Some Fun Around the Home Base

One of those “fair” type food vendor carts parked in Anamosa.


Hi and welcome to the blog!  Things are calming a bit.  The restaurants are beginning to open up for limited dine-in consumption in all 99 of Iowa’s counties.  Now customers have more options for food.  Where I work we are the only fast food place in the county…and I’m often in that drive-up window during the day.  Holy smokes has it been busy…. but it can be enjoyable.

After more restrictions were lifted, this little food coach opened recently and will be around town for a couple weeks.  Today I had one of the Iowa favorites – a breaded pork tenderloin.


A piece of pork loin, pounded thin, seasoned and fried. Even kitty Duke enjoyed a taste.


Carnival food is comfort food.  We all need some of that occasionally.  It’s nice to get out and enjoy the weather and a favorite sandwich, especially an Iowa tenderloin!


Live long and prosper!


As of Tuesday, we are finally wearing those blue paper masks at the golden arches.  Even the last grocery store, Fareway, is now requiring employees to use them.  While wearing the mask at work, I’m having sinus problems, headaches, and significant lung issues.  Once the mask is off, voila!  Four or fives hours later I feel like new.  But there are work arounds…

In the meantime, I crocheted my own mask that seems to be more breathable.  It is far more comfortable and is made of cotton dishcloth yarn.  The offset emblem (the theoretical acceleration of a warp engine) came from the Star Trek museum in Riverside, Iowa.  As long as there is something – anything – the covers the face, I’ve been told it is sufficient.  It looks cool, too.  I meet with the doctor tomorrow about the mask/ work situation.


Is that a new radio station??? Nope, just a prank.


The picture above was put on Facebook today as a prank.  Even my boss saw it and laughed.  I captioned it with a note that said I cannot work due to a fever and should go fishing… and dang, that hot towel burned my forehead.  In actuality, it did.  I used hot water and paper towels.  Ironically, the rumor is that one of the girls at the local Wal-Mart faked a fever and got to take a week off.  Lucky her!  The boss knows me too well.

Oh well, a person has to keep a sense of humor during these trying times.  I feel the worry too but seem to be able to deal with it.  At least there are been some great distractions such as jokes on Facebook lately.  That helps!  At the same time it can be tough not to become too bored.



Projects help with the blahs.  Remember the grey chairs we threw out during the remodel at work?  I ended up with a third.  I’d recently sat on a deck chair at home and leaned too far – it then collapsed.  The cushion was in good shape so with some catfish line as thread, I sewed the old cushion to the metal chair.  Along with a little plastic Walmart TV-stand, there’s a new pop-up computer desk for home.   Repurposing is fun!


Nothing like sipping a cold Kombucha probiotic drink while blogging on a cool spring evening…


Soon there will be a little more time to decompress; the vacation days are very close at hand.  Although the weather is still cool and gloomy, at least the trout will bite!  I’ve also got another couple ponds lined up for fishing as the temps soar later in the month.  There are good times ahead… and there is fun all around us if we look.

In all seriousness though, none of us is an island.  Though usually a loner, I’ve been opening up to more and more people at work and am finding we have similar concerns and worries.  Sometimes it’s good to reach out to a friend and be that friend for others.  But above all else, praying helps, too.  Thanks to God for every single day of existence and for the will to get through these times.  Like I told people on Facebook the other day…



Take care and thanks a lot for visiting.  If you ever end up passing through our county and read the blog, please say hi.  Take care and happy camping!

Bradford and Jenny and Duke
Jones County, Iowa

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

2 Responses to Some Fun Around the Home Base

  1. Jo Harmon says:

    I tried a couple days to open your blog with no success glad it worked tonight. My patience are just about worn out now from all this staying home. The temps have dropped a bit so I think I am going to grab my camera and get and about.
    I see you have been having some fun and that’s great. Nice job on the chair and you made a nice comfy spot on your deck. Hope you get some fishing in soon.
    Take care and stay well

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo! I understand about the patience thing about being home a lot. I am sorry the blog is loading slowly. I am going to have to spend a little more money to increase the web server plan. Hopefully that will help. Time to get back to housecleaning. Take care!

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