Thursday, March 24, 2005


Happy Easter everyone! May God give you blessings upon blessings! Have a wonderful weekend...

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

A Hammermill replacement parts co.

Go to my company's website if you like. It shows a little bit about what we make. There is a whole other division too: Pellet Milling. I'll describe that maybe later!

I have a decent .pdf of what a hammermill looks like, but I'm not computer-savy enough to get it on here, so if anyone wants to see it let me know and i'll email it to you!
I could have saved it as a .jpeg but the quality just isn't there to see the detail.

Weather 157 and counting, Dana 3

So it's not raining...for the But that doesn't mean it's not raining over at the trail where I normal am at this hour, running. It also doesn't mean that even if it's not raining over there right now, it could be raining by the time I get over there.

My dilemma: to run, or not to run. And here's another thing, if I blow off my run, I know it's not going to rain, but if I do attempt to go for a run, it will be in the middle of a downpour with serious lightning. As some of you may or may not know, I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid. So what's a girl to do?

Update: I just finished this sentence and now it's raining.

When I told people I was moving down to North Carolina, the most consistent rave review of the state was in reference to the weather. But I'm far from convinced.

Last week, Carmen came down to spend here spring break here in warm, sunny North Carolina. It's not Florida by any means, but you'd think it would be warmer than Iowa. "You'd think" being the key phrase.

The first two days she was here, we went to DC, where the weather was brisk, but tolerable. We planned to spend the remainder of the week camping on the Outer Banks, gallivanting up and down the coast and frollicking in the Atlantic. But instead, we spent time holed up in my apartment, watching movies. It rained. And snowed. The whole time she was here.

Then we got a call from my mom, just checking in. And here's the kicker: it was warm and sunny back in good ol' Oskaloosa the day that it snowed and we couldn't go out and play.

The weather gods hate us. But apparently not as much as they hate Robert.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Nice Job

Well Dana, you did it again! 'Effectively killed' another conversation. . .

That's alright, I'll try my best here to produce some sort of small talk in the vain attempt to get a reaction from someone.

So last Friday I had to go to a Hammermill at an Ethanol in S.E. South Dakota. Leaving Harlan the weather wasn't too bad. We drove the whole way to the Big Sioux River (border of Ia and SD) without incident. Then almost immediately as we started into SD the wind picked up and snow began to fall. Remarkable !!! So anyway. I had the opportunity, nay, the privilage, to work outside all day on a hammermill (three of them acctually) in 20 mph winds gusting to about 40+ mph. And a few inches of seemingly-sideways-falling snow. And I almost forgot, the mills were up on a steel platform about 20-25 ft. from the ground. And if any of you knows anything about heights and wind, you might be able to appreciate the fact that I could almost lean into the wind and take a nap standing up.

So to all of you who live in or around SD, Northern IA and MN I can sympathize with the 'little' snow storm you had last week.

until next time.

Friday, March 04, 2005

conversation at a stoplight

Okay, this guy in the other lane seems to be pacing me. Just pass me already. Red light ahead, so he'll pull ahead since there's fewer cars in his lane. And now I'm being honked at. I wonder if I have a flat or something?

"Hey, Mahaska County?"

Okay, now he's talking to me.

"Yeah. Oskaloosa."

"Really? Me too. What's your name?"



hmm...sound familiar. A Mike, perhaps?

"Small world."

"You down here for school?"

green light

"No, my husbands work."

"Small world."


it's a world of laughter, a world of tears.
it's a world of hope and a world of fears.
there's so much that we share, it is time we're aware
it's a small world after all.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Now THAT'S entertainment!

Anybody need a good laugh? Let the Numa-Numa Guy sooth you...your troubles will wash away!

Numa-Numa Guy