field In Iowa: Fall 2014

Our gravel road does not see much traffic throughout the day, so when we have five or six vehicles go by in a day, I often comment, "I wonder where all that traffic came from."

I often sit at a stoplight behind four or five cars and think, "Dang, this line is not moving fast enough." When I travel to a big city, such as Atlanta, things are put into perspective. It's not uncommon in a city like that to sit with a hundred cars at one intersection. So that measly four or five cars, is not bad at all!

Spring and Fall are busy with farm traffic. Combines and tractors are a common site on all roads, including highways. Farm equipment does not travel at 55 mph, so it's important to pay attention when driving in rural America when planting and harvest seasons are in full swing.

Our lakes are surrounded with lots of trees and wide open areas. In Iowa, lakes are enjoyed all year around. Boating enthusiasts enjoy the warmer season and ice fisherman love the cold! Which brings me to the dreaded topic of Winter. It's true, I cannot stand Winter! The older I get, the more I despise it. Last year we had 10 days in a row where our actual air temperature did not go above zero. Now that, my friends, is frigid!

In Iowa we wear boots when it turns cold. I'm always surprised to find people in the South wearing boots when it's in the 80's for temps. Boot weather to me is when it's cold out and/or there is snow and ice on the ground. The concept of feet sweating to get that "look" have never interested me. I will wait until the thermometer dictates that it's time to break out the boots.

And then there are our farm cats. They make life rather fun and interesting. And I'm happy to report that they are indulging in those field mice, which means I will have one less mouse to worry about when it comes to hanging out in our house.

So, that's a glimpse as to what life is like in Iowa. How does your life compare to this Iowa Mom's scenery? I'd love to hear about it. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


  1. You have captured Iowa very well! Great post!

  2. I always find that easterners get Iowa confused with Idaho. Hmm. What I love most about north Iowa is our position halfway between Minneapolis and Des Moines. If we want what the big city offers, we have two options. (Not that DSM is a BIG city!)

  3. Yes, I have heard, Oh yeah, Ohio where they grow potatoes- I cannot tell you how many times I have heard that one. LOL!

  4. I also hear oh Ohio? :) I llaugh and so no, and we dont grow potatoes.
    Your comment soybeans are short, corn is tall really sums up Iowa!

  5. Great, fun post! The same thing goes for traffic on our gravel road.


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